This challenge group has been so good for me in terms of focus and accountability! I have struggled in the past with people who are trying to be supportive, but are too pushy about it. That makes me less motivated. This group keeps it real and acknowledges that we aren't perfect, and should not expect to be. Making positive steps in a continuing journey counts. I'm very much at the beginning of this journey, and am so thankful for this group. Looking forward to continuing. This month I'm down 5.5 pounds and 8 inches. Slow and steady.
Thanks, Michelle, for your encouragement. Celebrating that pants fit better and I feel better! I've learned that inches don't tell the whole story, and that commitment leads to confidence.
I feel SO much healthier and stronger than when the challenge started. Much better food choices and near-daily workouts. I'm pushing myself and it feels GOOD. More of the same next month...
This group, the daily challenges, and all of you and your stories really did help me to stay motivated and to realize that it is truly all about how we choose face the issues that arise and keep moving forward!
I lost 9" in the last four weeks which I am incredibly proud of!! This challenge has taught me a lot, and I know that starting it four weeks ago my nutrition choices were off. There were days I felt great, there were days I felt really sore, but those days were great too!! Having things prepped saved a lot of chaos, so I need to get in a better habit of that. I'm ready to keep going!!
Finished Insanity Max today and it felt amazing! I have a few workouts I want to go back and complete to say I did the whole thing but wanted to tell you I did it! Thank you for all of your amazing support these last few weeks. These challenges have changed my life. Thank you Michelle! You are all so inspiring and hope to see you again in one of Michelle's groups since I am a die hard groupie of hers :)
I still remember that very first challenge group. Before the group, I felt so down, so exhausted, and so discouraged. I was 8 months postpartum and was winded walking up stairs. I felt like a failure as a mom and as an attorney. Your group taught me so much, specifically that every day is a new day. It doesn't matter if you miss a day (or an entire week). Just start back up as soon as you can and KEEP GOING. Love you girl!!
Your challenge groups have taught me SO much - how to turn this into a lifestyle and be able to maintain it, not just work to lose weight.
One thing I learned was how to snack. Yogurt and blueberries is my staple where before it would have been nonexistent and I wouldn't snack but then would eat everything in sight at dinner.
I went shopping today, and I love admiring my shopping cart full almost entirely of produce and other fresh, whole food. I almost took a picture of it, lol!
I'm stronger than I could have ever imagined! I was really nervous to start running again and when I did my first training day for couch 2 5k I was pleasantly surprised by just how strong my legs have become.
I didn't post much but this group helps keep me accountable. I get down on myself sometimes if I don't work out or stay on my food plan but then I remember that a year ago I wasn't where I am now so that feels really good! I also enjoy 21 Day Fix Extreme; it's kind of kicking my ass in a good way.
I continue to be so thankful for these groups to help maintain momentum forward. This past month reminded me of everything I am capable of doing and the importance of focusing on the positive. I know when I do that, no matter how bad a day I have, I'm always able to press forward! I'll be doing my clothes-o-meter tomorrow to see the physical progress too.
I am so thankful to have met Michelle through a mutual friend. It was a few months later when I hit my 'enough is enough' point and needed a change. Michelle welcomed me with open arms, and I've been here ever since! The group system works well for me because I don't have a great support system of people around me. There, I finally admitted it. Sometimes I feel like eating well and working out is a dirty secret or a selfish indulgence. So, with that, working out has become my me time. I don't measure my success with a scale, because I get to obsessive about the number. However, I am stronger and healthier than ever. My bloodwork came back all within normal range, and my doctor stopped asking me to lose weight. I'm happy! Thank you to all the ladies who've helped me get here!
I'm down almost 5 lbs from last month and an inch at waist and hips! Which is impressive because I've had a hard month and not been on track much! This is inspiring to me because if I really follow the plan and push play more often I think the results would be very impressive!! I can't wait to keep going!
I've learned that when I don't eat clean, I feel pretty terrible and I don't really even enjoy unhealthy foods anymore. My appetite and snacking has decreased dramatically. I am building strength, losing inches. I recognize that this is a big part of my life and the change has begun so amazing!
I have to tell you that I went to a Zumba class this afternoon. I haven't been since November and especially since doing Insanity Max. I was very worried as I've missed a few weeks before and I thought I was going to die. I have to tell you the truth I had so much energy I was increasing the intensity on everything and it was like I never missed a day. I absolutely 100% know that the Insanity Max program is to thank for my endurance and strength. It also gave me the knowledge to know that I could push it and live through it.
