Julie Perez
  • 36, Female
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • United States
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My "Proud ME" Story:
On September 26 of 2007 I was involved in a major car accident in Los Angeles, California and alcohol was a factor. I was hit by a drunk driver on the 101 freeway at approx 3am. Driving home late on the freeway after being at a small get together at a friends house does not exactly make me completely innocent and now will pay for that one poor choice of getting behind the wheel the rest of my life in some way. I was not obviously drunk...(so I hear) but I did have a few drinks that night, and Ive now learned how even the first drink distorts your perception and reaction time. I spent almost exactly one month in Cedars Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, comatose and paralyzed from a traumatic brain injury, an injury that will haunt me forever. I was then air ambulanced back to my home state where my family and friends could watch over me. In south Florida I spent another month in Sunrise Rehabilitation hospital slowy regaining consciousness and cotrol over my body. As soon as I was able to walk the tour of LA Fitness with my mother, I signed up and that became my new hang out, my new "hot night club". I was a bit of a party animal before the accident and put the dedication I had towards being the life of the party towards sculpting my body and retraining each muscle and bone from my torso down to my distal phalanx ; ) how to move properly. God gave me the strength to stick with it, the determination to never give up and the attitude to stay positive...doctors, therapist, and instructors helped show me the way, but I can never forget my true savior in all of this! My unyielding faith and determination took me from being pushed in a wheel chair to walking with a walker to slowly adding miles to my running log. I signed up with Candy Colbys World Fitness Association, ironically on the one year anniversary of my terrible accident. When I signed up I really could not comprehend the intense training I was signing up for, all I heard was that it was a longer program than the short term personal training certification program and I was in no rush to find a job, I was working on getting my mind to be able to function and make descisions without help. My mom had to fight her motherly instincts, not speak up and try to let me figure things out for myself. The group fitness training coupled with the countless hours I spent at LA Fitness and staying away from alcohol, staying out late and young adult shananigans helped me achieve the body I always dreamed of and today has me in the best shape of my life. I had a 3% chance of ever again living a "normal" life, if I did wake up from the coma. Not only have I surpassed expectations, I am now more than happy to say I am a completely different person in the way that I view life. I am always ready for a challenge, fully alive, completely appreciative, *body proud* and extremely excited for whatever the future holds! I cannot wait to confidently show the world how stong will, faith in God and hard work makes the impossible possible, and I will continue to prove this over and over again!! Perseverance and Faith does make miracles happen! FAME 2009 Fort Lauderdale.... the people I met and the stories Ive heard...now I realize its not only about me, Im a small piece of the puzzle, its about using my story to make a difference and inspire change in someones life. Every person you come across is fighting their own battle, this is why we need to love all and treat everyone with nothing but kindness. <3
What Made Me "ME"
I will never be able to express how grateful I am towards each person along this rough journey who has touched my life and made me feel complete again!
My Body Proud Moments
Gaining exposure in the modeling/entertainment industry.
Experience, Awareness, or Life Lesson that Enriched ME:
I hope to inspire others to set asside self doubt and challenge themselves to become body proud!
Stretching My Comfort Zone
Work hard, focus on health, persevere through obstacles and believe in yourself and all that you are! Never give up, there are no accidents, eveything happens for a reason and what does not kill us only makes us stronger!
Talents I Wish to Hone.
The past 2 yrs of my life. My optimistic attitude towards my recovery and eagerness to continue succeeding in every aspect of my life.
****Walking across the FAME 2009 stage in Fort Lauderdale, Fl!!!!!!!!!!!!
Areas I wish to Solve / Resolve / Enrich:
Personal Trainer &/or Fitness Professional, Entertainment Industry, Other
My Philosophy / Message / Wisdom:
LIFE! Everything and everyone in it!
Players I Wish to Associate With and Why:
Let me help and encourage you to be the best that you can be! My determination and positive attitude are contagious!
Look for ME Here:
We cant change the wind, but we can adjust our sails~ My amazing late grandmother Mimi, who still inspires me today used to say that all the time and its so true! We can never predict the rough times... we have to just go with the flow and adjust our lives as best we can to whatever comes our way!
Skills I Have:
The time is now and I will continue working hard and never give up!
Referred by (and why):
Candy Colbys World Fitness Association

Julie Perez's Blog

FAME *Body Proud* is the gift that keeps giving!

