I am so happy to announce the winners for the Shape Up To Summer Challenge!!! Before I do, I must tell you how happy I am about the results. Not just the numbers, although I am thrilled with those, but more than anything it was the mental transformation that I saw so many participants make. What I wanted more than anything was for everyone to realize that this is a lifestyle that we are creating. This was not a short-term program that is over in 30 days. I suppose technically the end of the program was after 30 days, however, I really wanted the participants to figure out how to fit healthy habits into their busy lives. I did not want anyone to feel deprived and starving all the time. I didn't want anyone to have to exercise for hours at a pace that would be impossible to keep up. Instead, we introduced clean, healthy meals that tasted good. I also encouraged everyone to do what they could with their workouts, even if it meant only 10 minutes! Trust me, these 10 minutes were effective! If there were days when they had more time, the workouts were a little longer.
This was a crazy time of year for a challenge. We are nearing the end of the school year when there are activities like crazy. The weather is getting nicer and people are starting to head out camping. Our winner actually celebrated her birthday in the middle of this challenge!! And by the way, I had a conversation with her and yes, she had dessert! Could my participants have lost more weight and inches? Yes. However, it would have been in an unhealthy way. They would have adopted bad habits of starving themselves and exercising obsessively and probably would have put the weight back on after the challenge. I always say to my clients, "Why start something that you cannot continue to do for the rest of your life?" I realize people want fast results. I get that. We are programmed by this fast-paced world to want things instantly. We are impatient. However, if you take the time to understand healthy eating and a healthy relationship with food, you can create some incredible habits to last a lifetime. If you can figure out how to fit more movement into your life, it will become a natural part of your day. The weight may come off more slowly, but guess what? It will have a greater likelihood of staying off!
On to the winners:
Biggest Transformation - LISA KRONA!! Lisa lost a staggering 9 lbs and 6.25 inches! This is awesome!
Biggest Breakthrough - LINDSAY REANIER!! I know sugar has been a challenge for Lindsay. The other challenge was committing to a program and finishing it. Not only did she lose 5 lbs and a full inch off her waist, she made progress with cutting back on sugar and was great about trying new recipes and checking in regularly. She finished!!
Most Inspirational - This was tough for me. There were so many that inspired me. I had to narrow it down, however. I actually chose 2 people: KRISTEN MORKERT and HEIDI ARMSTRONG!! I know how busy Kristen was with running her kids around to activities, work and trying to fit in clean eating and workouts. There were days when she was running 15 minutes late to bootcamp, but she still made it! Heidi actually started working with me years ago when I first began my bootcamp program in Gig Harbor. She took a break for a bit, but has come back in the past 6 months and has consistently showed up to work out. Her strength and stamina have improved drastically and she has completely changed her lifestyle!
Great job to all participants! Continue to work. Be CONSISTENT. You are amazing!!