This challenge really pushed me towards my limits whether it be dieting or exercising, and it was just the kickstart I needed to embark on a healthy, happy lifestyle. Thank you John for guiding me along this 30-day challenge and providing everything I needed to succeed. I also want to thank those who endured this challenge with me and hope we as a group can promote healthy lifestyles to all those around us!
The challenge taught me about being mindful. Mindful about what I put into my body and when, mindful about getting the rest I needed and mindful about staying positive. In life (and especially in corporate America) it's far too easy to just go through the motions and float through your day, but there is no joy in that. By pushing myself to think about how I was treating my body, I forced myself to re-engage with life. At first it hurt a bit, but then I remembered how good it feels.
Your program was extremely challenging with exercises that I’d never done before, like incorporating TRX, and sticking to such a strict diet forced me to look at what I was putting into my body every day. I found the 1st week of the meal plan very challenging then slowly got used to it when I started seeing results... 9lbs in the first week! I kept me motivated.
Going into this challenge, I was feeling like I was "all washed up." I felt that I had aged and that I was no longer attractive, and less valuable in my work. I hadn't really attributed it to my fitness level or diet - I just felt that life had slowly turned me into a middle aged woman - lacking a sense of vitality and excitement for life.