Spring Slim Down Challenge

In January 2014, my husband started Isagenix.  The first month, he was in the same type of challenge I just finished.  He placed first, releasing around 33 lbs, which was 11.3% of his body weight.  He continued on the program, and by June he was 110 lbs lighter.  He looks great, and he feels good too!

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About a year ago I tried Isagenix for the first time.  Savannah was 10 months at the time, and I decided to wean her from nursing so that I could do the entire program (many of the Isagenix products are safe for nursing moms, but not everything).  I made a half-hearted attempt at the 30 days.  I did one 2 day cleanse, and I binged the second night.  I often cheated, stopping for fast food.  I felt terrible.  My hormones were all over the place, I felt guilty for weaning Savannah, and I’m sure my body was extremely confused by the combination of healthy and cleansing nutrition mixed with fatty, fried foods.  I quit after the 30 days and quickly gained the weight I had lost back, and then put on about ten more pounds throughout the year.

30 days ago, I decided to give Isagenix another try.  So with the start of the 30 day challenge starting, I began this lifestyle change.  I joined Planet Fitness, and I committed to give the next 30 days my all.  I am an extremely picky eater, so I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t be able to eliminate all of the foods that aren’t recommended, but I made healthier choices.  I am so happy that I stuck with it this time!  I am going to continue to do Isagenix because I feel so good, and I want to continue losing weight and eating healthy.

Here are my results:

On April 13, my starting weight was 292.9 lbs.

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This morning, I am down to 258.3 lbs.  I have released a total of 34.6 lbs!

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The competition results will not be announced until Friday, but I already feel like a winner!  Even if I don’t earn a spot in the top 3, I am proud of what I have accomplished!  I am so excited to continue on this journey!

 

**For more information about Isagenix, email my husband: Scottstiegemeier @ gmail (dot) com**

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Non-Scale Victories

I honestly cannot wait until the weight loss competition I am in is over.  (Today is the last day; I will weigh in first thing tomorrow morning) Normally the reason for that is so I can have some of the junk I am craving, but that isn’t the case this time.  The reason I can’t wait for it to end is because I want to get my focus off of the scale.  The winner of the challenge is the person with the highest percentage of weight loss.  It looks at nothing but the results on the scale.  I feel that I have been extremely successful the past 30 days.  I have become healthier.  When I find something to be proud of, the scale knocks me down.  It is toying with my emotions!  Sunday, I was so proud of myself.  For Mother’s Day, my family and I went to dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant.  Normally I leave there feeling STUFFED!  Not Sunday.  I made a plan before I went, and I stuck to it.  My plan was to have 2 breadsticks (normally I have probably close to 6-10), I would get the chicken noodle soup that comes with my meal, and I would ask for a box to come with my dinner so I would only eat a small amount.  I think that is one of the first times I was able to stick to the plan!  I had just 2 breadsticks, despite the waitress filling the basket up with fresh ones several times, I had my soup, and I only ate about 1/4 of my gnocchi.  The box didn’t even come with my dinner, so I had to have some serious self control in order to not eat more!  I felt like a winner after walking out of the restaurant.  Monday morning, that feeling quickly vanished when I weighed myself and discovered I had gained 2 lbs.  😦  I could have let that defeat me, but I moved on.  I am doing my 2 day cleanse anyway.

I think a lot of people feel controlled by the scale.  I am ready to take back that control!  There are things that I have done since the start of the challenge that I can be proud of.  I am going to start focusing on the non-scale victories because they have so much more meaning!

Here are some of my non-scale victories:

  • The gloves I wear at work are getting loose.  I have always had to wear a size large glove.  One day, I put one on and thought I had put on an XL size because it went on smoother and felt baggy.  I quickly realized we NEVER have XL gloves and that my hands were actually shrinking!
  • I wore 2 different scrub tops that I haven’t been able to wear since the summer of 2012 because they had gotten so tight!

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  • On one type of bra I wear, I have always had to use the last clasps.  The other day, I put it on and skipped the middle row all together.  I can now fasten it using the tightest clasps!
  • I rode my bike to visit my grandpa.  It wasn’t a very long ride, only a little less than 5.5 miles round trip, but it was the first time I had done it.  I felt great when I got done!
  • I have consistently gone to the gym the last 29 days.  It can be hard to force myself to go some days, but I feel AWESOME after a workout!
  • I have not had fast food or pop since starting the competition.  That is a huge accomplishment for me!
  • I can walk up and down the stairs without being extremely winded!

Anything that you feel proud of can be a non-scale victory.  Share some of your victories in the comments!

My PlanetFitness

I just joined my local Planet Fitness two weeks ago.  This isn’t my first gym membership, but it has been YEARS since I have been to the gym.

I started off just doing my own thing, mostly doing the 30 minute circuit.  At planet fitness, this is a designated area with a sort of traffic light, with a red light and a green light.  There are 20 stations.  The odd number stations are for doing different steps, and the even stations are weight machines.  When the green light is on, you either do different types of “step up” activities, or you do 12 reps on the weights.  The light turns red, and you move to the next station (but don’t forget to clean the machine between).  You complete the whole circuit in 30 minutes.  It was a great full body workout.

Fast forward a week to when I met with the trainer.  (If you haven’t heard, Planet Fitness offers free unlimited personal training; although, truth be told I didn’t find it very “personal”)  I wrote down my goals:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Maintain muscle while losing weight
  3. Build core strength to help reduce lower back pain
  4. WIN WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION!

Since the weight loss competition I am currently involved in ends May 13, we are working short term to try to meet all of my goals with a focus on #4.  So, the key to meeting this is to not BUILD any muscle.  I don’t want to lose any, but if I put on too much muscle, it may lower my chances of losing the highest % of weight.  I’ll focus on building after I win 😉

The program the trainer designed for me is based on spending 4 days at the gym.  Day 1, I do PF360, which is using the core training room and doing a circuit.  There are 6 exercises I do for 30 seconds, with a rest period of 15 seconds in between.  I do 4 rounds of the circuit.  This workout makes me SWEAT!  I downloaded an app on my phone called HIIT interval training so that I don’t have to keep an eye on a watch.  It blows a whistle and vibrates when I need to start and stop each rep.  I was able to set the length of each interval, the rest time, and the number of repetitions.  It has worked out really great so far!  After PF360, I am supposed to move on to abs.  I haven’t done that yet because I need to sign up for the “abs” session with the trainer for him to show me the exercises that involves. ::eye roll::  When that is finished, I do 30 minutes of cardio, aiming to keep my heart rate between 116 and 160.

Day 2 is 45 minutes to 1 hour of cardio, again trying to keep my heart rate between 116 and 160.  Day 3 is a repeat of Day 1, and Day 4 for is a repeat of Day 2.  I love that all of the cardio machines have sensors that you can monitor your heart rate.  I don’t like holding on to the sensors constantly, so I just check every 5 minutes or so to make sure I am within my goal heart rate range.  I would really love to get the Fitbit ChargeHR, which monitors heart rate among other things, but right now that just isn’t in the budget.

So, that is my current regimen when I go to the gym.  This week the scale seems to barely be budging, but I am hoping to see the numbers pick up soon.  It isn’t all about the competition though; when I get done working out I feel great!

If you have ever considered going to the gym, I encourage you to try it out!  It takes a lot of motivation for me to get there, but once I start working out, it is all worth it!