My focus has always been to be the best wife, mother and employee that I can possibly be, but that doesn’t leave much room for my interests.
In 2011, I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for Breakthrough and their Body Balance Challenge and I decided to put myself first for a change.
I joined the gym and the challenge and won that contest in the summer of 2011.
I learned to eat five to six times a day, make good food choices and eat proper portions.
I took F1 classes 3 times per week and fit in cardio sessions 4-5 times per week.
I felt and looked better than I had in years and I had so much more energy.
However, I was not able to keep myself a top priority.
Slowly, my schedule once again became someone else’ schedule.
My son started playing sports year round (football, basketball and baseball) and my daughter started running cross country and track.
My husband works 12-hour shifts, rotating between days and nights, so the majority of the transport responsibility fell to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family dearly and enjoy watching my children play sports and being involved in their school activities, but in order to do all of this, I found that my personal time became very limited.
Then I was diagnosed with two new health issues, tendonitis in my left arm and severe sleep apnea, which severely drained my energy level.
I started to pick and choose which elements of Chris’ plan I could easily keep up with.
I worked out at the gym, but did not keep up with 4-5 cardio sessions per week.
Crystal Bouchard, registered dietician, helped me plan my daily and weekly meals, but I took a great deal of liberties with the plan over this last fall and early winter.
Of course, you know picking certain aspects of the plan is not a recipe for success, so I continued to get frustrated with my lack of progress.
Here it is 2014 and I decided to renew my pledge to make myself a priority.
I joined the Total Transformation Challenge and am currently on Day 8 of the 24-day food challenge.
I am already noticing results such as looser fitting clothes, more energy and more motivation.
I am focusing on these positive results and not the scale.
I am also focusing on completing each portion of the success wheel and being more coachable.
I feel very blessed to have my gym friends, as they make we want to keep coming back each week.
Chris and Karen have always been great coaches and mentors and I value their professional advice and friendship more each day.