I wanted to learn how to fuel my body, build muscle, and improve performance after recovering from a debilitating 3-month rib injury. My goals were unexpectedly derailed only a week into working with WAG. I faced a serious injury leading to Tommy John’s surgery and supposed 12-month recovery process. As a result, I was determined to dial-in my nutrition with the help of my coach.
My journey has taken me down many different paths over the last 8 months. I was first in a period of maintenance during my recovery process to preserve muscle mass. My coach and I quickly realized that my body required a lot of fuel once I resumed activity in the gym. After losing fat and at my lowest weight of 114 pounds, I transitioned into a gaining phase to rebuild my strength and add muscle.
I could have given every reason under the sun to quit with back-to-back injuries. Instead, I believed nutrition and attitude were two factors within my control while my body healed. My coach reassured me that we could work through almost anything when it came to nutrition, and she was right! Each day of my recovery process was not cinnamon buns (macro-friendly version) and rainbows. But, I am grateful for the support of my coach, as I was still able to embrace the positive wins in my day-to-day, stay level headed during the rough, fearful moments, maintain a growth mindset, and never take for granted the things that I love to do. My WAG journey taught me that while we may be afraid, growth happens when we step outside of our comfort zones, face our fears, and show vulnerability with our friends, family, and even coaches.
It doesn’t happen from achieving a protein, fat, carbohydrate, or fiber goal every day. Instead, it takes a very special person, like a coach, to guide us through our own journey and reveal our best self. I would not be where I am today without WAG or my coach. As a result, my supposed 12-month recovery process was reduced to only 6 months and stood on top of the podium with my team at my first competition post-surgery.