How One Rider Sweat Her Way Back To Strong
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that kind of rocked her world, Sandy didn’t stay down for long. In fact, she decided that in order to NOT let the disease define her, she would saddle up at ZYN22 and ride her way back to STRONG. Read Sandy’s story below for some major ZYNspiration!
MS, Multiple Sclerosis, what exactly is that? I surely didn’t know when I first heard my doctor say those words in December of 2014. It had only been two short months following my wedding in Mexico, where I struggled to walk and slept through most of my honeymoon, suffering from severe fatigue.
MS is an unpredictable and sometimes disabling autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
I’d known something was wrong for some time but I blamed the numbness in my feet and legs, the constant fatigue, brain fog and blurred vision on my stressful job. I never imagined these were symptoms of an incurable disease I’d have to manage forever.
Once I got over the shock of my diagnosis, established the right care providers and the best treatment options, I found out I was pregnant. A wedding, an MS diagnosis and a baby on the way, all within a 6 month time period.
Needless to say, it took some time to adjust to so many life changes and working out was not a priority until my friends invited me to a ZYN22 class at Park Lane.
I was so nervous to enter the dome, after having gone so long without exercising. Before my diagnosis, I was a runner and Zumba junkie, I loved to stay in shape but the MS fatigue had overtaken my life and I often times didn’t recognize who I was anymore.
From the minute I first cranked that wheel and sang along to Justin Timberlake (a personal favorite), I knew I would be hooked. The energy is the dome and those 45 minutes to yourself to focus on your ride, your breathing, I knew this was where things could change for me.
It’s been six months since my first class and I can honestly say I feel like myself again. Not only have I shed 14 lbs., but more importantly, I feel strong, healthy and I have energy again! I still have my bad days, where I can’t feel my legs, especially in the Texas heat and when I’m stressed, but I have to remember to listen to my body and take it slow.
I’m so thankful for my amazing support system including my incredible husband, my girlfriends for introducing me to the dome and my beautiful daughter, Emilia, who will see her mom kick a$$ no matter what MS throws at her, because I am not this disease and it will not define me.
I recently received a road bike from the amazing Meat Fight organization and rode a portion of the MS150 race last year. I feel confident enough now to get back on that road bike and attempt to ride again, this time knowing my body is strong enough.
Ready to start YOUR journey to STRONG? Saddle up at ZYN22 this week!