*Editor’s Note: We’ve been silently cheering on our contributor this week for a while now waiting for the big reveal. We think you’ll find lots of fitness inspiration here to get up and get your butt in gear. We’ve invited Cherie-Lynn back in July to share her results mid-summer.
January 5th is the day that I decided to make a big change in my life. It’s the day I started working on becoming healthier. It’s something that I’d wanted to do for a while but was always lacking the motivation.
What was so different this time then? I had lost my brother in an accident on the 21st of December. It’s no understatement to say it changed everything for me and the way I look at life.
On January 5th, I was having a hard day. I was still reeling from the loss of my brother but life still kept going on. My kids went back to school and Andy, my husband, went back to work. Up until that day I hadn’t been alone for more than an hour and suddenly on the 5th I was all alone with my thoughts. All I could do was cry. Even though there were phone calls to check in on me, it wasn’t the same as having people beside me. I knew the way I was feeling wasn’t good and wouldn’t get better if I stayed at home alone all day. It was time to make a drastic change.
I remembered seeing a friend post about group bootcamp classes that she was going to start attending, so I reached out to her. Around the same time, another friend started a Facebook group about getting back on track for 2015 so I asked to be added to that as well. I had now committed myself fully to my health both online and offline.
My first bootcamp session was the very next day. I can’t lie, I felt so sorry for our trainer Eric that day because I cried during the whole class. I cried because it was hard, I cried because I thought non-stop about my brother and I cried to let go of a mountain’s worth of grief. A funny thing happened after that initial release though. When I got home I didn’t cry as much. I became emotionally and physically invested in feeling better.
I started to go online and look up healthy recipes and snack ideas. After all if I was going to work this hard I wasn’t going to eat crap either. As January moved along things got better and I could get through a whole bootcamp without any tears. This was a big accomplishment. I also up my water intake to 3-4 litres a day; yes, I peed a lot!
By the time February came along I knew I wanted to do more. I was feeling good health wise and I could feel a difference in my clothes already. My head was also in a better place and I was committed to seeing it through. It was time to find a personal trainer.
I thought bootcamp was hard, but it had nothing on the ass kicking my personal trainer Eric laid on me! I thank my lucky stars for the support from my Facebook groups, as well as my friends and family. They truly understood how much I needed this and have cheered me along. I’m not sure when, but at some point along this journey I fell in love with exercise and healthy eating. On the days I’m not with my personal trainer, I work hard to either get in 30 minute workout at home or get 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. One or the other – no excuses!
By the time March came along, I was ready to add in a challenge. Two of my bootcamp buddies where talking about doing the Whole30 Program. I had already changed my eating so much, I thought why not? At the very least it would be interesting.
Whole30 means no sugar, no dairy, no grains, no beans and no alcohol for 30 days. I admit, I had a couple days where I slipped but for the most part I stayed the course for the 30 days and truly loved eating this way. I ate so much great food it was crazy and to be honest, I ate all the time. So on top of doing this, I am now working out four to five days a week which includes two bootcamps, one personal training session and my workouts at home.
I also have an auto-immune disease that I need to keep under control. Since I started my fitness journey, I have been feeling great and found out this week that I can decrease my Remicade medication because of my weight loss.
Now that April is here, I’ve decided that I’m going to continue my Whole30 journey as I don’t feel like I’m done with that yet. My exercise routine is also staying the same. Emotionally I’m doing better but I still have hard days and I think I still have many more hard days ahead of me, but I’m trying really hard to keep going. I also think that my brother would be really proud of me for making the changes that I have. He was always a great athlete but he was also one hell of a cheerleader as well. He loved seeing people succeed but more than that he liked to see people happy. I still think of him often each day but now there aren’t nearly the amount of tears that there once were, in fact there are even some smiles that are creeping in now and again.
And because everybody likes pictures here I am January 5th and March 31st. 25lbs and 24 inches gone. See you in July!