A Blue Earth Area graduate now looks like a million bucks and has won 10,000 bucks as a result.
Christine Hodges, who graduated from Blue Earth area in 2003 and currently lives in Eagan, has lost 117 pounds which led her to win a 90-day national fitness competition.
In February of 2012, she took the initiative to join LifeTime Fitness where she had been working to lose weight and get in shape.
"Twice a year, they do these challenges,"?she says. "And this year, they added the transformation challenge which focuses on a life and body transformation rather than just weight loss alone."
The idea of a challenge was just the motivation she needed to take her workout routine to the next level.
So, she enlisted the help of a personal trainer, Bob Holper. Hodges now had a financial commitment and someone to hold her accountable to her goals everyday.
"I am a results driven person," she adds. "And I?loved waking up each day and seeing the results."
It was announced last week that Hodges had been the female winner of the transformation contest.
"More than 25,000 people participated overall, 10,000 were in the running for transformation category and only 200 qualified for nationals," Hodges explains.
Only five men and five women were chosen to compete in the voting and only one man and one woman would win in the end.
"The whole experience has been surreal," Hodges says after hearing the news of her win. "I feel amazing and very powerful."
But she admits, it wasn't easy she had some struggles and challenges she had to overcome in those 90 days.
"I couldn't do it without the support of my friends and training staff,"?she says.
Her daily routine consisted of a 4:15 a.m. wake up call, a workout from 5-6 a.m., a full day of work, then a cardio and core muscle workout from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
"Then repeat that for 90 days,"?she says.
And her diet was a big factor in her success and was one of the major challenges. She had to complete a 10-week carb cycling to prepare herself for five days of complete carbohydrate depletion.
"The biggest challenge for me during this 90-day period was actually on day 84," Hodges says.
She had just finished her five days of carb depletion and was in the process of adding carbs back into her diet.
"I was having the worst cravings, and I had none for the whole competition before that,"?she says.
That's when the support of her friends and trainers really came into play.
"My body was tired and I was ready to give up,"?Hodges adds. "My friend called me and told me to snap out of it and call Bob so I did."
After overcoming the hard days of the challenge, it has been more than worth it for her.
And, the transformation has taken place in her professional life as well as her fitness lifestyle.
"I am now a freelance fitness columnist for Central Minnesota Bride magazine," Hodges says.
She also has worked as an account manager for the past seven years and has her own in-home salon.
Despite being a busy professional, she made time to focus on herself and her health and as a result is the LifeTime Fitness body transformation challenge winner.