Sheehan’s #workitout100 Story

Growing up, I was generally active – scoring goals on the soccer field, chasing boys around the park, or playing with my siblings.   Throughout high school, I didn’t see a need to focus on health or fitness, though we didn’t eat too unhealthy (except for the “special occasion” at McDonald’s).

When I went to college, I decided to get a job on campus at the fitness center to meet new people, promote health & wellness, and of course make some money.  I would “workout” from time-to-time, but never consistently.  I didn’t make health a priority in my life.  I gained the “freshman 15-20” in college & while studying abroad but didn’t see too much of an issue with that.  Post-college, looking back, I see pictures of myself & realized I looked puffy, sluggish, and tired.

Last year, I came across a challenge via Social Media called the “100 Happy Day” challenge – post an Instagram picture each day, of something that made you happy.  I loved it – I enjoyed finding happiness in the small things.  I wanted to show friends & family that “life is too short to be anything but happy!

After the “100 Happy Day” challenge was complete, I wanted to find something new to challenge me.  That’s when a friend of mine suggested a challenge on Instagram: “Workitout100”!  I’ll be honest – I told him I could never do something like that. How is it possibly to place priority on fitness while living such a “busy” life?!  Sad to say, but I had already pre-determined for myself that I wouldn’t succeed.  I was slightly disappointed in myself – how could I ever say something like that?!  I then thought – you never know, unless you try!

Making the decision to START the “Workitout100” challenge was the hardest part.  When you make a decision, things start to fall in place. Now, not to say there weren’t days where I dreaded “getting up to move” or hitting the gym hard, but life is SO MUCH BETTER having a community of amazing women and men encouraging you to be your best.

I started talking to my friends about Laura & Amanda as if I knew them, or as if we were best friends, and now, I do know them!  I am so grateful for their long countless hours spent to set up an environment changing lives around the world!  The “Workitout100” challenge continues to push me to be my best & to help others find that in themselves as well.  I have completed the “Workitout100” challenge twice & am going to continue helping others achieve their personal & fitness goals.

A few things I learned along the way throughout the challenge:

  1. Don’t think you can’t do something just because it seems difficult or impossible.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others, run your own race (literally & figuratively).
  3. Your future self will thank you for the hard work you put in now

-Sheehan Hubbard