After being a competitive gymnast for 10 years, I know the value of strength and flexibility and feel that it’s so important in lifelong health.
Over the years I’ve tried to maintain my fitness through various activities including walking, running, yoga, kickboxing and other exercise classes.
However, over the last three years, I put my energy into obtaining my Master’s degree rather than focusing on my health.
I made excuses for why I didn’t make it to the gym and found myself eating convenience foods between work and class.
I remember one morning that I stepped on the scale and began to cry.
I was close to 200 pounds. I knew that I didn’t like the way I looked, but I didn’t feel that overweight.
It didn’t help that I had been to the doctor who told me that I needed to lower my cholesterol.
I was scared that I would be on track for developing Type II diabetes like others in my family.
My husband Mark and I both decided that we were going to put a focus on our health.
We started eating better and became more consistent with working out.
Mark began losing weight but I just wasn’t having the same success.
After a few months, I had only lost 5 pounds.
Needless to say, I was discouraged.
I started believing that I was just not destined to lose weight.
My friend Adriene Lopez told me that Breakthrough Personal Coaching & Wellness was having a 21-Day Challenge.
She had had some success with Breakthough in the past and wanted me to come with her.
I was cautiously optimistic and told myself that at least I could improve my strength if nothing else.
So, in February of this year, without ever checking out the website, I called and registered for the challenge.
During my first day of orientation, I was absolutely astounded at the look and feel of the gym.
Ropes? Chains?? Are those kettlebells? What, no machines?!
What a different environment from a typical gym!
I began to feel excitement for what was to come.
After completing the 21-Day Challenge, I was hooked.
I loved the vibe I got from the trainers and other clients in the F1 class.
Each workout was new, and I never felt like I did the same exercise twice.
It sure kept me interested and motivated!
After talking with Chris, I decided to make a 6-month commitment to the program.
At my first weigh-in and measurements, I cringed at the numbers and was determined to give 100% to the 24-Day Challenge.
I stuck to the nutrition aspect and learned to eat every 3 hours and combine proteins with carbohydrates at mealtimes.
I was getting at least 3 days of cardio in each week and working out 3 to 4 days a week.
At the end of the month…SUCCESS!
I had lost 10 pounds of fat. I couldn’t believe it!
I was even more motivated to stay on track and keep my momentum going.
The best thing was that I started getting compliments at work.
People were noticing my success and it made me feel so good about myself.
In the gym, I kept working hard.
Moving up in weights and attempting more advanced moves, the trainers were challenging me each workout and I was psyched when I was asked to take the test to move up to F2.
Boy was it challenging!
So much that, at first, I didn’t succeed.
I practiced the Art of Strength moves at home with the help of the video Chris made and posted online.
Two weeks later, I tested again and was thrilled to find out that I passed!
I moved into the F2 class the next week and found that when I thought I was being challenged before, it was only the beginning.
I have worked harder these last two months than I ever have before and I’ve found strength that I didn’t know I possessed.
Even going through a surgery, experiencing shoulder pain, and working through a sprained ankle, the trainers have done everything they can to work with me as I continue down my path to success without compromise.
I’ve now lost over 50 pounds, but what I’ve gained is even more: The friends I’ve made who encourage me to work hard, the lifelong habits which lead to better health and nutrition, confidence in myself, and an attitude of “No Excuses!”.