• Nicole Ammon

60 Day Challenge- A Self Care Journey back to "Me"

Updated: Sep 26, 2018

Holy Sh#! That's the only way to describe what I've been doing for the last month. Today I reached the 30 day/ half way mark in a 60 day fitness journey I have embarked on. I am doing a 60 day Challenge at a gym I joined, called Hardcore Fitness. Let me just give you a teeny bit of background on what this 60 day cray-cray ness involves.

The short version:

-Attend Bootcamp at the gym 6 days a week - Bootcamps there are on a circuit and focus on a different portion of the body each day

-Cardio (FFFFFF UUUU Cardio, oops I'm sorry I don't know where that came from) If you hadn't gathered as much yet, I filping HATE cardio. and we must do cardio twice a day in addition to our bootcamps. You must burn at certain amount of calories each cardio session and the amount required goes up each week. For example we are now at week 5 of the challenge and the requirement is to burn 400 cals each cardio session. (I need at least 5 more hours each day to do all this shit)

-Lastly stick to a Carb Cycling meal plan. Boring as all F, but not too bad. They remind you that you are eating to fuel your body. (Not for emotional support, boredom etc.. hmmmm weird, right?)

Oh, and heres the kicker...NO BOOZE!! Yes its true I've said goodbye to my good old pal Wine. It was a sad day. But, truthfully Iv'e been fine without my Vino. But you better believe I'm looking forward to a yummy glass of buttery Chardonnay on day 61.

I am proud of myself. I really am. I am doing absolute best and am happily seeing results already. So far I am down 12.1 pounds and am feeling great! It's amazing what our bodies can do. I am already so much stronger than when I started just one month ago, I can do things at the gym I never thought I'd be able to. Go me!!

Now for the reason I started this journey in the first place. I was stuck. Stuck in a Mom rut. Didn't realize it was happening, but woke up one day and hardly recognized myself. Heartbreaking. I've struggled for years with my weight. You name a diet and I've tried it. Seriously. I always manage to lose weight but as soon as I start to eat normal again, its back. Yo-Yo city. As much as I don't want to admit it, its true. The only way I ever successfully lose weight and make lasting changes is through diet AND exercise. Damn it. I wish I was one of those people who cuts out soda and drop 10 lbs. Or my husband, who doesn't eat cookies for a week and loses 5 lbs. WTF!! But I am not. Apparently I must exercise like I am training to be a Navy Seal to see real changes. And I am OK with that. Now, at 35, oh shit, wait, I'm 36. At 36 I am more than OK with that. My body amazes me and continues to do so. My body carried, birthed and fed two perfect little boys. And in a short amount of time I am stronger, and healthier and happier, frankly. If my body needs exercise AND eating right to be at its best thats what I am gonna do for it.( And wine, maybe a little wine.)

After all, look what it has done for me.

Stay tuned for all my before and after pics!!

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