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!