I always thought I could get in better shape, but just had not done so and that task grew larger as the years passed. I didn’t live a sedentary lifestyle, but it certainly wasn’t the healthiest. I have always been active in my 7 and 8-year-old boys’ lives (coaching, playing with them, etc), and the addition of a little girl 20 months ago didn’t slow me down. I wasn’t lacking energy, BUT I knew I was burning the candle at both ends, since sleep has never been high on my priority list. So the late nights drinking and eating didn’t lead to misery the next day, which is a blessing….and a curse as there was little, noticeable downside for many years. Speaking of eating, my diet wasn’t terrible, but the combination of drinking (alcohol) and eating does not equate to healthy living. My weight gain was not quick but, slowly, I came to realize my closet was “shrinking” my clothes.
During the last 90 days, I have lost 32.8 lbs. and more than 11% body fat! After my final weigh-in, my trainer asked me “How do you feel?” My answer was “I feel like a winner!” And I haven’t felt like a winner in a long time
I turned 36 years old in June, and I was the heaviest weight I’d ever been, 327 pounds. I also had high blood pressure and sleep apnea. With 3 small kids that I couldn’t keep up with, and clothes that were continually getting tighter, I hit my breaking point and knew I had to make a change. Although a member of Life Time for many years, I hadn’t been going regularly. Really, I hadn’t gone at all. I decided in early July to sign up for the 90-Day Challenge. I needed motivation, an incentive to lose and a little bit of luck. It was a mere week later that a urologist found a mass in my bladder.
On August 8, 2015, I walked in to my local Life Time and joined yet another “90 Day Challenge”. As I sat at a small table waiting to speak to a trainer after weighing in, I held my rubber orange bracelet and vowed to myself that this time was not like all the others. I weighed the most I had my entire life and it was time to make a change. This time, I would not go home with another bracelet and quit before even starting. I signed up for TEAM Weight Loss and went to the LifeCafe to purchase my heart rate strap for class. I was extremely nervous and excited to begin my new weight loss journey.
On August 8, 2015, I embarked on a transformation journey that I never imagined. The Life Time 90-Day Challenge has been much more than a weight loss competition; it has forever changed the way I see myself, what I can accomplish, and how I approach a healthy lifestyle going forward.