First of all, I want to say thank you. These five weeks of the #CHAARGSBFP have been so much more than just extra workouts that I added into my routine. They brought me way out of my comfort zone + made me realize so much about myself. I realized that I can meet goals, stick to a routine effectively, take my training deeper than cardio, push myself harder, + love my body a lot more.
For the 5 weeks, I made a goal plan + included SO. MANY. GOALS. The two that stuck out the most for me throughout the plan were to run 10K + build confidence in myself with strength training. About a year ago, my friend told me I could run a 5K + I whimpered at the thought of it. I ended up signing up for one + actually going through with it, running my first ever 3.1 miles straight on race day. I personally thought that this would be my cap + I would never be able to run longer than that. Just before the FitPlan, that same friend invited me on a run + while we were running, she suggested that we do 4 miles. At the end, when I realized that I had pushed through + completed it, I was SHOCKED. That feeling is what made me make running a 10K a part of my goals. As someone who feels most comfortable doing cardio, I had hope that the workouts in the FitPlan could help me achieve this goal because it would diversify my routine. I am SO happy to say that it did. This past Sunday, I laced up my shoes + did it. I ran 10k straight + felt amazing to accomplish something I never expected I would be able to do.
Being able to accomplish a FitGoal is always a confidence booster for me, especially since my second wave fitness journey started after freshman year, when I came home from college + realized I gained 25 pounds. I felt horrible + unhealthy. As someone who grew up with a weight problem that I finally fought for control of in high school, I was devastated that I let myself slip. Reclaiming my body + fitness journey that summer made me a goal junkie + put so much in perspective for me. I realized my health // wellness had to come first. So as a junior this year, when I saw CHAARG Syracuse pop up, I knew I needed to join. The FitPlan then elevated my experience so much.
I learned from the experiences + workouts what it meant for a workout routine to be well-rounded. While I used to be stuck on cardio machines such as the treadmill // bike, I grew a new confidence in using dumbbells + strength training machines. I no longer felt awkward // unknowing in the “boy” section of the gym. This journey took me so far out of my comfort zone + instilled a confidence in me that I desperately needed.
One of the most important realizations I made from this journey, though, is that I was using the scale in such an unhealthy way. Before, I weighed myself everyday right in the morning to see how my body responded to what I was doing right or “wrong” the day before. I would put so much faith in the scale to tell me how my body was doing. Then, once the FitPlan started, I noticed the scale was not moving much, yet my body was feeling so different. My legs + stomach were tighter, I felt healthier, ++ I could push myself further than ever before. The scale might not have been reflecting that, which before the FitPlan would send me into an unhealthy spiral, but my body was showing me that the scale is not the end all be all. I feel proud to say that my unhealthy relationship with the scale has become a bit healthier, ++ I haven’t weighed myself in a few days now because I don’t depend on it anymore. Looking at the before // after with only a 2 pound difference is insane to me.
Thanks again for making the plan exactly what I needed to make my health journey the healthiest it has ever been. I’m so glad to be a part of this community + have connected with so many people on Instagram for the FitPlan. I don’t know if I could have finished so strong if it weren’t for the strong community I’m able to connect with every day just by opening my Insta account!
#CHAARGJourney highlights our members’ amazing journeys through CHAARG — physically, mentally, emotionally. Karleigh was one of three #CHAARGSBFP 2017 winners, ++ you can continue to follow her CHAARG Journey on Instagram . We love you, Karleigh, ++ are so thankful to have you a part of the CHAARG Community!