This 21 days has really been about learning the ropes of not starving myself all day and then overeating. I re-learned that I am a celebratory eater, too and that we consume WAY TOO MUCH BUTTER in this house. Haha! That water is my friend. And I really like Shakeology. The workouts at 4:30am are great for me in every way. I'm sold.
I may not be an active participant on FB but I do see the posts and they are a gentle reminder for me to quit making excuses! So thanks to everyone who does take the time to post! I'm learning and keeping motivated because of you!
[Challenge groups] have really helped me with accountability, not focusing so much on the scale and liking myself even if I make a mistake or am overweight. I have never felt stronger than when I finished Beta T25!!
I'm happier, less foggy, sleep better & have more energy.
I just wanted to say thank you again Michelle and to everyone else who has helped me in this last support group. Between the 21 Day Fix group and this past group I have broken through a plateau that has been around for a couple years now. I am feeling more motivated than ever and I know it's because of the support I'm receiving from this group. Being accountable makes all the difference in the world to me. Bring on Insanity!
Five week results: down 6 pounds and 9 inches. I'm most happy about being able to kick ass on my mountain hikes...I need to find some tougher hiking buddies now.
Although the challenge may be over it definitely stuck with me. I'm not home, have no gear but still got up this morning, put on my workout clothes that I had packed and did as much PiYo as I could remember as well as some ab work and push-ups.
Thank you for your focus, encouragement and inspiration, Michelle!! Great way to kick off 2016. While I still struggle with water consumption at work, I feel good about nutrition and workouts. Thank you, Michelle!
Your group accountability helped me the most. I've lost 25 pounds. Also my mindset changed by knowing I'm not alone, and we are all striving to be healthier.
Well I somehow weigh 129 which I haven't seen that number since college. Challenge just helps me check in even during high stress times.
I have to say thank you to all of you here in this group. It has been a great month for me. I've finally reached my weight goal and my attitude has been great. I am looking forward to continuing on in Michelle's next group as my work schedule is about to become crazy. I will continue to need support of a group like this to help me through it. I've learned that even though I am almost 51, I am stronger than I thought possible.
The biggest difference is how I feel... I am still up about 5 pounds from my thinnest but damn I feel so much better when I'm eating clean and working out! Pushed myself this week and had a goal of running 20 miles (my workout week is 5 days), in addition to spin, rowing and weights.
I have literally been in a group with you for a year next month - all year!!!! Having you as my coach and friend has completely changed my life in so many amazing ways. I have lost two sizes and many inches and gained confidence, knowledge and defined what it means for me to be healthy and happy. Your challenge groups have been the change agent for me exploring all the things I didn't know were possible for me regarding fitness and nutrition. You are the most incredible and inspiring coach and your ability to authentically support me, others, your family and yourself has been instrumental for me in seeing that you really can do anything with the right intentions and attitude! I admire you! The one thing that has helped me the most is you - you rock lady. I would be happy to give specific details but honestly I wanted to just devote this to all you have done for me. Thank you so much for helping me see the real me.
In the last 4 weeks I've had some success and some hard times. I've learned portion control, healthy food intake and that if you get up and work out early, it actually makes the day better. But, I've also learned that you can't always be perfect. There will be ups and downs, you just can't focus on the downs or let them stop you.
I learned about my eating cycles and my habit of emotional eating . I've discovered my triggers and learned to prep ahead to stay on track. I've learned that even if I miss a workout I need to do one the next day. I really feel like I'm on the verge of great change.
I am so happy! Saw some killer abs in the mirror yesterday! Even though I still have a stubborn layer of fat of them (NUTRITION!!) the work is paying off and I can see them. Also, the warm-up calisthenics we do in TKD (like pushups, burpees, lunges, crunches, etc.) are so easy for me now. Like a boss!
I want you all to know that you can do this. Even with everything else you have going on, I want you to know that you. can. do this.
I have truly appreciated the accountability of being part of a challenge. I lost 5 lbs and 8 inches this month, and that is because I followed my workout plan. I worked out almost daily, and when I missed one, I made it up. I cut back on unhealthy snacks (still need some work here), and drank more water. I loved that people posted both motivational and funny quotes. Its helpful hearing about other workouts that I have considered buying. Great, great month. My current workout plan lasts into mid-March. Planning on killing it!
I learned that I can do things that I thought I couldn't. I am stronger than I give myself credit for.