It’s motivational March at Endorphin. A month where the members of Endorphin are working on getting our friends and family on a fitness path for health. I wanted to share my story!

It was over two years ago when I was on a very unhealthy path. I was in a legal battle over my son, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my mother passed just as we were mending our relationship. I found myself depressed, mad, and I hated my life. I drank to numb the pain and stress of the court battle. I was unhappy so I drank. I couldn’t exercise because it hurt too much… I had every excuse to drink.

I was strolling through the Lowry farmer’s market when I was approached by a young lady passing out free week fliers at Endorphin. I thanked her and kept walking. A week later I was walking into the Lowry Beer Garden and watched a group of people working out in front of the building. I watched as I walked into the Beer Garden to drink…

I woke up the following morning and was upset. I thought “what the f$ck am I doing?” I reached for the Endorphin flier in my wallet. I checked out the website and looked at the class schedules. There was a class that Saturday morning at 8am. I decided to give it a try, so I signed up. How hard could it be?

I was greeted by a charming young lady named Margaret. She asked my name and got some basic information from me; What is your routine? What are your goals? Do you have any injuries? I explained to her about my RA, that I haven’t ran in over a year, my goals, and that I wanted to feel good again!

The class began and I was instantly challenged by jumping jacks! I mean seriously Marlise! Jumping jacks?? The class went on and I was served my first round of burpees! I thought, “What the f#ck! I’m going to die!” The class finished and I was out of breath. I am amazed I didn’t puke. With a smile on her face, Margaret came by and gave me a high five. I walked out sure I wouldn’t return. The following Saturday I signed up for an MPIT class… “Let’s try this again” I thought. This time I was greeted by a handsome young man, with a smile on his face,
I thought, “Well, if this kills me, at least I die looking at this stud!” Chris Lindley came up, shook my hand, and we talked briefly about what my goals were. He asked, “Have I been to a class? Do I have any injuries?” The class began… This time no jumping jacks… This time it was a damn blue mat that I had to lay on with weights in my hands and sit up. I have to admit, I about puked. But I survived! I was hooked! After hundreds of classes and various instructors, at different times during the day, I found myself happier, less stressed, stronger, motivated and confident!

Fast forward to last year, I ran in my first obstacle race, the Spartan Sprint. I followed that up with the Tough Mudder. I didn’t beat any records, I didn’t come in the top 5, not even the top 100, but I COMPLETED them both! I did this with my Endo team! Mike and my two boys cheered me on as I finished the Spartan Sprint, and Mike watched me cry as I crossed the finish line at the Tough Mudder. The tears were a proud moment for me and how far I have come. The pain and heartbreak of the years before were replaced with pride and a new sense of the woman I am today.

I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t walk into those first two classes. But I do know this: I know that no matter what sh!t day or night I had, I can always walk in and be greeted with a smile. I have been welcomed into the Endorphin family with open arms.

I am not striving to be skinny. I am fitter, stronger, and healthy! Most important, I’m a better me! I am an Endo Warrior!