• My journey with Tracy started in 2014 during a time that I thought I was keeping it together…

    but clearly things were falling apart quickly in front of me – My oldest son was quite ill. 

    Fitness seemed to come and go in my life, figure skated as a kid, worked out at a gym, ran several half marathons, but in between most of this things would come up in my life and I would turn immediately to food. At my heaviest and very much worst times I was 250 + pounds, then I would diet and exercise and go to 125 pounds. I even had a free tummy tuck due to weight loss but the side effects of unhealthy eating and living and suffering during all this time with depression and now facing a battle with my son I knew I needed something …just wasn’t sure yet what it was. 

    In September of 2014 I remember standing outside and having a conversation with my neighbour about a challenge at her gym, Readiness Fitness owned by Tracy Read. It was a weight loss / food challenge and honestly I thought, “What do I have to lose?” She shared it was a female gym and only classes and I remember thinking, oh…I probably won’t like it, but I will still give this a try mostly because I knew the next few months for my son and our family would be the worst we had seen. So I joined and reluctantly started going to classes, everyone was really friendly but I struggled with the classes, couldn’t even do a sit up and I kept referring to my “points” instead of fueling my body. The next few months I showed up, but mentally my mind was 1,000 miles away thinking how was I going to get through what was ahead with my son. 

    Before we left back for Alberta for my son’s surgery, a number of people at the gym approached me wishing me their best and said they were keeping me in their thoughts. This resonated with me as I never had that type of support from anyone other than family and close friends, but the people there seemed so authentic and genuine I knew I was in the right place.

    January 2015 came along and I decided to try the Spartan obstacle course training at the gym. I knew that this was WAY out of my comfort zone and I didn’t even think it would be possible for me to complete, but I did it. But even though this was uncomfortable for me, I could see changes with my career. I started to see that the fire inside was real and I wanted more so I decided to apply for leadership within my organization and I was the successful candidate. In September 2015 I ran the Sprint and the Super races with Spartan in Red Deer and even though it was the hardest thing I had ever done, I started to see I was capable of SO much more then what I was actually doing. I came back from those races with a renewed sense of self and a new motivation that would burn continuously inside of me. 

    Now don’t get me wrong, I still slipped up again and again with food and continued to allow food and negative thoughts to consume me, but knowing that I had the power to change it made all the difference. 

    In May 2016 I ran my first Spartan Beast in Montana, this is where my life began and I started to believe what Tracy had been telling me all along: that I was worth the change, that I deserved the success, and that the hard work I would put in would all be worth it. The words from her came in text forms, face to face conversations and emails. I still have a text from her that I pull out now and again to remind myself of a few things! She was right all along: the work I would put in would be worth it and in June of 2016 I accepted a Branch Management position which was the furthest thing on my radar just a year prior, which only meant one thing: other people were seeing the changes now! 

    In July 2016 I joined the first “Little Black Dress Project” at Readiness and my confidence skyrocketed! I felt the best I felt in years mentally and physically. It was such a great feeling! I also completed my first Spartan Trifecta that year which was the tip of the iceberg for me! 

    How does one celebrate all this success? At Readiness we have Tattoo parties!!!! So in October 2016 I got my first tattoo! I wear now all four of my tattoos with pride! 

    My physical evolution with Tracy Read and Readiness Fitness happened over the 2nd , 3rd and 4th Little Black Dress events and even looking at the pictures you can see the fire burns brighter on each one! 

    2017 has certainly been a highlight from qualifying for Worlds in OCR, completing a triple Trifecta, Racing Spartan races throughout Canada, getting certified to teach Pound, excelling in my career and now leading three branches in Regina and raising my boys along with my husband. But at the end of the day when all this is done, the most valuable lesson I have come away with is that I can do whatever it is that I put my mind to. I am strong, fierce and have a warrior within that desires a rewarding life with a fire that burns for more!

    I am a big believer that everyone comes into our lives for a reason – I have often wondered where I would be without the support and guidance of Tracy and to be honest I quickly leave those thoughts behind as I know my path was meant to cross hers as she was given to me as a gift, a mentor and a friend. These are all gifts that I am beyond grateful for each and every day. Thank you my friend for guiding me to my fire….I promise to keep it burning forever and make you proud! ​


    Natasja B.

    November 2017

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