Britt Renee

3 years ago I almost died from a rare disease & lost my ability 2 walk. Believe in u! Never give up, never surrender! Ig:@thebritttrenee

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Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Britt Renee and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Start where you are at. Your journey is your own, take it each day at a time. Whether that’s drinking less soda or getting more active. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, whether on Instagram, or on the machine next to you. My legs tremor everyday during workouts but you aren’t trying to be better than anyone but yourself, better than you were yesterday. Never give up, never surrender!

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I used to be a decorated collegiate track athlete who never lived in the moment or appreciated the beauty in simply being able to compete. Then one day I woke up with an autoimmune illness & almost died from systematic organ failure & loss my ability to walk. Fitness gave me my life back & helped me reach my goal of walking again bc I had the same determination as before but my outlook & appreciation on life changed. Fitness gives me hope.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

During my 6 month stay in the hospital/inpatient rehabilitation center I created a subscription box for chronic illness fighters like myself that offered items that aided in the management of the daily struggle of living with a disease. In the 2nd yr of operation I underwent chemo and had to put the project on hold (till this day). I would love to provide those boxes again and bring people joy who like me battle everyday for life and some sense of the life they imagined.