IMG_0035So before I signed up for Torched, I had stopped working out completely. I never really watched what I ate, but I had been a runner and trained for half marathons and would go to the gym to stay in shape up until I had to have surgery on my leg for a four compartment fasciotomy. I tried to get back into running after the surgery, but it just didn’t feel the same so I just stopped doing any type of physical activity. It happened over time so I didn’t realize at some point I became unhealthy, fat and out of shape. I had watched my sister get really great results through Torched and finally decided I needed to try something because I was the biggest I had ever been in my life, was feeling horrible, and knew I didn’t look good. I was nervous because it was called “Bootcamp” and I didn’t think I would be able to keep up and I was so used to running alone and working out at the gym alone and was nervous about being around typical “gym bodies” who were all in shape and looked down at those people out of shape.

    I could not have been more wrong! I have found an amazingly supportive group of people at Torched who want to see you succeed as much as they want to succeed. On March 31st I had my very first weigh in at Torched and saw numbers that made me want to cry. Since then I worked out consistently and joined the six week challenge. As of my final weigh in on August 5th (just over 4 months) I have lost 27 pounds, lost 27 inches and went from a size 14 shorts to a size 8 and I’m not done yet. I feel so much better about myself, I feel stronger, more confident and I have gotten my desire back to get out and run and with 27 pounds less, running has become a whole lot easier!

    From being at Torched, I have found that you can have a group of people who support your success and encourage you. I have also found that I love to support others success too! It is not about me competing against anyone, but being our own best versions. I’ve learned about better nutrition and that my diet is something I have control over. I learned to make different/better choices. I now eat a low carb, high protein diet and its not about eliminating carbs, but choosing when to eat them, how many and what kinds. Realizing I can’t out run (literally) a bad diet was a big eye opener. But I don’t have to restrict myself like most people do on a diet because I always have a cheat meal I can look forward to 🙂

    I don’t know if I would have had the success I’ve had if I was doing this for any reason other than myself! I’m young(ish), single and have a bucket list of things I want to accomplish that require more activity than sitting in my desk chair at work. I know I will enjoy life so much more and be able to do a lot more by being fit and feeling good. Plus, looking good doesn’t hurt either! Also, being a smaller size makes shopping a little more tolerable! I still have a few goals I want to accomplish. I have 15 more pounds I’d like to lose and 5% more body fat. I would like to get back to running consistently and finish a sub 2 hour half marathon (something I haven’t been close to since 2012).

    Colleen D