1) What was life like after being a Star Profile?
The timeframe leading up to my Star Profile achievement was an exciting and challenging time. There was a goal to be met and every day was filled with excitement and challenges. And then all of a sudden, it’s over. The weight was off, the pictures taken, the article was written and life was back to normal. I was left with a feeling of, “What’s next?” So I told myself and my trainers that the goal now was to keep me where I was, both weight wise and motivation wise. I have the type of personality that thrives on challenge and when that’s gone it can be easy to lose my attention and my commitment. But not at Bodies. My trainers ensured that I stayed challenged, I stayed focused and I stayed committed. I have to say though, it wasn’t hard because since the day I joined BBD, never have I felt bored or unchallenged.
I look forward to each and every workout. Why you ask? Because we never do the same thing twice. The workouts change each time and the challenge is there each time. It’s difficult to articulate the rush and energy I feel both from my workouts and in the gym itself. It’s something one has to experience. There are days when I walk in tired, stressed and in no mood to work out
I have to keep what I worked so hard for, and this is what trainers Nat and Jennifer remind me of every time I walk in feeling that way. Never do they let me give up and for that I am eternally grateful! So what was life like after my Star Profile? It was a new and improved me, with a healthy body, mind and attitude, all of which were the results of our hard work and efforts with my trainers.
2) What were my struggles after being a Star Profile?
Initially my biggest challenge was to remain focused because it can be easy to give up because I was not the focus of attention. In my heart though, I knew I never wanted to go back to that original weight and body I started with so staying focused wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. But life always happens, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, the numbers on the scale started to go back up. It wasn’t significant, just a few pounds, but for me that was significant enough.
Along with the weight gain, I had bad bloating too. I was on the same workout schedule and diet plan I had been on since day one, so I didn’t know what was happening to me. Panic set in. I talked to Nat about it, and Caroline, and Jennifer and pretty much anyone that would listen. I cannot tell you the support and encouragement I received from everyone. They told me it wasn’t as bad as I thought, that I was fine and that they really couldn’t see a difference in me. But they also respected how I felt. They quickly put me on a four-day a week workout program, and I tried cutting a few things out of my diet. But still no difference. I went to four different doctors, each of whom told me I was fine, just a little on the gassy side. This wasn’t enough for me. Every time I was by a mirror I felt the urge to look at my stomach. I didn’t like what I was seeing. In my eyes I was seeing the same person that entered BBD back in the beginning.
This next statement is not meant in a vain way, but to back up the statement that will follow. While I was going through all this, on one particular day, I was out shopping with my mother and two different people on that day asked me if I was a fitness instructor or a trainer because I was in such great shape. All of a sudden it hit me. I was once again my own worst enemy. I wasn’t giving myself enough credit, and just as Nat, Jennifer, Caroline and everyone in my family had been saying to me, it was true. As always, I was being too hard on myself. It’s important to stay focused and committed but it’s also important to acknowledge your accomplishments and realize that we will have small setbacks along the way. It’s all in how we face them and deal with them that counts.
My physical fitness goals, accomplishments and overall health are very important to me, therefore, I didn’t stop searching because I knew something was up with my body. Eventually we figured out I was having some digestive issues. Not a big deal and not something I can’t deal with. Some days are better than others, but I also realized that I have to start seeing the same girl that the people who asked me if I was a fitness instructor see. I have worked long and hard and continue to do so, and I can’t thank the team at BBD enough for getting me where I am today, because believe me, on the not-so-good days I am quite the handful for both my trainers and Caroline. I have to give Caroline a special acknowledgement because there were many email exchanges along the way during my current challenge, and she was somewhat of a lifeline. Her support and encouragement are greatly appreciated! She didn’t have to do it, but she did.
3) What am I doing today to stay healthy and fit?
I went to see a naturopath and was able to get my digestion problem under control, and this has been a huge help for me. I know what bothers my stomach and I have eliminated these items from my diet. As for staying fit, I continue to work out three days a week at BBD and every once in a while we add in a fourth day. The challenge is still real and the workouts are still amazing. I can’t ask for more than that.
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