Newly Retired from Sedentary Professions
A year ago, we were 63 and newly retired from sedentary professions. I had trained for and participated in sprint triathlons and we both love golf and biking. We were in good health. However, we wanted to ensure a long, active retirement and we were pretty sure we weren’t doing it on our own. Then we found Ashleigh.
The process started with an evaluation during which Ashleigh surprised us by identifying problem areas. My back and hip were vulnerable, I was beginning to use my arms to assist myself up stairs and I was suffering greatly with plantar fasciitis, seeing both a chiropractor and orthopedic doctors. Scott had shoulder, back and elbow issues and was beginning to stoop forward toward the “widows hump” that plagues his mother. He also had such tight ham strings that he could not squat or lunge. We thought we were in great shape, but it turned out we needed help.
Ashleigh designed our workouts to start with rolling and stretching for areas that needed therapy and needed protection. Then she added strength exercises for areas that were ready for progress. She researched the causes for the plantar fasciitis and referred me to specialists who have shown me how to control this condition without surgery. And sent Scott to a fabulous chiropractor for work on his shoulder.
We work out once a week with Ashleigh and once or twice a week on our own. Ashleigh continues to vary the workouts, so we are not bored.
A year later, we are both feeling great. My back and hip issues are forgotten, I can leap up the stairs and I no longer have pain from plantar fasciitis. Scott is doing overhead lifts, so his back, shoulder and elbows are no longer problems. And his posture is corrected. And his hamstrings are now loose enough to have full range of motion in his squats and lunges. We have forgotten what it is like to ignore all those minor hurts because they are gone. We both feel energetic and strong and that’s about as physically fit as I could have imagined a year ago.
This year, we have taken Ashleigh up on her offer to try her nutrition program. What a surprise. We’ve both dropped 12 pounds in less than a month in a program that required small adaptations with big results. This has been made easy by Ashleigh’s teachings. We now understand the sugar/insulin mechanism and how it interferes with weight loss. We now know what it takes to feed the body at the cellular level and why it is important to have a diet varied in proteins and fats. We are now huge consumers of vegetables and enjoying them greatly: these are not the steamed veggies of the spas-of-torture; these are veggies with flavorings that we truly enjoy. There is no diet. Only knowledge. And once we understood the relationship between food and how we feel, it has been easy to implement.
I cannot finish this song of praise without touching on how inspiring Ashleigh has been. Her academic accomplishments and life experiences give her an unusual wealth of information to share, which she does freely. She is compassionate, encouraging and thoughtful, with a playful sense of fun. Ashleigh has made a difference in our lives and we feel extremely lucky to have access to this very special person.