I have always struggled with my weight, and even more so with my self confidence. When I signed up for this challenge with my sister in law to get in shape for her summer wedding I had NO intention of ever getting on that stage. Never in a million years.
I was so nervous and intimidated when I walked into the kick-off meeting, telling myself I was too fat to even be there, and there was NO WAY, NO HOW I was getting on that stage. I didn’t think it was even achievable since I was so heavy. I don’t remember exactly what Bonnie said in that meeting, but whatever it was changed my mind, and I am so glad I did.
I will not tell you that it was easy, because it is not. This was not only one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. Sacrifices were made, relationships were strained, and people will always question or have something to say about it. Not everyone understands the prep, but everyone at The Fitness Asylum does. I can’t say enough about the instructors, coaches and everyone who is a part of the Bikini Team. What an incredible feeling it is to be surrounded by like-minded women. The generosity, kindness, determination, and support of these women, I don’t think you can find that anywhere else.
I won’t lie, it was terrifying waiting backstage to go on, I was SO nervous. But let me also tell you what an incredible feeling it was being up there, I had never experienced that level of self-confidence and pride with what I had accomplished. Although I didn’t place in the show, making it on to the stage and not tripping was a win for me. I have said this was a one and done bucket list for me, but you never know what the future may hold….never say never…..