Sorry I've been MIA for the last couple of weeks, but it couldn't be helped. First I was working my bootie off trying to finish off strong in the Biggest Loser challenge and then I needed to recover.
If you are new to this series, I wrote a little bit about my 12 week challenge in this post. Here are the recaps for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9 and week 10.
So where do I start? The last I left you, my percentage weight loss was 13.87% and I was sitting at 148.4 lbs after
This is what my last two weeks of workouts consisted of:
5:30 - 6:00 a.m. - Sprinting running on treadmill
6:15- 7:05 a.m.- Crossfit class (HIIT Class)
Stretch and go home have breakfast and feed kids
10:45/11:00- a.m. - back to gym, ride bike for 90 minutes or run on treadmill for 5k
12:00- 1:00 p.m. - Crossfit class (HIIT Class)
A couple of times I went in for the 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. class or rode the stationary bike/ran treadmill while the class was going on. It helped to pass the time watching people moving around in front of me.
Going into semi -final weight in I was sitting at 146.8lbs or 14.87%. Yes, I was really frustrated! After all that I did that week, only a 2.5lb weight loss. My closest competitors, semi-final weigh-ins landed them at 18% and 19%.
So I kicked it up one more notch. I had to or give up.
And then at the 6:15 a.m. class on Monday morning, I rolled my ankle and I thought it was all over. I cried. I tried no to, but I did. When I told my trainer Leija, all she said was "giving up is not an option!" I texted my two group ambassadors and I got the same response from them. So I went to drug store and got a wrap for my ankle and wrapped it up tight and went back to gym! It hurt and I was careful on certain moves, but I got my sweat on and the motivation came back.
On one of the days where my schedule looked very similar to the one above, I also ran 8k that evening with Biggest Loser Tuesday class with a tired sore wrapped ankle. Let's just say, the next morning, my body was ready for a break and I rested it... for a couple of hours, and then I headed back to the gym.
In the final week I also changed up my nutrition/meal plan and water intake. I cut out oatmeal/bread that I was eating for breakfast and also cut out fruit. My diet consisted of eggs, chicken breast, and green vegetables and protein shakes for 4 days. And the last 3 days I cut it even further. My water intake was reduced as well.
****I don't recommend this if you are trying to lose weight and not in a competition where every ounce counts. It is not healthy, and the water weight returned within a few days of normal eating and drinking again.****
I challenged myself! I did it because I knew/suspected my competitors would be doing the same thing.
The water cutting was hard. I was tired and just wanted it to be over! But I got it done.
So did I win?
No, I came in third. My final weigh-in number was 131.3 lbs or 23.8%.
The second place winner was 23.9% and the first place winner was 26%.
But, I still feel like a winner!
I reached my goal, I challenged my body, and I've changed my lifestyle to be a healthier, more fit me.
I've motivated my family and my friends to start working out.
I've met every set-back head on and never gave up.
AND... I have my strong healthy body back! It took me 15 years but I did it.
I am a winner!
January 13, 2014 I weighed in at 188lbs and July 27, 2014 I weighed in at 131 lbs. That is a 57lb weigh loss! I lost 30% in about 6 months.
I've been asked a few times about the gym that I've been working out at and I don't think I ever mentioned it by name. It's called REV3K and they just launched a new website too. Check it out!
Any locals, want to check it out, just let me know, and you can come in for a week of free classes. I will join you.
I've been asked a few times... "what's next?"
I'm not done with my body yet. I want it stronger and I want it leaner. I'm purchasing a membership at REV3K and I will be working out 4-5 times a week. I will stick to my eating plan of high protein and low carbs, but I will have more options in my diet. I will allow myself a treat without guilt.
By the way, because I know you like to see the before afters.
Thanks for following along in my weight loss journey and for all of your encouraging comments. I needed them!
linking up at TDC Before/After