Individualized Fitness Programs
Julie FitSmith Provide?
Individualized health and fitness training with emphasis on putting your health back in your hands. There is nothing worse than going to the Doctor and hearing the words "there is nothing more we can do for you".
Empowering you to be your best self by reaching your health, fitness, and wellness goals.
I'm Julie - Physical Therapist and Health Coach
I am Julie Smith. A mom to a sweet boy, Wyatt and a sassy girl, Clara. Full time Physical Therapist and Health Coach with a passion for pushing people to live their best life.
Julie Fit Smith was created to empower you to live your best life. As a Physical Therapist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and fitness coach I am here to help you reach your health, fitness and wellness goals and reclaim your power utilizing a mind, body and spirit approach.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in 8th grade and I looked at my friend and said "I want to be skinner". Just to be clear, I was a skinny, athletic eighth grader! I remember looking in the mirror and hating what I saw. I thought I needed to have this perfect body. The one that was in the magazines, and on tv. I thought that perfect body would bring me happiness, friends, success, love. I remember thinking I would do anything to have the perfect body.
I always had lingering insecurities about my body. Maybe you can relate? It peaked in high school as I found myself comparing my body to every single human being I came into contact with. It was exhausting. As I grew up and went off to college the insecurities were better, but still there.
College was an absolute blast. I did it all. I played division I soccer while pursing my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I had wonderful friends that turned into my sisters from other misters, Hell I even met my husband while I was in college. I had the time of my life. I had it all. Friends. Family, Success. Love. You know what else I still had? Body insecurities because I didn't understand how to love myself.
I had my son, Wyatt, in June of 2015. I immediately felt the pressures of motherhood on top of managing a full time job. At this time my husband and I lived in Louisville, KY and spent the majority of our time traveling to visit family. Oh, and then I had this new body that I was supposed to take care of along with keeping up with everything else. It was hard. It was ugly. It was stressful. It was lonely. I never opened up to anyone about it because of fear of judgement. I lived this life of running from one thing to another, caring for my family, caring for my patients at work while deep down hating myself and my body. It was eating away at my soul.
When Wyatt was 6 months old we made the decision to relocate to St. Louis, Missouri. This was the beginning of my journey. My journey of self-love.
A month after being home, my Dad called and said "Jules, they found a spot on mom's lung. We don't know what it is yet but I need you to keep her in good spirits because she is scared". When I was around mom and the family I was upbeat and positive, but guys, when I was alone I was scared to freaking death. Mom and I shared a very special bond since the day I was born. The thought of losing her was absolutley gut wrenching.
She had her biopsy done and it came back positive for Stage 4 Melanoma. They started her on Immunotherapy as this was the best course of treatment for her advanced stage of cancer. After the first round of treatment her scans came back and showed the cancer spread, her blood work got worse and her physical symptoms were significantly worse. My strong mother, who in my eyes was superwoman could no longer get off the couch.
When these results came back something in me said to keep looking. Look for other options. I just knew that we were running out of time and we had to do something that was drastic and out of the box. It was right around this time that a friend from grad school reached out to me after hearing what mom was going through. She said that she knew a woman whose husband battled stage 4 melanoma. She knew that he drastically changed his lifestyle and he was thriving. So I picked up the phone and called this woman and she poured her heart and soul into me. She told me about a book that helped her navigate this journey: Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr. I read the book, spoke to a few other people who navigated the cancer roller coaster with a drastic change in lifestyle and my journey began.
We changed her diet to a plant based diet, eliminated sugar, she began exercising, and she even started meditating! Slowly, we saw her energy improve and her life come back. I whole heartedly believe it was because of the changes she made to her life that she went from lying on the couch to watching Wyatt a few days a week. Her blood work slowly returned to normal. If you saw her, you would have never thought she had stage 4 cancer. She was doing so well that they switched her back to the immunotherapy and again, it did not work. She decided to try a clinical trial. The last hurdle to get into the trial was to re-check her brain to make sure there was no progression and there it was. The cancer had spread to her brain without any warning signs. She passed away a few months later.
I tell you this story because it is actually my story and I didn't even know it! What is beautiful about my story is during this hellish time I was actually healing myself alongside my mom. I was eating the foods that she was eating. I was stressed beyond belief, but found through the power of meditation I can control my thoughts, my breathing, my stress. I learned about my own limiting beliefs.
By living through the hell of her illness I came out the other side healed.
Mom said over and over again "I wish I would have known how to take care of myself". When she said this I felt immense sadness. I felt sad for her, for myself and for my children, who will never get to know how wonderful she was.
It was at that moment the I decided to dedicate my life's work to help moms and women so you do not fall into a diseased state of life. Approximately 38% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.
The sad part with most chronic diseases and cancers is that they can be prevented with proper nutrition, and lifestyle modifications.
It is time to make a change.
It is time you started living the life you deserve!
Because you deserve more!