The second round of the Lean Body Challenge finalized last Sunday, and after a grueling few days of trying to announce the winner, I just could not pull myself to just pick one person….so, I picked 2! Yes, this is my Challenge and I can do whatever the heck I want with it.
This round of the LBC was another success, and each time that I do these online challenges, I not only meet some wonderful people from around the country, but I learn a ton about the coaching process, business, and even about myself personally.
We had 13 participants join from Boston, Minnesota, D.C., and as far out as California. I am still in shock that I can actually help people with just a Wi-Fi connection. (still waiting for that first international client…)
When it came down to figuring out a winner the other night, I was actually having some anxiety because the 2 finalist were neck and neck in their measurements, and they both had great essay questions. Perhaps it was the fact that I had just come back from watching the “Hunger Games” and Katniss and Peeta both won (yeah, Team Peeta!), that I decided to pick 2, Megan from Virginia and Alisha from Minnesota.
Both of these women had significant improvements in their energy levels, their sleep patterns, and in the amount of inches they each lost. They each were also very active on the Facebook group and had awesome essays, as you will read below.
To be honest, I already have won LBC. I learned I have control over what I put in my body, and when I use that control, I feel better. I’ve taken classes on the sugar rollercoaster before, I’ve done bi-weekly sessions with a nutritionist who focused on whole grains and veggies and had cooking classes. I’ve done weight watchers. None of those things has enabled me to control what I put into my body in quite the way LBC did. I know I will continue to eat more like I did in my LBC month than before – because the way I ate before was unsustainable from a health perspective. I feel like I’ve regained control over my body and my health, and that’s priceless.
This question made me smile. : ) Well to be honest, I have a hard time competing with others. I like to compete with myself, and I have to say that I have already won. Looking back at the person I was before I began this challenge, I see that I have overcome some obstacles. I have control of my life and the choices I make. So no matter what I’m dealing with I am better equipped to deal with it. I am truly thankful that I have beat myself in this area. There are things I doubted that I could, but this challenge I was able to do and continue to do. Even though the challenge ended yesterday I did not want to go back to eating the way I was. Nothing changed. If anything I am thinking even more about the combinations of food and when to eat that food so that I can be efficient with my body and energy. I keep moving forward so the challenge is never over. I never arrive anywhere. This is a journey that I continue to take with my head up and my heart open. Having the courage to do this makes me a winner already. I love my life! Thank you for providing the structure I needed to accomplish this task. I’m a true solider now!
I’m super excited not only for Megan and Alisha, but for all of the contestants! And even more excited to get the next round of the Lean Body Challenge up for May 14th, 2012.
What exactly is the Lean Body Challenge? Click here to find out!