Catherine’s CHAARG Journey: I Lost my Mind + I Never Want it Back

As much as I truly would love to win this FitPack, in my eyes, I’ve already won. I started out with the FitGoal to become proud of my body + to feel + look healthier + happier. I’m excited to say that I far surpassed my personal goals.

I gained a lot of things from the CHAARG FitPlan, but first let me tell you what I lost.

First + foremost, I lost weight… to this day, about 17 lbs in 6 weeks which is INCREDIBLE in my mind. Speaking of my mind, I lost that too.

When we were told we would fall in love with fitness, I truly + honestly did not believe you. I’ve had a negative outlook on myself for my entire life. I’ve always been tormented for my weight + I’ve let it eat at me for the past 21 years. I tried crash diets, starving myself, just about every extreme just to be skinny.

Through all these body image obstacles of my life, I’ve never actually PUSHED myself to change.

I wanted instant results — to wake up a pound lighter, look prettier, feel skinny, because in the end, all I wanted was for *them* to be happy… for all the people who told me that I wasn’t good enough to FINALLY tell me that I was.

This time, I lost my mind + I never want it back.

The voice in my head whispering, “you’re not good enough, you can’t do it, you won’t do it,” is now SCREAMING, “you’ve got this, you deserve this, you are worth it.”

In losing my mind, I found a confident + beautiful person inside myself who was finally ready to push forward + make a difference. I discovered a passion for fitness + health that pushed me to keep motivating myself + to motivate my CHAARG sistas. I did fall in love with fitness, but if I told you that was the most important part of this FitPlan, I’d be lying.

The most important part for me was that I fell in love with myself.

I wake up in the morning proud of the person I am + about how strong she is + how far she’s come. Losing 17 pounds is a great accomplishment for me, but gaining self-confidence + finding my true self is the best outcome I could have possibly hoped for.

This amazing CHAARG community has shown me that you don’t have to be skinny to be fit. With my new virtual friendships + new friendships at Louisiana State University from CHAARG, I can’t wait to see how my journey continues.

Goodbye to my negative mindset, negative image of myself, + negative people who told me I couldn’t succeed ++ hello happy, healthy, + BEAUTIFUL me who’s ready to show you that I will!

No. More. Excuses.

“MAYBE THE JOURNEY ISN’T SO MUCH ABOUT BECOMING ANYTHING. MAYBE IT’S ABOUT UN-BECOMING EVERYTHING THAT ISN’T REALLY YOU SO YOU CAN BE WHO YOU WERE MEANT TO BE IN THE FIRST PLACE.”

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+Catherine [@kittycat_inchaarg], LSU CHAARG

Join us this CHAARG Spring Break FitPlan ++ get ready for the best journey of your life — the journey to push yourself, challenge yourself, + better yourself every day to let the beautiful, wild + free you shine. All you need to do is believe. Believe in your own magic — believe in yourself. Dive in — this is the beginning of anything you want. // *must be a CHAARG girl to participate — join the movement here.

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