Why I Started 911 Lifestyle and Stress Management for First Responders

Hi, I’m Andi.  

I’m the one behind 911 Lifestyle and Stress Management for First Responders.   

I thought that I should introduce myself, so you could get to  know me and why I am so passionate about helping First Responders learn how to recover from the stress in their life before they burn out and learn how to get back to the energy they had when they first started the job and keep it that way.   

To start with I am the wife of a police officer and mom to two amazing boys.   

Since my husband became a police officer one of my priorities has always been to make sure our lifestyle at home supported him the best possible to manage shift work, decrease stress on his mind and body and create an environment that helped him recover on days off.  

The irony is that I was the one exhibiting signs of Adrenal Fatigue ( A stress related health condition) for most of my life.

My Signs and Symptoms

  • Digestive issues
  • Absolute Exaustion
  • Not being able to sleep
  • Or when I did have a great sleep I always woke exhausted
  • Overheating when I would try to work out or do any exercise
  • Feeling like a brick was on my chest sometimes and it was hard to breathe
  • Going through my day feeling like I was walking through a fog of cement as my arms and legs felt like they were 100 lbs
  • My brain also had days where I had trouble focusing and thinking because it was also in a cement fog
  • Moody and short with people closest to me
  • Low energy – where I’m sure if I could handle the smell of coffee I would have had an IV of it dripping in my arm
  • I became intolerant to gluten and dairy intolerant
  • Crazy sugar cravings
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dizziness
  • Short tempered with my kids and husband
  • Hormonal imbalances

When I went to the doctor and explain what I was feeling. They’d tell me I was ok and eventually I stopped advocating for myself. I pushed through every day and thought that this was how I had to live.

I’d always “managed” it through the skills I’d learned over my 20 years as a personal trainer and nutrition coach.

But, I couldn’’t workout for 14 years or my body would crash.  The physical stress was more than my adrenals could handle. My energy would drop so low that I would have trouble even walking up a set of stairs.  It got to the point where adding 2+2 was a tough task for my brain.

I was a personal trainer and hid it from everyone except my husband as I was afraid if I opened up about it then people would judge me.

This was the life I thought I had to live.

The day I learned that these signs and symptoms were all a part of Adrenal Fatigue. Changed my life.

Obsessively, I read everything I could get my hands on about stress related health conditions. Science, lifestyle changes and whatever else I could find.

I realized that the systems we had implemented in our lives were a part of the treatment protocol, but there were other things that we could do to

Get my energy back

Allow me to think clearly again and make quick decisions

Gain back quality sleep so I feel refreshed upon waking

Stay level and calm with my kids and husband

Work out and be active again

Balance my hormones

Become a better wife and mom and more…

Both of us started integrating my research findings not only personally, but professionally as well.

My husband is starting to use the techniques at work to calm his stress and help his colleagues and civilians during calls.

He’s finding that he’s not as exhausted at the end of his shifts, he’s able to make tough decisions faster and easier and is enjoying his time with our kids more as he’s able to fully engage instead of pushing through exhaustion.

We are a work in progress as we always will be, but what we’ve accomplished so far has been amazing.

I closed my 15 year personal training company and launched another company teaching mom entrepreneurs like myself how to manage their stress. It’s been so rewarding.

Then I starting chatting with a few friends who are police officers.

Stress surrounds them all day.

I’m not sure why I was surprised at how receptive they were to learn about what I was doing.

They asked great questions and I was able to give them a few quick and easy action tasks that they could implement right away. A few days later each one messaged me thanking me as the little hacks already made a difference.

My wheels started spinning.

There is such a need for Police Officers to learn what I teach. The techniques we’ve incorporated into our lives have done amazing things for my family and we felt it would be wrong not to teach others.

If we could help even one person it will be worth it!   

We decided we had to create a program and community to help Police officers who are exhausted and worried about burnout learn how to identify and reduce their stress, so they can wake up feeling refreshed and energized throughout their day, have a clear brain to make decisions and are ready to handle anything that comes their way.  

Stress is a part of your job, but it doesn’t have to define you.

If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to have you become a part of our community in my 911 Stress Management Group.    Join now and also send me a message and introduce yourself.

I can’t wait to meet you and get you started on your road to feeling like you felt when you start this job.