Life before the Lakeside Fitness Fit Body Boot Camp 12 week challenge? I&r've always loved exercising. I was a gymnast most my life and after marriage, kids just think that I forgot to take care of myself.
Why did I come to Lakeside Fitness Fit Body Boot Camp? This past winter was another tough one. Lets just say there was a lot of pity party stuff going on. We made it through the winter. After winter, comes spring and warmer weather. One day in particular comes to mind. During an attempt to shop for spring clothes we went to Kohls. In the midst of my youngest daughter (who is a gymnast and works very hard) was trying on clothes, my oldest daughter and me just stared in the mirror at ourselves. Not much time passed, and we both caught ourselves trying to hide tears that seemed to just flow down our face. We didn't like the way we looked or felt. I felt so helpless. I have the most beautiful daughter(s) and I couldn't help feel that gut wrenched feeling of failure (for me and for her). I had to do something. During lunch one day, I decided to check Groupon, as I can't afford much. I found the 6-week offer to Lakeside Fitness Fit Body Boot Camp and there it began.
The first two weeks were ugh. We quickly realized that our bodies were not strong. I was so angry with myself. I was a fit person in my younger years. A gymnast, I coached, I taught strength and conditioning to the Whitewater Baseball team. Where the hell did I go?
Well here we are, a little over three months have passed. We worked hard, but didn't track all the details of the challenge and we seemed not to get as much out of it as we could have. But, I'll tell you what we did get and I couldn't be more hopeful about it.
- I have a 13 year old that looks in the mirror and likes what she sees.
- I have a 13 year old that knows that she is strong and can do anything.
- My daughter and I have found a new respect and understanding for each other. I couldn't be more proud.
- I stand with my back a bit straighter, shoulders broader and know I am a heck of a lot stronger.
- I walk with less jiggles, and feel the strength of my muscles.
- I have become a better mom, coach and friend.
I end this challenge wanting more. I see who I want to be and I realize now I am worth working for the best me.
This was a wonderful experience. I (and we, my daughter and I) hope to transform more and more over the next months. We have much work to do and need to work on our dietary choices more. By next spring we will be smiling in those mirrors at Kohls, and if tears fall they will be tears of joy and awesomeness.
We love the people at Lakeside Fitness Fit Body Boot Camp (instructors and members). Everyone is always positive, up-lifting and encouraging. We all struggle but we are all worth it. Thank you!