After taking time to read (and re-read) all of your entries for the #BeachBumChallenge, we finally have a winner!
I honestly would have LOVED to give each and everyone of you this prize pack because you ALL inspired me so much and helped my realized that what I am doing IS actually helping people. And even if I just help ONE of you reach your goals and make YOU feel beautiful and loved, then I have done my job.
I have truly done all of this for YOU, and even though there is only one grand prize winner…please know that ALL of you are winners in my eyes.
We have another eight weeks (well about 7 left!) ahead of us and we WILL continue on! You all have motivated me to continue on with the challenges and make these something that we will do together!
And now…without further a-do, the #BeachBumChallenge Grand Prize Winner is…
Here’s Megan’s inspiring entry for the challenge. It literally brought tears to my eyes as I read how she finally stopped obsessing over the scale and began journaling.
1. How has the #BeachBumChallenge improved your life?
First off, I’ve never done a fitness challenge before. I’ve always wanted to, but I have never stuck with it. It was just a matter of really wanting to get/stay in shape, but also prove to myself that I could do this and I could do it well. After about a week, it just became habit. I just knew I had to get my workout in, period. I did not skip one single day. This has been the best fitness routine I’ve ever done. I have done Jillian Michaels DVDs, and Insanity, and T-25, and running everyday, but before too long I would get burned out and bored. There is so much variety with this challenge, I could repeat the entire 8 weeks over and over and never get tired of it, and that’s why this challenge has changed my life. I now have a huge assortment of workouts at my fingertips for every muscle group, not to mention a variety of small equipment exercises to keep things different and exciting. I LOVE the variety of Pilates, stability ball, weights, resistance bands, and body weight workouts there are! And the foam roller workouts….whoa, blew my mind! Didn’t even know about this gem before I found the Live Fit Girls!
2. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself over the last 8 weeks?
I started this challenge in a bad place. I was at my wits end trying to lose weight and build muscle. Prior to the challenge, I had gotten my eating habits back on track and was getting in physical activity nearly every day. But the scale was not budging. And since the scale wasn’t budging, I could hardly look at myself in the mirror without getting disgusted. Over six months of eating clean and lean and doing workouts that left me exhausted and crabby and not a single pound shed. I felt like a failure. I know that sounds harsh but I had been cautious of everything entering my mouth and making sure I was getting in a strenuous workout 4-5 days a week and not getting any results. This, in turn, made me bitter and depressed. This challenge came up at a time when I wanted to just give up. The workouts have been so refreshing. Before I was doing workouts that left me exhausted and I dreaded the following day when I had to do it again. I found my love of fitness again with a new exercise everyday AND I didn’t despise getting up the next day to do another. The journaling that was suggested during the challenge was a breakthrough for me also. Putting things down offered a whole new perspective for me. The Live Happy challenges were just as much of a daily treat as the workouts!
3. What was the largest challenge you overcame during the Challenge?
I started this challenge getting the workouts in after work and I ended the challenge getting my workouts in the morning BEFORE work. It didn’t take me long to realize this was another reason I had a hard time sticking with a workout regimen. Not only was I getting bored with the same old workout, but I was missing out on precious time with my family and not getting a decent, heathy meal made because of the time constraint. About halfway through the challenge, I started setting my alarm for 5am. This girl is NOT a morning person so this was not an easy thing for me, but once I started setting that early alarm, there was no turning back! I growled at the alarm and crawled out of bed every morning, but once I got going, it changed my entire day! I felt energized all day from getting in a good workout.
4. How will you continue your Live Fit Girl lifestyle now that the challenge is over? (Besides joining the next challenge! 😉 )
The positive vibes are so infectious. This challenge sparked my love of health and fitness again. I feel great and I’m finally able to look at myself in a much better light because of the journaling. I stopped scowling at the scale and focused on how good I feel. Somehow the FEELING of healthy got muddled and this challenge gave that feeling and its importance back to me. After letting go of the number on the scale, I actually lost some weight! I will continue to journal and read through my entries often to remember where I came from and just how far I’ve come. And of course, I’ll be joining the new challenge! 😜
Megan won a GRAND PRIZE worth over $400 that includes:
♥︎ A BRAND new Chevron Combo Yoga Mat from Yoga Design Lab
♥︎ A NEW Workout Outfit from Glyder Apparel — the Dream Catcher Crop and the Performa Tank in Electric Berry
♥︎ The Pacific Daze Bracelet Pack from Pura Vida Bracelets
♥︎ Coola Suncare Tropical Coconut SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray to keep your skin protected and gorgeous!
♥︎ A new Resistance Band Set to keep you beach body strong
♥︎ Beach Essentials from Victoria’s Secret PINK including: a beach towel, beach tote, cooler lunch box, disposable waterproof camera, & heart-shaped sunglasses
♥︎ A Victoria’s Secret PINK Sunkissed Body Spray, Beachy Wave Spray, After Sun Soother, and Body Bronzing Lotion
♥︎ A Live Fit Girl Mason Jar Water Bottle
If you want to join us for the next challenge make sure to join our Facebook Community, and follow along! The grand prize will be similar for this challenge as well! 🙂