I can’t believe that we’re already a quarter of the way done with the contest! Craziness. In those three weeks, I’ve lost 12 pounds, met some great people, learned that I really can survive without pizza or pasta, and realized that I have a pretty fantastic support network.
I’ve learned to like things I once hated (e.g., yogurt) and I’ve tried new foods (e.g., stuffed squash at Val’s house last night–delish!). I’ve also cooked more chicken in the past 21 days than I probably have in the past year.
Most importantly, I’ve learned to like my body for the first time in….well, ever. I’ve always been ashamed of it, mad at it, humiliated by it. And now, happily, I am PROUD of it. It can do things I never thought possible. It can climb 24 flights of stairs and pull a 230-pound punching bag (including my trainer sitting on it) across the gym countless times. It can do 30+ pushups in a minute and it is even starting to be able to run. It feels incredible.
So, thank you so much to the Daily Herald and Push Fitness for giving me this opportunity and for transforming my entire outlook on my body and on life! I can’t wait to see what the next nine weeks bring.