As I walked in the gym for the last time, I had a knot in my stomach. The weekend that I had been so excited about, and so nervous about, had gone by too quickly. I felt like a goof at times, running across the gym, sweating profusely, muscles aching, with a huge grin on my face because it felt so empowering. If you had told me a year ago I'd be doing this, I never would have believed it. I don't travel alone, I don't exercise with other people, and certainly can't keep up with professional athletes. It feels pretty damn good to say that I actually did it, and I truly hope that I will do it again in the future.
One of my biggest fears about going was my fear that I would not fit in with this group of women. I thought they'd all be light years beyond where I was physically, but I was wrong. Not only was I able to keep up, but I found them to be a group of kind, supportive, fun girls. There were active competitors, former competitors, girls just looking to stay fit and healthy, and there were beginners. We were all PHAT Campers, and I am so lucky to have connected with them. This thing Jen's created...it is something special. I am very much hoping a camp makes it out to my area soon, because I can't wait to go again!
This post is also my end-of-challenge post, which is scary and exciting, all at the same time. This challenge has driven my decisions for over three months now, and to be at the conclusion feels a little getting off the plane and not knowing where to go. It worked out kind of well, having to pause my challenge in May when I caught pneumonia, because it pushed my end date to just after PHAT Camp. Not only did that allow me to put in an intense weekend of workouts right at the end, but more importantly, I think the experience will motivate me to push even harder, now that we are at the end of the school year and I will find myself with much more down time. I need a new goal, and I'll try to figure that out in the coming days, but for now, here we go. I had a hard time choosing between two of my final photos, so I put both up. It's my blog, and I say it's okay.
I found an amazing spirit in Jen, and I worked harder than I ever have in my life, and this my transformation:I'm not sure where I'm going next, but I'm not done. Not by a long shot. I Cannot end this post without anything less than a heartfelt Thank You to Jen Hendershott. You, my friend, are one special individual, and I am blessed to have met you. You have changed my life in so many ways, all for the better. So, what shall we work on next?! Much love to you.
February, 2013 June, 2013
February, 2013 June, 2013