Hey girlfriend! I am so excited that you are here! My name is Ranell Foxhoven and I am a wellness, mindset, and transformation coach. 😉 I strongly believe in taking care of our bodies, preventing illness, and healing our ailments by using proper diet and exercise instead covering them with pills and prescriptions. I’ve dealt with some health issues over the past 5 years stemmed from a couple of abusive relationships; I learned the hard way how stress can affect the mind and body. These lessons I learned are some of the driving forces that keeps me reaching out and passionately pursuing to help others. My story is long and I hope it truly inspires you to take care of yourself!
Fun Facts about me:
- I am an animal lover, especially horses. In fact, I donate 15% of my income to a horse refuge
- I hate peas and have to get creative how I get my veggies in (if only they tasted better!)
- I hate roller coasters..I went on one and left fingernail marks on the seat in front of me!
- I don’t fit into the trainer stereotype (and I am happy about it!)
- I love to paint ceramics when I have some free time
- I own a peacock named Mr. Shimmer
- I want to volunteer at a shelter for horses or dogs, but I am afraid I would sneak in at night and steal them all…
- I am a truth-teller; I hate fluff! I’ll tell you what you need to know.
- I have Christmas lights hung in my studio/office all year round (they make me happy!)
- I absolutely LOVE Brahmin handbags! (I only have 2..)
I am married to an amazing man and my best friend, Bryan and we have our son named Grant, born June 14th, 2017! Here’s a secret: I used to be a hot mess..seriously! When Bryan and I met, I was lost; I had lost my faith, lost my hope, and lost…me. And that is where our story begins:
Before I was a Trainer:
Back in college, I was super fit; I had abs and felt amazing! After a year of amazing-ness, I found myself in an abusive relationship . As the abuse increased, so did my hours of exercise. I started to look sick and broken, but I couldn’t stop (enter 2 eating disorders). One evening, the abuse took a turn for the worst; all I will say is I somehow found the courage to leave and am so thankful I did. After that, I couldn’t find the will to exercise anymore; I associated exercise with abuse, I didn’t care about myself anymore, and I really considered ending my life. I quit riding my horses (my favorite thing ever), I quit school, I quit…everything.
Fast forward through a few more years, a couple more college dropouts, lots more dating blunders, and MANY more insecurities, I found myself at the lowest I had ever been. I had gained 70 pounds and despised how far I let myself go. My anxiety and PTSD had gotten so out of control that I couldn’t go to Wal-Mart by myself. In 2010, I literally had 14 jobs in one year. I was addicted to fast food (can you say supersize it?) and felt completely out of control. I had literally hit rock bottom.
I finally reached my “I’VE FREAKING HAD IT” moment and started boxing lessons with a personal trainer. I needed to feel powerful and strong again; I needed to know I could protect myself if any of my abusive ex’s found me! It changed my life, it gave me hope, and made me believe in myself again. I looked forward to the lessons and I truly LOVED the feeling I had afterwards! When I was working out and eating healthy, I felt so much better about myself and it seemed all the other areas of my life improved too! It was at this point that I decided to join Christian mingle, which is where I met my husband!
Shortly after I met Bryan, the boxing lessons came to an end (umm..I spent my whole tax return of 4k on the lessons) and I found myself slowly going back to my old habits and the scale number slowly increasing. But, I was high on love, so who cares right? In 2013, I wound up moving to Nebraska to be with my honey (I am from KS); all was unicorns and rainbows until…I saw our engagement pictures. I drove home and cried for hours; I was so ashamed that I was right back at my starting point! So, I got my butt back in gear and lost 30 pounds in 5 months! My wedding dress had to be taken in 4 inches! I felt sexy, confident, and strong again! Welcome back me!
I Found my Mojo:
Over the next 2 years, I lost 50 pounds, became a certified personal trainer, behavioral change specialist, and health coach (all so scary!)! I found the confidence to put myself out there, overcome my limiting beliefs, and stop caring what others think. Don’t think this was all easy! Believe me, I had to overcome a lot of crap to even finish those certifications, let a lone help people! It took tons of books, tons of my own coaches, and tons of deep digging. Sometimes, I wanted to quit. Sometimes, I wanted to go hide in a hole. Sometimes, I wanted to run away. But I didn’t. All these changes and growing pains have been my motivator to help women rise up to become the best version of themselves! So, I started working for a corporate gym and did all I could to make a difference.
