The 12 Week Challenge is officially in the books for me. Although all my goals were not met, I feel good about my progress. I finished the 12 weeks, down 52.2 pounds and 4.6% body fat. (Not bad considering I gained almost 10 pounds alone during my week in Memphis.) I still have a long road ahead of me, but my mind can finally see the progress that others tell me they see. It’s not enough progress for me and it’s not as quick as I want it, but progress is progress. This picture represents everything that I’m proud of accomplishing during this challenge. Yes, I lost weight and yes, I earned my #minimanguns
, but I’m most proud that I’m topless. There is no way I would have been in that pool before this journey. And there is absolutely no fucking way I’d be in there without my shirt on, let alone allowing someone to take a picture of me. However, the biggest challenge of this journey is, and always will be, the mental struggle. And even though I’ve recently lost close, supportive friends in my life, with my caring old friends and supportive new ones, I can conquer this challenge. I am worth the effort. I am good enough.
And I want to thank everyone that has reached out with personal messages. I appreciate each of you. Thank you for allowing my journey to connect with you. I will never be able to repay you for the support you've shown me.
And finally, as my best friend told me, “There is so much to be proud of when looking at you. It’s ridiculous.” And after this challenge, I’m finally starting to believe those words.
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