The hardest thing for me was the cardio. I really didn't commit as much time to it as I should have and I could have achieved much better results if I did. Other than that, the guide was super helpful and really helped me focus because I knew what I was going to do each day instead of wandering around the machines looking lost!
I loved that there were options for food and the guidelines for that were also helpful because I used to eat huge portions and now I am getting full off the smaller portions and finding it easier to satisfy my hunger with smaller but more nutrient packed meals. Seeing results after just 6 weeks motivates me to keep going and hopefully make a lifestyle change, rather than seesawing on diet after diet.
I'm so excited to show you my final pictures. I've worked hard these past 6 weeks and will continue constantly improving myself.
When I look at my before pictures, I see someone sad, unmotivated and weak. I lost my dad 6 months ago and throughout that time I also lost myself. Everything became so uninteresting to me, and I didn't care to make myself feel better. It became comfortable to make myself feel worse. I completely neglected my physical and mental health - eating fast food every single day, becoming totally inactive and allowing my thoughts to become a cesspool of self-loathing and negativity. Everything was so dark, and I didn't bother looking for a light. I didn't think any existed anymore.
I started to realize this wasn't right, and that I was wasting time I could spend being happy. I couldn't change what happened, but I knew I could change how I lived from this point on. When I saw your challenge, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to start motivating myself again. I'm a very goal-oriented person, so I knew if I could really make myself commit to this, I would improve myself. I took my before pictures and wow, that was tough. But I told myself if that was my starting point then I could only get better. When I received your meal plan and workouts, I knew this was a good idea. I've done other challenges before and they've left a lot to be desired - cookie cutter workouts and effortless meal plans. Your meal ideas were refreshing and delicious and the workouts were badass - there was nothing restrictive about them which makes it a lot easier to commit to. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.
I was really getting my fire back as I progressed through the challenge, and then I ended up breaking my radius on a ski trip in the middle of it. I was crushed. I had been giving this my all and to think all that effort would be voided by this injury was so disappointing. However, I was now more confident and knew this was just another obstacle I needed to adapt to. I didn't want to overdo it because healing and recovery is so important, so I sensibly picked out exercises from the plan I knew I could safely perform and kept going. 6 months ago, I wouldn't have had the ambition to do that, but this challenge helped me respect myself again.
Now I've got to be honest, of course I am SO STOKED about my physical progress. I can feel my body working more smoothly like a well-oiled machine instead of an old, broken pile of junk. Fat has melted away and bloating has dissipated. And yes, it feels GREAT to look into a mirror and feel happy.
But what I'm most excited about, what I really NEEDED, is a healthy mind. This challenge helped me grab my thoughts of negativity and mold them into encouragement and self-love. This helped me sleep at night. This helped me wake up in the morning with a glow and a smile instead of heavy bags under my eyes and a headache. This helped me be fun to be around again, to feel happy. This helped me realize that I can make my life beautiful - and that there is ALWAYS a light.
Thank you for everything.