Maggie’s CHAARG Journey: I No Longer Just Run Every Day
I started out this wonderful CHAARG FitPlan full of excitement + curiosity. Seeing as it was my first FitPlan + I had only heard stories from other CHAARGies about past ones, I had little idea of what kind of journey I was about to embark on. So, I started this FitPlan with a few goals hoping that I would be able to accomplish them. These goals were to eat healthier, tone up, complete all the workouts, + to love my body. Little did I know, this was going to be harder than I thought.
When the first week of workouts came in, + I was nervous. I saw the first Tuesday Cardio day was full of sprints + was terrified. I saw the arm day + questioned how my little baby arms would be able to do such things. I didn’t even know what half the workouts were, but I took a breath + gave it a try. That Tuesday, I pushed through the sprints, no matter how much my legs cried. Those arm days, I killed with my 10 pound dumbbells. I was astonished of what my body was showing me with just the little bit of extra motivation.
By the third week, I no longer felt like the only thing I could do at the gym was machines. I was able to use the dumbbells, the gym mats, the stair master, the bike, + finally learn how to use the SMITH machine//squat rack. People would walk by me at the gym and they would say things like, “Dang, girl!” or “You’re pushing yourself so hard! I would never be able to do that!” I also took the third week + I didn’t look in the mirror. This allowed me to listen to + focus on my body. I would always stand in front of the mirror + lift my shirt to judge my stomach, or look at my legs + see how much my thighs touched, so having this time away from the mirror did me well. It taught me that appearance doesn’t matter as much as how your body feels. I started to actually feel more confident in my own skin.
I started to see the results I was hoping for the entire time. The CHAARGies I was lucky enough to participate in the FitPlan with always encouraged me to do more. They always added weight to my squats + eventually by the end of the FitPlan encouraged me to start using 15 POUND DUMBBELLS! My little baby arms are no longer little baby arms! Seeing all of the positivity from the other CHAARGies on the Facebook page is what kept me going the fourth week + what pushed me to try harder the fifth!
Sitting here now, my legs are still sore from both the Cardio Buns + the Falling In Love With Stairs workouts! I feel GREAT. Looking at the difference in my pictures, I am so proud. My body + I have our good days + our bad days, but I love it. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I am proud of what I have sculpted to be my own. This FitPlan has taught me that it is my job to take better care of it. I did have some cheat days where I did treat myself, but I accepted that it is okay to do that sometimes + that sometimes your body NEEDS that. I also feel like I have more energy from eating better. I feel healthier and lighter. It has motivated me to try new healthy foods + I found out that I actually LOVE hummus! Another thing I also learned with the Sunday’s off that it is okay to relax. Your body does need a break, too.
This FitPlan was just such an eye opening experience. I no longer just run every day. I now work on my entire body + eat well. I cannot thank CHAARG enough for helping me accomplish such great things. As I sit here with a smile on my face, I can honestly tell you that I crushed all of my goals + that the FitPlan exceeded every expectation I had. I feel like a whole new person + I cannot wait for CHAARGmas + the spring FitPlan!
#CHAARGJourney highlights our members’ amazing journeys through CHAARG — physically, mentally, emotionally. Maggie was one of the three winners of the CHAARG FITPLAN 2015. We could not be more proud of her for liberating herself from the gym machines ++ truly feeling confident in her own skin! We cannot wait to follow her journey through CHAARG!
Maggie [@magss_inchaarg], KENT STATE CHAARG