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Sheehan Hubbard: 365 Days Later

Complete.  Accomplished.  Finished.  Done.  Achieved

365 days of working out consecutively is complete!  There were some more arduous days than others but nevertheless, I was consistent & followed the famous @workitout100 mantra of “Get Up & Move!”

I started out the “Workitout100” challenge in June 2014, finishing in October 2014.  After that, I had all intentions of working out consistently, and I did – but not as consistently as I had before.  I knew I loved the challenge, and the “Workitout100” community around me.

So what did I do? I knew I needed to go back to the accountability of keeping track of my workouts & socializing with others on Instagram.  I restarted the challenge in December 2014, and once day 100 hit, I just decided to keep going.  Before I knew it, I was here, 1 year later, still loving the “Workitout100” community & connecting with others. It really made me realize that a year flies by, you can do anything you put your mind to, and you can change your life.  With Workitout100 in my life, I have been able to lose 30 pounds (I included a focus on better eating, as well), and I feel amazing.  Of course, we are always a work in progress, so I am not stopping but I am better off now, than where I was before.  Was every day easy? No.  Were there days I didn’t want to workout? Yes.  But I pushed through! I am grateful for a community full of encouragement.

Taking a look back at my daily check-ins on Instagram & Facebook, I was able to reflect on all the fun I had:

  • Indy Mini Marathon (largest half marathon in the US)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Zumba for the first time
  • Hot Yoga two-week session
  • Stairmaster
  • Spinning
  • Treadmill (Running & Walking)
  • Push-Up Challenges
  • Beach Workout in Panama City Beach with friends
  • Bootcamp @ Fitbody Bootcamp in Carmel
  • Cross Fit for the first time
  • Racquetball for the first time
  • Run around Wrigleyville
  • Bike Rides in the Rain
  • 5K’s (Colts 5K, Drumstick Dash, Caribbean Christmas 5K)
  • Weight Lifting
  • Trail Running
  • HIIT Training
  • Plank Challenges
  • Burpees
  • Intervals
  • Run on Chicago Lakefront
  • Hiking at Turkey Run State Park

Sheehan 365

The biggest take away from this past year is making workouts fun, taking it one-day-at-a-time, & to be sure to plan ahead when you will be active each day.  Yes, 365 days seems like a lot, but start with one day, and before you know it – you will be at your goal.  The key is to START TODAY!  Moving forward, I plan to continue my active lifestyle – I am thinking of restarting the challenge soon, as well as having a few friends join me.  This upcoming year in 2016, I am also excited for more adventure – including obstacle course races! There’s so much to explore, so why not get out of your comfort zone?

Thank you & Cheers to 100!

-Sheehan

Sara’s #workitout100 Story

My name is Sara and I’m 25 years old. Earlier in 2015, I was in an unhealthy relationship that eventually turned into an unhealthy lifestyle. I was binge eating almost every day. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Every day I woke up unhappy with myself and the direction my life was going. At the end of July I came home from work and my boyfriend had left me. I sat and cried in his empty closet space for hours. The next day I woke up and a light switch flipped in my mind. I NEEDED to change. I NEEDED to do something for myself or this would only get worse. I was browsing through Instagram when I came across the Workitout100 page and decided this is it, this is what I will do. I’ve started and quit many things, many times. But for some reason this became close to my heart. I began documenting my workouts with pictures on my Instagram and that felt more real, that I was being held accountable. As the days passed, I began to feel stronger, physically and mentally. Fast forward 100 days I am now down 40 pounds. I started at 215.4 and today I am 175.0. My weight isn’t the biggest change. I am so happy. I look forward to every day. I have seen my family and friends more often. I am back to being me, to being SARA and that is what I cherish the most out of this challenge. Thank you Workitout100, for your supportive comments throughout my journey. You popped up into my life right when I needed you the most. My journey isn’t over, it’s only beginning.

