I joined the fitness asylum in the fall of 2016 and entered the body challenge . From the moment I entered the kickoff event, I was blown away by the support and sense of community that the FA has to offer. I had been looking for something to get excited about for I had tried many times to get motivated to change. I felt stuck and unhappy with how I felt. I have always been involved in a fitness program and thought I followed a diet that was pretty clean. However, I quickly learned of certain foods, timing, and ways to manage my busy lifestyle with prep and planning, that everything I had been doing was counter productive.
After having some success with the first challenge, I continued to attend bootcamp classes thru the spring of 2017. I still wasn’t feeling my best and did not have structure around my diet. My career was taking over my lifestyle and I had no real focus on myself. I had always wanted to try getting on stage and a bikini challenge, but was intimated, scared, and just uncertain of how to approach such a goal. I had tried in the past to find an team where I felt like I would fit in, and I just could not get my head in the game. The fitness asylum bikini team really spoke to me. Watching the transformations , testimonials and videos- I could relate to so many of the stories. As I started to ask more questions, it was the encouragement and support at the FA that helped me decide to just go for it. In August 2017 I signed up for the bikini team and did not tell many people. During the challenge I had my struggles and doubts. There were days I just have no idea how I prioritized things, but I did. I made me a priority and did not let myself stray from that mindset. It was Bonnie our coach and others on the team, that pulled me thru to see that the process was working on days I just could not see it was actually happening. This process really tests you mentally, more than I ever realized! I’ve lost over 22 pounds since joining FA in 2016- and 15 during the bikini challenge…..but it was not about the scale for me. I just wanted to feel and look my best . I am just beyond happy that I finally went for it and I plan to continue to get stronger and leaner with the FA team!