Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One Year. One Commitment.

One year ago I made a decision that would impact my life forever. If you've been a reader here for any extended period of time, you know about my weight loss journey. You've probably heard this spiel before. But one year ago on this day, I set out to conquer this journey once and for all.  I was going to win no matter what it took.

It was mid-July and I was on maternity leave.  I hadn't been shopping since Cece was born in early May, but I desperately needed some new clothes.  Nothing fit my postpartum body and I figured a trip to the mall might be good for me anyway.  Off I went, sans kids on a hunt for some new clothes. I pulled a few things off the rack and headed into the dressing room. I remember this moment so vividly, like it was yesterday.  I tried on one pair of pants. Too tight. Then another in a larger size. Still, too tight.  For a moment, I wondered if they had switched up the sizing at my favorite retailer, but then I looked at myself in the mirror. I could hardly recognize myself.  I was still only a few months postpartum and I had done such a great job taking care of myself during this pregnancy, but still, the weight was evident.  I knew in that moment that something needed to change. I knew I needed to change.

I was re-introduced to Beachbody right around this time.  I was already a Power 90 and Turbo Jam fan, but I was invited to join a challenge group on Facebook.  I would buy a program of my choice and commit to 90 days of the program and Shakeology.  I was ready.  I was at my breaking point and I knew this was going to be my solution. The only problem was that I returned to work on August 1st as well.  Could I manage working full-time, 2 kids, all of the household duties and still make this a priority? It was a question only for a moment and in that moment I made the decision to COMMIT.  I bought ChaLEAN Extreme and Shakeology and decided I was going to do this for 30 days and see what would happen.



30 days turned into 90 and I had completed the entire program. 
 I was down 19 pounds, 11 inches, 9% body fat and 2 pants sizes. I was taking my life back!

After my 90 day round of ChaLEAN Extreme, I moved onto a ChaLEAN Extreme/Turbo Fire hybrid and things really took off from there.  

 
Since the beginning of the year, I've now completed 2 rounds of Les Mills Pump and I'm at my lowest weight in years.  My body is transforming in a way I never thought possible thanks to heavy lifting, mostly clean eating and my daily Shakeology.  I have more energy than I have ever had, even despite the fact that I'm chasing 2 kiddos around and also working a full-time job.  One 30 day commitment has blossomed into a year-long total health transformation.  

I still have a long way to go and I am still actively losing, but nothing can stop me now!! If you are feeling down about your weight or think there is no possible way that you could ever get it off, I am here to tell you that YOU CAN! Is it easy? Is there a quick fix? No way.  This takes determination, accountability, hard work, sweat, tears and a lot of patience and consistency.  If you put your mind to it, it CAN BE DONE!

One year. One Commitment.  I am never going to look like this girl ever again. 

I've been given this incredible gift of being able to re-harness my health and live the life I've always wanted.  If you have supported me along the way, THANK YOU! I couldn't have accomplished it without the help and accountability from those around me.  Fitness is fast becoming my passion and I'm having a lot of fun inspiring others by holding accountability and challenge groups on Facebook. The kind of group I was so grateful to have found one year ago.  
 
This is only the beginning! ♥ I'm committed for LIFE!



3 comments:

Christina said...

Congratulations!!! What a great story. So inspired by it! Thank you for sharing. And hats off on being a full time working mom of 2 AND making it through this with such great results. Way to represent!

Christina said...

Congratulations!!! What a great story. So inspired by it! Thank you for sharing. And hats off on being a full time working mom of 2 AND making it through this with such great results. Way to represent!

Mia said...

Emily, your story is inspirational. I want to know when in your day to you find the time to work out? Like you, I have two kids and a full time job so seeing someone who has done it is inspirational.