Rochelle Castell | The Fitness Asylum

Rochelle Castell

I started my journey at the Fitness Asylum in September of 2015. After having two children and never being able to control my eating, I know I needed to do something in the hopes that a lifestyle change would happen. I lost over 30 pounds in the fall body challenge. I continued to do the winter challenge but found myself not losing much more weight. I took the spring challenge off and said to myself and my husband, “I think I want to do the bikini challenge.” I knew that if I were going to lose more weight, that I was going to have challenge myself.

When July rolled around I was hoping my husband had forgotten and I tried to talk myself out of doing it in my head. Then one day, randomly, my husband said “isn’t your bikini thing starting up soon?” It was that moment I realized that in my head I had already decided I wasn’t going to do it until he mentioned it. I thought to myself, “I always say I’m going to do something (run a marathon, spartan race, etc) but never follow through. What are you afraid of! I ‘m going to do this!” So I signed up. I started telling people I was close with and began to get excited. Then kick off day arrived. I was so nervous I was having a near panic attack in the car, but I mustered up the strength and walked in with my whole body shaking. I told myself, “the website said they work with all shapes and sizes!” Kick off went well but I was nervous that I would not lose enough weight to get stage ready (after all, two babies can do a number on the body). Everyone said to just trust the process and I would be ready. So I did. I stuck to the plan to a “T”. I signed up for posing class, in which the first time was just as nerve racking as kick off but ended up being the activity I looked forward to all week!
Me walking around in heals in a bikini is so outside the realm of my normal life.

The bonds that are formed from a bunch of nervous ladies in bikinis was amazing. The support and encouragement we offered to each other is impossible to put into appropriate words. All the hard work and dedication made stage day more exciting than nerve racking. Getting dolled up and strutting my stuff is something I can always say I did. Knowing that I can push myself physically and mentally to achieve this goal is a great accomplishment. By the end of the bikini challenge, and just over a year at Fitness Asylum, together with old and new friends, I had lost over 55 pounds. If you are thinking about it, just do it! You won’t regret it!

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.