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Monday, 4 August 2014

Losing it and Winning - So did I win?

Hey all!

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 1week 2week 3week 4week 5week 6week 7week 8week 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 binging nasty encounter with a bag Honey Teddy Graham cookies one night.  Up until that point my average weight loss per week was about 2.5 lbs. I was irritable and miserable and just plain irritated with the whole thing and ready to give up.  But I'm a fighter so I put on my big girl workout clothes and really kicked it up a notch.

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.

And after...

Thanks for following along in my weight loss journey and for all of your encouraging comments.  I needed them!

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