Brenna Galbraith

 No excuses...

 
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.
 
Sincerely,
Brenna