Goal: Loose 35 lbs, lower body fat to 22.5%

Results: Lost 38 lbs, lowered body fat to 21.6%

Jessica Max

A difficult and humbling experience was finding the motivation for this Challenge. I had entered the Body-for-LIFE previously and lost. Years later, I realized that I wasn't a champion - neither in title nor behavior.

I decided it was time to find the champion within. I was embarrassed I had gained the weight back. But self-pity isn't a solution and binge eating never solved a single one of my problems. The road to success is non-linear. I didn't need to feel ashamed. Self-sabotage and feeling unworthy put the pounds back on. I needed action to create my comeback.

Years ago, in a car accident, I hit a pedestrian who now has severe physical and cognitive damage. PTSD, guilt, and depression tore apart my life in the aftermath. Once I realized my worth, results came. But I realized the results were only an outside manifestation of how I felt.

During the Challenge, I had some demons to battle. It was me against me. But I realized I could come out a winner. I knew that in the process, I would have to deal with adversity. However I wasn't expecting to handle such a deep depression during my Challenge.

This time was different - I kept going! I knew it was the saboteur inside trying to keep me down, and it was time I stood up for myself! Seeing this through to the end, taught me I don't just have control over my fitness, but over my WHOLE LIFE.

I changed how the voices inside were allowed to speak to me. I can't control everything, though taking charge of my health makes even something like a depression more manageable. I'm proud of the physical results, though my greatest achievement from this challenge is getting "ME" back! I'm grateful!

* BODY FOR LIFE fitness goals vary by person, but through proper diet, resistance training and aerobic training, the BODY FOR LIFE program may help you achieve yours.

Individual results may vary.



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