Posted on November 28, 2009 at 10:30am 3 Comments

When I decided to compete in FAME Fort Lauderdale I didnt realize that I was entering a world that I'd been searching for all this time!

I joined the Body Proud community only because I was talked into the FAME Fort Lauderdale competition, a pact I made with a friend who didnt follow through with our hand shake = / I'll get her next time. I didnt realize that upon entering the bodyproud community I was joinng other people who share my passion, my goals and my dreams!

Flash back to the… Continue

Brain Fitness 101~ episode 1

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 1:11pm 2 Comments

The most important muscle in your body is not even a muscle, its our brain and we must treat it with more care and attention than the rest of our body. Every person, muscular, puney, hefty, tiny, energetic or just plain lazy needs to focus on keeping their brain fit, because without proper care, your entire body can fall apart. The central nervous system is the control center for the body and the CNS is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. Without which we are nothing. We are a useless and… Continue

Next blog in progress....

Posted on November 15, 2009 at 1:32pm 3 Comments

Each occurance that I experience after the accident is new for me, a learning experience and it just seems to keep getting better! After FAME 2009 in Ft. Laud I have finally accepted that I am different, I do have different needs than the general public and I think Im okay with that! I am a changed person because of my traumatic brain injury but change does not have to be bad, its a blessing in disguise, its how we handle the change that matters, right?! My injury doesnt define me but my… Continue

FAME 2009 Fort Lauderdale

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 9:58pm 7 Comments

I really have so much to say but am spending time with Honnor and Kala that I dont want to spend away from these amazing new friends! For now I just have to say this was the most incredible experience in my life and am so so so sooo happy I was able to be a part of it. To be in the same category with such beauty and talent.....I cant even begin to describe how good this made me feel. For the longest time I was categorized with healing, brain injured patients and I just wanted to feel and be… Continue

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At 2:34pm on July 24, 2011, Angel Alberto Garcia said…

I decided to drop in and say hello. I hope you are in excellent health and good luck with your training and competition.

At 3:18pm on September 22, 2010, Pamela De Piro said…
Hey Julie! Sometimes, the Lord sends us down paths that we may not understand at first but then we look back and say, "this is where I am supposed to be and that is why that happened to me".

To say that I am inspired by you and your story is but the beginning - I can only imagine how your family feels. Being a mom myself, the pride that your mom must have felt had to be overwhelming to say the least.

You should be so proud...and that you are now here to give of yourself to others is just so inspiring.

Good for you, girl!
At 7:59am on February 22, 2010, Chester Godfrey gave Julie Perez a gift
At 3:29pm on January 29, 2010, Kofi said…
Hi Julie,how are things with you?Just dropping in for a visit.Have a good weekend.
At 3:06pm on January 29, 2010, Cynthia Legarde said…
You are an inspiration to me! Read your story and WOW!! Thank you for sharing this and all the best to you and your family /loved ones! XOXO
At 10:57am on January 20, 2010, Honnor Moore said…
At 10:34pm on December 29, 2009, Amy Barnes said…
Hey hot stuff! Hope you are well! Hoping you landed that PT! Can't wait to see you.. the time is ticking down quick!!
At 10:06am on December 29, 2009, Honnor Moore said…

LOVE you!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I went off the radar for a bit- needed to rest for days and days. MISS YOU!!!
Lets do !!!
love u. x infinity.
At 1:07pm on December 24, 2009, Amy Barnes said…
hey gorgeous!!!! I hope you have the bestest Christmas ever!! I am so excited ot see you!! Only weeks away! We are going to have a blast!!! Love you tons!!! Xoxoxo
At 1:48pm on December 19, 2009, lynette Fidel said…
you toio Julie...you Rock!


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