Throughout her entire life, Katie hated exercising.
Growing up, she struggled with emotional eating and saw her weight fluctuate dramatically.
When she tried to be physically active, Katie would often get winded quickly and was later diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in her late twenties.
Now the mother of a 3.5-year-old daughter, Katie reached a turning point one month ago and made a decision that is already starting to change her life.
She explains, “I’d been receiving AMC emails for awhile, but decided to finally enroll for AMC’s 30-Day Challenge because I’ve gained some weight during the pandemic, and I want to be stronger and move more easily to play with my daughter. I had to lift her over a fence at the park the other day and my arms were only just barely able to do it. I’d like to have more confidence that I can do things like that.”
Only two weeks into AMC’s 30-Day Challenge, Katie was able to say for the first time in her life that she actually enjoys exercise — and even looks forward to it!
How did she get there so quickly?
Turns out that joining AMC was just the nudge Katie needed to have a major breakthrough.
“I was caught in a familiar cycle. Every time I tried to exercise, I went overboard. I did too much. My whole body was in pain, and I could barely move. So then nothing lasts, and I don’t stick with it.”
When Katie started with AMC, she learned to ditch that all-or-nothing mentality. Every time you exercise, no matter how intense, you’re taking a step in the right direction. It all counts, and it all makes a difference.
“The revelation for me has been the 20-minute sessions. Sometimes I’ll do a 20-minute HIIT session, and some days I do yoga instead, or strength videos I find on YouTube.”
Focusing on small doses of exercise completely changed Katie’s outlook.
“Now I feel like I can do this. I can’t do every rep perfectly, but I realized it doesn’t have to be perfect. Keep moving. This is enough. I can do that for 20 minutes and it’s having an effect on my body. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I can feel myself getting stronger. I might huff and puff and parts of me jiggle when I run, but that’s so much less of a barrier for me now than it was for so many years before. Honestly, it’s the first time in my life that exercise actually makes me feel better.”
Katie’s complete 180 change in her attitude toward exercise has been amazing to witness. She trusted in herself, she knew she could do it, and she took the leap by joining the 30-Day Challenge. What she’s achieved in such a short amount of time is truly inspiring.
The changes Katie is experiencing also extend beyond the realm of physical fitness.
“Exercise has a domino effect. I’ve had a very stressful couple of weeks at work, and I’m actually not miserable about it. When I used to hear people say exercise relieves stress, I would be like, ‘what are they talking about?’ But I feel like I’ve finally tapped into that.”
Katie is also now able to lead by example and show her daughter the importance of self-care. She’s found her deep-rooted “why.”
“I want to be a person who does intentional movement most days. And that’s it. It doesn’t matter what it is. I’m raising a daughter, and I want her to see me all red and sweaty. Like this is just a normal part of life, not a big deal, nothing to be scared of. And it can actually be FUN.”
All it took for Katie was taking that first step and clicking on the link in that AMC email.
“This group came along at just the right time for me. The environment you create is just so very welcoming of all levels and encouraging.”
Oh, and here’s an inspiring little update—
“Exercising regularly has had the background effect of tamping down my emotional (over)eating; I’ve lost 10 pounds during this challenge!
Success stories like Katie’s are why I do what I do. To say I’m proud of her is an understatement. And the crazy thing is, her journey is just beginning!
I envision greatness for her and what her new mindset and dedication to self-care helps her achieve in another 2 months… 12 months!