17
05/2012

It’s over Johnny……………..

From that famous movie, Rambo,  if you remember the line, mentioned in the title,  Rambo’s response was “it’s not over till I say it’s over”.   Well that is where I am.  Even thought this incredible opportunity and journey is coming to an end,  that is not the case for me.  My #’s are now as follows: 

Weight - 290Lbs,  down from 315 -  lost 25 LBs in 3 mos 

waist - now 40”,  down from 44”

Chest -   56”,  up from 50” 

Arms still @ 15” -  but looking much better (if my wife and kids should say so) 

thighs - no change

Calf - no change

BMI - 25  no change from the last time, but down from 33at the beginning of the journey

I want to thank Golds Gym,  MetRx, Microsoft and AJ,  Karen, Debbie and the whole crew at Golds Pt. Pleasant for helping with this jump start on getting my life back.  I do not believe without your assistance, encouragement and pushing, that I would have come so far.    This is not to discount the encouragement and love my family has given me during this process -  Hope, my wife,  Hunter and elin.  I trully believe this would not have been possible without you.  

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16
05/2012

What Do You Mean? It’s Over?

     It’s true the Gold’s Gym “Show us Your Journey” challenge is coming to an end.  The last twelve weeks flew by so fast. It has truly been such a life changing experience.

     Twelve weeks ago I started this journey to see if I could accomplish a simple goal and that was to see myself through 12 weeks of change. I documented all of my activities, controlled and adjusted my diet to meet my nutritional needs and most importantly I became active again. 

     Most of my life I taught myself that I could talk myself out of anything, but never thought I could talk myself into trying the unknown. I structured my day by planning to hit the gym first thing in the morning so I could take care of that business and carry on. Before I knew it getting up every morning became second nature to me and knowing that my body was ready to go each day made it even easier not to talk myself out of going.

     Don’t get me wrong I had my ups and downs over the twelve week program, but I knew that I was being held accountable and needed to make my workouts a priority to produce positive results. Every week I had to beat my previous progress and did just that.

Starting Weight: 304.2

Week 1: 300.2 -4.0 lbs

Week 2: 299.8 -0.40 lbs.

Week 3: 296.0 -3.8 lbs

Week 4: 294.0 -2.0 lbs

Week 5: 291.0 -3.0 lbs

Week 6: 287.9 -3.1 lbs 

Week 7 286.0 -1.9 lbs 

Week 8 284.0 -2.0 lbs 

Week 9 279.0 -5.0 lbs

Week 10 277.0 -2.0 lbs 

Week 11 272.0 -5.0 lbs

Week 12 270.6 -1.4 lbs Current Weight

Total Weight Loss: -33.60 lbs. In 12 weeks


Measurements

Waist Beginning 50” Ending 43” Difference of -7 inches

Thigh Beginning 26” Ending 27.25 Difference of 1.25 inches (this was a muscle gain)

Hip Beginning 54” Ending 49.5 Difference of -4.5 inches

     It is very hard for me to see these pictures and even harder to share them with  everyone, but my accomplishments are great they really reflect all the work that I have put in to attain my results.

     I have improved so much in the last twelve weeks that I even shock myself with the different things that I can do now. Take a look for yourself. Most of you will remember the my graceful attempt of the atomic push-up. Well make sure that you watch the video that follows this post.

     This challenge maybe coming to and end but it is an experience that will last me for many years to come. I still would like to lose another 50-70 lbs and have all the confidence that I can do it.

     Thank you Gold’s Gym for this opportunity to participate in such an event. Also MetRx for the daily nutritional supplements and lets not for Kinect for Xbox. 

     I would also like to thank the staff and members of the Syracuse, Utah Gold’s Gym for the support and encouragement that they provided during my challenge they were great.

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16
05/2012

Progress is Priceless

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16
05/2012

The Results …

It’s hard to believe that twelve weeks have passes since we started “Show Us Your Journey”. I have learned so much about living a healthier lifestyle, exercise, and about myself.  Above all, I have learned that this journey was about ME. I cannot compare the total pounds, inches or percentage of body fat lost against anyone else because they are not me. Our bodies are all different and we each tend to hold weight in different zones. It would not be fair to compare the inches lost from my waist to the inches that another participant lost in their waist.  The same thing goes for pounds lost or gained. My workouts might have been more vigorous when it came to weight training and building lean muscle mass and another participants’ training might have been geared more toward toning and losing weight. Remember when you are setting your goals or checking in to see where you stand that you are unique and cannot be compared to someone else.

I successfully managed to juggle being a full time student, stay at home wife/mother, and a participant in this challenge. I am extremely thankful for my friends, new and old, that supported me and gave me encouragement when I needed it. Each time I took a class at Gold’s; I became part of something bigger. I made new friends and built my self-confidence. This challenge taught me that I am stronger than life’s unexpected twists.

