Krista Lee Haranas | The Fitness Asylum

Krista Lee Haranas

Never for once did I think I would enroll in a fitness competition, let alone a bikini fitness competition. I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been, and enough was enough.

I knew nothing would change unless I changed, and that would be a lot more difficult than I thought.

You know, life is a roller coaster, and having bi-polar makes that roller coaster ride all the more difficult. I never know how I am going to wake up each day, and regardless of medication I can’t stop the highs and lows from coming, all I can do is ride them out.

During this fitness challenge I had experiences of really bad lows- couldn’t get out of bed, which prevented me from working out… or the opposite- I was so high that I took on big home projects that exhausted myself or I would binge eat.

COVID-19 brought its own set of challenges: isolation, anxiety, fear, depression, stress (especially in regards to the shift into online learning). I joined Lifetime Fitness, and 2 weeks later the gyms were shut down, I felt defeated and thought to myself “how am I going to do this?”

All I had at home were 8 pound dumbbells.

I made the best of it- I stuck with the light weights, I followed at home exercises The Fitness Asylum provided us, and stuck to the diet. There were a few cheat meals that snuck in there. I’m not perfect, but I decided not to punish myself for it. I rebooted and learned from each of the mishaps I made along this journey.

147 days. A challenge beyond what I thought I could actually complete. The program made me keep myself accountable, make changes to my lifestyle, and reflect along the way.

The Fitness Asylum changed my life.

It provided me a challenge, kicked my ass, but helped me get my mind and body in control. I lost an incredible amount of weight; I feel lighter- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here’s to a new and improved ME!

I appreciate all the women, and men, that competed this season. We are definitely fearless- surviving a fitness challenge in the midst of a pandemic, and sadly- the cancellation of the show.

However, we are the QUARANTEAM and we finished strong. Thank you to my new FAmily, I’ll see you soon- I’ve got my eyes set on the Fall 2020 season.

ps total weight loss: 39.6 pounds

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.