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Luci’s #workitout100 Story

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been athletic and active, taking on numerous sports. Although I was active I never considered myself fit, healthy or skinny; something I always wanted to be. I considered myself the chubby and overweight one out of my friends and family. I could never share clothes with any of them, lacked confidence and was incredibly shy, which was all related to me being overweight and feeling disgusted with myself. My weight stopped me from trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone. These feelings followed me all throughout college.

I randomly found this challenge on IG in March of 2014 and decided to give it a try. Months previous to this I started Insanity and made it my New Year’s resolution to lose 20 pounds, so I figured this would be a perfect challenge to help me make the habit of working out every day. Now, that does not mean that it didn’t scare me because the thought of 100 days just seems like forever and realizing I had to workout every.single.day seemed nearly impossible. Thankfully, it was the best decision I have ever made. It took a few weeks to get my body use to the exercise every day, but once I started I couldn’t stop. This was my first time around with this challenge and I would weigh myself once a month, happy to see when the numbers declined, upset and frustrated when they stayed the same. I lost between 15-20 pounds, toned out a bit and gained confidence I hadn’t had before. When the challenge ended I continued to work out and be active every day.

This last January (after living in Europe for 7 months), I decided to do the challenge again. Half way through the challenge I joined a gym which ended up being one of the smartest and most challenging things I have ever done because I was NEVER a gym person. Now I can’t live without it. Again, I would weigh myself once every month, but this time I did not see the numbers move. Naturally I became frustrated and hated that I wasn’t losing weight, so I made a difficult decision to ditch the scale. Instead, I decided to focus on how I felt and how my clothes would fit. My second time around with this challenge was so much better and more positive than I thought it was going to be. I feel a lot better, physically and mentally although I’m still fighting with myself to keep positive and working hard. Since the end of my junior year of college (2011) I have lost about 65 pounds, which I cannot believe. I’m continuing with the challenge to workout everyday and to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I continue to struggle with confidence and body image issues, but I am more much more in love with my body than I was in the picture on the left, taken 2 years ago! Learning to love my body and what it can do is something I will continue to work on as I move forward with my transformation into a better, healthier and stronger me.

The support, love and motivation from both Laura and Amanda at Workitout100 is the reason why I have been able to change my lifestyle and become more happy with myself. I cannot thank you enough and recommend this challenge to EVERYONE!

-Luci

Nicole’s #workitout100 Story

Growing up,  I participated in so many sports, was always on the go, and loved being active. As I grew older, in my mid to late 20s, I began to get “lazy” and would do yo-yo dieting and work out every once in awhile. Not seeing results, I quickly would give up and chalk it up to I am a “thicker” girl and can’t lose weight. Now, being a single female in my early 30s, I knew I needed to make a change if I wanted to feel and look younger. After a trip to the beach last summer, I watched a video of myself in a bikini and realized that I am not in the shape that I wanted to be in. I never thought of myself as overweight, but realized, I was. So I began googling workout routines and finding healthy meals on Pinterest. I then began following Tone it Up.
My Workitout100 Journey began back in September 2014. I was following some Tone It Up girls on Instagram and noticed they were posting about #workitout100 and decided to join! Realizing that exercise can be fun and doesn’t have to be weights or cardio machines daily, I fell in love with being active again. I have now completed 2 rounds of workitout100 and am happy to announce that in the 8-9 months that I have been working out, I have lost 32 lbs and over 20 inches throughout my body. I am actually at my weight I was in High School and I never would have thought I could reach that goal! I have a huge passion for the fit and fabulous lifestyle and believe that if sharing my fitness story can inspire or motivate one person, this journey is well worth it!!!  Stop waiting for things to happen, go out and make them happen! You can do it- never give up!
-Nicole

Bria’s #workitout100 Story

My #workitout100 transformation story is a bit different from the ones I have had the pleasure of reading. My journey began in 2008 when I hit my highest weight of 326 pounds and realized I was slowly digging my own grave. I could no longer do anything physical without needing to sit down for long periods of time and I was on the verge of becoming diabetic. I took my dream vacation in October of 2008 to Disney World and I was not able to fit in the airplane seat or enjoy the rides because of my size. As soon as I returned home I started trying every fad diet I could from Jenny Craig to Atkins and everything in between.

