Inspiration of the Month - Becca!Experience Momentum | Inspiration of the Month, | April 02, 2018
It is a tradition of our organization to spotlight a client and their journey each month in our newsletter.This month we are pleased to introduce you to Becca.
Tell us about you and what motivates you:
"I’ve lived in the Seattle area for 38 years, never living more than two miles away from some sort of lake. I met my husband in college and we have been married for 20 years. I have two teenage boys, one of which is a new driver, so be on the lookout for a blue Toyota Tundra if you are in the Kenmore area and give him a little space. I do not love the Seattle rain and to keep myself sane our family spends much of the winter months up at Stevens Pass skiing and snowboarding. Our kids have progressed quickly and now I am officially the slowest rider in our family (I love blue groomer runs), but I can keep up enough to watch them do their crazy tricks and spins. During the short summer season I enjoy being around water, gardening, reading books in the sun and exercising outdoors.
I first came to EM 3 years ago for rehab from shoulder surgery. Through the recovery process I learned a lot about myself and what energizes me. One of the things I discovered is that I love physical challenges that require training, discipline, and some sort of end goal (which is why I am a good PT patient!). I also found I love anything that involves stats and numbers, which fuels me to push myself to be quicker, do more reps, go farther and lift heavier."
What has your experience been like working with us at Experience Momentum?
"I have been through the entire spectrum of services offered at EM, from physical therapy, massages, nutrition and fitness classes. I’ve almost done it all!
I used physical therapy at EM for three surgeries, women’s health and recently a hamstring issue. Much of the work has been on my own time, diligently plugging away with my home exercise program, but physical therapy appointments have been instrumental in my recovery and return to athletics. When it comes to health, there are many different approaches and that can be overwhelming. I appreciate the knowledge and guidance I receive in which path is best for me. Blake especially has helped me with the emotional strain of recovery in encouraging me when I feel like I am not progressing at the pace I want to be (because I am kind of impatient). He reminds me that I am right where I need to be and that I am doing way better than I think I am.
I have used massage for general relaxation, therapy for injuries and as a way to support my body while training for athletics. I am a massage snob and I have been thrilled with the massage services at EM. Karen has magic hands. J
I saw a nutritionist for general nutrition along with how to fuel for athletics. I went on a grocery store tour to learn about which foods would be healthier to buy – I highly recommend this service! Last year I had major spinal surgery and I worked with a nutritionist to use food as a way to reduce the shock that it had on my body both pre-surgery and post.
It took me a long time to rehab from spinal surgery. I went through physical therapy first, then graduated to general strength building, all of which took over a year. In January I finally felt strong enough to take the Onramp classes for Crossfit. I started with a couple of Crossfit classes a week and then also explored other fitness classes to see what they were like. I have participated in Bootcamp, Crossfit, Mobility and Flexibility, Cycling, Restore Your Core and Yoga – and all of them have been high quality and FUN.
One of the common features with all these services is that the people I have worked with are ridiculously AMAZING! The knowledgeable they have in their field is strong and I feel comfortable and safe under their care. What wows me the most though is the encouragement and enthusiasm that they have. Everyone wants to see me be the best version of myself that I can be. They are genuine, authentic and make me feel like I am part of a team. It has taken a lot of effort to get to the place where I am at and the people at EM are a big part of my support team – I am so thankful for everyone who has worked with me and encouraged me. These people rock!
What obstacles have you overcome in working towards your health and fitness goals?
"I have had two shoulder surgeries and a spinal surgery in the span of two years. It seemed like every time I recovered from one surgery I would turn around and have to start over again with another surgery. It felt a bit like the game of Chutes and Ladders. There were many times where I was discouraged with how slow the process felt and that I was so far away from where I wanted to be. It took a lot of plugging along, doing my home exercises regularly and a lot of encouragement from the people in my life. When EM started Crossfit classes I was really looking forward to trying it out, but it felt like circumstances and my body kept telling me not yet. So it was a big deal when this January I finally was at a point where my body was ready to do it. I still am not where I want to be as I would like to get back to training for triathlons again (just the baby sprint ones, not those crazy long ones some of you do), be more consistent with Crossfit classes and possibly do a Tough Mudder or Spartan race, but I know that if I just focus on what I can do now and keep pushing myself that I will eventually get there.
What charity did you choose to give your winnings to, and why?
"I chose the Washington Trails Association because I love the mountains. It is a place to get away from the city and enjoy nature. They have been good to our family and I would like to return the favor."
A fun fact about yourself:
"I watched the entire Gilmore Girls series, all 7 seasons and 153 episodes (plus that horrible 10 years later miniseries), over the course of a couple of months while I recovered from spinal surgery. I am not sure if this is an accomplishment to be proud of or embarrassed by….."
Your favorite quote:
"What we’re finding is it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single … outcome at the same time." – Shawn Achor