I also, said Goodbye to 101 Pounds and felt like Queen for the day
Its time to celebrate and be in the moment. A moment that I truly want to last forever! What an amazing experience I had yesterday – the results blew me away! I want to briefly recap the events so they are forever documented in history and I will also tell you how it FELT!!
10 weeks, sometimes it felt really fast and sometimes it felt painfully slow, but I never lost focus on the end goal, which for me was to lose 20 pounds. I figured that this was a very “doable” number as I had lost 14 pounds in 8 weeks during my first transformation and new that I could do a bit better this time around. What was amazing is that I went into this challenge thinking that all I wanted to do was lose 20 pounds and yet I ended up doing and learning SO MUCH MORE! I have already blogged about all my “firsts” during this challenge and how amazing it was to climb knox, run/walk 5km, work out 3 times in a day, do spin classes, hot yoga, stairs, and still have energy for more. Bootcamp became my staple workout 4 to 5 times a week and I added in cardio at my gym and tried all these new and exciting things as well. I did so much that I have never done before in the span of 10 short weeks because I was given a huge gift – an amazing support system – the best group of people around me that I could ever hope or pray for. I know my prayers were answered and I’m still in awe of how all the pieces of this journey fell together so amazingly.
I broke down the challenge into 1 to 2 week segments and always made mini goals along the way to help me stay focused and to not give up, even though with my support group I knew that wouldn’t be possible. What I learned from my group was that I am not alone – that you can’t do this on your own and that others need your help just as much as you need them. (so if you want to do this, surround yourself with a support group that will motivate you and hold you accountable – but also those who will not judge you and are truly there to help make you a better person – anyone else in your life, ditch – now!)
What I didn’t expect to learn how to eat clean, as I thought I had that pretty much figured out. Well I didn’t….and I owe a huge thank you to Andrea our trainer, for guiding me along that path. The fact that I cut out, alcohol, dairy, wheat, sugar, and red meat for 10 weeks is why I dropped 31 pounds and 19.5 Inches in 10 weeks!!!! . What else surprised me is my level of fitness, to be able to work out 3 times a day, run/walk 5km in under 40 minutes and I shaved 2 minutes 40 seconds off my fitness test to complete it in 5 minutes 50 seconds…now all if this is just facts and numbers – they are good measurement tools of success, but let me tell you what is even more important. THE FEELING INSIDE
During these 10 weeks, I found myself again. I found happiness, courage, pride, accomplishment and self love!!! I believe in myself again, I have hope for the future and excitement. I can leave behind the depressed, sad, lonely girl who was sooo lost. I am confident because I know “I GOT THIS”. I have the tools and skills to not only maintain this 100 pounds weight loss but to get off the next 40 pounds. I have a new goal 5 pounds per month for 8 months. I will be done in time for my 36th Birthday in December.
So what EXACTLY happened yesterday? Well the end of the challenge, we do a weigh in, measurements, and before and after photos…see my picture below. When I weighed in, there were other people around who knew that I SO WANTED to reach that 100 pound milestone. I felt like the room stopped breathing and as I held my breath on the scale…the computer beeped and I jumped up and down and lept into the arms of my trainer Andrea as she was right there by my side…I let out a few sobs of joy and immediately felt the world lift off my shoulders as I did not realize how much pressure I had put on myself to get to that goal. Now don’t forget my original goal was to lose 20 pounds, but when I passed that around week 6, I decided to go for it…go for 30 pounds in 10 weeks and get that milestone of 100!! Actually I got 101 😉 It was hard work, infact the last week I did 5 bootcamp classes, 3 spin classes, 1 hot yoga and 2 days of 30 minutes jogs on the treadmill – that’s how bad I wanted this! And with hardwork and determination – I got it. I got to feel something amazing inside – a flood of emotions that I will never forget and believe me, it was so worth it!!
Well I figured that was enough for me, I did what I set out to do…we had our final challenge left of the day where we joined up with 2 other teams to run/walk 5km. I couldn’t believe all of the compliments I was getting as we were jogging along. So many people we letting me know how good I was looking and although I felt like my lungs were on fire I pushed through this trek. As I crossed the finished line I was so relieved to be done but was amazed and surprised to see that my husband was there with my kids to cheer me on! They snuck out of the house after I left to be there for me, I had no idea they were waiting and how sweet that was to be able to share that moment of accomplishment with them – my first 5km challenge! Here is a picture of us after our run!
Later that night, we had our prizes and giveaways and we all gathered to hear who the winner was of this challenge. To win the challenge the score is based on 25% for percentage of pounds lost, 25% for percentage of inches lost, 25% for fitness time improvement, 25% for votes on your before and after photos. It was a fun night, great to see everyone dressed up and looking so wonderful! I couldn’t believe the results and everyone saw great improvement, how inspiring to be in a room with so many amazing people. I had placed my vote and as the 3rdplace and 2nd place winners were announced I was pretty sure that someone else what taking 1st place that I had voted for…I was shocked and in awe when everyone was looking at me to tell me that I was the winner…I sat there for a while letting it sink in, as I was dumbfounded and in shock. I am still rather amazed that I’m still the winner…I was already a winner inside and here I was with the ultimate prize. I am still sitting here today, wondering how the HELL did that happen?! I have to thank my team, my trainer, my support system – all I can compare this to is watching someone win an Oscar – how they thank all of those around them who supported and encourage their success. I know I did not get here alone, I know that I could not do this by myself. If I had tried to do this by myself the way I had so many times before, I would have failed like I did over and over again for the last 15 years. So I thank you, I thank my husband for his loving words of encouragement and support, for loving the fat me – the sad me – and loving just ME. I thank my dear friend Christina, who I’ve mentioned before throughout this journey and blog and hears me out every day during my frustrations! I thank my friend Rae who is a supporter and true confidant. I thank my trainer, coach and now friend Andrea – for putting in the extra effort with out team, for allowing me to text her anytime, to vent when I was mad at myself – and always pushing me further than I’d ever push myself – why? Because she believed in me!!! I thank the wonderful owner of CTF, Aimee for creating a safe place to be myself, to grow and learn to love myself and workout among a place of amazing supportive people. She has created one of the most amazing places and her transformation challenge is so much more than just the physical. I also thank my team of “ANIMALS”. These girls ROCK! They are genuine, caring, motivating, supportive, and I love each and every one of them. They also have their own goals and journeys and they trusted me enough to share them, and I trust them to share mine. Thank you for all that you have done for me – I could never have done any of this without my support team. You mean the WORLD to me.
So what did I look like 100 pounds heavier?
Anothing thing that I find inspiring to do when I get to milestones, is collect things that weigh 100 pounds
– A Punching Bag
– A Shetland Pony
– 2 fully packed suitcases for your next vacation
– A Hellfire Missile that can blow up a TANK!
Well I think you get the picture of what it FEELS like to lose 100 pounds…Until next time as I will continue to blog about the rest of this weightloss journey as I am learning that its more than about losing the pounds as it is about finding my true self. Thanks for reading!