Ninety days of extreme dedication to nutrition and exercise was the pitch. And Boosh knocked it out of the park.
“The toughest part is to keep going, so it helped to have a good support system” Boosh said. “I would blog (http://booshbamf.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/90-days/) every day about what I did and I would read other people’s blogs on how they were doing it.”
It started as a New Year’s resolution on Jan. 1 and became a reality in late March. Boosh lost about 10 lbs. during her Total Body Transformation experience but the real results came as a blissful reflection in the mirror.
“I lost a lot of pants sizes,” she said. “It was crazy. My body measurements are what changed and in the pictures I took, you can really tell a difference.”
Boosh said she cut out sugar, white rice, flour and all processed foods. She also committed to exercise routines about five times a week outside of roller derby, which included biking and running.
The results not only showed on the outside, but it gave Boosh a boost from within.
“People did tell me I looked a lot better, but the main thing was I have so much more energy and agility,” Boosh said. “I don’t get injured as much as I used to in derby and feel better than I have in my whole life.”
It shows on the track.
Boosh #289 is in red, second from the left, in the pack as a blocker with her team, the Broad Street Butchers
This year, Boosh’s physical play has given the Butchers an extra push against their rivals, and they have won two of their three inner league bouts, placing her squad in the Warrior Cup finals for the third straight season. Boosh’s work ethic has also opened eyes in PRG and set a standard for new skaters.
“Boosh is an extremely determined skater,” said Butchers teammate Shenita Stretcher. “You can see the fire in her eyes when she skates. She brings a lot to the Butchers. Her team pride and enthusiasm for the sport is inspiring to newer skaters coming in, and long term vets like myself.”
But it all starts in practice, according to Boosh. Although she is relied on to create a spark at crucial moments for the Butchers and Dolls, Boosh said she enjoys practicing the most.
“I’m kind of an oddball,” she said. “I think a lot of people play roller derby because of the games, the excitement of playing in front of friends and family. I’ve never been that way. My favorite thing about roller derby is actually going to the practices. I love learning new skills from the coaches and setting up goals for myself in my head and then accomplishing those goals.”
Her Dolls teammate, The Cycrone!, said she admires Boosh’s approach this year and her determination to improve.
“Boosh is so much fun to play in bouts, with and against,” Cycrone said. “This year, she has really gotten herself in shape through exercise and very healthy eating. You can see the difference in her body, of course, but also in her confidence on the track.”
Boosh said she is enjoying the ride with the Butchers and experiencing the growth of an Independence Dolls team that is beginning to fins its niche after a small transitional period. She’s also looking to continue her personal goals and maintaining her form.
“I'm looking forward to see the dolls become more of a team,” Boosh said. “We have a lot of newbies this year. I am also looking forward to playing the warrior cup (my third year!) with the butchers. We are really melding together well this year and I have really loved our teamwork and positive attitudes. I also heard chatter that there is going to be another 90 Day TBT challenge starting September 1st, I haven't decided if I want to start over again, but I just might.”