About Penngrove FBBC
“Nothing tastes as good as fit feels”
Hey I’m Dallas James Wicker. You might know me as the break through mentor. I love helping others create a healthy lifestyle and transform themselves. I am the owner here at The Transformation Center (home of Santa Rosa and Petaluma Fit Body Bootcamp) and also run my personal coaching programs Dallas James Transformations.
If I could share only one bit of advice with you today, I’d tell you to never allow your past to limit your future. I’d tell you not to let other people confine your ambitions. I’d tell you to refuse letting someone or something impose limitations on what YOU can accomplish. When someone tells you “It can’t be done” it’s a reflection of THEIR limitations, NOT yours.
In June 2012, just two weeks after losing my mother to lung cancer, I became seriously ill. Although I reached out to my doc, it wasn’t until the three days later that I was hospitalized for a condition called Rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome that results from muscular injury – and in turn caused kidney failure. The doctors had hoped to be able to “flush” my system and get my body to kick start my kidneys again, but as days passed, hope faded away. My lovely lady, Katie Switzer, could only watch helplessly as my condition deteriorated.
On the 7th day in the ICU, I was rushed into emergency surgery – my blood pressure had skyrocketed to well over 200. There was no choice but to connect a port to my heart and my jugular vein to release the pressure. My kidneys weren’t cleansing my blood and removing toxins, so the pressure built up so high it had to be released or I’d have permanent brain damage. That was probably the scariest moment of my life. I remember telling the frantic Doctor that I didn’t want to do it, he said “I’m sorry, we don’t have a choice”.
I left the hospital 3 days later and was told I’d be spending 3 days a week for 3 hours at a time at a dialysis lab to have a machine do the job my kidneys had failed at. 3 months went by, Katie and I had all but given up hope of us ever returning to our ‘normal’ life – and one day, the lab tech told us that my readings were changing! My body had restored a bit of function to my kidneys! Several weeks later I was given my last dialysis treatment and I was sent home to go back to my normal life – with one exception.
Turns out, after sequencing my DNA, the specialists were able to determine that I’m somehow genetically predisposed to this ‘rhabdo’ condition. And so here I am, a fitness pro who can no longer workout. I’d been confined to permanent exercise restriction by my nephrologist.
14 months went by like this. I couldn’t take it. I LOVE lifting weights and pushing my body to its limits. I felt like a puppy that’s been left in a pen indefinitely. So, with the cautionary allowance of my geneticist, I slowly began increasing my activity level – walking the dog, short light weight workouts. I actually came down with rhabdo again, three more times, with just the little activity I was doing – luckily we were able to flush the toxins from my blood and keep me out of the dialysis lab. But I was determined to get back to my ‘normal’ life.
I committed to myself that I’d compete in a body building competition – March 2015 the NPC Governor’s Cup and I did it. I continued on with 3 shows after that. I invested myself wholehearted in this endeavor and I accomplished far more than what someone told me I’d ever be able to do.
So don’t allow other people to impose limitations on your abilities or your ambitions. Go after what you want in life. Most of the fears and boundaries we come up against in life are ONLY ‘real’ in our minds. FEAR = False Events Appearing Real – Push yourself and become the absolute best version of YOU.