My motivation for this past year to work hard toward achieving my goal was simply to prove to myself that I am not a quitter, like I have been in the past. This was purely my decision; I was ready to take back control of my life. I do regret the time I lost until I rejoined in January, 2012; however, I came back to IFC with a different mindset and focus. I started working out twice a week because I knew that would be attainable for me and I knew that I needed to focus on my nutrition. Eventually, I increased my workout sessions throughout the year and at the end of last year I started to come to the Meltdown sessions. It has been a great experience here at IFC; I think about where I was this time last year and where I am now: I can see a difference! Also, just to look at the photos taken during assessment time; I can see where I was and it really is a tremendous difference! Something I that always resonates in my mind is what Coach Jason said to me this past summer, possibly because he knew how much I enjoyed having my photos taken at assessment time, but he just mentioned to me how miserable I looked in my very first assessment photos and then as time when on I eventually started to smile. I am still not exactly photogenic but at least these photos show the progress that is being made; and it does serve as inspiration!
When I first started, all joking aside, I was miserable but over the course of the year; I have worked hard to change that mindset. I schedule my workouts on my calendar, so they are a priority and plan my meals ahead of time so that I can eliminate excuses. Most importantly, I do not feel miserable anymore; I feel more confident and I can definitely tell that I have more energy and I feel stronger. When I started out on this journey this year, this was not something that was going to be temporary; I have changed my lifestyle. I am not a fast-food junkie anymore and not only have I changed the quantity but also the quality of food that I am eating. I now focus on reading the nutrition labels and I’ve learned to identify those triggers that caused me to binge-eat in the past.
Surprisingly, exercise has finally become a big part of my life. Thanks to an IFC fieldtrip, this past summer I have rediscovered bike riding, I used to always ride my bike everywhere when I was younger. Just this past summer, I logged a little over 1,000 miles on my bike and found some cool bike trails in Northwest Indiana! I am looking forward to the working toward achieving my new goals in 2013 and so I just have to keep reminding myself that I may not be there yet; but I am closer than I was yesterday. I am appreciative of all the support and guidance that I have received this pass year from Coach Angela, Coach Steph and Coach Jason. Thank you for all of your time that you have invested into helping me work toward achieving my goal!