Hi, my name is Ben, creator of Beyond the Odds fitness.
Why Beyond the Odds?
I wanted to encapsulate the idea of my back story, of defeating the odds to reach my goals. In 2004 at the age of 14 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As time went on the disease grew worse, and more debilitating, until I was bedridden, forced on disability, unable to eat or do almost any physical activity, I had just about given up on myself.
Then I started learning about nutrition, and I began to recover. As I regained my capacity for physical activity, I began to learn about physical fitness as well. I had to rebuild my musculature from the ground up, as I had atrophied significantly.
I had fallen to a meager 99 lb.s at 5′ 11.75″, there wasn’t much left for me to lose. Starting from the ground up, however, comes with complications. Some muscles will develop more quickly, or disproportionately depending on exercise choice. In order to regain my full physical function, I had to learn how to hit my body from every angle, as well as using stretches and therapeutic myofascial release on my muscles to prevent tightness, and pain in my joints.
Nutrition is no easy matter for Crohn’s either. There may be books, and resources, but the problem is everyone’s Crohn’s is different, so everyone’s Crohn’s diet is different. My solution was to learn as much as I can about all aspects of nutrition, so I could then apply what I know for the diet that works for me.
This has given me a working knowledge of diet and exercise that I can apply to healthy individuals, and others who struggle with my condition alike.
Do you have a story about overcoming your condition through diet and exercise?
Send it to me and I would be happy to feature it.