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So I finally have some time this morning before I do my workout for the day. Sorry if I'm all over the place in this story but my brain usually works faster than my fingers :)

During high school I started gaining weight when I had been a size 00 and looked like a 9 year old boy until grade 10. I started gaining the most weight on my stomach (which both sides of my family seem to have the "pooch") and I was determined to get into shape. My mom went to Curves so there weren't any recent workout tapes so I resorted to Susan Powter's (HAHA!) but they got me warmed up and were a bit of a challenge. I was completely unaware that I also had to change my diet.

After I graduated, I started doing Turbo Jam religiously: 4+ days a week. Again, I wasn't really seeing results because I was convinced I didn't eat that bad. I was basically keeping myself from gaining more fat. I did this for about 6 months and then I met my boyfriend. I was consumed by the new love stage and completely stopped working out for the next few years.

For the longest time I plateaued at 123 lbs and a size 3 jeans. 2 years ago, my jean size went up to size 5 and this passed summer I had to buy a size 9 (!) jean capri pants. That terrified me since my mother used to be fairly small and she gained weight from pregnancy, age, and poor diet/exercise.

At the beginning of 2011 I started working out as one of my New Year's resolutions. My routine was get home from work, do 45 minute Turbo Jam. I think I did this 3+ days a week. I was doing really good too for 2 months but then it seemed like I got really busy! I had bronchitis AND strep throat at the beginning of March and then my beautiful niece was born on St. Patrick's day and I just never had time any more. I finally had a life after work haha. This would have been some what acceptable if I watched my diet.

All last year I kept trying to get back into my routine but I'd do a workout and then go months without doing it again. It just wasn't working for me. After clothes shopping this spring though, that was a huge eye opener for me and I weighed myself and I was 135 lbs. I almost couldn't believe it. After being 123 lbs for years I had somehow gained 10+ lbs. I decided I had to do something.

In March 2012, I found MyFitnessPal and it was astonishing to me how many calories I really consumed in a day. And for me that is major since I have a desk job and basically sit on my butt all day. I thought I didn't eat too many but when I counted for 2 days of just eating what I usually do, I was consuming 2,000+ calories!!! I'm 5'6" and was 135 lbs so I should ideally be consuming 1,600; 1,200 to lose weight. For 8 weeks I watched what I was eating and I lost 9 pounds. I was so proud of myself and was amazed at how just your diet can affect your body. Then May long weekend came around and of course I was ashamed to put what I was eating into the journal lol. I fell off this wagon until I found Bodyrock in June and gained back all the weight I had lost in these 2 months.

I accidentally stumbled upon www.bodyrock.tv when I was looking at Pinterest and I saw this post that said, "The best workout site ever!" I had to click on it because the girl's abs were just spectacular. I was in awe. I spent the rest of the day navigating around on this website and I was so excited to try a workout when I got home that day.

They were short workouts and I found the app and every one on there was just so inspirational, helpful, and knowledgeable. If I didn't feel like working out I'd go on the app and see every one's posts that they did their workout and I had to too!

I started with the 30 day challenge from May because I knew that would keep me on track and I didn't miss one day. It was so hard at first but I kept hearing Lisa Marie's voice - "Even if you only do 1, you're still doing something!" Within a few weeks I felt so much stronger and kept surprising myself with the new workouts I was trying.

I started bodyrock with the elliptical: I'd do 20+ minutes as a warm up and then do my workout. After a few weeks I stopped the elliptical because I didn't think it was doing much for me. I stopped the extra cardio for 2 weeks I think and then added in my Turbo Jam again. The difference in the intensity I could go at was amazing to me. Even when I did Turbo Jam for 6 months, I couldn't push myself like I can now. It's such a great feeling!!!

For now I do my workouts after work and will ask who ever I have plans with to wait while I do my workout (it takes about an hour for stretching, cool down, and rinse off shower, etc.) but this is obviously not very realistic for long term. I want to start working out in the morning but first I have to work on going to bed earlier, which I have made progress on!! I used to crawl into bed around midnight and my alarm would be going off at 5:40AM. I now am usually in bed before 11:00PM - baby steps!

Another reason I want to start working out in the morning is so I don't have to miss out on it. If I do it in the morning, it doesn't matter what happens after work because I've already smashed it out for the day. When I get home from work I'm usually just exhausted from a terrible restless sleep and stress, but someone once mentioned how they view exercise like brushing your teeth - it's hygiene. With that in mind, I MAKE myself workout even when I really don't want to. I do it because I know I'll feel great after and I'll feel awful if I don't. I get home and without thinking I change into my workout gear, look up my Bodyrock video for the day and get myself going. I always feel great after and that's just yet another reason to do a workout when you don't want to.

Since June 15, I have lost about 5 pounds. It's really all over the place but mostly it hovers around 130 in the morning. I'm okay with this since I don't care much about weight, I go by measurements. To date I have lost 1/2" off my hips and 3/4" off my waist. I definitely could eat cleaner since I allow myself treats almost every day. That will be my next challenge. :)

I hope this is helpful for some people because I was really lost for a long time.

- Kelsey


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