Whitney Taylor - Women's Health

Be You. Be Light. Fort Collins, CO US 80526
My Story

Running on healthy.


Fresh out of college, Working my dream job in the endurance space, training for marathons, Feeling Healthy & Alive.

I had my life planned out , I wanted to pursue my passion in women’s health, specifically societal impact on women's body image and food choices. I thought I had it all figured out.

And then I was introduced to a company that changed the trajectory of my adult career, software in the endurance space. It was like God knew endurance, through and through, would be a monumental part of my story.

Within weeks I was working side by side with race directors for events I participated in. Life was good, and then it felt like my world was flipped upside down.

" We are all broken, that's how the light gets in."


A fractured pelvis, two weeks away from my marathon, on my last long 18 mile training run. All from doing what I love, just running. No accident, no fall, just running on the sidewalk. I get chills every time I think of that moment, it’s so vivid in my memory. The pain I felt in my soul was way deeper than any physical pain.

When I heard the words, “ You should never run more than a 5K, find another sport.” it felt like my life shattered before me.

I realized in the weeks to follow, my life was running, I hide behind running, it was one of the most painful, eye opening experiences. I was broken mentally and physically because I had never developed who I was and I didn’t know what to do about it.

I was 24 years old, going on 80. 

After several doctors and specialist, the verdict was in I was diagnosed with osteopenia and some hormonal imbalances causing my body to feel much older than it should. I refused to accept the future that was painted for me, there had to be another solution other than prescription drugs and low impact exercise.

" At that moment, I made the decision, I’m either going to own my health or it will own me. "

Redefining Healthy

My health journey blossomed from this point on. I dug deep into my work, research, and all things wellness. Fitness was my first opportunity. I went from swimming, riding, to eventually running again. Welcome to triathlons. I learned how to balance the weight bearing exercises with swimming and yoga. Next opportunity, nutrition. Each failure was a new experience, one step closer to understanding my body while adding to my long list of what not to do in a race,  training, and recovery.

And then I found CrossFit and weightlifting, a pivotal point in my fitness and nutrition career.  Through mentors, experience, and all the educational content I could get my hands on, I started developing a unique awareness to the women’s body, we do not operate like men, we shouldn’t eat like men, and we definitely can’t train like them.

After years of building a solid foundation, I had finally regained confidence in myself and my body. I walked out of my bone density scan four years after a diagnosis with normal bone mass for my age and some solid muscle to prove it.

I WORKED HARD, I FOUGHT HARDER , I FOUND MY LIGHT.

 

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