When I walked in to that church in Shrewsbury for my first challenge in March 2017 I cried. I was embarrassed of the weight I had put on over the last 10 years. My job had me on the road a lot and being over 40 you can imagine what eating fast food out of your car will do to your waistline. I had let myself go from a size 4 to a size 22 in what only felt like seconds. I hated the way I looked in the mirror so I didn’t look at them. I didn’t even own a scale because I just couldn’t face the truth. So, the idea of getting on a scale that Sunday afternoon and not only seeing the number myself but having someone else see it…. UGH!… the shame. With tears in my eyes my team captain, Amanda Brown, weighed me in that day and said something to me that has stuck with me everyday, “you’re in the right place.” She was 100% right. That first 30 day sprint I lost 9 pounds but I gained something way more important, I started to gain back my self confidence. This year has been a wonderful journey for me. I’ve been a part of every challenge since that first one, going to boot camps 3 times/ week and this last challenge I am elated to say I hit the 50 pounds lost marker! I’m in regular sized clothes again. I don’t need to shop in the “woman’s” department! F.U. Lane Bryant!! I still have a long way to go before I hit where I want to be but I now know that it’s possible. Thank you to my best friend, Farrell Mead, for nudging me to join FA and not letting me leave that afternoon when I really wanted to run and thank you so much Bonnie for this program and this amazing community you have created.