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My Fitness Journey

January 13th, 2013 started something transformative for me.  It marked the start of my journey to a healthier, more fit me.  It marked the start of my journey with a group of women who also were working towards change.  It marked the start of my training with Beachbody fitness products.

My fitness journey one year

Puhleez excuse the pile of clothes in the corner. Twas the stuff that no longer fit…

Since it’s been one year, I wanted to share some of that journey with you. It’s not a very special story, or very earth shattering for that matter, but it’s mine.  And I hope it encourages you to take the first steps towards a healthier, more fit you! And if I can help you along that journey, I would be honored.

At the end of 2012 holiday eating had gotten the best of me, I’d put back on the 10 pounds I’d lost earlier in the year, and I’d fallen off the bandwagon of regular fitness again.  Running was nice when it was warm enough out, but forget it! if it was below 45 degrees outside.  So, when my friend Michelle posted on Facebook that she was inviting women to join her fitness challenge group, I definitely wanted to know more. I wanted something to change, but didn’t know how to do it on my own.  

Fast forward a year and 300 or so workouts  later and I’m happy to have dropped close to 25 pounds and 5% of my body fat.  I’ve gained muscle and equally important, gained confidence in myself. Weight loss was an important goal last year, but I’m continuing to realize that it’s about more than that.  The last year has been about realizing that I can be my own worst enemy when I’m trying to reach a goal and my community can be one of my best aids. 

Flannel Perfection

Just before starting…Showing off my best gift – matching flannel for the whole family! Yes, everyone.

In January 2013 I began tracking my eating and joined Michelle’s fitness challenge group – a private online space to share the wins and struggles of my diet plus the accountability of other women to help keep me on track with my new Turbo Jam workout DVDs.  January brought little progress as I tried to figure out when to fit workouts into the week and how to adjust my eating and still feel satisfied (that got tons easier when I added Shakeology into the mix!). But I counted it as a major win when I traveled for work last February and maintained my schedule of working out even while on the road! One small success there started leading to others as I started to see the scale tick down and the inches slowly melt away.

Once I completed the 10 week Turbo Jam Challenge, I continued the workouts and trained for the Flying Pig Half Marathon – my next fitness goal.  Running a few days a week and cross training with Turbo Jam, I had the confidence I needed on May 5th to face the dreaded hill up into Mt. Adams and even shaved 10 minutes off my previous time for a new PR!

Run for the Call 2013
It seemed that working out 5-6 days a week had taken hold and exercise was part of my regular routine at this point. I had no new goals for myself, but kept working out each day and checking in with the other women in my group.   Soon enough, I plateaued and my motivation plummeted. Michelle, my coach, noticed my discouragement and it was through her investment in me that I set off to face the next level of intensity by doing a Turbo Fire challenge.  With renewed fervor I tackled the tougher workouts in Turbo Fire and wondered where the 15 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts had been all my life.  Yes, 15 killer minutes and I was done for the day. Score!

All this working out in the summer also helped me reach a secondary goal.  My sights were set on being strong enough to handle my first-ever backpacking trip – to Scotland nonetheless! And thanks to all the tough workouts and long runs throughout the year, I was more ready than I could have imagined at the time I signed up for the hike.  Rounding out the year, I started Focus T25 after getting back from Scotland and have continued with that since the Fall.

Sheesh, writing this all out I can hardly find adequate words to describe the support system that the fitness challenge group has been for me.  The women who I journeyed with, first as a participant and now as an Beachbody coach, have shown me that living a healthier lifestyle can help you be better not only for yourself, but for those you love.  They model for me how to being fit can lead to being a better daughter, sister, wife, mother, steward, and friend.  They’ve celebrated my successes and shared their own, but they’ve also dusted me off and encouraged me to start again on days where food decisions were poor or a workout was skipped.

And one year later, I’m proud to see where the Beachbody path has taken me.  I wonder what the next mile marker will bring.

3 thoughts on “My Fitness Journey

  1. I’m really proud of you Jennifer! You are looking healthy and happy!

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