When I think about my life before FitMania and the 90 day challenge, I want to cry. I think how did I let myself go so much to where I was so unhappy? I kept using the excuse that I had a baby and it changed my body but really I was lazy. Before I would not want to do anything physical, because I would put work in and didn’t see results, or I would go to gyms and be totally discouraged, lost and mad. So I did nothing and I just kept getting bigger and bigger, not being able to wear any of my clothes. I was depressed and this affected everything in my life, my marriage, my health, and my self-esteem. I hated going shopping, because nothing ever fit. I found myself wearing sweats to everything because that was the only comfortable thing I could find to wear. I would eat because I was bored and all the wrong kinds of food which would make me feel even worse. I just felt myself in a slump and it wasn’t getting any better.
My mom (Gena, fellow FitManiac) called me one day and said, “I signed you up for an outdoor boot camp it’s for a good cause and will be fun.” July 27th 2015 is really where my FitMania journey started. I will never forget that day because I don’t think I have ever been that sore in my life. I started the following Monday at Orchard and I have to say going by myself I was so nervous. Thanks to Annette for helping me on that awkward first day and getting me through my first week. It was not only physically challenging but mentally and it was nice to have her encourage me. I felt so welcomed and everyone was so supportive, it was like an instant family. The work outs were extremely challenging but it was just what I needed. I had never felt that way at any gym. I knew I had made the right decision. When challenge #7 came around I knew it was something I wanted to do. I also wanted to commit to every aspect of the challenge, so that I could see that maximum results. I changed my diet, quit drinking my beloved Diet Pepsi and started eating whole real food. I also committed to going to class 6 days a week, I only missed 2 classes out of the 90 day challenge. It wasn’t until about a month into the challenge when I really started to notice the weight falling off and my attitude was changing.
This challenge has taught me to set goals, put hard work in and you will achieve those goals. I am now more outgoing, have more confidence and have more energy throughout the day. It has taught me about the kind of role model I want to be for my son. I now know what good food really is for so long I was eating such horrible food. I discovered again my determination when I put my mind to something which is priceless.
If I could inspire one person it would be my husband. I want him to feel the way I feel when I complete a challenging workout. I want him to improve his health so that he will be around to raise our amazing son. We have so much to accomplish as a family he would be so much happier if he could get healthy. He is so strong and I know that if he put his mind to it he would succeed. I would do everything I could to support and encourage him.
Fitmania has changed my life forever, I am now so happy in every aspect of my life. I am a happier mom and wife, a better co-worker, and just all around healthier. I don’t ever want to feel how I felt for so long and didn’t even realize it. I now hate to miss any boot camp days because I love the feeling I have all day after boot camp. I am a morning person, which I never was before and I get to see beautiful sunrises and I am truly happy. My two sayings that I now live by are, “What doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you” and ” Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” There is nothing that I can say or do that will thank Fitmania enough for giving me back life! I feel like a new healthier, happier version of me!
I will be forever grateful to my mother for motivating me, my husband and family for supporting me every step of the way, my Fitfamily all of you have kept me accountable and have inspired me, my awesome trainers especially Sara, Kacey and Jen and to Sherry for having such an awesome amazing program that works.