“It’s about weight loss but, at the same time, it’s about learning who you are spiritually and learning about how God created you,” she said.
She said she is starting to get to the point where she is understanding more about herself and how her faith plays a part in her fitness.
“Quite honestly, even before I got pregnant and I was quote unquote ‘thin,’ I never really felt the way I feel now,” she said. “Because I lost the weight but I was missing that spiritual piece.”
And with two weeks left in the project, Charity still has high expectations of herself.
Her trainer, Brad Webster, has figured out a way to get Charity to work a little harder, as well. Generally he will come up a workout routine and time Charity as she progresses through it. On the next round, Charity’s mission is to beat her previous time. The two typically make it through at least three rounds, she said.
Her next goal? To make it through five rounds of Juan — a tough cardio and lower body workout of squats, lunges, step-ups and squat jumps — in less than 10 minutes.
The last time she tackled that task, she finished in 11:25, but if there’s anything that Charity is, it’s determined.
Last week, the Rossiter family took their first bike ride of the season — and to Charity’s surprise, she averaged 15.8 mph on the 22-mile ride, a full 2 mph faster than this time last year.
“It’s huge for me,” Charity said.
And her running is showing the same promise. Previously, Charity said she felt comfortable at a 12-minute-mile pace. These days, she runs a mile in 11 or 10:30.
“My legs just feel stronger, everything just feels stronger when I’m out there,” she said. “I just don’t feel as labored as I did before.”
• Erin Shultz is the Kokomo Tribune Life & Style editor. She may be reached at 765-454-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.