2015 Fall Transformation Challenge Runner-Up
*Results not typical
In July 2014, my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary. Life was wonderful and I felt good. Just days after our celebration, as we prepared to tear out and renovate our kitchen, our two-year-old Golden Retriever had a heart attack and collapsed. My husband rushed us to the emergency vet while I performed CPR, but our puppy was gone before we could get there. Our little family was jolted. With no other choice, we pushed on with the kitchen project. Early on, my husband took a nail through his foot, which got infected and had him hospitalized. With him immobile and me DIY inept, it took us four months to complete our project. We ate carryout 360 times. I stress ate everything in sight just to get through the chaos. To say that the last year and a half was tough on our family would be an understatement. To say that I neglected my body would be the truth.
When I heard about the Life Time 90-Day Challenge, I was in the worst shape of my entire life. It was the perfect opportunity for me to get my act in gear. As day one approached, I found myself questioning the timing. We had just listed our house for sale. It needed to be spotless 24/7. We had taken in a family member’s sick dog, bringing our house total to four dogs. On top of all of this, my husband and I continue to try to grow our local business through its infancy. It all seemed a bit too much. Then it hit me. Life is crazy. Life is always going to be crazy. There are going to be challenges and excuses, and change is the only constant. I decided that while my goal was to win the 90-Day Challenge, I also wanted to develop a healthy lifestyle that I could maintain for the rest of my life.
I set out to absorb as much information as I possibly could. The reason my husband and I chose Life Time over other facilities in the area was because a membership offers an expansive wellness experience. I intended on taking full advantage of that. My busy schedule meant that I needed to head to the gym every morning at 5:00. It seemed impossible to me at first, but it was the only way I could fit it in. I took all kinds of group classes and challenged my body in new ways. I found classes like Insanity, which pushed my body to the limits. I discovered yoga and found it kept me grounded both physically and mentally. My Tuesdays were reserved for Try-It Tuesday. They supplied me with the knowledge to expand my workout and nutritional repertoire.
My very first Try-It Tuesday was Nutrition with Edward and Leigha. Those 60 minutes changed my life. Suddenly, I knew that I wanted to live a holistic lifestyle. I left Life Time with a completely new view of food. If I wanted my body to meet its full potential, then I needed to fuel it properly. That concept is what got me through those first few weeks. When I had cravings, I made a conscious decision to consider what that food was going to do for my body. If it wasn’t going to help get me to my goal, then I didn’t want it. Before I knew it, I was craving healthy foods I’d never liked before. I modeled Life Time’s “food plate” at every meal and broke my macronutrients down accordingly. I switched from olive oil to coconut oil. I eliminated processed foods from my diet. I picked up a new vegetable every time I shopped. I’d previously believed that eating organic and non-GMO was financially out of reach, but once Ed took us through Whole Foods, I had all of the tools to restructure my relationship with food.
To ensure results from my efforts, I met with Matt M. weekly. When he suggested I adjust my supplements, I went straight to the LifeCafe. After my first assessment, Matt discovered that some of my muscles were not firing properly. He gave me a specific regimen that targeted those weak areas and drove my transformation. As my body changed, so did my workouts. Matt’s passion for fitness was inspirational. His knowledge was essential.
It was amazing to me how quickly my body responded to my work. I felt different immediately and saw physical changes gradually. I took photos after each weigh-in, which helped motivate me to push on. I learned to listen to my body and what it needed. I took full advantage of the sauna and pool on days that I needed rest. No matter what the day’s plan, I looked forward to that hour and a half. It was the time each day that was dedicated to me and my self-improvement.
Ninety days later, I am stronger and healthier, both mentally and physically, than ever before. I know that I couldn’t have done this without the support of the Life Time staff, my friends and family, and especially my husband. A lifestyle change like this is made much easier when your partner commits too. My personal transformation has been one from the inside out. I truly thought I’d lost a piece of myself over the past year and a half. As it turns out, I’ve discovered so many pieces that I never even knew existed and have built a woman who will not waver– no matter what life throws my way.