I recently had the privilege to create a 6 week Fitness and Lifestyle Challenge for some members of the local Solon Early Childhood PTA. The challenge was to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits, as well as to make a mind/body connection with themselves for overall wellness. Their dedication to the program was unbelievable! I never imagined how much they gained both physically and mentally from their experiences. Guess what these women lost and found during this process?
LOST: Several pounds, inches, body fat, fears about strength training, negative self-thoughts, poor eating habits, excuses for not exercising.
FOUND: Healthy eating and exercise habits, energy, new friendships, confidence, strength, support, motivation, connection to mind/body, fun and encouragement to keep going!
I am so proud of this group of women! Here's what members had to say about the Start Moving Fitness and Lifestyle 6 week challenge:
"I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity! I'm so thankful I took advantage of the fitness challenge while having the year off work. I am moving everyday and making healthier food choices. I've lost weight, feel stronger and so much more!"
"I'm grateful for each and every one of you in this group for standing up for yourself and joining this challenge. For all the motivation I gained from being in it together with you... I feel I gained in mind, body and spirit these last 6 weeks and probably body the least. I not only challenged myself but I learned what my excuses are and that I can choose to give them power/validity or not. I learned to understand my choices and why I make them. These are the tools that will help me change. These are the gifts that will help me move forward. And for all of this and more I am grateful."
"This challenge has been so wonderful for me!! After having my 3 kids so back to back, my fitness kind of took a back burner even though I would try to get in here and there. But putting it back as a priority in my life has been what I needed and has made me a better person all around. I am so much more mentally and emotionally energized!! I even have lost 5 pounds but most importantly I just feel really good and the non fitness/diet challenges you have also given us have been really inspiring to me too!.... I feel so motivated and inspired to keep on going..it's a lifestyle that I am loving! :)
"Thank you so much for putting this together...It was the motivation that I was looking for! I've found myself looking forward to working out, which is something that I didn't expect. I've also become so much more aware of what I am eating, and I am hopeful that I'll be able to continue making good choices all through the holidays!"