Giving the Gift of Health

We’ve been talking a lot about giving experiences as gifts for children, but what about the adults? I want to share my experience with ATA Karate Denver over the last month. To preface this post, I want to add in that I’ve been attending ATA Karate Denver since August with my son Cayden and we are currently orange belts. A few weeks ago, I needed a kick to the butt to boost my weight loss so I signed up for a competition called Diet Bet. A diet bet is when you pledge a certain amount of money to lose 4% of your body weight within 4 weeks. I personally put in $30 for this particular round. I have until December 18th to reach 184.3 pounds.

For the most part (it is the holidays after all), I have the healthy eating portion under control. It’s the exercise part that I struggle with. I enjoy going to ATA Karate Denver and decided to incorporate that as my main form of exercise during this challenge. I currently go to Karate Denver 3-4 times each week and I’m happy to say that the workouts are starting to feel easier each time, so my stamina is definitely increasing!

So let’s back up to a few weeks ago…

This was my initial weigh-in and photo. This was BEFORE Thanksgiving, and I was TERRIFIED. I didn’t think this was going to go very well!!

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Well, look what a difference 20 days makes!

How insane is that?! It wouldn’t have been possible without the team at ATA Karate Denver. When I go in, they know that I’m there to work and I ALWAYS leave the school dripping with sweat and feeling accomplished. It makes me want to eat healthier so I don’t waste my workouts. And it’s not just weight that I’m losing, I have been tracking my inches as well. All of those pushups were worth it because I’ve lost an inch on each since November 18th!

If you want to continue to follow my weight-loss journey, you can follow me on Instagram at @fattofitincolorado or through ATA Karate Denver posts at @atakaratedenver. I hope to see you in class soon!!

Jolene Rheault

Jolene works as a marketing professional but full-time as a mom. She lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with her 7-year-old son, husband, 2 cats, and a bearded dragon named Jerry.

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