Natalie’s CHAARG Journey Story: You Are Your Toughest Critic
CHAARG Journey Stories highlight our members’ amazing journeys through CHAARG — physically, mentally, + emotionally. Natalie was one of the three winners of the 2017 CHAARG FitPlan. We are so proud of her for truly finding her confidence + getting out of her comfort zone. Read Natalie’s entire CHAARG Journey Story below!
YOU are your toughest critic, so LOVE yourself with every ounce of love you have inside. This has become my mantra throughout my journey in CHAARG.
Starting out this year, a freshman in college, I was determined to make a change in my lifestyle. I had always been on + off when it came to being “healthy.” I’m not quite sure where I would go wrong, but somehow I always found myself back at point A. Walking into the rec center my first week, I saw a booth where a few girls were seated with welcoming smiles. Little did I know this would be the start of my journey to a happy + healthy lifestyle.
A few weeks later I received an email, my Exec Team selected me for priority registration for the CHAARG Fitplan! OMG I was jumping with JOY! I signed up that night + spent the next few weeks patiently [not really] waiting for October 16.
Going into the Fitplan, I wasn’t sure what to expect + quite honestly I was very nervous. I had never stuck to working out consistently ++ thoughts kept running through my head questioning “why did I sign up for this?” A few weeks later + I KNOW why I signed up for this plan.
BEST decision I have EVER made. Instantly I felt so connected + welcomed into this loving + inspiring community. From the encouragement in the weekly + daily CHAARG emails to the endless support on Instagram + Facebook, I felt so at home being apart of this community.
I had never been good at keeping up with workout routines or pushing myself to my limits. Honestly, I could’ve been the queen of making excuses ++ procrastinating. I had no means of pushing myself to work hard for what I wanted. This all changed once I became apart of this amazing tribe. Something about scrolling through Instagram, seeing how amazing the other girls were doing gave me just the inspiration I needed to get off my butt + into the gym.
I am confident in my own skin. This is something I never would have imagined saying going into this plan. Everybody has their insecurities, but what I have learned through this plan is the importance of embracing these insecurities ++ being proud of every little step of progress you make in getting to your fit goals. Nothing is going to happen overnight, it takes dedication + a whole lot of challenging yourself. I learned to love every little change I saw happening in my body ++ not to be afraid to spoil myself + have a cheat day every so often.
The daily Instagram challenges have been quite the game changer for me. When it comes to reflecting + diving deep down inside yourself I have always been very closed off. Taking the time everyday to check in + get to know myself was really out of my comfort zone, but boy am I thankful for this. I have never felt so spiritually intact with myself before, I feel a sense of peace + serenity in my life acknowledging the things I have been insecure about ++ LETTING GO of anything that doesn’t serve me!
In one of the weekly emails, Elisabeth recommended reading The Untethered Soul + wow. I could not be more thankful for being introduced to this piece of writing. “The sun will come up and the sun will go down.” This may not sound like much on the surface but it is so so meaningful. Whether I’m having a bad day and couldn’t make it to the gym, or if I get upset for not doing the best I could, I remind myself, the sun will come up and the sun will go down. We’re only human! So forgive + push yourself to keep on keepin on, there is always tomorrow!
Looking back on the fitplan I can truly say I am a new person. Not because I lost some weight + toned up muscle [although that is a major bonus] I have developed an entirely new outlook on life. I strive to make my mental + physical health a priority. I don’t beat myself up over missing a workout, I splurge occasionally, ++ I always make sure to check in on myself + ensure that I never lose touch with my inner self.
I will forever be grateful for the CHAARG community for teaching me self love + always encouraging me to be the best version of myself. I may not have #crushed every workout, or attempted every yoga flow + recipe, but all in all, this fitplan is one of the best things I have ever come across. The mental, physical, + spiritual changes I have experienced over the course of this fitplan have truly been life changing.
Thank you CHAARG for the journey of a lifetime.
++ Natalie [@natalies_inchaarg]