21 weeks and 147 days ago I set out on a fitness journey not knowing what I was getting myself into. I didn’t overthink my decision to do this. Instead, I asked myself why not? For me, working out was the easiest part of it because that’s something I like to do and I had set a 2020 fitness goal to workout X times per week and run a road race once a month.
The hardest part and the part that is 90% of the success of this challenge was the eating plan. Throw in a pandemic, the social injustices, remote teaching, quarantine, etc and you’re now in the midst of storm that continues to rise in level. With my gym closing & super markets running out of the foods I needed for this plan, do I throw in the towel or keep F-ing going?
If you know me, you know exactly what my answer is. It was hard. There were ups and downs. (You can ask my work team and family) I fell off the wagon a few times as the hits kept coming but I didn’t perseverate over it, I just got back on, remembered my why and did better. That’s what you do when you want something bad enough. Your eyes stay on the prize and you work your ass off to get there because you know in the end, it will all be worth it. My driving force, my why, me, my health and I.
What better way to celebrate 8 years of being cancer free then by creating new, healthier eating habits. It’s not that I was horrible at eating, but I didn’t always make the best choices and still experienced digestive issues when I thought I was eating healthy. And you all know my weakness is sugar and as I’ve learned, sugar is not your body’s friend, at all. Everything now from the inside out feels a hell of a lot better than I ever thought possible and I’ve never felt healthier.
This whole experience while challenging was the best decision I made for myself. As I look at my before and after, I’m still shocked. And I’m also just so emotional and proud because WE did it. I did not do this alone. I did this with the support, encouragement and experience of an incredible community of hardworking amazing souls from the Fitness Asylum who also set out on this journey with me, kept it real and were so supportive (FAmily).
I did this with the love, encouragement and support of my family and friends who kept me going, especially when I fell off.
I am grateful to Bonnie for creating a very mindful and intentional program that is geared toward success when we just follow it, even the parts that we hate; her team, Nancy, Michelle and the incredible coaches for their support and encouragement and doing everything within their power to make this happen on stage even though in the end, it was canceled; my coach Danielle for keeping it positive and holding me accountable; Angelica, for the incredible photos, posing advice and positivity; Katie and Krystle for my gorgeous suit.
I cried after seeing their amazing work; my 2 distance buddies, Missy and Tara who were my saving grace when the shit hit the fan, held me accountable when I needed the extra push and whom I now call my friends; my talented cuzzy, Hilda who did my makeup and made me look beautiful; to my gym, for letting me borrow their weights and continuing to have virtual classes.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in person who’s competing in the fall and crushing this with all of you! Bring it! 💪🏽👊🏽 #quaranteam #quaranfit #grateful #crushinggoalsandsettingnewones