My story is just like yours.
Just like so many other people, it took me years to finally step through the doors at Fitness Asylum and try a boot camp, years of stalking the Facebook pages and being in awe of all of the incredible transformations I saw to get up the nerve to commit to a Body Challenge.
You see, I have spent the majority of my life at war with my body. I had failed so many times over the course of my lifetime in my attempts to lose weight and get fit. I didn’t believe I had it “in me” to be successful in an environment that was OBVIOUSLY so hard core. I was petrified at the possibility of failing AGAIN yet, somewhere deep inside, I felt compelled to give myself one more chance.
And so I signed up for the Fall 2016 Body Challenge. I lost some weight, my body starting changing and becoming stronger, and I continued on through the next three challenges, meeting some of the most incredibly supportive people along the way and working out with some of the most motivating instructors I had ever met.
Sometime in the spring of this year, people started asking me if I was going to sign up for the Bikini Transformation Team. “You’ll kill it!”, they told me…”You HAVE to do it”, they said and, despite my mind telling me they were ALL crazy, there was a little voice inside whispering “Maybe”.
I have friends who have done Bikini…and having seen how incredible the changes in their bodies were over 12 weeks never ceased to amaze me. I was very intrigued, but my self-doubt game was STRONG. “But I don’t have the same DISCIPLINE she does”, I would tell myself. “I won’t stick to the diet”. (I am a notoriously picky eater and a self-avowed “non-fan of meat”.)
Sometimes, when you don’t believe in yourself enough, you are lucky enough to find a community that DOES, and that is exactly what happened for me at Fitness Asylum. So, after a long discussion with my family, I took a leap of faith and signed up for the Fall 2017 Bikini Challenge.
I would be lying if I said the Challenge wasn’t hard but, as they say, most things worth doing don’t come easily. These 12 weeks pushed me so far outside of my comfort zone and challenged me mentally as well as physically in ways I couldn’t have fathomed. Dinner in the North End on plan with my family? Check! With each new small success, my willpower started to develop and I started to gain confidence in myself that made me believe I JUST MIGHT succeed.
And succeed I did. When I signed up for the program, my goal was not to win a trophy on stage, but to be proud of my body for once in my life. That was the REAL win for me and I can truly say that being on stage was the culminating moment in a journey toward feeling so proud of all of the results of my hard work. That day was so special, and sharing it with a group of women who are smart, strong and so incredibly supportive just made it even better. I have found new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Completing the Bikini Challenge has empowered me to believe that I can achieve any goal I set my mind to. I will be forever grateful for having had this experience with the Fitness Asylum and with Bonnie Lefrak.