Monday, January 31, 2011

The Inspiration From Others

As I wrapped up my time at The Biggest Loser Resort, I took a little time to reflect on all the amazing people I met during my time there.  It's so interesting to hear other people's story - who they are, what they have been through, what they have accomplished, and what some of their goals are. 

There was the woman who had beat breast cancer and was there to get back into working out. In kickboxing class, she saw the punching bag as cancer and beat the crap out of it - just like she had done with her own illness.

There was the 72 year old grandmother of 35 who hiked and attended all the classes. She shared how she started a private school that had become one of the top schools in her area.  Now, she was planning to open a summer camp that would combine theatre and agriculture. She proves every day that it's never too late.

There was the fitness instructor who had conquered her own health challenges by losing 95 pounds 3 years ago and was now helping others realize their full potential by encouraging them to stay focused on their goals.

There was the southern sweetheart with the charming accent and kind heart who encouraged everyone in every class. Working hard, pushing herself, and bringing everyone along with her.

There was young woman who always felt awkward and unaccepted and left feeling more confident and assured that she could do and be anything she wanted.

And there were countless others who climbed mountains for the first time, ran on a treadmill for the first time, picked up a weight for the first time, got in a swimming pool not caring how they "thought" they looked in a swimsuit, and those who just amazed themselves everyday with their strength, their courage and their ability to do more than they ever thought possible.

I felt honored to be around so many wonderful people and gleen from their drive, motivation and inspiration. It was an unforgettable experience.

As the RADICAL Success Coach, Doreen Rainey helps her clients take charge of their professional and personal life. She is the founder of the Get RADICAL Women's Conference with Jillian Michaels and Niecy Nash. For more information about the 2011 conference, visit the website. Registration is now open!

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