Meet Chanel! She has volunteered to document her experience on The Oma Challenge!
Chanel is a social worker who enjoys singing, hiking, exercising, reading, and cooking. This is her second time doing the challenge. Chanel adds about joining the challenge:
I wanted to challenge myself. I already have a pretty healthy lifestyle, but I wanted to challenge myself a little harder and I love meeting new people with goals that are similar to mine!
I’ve always struggled with my weight off and on, but when I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago, medications made it even harder for me to lose weight.
September of 2010, I decided to start living and I made healthier decisions with my life. I’ve been pretty good with my diet, but this year, I decided to change my body; I became a gym rat and an outdoor hippie. Lol. With that said, I’ve never felt as healthy as I do now. I’m still working on fitness goals, but I am now excited about what’s to come. I never wanna turn back!
All italicized words are hers and she has agreed to be completely honest. Read along as she completes the challenge!
I’ve done the challenge before and lost a total of 12 pounds. I decided to go at it again because I wanted to challenge myself even harder. During the challenge, I struggled with getting 8 hours of sleep. I would try and not succeed. I think I slept a full 8 hours, maybe 7-8 days during the challenge; the challenge is for a month (lol).
Anywho, this first week was ok. I decided to add more cardio and lifting into my regimen. I must say that after doing so, I noticed a slight change in my physique. Still working on the 8 hours though. I will try to hit it this week. As far as my diet, I challenged myself to consume more fruits. I think I can do better. Well, until next week, here goes!
This week during the Oma Challenge, I felt a bit discouraged; mainly due to lack of rest (lol). I was defeated with the 8 hours for 6 days during the week, hence my exhaustion during the week. This week, I will organize my time and ignore phone calls after 10pm.
As far as my fitness, I can say my endurance is growing and I’m able to lift a little heavier; I feel stronger. My diet is definitely on point. I have gotten into the habit of making clean decisions; I love the feeling of being clean.
I definitely need to up my water intake. I have also incorporated green and black teas into my diet to cleanse my system a bit more. I’m excited to follow my healthy schedule this week and up my movement a bit more.
This week was wonderful… I rested! Quality rest is so important and I was able to get through my week without dying on Friday versus last week (lol).
I did lose 2 pounds since last week which was a nice treat. I tried HIIT training for the very first time this week and I can honestly say… I may be addicted lol. I love to sweat. With HIIT training, I felt great. I can tell my fitness levels are improving because I can run a little longer and faster than before.
I am definitely excited to hit this week a little harder with exercising and clean eating. Visually seeing my progress (clothes, measurements, and weight), pushes me to do better. Plus, it’s the last week! I’m ready, I’m ready! *In my Spongebob voice*
So I have completed the Oma Challenge!!!! Wooooohoooo! *Jigs*. I am so happy that I made it!!! I can say that during the challenge, I’ve lost major inches during the month and I’ve become so much stronger! I’m able to run longer and lift heavier. My discipline has definitely went up a notch and I am truly grateful for it. I’ve had my weak moments with me wanting white starches and potatoes and what not; but I persevered. Being on this challenge revealed so many people with the same goal in mind: Getting healthy. It’s great to be in such good company. I’ve had so much support and I’ve given the same support to those who are on the Oma Challenge, who have done it in the past, or someone who may be thinking about trying it out. One thing I’ve noticed while on the challenge is that the people who were a part, were helpful to one another, it didn’t have that competition feel to it, I loved that. I definitely plan to continue the principles of the Oma Challenge and I will continue to work towards a healthier me. Thank you Monica, you have inspired many!