The moment you have all been waiting for......the first place winner of our 30 day clean eating challenge and a $100 gift card is Deborah.
I am a wife, mother, employee, manager, board member, volunteer, and friend... needless to say I am very busy! I know everyone thinks that, but my 10 hour plus work days add a lot to my schedule. So taking time out of my day to concentrate on myself has always been the first thing I sacrifice. So no surprise that over the years my weight and suit size has slowly crept up. When I graduated from college and went to work at Enterprise I was a size 8, which I thought was great since I am so tall (almost 5 10). I am embarrassed to say that allowed myself to creep up to a size 16, which contributed to me feeling very bad about myself. I have tried every "program" in the world.... to no avail. Last August, after a very stressful summer, I started running with my neighbor, Shannon, at 5:30 am 3 days a week and started working out with Dawn from NewDawn Fitness 3 days a week and I took Sundays off. It was very hard to get up at 530am, specially after a night of drinking wine. But what I realized is that if you work out at 530am, the excuses that lead me to skip PM work outs went away. Shannon was going to be waiting on the corner at 530am, I had no choice, I had to get up and work out.
Then Dawn started talking to us about clean eating and "the challenge". To be honest when she said no diet coke and no wine....I stopped listening. There is no way I could live without DC in the day and wine at night, but then their was Shannon thinking about doing it. So we both jumped in head first, and it SUCKED! At the same time a guy at work challenged me to a weight loss contest and if you know me at all you know that I am very competitive! Now I had Shannon, Paul O., and Dawn in my corner to get this done... All very motivational.
At the end of the first challenge I lost over 20 pounds and felt great about my progress. Though I had a long road ahead of me. I made it through the holidays only gaining back 5 pounds which was a success. I went into the second challenge halfheartedly, I drank every weekend. I still lost weight, but felt like I cheated the process. So I call that the .5 challenge.
So that brings me to challenge #3.... I asked my 10 year old daughter if she wanted to do it with me and she agreed easily, which was very motivational for me. I had to be strict since I was going to role model this for her. To my surprise the night before the challenge my husband said he was in and most shocking my son said he was in as well. This is the boy that really only eats sugar and carbs. So challenge #3 stared with a bang! Since we were all doing it together it was really easy. There is nothing like the support of family! The inches and weight responses very well to this challenge! I am proud to say that I am now down 34 pounds and in a size 12.
I still have work to do on my journey, I am not sure I am shooting for that size 8, but I think I would look damn good in a size 10!
Thank you to everyone who have helped me in my journey..... I think I have learned that this is a process that is going to take some time. It took me 19 years to gain the weight and hopefully it will only take me a year to get healthy, but I am in this for the long haul.
Deborah has had an amazing transformation. She is the most determined person and comes to every class ready to give it everything she has and motivates people in ways she doesn't even realize! She has steadily increased the amount of weight she uses for the lifts we do in class and she crushes the metcons. Her competitive spirit is contagious and she has a healthy aura about her that is hard to miss. Most importantly, she truly gets the point of the challenge and realizes how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She manages to stay the course despite her endless list of responsibilities. She also brought her family on board which is no easy task!!! I tip my hat to Deborah and know that this is just the beginning to a wonderful journey! Congrats Deborah!
Bicep: 10.5 10.0
Neck: 13 12.5
Chest: 39.5 38.5
Hips: 42 40
Waist: 36 34
Thigh: 22.5 20.5