Brenna Galbraith

My name is Brenna Galbraith, I am  almost 37 years old and a mother of 3 beautiful children who are 16, 10, and 8. My husband Jeff and I have been married for 17 years.

When I am not working full-time outside the home, shuttling my kids to TaeKwon-Do or swimming, volunteering as a fundraising coordinator for my son's school, or training/fundraising for the Ride to Conquer Cancer - you will find me sweating up a storm while Chance, Carol or Teresa do everything humanly possible to kick our backsides into shape.

I would not have it any other way.

I have had more surgery than I can even possibly recall; pelvic adhesions, a hysterectomy, and multiple joint reconstructions.

I have never really led a sedentary lifestyle, but i always seemed like I would get to a happy place physically and then I would get sick and have to have surgery.  It seemed like an endless circle.

My metabolism took a nose dive after a hysterectomy in 2006 and the weight piled on.

In 2008 we moved from Seattle, back home to Calgary. I knew no one other than family and was traveling all (and I mean all) the time, only home on the weekends and then off again.

In addition to all of this I desperately needed to quit smoking and was finally successful in October of this same year. Needless to say, the scale was not my friend.

In January 2009, I made it a New Years resolution to get in shape once and for all. I joined a gym, hired a personal trainer, started running again and dusted off my road bike, but despite all of this, I was still not where I wanted to be physically and my weight continued to go up. I felt like I was hitting rock-bottom.

I started working out with Chanceformations in September 2011.  I (like many of you) was introduced to Chance because I bought a deal online.  I was tired of the same old gym routine and desperate to get about 30 lbs off of my body for good.

In January 2012 - I faced a momentous decision, I said goodbye to the years of scars, stretch marks, loose flab and emotional baggage that I hid under my baggy clothes when I decided to go under the knife yet again to have an abdominoplasty.

Recovering from this surgery was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do as it forced me to fall back into the black hole that I had been in so many times before. This time, however, it was different. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, this surgery allowed me to focus even more on my fitness goals as I could now not only feel, but I could see the differences in my core and general appearance.

As you can see, my quest for fitness has not been an easy one. In addition to everything else, I have severe joint pain and laxity in my wrists (that no one can find an answer for) and recently, I have found out that I have plantar fasciitis, just 2 more speed bumps...

Due to the joint problems in my wrists - I cannot do a push-up, burpee,  or anything that requires me to put any weight on my hands and there are days I can't even hold onto a weight heavy enough to work my biceps or triceps effectively, but Chance, Carol and Teresa have taught me that there are always alternative exercises I can do and that there are NO EXCUSES.

The weight is finally coming off, I am currently down 14 lbs and I am determined to keep everything moving in the right direction.

Everyone at Chanceformations is so motivating, especially on days when my body is telling me to stop or slow down, I can always count on all the Fitcampers to give me the mental and emotional support that I need to continue.

My heartfelt gratitude and thanks go out to every Fitcamper, and most of all the instructors. You will never know how much this means to me.