We caught up with Jihanna for a little Q&A on how FIT by Katy helped her reach her goals and win 1st place in the 2021 Winter Challenge.
Q: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START WORKING OUT?A: I gained a significant amount of weight during the pandemic. I would see myself during Zoom meetings and just feel so ashamed of how much weight I had gained. I’ll be graduating with a Master’s next year and entering into the sports industry. I wanted to ensure I felt physically confident to match how confident I felt about my skills and abilities to be successful in this new career path.
Q: WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY?A: Prioritizing and making time to workout was challenging. I work from home full-time, I’m a full-time student, and a mom of 2. It was giving myself permission to make sacrifices so that I could continue to grow into the best version of myself.
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN YOUR FIRST CHALLENGE?A: I joined the challenge because I know this program works. I’ve been following Katy and these challenges since 2015 and have seen so many amazing transformations. I knew, as long as I put in the effort, that I could achieve amazing results, make sustainable changes in my fitness and health, and continue those practices even after the challenge was over. It’s inspiring to see so many other women, of all sizes, shapes, colors, and beauty, embark on a mission to be our best selves!
Q: YOUR PROGRESS PICTURES ARE AMAZING, BUT WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WERE MAKING PROGRESS?A: After the first week, I saw immediate changes. I was worried I would begin to plateau but with every check-in, my coach and I would see amazing progress. You won’t see progress unless you put in the work and I definitely did that. I followed the system, I may have had a french fry or two when it wasn’t a cheat meal, but it was about staying focused on the goal at hand and doing what I needed to do to get there.
Q: IF YOU DON’T MIND SHARING, HOW MANY TOTAL POUNDS/INCHES DID YOU LOSE DOING #FBKPRESENT?A: I lost 16 pounds. At first, the weight wasn’t shedding right away, the scale barely moved in the first 2 weeks. But those 1-2 pounds every week add up!
Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE CHALLENGE?A: The app and check-ins provided the accountability I needed to be successful. I loved checking off workouts, completing workouts, and showing off to my coach that I did what I was supposed to do this week.
Q: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT THE CHALLENGE?A: Macros were difficult in the beginning. It took practice to understand what I could eat, how much, and to realize this was the fuel I needed for my body to have the energy to work out and do cardio.
Q: HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?A: Take your progress pictures! Having a physical thing to look at provided me so much motivation to keep getting better and to keep seeing changes. Overeating or not working out was not worth messing up the progress.
Q: HOW HAVE FBK CHALLENGES HELPED YOU?A: I have finally found a way for sustainable fitness and health and I can even do it at home! The best part is that I didn’t need a gym to kill this challenge, to lose 16 pounds, to have the confidence to post selfies or wear shorts, or to be out in public without makeup.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE JOINING THEIR FIRST FBK CHALLENGE?A: This challenge will help you grow toward the best version of yourself, the version you’ve always wanted to see. Use the tools (app, check-ins, coach, forum) to stay accountable. This challenge is what you put into it. I gave it my all and as a result, I am that much closer to the best version of me.
JOIN THE FIT BY KATY SPRING CHALLENGE
Not a member? Don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to join the #FBKLetsGrow Spring Challenge. Space is limited and registration closes 4/11/21, so snag your spot now!