Another 24 Day Challenge – Results

Well I let time get away from me again, but I’m here tonight with my results of the 24 Day Challenge!

I lost 6.5 lbs! Yay!  I’m finally under 150 lbs.

weigh in

Here’s my transformation photo from the challenge.  I’ve noticed I’m getting more muscle tone in my arms.

transformation photo

I’m also seeing more muscle definition in my legs.

runner leg

2 Year Weight Loss Transformation

I have come along way on my health and fitness journey and I owe a ton of credit to my family, friends, runners, trainers and Advocare.  Although I still have room for improvements, I feel better than I have in years and I see gains in my strength, endurance and overall fitness.  I’m really looking forward to running another half this fall and hitting the weights this winter to tone up and build more muscle.

Two Year Transformation

I want to thank you guys for following my progress and all your inspiring words.  Your support is deeply appreciated!

Transformation Celebration

Today I’m celebrating my transformations! It has been one long journey with many struggles…If I had to do it all over again I would because it’s worth it. This lifestyle change has been one of the best decisions I have ever made along with joining the Advocare family. Today I can officially say I have lost 40 pounds.   It was a slow start at first, but I finally found a lifestyle I could live with. The past two years I have really focused on my eating, running, exercising and rest. People always ask me what did I give up to get where I am today. I look at what I gained not what I had to give up. I have gained confidence in my abilities.  Sometimes it’s our thoughts telling us we are incapable of performing when in reality it’s us blocking our ability to perform as we truly can.  I have a better understanding of who I am when I eat. I am not the emotional eater anymore.   I keep to the 80/20 rule of healthy eating.   It has helped me change my habits and thinking as well as helped me to discipline myself on what I choose to eat.  The photo below is a WOW moment for me. It’s so exciting to see my transformation and know my hard work has paid off.

 My Weight Transformation

transformation

 

My next transformation is my running. I can’t believe I’ve been running for almost three years. Once again I started at a slow pace because I was a lot heavier, but now I’m training for my first half marathon!  Woohoo!  The photo below if my first 5K walk/run in 2011 and my second 10K in 2013.  My time has improved tremendously.  When I started my time for a 5K was 50-56 minutes.  Today it’s 34-35 minutes. Wowzers!

 My Running Transformationtransformation run

 

I’m truly thankful all my wonderful family and friends who have helped and supported me along the way.  I couldn’t have done it with out them. Although I still have habits I need to change and a few more pounds to lose, I am thrilled to say I never quit and as of today I haven’t put any of the weight back on.   This lifestyle change is on going.  There is no finish line; it’s a lifetime commitment.

24 Day Challenge Journal – Results, Accomplishments and Shout Outs

After 24 days I’m happy to report I lost 6 pounds and 3.5 inches. Yay me! The photo below is my before and after picture. I’m totally thrilled about my results and looking forward to doing another one this summer.

Before and After 24DC

This is another version to show you how far I’ve come on this journey.

Transformation Photo

This is my HAPPY dance!

Accomplishments

Box Jumps

With the help of my coach, I was finally able to jumped on a small box without hurting myself.  Woohoo!  My next goal is to add more reps and  move up to the next level.

Box Jumps

Long Distance Running

One of my goals this year is to run a half marathon.  I’ve been working on my pace and miles with the anticipation of slowing myself down to add more miles.  So far my longest run this year is 7.6 miles.  I can’t wait to get started on my training in the Spring.

Running Shoes and Socks

Shout Outs and Thanks

Shout out to my husband who continues to support and join me on these challenges.  He has lost up to 15 lbs and 8 inches. I’m very proud of him taking the necessary steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Me and B

A big shout out to my son who enjoys a good workout as much as I do!  Here we are with our beast mode face ready to hit the gym.

me and my son

Huge thanks to Andrea, Tiffany, Angie, Jennifer and Deanna who took time out of their busy schedule to read over my blog before I shared it.  This has been a challenge for me and I’m truly grateful for their time and help.

Thank you

Thank you all for your encouragement and for following along this journey.  I hope there’s one thing you can take away from all of this and that is you can do it!!  Making a lifestyle change is a process involving several stages and challenges along the way.  However adopting new and healthier habits may help you feel better and more energetic.  How would your life improve if you made some changes? What’s stopping you from creating the lifestyle you want?  Hopefully, sharing my journey provided a pathway to achieving that goal.

Create A Lifestyle YouWant

Try Something New

For more information on Advocare, please contact me at chele_wells@yahoo.com or click on the link Advocare Team Wells below.

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Advocare Team Wells

The Amazing Ben Davis

Wow! This guy is amazing! He is my fitspiration!  Ben had let his weight and health get out of control to the point where he didn’t care about anything or anyone.  Then in January 2009 he made the decision to change and do life.  Please watch his incredible video.

You can follow Ben @ http://bendoeslife.tumblr.com/beginning

You don’t have to be great to start…

We may have the best of skills, the most positive of attitudes and the strongest frame of minds.  However if we just sit on our butts with all these great qualities, nothing is going to come out of it. Remember action breeds success.

So if you think you have to be great to start, you don’t, you have to start to be great! Get started NOW! Chele~