I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very sweet woman that I love dearly and have had the pleasure of working with; Janet Daoust.
Janet was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and suffered with ongoing health issues. She knew it was time to take charge of her health and came to me ready and willing to do whatever it took to reclaim her body again. She was kind enough to share her story of transformation and how slow and steady helped her win the race.
I had hit my personal “rock bottom” and needed answers, needed direction, and needed help.
“I decided that I needed to take charge of my health. I was having anxiety issues, depression, my IBS was HORRIBLE, and I seemed to have headaches more often than not. I wasn’t sleeping well, and I knew that my overall health was quite poor. I had tried times before to do it myself, but I knew that there were things that I couldn’t do on my own, and needed some guidance and accountability to make it work for me. I had heard many times before that eating had a big impact on Multiple Sclerosis flair-ups and since diagnosed in 2009 it had always weighed on me if that was true. IF it was true, where did I start? How did I get help? Who did I turn to? Karen was sent to me at the perfect time. I had hit my personal “rock bottom” and needed answers, needed direction, and needed help.
I started my journey with Karen on February 25th, 2016 after hearing about Karen from a co-worker who was also trying to take charge of her life and make positive changes after having two children. Being a mom myself, working full-time, having a husband who worked a lot, and a very active child in sport, I did very little to take care of myself. It was time to start.
I now have so much more energy! I have mental clarity like I have never had before, and all aspects of my life – both mentally and physically are much improved. Over the course of 10 months, I lost 26 pounds and 10 inches. I faltered a bit over the winter due to Sports obligations of my son, but I am getting back on track, and I can’t believe how much I missed the sweat equity. How much the exertion did to clear my mind and bring me back to my center. Fitness is definitely a lifestyle!
I feel like I have been able to take charge of my own life. That I have become the master of my own well being and this has been an integral part of getting my Multiple Sclerosis to stay on the back burner as opposed to being in the forefront of my every day. I don’t worry so much about how I am going to feel after I eat (IBS flair-ups are few and far between) and I can function more normally without having the constant thought of headaches.
I loved Karen’s easy going approach, and her non-judgement of slip ups, and falters. She held me accountable, but in a way that didn’t leave me feeling like a failure, but rather like I was human! And it’s okay to slip – just get back up and carry on. Do the best you can and don’t worry about not being “perfect”. I haven’t tried anything like this type of program before – mostly because I didn’t think it would help me, and that maybe it would be too expensive for me to warrant spending on myself. Once I got to the point where I had hit my own “rock bottom” I had made it worth it to myself to spend the money, put in the time, and make a promise that I would put in the work.
Karen is there 24/7 for her clients. There is not any judgement or criticism about the reasons why you may want to start on this journey, or why it’s taken someone so long to reach out for help! As mothers we want to be the super hero and put everyone before ourselves, but in truth that is only hurting those we love. We can’t take care of them if we don’t take care of ourselves first. I tell everyone who will listen about Karen and her programs. I have seen first hand how much it has changed my life, and there is no denying that it works! That she is committed to providing her clients with the help and assistance that they need. That she’s there to listen to you, support you, and be your biggest cheerleader.
As part of my journey I had my hormones tested (which were wonky and not fixed) and also have gone Gluten Free, mostly dairy free, and keep my eating plan as close to AIP as I can. My son and my husband have bought in to this way of life, and although I have my fair share of “bad” days still, I am better at letting those go, and get back up and carry on. I have faltered a bit since Christmas, but that’s OK!! I do the best I can each day, and work to do a bit more tomorrow. I look at this as a marathon and not a sprint. I see myself as strong and resilient and powerful now instead of weak and hopeless. It’s as much a mindset as it is anything else. Karen has taught me that. For those things, I will be forever grateful.