When I signed up for the USN 12 Week Challenge in February with the Expresso show, I really was very skeptical.
Once I set my mind to something though, I give it my all. I completed the challenge in April and felt amazing.
Little did I know that it really was just the starting block. My starting block to the new healthy lifestyle.
When the challenge ended though, I was worried.
What would happen now that I’m not doing the challenge anymore.
Would I put all my weight back on and then some?
I decided to give myself a little break, but within 2 weeks I was feeling lethargic and I actually missed gym and eating right. Yes. Even broccoli.
Say what? Who is this girl and what have you done with the old Bailey?
Boy I am so happy to see her go.
I decided to do the challenge again, but not as strictly, it was more about maintenance and solidifying my healthy lifestyle. I really enjoy exercising and feel horrible if I don’t get a chance to. I crave healthy food. Oily food makes me feel a bit ill. Every now and then I’ll have a cheeseburger or a dessert but I’m surprised at how bloated I feel afterwards and can’t wait to have a lush tuna salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.
I’ve surprised myself.
I’m continuing exercising and still have my personal trainer Jono Cloete from Urban Fitness Outdoors and I sometimes go to the outdoor group classes when I’m not working.
He started off as my personal trainer and has become my health mentor and friend. I am so grateful.
I’ve managed to maintain the weight that I was at when I was last weighed-in in April and now I’ve actually lost some more weight from the lifestyle I’m in.
It has not only been physical, it’s also been very psychological. My mind hasn’t necessarily caught up with my new body. I still go to shops and instantly look for my old jean size. If I catch a glimpse of my reflection I’m a little taken aback for a few seconds, because I’m expecting to see my muffin top and fat tummy.
Today my mom took a photo of me and it was the first time I truly SAW myself. I know that probably sounds funny and I don’t really know how else to explain it.
I am very proud of what I have achieved and excited to keep going. The funny thing is, I say “keep going” like I have a goal, but it’s not that… it’s to continue in the lifestyle I have now and just be the best version of myself.
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