Addie was diagnosed with Lupus nephritis 4 years ago. It almost took her life when it attacked her heart and her kidney ruptured. She was internally bleeding to death and actually lived a few days like this without even knowing. As a result Addie was put into a Coma. As if being put into a Coma wasn't enough, Addie also suffered respiratory failure. Upon waking up she had to learn how to walk, talk, eat and breath again. She even had to learn how to move her fingers. She had to endure dialysis and chemotherapy for 8 months. Addie says "Lupus has brought so many issues with other organs and brought other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis. It didn't help that I weighed 260 lbs." After numerous hospitalizations caused her to be taken from her children and family she knew something had to change. Addie says "I decided to improve my health. I began jogging and eating healthier. I lost 30 lbs and decided to join a gym. I began to do lots of cardio and lost an additional 70 lbs. I decided to try lifting weights. I fell in love and no longer saw working out as chore. As a result of my lifestyle change I have now lost total of 125 lbs." It has been a challenge having lupus. I wake up in pain everyday and because of having respiratory failure I have trouble catching my breath. However, I push through. I have seen a huge improvement with my lupus symptoms. working out has minimized my hospital visits. Its a lifestyle change. Fitness has changed my life. I don't let lupus define me. I won't use it as an excuse because I have proved to myself that I am stronger.
Addie's Fitness Story
What made you decide it was time for a change?
When lupus started attacking all of my organs and with the constant hospitalizations I knew something had to give. I wanted to be healthy so i could be here for my kids.
How did you stay motivated?
At the beginning of your transformation what steps did you take?
One of the first steps I took was watching what I ate and counting my calories. I was able to lose 30lbs by eating healthier. This encouraged me to be more active. I started going for jogs and just being more active in general.
How has lupus affected you?
Did having lupus make your transformation harder?
Yes! Definitely. Physical pain such as chest pain, joint pain, and body aches make it harder to push myself physically. Fatigue is also a problem. It's more than being lazy it's a feeling of exhaustion. Imagine going on a hike after having no sleep and having a bad cold. All you want to do is lay down, sleep, and not even move.
What kind of affect did being overweight have on your life? How are things different?
I had less energy and more pain in my body. I felt unattractive and insecure. Now I wake up feeling better about myself and I want to be more active. I have energy to play with my children, I am confident. I feel strong!
Whats different about your diet?
Do you have any tips for those interested in transforming?
Determination! Want it! The motivation will go away and you will want to give up. You have to stay determined and be sure to enjoy the journey. Don't rush you'll get there as long as you're consistent.
Has your transformation helped you grow? How?
Yes! I have found that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, not just physically but mentally as well. I make better food choices now, not just for myself but for my family too. I understand how food affects your body and how being active keeps you healthy.