Sunday was the beginning of another health and fitness challenge on Tampa Bay Moms Group. After much deliberation among the admins of the group, we decided to stick with the name Relentless but add II. We also decided to add a brand new challenge group called Tenacious. Relentless II is geared toward women seeking to fit back into old jeans, reach lower numbers on the scale or lose some inches. Tenacious is more for women who have already reached their goal but want to maintain their weight, tone or start/need support for strength training.
Our first challenge for Relentless II (other than having the ladies email me their measurements) was to send me their long and short term goals. What did they want to accomplish at the end of the 60 days? What changes did they want to see in themselves? What eating habits were they looking to quit? I received some really touching goals, some very determined ones and one absolutely hilarious one.
“These are 60 day goals, right?
I’m going with fit in a size 14 jeans, maybe 12. That would be nice. My fat belly just ripped out my last good pair of 16’s. Yeah, that really fucking happened. FML…lol
And on the note of my fat belly….I’d like to be able to see my vagina again. This fat bastard keeps getting in the way. You know, I just want to look down and be like “hey old friend. how ya doin?”. Instead I get this bloated, stretch marked bastard interfering.
Did I win?
Shit. I forgot. I weighed myself last night – yeah, NOT doing that again….and I’m 2 fucking 30, damn.
Ok. I’m done now…lol”
I think everyone needed the laugh and the honesty.
I shared her goals in our private group, anonymously, and another mom commented this:
“Oh my gosh, whoever you are I love you! I totally feel that way all the time. Like, I just want to be able to shave my bush without having to do freaking acrobatics and get short of breath. Also, my tits are HUGE! I mean, I’ve always been big. When I wasl like 115 in high school I had a 34D and I’m 5ft so that was pretty big on my frame. Now I don’t even know my real size. I gave up trying to find out its like a GG or EE or FF or something like that. Basically it looks like I have an additional huge ass sitting on my chest. I’d like for that to go down a little at least. Between the boobs and my stomach I really have a hard time seeing anything below.”
This is what these women need. Pure, unedited, blunt honesty. Moments like this bond them. They learn that they are not alone in how they feel. Each of them have different goals but many of them were similar. I’ll be doing another post about the rest of them as soon as I get permission to use their words. This group has been amazing so far and it’s only the first week. I still have room for a few more and hope that some of those from Relentless join us again.
I love running these challenges. It makes me feel amazing knowing I’m helping these ladies find themselves again and teaching them that they aren’t just wives and moms- they are women, first.