Thanks so much for ALL the support and words of encouragement! I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a supportive circle. Saturday was one of the best days of my life for so many reasons and a day I know I won’t soon forget! To answer the question that everyone keeps asking – how did you do it???? The simple answer is The Fitness Asylum in Shrewsbury! I participated in two 12 week Fitness Challenges, a fitness and nutrition lifestyle plan, the first starting in April of 2013 and the second, in January of 2014. I just completed a 10 week Bikini Challenge, a fitness and nutrition plan designed to prepare bikini competitors for a show. The show I participated in was the INBF Northeast Classic. I have attached the link below if you want more information on the Fitness Asylum!
And for those of you that want the details of my transformation, keep reading… ☺
The more difficult answer to how I did it was hard work…the answer we know but really don’t want to hear! I always say, this ain’t Staples, there is no EASY button here! ☺ I had to change the way I ate, I drank, I worked out, and most importantly, the way I thought. The thinking was the most difficult of all to change. I had to trust in what Bonnie Lefrak, a total stranger, was telling me would work. Scary, I know, or at least it was for me.
The first fitness challenge I did in April of 2013, I lost 11 pounds, which OK as far as the scale but the working out changed the way I looked and the supportive group of women helped to change the way I thought and kept me motivated with their positive energy! Last summer was the first time I was able to wear a REAL bikini…like from Victoria’s Secret real bikini!!!! We call that a NSV (Non-Scale Victory) at the FA (Fitness Asylum.) ☺ I continued to follow the lifestyle nutrition plan and continued to attend my boot camp classes after the official program was over as I enjoyed the way I felt and I was able to maintain my weight loss.
Then the Holidays hit and I gained it ALL back from Thanksgiving to New Years as I stopped following the program. So I decided it was time to do the Winter Challenge. It was during this program that things started to change both physically and mentally! My goal was initially just to take off the weight I had gained but 20 pounds would be ideal! I started back on the program, by week 5, I had lost 15.5 pounds and by % weight lost was 3rd out of over 150 people! I thought how did this happen??? This stuff never happens to me…this is when my mind began to change. Things like this DO happen to me, if I just allowed them to happen. I did allow it and the change happened, I lost the 20 pounds! This brought me to my lowest weight in my adult life. Most importantly, back into the 130’s on the scale. I was thrilled!
While the Winter Challenge was happening, there was information posted about the new Bikini Challenge program. I loved the idea of challenging myself to take my fitness and nutrition to the next level just so see what I was capable of. I was not sold on being a “bikini” girl but thought when else would I have an opportunity like this again and decided to do it! It was not easy and took all I had at times to stay focused on my goal. What really made the difference were the other women going through the same experience. They were not giving up on me so I was not giving up on them! Through this program, I lost another 10 pounds bringing me again to another personal best and back into the 120’s on the scale! I also lost over 10 inches in my waist and hip area. The results are what you see in the pictures!!!
I encourage everybody to dig deep and to decide what they really want to accomplish. If losing weight and getting into the best shape you can be, I encourage you to reach out to Bonnie! I am so glad I trusted her…it has forever changed my life! ☺