Fast forward to 2010, I became pregnant with my daughter and gained back everything I had lost the previous year. When my daughter was born I was diagnosed with a case of Pancreatitis that should have killed me but alas here I am. All of the sudden I had to change my entire life just to stay alive for my daughter, without a fully functioning pancreas. I lost 130 pounds these past 4 years but not until I found the #workitout100 challenge did I start exercising on a regular basis.

I came across the hash-tag workitout100 65 weeks ago and started my first challenge that day. It was exactly what I had been looking for! I longed for a community of regular people with busy lives that would hold me accountable and I found it. I have met such incredible people through this challenge, people from across the world that are on the same journey as me. I have learned I love yoga and TRX and I still suck at running. I have learned my body really can workout 100 days in a row and I do have muscles under the chubbies! I have completed 2 rounds of this challenge and I’m already planning my 3rd round soon.

I’m so thankful for this challenge because it really has showed me what I am capable of. 100 days was my jumping off point and I workout on a regular basis now but I will always be thankful for the encouragement I received in the beginning because it’s truly what kept me going. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

-Bria

Bee’s #workitout100 Story

From the minute I was born, I was meant to live an active, always on the go lifestyle. At the age of 6, my dad nicknamed me ‘Roadrunner’ because I was always running around doing something active! I’ve been dancing for 17 years now, and played softball for 7. To stay in shape, I would always go on long runs. Running seemed to come naturally to me, even at a very young age!

In high school I spent the majority of my time at the dance studio or running around the neighborhood. However, when senior year rolled around, I wanted to do more. I wanted to push myself even further than I already was, so I got a membership at our local gym!

For most of my senior year, I would spend every Tuesday and Thursday before school, in a Pilates class. While in that class, I realized being active, and staying healthy and fit was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. That was the moment I went all in.

Fast forward to freshman year in college, I was using the weight room daily, going on runs around the beautiful lakes on my campus, and hiking the bluffs. Knowing how active and fit I was, I registered for several 5k and 10k races that year. Running was still a huge part of my life, and races are what made me happy.

The following summer was when I was introduced to #workitout100. I was so beyond excited to join in on this movement! It felt great being cheered on by the #wio100 community, friends and family. Once people saw how passionate I was about this, they became inspired to join along too!

I was well into the #wio100 program, when I was diagnosed with chronic compartment syndrome (in short- my feet & legs went numb every time I would go on a run). This really turned my world around, since running has always been a part of who I was. However, I wasn’t going to let this one thing stop me from what I loved most- working out. So, I used it to fuel me even more!

I began lifting every day in the gym, doing yoga, meditating, and going on bike rides. And now today, I couldn’t be happier with where I am in my life!

Since joining #wio100, my body, and mind have made such AMAZING progress. Some progress can be seen in pictures, while others I feel internally. I sleep so much better at night, I feel overall happier with my life, and I always look forward to my workouts every morning when I wake up.

So thank you to everyone who has supported me since day 1, whether you’re a family member, friend of mine, or Instagram follower…I love you ALL!

Here’s to making gains, staying happy, & being healthy for the rest of my life…all while inspiring others to do the same!

Nicole’s #workitout100 Story

I was never able to consistently live a healthy lifestyle until I began Workitout100. Since high school I’ve fluctuated in weight & diet. Doing the whole not caring thing for awhile and then trying new diets, programs or cleansing…all having short term results of course. Nothing consistent. Nothing healthy long term.

