There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that this girl deserves the spotlight. While there were many [I mean — many] incredible success stories [++ I’ll be reaching out to all of you to share your story!] + a lot of tears were shed while reading all of them [because you are all freakin’ amazing], this girl — Morgan Simpson — deserves to be recognized. For all those who heard her story at the CHAARG National Retreat, you know that Morgan is such a special soul + that it truly was *fate* if you will that brought her to the CHAARG community [to those who don’t know her story — we will definitely be sharing it in the next month!].
But, these past 6 weeks of the FitPlan, I saw an even brighter spark in her light up — a stronger person [literally, too ; )], a fearless leader, a motivating push, + a loyal friend — to the entire CHAARG community. Not to mention, this girl can make you laugh, something so important during those tough workouts. Most of all, Morgan inspired her LSU CHAARG girls to get their sweat on at 6 AM. She started the now famous *6 AM Crew* [ps — we need to make this a national thing ; )] — a group of girls who worked out every day together at 6 AM. The girls rotated, depending on their schedules, but Morgan didn’t. She was there for them every day, whether it was one girl or 10. I am so proud to call her the LSU CHAARG Ambassador + cannot wait for you to hear her incredible story…
To start off, I have a confession to make — I participated in the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP this summer. I was so excited to open myself up to the community, after already having participated in the CHAARG Spring Break FitPlan, I was ready to fully get involved in the BOOTY CAMP. So, I did like everyone else + took a *before* picture…
But unlike most people, I did not upload an *after* one. I was mortified. I had participated in the FitPlan, but I by no means put my all into it. When my results didn’t reflect my *work,* I was devastated. I could not wait to wake up on the last day of the FitPlan + take my *after* picture. When I put them side by side… all I could do was cry. All I wanted to do was crawl under a rock + never come out. All I could think about was how everyone was going to know that I didn’t post an *after* picture — but how could I? I was beyond embarrassed of myself.
With LSU CHAARG about to start, I was even more upset about it. How was I supposed to lead these girls + show them what it means to be fit + happy + healthy when I was by no means where I wanted to be in my fitness journey? Somewhere along the way… I moved past it. Not by myself — I definiltey didn’t do it alone — but with the help of all the CHAARG girls around me. I finally let down my walls + finally challenged myself.
Out of all the CHAARG FitPlans I have participated in [Spring Break + Booty CAMP + Fall]. The Fall FitPlan won by a landslide. It wasn’t because of the amazing workouts that challenged me to my limits + pushed me further. No. That’s not why. It wasn’t because the prizes were extraordinary + showed how much CHAARG cares. Nope, that ain’t it either. It wasn’t because I finally can say that I did every. single. workout. + burn out ++ warm up….Nah…
It was because of my team. My team was made up of dozens of girls. Sometimes there were more than others, + sometimes not so many. My team was a crazy bunch of dedicated gals that were up way before the sun was. My team was [+ still is] the #6AMCREW.
My team came out of the blue [CHAARG blue that is ; )] when I read one of Elisabeth’s blog posts about the upcoming FitPlan. She challenged us to go to sleep a little earlier, wake up earlier + inspire//be inspired. I’m not sure what came over me, + why it did… [but I am thankful that it did]. A couple nights before the FitPlan started I had sent a casual message to my small group GroupMe about my plan to go to the gym every morning at 6AM [because honestly, it was my only free time that I could do the workouts] No one responded + I just figured “Hey, ya know what? You’re gonna do this alone, like you’ve done all the other FitPlans + it’s gonna be great! You’ll do fine!” Yeah, sure I was going to be fine, waking up every day at 5:15AM — knowing that I was my own motivation for the day. I’d be fine! I knew that no matter what, it was still going to be something truly amazing because I was actually a part of a chapter this time around.
The night before the FitPlan I checked my phone + a girl I knew from small group had responded + asked if I was still going at 6AM. She said she was thinking about joining! After that, two other girls said they would be there! From there it snowballed — we made a separate FB page for all of our LSU CHAARG girls participating in the FitPlan + posted every day saying how the 6AM crew would be there bright + early if anyone wanted to join. ++ you know what? Girls showed up. I have never been so excited to wake up at 5AM in my life.
That first day we all met up + KILLED the workout. It’s crazy to think that I only knew one of the girls before – now, I consider them to be some of my most treasured friends. I can honestly say that I have a connection with each + every one of those girls that showed up for a workout + that makes my heart smile.
People like that are hard to find. The kind that push you to be better, the kind that never let you stop//give up even when you want to, + the kind that INSPIRE you. These past 6 Weeks of 6 AMS truly inspired me. It opened my eyes in so many ways than it is impossible to put into words.
It blows my mind to see that our little #6AMCrew inspired SEAUX many girls from SEAUX many different universities — to wake up a little earlier + to inspire girls around them. I mean heck… we even made our own hashtag — #6AMCrewRules!
6 WEEKS OF 6 AMS IN ONE PICTURE
I loved this FitPlan, not for what it gave me physically [abs I can finally start to see, biceps that are poppin’ out all over the place, + killer quads] — I loved this FitPlan for allowing me to INSPIRE//BE INSPIRED by this amazing community. Thanks again CHAARG for always doing great things + never giving up on us!
NOW HERE I AM — 10 LBS LIGHTER + AMAZED AT MY TRANSFORMATION. I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW FAR I HAVE COME + I CANNOT WAIT TO KEEP IMPROVING MYSELF + LETTING MYSELF INSPIRE//BE INSPIRED.
[Left, before the BC — Middle, after the BC — Right, TODAY]
++ of course, thank you to our amazing sponsor — Victoria’s Secret Sport ++ the boys of Share It Fitness for helping us put on this FitPlan. ++ thank YOU, all 700 of you, for killing all the workouts with smiles ++ encouraging//pushing//motivating each other along the way. The support during this FitPlan has truly been greater than all the rest — which only means that our next one ; ) is bound to be even BETTER. Until the next… keep CHAARGin’ on : )