Hello my friends,
I've felt the apprehensions of starting something new to better myself, not knowing if, when, or how to jump. I also know how it is to feel like no one quite understands your situation, like no one really "gets it." Well, I get it. It's a hard road. But not one you have to walk alone.
I've overcome many hurdles in life and bring a unique perspective to life and fitness. I am an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Coach, Nutritionist, and lifelong athlete who's been living with Young Onset Parkinson's since before 2012. I understand the role our mindset plays on our motivations and adaptations. I lived for years just taking medications and not really doing anything else to better myself. I resigned myself to this degrading condition and became isolated from the world, furthering my slow and lonely decline.
But luckily God provided me with a turnaround, and I started on my own rally. I began exercising, reducing my medications, eating better, and socializing more. I began practicing karate with my eight-year-old son, and through the joy of getting moving and exercising with him I was able to foster the comeback of my positive mindset. The efforts in keeping up with him pushed me on. Though it hurt and I wanted to quit many times, I was enjoying the time we spent training, feeling like I was someone he could look up to once again. And my body and movement were improving in strength and fluidity as the training went on. No medicine could have ever given me this.
My son is thirteen now, and we've both become black belts. We continue training together, and I plan to do all I can to be able to do it for the rest of my life. My younger son has recently joined us on the mats and knowing the value training together will add to both of their lives makes me feel very blessed to be able to do it with them.
Practicing martial arts helped me to regain the athlete's mindset Parkinson's had slowly stripped away. My own turnaround made me want to learn all I could to help others reach for the same blessings. And now it's time for me to start sharing; We should never give up. There is always something else to try, a different gear to shift into, something new to learn, new avenues to follow. It's just up to us to explore.
I want to help you manifest a comeback in your own life. Are you ready to start your rally?
-Nathan L. Ward
Nathan Lee Ward