I found workitout100 last year through Amanda, watching her journey & seeing all the changes in her was driving me crazy! I wanted that so bad & at the time, had probably the busiest summer of my life! So literally the day after the last commitment I had at the time, I dove in head first!

That was August 2014…since then I have been consistently active for 245 days in a row. I owe that to this challenge…which I can confirm, turns in to a lifestyle.

I have received support and encouragement from an amazing group of girls from around the world. The connections made via social media & the stories shared have taught & inspired me! Every day there’s new motivation, work outs, recipes to try, etc…these are just a few things that keep me going…not to mention how exciting it is to watch your own transformation!

I couldn’t be happier having Workitout100 a part of my life. I’ve found happiness in myself & in a healthy lifestyle that’s long term.

– Nicole Rodriguez, Stillwater MN

Brittany’s #workitout100 Story

In high school I was always an active person. Cross Country and distance in Track & Field took up my Fall & Spring days. Additionally, I was always on the go with various activities throughout the year. I ate whatever I wanted and never really thought that much into eating healthy for my body. And then my senior year, I broke my ankle in a car accident. As a result, my active lifestyle was completely changed for the years to come.

College rolls around and even though my ‘Go-Go-Go’ active lifestyle hadn’t changed, the food mentality didn’t. I became self conscious of that ‘Freshman 15+’ that I am sure so many are familiar with. After a period of time, I started to go back to the gym. I would get a few days in, see some results and then lose focus. Not too much afterwards, I would again begin to fixate on what I disliked about my body and begin to mentally put myself down. Soon I would begin the next round of going to the gym, staying committed for a couple days and like clockwork, stop going all together. It was an endless cycle for years.
All throughout those years, I never really felt comfortable in my body. I was self conscious and always felt uncomfortable/bloated. Consistently I made excuses for myself for not staying committed to working out: I don’t have time, my ankle won’t let me, I’m never going to change anyway, etc.
Last year, during one of the rounds of deciding to go to the gym again, I saw a friend’s comment about this challenge called ‘#workitout100’. I looked into what this challenge was about, who these two girls were and ultimately decided to give it a try. I knew I wanted to make a change in my life and end the cycle. And that’s exactly what I did.
Three rounds later, I have done a complete 360. I am stronger than I have been in years, constantly push myself farther than I could have ever imagined and have more confidence in myself than I think I ever have had in my entire life. This challenge, Laura and Amanda and the entire WIO100 community have helped me literally change my life. I whole heartedly believe that you are the only person who can limit yourself from achieving your goals. And I know it can definitely be hard to stay in the rhythm of working all those 100 days. I get it. Honestly there are days that I still struggle with it. But the support from WIO100 and that feeling of accomplishment after every workout help keep me going every day.
I have been changed for the better and I couldn’t be happier to keep moving forward
-Brittany

Courtney’s #workitout100 Story

When it comes to talking about my transformation, it doesn’t translate well in photos.  My Worktiout100 story started kind of different…

I was already at my lowest weight when I started my workitout100 journey. When I found out about it through a friend’s Instagram, I knew this was a challenge I could complete. It was unlike any other that I had come across. The best parts? No one was spamming my photos to join the challenge, the challenge itself was FREE, and you didn’t have to purchase anything to go with it. It was just you and your journey.

But it turns out, it wasn’t just me. It was me and hundreds of other Warriors starting on the same journey themselves. I had signed on when our co-founders were just starting and were only a quarter of the way through their first 100 days! It was like we were all in this together – and the support you were getting was consistent, and most importantly, sincere.

What did Workitout100 do for me?

I’ve never considered myself remotely athletic. I had been dancing since I was five – but because it was never really a “sport”, I just wasn’t an athlete in my mind. I continued to dance almost 5 days a week until I graduated high school. As with many stories, I gained most of my weight during college. I stopped dancing, and working out was a rarity (not to mention all late night food).  After I graduated, at my highest weight ever, I was disgusted with myself and started to run thinking it was the fastest way to shed the pounds.

