The end of a month is always such an emotional high for me! It marks the end of a month’s fitness challenge, and I am left awed and humbled by the results shared, victories celebrated, pounds and inches lost, and testimonies of the power of eating healthy foods in just the right proportion.
Finishing a 21 day fitness challenge is not easy for some. It requires hard work, dedication and perseverance. But the programs I use are proven to work, as I’ve seen month after month! Everyone in the groups committed to their particular workout program (most were doing 21 day fix, Hammer & Chisel, or PiYo), following the nutrition plan, and participating in the group for accountability each day. In April, I ran two separate groups; one was focused on becoming summer strong, and the other was oriented around faith & fitness. I am so very proud of the 32 women who were a part of those groups, and for sharing their lives and stories with each other throughout the month!
Oh how I wish every one in the group would let me share their before and after pics with you, because they are REMARKABLE!!! Whether pounds lost was jaw-dropping, or pounds stayed the same and inches were lost, I am blown away by their results! I will share a couple with you, as well as a few testimonies of how the groups left a strong impact on the women.
First up, Natalie! Natalie has been a part of my groups for a few months now (and even leads a group of her own each month!), and her results are so inspiring to me! She is a busy mama of toddler twins, runs a couple of her own businesses at home, and has found these groups to add so much value to her life – far beyond just gaining a smoking hot mama bod! It is NOT easy getting in shape after a full-term twin pregnancy, and she proves that anything is possible with hard work and determination!!
>>>From another mama in the group:
My stomach is the thing that I have always been most sensitive about. I was actually doing pretty good in that area before the 21 day fix, however, I couldn’t quite get it to where it is today. I worked my butt off in the gym too. Why? Because I wasn’t educated, and didn’t have the discipline to eat what I needed to. This group helped to achieve that! And for all the moms – it is so hard after pregnancy. I started day 2 after having my 2 child, Tucker, and it took me about a little over a year to get to where I am. That is without a good eating plan. I hope this is encouraging and helps you all to continue on the journey to get to where you want to be!”
>>> “I think what was most valuable to me about this group, or my biggest takeaway was the way it created healthy routines for me. I definitely didn’t always want to workout, but staying accountable to a group of people made me do it! Thank you to both coaches for being so supportive and available to us.”
>>”I definitely enjoyed the group aspect the most. It’s been so encouraging knowing you and everyone else has my back and being able to encourage others on. As a mom, it can get pretty lonely and hearing from others all over the place in the same boat and having the same love of Jesus and health goals, it’s very powerful. I’ve learned that food should be under control and that God should be my true comfort, not potato chips.😉 And I’ve lost weight! I can feel I’m stronger and it’s so great to be where I am only 6 months after having my second child where I was after over 2 years after my first born. I’m excited now to face this year knowing I can do this and look forward to being even more fit and energetic with my family.”
>>>”Even when I didn’t comment I read the comments of others. I’m a pleaser so knowing others were persevering kept me keeping on. It so transformed my eating. I WANT to maintain good eating habits. It was a lot of work to plan the meals and that was something I hadn’t done for a really long time. But I’m proof you can do this. BUT without the support of this group I doubt I would have stayed focused.”
>>>”This challenge has given me a lot… It gave me a safe network of like-minded woman to feel connected to for this month and it gave me a newfound confidence bc I was focusing on bettering myself, which in turn betters my family! I recently stepped out of my comfort zone twice for events and I’m not sure I would have had prior to this group/challenge!”
CONGRATULATIONS to all who were a part of my April groups! You ROCKED!!