I have never had a weight problem per say. I have been working out and watching what I eat since I can remember. I always cared about the way I looked and loved to dress and look sexy. But all of that changed when I turned 45 years old. I suddenly became very depressed about getting older and feared turning 50. I started losing motivation to work out. I felt tired all the time. I stopped caring about what I would eat and started giving up on myself. Why bother working out and eating right if I was going to get old and out of shape anyways! It was too much work for me to maintain.
For 5 years I struggled with this feeling. I got very disappointed at myself. I hated the way I was looking and feeling but at that point I had lost all motivation to do something about it and I had gained 12 pounds. Which for a 5 foot little person like me is a lot. Turning 50 was the most depressing feeling for me. But somehow, months later, all that pressure and stress that I was feeling started to go away. I realized that it was not as big of a deal as I thought it was going to be. I started feeling better and wanting to go back to the gym. I would work out maybe once or twice a week. Felt like I was too busy and did not have time for more. I still was not watching what I was eating so I did not feel like any changes were happening. I knew at that point that I needed to do something drastic that would push me to another level.
That’s when I joined the Fitness Asylum Bikini Challenge. This program turned my life around. I have learned so much from it. Eating clean is what I needed to feel healthy and to have the energy to work out. I started seeing the changes within the first week. That gave me more motivation to continue. I wanted to see more. I did not want anything getting in the way of my diet and workouts. I learned to make time for me, which in a house with three teenagers is almost impossible to do. My husband and kids became very supportive and made sure I had my time to work out. At difficult times, they encouraged me and pushed me to continue. All of the sudden I felt like I could do it all. Take care of the house, the family and myself. This has been a great experience.
Doing this program with a wonderful group of ladies who felt and feared the same things that I did made it a lot easier, fun and less intimidating. On November 8th I walked on that stage in my sexy bikini,15 pounds lighter. Feeling like I had the body of a twenty year old but most of all feeling very proud of being 51.