Fast forward about two years, I had my fitness Instagram and was a running machine. I love how it took off the weight I gained during college, and then some. But then I became obsessive about being skinny and always stepping on the scale. When I started Workitout100, I knew that if I wanted to be active 7 days a week – I wasn’t going to be able to do it all running. So I started incorporating other exercises along the way. I incorporated heavier strength training into my weekly routine. I ended up picking a day that I would dedicate just to yoga. I started to see my body transform into something I wasn’t used to. It wasn’t just lean – I was getting strong. I LOVED seeing the definition in my arms and seeing baby abs in the morning.

Now I love doing HIIT/Interval Training (my latest obsession!!) and I do yoga challenges via Instagram which have really tested my strength and patience. Workitout100 helped me see who I wanted to be. I didn’t want to be aiming for a goal weight – I wanted to be a strong, healthy woman. It helped me venture out of my running comfort zone and find new things do to, which I have now fallen in love with.

Workitout100 has also helped me mentally. I’ve always struggled with negativity and anxiety – and taking time each day to “get up and move” really allowed me let go and release this negative energy I always had going on. If I do not do some type of exercise (even stretching!) each day – I feel it. I find myself in a dark haze most of the day and feel very fatigued. Workitout100 has made my life more positive.

The sense of community cannot be talked about enough. These women who I have ‘met’ are SO inspiring. From those with amazing weight loss journeys, to soon to be moms kicking some serious butt, to women like me  just trying to find themselves – each person’s story makes you work hard and keeps you accountable.

Now here I am, sweating for the wedding, marathon training, and over a quarter of the way through my second round of 100 days! I’ve recruited my best friend and my mom along this journey. To be an ambassador for this company is something I’m truly grateful for and I cannot wait to see where the future takes us!

-Courtney Brust

 

Nichole’s #workitout100 Story

My whole life I have been this “tiny little thing” I am 5’1” and had been shopping in the petite section of the clothing store for most of my adolescent life- that was just the norm. I was always really active in sports (soccer, and track) in high school and going into college with a major in Exercise Sports Science it never occurred to me that I would need to worry about what I eat or drink, I could do whatever I wanted. “The freshman 15 was not something I had to worry about!”  Looking back, it was a pretty naive way of thinking because my “fast metabolism” was not willing to keep up with this new college lifestyle.

During my 5 years at UW-River Falls my small frame took on several different pants sizes, confidence levels, and feelings of wellness. During my heavier times I felt so sluggish, bloated and unmotivated.  There were days I couldn’t get through my whole day without wanting or needing to take a nap. It would take me to that point of exhaustion that I would realize I need to make a change and I would for a little while. Shed a few pounds, gain my confidence back but it never really stuck. Until I saw my former high school track captain, role model and friend Laura Sonnek began posting on Facebook & Intsagram about this challenge called “#WorkItOut100”

I instantly was attracted to the inspiring community of motivated people all on different fitness levels, living very different lives but ALL seeking out the same goal = to live a healthy lifestyle!  And I have to say #WorkItOut100 fell into my lap at the right time in my life. Nearing the end of my super senior year it really helped me to not only be motivated, healthy and accountable in my health and wellness, but helped me to stay focused on why I went to school for Exercise Sports Science in the first place! It helped me to stay positive, set goals, and work hard. Ultimately, it was one of the many building blocks to who I am today.

Today, I am about to embark on my 2nd round of #Workitout100 the  final 100 day countdown to my wedding on June 26th! I have new goals for my #wio100sweatingforthewedding and can’t wait to see how my body is going to change! Also, I am very excited to not only have my fiancé Davis Bates participating, but along with him many of my family members, friends and bridal party members are joining in on such a great challenge. I know that it will be just as impactful for all of them, as it has been for me. I have LOVED being an ambassador for Amanda & Laura and have a LOT to thank them for!

-Nichole