Nutrition Challenge Success Story- Jenny C.

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This challenge feels like a LIFE transition for me.  Over the last year, there have been many life challenges that I have not coped with very well.   After my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, I tried to eat and drink myself out of the nightmare.  I gave myself every excuse in the world to continue this behavior, but all I was doing was masking my emotions and making myself feel worse.  It has been an eye opening experience.   As you are well aware, I have done several challenges, but, this time feels different.  Life feels different now.  When we started, I entered this knowing full well, that this would be the most significant challenge of them all.  At the beginning, I felt broken, sick, and very unhealthy.  I knew the first two weeks would be rough, probably tougher than any of the other challenges and boy was I right.  Several times, I wanted to give up and say, screw it, plastic surgery is the way to go…..but, I know myself.  I have to fix what’s inside and no amount of plastic surgery will fix that.  So, I stayed the course, felt the pain of all of the crap leaving my body.  And it was AWFUL!!  I told myself, I didn’t have an excuse to cheat, look at what Syd’s been through, this is nothing.  After the first two weeks were over, I noticed that familiar feeling of clarity was starting to take over.  I was able to handle the stress of life (job, kids, husband, finances) a little better.  At CrossFit, I noticed I was able to lift heavier, not struggle as much through the WOD, and I wanted to come back the next day.
As the days went by and I got further and further into it, my mood changed, I felt happier for no reason at all and I started to recognize the person in the mirror again.  I began to make myself a priority.  My confidence started coming back and I stopped feeling guilty because I was making healthy choices.  I am a work in progress and it’s one step at a time.  I know there will be days that I will fail, but I will get back up because I know i’m worth it.
Normally, at this point, I would be absolutely petrified, waiting for what’s next, waiting to hear my family give me their blessing to start eating everything again, waiting to tell myself, “F” it, this is way too hard, but the biggest thing that i’ve realized through this challenge is…this is the lifestyle I want to lead.  I don’t need anyone else’s blessing or stamp of approval to live this way.  This is what I want, this is who I am and I don’t need to feel ashamed about it.  I am not perfect and never will be.  I know there will be bumps along the road and that’s okay because I am committed to leading a healthy lifestyle for myself and for my boys.  Being a mom is the best part of my life and it is my responsibility to take care of myself so I can take care of them.
Now, it’s about continuing on and keeping my motivation…….PATIENCE AND DILIGENCE.  I will get to where I want to be, the last 6 weeks have given me a great start and for that I am grateful.
Thank you again Courtney!!
Jenny
13 pounds lost (9 pounds of fat and 3% body fat percentage)
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