Monday, May 26, 2008

Good Bye Mommy Belly!

The Greatest Birthday Gift

Let me just start out by saying how proud I am of my big sister, Holly. It is truly amazing what she has created.

Looking back, when she first introduced the program to me, she would be the first to tell you, I was very pessimistic about it. Up until 10 weeks ago, anyone that knows me would tell you that I was not one that cared about nutrition nor exercise and did not keep my body healthy.

I was aware of this fact and knowingly chose to do nothing about it.

If any of you have older sisters, then you know that sometimes it's hard to take their advice. At that particular time in my life, this rang true for me.

I don't know why, but I wanted nothing to do with her program. In fact, the more she told me about it, the more I'd seem to pull away.

A little over a year ago is when I started seeing my body change, in a bad way. I started putting on the pounds.

I probably gained 15 lbs. in the past year.

As the pounds added on, I kept telling myself, "Oh, it's just a couple pounds...I'll do something about it later" Well, those pounds added up, and my pant size kept climbing. I was at my highest weight ever. Just two years ago I was at my ideal weight, now I was looking at pretty nice sized "mommy belly" as I like to call it.

I looked like I was 3-4 months pregnant!

I had a "fat back," you know when you turn your upper body to see something behind you and you can feel your back fold over. I had "cottage cheese" on my thighs and butt. I could feel the fat sliding up and down on my body when I'd run.

I did not like feeling this way...this was not going to be tolerated any longer.

This is where everything started to change. I let my guard down and let my sister in. I have to throw in a quote here that our Mom gave to me..."When the student is ready, the Teacher will appear." It is so true!

I was not ready until this point. I finally joined Club Fit Yummy Mummy and decided to join the Transformation Challenge. When I joined the challenge I was still apprehensive about it, not wanting anyone to see my "fat pictures." In actuality I really didn't care if anyone saw my "before pictures" but I did not want Holly to see them.

I've always looked up to her; she's always had a perfect body. Mine had always been acceptable, but it was now in a state of pure unhealthy-ness! I was ashamed of my body and I didn't want my sister to see it. However, I was fed up with my body and decided it was time for a change. I was in.

I was afraid that it would be hard for me to accept help from my sister. This was not at all the case. Holly is the first person that I would turn to if I had any questions, complaints, or frustrations. She was always honest, but helpful; she kept me going with gentle encouragement. I never thought I would have been so blessed with such a caring and compassionate fitness coach, and that it would be my sister.

I began the Transformation Challenge on February 18, 2008. The first week was tough. My body ached and I could barely get through the intervals. I pressed on.

My biggest fear through the challenge is that I would lose the motivation.

This NEVER happened.

I had a superb support system and we all seemed to carry each other through week after week. I remember getting through the second week and feeling elated that I had completed TWO WEEKS! This was a true accomplishment for me.

I was never able to stick with any program in past for more than a week. My body was feeling good and I was actually starting to see some changes. Through the weeks, my motivation stayed strong.

When I got to week 6, I fell ill.

I just couldn't bring myself to work out that ALL. I called Holly and told her I didn't know what she had done to me, but I was Freaking Out because I couldn't work out! This wouldn't have bothered me in the past. I would have found any excuse I could to NOT work out. My whole mind set was changing. It was great. I was afraid, though, that I was going to slip off after this week. Holly reassured me that I would be alright, and, of course, I was. Week 7 I couldn't wait to get back into the swing of things.

Here I am in the middle of week 10; I feel stronger, I'm doing exercises I thought were never possible, I have more energy, I'm making healthy choices when I eat, and I can honestly say that I look forward to my workout days!

Wow! Did I just say that?

Who is this new person, I Like her!

Oh, and don't let me forget, I'm feeling sexy again. I'm turning into a Smokin' Hot Momma! Everywhere I go, I want to tell people about this wonderful program. I want other women to have this same great feeling.

I feel better now, in my 30's, than I've ever felt!

My excitement is boiling over with the anticipation of what my body will look like in another 2 1/2 weeks, at the end of the challenge. The greatest part is that I know it won't stop there! The program has given me a new outlook on healthy living. It doesn't have to be boring. It's okay if I slip up here and there. I know that I will always jump right back into things. I know that my body appreciates the changes I've made and the good choices I continue to make.

Once I am done with the challenge I plan on making my own challenge, digging into Holly's archive of strength training exercises and creating a fun series to keep on going. I want to point out my favorite part of the program is that it takes such little time to get through. I mean, come on, 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week!! If I can fit that in, anyone can. Just think...90 minutes a week and you will change your life!

Now for my results thus far. Keep in mind I'm in the middle of week 10, with 2 1/2 weeks to go in the challenge.

Starting Stats ................Current Stats

Waist: 30"………………......Waist: 28.5"

Mommy Belly: 35"……… Mommy Belly: 31"

Hips: 39"………………. .......Hips: 37"

Upper Thigh: 23"………. Upper Thigh: 21.5"

Bicep: 12’………………. .....Bicep: 11"

Weight: 137.5 lbs……… ..Weight: 127.5 lbs

Size: 9/10……………… .....Size: 6

I Lost: 10 Pounds and 11 Inches!

And I’m still moving forward…but this time even faster!

And now for the photos..

I'm Losing my Mommy Belly

And My Back Fat!

I LOVE my new body! ~ Carrie Ann Felger, Age 33 TODAY May 26th Mom of Two - Cam and Paige - and Holly’s little seester.

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Jeremy and Alissa Nelms said...

What a great story! Congrats!

Jeremy and Alissa Nelms
The Fit Couple!

Catherine said...

What a wonderfully touching and honest post! I am truly inpsired by your candidness and can totally relate to the big sister thing. Congratulations and keep going! I will do the same!

Michelle Green said...

Wow! What a wonderful story and an inspiration to anyone out there who doubts they can do this.

baringapark said...

Thankyou for sharing your wonderful story. You should be very proud of your achievements. You look fabulous!

Amy Peacock said...

Thank you for sharing your story! You look great and should be super proud of yourself. Great job you two!

Anonymous said...

Great work, congratulations.... keep it up....

Bertie said...

Seriously AMAZING!! Great job- you look FANTASTIC!:)

2Shupertkids said...

You Look wonderful my BFF! I'm so proud of you and you keep me going when I'm down and out. Love ya!