My name is Carey and I am an over-eater and an under-exerciser (and the people respond, Hi. Carey). I am 35 years old. I’m a wife and mom to 3 girls and I’m also a nurse.
How long have you been on this weight loss journey? I have been on a weight loss journey for as long as I can remember. I believe I could have possibly been the youngest person enrolled in Weight Watchers in the late 80’s/early 90’s. If you are better at math than I am, then you have already figured out that I was 8-10 years old. This journey has continued through high school, college, post-college, post-baby #1, nursing school, post baby #2, to now. I definitely reached a low point when I weighed in at my heaviest prior to the Biggest Loser Challenge.
Weight Loss/Inches: To date the final weigh in for the Biggest Loser (May 2015), I am down 28 pounds and 16 inches. I have a long way to go to get to my “goal weight” but feel I am headed in the right direction.
I am writing this testimonial mainly due to the nagging of my best friend, Micah! I am kidding. She worked for over a year to get me to join her for boot camp. She is pretty persistent because I ALWAYS had an excuse. “I’m too tired.” “I have to get ready for work and there isn’t enough time in the morning.” “We have soccer or tumbling.” There are many more, but I won’t bore you with that. What I will tell you is that I am so glad that she stayed on me. I am so glad that she knew that if she just stayed with it, I would eventually give in. What neither of us knew was how much I would actually enjoy it.
When I decided to sign up for the challenge, I know Micah was more excited than I was. I was very nervous. I didn’t worry so much about the diet changes (remember, I have been doing that on and off FOREVER), but I was worried about the classes. Would 3 classes a week be too much? Will I be able to move afterward? What if I can’t do ANY of the exercises? Am I going to embarrass myself? What I found out through the next 8 weeks was that all of that worry was for naught. I not only did 3 days a week, but most weeks was attending 4-5 boot camps. I remained sore but it was a good sore, nothing unbearable. Surprisingly, I can do a lot of exercises and the ones I can’t, there is always a modification for it. And, I often embarrass myself, but I am able to laugh it off, and Micah is always there to laugh with me.
After the initial weigh in, my fantastic coach, Alissa wanted us to send her our goals for the challenge. This is what I sent: “My goal is to make my fitness a priority and commit to exercising on a regular basis. I am doing this for me and for my children. I want them to see that I am devoted to making this change for me. I have lose weight in the past but have always gained it back due to inactivity. I don’t want to continue to yo-yo. I want it to come off and stay off.”
I can say that I more than achieved that goal. The challenge has been over for 2 weeks now, and I am still as motivated as I was at the beginning to go to classes and continue my meal plans. I actually feel like something is missing on days that I do not go to class. It’s crazy! I have never felt that way before.
What are your top 3 favorite resources that helped you along the way?
1.) Having a great coach that was so encouraging. She was always posting to our Facebook page and challenging us to try something new and pushing ourselves a little bit harder. Thank you, Alissa, for all you did for us. #shinebright
2.) Having a community like LiveFit to be a part of is so amazing. The love, support and encouragement we receive from all of the instructors before, during, and after classes is immeasurable. The people I have met throughout this journey that get it, that get me, are awesome. After every class, though I am a hot and sweaty mess, I leave with a smile because I know that I just completed a great workout with an amazing group of people.
3.) I think the schedule and number of classes offered each week is really favorable to getting into an exercise routine. They have so many options that it makes it nearly impossible to make an excuse not to go. There are evening, morning, week day and weekend classes. There is something for everyone. I am partial to boot camp, but the studio classes offer an even wider variety.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is sitting on the sidelines and waiting?
Just do it, just come. You know you need to. You know you want to. Don’t make your BFF work for over a year to get you to class. If you need a friend, a workout partner, someone to pass you a snot rag; come find me. I love meeting new people and if you are easily offended by the occasional profanity I tend to let slip, I promise to hold my tongue. If you think you are too big, or too old, or too out of shape, you aren’t. And the only way to get over those feelings is to go to class! I promise you will find someone who is feeling the same way you are or has felt that way in the past. For those that have started the journey but are feeling discouraged, see the previous sentences, and don’t quit. There is a reason you started. Tap back into that and reignite the fire.
Anything else you would like to share?
Adina and Jenny may regret asking me to do this Shed n Share, it could be the longest submitted, but I’m not sorry. (and we are not!!) I could talk for days about this new lifestyle and my new friends and planking with my children, but I’ll stop now because I am actually at work and have to use the bathroom (I am still drinking half my weight in water every day).
Best wishes to all,