Wow. Just wow. I was one of the happiest people on Earth when I stepped on the scale Saturday morning before the Bikini Competition and saw I hit the 30 pound weight loss mark. I signed up for the Bikini Challenge feeling very skeptical, as I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, so weight control has been particularly difficult for a long time. I would have been pleased with 20 pounds melted off, and am over the moon with it being 30! I have been a triathalete for 10 years, so I know I had some level of fitness, but I needed help in finding the right way to eat for success.
The best thing about signing up for the Bikini Challenge was getting a thirty-page packet with all the meals spelled out very clearly, so there was no guesswork. In addition, on the occasions I could make it to the bootcamps to work out, everyone was very encouraging and friendly. I also felt like the entire program fell in line with my way of thinking; I spent the last 10 years on a Womens’ Tri team (serving as President for part of the time) where we encouraged everyone despite age, body type or ability to get out there and move around, and this program also celebrated women and encouraged them to be their own strong.
I had a lot of fun participating in the competition; 15 weeks ago I stumbled around in 5” heels, but Bonnie hooked us up with excellent instructors on posing, etc. so now I can walk around like a rock star in those shoes. I was giddy with excitement when I went to pick up my sparkly bikini, and I felt like a princess going to the hairdresser and makeup artist the day of the show. It was fun and I don’t regret a moment of it. My only regret is not trying it out sooner!