Day 26 – Check-In Day!

by Sheri on February 11, 2013

choosing disapline

It has been 26 days of discipline for me of Eating Clean and working out hard!! It has been paying off big time!  I am feeling great and challenging myself with every workout!

I had my Check-In with my coach on Friday and it went awesome!  I was so glad to tell her lots of good things:

~ Sticking to plan 100% (except for when I was battling my cold!)
~ Eating 100% Clean!  It is going on a month now with no cheats or junk!  Amazing!
~ not missing one workout that I had scheduled
~ Setting a PR for me on my Treadmill workout!  Running @ 6mph and an 9% incline for 40 seconds.  It is a tough workout!
~ Strength gains increasing my weight on most of my exercises.
~ Attending a few Hot Yoga classes to give my muscles a good stretch.

So have there been changes….YUP!  Sorry for the big frown!  I need to try and smile when I take these darn pictures!

Before & Week 4 Comparison

So I am down 6.9lbs and a total of 5.5 inches!  I look leaner and my muscles are starting to show a little more.  I have also noticed my posture is getting much better…no more slouching!  I am also getting some definition in my abs…hello oblique’s!  Still need to work on that butt though! HA!

Strike a pose!


Clearly I need LESSONS!  and to smile! Some boobs wouldn’t hurt either! HA! Why are those always the first to go!!

But seriously I am so happy with how I am changing and the dedication and commitment I have been holding myself to these past 4 weeks!  Sometimes it has not been very easy but I keep telling myself that if I stick with it it will pay off in the long run!  With these kind of results I KNOW it will!

So my directions for my coach – I am doing an AMAZING job!  She also has told me to incorporated ONE Free Meal per week into my meal plan!  I was so unbelievably happy when I read that!  ACK!!  Now I am not going to go HOG Wild and pig out.  I am going to think about what I truly want, take my time and enjoy it!  No alcohol though…that is for after my competition!  A REALLY nice bottle of red and some cupcakes! That is what I want post competition to celebrate!

So just to prove that I was not always this fit and dedicated.  There was a time in my life when I was young and before I had two children that I did not look well….all that healthy!

I cannot believe I am going to show this but here it goes…


This is June 2000 I was 28 years old.  This was before I found out I had melanoma on my back, before I got married and before I had two kids!  I think I was around 150lbs in this picture and brave enough to put on that bikini!  Bah!! what was I thinking!

Never the less my point is I am now 41 years old, in the best shape of my life and going for a huge dream!  If I can do it anyone can! 

You just have to want it bad enough!  AND BOY DO I WANT IT BAD!!

When I googled “you have to want it bad enough fitness”

This is what I found….

Fatima & Theresa

My coach Fatima Leite Kusch and teammate and inspiration Theresa Jenn!  But it is sooooo…true! 

I have to say that I am so lucky to have found such a great coach and a spectacular bunch of ladies who offer unwavering support!  They are going to be a HUGE part of my success!


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie February 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Amazing! I enjoy following this journey of yours!

Jenny February 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

Keep going! Your shoulders and back have changed remarkably! By the way, the 2000 picture not as bad as you think, someone looking that way shouldn’t be ashamed to wear a bikini. But I now how it feels like, if your’re not comfortable…

Sheri February 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

Thanks Jenny! At the time I felt just fine wearing that bikini…but looking a feeling the way I do now and looking at that picture I KNOW I could have looked and felt better at that time! 🙂

Jennifer February 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

You look AMAZING!! Keep up the great work, the changes you have made in 4 weeks is so great, look at those MUSCLES! You are an inspiration to follow!

Sheri February 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks so much Jennifer! 🙂

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