Some of my initial goals included becoming more knowledgeable about healthy eating choices which I have integrated into my family’s lifestyle. I also became more knowledgeable about the machines and exercises so that I can continue my journey past this twelve week period. I have also been more active with my family and I have enjoyed outdoor activities with them. We have another camping trip scheduled this weekend and I am looking forward to paddle boarding, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.

I would like to thank Gold’s Gym and my trainer, Demetrius, Met Rx, Xbox Kinect, and to my family, friends and followers for allowing me to take my first steps to achieving my goals.

RESULTS:

33.5” inches lost

2 pounds gained

10.38% body fat lost

Arm 13” … 11”     -2”

Arm Flex 13” … 12”     -1”

Shoulders 43” … 40”     -3”

Chest 39.75” … 35”     -4.75

Waist 34” … 30”     -4”

Abs 38” … 32”     -6”

Hip 40” … 36.50”     -3.5”

Butt 44” … 41”     -3”

Thigh 28.5” … 23.75”     -4.75

Calf 17” … 15.50”     - 1.50”

Weight 176 … 178     +2

Body Fat 34.50% … 24.12%     -10.38%

WEEK 1

WEEK 8

WEEK 12

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13
05/2012

A video to sum up my journey. I will use what I have learned the rest of my life to get to my goal!

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13
05/2012

This has been a fast 12 week journey, I have learned so much about my body and nutrition. I have been a member off a gym for years never getting anywhere and this was the push I needed to get well on my way to my goal. I have muscle forming and fat disappearing all over and it is great to see results from all of the hard work. I am so grateful for the opportunity Gold’s gym has given me to change my health life, and grateful for all the tools they have given me in Met-Rx supplements and an Xbox Kinect bundle to give me an edge in my workouts.
I would also like to thank my trainer Phil at Gold’s here in St Louis, he has pushed me harder in the gym than I ever have been pushed and showed me things I will use for the rest of my life. I know our training sessions are over for now but I know he will still be there to support me through the rest of my fitness goals. I have done so many different kinds of exercises, a lot of them that I would never think of on my own. It keep the workouts fun and kept my body guessing.
My nutrition was and will continue to be not easy. I have learned to eat so much better than I have before. More fruits and veggies, water and fruit punch Crystal light has become my new best friend. I will continue to keep eating the right way, I know that half the battle is in the kitchen. Now on to my final numbers I am proud of what I have done lost some good weight and a lot of inches.
Weight start-243
Waist 43
Hips 46 1/4
Thigh 46 1/4
Chest 46
Final numbers
Weight223    -20 lbs
Waist 35  -8 inches
Hips 43 1/4 - 3 inches
Thighs 24 1/2  -2 inches
Chest 41 1/2  -5 Inches

This has been a fast 12 week journey, I have learned so much about my body and nutrition. I have been a member off a gym for years never getting anywhere and this was the push I needed to get well on my way to my goal. I have muscle forming and fat disappearing all over and it is great to see results from all of the hard work. I am so grateful for the opportunity Gold’s gym has given me to change my health life, and grateful for all the tools they have given me in Met-Rx supplements and an Xbox Kinect bundle to give me an edge in my workouts.

I would also like to thank my trainer Phil at Gold’s here in St Louis, he has pushed me harder in the gym than I ever have been pushed and showed me things I will use for the rest of my life. I know our training sessions are over for now but I know he will still be there to support me through the rest of my fitness goals. I have done so many different kinds of exercises, a lot of them that I would never think of on my own. It keep the workouts fun and kept my body guessing.

My nutrition was and will continue to be not easy. I have learned to eat so much better than I have before. More fruits and veggies, water and fruit punch Crystal light has become my new best friend. I will continue to keep eating the right way, I know that half the battle is in the kitchen. Now on to my final numbers I am proud of what I have done lost some good weight and a lot of inches.

Weight start-243

Waist 43

Hips 46 1/4

Thigh 46 1/4

Chest 46

Final numbers

Weight223    -20 lbs


Waist 35  -8 inches

Hips 43 1/4 - 3 inches

Thighs 24 1/2  -2 inches

Chest 41 1/2  -5 Inches

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09
05/2012

Final Weigh-In, Measurements, and Thoughts

Let’s go back 90 days ago….

Weight: 160.2 pounds

Waist: 38 inches

Hips: 41 inches

Thigh: 24 inches

% Body Fat = 39.4%

Today’s numbers…

Weight: 148.4 (-11.8 pounds)

Waist: 33 inches (-5 inches)

Hips: 38 inches (-3 inches)

Thigh: 23.5 inches (-0.5 inches)

% Body Fat = 31.7% (-7.7%)

% of Total Body Weight Lost = 7.37%


Pics: Day 1 and Day 90

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Wow! I can actually see a difference!!! I’m starting to see some muscle definition in my shoulders!

