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On February 6, 2009 my mom passed away of complications from heart surgery. For 10 days, we waited to see if she would pull through and wake up good as new. Instead, her body shut down and I never knew if she heard me say goodbye. It turned my world upside down. She was 47.
In my mourning, I would ask why this happened to her. It wasn’t until a few months later (when I was finally out of shock) that I could find the answer. It was simply that she was unhealthy and that her body could no longer function. For the first time in my life it became real to me that people could die from simply being unhealthy. At 220 pounds and without a regular exercise routine, I wondered if I would live past 47 years old. I knew I had to make a change.
Once I found Gold’s Gym, it was easy to start an exercise routine. I immediately got plugged into the Group Exercise classes. The schedule was stocked full of fun classes that actually made me excited to go to the gym each week. When I first started taking Body Jam, I knew teaching it was something I would love to do but was having to come to the terms with the fact that there was no way I could lead a group of people for an hour at high-energy while talking all at the same time.
Four years later I was only 26 pounds away from my goal weight. This is when I decided to start The 12-Week Challenge. Simultaneously, I decided to pursue my Body Jam certification so that I could inspire others the same way I was inspired to start working out.
The week of my certification taping I had jumped on the scale and realized that I was far behind pace for my overall weight loss goal for the challenge. I found this incredibly discouraging and really beat myself up for it. I started to feel like I was never going to be “skinny.” I see now that I had lost sight of my goal of really being healthy and not just thin.
Today, I write this essay as a certified Body Jam instructor. After weeks of beating myself up for not losing weight fast enough, I realized that what matters is that I am a new person. A fitness instructor, even! A new person with a new body, a new way of living and a new outlook on life. I need to remind myself that The Challenge, and life in general, isn’t about reaching a certain weight. It’s about transforming yourself mentally and physically. I am in the best shape of my life and healthier than I’ve ever been. In turn, I’m happier than I’ve ever been and can now look forward to many years to come knowing that I did all I could to take care of my body.
Although I miss my mom everyday, I realize that her death wasn’t for nothing. In the end it inspired me to change my life and really, really live it. Here’s to continuing my journey and many healthier years to come!
08 4 / 2013
I made it through 12 weeks! I didn’t think I accomplished much, but a loss is a loss I suppose. I didn’t reach my 25 lbs. goal, but I did lose 9 lbs. and 3% body fat! In my final photos, you could even see my ab and back muscles. Say what!?
Since I didn’t reach my goal weight, I wasn’t thinking I would win any prize money. However, it turns out that about 90% of the challengers didn’t show up for their final weigh in! This disqualifies them meaning that I have less competition and have a better chance at winning a cash prize! Not to mention, I did write a pretty kick ass essay, that will hopefully get some tears going. Don’t worry, I’ll post the results once I find out and I’ll post my essay once I get the chance.
I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t reach my goal, but it was no ones fault but mine. Food really is my weakness! I’ve cranked up the workout, but still need to make sure I have less calories going in. Still 15 lbs. away from my overall weight loss goal. But it’s better than being 25 lbs. away, I guess ;) I’m so close! Hopefully I can get there soon.
***Special shout out to my friend Don who decided to join the 12-Week Challenge with me. He’s 75 years old and attends every Group Exercise class at Gold’s Gym. He lost 26 lbs!!! I am pretty confident that he’ll win overall male for his age group. He kicked serious butt and I’m so proud of him. He says he weighs just as much now as he did in high school. That took a lot of determination! I have to say, when I’m 75, I’m probably going to eat whatever the hell I want, so major props to Don for not doing that ;)
05 4 / 2013
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09 3 / 2013
So stinkin’ proud of my Crossfit (Northsound) Crew. I love seeing everyone switch to Beast Mode and owning their workouts. They’ve all been getting better and stronger every week. Steph, Teri, NJ, Reyes, Peter, Mallyn, Rob, you are my motivation! Way to kill it this week!
08 3 / 2013
I’m a few days late, but you may have seen a photo from my Body Jam Cert taping on Monday. I was nervous the whole day leading up to it, but once I put on the headset, I was pumped and ready to go!
I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better crowd. I am so touched that some people made sure to be there that night for my taping. (Some people I didn’t even know!) The room was packed with about 25 dancers/members/friends which is on the high end for this particular class. They were so responsive and showed the camera what a great time they were having. I couldn’t have done as well as I did if it weren’t for their high energy and constant hollering :)
Needless to say, the taping went fabulously. I messed up on a few parts, but hey, I’m only human! I didn’t let the mess ups discourage me though and kept on going. I sent the tape in the next day and was informed that it’ll be about 4-6 weeks before hearing back. But I’m hoping that I passed!
Although I haven’t officially passed my video yet, the group exercise director of Gold’s Gym Northwest attended my taping. She promptly sent me an email the next day to sign paperwork to be a Body Jam sub at the Bothell, Redmond and Issaquah gyms!
Can you believe it? I used to be fat and now I’m a Body Jam Instructor?! Feels good :)
*I’m subbing my first class Sunday 3/23 in Issaquah. Come join me!
08 3 / 2013
These numbers are to help me record my workouts, but also to be accountable to consistently get faster, better and lift more weight.
30 Burpees + Plate Jump
20 Snatch (25#)
20 Burpees + Plate Jump
15 Snatch (25#)
10 Burpees + Plate Jump
10 Snatch (25#)
Time = 9:04
30s sit ups 5x = 80
06 3 / 2013