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Final Thoughts

by brooke.couch

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 1:24 PM

Oh my gosh, I'm already tearing up, and I haven't even started writing! Today was the last day of boot camp, and I have to say, I'm extremely sad about it. I've done two boot camp sessions before, but wasn't sad at the end because I knew that I was going back in two weeks. But today really was the last day for me (at least for a while), and I'm extremely bummed about it.


This has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I don't say that lightly. Renee and I started doing this to get in shape, but it became so much more than that. Of course there are the tangible results -0my arms have never been so toned, and my hips and thighs feel much firmer and tighter. And once I get another 10 pounds off, I'm convinced I'll find abs of steel hiding under my extra layer! Plus I'm now running around a 9 minute mile, which is at least 2 minutes faster than I was running before camp. For me though, the greatest results to come from this aren't the things you can see.

Before I started boot camp, I didn't think I was very strong, and I defined myself by the number I saw on the scale each morning. That number dictated my mood, if I would date, if I even felt like going out with my friends. Through boot camp, I've realized that I am one strong chick, and the number on the scale matters far less than how I feel. And I feel great! I've never felt stronger in my life, and I've realized there is nothing that I can't accomplish. I'm still using the scale to track my progress as I continue to get in shape, but that number is no longer the end all and be all.

So now on to the next phase. Renee and I are going to be heading up Team Crusade this year. Basically it's a team of runners and walkers that each commit to raise $250 (or more!) for the Crusade for Children. In return, all entrance fees are paid for the races in the Triple Crown of Running (which is a 5k, 10k, and 10 mile series of races). You'll also get a training schedule, team shirt, and there will be weekly group runs on Saturday mornings. It's a great way to continue getting in shape, and make some great new friends! Let me tell you -0before I started running with Team Crusade, I couldn't run 3 blocks. The past two years, I've run the MiniMarathon! That's 13 miles! I still can hardly believe it. If you're interested go to www.whascrusade.org and check it out. Or e-mail me at brooke.couch@whas11.com if you have any questions, or just want to chat! I don't have to tell you how much having a support team can help you accomplish your goals!

So that's it for now. I'm leaving Mohr Results Boot Camp a stronger, happier and healthier woman. My friendships with my girls that came to camp with me are better than ever, and I have only good thoughts about the future. So a big thank you to my coaches, our fabulous Team Captain Denise, my friends, and of course my fellow boot campers. It's been an amazing experience, and I'm so grateful to have shared it with you. Hope to see you all again soon, but until then, Stay Fit Chicks!

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