Where do I even begin….Before starting the Best Body Challenge I was a very tired mother of a 4 year old, wife, and kindergarten teacher.
I began EVERY day with at least one Dr. Pepper on my way to school and continued the day with one glued to my hand. I went through 6-7 DPs in a day. The DP was my breakfast, take out was lunch (if I ate at all), and diner was some frozen meal or takeout again. Then I would crawl myself into bed and start all over the next day.
It wasn’t a fun life.
I felt like I was missing out on things with my son and I knew if I wanted to have another child I had to do something different. I had a lot of complications with my 1st pregnancy do to my lack of good nutrition and activity and I was not going to let that happen with my next child.
A little over a year ago I tried the HCG diet for 30 days. I did really well, lost 30 lbs on the shots, kept it off for 3 months and even lost 5 more pounds. I was going to the gym for at least an hour a day and getting on the elliptical and running. I felt great! I could finally go to a store and not worry if they had my size and I actually enjoyed shopping again.
Then summer hit, I traveled a lot, got busy, and fell back into my old ways.By the time school started back again I had gained back ALL of the weight I lost on HCG.
Why did it not work? It didn’t work because the diet didn’t teach me anything about eating a nutritious meal. It just taught me I could live off 500 calories and HCG shots for a month…..epic fail!
After HCG failed I started Weight Watchers. Went to weekly meetings, counted my calories and began to see the weight come off. After two months I was BORED out of my mind at meetings, started to see my results diminish (because I wasn’t working out) and decided I could do it on my own. As you can imagine “doing it on my own” didn’t work. I think I stuck with it for a day or two and went right back to what I was doing before…..epic fail #2.
At this point I had given up.
The idea of having another baby started to get pushed out of my mind because there was no way I was going to go through what I went through with my son.
I was tired of wasting money on easy fixes, boring programs, and gym memberships and not getting lasting results.
Then one day I saw a Groupon for the Body Firm and decided to give it one more shot, since it was so cheap. 🙂 That Groupon was one of the best things I have ever bought.:)
Not only do I LOVE going to boot camp I decided to also do the BBC. When I started the BBC I was still drinking Dr. Pepper like it was going out of style. (I refer to it as my crack) I was also still eating out for most meals.
I had hope that the BBC would help me but I wasn’t expecting anything big.
What made the BBC different?
The knowledge of nutrition and exercise.
Until the BBC I was convinced that I could eat what I wanted and as long as I worked out hard enough I would burn it off….WRONG!!!
I am not really sure why I thought this, especially since I was pushing 182 pounds! I started the challenge and immediately got rid of my biggest vice…Dr. Pepper!
Now I wish I could say it was easy or that I haven’t had one since the 1st week of the challenge, but I am a “work in progress”. I am nowhere near 6-7 a day and most days don’t even have 1. I definitely do not start my day with them anymore.
Just from cutting down on the Dr. Pepper I started to see results after the first week.
I stuck to the 100 best foods list and for the first four weeks I was going strong.
As I mentioned I am still “a work in progress” and admit weeks 5 and 6 where not great for me. I started back to work, started some old habits back up, and my stress level went through the roof, but I held on.
I realize now that this is going to be a life long journey with ups and downs and I will probably always be a “work in progress”. I learned I can’t let the moments of weakness throw off my whole program.
The number one thing I learned from the BBC is determination!
I was awful about giving up or giving in when things got hard or when I became derailed. Now I know its ok.
I am not going to let the moments of weakness form my past affect what I do in the future. One Dr. Pepper during a stressful day doesn’t mean I should throw in the towel and never go to boot camp again. Now it means I need to reevaluate why I “needed “the Dr. Pepper and what I can do next time to avoid it.
I am still about 20lbs from my ultimate goal but now I don’t feel like 20lbs is an unattainable number.
The BBC has set me up to continue on with my new knowledge of nutrition and my love of boot camp to reach my goal.
I know that my story doesn’t end just because the BBC has ended.
Dave here- Amberly is the Grand Prize winner of our $300 Body Balance Challenge.
Thanks to Amberly for sharing her story about overcoming her challenges.
She didn’t mention it but I don’t think she missed a workout during the last 8 weeks. She’s been super involved with the challenge, attending the group meetings and has been an inspiration for a lot of people.
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