by Rita Webber
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
As I sit here writing this essay about the 90-day challenge and how FBBC has impacted my life these past months, so many emotions run through my mind. Some of you know from my earlier post last year, I dedicated this challenge to my 79-year old mom Lucena Rafanan. She is a beautiful, strong, amazing loving woman who has survived cancer now for over a year. It is because of her courage, strength and strong faith in God that I made this decision to do this challenge this year. Back in October, 2014, I found out my mom had thyroid cancer and was told that she may not live. I had already committed to doing the 90-day challenge when I got this devastating news and even with the challenges and heartache I was facing during this time, I thought that I would be able to do the challenge. I figured that it would help me stay fit during this tough time, be a good distraction for me as well as a stress reliever. Unfortunately, due to the intense surgery my mom went through, she was left with a trachea and feeding tube. I had to quit the 90-day challenge after a month to care for my mom. I was exhausted physically and emotionally and I couldn’t keep up. The great news however, was God spared my moms life. It truly was a miracle and I am so grateful that she is still here with me another year!!!
Being able to get to this point in this 90-day challenge has made me feel very accomplished. During this challenge I have learned so much about myself. One of the biggest benefits I got from this 90-day challenge is that I have learned to persevere. Being a mom, wife and a caregiver to my mother takes first priority in my life. I learned to manage my time wisely so that I could fit in and complete my exercise challenges each week. This meant that I had to plan and work around my schedule when it came to making dinner, taking my son to all his sport practices and games and making sure I didn’t neglect what was expected of me at home from my husband. I had to make sacrifices with my time just to make it all work out with my day-to-day responsibilities for my family. Another benefit that this 90-day challenge and FBBC helped me with is that I have become stronger not just physically, but mentally as well. I’ve never timed myself running a mile or attempted jumping rope for 20 minutes! I was never interested to do it or think I could, but this challenge proved that I could! Because of Ali and FBBC trainers, my fellow challengers and boot camp family, I have been inspired to work out harder, and challenge myself each day. I see people push themselves in class, sign up for races and hikes, and do additional workouts outside of boot camp. I told Al1 2 years ago, that I would NEVER EVER do a Spartan race. I didn’t feel confident nor feel fully prepared to do something of that caliber. However, Ali never stopped encouraging me to try it and kept telling me that FBBC totally prepares you for a Spartan. Well, I took Ali’s advice, and I completed a Sprint Spartan race last year in January 2015! I have also incorporated healthy eating habits through this challenge and boot camp. I have enjoyed eating cleaner and adding more vegetables and fruit and water to my diet. I will also make a point to trying some of the delicious recipes challengers have posted.
What I truly love most about the 90-day challenge and FBBC is the meaningful friendships and bonds I have made with some of the nicest and sincerest women and men I am honored to call my friends. I look forward to seeing everyone at the 5:30, 7:45 and 8:45 am classes. I feel completely blessed by this challenge, and everyone involved, and can’t thank Ali enough for being so passionate about what she loves doing and sharing this passion with all of us. You have ministered to me and others to keep fit, and not take your health for granted – and that is the biggest gift I have received by being a part of FBBC – I don’t take my health for granted!!!!