Sarah’s #workitout100 Story

Hello Warriors!! I am SO excited (and also really nervous) to be sharing my story with you all today!! First, I want to say thanks to Amanda and Laura for building this whole community for all of us!! I am amazed and so grateful for the support and encouragement I find with y’all every day. Can you believe there are over a THOUSAND of us?!! And that number grows every day!! They are total babes!!

Okay, HI! My name is Sarah, I am 30 years old, I have one beautiful son, and an incredible husband whom I adore, and I’m a Work It Out 100 Warrior. Cheesy right?

Mmmm cheeeese…

But seriously, I grew up being overweight. Overweight being kind of course, since I probably could have been classified as obese from about the age of 15 or so. Anyway, I grew up with a very unhealthy relationship with food. I grew up being called fat, made fun of, being left out of group dates and activities, and being so self conscious that just walking past a group of people would make me cringe. I just knew they would be saying rude things about how I looked. If I thought them, why wouldn’t they?! I actually still struggle with this. The changes I’m making in my life right now are as much mental as they are physical.

I struggled for years trying to lose the weight. I joined gyms, I ate anything labeled “low fat”, and I even went on an intensely restrictive low-carb diet a few years ago. It worked too. I lost 100 pounds. Yeah me! But I didn’t have fuel in my body, so I couldn’t work out on. I wasn’t learning how to be healthy, so when I went off the diet I still had all the same problems I did before. I hadn’t learned what healthy eating was. I hadn’t learned how to work out, and balance the calories I was taking in with the ones I was burning. And I gained weight. A lot actually. More than I lost. And then one day I was standing in a courtroom adopting our beautiful baby boy, and everything in my world was perfect, except how I felt about myself.

I knew what I wanted for my son, but I didn’t know how to achieve it. So I started slowly. I went to the track at my local college to walk 4 times one week in mid December. And the next week I did it again. But it was harder, so I asked a friend for help. And she kept me going, 4 times a week, every week. I had started. And soon I decided that it was going to be the last time I ever “started over” on the path to health. I began losing weight; it was coming off slower than Internet Explorer on a 90’s dial up connection, but it was coming off. Then I found a few accounts on Instagram that helped me clean up my eating, like @livegreenhealthy, @eatingwhole, @thebrokehealthnut, and @hawthornefamilyeats, and the weight came off a little more quickly. Then I found WIO100.

I thought about it for a few days, and eventually thought, “Well, It couldn’t hurt. And if I miss a few days, oh well! Who will really care?!” And I started it. And suddenly I had people cheering me on. Laura and Amanda were checking on me every day. I started meeting other warriors, and they started cheering me on. And then I started cheering me on. I started pushing harder. Missing a day was not an option anymore. Then I started reaching out and cheering other people on. It’s only grown from there. I am seriously so addicted to this challenge, and I plan to continue on long after I hit my 100 days. I want to see how long I can streak these workouts (not STREAK streak…but like a winning streak. You get it. You know). I can’t wait to see what I can do after 100 consistent days of being active. I know it’s going to be great!!

I’m a warrior because I have failed, and I got back up. I am a warrior because I have learned from my many mistakes and now I crave success. I have dedicated myself to a healthy lifestyle and to teaching my family what that means. I push harder every day because I know that I can do reach and exceed the goals I have for myself. It may take me a while to get there, but I. Will. Get. There. Now, I don’t want this to sound too much like Monica Geller (I am the energy train, and you are on board! Woo Woo!! Woo Woo!!) but, I want to share what I’m learning with my friends, and with their families. I want to help anyone and everyone who wants to feel strong and powerful get there. No one deserves to feel alone, and hopeless. No one deserves to feel like a failure. We can do anything we put our minds to as long as we are willing to put our feet to it too!

If you’re still reading this – Thanks!! And look me up on Instagram @sarahhrebicek I would love to get to cheer you on and see you crush your goals!!

Keep it up Warriors!!! Go catch your dreams!!
{fist bump} Sarah