Kelly is one of our favorite bootcampers. She has been with us for several months now and has shown and seen incredible progress in both her workout efforts and attention to her diet. She demonstrates fantastic drive and commitment to being her best each morning. Kelly is participating in our 28-day Paleo Challenge as part of her “next steps.” She is a testament to our program and we are fortunate to have her share a little bit on her experience. Go ‘head, Kelly, you rock!
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It all started when a friend asked me for a favor…. “I need you to come to Bring a Friend Day…it’s at 5:45am, this Wednesday.” After I balked, I realized she wasn’t joking. Knowing that at 35 I was as heavy as I had ever been, I could stand the challenge. I would like to blame my physical status on having my second child but all that weight had been lost and well…found. My confidence was low and the day-to-day grind was just that and life was passing me by. I have an active husband and 2 active young children; I needed to step it up.
So I did the boot camp-thing and immediately started thinking about “the next time I go…” and knew this is what I needed to do.
Month 1: my main goal was to “Run without it hurting all over.” It took everything I had just to complete an 800m run. I told Carter, “I am just NOT made for running.” He said, “Yes you are, we all are. You just have to keep at it.” (by the end of first month I lost 1 pant size).
Month 2: I started “running,” and I use this term loosely, with my dogs in the evenings to try to work up some sort of endurance but couldn’t even make it close to a mile.
By month 3 I was trail running 3 miles;
Month 4: participated in the USMC Mud Run.
Now going into my 5th month of boot camp 10 lbs lighter and a new found trail runner, I can say I am in the best shape of my life. Sure, I have always worked out and been fit but now I am stronger, faster and more confident in my abilities – because they are tested every day. My goal this month is to run 5 miles, incorporating Sunday morning Yoga and training my body for more mud runs in the spring. I am feeling great; I know if I just keep giving 110% everyday, I can accomplish anything! Now if I could just wrap my head around Paleo.
I return month after month because the coaches are encouraging, relatable and live the lifestyle they promote. I feel Carter and Amber’s passion for this lifestyle is contagious. They have reaped the benefits and they want to give that to us. It’s great to see how many of us have come back month after month for more. The best part about my experience with UCF boot camp is that it hasn’t only impacted me but my whole family. We are more conscious about what we eat, staying hydrated, and incorporating more physical activity into our day-to-day schedule.
Thank you Carter and Amber for sharing your passion!
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Thursday’s Workout: 400m Run + 40 Squats; 4 Rounds. Tabata Tricep Dips.