The Life Time Fitness 60 Day Challenge
If you work out at Life Time Fitness, you might have noticed a familiar face while walking around.
You know when you find something that is an incredible force of change in your life and you just want to tell everyone about it? That’s how I feel about the Life Time Fitness 60 Day Challenge. I want to tell everyone I meet who has struggled with weight or body image issues to sign up immediately because it has been a full on game changer in my lifelong struggle with how I treat my body.
When Life Time reached out to me about sharing my experience, I was equal parts excited and terrified. My picture was going to be up in every club? Wow. That’s seriously cool. But at the same time, my anxiety-fueled brain was also thinking -- great, an open-ended opportunity for judgment and ridicule. If I stare down my double chin in every photo, what is going to happen when my face is the first thing people see when they walk in to workout?
I’m not one of those cool thick-skinned women in media who lets rude comments bounce of their back. I let them fester until its all I think about. It’s come to the point where I don’t read anything from listeners anymore because I know it is likely going to make me miserable. People are mean. The fact that there is a good chunk of the population that gets off by putting others down is just baffling to me.
Here’s the thing. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am. I show up, I put in the work. And while I’m not exactly where I want to be, I’m so far from the person who first showed up at Life Time back on December 10th, 2016 -- severely overweight and depressed. I care about what I put into my body. I’m paying attention to how much better I feel -- mentally and physically -- when I’m active, when I push myself outside of my comfort zone. I have a better outlook on life, on my future, on my family’s future when I take care of myself. And double chin anxiety aside, I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished.
I know I’m lucky to be able to afford this. Both financially and from a time standpoint. I have made it a priority in my life. And I’m still working on finding a good balance. Figuring out how to fit workouts into my life, setting aside time for meal planning and prep and giving myself a break when my schedule doesn’t work out. I can’t continue to have an all or nothing approach.
My battle with my body is not over. Like many, it is a daily struggle to be kind to myself. But I’m making progress. At 32. There is hope. And if I can provide anything by sharing my journey with you, I hope it is that -- that things can get better.
Side Note: The Life Time staff I worked with during my photoshoots were the most supportive, warm humans ever. They made me feel so good about myself and so confident in sharing my story. I feel like lucky to have been able to work with them and I hope we can collaborate on another project again soon!