Happy Tuesday! As we wrapped up the Summer Challenge last week I thought I would share a few stories from some of the winner of the challenge. We just began a new 12 weeks and I'm sorry to say it is full, but the next one will be after the Holidays :)
I'm proud of all the ladies who really gave effort in the last Challenge, changing your lifestyle, developing healthy habits, and sticking to them day after day is no small feat. They had up's and down's, but the real winners are the ones who never gave up! Thanks to all of you who participated for providing such a great community for everyone!!
Hi! I'm Kristin. I live in a small town in northeastern Oklahoma. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mom to 3 year old Mattie and 1 1/2 year old Blake. I have struggled with my weight for a long time--middle school being the earliest I remember being really self conscious about my weight.
I've tried low carb, weight watchers, hcg drops, clean eating--nothing really worked for me. I attempted a Skinnymeg challenge before but my mind just wasn't in it. I was overwhelmed with everything and quit after only a few weeks. I found my weight slowly creeping up and eventually stepped on the scale at the beginning of the summer challenge weighing 219.6. That was such a disappointing moment for me.
I knew I needed this challenge and the support of the other women involved to help me be successful. I had my macros calculated by Paige and from there just did my best to hit macros and get my workouts in.
By the end of the challenge I weighed in at 185.4 and had found a new confidence in myself that I hadn't seen in a long time! I won the challenge and the progress picture competition, but I found so much more in myself! I believe in myself now and know that I can do whatever I set my mind to!
My advice to others is to set your mind to it, set attainable goals, celebrate your successes (NOT with food), and realize that we all may fall down but we have to get ourselves up and push forward!
After I had my daughter in September of last year, I came to the conclusion that it was the norm for moms to be overweight. Most of my meals were fast food or quick and easy like hamburger helper. I was always on the go. Finding the time to spend with my family, complete chores around the house, and work full time on nights was really hard and draining. And then making time for myself was next to impossible.
In June, I went on a family vacation to Mexico. Finding swimsuits and outfits for the trip proved to be difficult. I was very uncomfortable with my body and was self conscious on vacation. I knew it was time to make a change when I saw a picture from our trip. It's the one shown in the before picture. I made the decision to change my life because I was tired of being unhappy with myself. Around that time, I saw a post about another 3 month challenge Megan was going to be putting together. It was the perfect time for me to make a change. Signing up for the challenge was the best thing I could have done for myself.
It wasn't easy and there were times I wanted to quit but with the encouragement and guidance from everyone in the challenge, I kept with it. These women are amazing and truly inspiring. It was awesome being surrounded by such positive women throughout those 3 months. I stuck with it and lost 19.4 lbs (8.5 inches).
I am working out 5-6 times a week anywhere between 30-60 minutes. My workouts are completed at home usually in the afternoons since I work nights. I started with the 21 day fix workouts and using the iifym diet. Once I finished the 21 day fix, I started running on my treadmill, completing HIIT workouts from YouTube, and using my dumbbells to strength train. My family and friends have not only noticed the change physically but also emotionally. I'm the happiest I've ever been and it shows in pictures. The 3 month challenge has given me the tools I need to continue my fitness journey for the rest of my life. I am currently training for a 15k that takes place on October 31st and then I will begin training for a half marathon in the spring.
This has been the most amazing experience for me, and life changing doesn't even really cover it. I think I started how a lot of women do… a good weight growing up, then I went to college and lost all control of what I ate and drank. And I never got a hold of it through my 20's and early 30's.
I started following you a couple years ago on IG/Facebook/the blog and I saw the post about the challenge and literally stalked your Facebook page for the announcement! I'm talking blocked myself off from meetings at work to keep refreshing Facebook type stalkingWhen I joined I didn't know what to expect, but from day one I felt a part of a community of the most supportive women I had ever been around. The thing about this challenge is that it never felt like a competition…it felt like a place to go for encouragement and fantastic food and exercise ideas. When one of us was down, the others would lift us up. It was an incredible experience and I am thrilled to have been in the top 3, but I wouldn't have gotten there without everyone in the challenge being so supportive. That's another thing - I don't feel like this was a weight loss challenge… it was a get healthy challenge. There were several women who didn't lose a ton of weight but they lost inches and gained healthy habits to use for the rest of their lives.
I'm so excited to be back again for the Final Countdown. What a great group to be in around the holidays! Hello huge ass Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties… I got you.