The IdealShape Up Challenge was unique because unlike ANY online challenge I encountered, I actually got EMAILS and feedback on Facebook. Advice that was sincere and not from a computer. THAT motivated me. If you all cared and were invested, well I needed to commit. After completing the IdealShape Up Challenge I am proud to say, I feel ACCOMPLISHED. In the 12 weeks I lost 25 pounds, but most importantly, developed some life changing habits. I made a 90 day countdown and kept it in my kitchen, to remind myself not to eat junk and remain focused. I kept a log of my workouts and what I ate. Each week I looked forward to the IdealShape Nutrition and Workout. The nutrition advice was on point! I felt like I was sitting down one on one with my own personal nutritionist. I use (and enjoy) protein powder on a daily basis!
I knew if I wanted the reward, I would need to make sacrifices. At times I felt like a boxer training for a fight. Essentially I was. That fight, was to get my life back. In return, I am getting a better one than I expected. The first 30 days were a transition. I replaced candy bars with protein bars, and forced myself to pack my gym bag every night. Workouts at 5:30am. I took an early morning Spin class on SATURDAY to keep me from going out late on Friday. I asked for accountability, and I got it. I started cooking my meals and learned you CAN eat great stuff! I cut back on processed foods. By day 60, I no longer craved pizza. At this point, people were noticing my weight loss. THAT kept me going. I didn’t miss alcohol. There were nights I would go to the gym after work just because I didn’t trust myself. I didn’t starve. This was not a crash diet, but a lifestyle makeover. I went to bed early so I could wake up early. Little did I know, I was creating healthy habits. I am confident for the first time in my life because I accomplished a goal I set my mind to. On bad days, instead of eating cake, I went for a walk. I kept clothes in my closet I never thought would fit me again. By the end of 90 days, most of them were too big.
I wont lie.
I made sacrifices. I weigh 135 lbs. Three years ago I was at my heaviest, 228. Last Summer I was 210 and prior to this challenge I was at a plateau of 160. I kept my eye on the prize and used the routines and advice Ideal Shape gave me to transform my life. Today, I am stronger, sober, and oh yeah, I am a runner now too. SO thankful for this opportunity!