When I signed up for the bikini challenge it was to hopefully lose 10 lbs before summer but I really didn’t think I would be wearing a bikini again…ever! I couldn’t even say the words bikini challenge so when I told anyone what I was doing I would just say a “challenge”.
I liked the idea of a food plan that I had to follow so I didn’t have to think about it. I had way too much going on so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I was absolutely horrified (seriously) when we had to have our pictures taken in our bikinis at the kickoff! As Bonnie talked about the competition it wasn’t even a thought that I would do it….I just wanted to lose 10 lbs! The first month I lost about 9 lbs and after seeing all the posts about posing class I decided to go to one. It was actually on my 47th birthday! I still had no intention of doing the competition and didn’t even bring a bikini to class. I wore my workout clothes! I didn’t go to another class for 2 wks and by then everyone had their shoes and bikinis but of course I didn’t because I wasn’t going to compete!
By now we were only a month away from the competition and Bonnie made a comment on Facebook that changed my mind. She said “If you are wondering about whether or not you should get on stage think about it this way: will you be more regretful if you do it or if your don’t do it?” Crap….now I had to do it!!! I know I would regret it if I didn’t. I also had to keep reminding myself of something else Bonnie said at the kickoff. She told us that this competition wasn’t about competing against everyone and being the best…it was about being the best version of YOU. I’m always comparing myself to others…she’s taller, skinnier, in better shape, prettier, etc. so it was hard not to do that.
BUT the last 3 weeks totally changed my mind! EVERYONE looked amazing and I couldn’t believe the changes in myself. Not just physically but I actually have confidence in myself that I haven’t had in a long time. It’s not just about wearing a bikini! I loved reading the posts on our bikini page and was actually getting excited about the competition. Without the support of everyone else I wouldn’t have been able to get through this! Everyone was so supportive. I’m so glad I did this challenge and the competition. Was I nervous getting on stage…yes! But I know I would have regretted not doing it. For anyone thinking about doing the next bikini challenge I have one thing to say…Just do it!! Those of us who did the first challenge had NO idea the results we would have but we stuck with it and as Bonnie said “trusted the process”. Now that you all know the amazing results why would you NOT want to do it! WTH…I might even do it again! 😉