I met Ivanna in the summer of 2015 in Denver when we were both attending FitBloggin. We hit it off and were even roommates the next month at Blog Fest. Ivanna is chill and low key but is the BUSINESS!!! I love her clarity for what she wants to do and I love her follow through for doing it!
Here’s her story:
I have been into fitness most of my life. When I was in high school I was on the powerlifting team and won nationals for my weight class.
I have always loved feeling strong, lifting weights made me feel just that. I can also remember always being concerned about weight and looking a certain way, I can’t say this is the healthiest thing for a teenage girl to be thinking about, but for me it has always been something I have been conscious of. I am thankful that I never really got into any unhealthy habits at that age because I could so easily see myself going down that path. I credit God for keeping me on that one.
Fast forward to becoming an adult. Fitness and wellness became much more so of a necessity for me rather than something I did for pure enjoyment and feeling strong. In 2012 I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. My anxiety was triggered by a short notice tour in Afghanistan of over 6 months.
This was a very hard time in my life and it took time, prayer, fasting and behavioral therapy to help me to get the anxiety under control. I used holistic lifestyle changes, diet changes, exercise and meditation to help me cope with anxiety.
Anxiety is something that never completely goes away. Because of this I have to make sure that I am taking care of my body, eating well and moving often to keep the anxious feeling away.
I also like to stay well because my kiddos are always watching. I want to be a great example of health and wellness to them, they motivate me to keep going. My husband is also a great support system and I am thankful for him.