I Became a Fitpreneur (and Cancer Survivor):
In 2016, I opened my own studio! It was exciting and scary as hell all at the same time! But I knew I had to do it. I had 30 people come to my open house (in my small town, that is awesome!) I was booked solid from month 1 and while, yes, I did struggle to be a business owner as well as a trainer, I absolutely LOVED every minute of it. My clients were all seeing AMAZING results and I was even voted the best trainer of the year!
In June, a client of mine (a nurse) noticed a lump on my neck during my boot camp class. A week later, I went to the doctor and sure enough, I had 2 tumors on my thyroid. Thank goodness the biopsy results showed they were benign. In July, I went in to have half my thyroid removed because the tumors were making it hard for me to swallow. Here’s where it turned for the worse: After they removed the half, they found cancer and went in to remove the rest. When I came to after the 2 surgieries, I couldn’t breathe and let me tell you, that is the scariest feeling! A few hours later, I went in for my third surgery that day: a tracheotomy. At the age of 28, I had a trach tube put in my neck, so I could breathe. I was rushed to Omaha Med Center, where I had 3 more surgeries. One week later, I left with 2 extra holes in my body and a lot to mentally process. I was told I may never get my voice back, I may never get my vocal cords to work again, and there’s a possibility I will have a feeding tube and trac tube for the rest of my life. I wasn’t about to accept that, so I worked hard to stay mentally strong. I wasn’t about to stay home and feel sorry for myself, so I went back to training a few weeks after being home (even though I could only whisper). 2 months later, my tubes came out and I started to really heal. My voice was back, it wasn’t full force yet, but it was back and I could breathe and eat on my own!
It took me a good year to work through having cancer; I went through a phase of being angry at fitness and health for betraying me. I felt like I had done everything right..I was eating right, I was working out, and I was helping others. Why did I get cancer?
Girlfriend, I believe I got cancer because I was over-worked and stressed out. I was working over 80 hours a week, I was exhausted ALL the time, and I wasn’t taking enough time for ME. Did you know that stress is the #1 cause of 80% of the diseases out there? I always thought “well, that wont happen to me,” well it did.
Cancer made me realize fitness wasn’t everything; that there’s a difference between working out and actually taking care of yourself. I then decided to incorporate health and life coaching into my training! Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe exercise is VERY important, but I don’t think it is everything. I want to be more and keep my clients from making the same mistakes I did. I want to help people live a balanced and happy life, not be the “I care only about your work outs” kind of coach.
As I was making these shifts in my business, I found out I was pregnant (not the plan, but you know, you God give your plan and I swear he looks down and says, “aww sweetheart, that is so cute!”) I got pregnant the week my feeding tube and trac tube came out; let me tell you, I was so upset! Not that I didn’t want kids…I just wanted to recover from cancer and lose the weight I gained from it first! I mean, I was just cleared to eat real food and I was so nauseated that I couldn’t even enjoy it!
After a few months of counseling, I was over the cancer and let go of the anger. It will always affect me and it has changed my business, but (this may sound weird, but stick with me) I am so glad it happened. Almost dying twice really puts things into perspective; I started to realize that my business is just my business. I learned that family, friends, and my happiness ARE truly everything. So, I made plans to close my studio; I wanted to be a present mom in my sons life. You see, I was the wife that wasn’t ever home for a couple of years…I had to work through some guilt and regret over that. I closed my studio (it is an hour one way from our house) in June, just a few days after little man was born (he came early!)
Grant is healthy and happy; he was born June 14th, 2017! I am so blessed that even after cancer, my body created this healthy little boy! I am back to working out and kicking some arse! While I was having all my thyroid issues, I gained 30 pounds and I gained 45 while I was pregnant! I’m not going to lie, when I was able to eat real food and keep it down, I ate whatever I wanted! Can ya blame me? I’m not worried, I am working on losing it! My journey in the past year has taught me 1) nobody knows my story and cannot realistically judge me 2) because of that I really don’t give a damn what anybody thinks of me. My friend, that is sooo freeing! That is something I want for every single woman out there!
It is crazy how the map of our lives can twist and turn, but you can truly embrace those surprises if you look for the lessons. I believe there are no failures, no regrets…just lessons. The trick is to get past the fog of anger and defeat and look for the ways the experience can help you grow. If you’re ready to embrace your journey and live life to the fullest, check out my coaching programs!