Where do I even begin? I have so much to say, however I want to keep this semi short and to the point. I decided to join the SK Fit Life Challenge for many reasons. First off, I am a mother of two beautiful children (which I had C-Section) and I want nothing more but to set a great example for them. Secondly, I am in nursing school and how can I promote being healthy, if I am unhealthy myself. The last and most important reason why I joined is because I wanted to prove to myself that I can be happy in my own skin.
As a child, I was always teased about how big my back side was, and for so long I hated the way that I looked. I always thought that being “skinny “was the only way to be beautiful. After I had my children, I never thought that I would ever have the motivation to work out, and the dreams of having a fit body were far-fetched. I just figured this is the way I was going to looked and “OH WELL”.
Then Stephanie Keenan came into my life. For as long as I can remember, she has always looked amazing. It truly inspired me as I watched her work so hard to reach her each and every one of her goals. Over the years we had so many conversations about “Moms getting back into shape after a C-section”. I know she told me that it was possible, but I just did not believe in myself. I never thought that I could have a body like “those girls”… When she told me that she was starting a challenge, I said if I was going to do it then it would be, “all or nothing.” I joined up not knowing what to expect, I was scared out of my mind. Being a major soda drinker, and junk food eater, I didn’t know if I would ever find foods that would taste good to me.
I had a very long talk with Stephanie, and she told me that this challenge would not work for me if I did not give up the “Bad Fuel”. So I knew that I had to give it up. It took about three weeks for me to withdraw from the amount of soda my body has been used to drinking. Those three weeks were a living hell. The headaches and mood swings were no joke. I stuck with it and after the third week of only drinking water, I started feeling better. HONESTLY! This was the best thing that I have done for my body. I have been 4 months clean of no soda or red bull and I don’t even crave it. It actually makes me cringe when I see others drinking it.
I never worked out a day in my life before I joined this challenge. I wanted to get a head start so about two weeks before the challenge I bought a treadmill. The first time I tried it out, I could not do more than 15 minutes. I was dying. I knew this was going to be a challenge itself. I was so out of shape. I was tired all the time and had no energy at all. I kept calling Stephanie and she kept pushing me. I stayed with it and every week I increased by 15 minutes. I crack up looking back on my pictures. Taking pictures kept me pushing myself harder and harder. When I would look at how unhealthy I looked it would make me work out harder.
The challenge started and immediately, my fears went away. Everyone in our group had the same fears. I was not alone. I just fell in love with the over abundant amount of support that I received from this group. My friends did not understand why I was joining a fitness challenge, and they had no interest so it was so hard to talk to them about it. I always knew that when I needed a lift I could depend on my group for positive reinforcement. This challenge became my rehab and changed my life forever.
I never missed an exercise. I put my whole heart and soul into this challenge and I love the results. I only lost 6 lbs. but I lost inches everywhere. I walk around with confidence and I just love them way I feel inside. I will be turning 30 this summer so I can’t wait finally wear a bikini on the beach. Thank you SK Fit Life for making my dreams come true. Your guidance and motivation, and my 100% dedication made my dreams become a reality. I love and truly enjoy eating “CLEAN” and I don’t see myself every turning back.