My name is Aine Folan-Reine and I have a bit of a “problem.” Many of my clothes are too big. In fact, my pants are so big that they are falling off of me. It is true that I could use a belt, but wouldn’t you know, my belt is too big too. I need to punch another hole in my belt so they will keep my pants up. I need new pants.
I joined the Winter 2019 Body Challenge after stalking the Fitness Asylum FaceBook pages for…gosh, I don’t know…maybe 6 months. I had gained 14 pounds between January 2018 and January 2019. I hadn’t been all that happy with my weight and overall health prior to that 14-pound weight gain. And my cardiologist had told me in November of 2018 that if I did not modify my diet, he would have to put me on cholesterol medication. Well, it was time to take the plunge.
I joined the Fitness Asylum for the Winter 2019 challenge. I lost 26.7 pounds in that challenge—a loss of 15.83 percent. I lost 8 pounds in my first week…hello…WHAT? I could not believe the scale that first week. I kept getting off the scale and getting back on to double check. I have a dirty little secret to tell ya’ll. I did not work out. I couldn’t do the bootcamps. I live too far away, Jan-April is tax season and was working 50 to 60 hours a week(I work for accountants), my kids still need to be driven far and wide. But I was planning on working out in my local gym. But I didn’t. I ended up having three eye surgeries and one broken toe over the 12-week period. Did you know that you can only do moderate walking after eye surgery? Any physical exertion might make your eye explode in your head or some such thing.
I stuck to that food plan. Despite not working out, weight came off week after week. After that 8-pound loss that first week, I was losing 1 to 3 pounds a week. I ended up winning the percentage loss for the challenge. I was sooo surprised. And, just so you all know that it is not just weight loss. I decided to have my blood tested towards the end of the challenge. I had a bit of problem convincing my cardiologist’s office to order the tests. “It hasn’t been a year, yada, yada, yada.” But after hearing of my weight loss, they ordered the tests. Here are the results of my blood tests: my overall cholesterol is down 69 points; my bad cholesterol is down 50 points. That is a change that happened over the 12-week challenge time period! When the nurse asked me how I did it, I responded, “Let me tell you about this place called The Fitness Asylum.”
I signed up for the 2019 Spring Challenge, I have not been losing weight, but I have been maintaining. And that is fine. I am working out this time around. I am planning on doing a Summer challenge, and a Fall Challenge. Heck, I am planning on doing any challenge the Fitness Asylum is having. The Fitness Asylum changed my life. Not to be melodramatic…the Fitness Asylum might have saved my life. I know that cholesterol meds are not in my future.
But do you know what IS in my future?…New pants!!