Many of you know this time last year, I was just easing back into teaching my Zumba classes and working out again. Fast forward a year, and I decided it was time to find something that would challenge me to work hard and help me bust out of my plateau. I took on 22 Minute Hard Corps and did pretty well with it, so when I finished it I decided I’d go bigger and take on Insanity Max:30. Wow! I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to quit several times a day in a 30 minute workout, but I knew I had to do this – for me. I modified, and that is okay; it’s how we get stronger. I cried because I didn’t think I could keep going. I laughed because there were some moves I knew I couldn’t do, so I modified them. As I pushed through the pr14199730_10210315180700967_3142723228396708371_nogram, I cried less. I kept pushing – I even did them from the hotel room while we were out of town. I showed up.

I lost a total of 5 pounds over 2 months, and found my collar bone, neck line and my shoulders along the way. I lost a total of 8 inches overall (hips + thighs + waistline). Amazing. I am so proud that I stuck it out. Mike jumped on board and did the DVD program with me; he kept me showing up.Bethany just finished Insanity and offered to do Max:30 with me, so she checked in with me daily. My buddy Ami cheered me on. Sarah, my coach, reminded me I could do whatever I put my mind too. My Facebook friends that put up with my sweaty selfie check ins are a huge part of my success, too. You guys keep me accountable! I love you all.

So, I am super nervous about sharing these pictures, but it is more important that I share them than it is to let my fears keep me from posting them. I want you to know that you can do anything you set out to do and you don’t have to do it alone. Anyone who decides they are ready to get healthy, and commit to it daily, they will succeed. If that’s you, I promise I will be there to cheer you on – the way others have for me! I’m starting a new round on 9/5, and would love your company and two-way support.

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