These last 12 weeks have been AMAZING! I am very thankful to Gold’s Gym for this opportunity. A new workout routine/regimen/focus has been re-established. I will NOT walk into my gym without a plan - I will continue to have both cardio workouts (running, spinning/biking, elliptical, kickboxing, etc…) and strength training (free weights, machines); I’d still like to make some room in my weekly workouts for Yoga.

I continue to be pop/soda-free, but I still struggle with food. Let me be honest: I do not like counting calories; I do not like measuring food; I am not a fan of keeping a food log. With this being said, I need an eating lifestyle that will let me be this way. I have read a variety of “diet” books and websites over these last 12 weeks (and earlier). I know that I want/need to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Fruits and vegetables are a top priority; I have mixed feelings on what is the best protein source for me.

Thank you to my personal trainer - Justin. He challenged and pushed me, getting me to do more than I thought I could do. We worked hard, and had fun in the process. This journey has been so much more than just the time spent in the gym. If anything….we have talked more and more about the “stuff” that happens outside of the gym being just as important (if not more important) than what happens in the gym.

Thank you to Met-RX(R) for providing nutritional supplements. I have especially benefited from the CLA-Energy.

Thank you to Microsoft for the XBox 360 w/ Kinect and games. This is not my first choice of ways to exercise and get fit; however, it is fun to use with my boys. It does get the whole family moving and laughing, and having a good time. I like that I can play my exercise DVDs in it.

Thank you to my friends and family for your love and support. It is so much easier to make these changes - working through the negatives, and rejoicing with the positives.

In the last 12 weeks I have run 3 races: a 5K (finished in 29:40); a half-marathon (2:13:38); and a 10K (55:36 - a PERSONAL RECORD!!!).

I have said this before, and I will say it again. This is not the end for me. I am not going to go back to old habits. I am not done losing weight and transforming my body. I plan to continue posting my progress on my tumblr blog.

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02
05/2012

Weighing In, Week 12

Starting weight = 160.2

Week 1 = 156.25 (-4 pounds)

Week 2 = 155.0 (-1.25 pounds)

Week 3 = 155.5 (+0.5 pounds)

Week 4 = No weight taken

Week 5 = 156.0 (+0.5 pounds)

Week 6 = 152.0 (-4 pounds)

Week 7 = 150.8 (-1.2 pounds)

Week 8 = 149.2 (-1.6 pounds)

Week 9 = 151.2 (+2 pounds)

Week 10 = 148.8 (-2.4 pounds)

Week 11 = 149.0 (+0.2 pounds)

Weight Loss to date = -11.2 pounds

Where has the time gone? Are we really in week 12, and this journey is coming to an end?

Well, wait. I’m pretty sure I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks that this journey is not ending. This phase may be coming to an end, but I’m not done, yet. I have some more body transformation work to do.

I have some post-it notes on my bathroom mirror; three of them have each have a number on them: 130, 140, 150. I placed these on the mirror has reminder of my weight goals. The 130 is covered up by the 140, whichwas covered up by the 150. Two weeks ago, as I was getting closer to 150, I decided it was time to remove the 150 post-it note, that it was an obstacle to reaching my next weight goal of 140. My at-home scale is now below 150.

Final weigh-in, with measurements and thoughts next week!

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02
05/2012

Wednesday Weigh In - End of Week 11

     This is it one week left of the Gold’s Gym “Show us your Journey” Challenge. For this last week I am increasing my cardio workouts this week to maximize  my calorie burn. 

     I never thought I could get to this point in my journey, so many others have given up on their own goals, but I am so determined to hit my ultimate weight goal. I knew that my goal would not be completed at the end of 12 weeks, but I have put a big dent in to it.

     It really made it easier with the support of Gold’s Gym, the personal trainers and the staff at my local Gold’s Gym in Syracuse, Utah. I am in a routine that I feel will keep me on track and make it possible for me to reach my long term goals.

Starting Weight: 304.2

Week 11 272.0  -5.0 lbs Current Weight

Total Weight Loss: -32.2 lbs.

     This has been such a great opportunity and I am so grateful that I was given this chance to  improve my life. 

Check back next week for the final numbers.

Have a great week everyone!


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30
04/2012

Fit Wednesday 4-23

went to Golds and did an AJ workout  -  now you ask “what is an AJ workout?”  well it is one of the pain sessions AJ put me thru during these past 3 months.  Started w/ lat rows for 10 reps,  then right into incline pushups off the bench,  and repeated for 5 sets,  then went to Lat pull downs for 10 reps, then right into tricep extensions  -   repeat for 5 sets,  really blew up my upper body -  to the point of muscle fatigue and muscle confusion - all good.   Cool thing is it takes under 1 hr to do - so you can fit it in easily.   

I’m sad to see this jumpstart coming to an end  -   current #’s 

Weight - 292  down by 23 lbs 

waist @ 40,  chest @ 55”  arms @ 15,  all other #’s are the same   Will check BFC on Friday

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