Before I started Relentless Boot Camp, I had hit a period where I was not exercising at all. I could always find an excuse not to take that walk or why I had something better to do than a workout video. I knew I was out of shape, but I didn’t have the motivation to change it on my own. I was unhappy with the way I looked and the way I felt physically, but I was also a little scared to make a change. What if I tried and I just couldn’t do it? What if it didn’t make me any happier?
During my first boot camp class, I was honestly intimidated by Coach Randal Setzler! I made it through that first class and realized that I needed to do this for myself. Randal was very encouraging and challenged me to come back. I started attending boot camp classes two days a week. I loved the diversity of the workouts and that I had someone to hold me accountable. I felt good about the results I was seeing. At the same time, I did not really think about taking it to the “next” level. I still thought of myself as someone who would never be an athlete or never be in really great shape.
In the fall, my schedule changed and I started attending another class taught by Heather Reed. Heather’s animated and genuine attitude is infectious. She has been challenging me ever since we met. Heather made me realize that I could take this as far as I wanted. She believed I could do it, which made me believe I could do it too. Heather snuck her way into my life, so that now I hear her voice in my head encouraging me and at times giving me the push I need to do better. Recently, I increased to four days a week and I love it!
For the first time in my life I feel strong and I have defined muscles! I have been working hard for my results and am beginning to think of myself as an athlete. It’s been a lot of fun to attend the Relentless Boot Camp community workouts and events. Everyone is so encouraging and I’m proud to show off my progress.
My current goal is to mentally embrace my workouts. There are moments that as soon as the name of the exercise is out of my coach’s mouth, my mind says, “I can’t do that” or even “I don’t want to do that.” I’m challenging myself to curb those thoughts and to tell myself that I can do it. Recently, I heard the phrase “why bother complaining if you’re not going to quit” and I realized that sometimes I need to stop complaining in my head and just do it. I may not be the fastest or the best at it, but what matters is that I do it to the best of my ability.
Before Relentless Boot Camp I didn’t put a lot of emphasis on my health or my body. It wasn’t that I didn’t think it was important, but rather that I was so unhappy with it that I just let it go and tried not to think about it. Now I have made a commitment to myself. Joining Relentless Boot Camps has empowered me to take responsibility for my health and my body. I have a new view on what is important in my life. My body is still a work in progress, but I’m never giving it up. I have realized that I was the one holding me back. Now I know that I can set goals for myself and meet them. I have accomplished things physically that I did not think I would be able to and I am realizing that I can keep going. My strength and my health are up to me!
I lost 22 lbs, 4.8% body fat & 24 inches