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Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else

Posted Sep 29 2009 4:09pm
Oh,Judy.

Wednesday was my final booty camp session and I have to say that I felt a ton of emotions in that last 60 minute class and have spent the last 24 hours trying to convey those emotions into a blog post. Here it goes:

I am really proud of myself for signing up and going to every single session, rain or shine. It took me 13 months, but I did it. I can blame scheduling for part of the delay but I think part of me was afraid.

Afraid to try something new.
Afraid to challenge myself.
Afraid that I would fail.


I have proven myself wrong entirely because I did something new, challenged myself and was able to do everything Susan threw at us. I can now do 60-75 push ups on my toes. I can hold a plank for 60 seconds + and side planks for 30 seconds +.


I am proud of the changes in my body.Over the last 8 weeks, I have lost a total of 5 inches (biggest change was the 2 inches lost from my hips) and have gone from 27.0% body fat to21.8%.I can see muscles that I've never seen before. I feel stronger, leaner and more toned.


Booty Camp (and other classes I've been doing) has inspired me tojoin a gym. I know that I've said repeatedly that I'm "not a gym person", but I realize that I am aclass personand I'm joining a gym so that I will have oodles of classes at my fingertips. I am excited to continue with ZUMBA (post of that to come soon!) and try things like BodyPUMP, spinning and aquafit.

After class on Wednesday, Joey reminded me that this is just the beginning and that I have accomplished a lot in just 8 weeks. He's absolutely right!! I am so happy that I took the plunge and just did it. I have learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of.

I have to say a big thank you to all of the other girls in class for being great motivators and total inspirations each week. I also want to say thank you to Susan, our fearless leader for kicking my butt every week, checking in with me and really pushing me to reach my full potential. I also want to say thank you to all of you!! I have appreciated your feedback and comments on my boot camp posts so much. You've really be integral in my motivation over the last two months and for that I am grateful.

If you want to share your July activity chart with my readers, please be sure to drop me an email ( wwleaderashley@gmail.com ) with a picture and description this weekend. I'll be sharing my highlights as well!

And if you haven't already, be sure to check out my giveaway.

Have an amazing long weekend xo
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