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