Jeneen

“I felt amazing knowing that the difficult experiences of the past few months didn’t defeat me. It did in fact make me stronger”

  1. My reasons for accepting the Lean for Life challenge was to be s support to my daughter Emmy and to get stronger and leaner so I would look great for our family cruise in December.

2. I registered for the challenge on May 15th. Four days later, right after I returned home from my workout in Meridian, my husband of 21 years told me he was leaving me. In that moment and in the days that followed, I felt like I would die. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t breather But I did wake up each morning and go to fitmania. I held planks like my life depended on it. I knew that if I could just keep moving, i would survive and life would go on. Voices in my head screamed that I was a failure, not worth it, not wanted. But I argued back and focused on those signs and told myself “You are stronger that you think you are” and “Staying Strong in the middle is a life skill”.  I was determined that no matter what happened, I would emerge from this experience stronger than I was before. I wanted to show my kids that I could rise again.

There were days when I felt sure i wouldn’t make it through the workout. I prayed for strength and felt angels carry me through the last run and touches of the day. I cried most days on the drive home, which provided a great release and a way for me to come through the door and face my kids with a positive attitude. Seeing me continue to exercise just like I always have provided a sort of stability for them and for me. Many days, it was the only thing I did. As the days and weeks and months went by, I wondered if I was making any progress at all. It still felt like such a struggle. I didn’t plan on getting pictures taken, but in the end decided I might as well. I was shocked to find out that I had lost 8 lbs and 7.5” during the challenge. I felt amazing knowing that the difficult experiences of the past few months didn’t defeat me. It did in fact make me stronger. I am more committed than ever to continuing to show up, and I’m confident that if I keep doing that, I will continue to improve in confidence, strength, and fitness.

Before & After

Multiple Challenge Results