As a veteran to the Johnson’s Elite Training Boot Camp run by Dream Team captain, Shawn Johnson, Julie was a rookie to Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge. This was the first year she participated in the Challenge and was drawn to it for the opportunity to work toward her wellness goals with support from her Challenge team members and fellow boot campers. With her son’s upcoming wedding in May, Julie set goals and worked hard throughout the 10 Week Wellness Challenge.
Her goal kicking off the Challenge was to work out at least five times per week. It’s important to set a firm date to accomplish your goals by and to write down your S.M.A.R.T. goal: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Julie’s son’s wedding was the perfect motivation for her and she set herself up for success by determining her S.M.A.R.T. goal.
Julie struggled at the beginning to complete difficult exercises in her work out classes. By the tenth week, she had made huge strides and was able to complete the entire workout. At the end of the challenge, Julie had lost six pounds, 3% body fat and maintains her goal to work out at least five times per week.
The biggest change for Julie after completing the 10 Week Wellness Challenge was her nutrition and daily meals. She eats smaller portions and now incorporates protein shakes and bars. Julie learned that your body needs more protein in order to burn more calories throughout the day and especially during exercise.
Accomplishing her goal wasn’t easy and took a lot of will power but her teammates and fellow boot campers kept her motivated and held her accountable. Shawn and her team were by her side the whole time; always pushing her to finish one more rep.