Since mid-March I’ve been participating in a health and fitness challenge program called Hardcore Hotties V2. It’s through a website called Weight Loss Rebels owned by one Meg Brown. The challenge consisted of a very easy to follow list of food choices, workout options and weekly check-ins via photo or measurements.
Before I get to the before and after photos (because that’s really all anyone wants to see anyway so I’ll leave it for last) I want to give my honest feedback of this program. There’s a closed Facebook group where all the participants can share their struggles and achievements as well as recipe ideas, rants, progress photos and questions. I was only asked to post my feedback there but because I’m a consumer and I have a voice, I want to share it with all my followers whether you like it or not.
Firstly, I commend Meg Brown on the program she started. Because she chose to change her life three plus years ago, over 99,696 people (I expect that number to surpass 100K after this post haha) now follow her musings on her Fit Bitch Facebook page and at least 60 people in this last challenge changed their lives for the better. She is a wife, a mother, a proud Albertan, an entrepreneur, a badass leader and a role model like no other. I appreciated every email reply, facebook post, and most recently I was greatly humbled when she asked to share my progress photo on her page as inspiration for others. She truly is a dedicated health and wellness advocate and is someone you can trust if you are thinking of making a lifestyle change anytime soon.
Secondly, Meg can’t run these challenges all on her own. She’s got extra-special people on her team called Ambassadors that lead us also. To Erin, Jeri, Amber, Jennifer and Greta, your support and encouragement was amazing also. When there were questions Meg couldn’t get to in time, all of you were there to provide answers for us as well as personal stories, expertise and total hilarity. I’ll definitely be watching for some of you on Comedy Network this winter. If you’re interested in checking out any of the ambassadors, their Facebook page links are listed below:
Amber – Rural Rebel Mama
Greta – Greta Fitness
Jen – Rebel ReJENeration
Kerrie – Fit & Tattooed with an Attitude
Jeri – Hard Core J
Obar – ObarMuscle
Dan – Dan Keogh Weightloss Rebels Ambassador
Erin – Push
If you are wondering what your life could be like in a few weeks, a few months, a year, check out the pages above and see the transformations for yourself. These are real life people that have real life issues, jobs, families, reasons for excuses but they all stuck with it and their quality of life has increased because they’ve come to embrace healthy change.
Now that the important plugs are out of the way, I will give you my honest opinion of this program and why you should enrol in a challenge ASAP: IT. WILL. CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE. Obviously I have nothing but positive reviews for it now that you’ve seen that advice but it honestly was one of the best things I ever did for myself.
Lastly, this challenge taught me how to correctly portion food for myself (which is a feat of God for those that know how much food I need to consume in a day to be human), it taught me that exercise doesn’t have to take hours and hours and you don’t have to feel like death each time you do it (just semi-death), I still eat cupcakes but also kill spin classes now, and I had the support of an entire group of people that were all in the same situation as me.
I found the program easy to follow, the workouts easy to follow, the challenges easy to follow and the weekly check-in was also streamlined because it was just a reply on a a post already put up by the ambassadors. There’s a point system involved but I honestly was never keeping track of the points. I was doing this for myself and there was only one week I didn’t meet all my workouts and it was because my personal life got too busy. Did I say fuck it and give up because I missed one workout? Not a chance. I picked it up next week and did an extra.
This challenge was about not giving up on me because I deserve to be at my happiest. Not everyone has a thing about personal body image and that’s totally cool, but I know myself and I’m happiest when my clothes are fitting comfortably and my belly is still full. This program helped achieve that for me.
“Check out Kim! She’s a participant in one of our Weight Loss Rebels Hardcore Hottie challenges, and I LOVE this picture! What an amazing difference, but she’s ‘only’ lost a pound. – Meg”
This is my before and after shot with Meg’s caption. There is legitimately only one pound difference between these pictures and all it took was the courage to sign up for a program I could push myself to do. It’s been a lifestyle change and I don’t think I’ll be turning back from it now.
My life before the program (without steady exercise) I found I was grumpy, tired, lethargic and impatient. Now that I have a steady dose of exercise each week I have more energy for my Farmer, my kids, my to-do list, I speak differently, I view life differently and my heart is wide open. That coupled with good good food, family, friends, love and definitely SLEEP has improved my quality of life tenfold.
With the program’s last day on Sunday, there’s now a prize for the first place entrant. Once again, like the points, the prize had never even crossed my mind but the idea of being nominated by my challenge peers for the title is a humbling one. I never thought I could inspire anyone to do anything but after Meg posted this picture on her page it’s garnered 619 likes, 56 comments, 36 shares and 3 inbox messages in one day from friends that saw it asking how I did it and what the program was all about.
I’m here to tell you right now that it’s real life and you can do this too. The next challenge goes June 16 to mid-September and is already full (I’m enrolled with a BFF) so this isn’t the last of my transformation photos. In a month or two I’m sure the information on the next challenge will be made public and if you want to sign up, hit up the WLR Programs page for more information. There’s lots of options open to you.
If you’ve been thinking of doing something about this for a while, why wait any longer?
Health and prosperity to you all, Kim.