“You’re so skinny.” “You’re so little.” “You should never be on a diet!” “I can’t believe you are eating healthy, you’re already a toothpick!” These are all comments that I heard from friends, family, and fellow workers when I would be watching my calorie intake. It took this challenge to get me to rethink my fitness journey. Instead of watching my calories, I began to eat natural foods, more meals, and follow the regular workout routine for each week. Now, my friends and family say, “Wow, you’re arms are so much stronger-looking!” “Your calves are awesome! I’ve never seen them like that!” “OMG you actually have a butt!” The last comment was the best yet 😉
Throughout this journey, I knew that it would be difficult for me to stick to a workout routine, but since it was all planned out, I found it to be pretty easy. Sure, there were days that I did not feel like doing a thing, but once I got myself started, I found my energy levels to rise substantially. I have always been one to complain about being tired. I never knew why I was feeling so sluggish. I have learned through this challenge that my energy level was low because of my diet (processed foods most specifically). After changing to a clean diet, my energy levels have risen and continue to rise. This, to me, is one of the best effects from this program.
I joined this challenge with my over-stressed, over-tired mother and, together, we have completed the first and are happy to be moving on together to the next challenge. I am so proud of my mother – working 6 days a week managing a deli, taking care of her 85 year-old live-in grandmother, and still finding the time to lend an ear to all of her friends/family that need her—she has continued to work hard to achieve her goals in this challenge. She has been my push and my role model on this fitness journey.