ANDREA’S JOURNEY STORY: SETTING FITGOALS YOU CAN CRUSH

CHAARG Journey Stories highlight our members’ amazing journeys through CHAARG — physically, mentally, + emotionally. Andrea ((@andiewillis_inchaarg)) is one of the three winners of the CHAARG Bootycamp! <3 Read Andrea’s entire CHAARG Journey Story below + her Q + A with us post-FitPlan!

ANDREA’S JOURNEY STORY

#CHAARGBOOTYCAMP helped me find a new love for fitness + restored my overall health — mental + physical. Growing up I wasn’t the thinnest little girl, which put a strain on my body image for a long time. Even when I lost the weight I would often look in the mirror + see that chunky little girl looking back at me. I would stress eat + consume unhealthy foods that my parents kept in the house. When I got to college, I was able to make my own food choices + live the way I wanted to. I didn’t eat the healthiest my freshman year, but the “freshman 15” was never a problem for me with the amount of walking I had to do on campus.

Out of the three years that I’ve been in college, this past year has been the healthiest. I am cooking balanced meals + exercising more than ever before. I was in a bit of a slump though because I never use to make the time to workout, especially when I was tired from the day, but this FitPlan helped to launch me out of that slump. I’ve been working on improving my body image + confidence for a very long time, but it was only in the past couple of years that I’ve really been able to do so. It’s taken me small strides with many setbacks to get to where I am today. I believe that I even appear to be more confident simply through the clothes I wear to workout in because I used to always wear baggy t-shirts because I was too self-conscious of my arms, but now I wear a tank top just about every workout. I can honestly say that my confidence is at an all-time HIGH + as CHAARG would say, I’m radiating positive vibes.

I think it’s important for me to say that when I started the CHAARG Bootycamp, I told CHAARG that my goal was to lose weight, which I did not remember until receiving the halfway email from SJ. I forgot I had even chosen this as my goal because I soon after changed my goal wanting to feel happy, healthy, + improve my run time. Changing my goal was one of the best choices I could have made because I have been telling myself for a long time to stop focusing on the number on the scale. It is not important. Yes, it is great that I have lost a few pounds this summer, but what is even better is that I happy with my body.

One of the things that I am most proud of post-CHAARG Bootycamp is my new found love for running. I’ve never really enjoyed running as it seemed more like a task + my mom would always ask me, “Why are you running? I only run if someone is chasing me!” In a way, that discouraged me from running, but I finally took the time to think about why I do it. I run to keep my heart + my body healthy. I run because it thrills me to see my run time improve + that I can run for longer periods of time. I feel more proud of myself with this improvement than when I am able to lift a heavier weight because running keeps my heart + lungs healthy.

I have been a part of the CHAARG community for a year now + have not once regretted my decision to join. While it took me until CHAARG Bootycamp to really dive in, there is nothing like this community of women who encourage you to be your best self. I did more of the workouts than the fit plan I did previously, I set an achievable bolt goal that has made me enjoy running, + I’ve worked out with other CHAARGies from my Chapter. This summer I have noticed a real change in my body, but also in my happiness. I have always eaten fairly healthy since being in college, but now with exercising more than I used to, my body just feels good!

POST-FITPLAN Q + A

What advice would you give to girls who say they might be “too busy” to complete a CHAARG FitPlan? You might “think” you’re too busy, but think again! FitPlans are really what you make them. Somedays I was too busy for the workout so I took a rest day + saved it for the weekend or even the end of the FitPlan. I didn’t complete as many of the workouts that I wanted to, but I did complete more than the last FitPlan that I did + for that I am so proud of myself. If you end up being too busy one day then save the workout for another day, it is okay! This is your fitness journey!!

Describe the CHAARG FitPlan in one word: Empowering.

The CHAARG Bootycamp challenged me to… Push myself. This summer, my running improved + I was able to use heavier weights. I get so excited when I see the progress that I’ve made in the gym, but the gym isn’t my other focus. I pushed myself to be the best version of myself that I can be. I started journaling to reflect on my days + I listened to a couple of CHAARG podcasts about writing to my highest self. CHAARG Bootycamp challenged me to push myself in all aspects of my life.

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