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