Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Do you need a size goal?

#2 is still not a winner. So I need to go really hard for the last 3 weigh-ins. Here are the results:

1. Chris R. 13.953%

2. Me 12.025%

3. Tonya 9.422

Three more weigh-ins and I am really nervous. It gets harder to lose the last 10 pounds, so I have decided to go high raw AND kick up my workouts a notch. 2-3 hours, high intensity workouts. I want sweat on the floor! I am trying my darnest to get in a morning workout for the calorie burn power of it, but ummm….still a work in progress.

I have my eye on winning this and becoming the first woman to do so! Yes, I feel like a contestant on the Biggest Loser, but that makes it exciting. The prize is nice too, but I am loving feeling healthy and strong again. And wearing cute clothes!!

Over the weekend I went shopping in my closet. You know, where you have your smaller sized clothes you have not worn in awhile but now you can fit and look smoking hot!! I know I am not the only one with a large size range in their closet. Mine starts as small as 3-4 and all the way up to 12 on a bad day. Well, not many 12s, I gave them all away when I lost the weight the first time. But I had maybe 2-3 things I could not part with (and my sister thinks I should save since I yo-yo between sizes so much). Right now I would say I am comfortable in 6-8.

Yesterday I had on size 6 jeans and the fit fine, except the push up my muffin top. Today I have on 8s and they are falling off! So I’m going to say I’m officially back to my 6s, which I am very comfortable in, and if I can stay a size 6 forever, I’d be happy! But I have more weight to lose, and so I will probably be a 4 again. Don’t want to go any smaller than that (well, not really, but for Camp Do More next year, I would love to be a 2…just to meet Chalene and look my absolute best)

Not really thinking about a “size” per se, or even a weight goal, but I want to be toned and sleek, with rocking abs and chiseled arms. To do that, I need to drop my body fat really low, so I will be working on that next year. Weight lifting will be my obsession.

No matter what the size on that tag says, I say be healthy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: Look at me now!

That’s my theme for this week, in my Chris Brown voice, “Look at me now, look at me now….I’m getting paper!”

Well, okay, not really. But if I WIN this challenge, the prize is worth more than paper! I have no idea what the prize is….I guess losing the weight is the prize.

So last week, I did not weigh in because I had not loss anything. I still could have weighed in and kept my free pass (we can miss 2) but I thought it would be a great game play. Weeellll….

1. Chris R. 10.832%
2. Ida 10.00%
3. ME  9.494%
4. Tonya  9.422%

With my weight staying the same, I only dropped to 3rd place!

But I have to come HARD for this week’s weigh in (see my theme from last week, HUSTLE HARD). The top 4 are soooo flippin close it’s anybody’s game. This is my perfect chance to take the lead and run with it but I need a BIG number this week. I will weigh-in tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

I'm learning a lot with this challenge. you CAN push yourself harder than ever. You CAN challenge yourself to DO MORE!  I don't believe in the "just 30 minutes of walking a day." mentality.  As a trainer, if you come to me, don't look for easy!  Look to work out like never before.  And if that is too easy, I will just push you some more.

I push myself. Even when I feel like, "Well, I already worked out an hour....that's enough." HECK NO!  To stay in the top, to compete with people double my size, I cannot slow down.  They are getting more aggressive, so I have to as well.  I had to mix my workouts up a bit, and my eating needs yet another makeover!  I change both every few weeks.

So no excuses here, nope, don't want them!  I'm aiming for the number 1 spot next week and nothing less.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: HUSTLE HARD!

After 6 weeks, I am holding strong in the number TWO spot! Here are the top 3 rankings:

Here’s the top 3:

Chris R. 11.506%

ME! 9.49%

Sheri 8.738%

How do I keep doing this week after week? I HUSTLE HARD!!

Every bite of food I take is going to make a difference.

Every exercise minute I make happen, matters.

Every ounce of water I drink, helps the journey.

I’ve said it before, I will say it again. THIS AIN’T EASY!! Every day is so hard for me. I want to give up, I want to pig out, I want to skip a workout. Why can’t I enjoy that pizza when everyone else an? Why can’t I lay on the couch and enjoy some good TV (or bad reality TV, heck, I don’t care)?

WINNERS never quit, and quitters never WIN! I know, cliché, but I have a bunch of them that get me through. Right now I cheer myself on with “Hustle, hustle, hustle hard!” pounding in my head. This week’s weigh-in will not be pretty, but I am still in the game! You better believe that!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: 4 Big Tips

Someone asked me how am I staying in the Top 10 of the Just Lose It Challenge. It’s not easy, it’s not easy at all. Here are my four pointers.

1. Having a one track mind! Staying in the top 10! If I nibble on a cookie, an extra serving or go out to the Chinese buffet that I love, I know I may not be in the Top 10.

2 CLEAN FOODS! I know you have heard this before, but processed food is really garbage. I have all but eliminated it. Even when I eat a cheat meal, it’s clean foods! Nothing from a box bag, or can. My cabinets are pretty much bare these days.

3. Water, water, water! Lots of it. Half my body weight and more most days. I average 12-14 cups a day, but on days I’ve overdone the salt, 16.

4. I don’t exercise for the faint of heart. Meaning, 30 minutes a day is NOT enough. TWO hours at the gym most days, or I split it with an hour at the gym an hour at home. And not simple walking either! I’m in the front of my Zumba class with as much energy as the Instructor. I lift weights 2-3 times a week. I RUN on the treadmill. At home I do high intensity workouts like P90X Kenpo X or Turbo Kick. If 2 hours is too much, whatever you do, don’t halfway do it! You can rest when your workout is done.

But whatever you do, KEEP DOING IT!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just Lose It Challenge: It will always be hard

I want to win. If you have been reading my blogs and how I have been doing during this challenge, you know I am committed to be #1. This is the start of week 6. I weighed in today. Slow but steady, I have lost another pound!

Every loss is a good loss! So I celebrate.

And the celebration will continue because last week’s rankings are posted.


Yes, I said it! I went from the number 3 position to number 2! How about that?

This ain’t easy! Let me just be clear about that. YES, I am a certified personal trainer. YES, I am a certified lifestyle & weight management coach. YES, I am certified to teach Hip Hop Hustle and Turbo Kick! YES, I have lost 46 pounds in the past…and gained half of that back! YES, I read and study everything I can about diet, healthy lifestyle, and fitness.

NO, I don’t have all the answers. It would be awesome if I was a perfect person with no worries about losing and gaining weight. I struggle just like the normal Joe. My difference is, I know when to focus. I know when to turn up the heat when needed. I wish I could say, “I’ll never gain weight back.” Ha! I think I said that over two years ago when I reached my goal. How embarrassing that that was a lie?

It will always be hard for me. It will always be a struggle. I know for a fact I can’t stay as focused as I am right now 365 year after year. Maybe it will slowly creep up again, or I gain 10 pounds in a week….I know that I have to constantly battle with my weight.

I’m okay with that. I think I learned a valuable lesson by gaining the weight back. I didn’t know everything! I sure thought I did. Now that I know this, I think I have a better chance of keep my weight maintained.