My name is Mary Noble. I am 55 years old. I have lived in Round Rock since 2016 with my wife, when she is not deployed, and 4 cats. I am a proud military brat. I was born in Paris, France (not Texas), grew up on multiple military bases throughout the US, but the vast majority was spent in Anchorage, Alaska. As a kid, I was a never-ending bundle of energy – my childhood nickname was Tigger.
In an attempt to contain my energy my mother enrolled me in a multitude of activities including tennis, ice skating, little league baseball, basketball, volleyball, and swimming lessons. To round it all out, my mom also enrolled me in ballet, tap lessons, as well as poise classes. I excelled as a swimmer, so my mom enrolled me in the local swim club. I won my first ribbon at a state meet when I was 10 years old. I swam competitively throughout high school. After high school, life took over. College, work, significant others were my priority, not sports.
As an adult, I played rec league softball, rec league hockey, rode mountain bikes off trail, dabbled in different martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing, but nothing stuck long term. I was even selected to the roster for two women’s professional (full pads, full contact) football teams – The Denver Foxes and The Boston Militia, but both teams disbanded before I ever got to play a single game. Though active at times, the extra pounds piled on and on and on.
In October 2019, I began to battle constant fatigue. In March 2020, I was diagnosed with a blood disorder that was causing the fatigue and compromised my immune system. I was scheduled for surgery and put on medication to alleviate my symptoms until the surgery date. The fatigue had gotten so bad by April 2020 I had become bedbound I had also begun to experience chronic severe pain and lose my hair. The simplest move would cause pain to shoot through whatever body part I moved. Even cuddling with my kittens would cause every nerve in my body to HURT.
Due to the Covid pandemic, my first surgery date was postponed, then a second surgery date was postponed. A third and final surgery date was set for November 11, 2020. The surgery went well, with no complications. Recovery would take about 6-8 weeks, then I could start walking again. All was going well until Thanksgiving Day 2020. As I was preparing lunch, I began to hemorrhage uncontrollably. I was rushed to the ER, then into emergency surgery, where I received four blood transfusions and two iron infusions. I was allowed to go home four days later, but I was back to being bed bound.
In mid-April 2021, my doctor finally gave me the ok to start moving again regularly. The after-effects of having spent more than a year bed bound left me with weakened lower back muscles and piriformis issues in both my legs. In mid-May, I started seeing a chiropractor for adjustments and physical therapy. I also started taking Pilates for low impact exercise and to start to lengthen and strengthen my muscles.
I was progressing well, so the third week of July I asked Sarah Linder, my chiropractor, if she knew any personal trainers that could help me get back into shape – round is a shape just NOT the shape I want to be. Sarah said she knew just the person and place for me. I started training 2x a week with Nathan at the end of July 2021, and in September we started training together 3x per week.
One of the best things about Nathan is that he seems to know just how far I can and should challenge my body. Even better I can do a full depth air squat WITHOUT pain! I am very proud of the progress I have made so far, though I am still working hard to get into even better shape. I am extremely honored that the CFRR crew thought my fitness journey was worthy to share.