• October 23, 2014

Body Image: My Weight Loss Journey

Friday 05/16/2014
Get Started and Keep It Moving

Its been awhile since I have written and yes I am still at it. Getting stronger and stronger every day. In fact I went to work out with my husband and he was surprised! It really makes you feel good to keep progressing. I have found my niche in the gym. I am fully aware that I am not a runner, and that's ok. But what I do love is weights. And this is where I am focusing on. Sometime people feel that if they fall behind in something that they just aren't good enough but that is not true. Find what your good at and stick with it. I will leave the marathons to the runners and I will just keep adding weights to my bar. I am currently down almost 30 lbs off the scale and 4 pants sizes. I hit a goal of dead-lifting 200lbs last week which was really exciting to hit over the 200lbs mark.

The Training for Warriors challenge is over and I placed 3rd. I’m still very excited that I placed because people worked really hard and I have to congratulate the 1st and second place winners! Everyone did amazing. After the weigh ins last Saturday I ran/walked my first 5k. I took my 9 year old step daughter with me and we had a great time. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. I think I was more intimidated by the term “5k” more then anything. I am excited to do it again. I never thought in a million years that I would like a 5k. It was fun but I will stick with the weight lifting.

I am still eating lots of meats and veggies. I was getting so tired of my same food and I found out from a friend about a website: http://emeals.com/. You can pick what kind of diet that you want to follow and they will send you weekly recipes and a shopping list via email. There is a cost but there are different packages. Its really a cool service. You don’t have to even think about what to buy or how to cook it. It will give you all of that and they come up with great ideas!

This journey has been amazing. I love to work out and I never did before.I go to some kind of class or work out 1-2 times a day. You have to get to point where you get in the flow of things and find what you enjoy. But get out there and start moving. It takes about 3 months to get where it’s a habit and exercise and healthy eating becomes a part of your life not a chore. You will start to surround yourself with other people that are working towards the same goals and you will support each other. Eating fattening processed food will start to be so unappealing that you will stay away from them because your body will no longer crave those things. All you have to do is stick with it and start moving!

I am here for you if you have any questions. If I don’t know the answer I can find out for you! You can find me at facebook.com/kristenzc

Posted in Body image on Friday, May 16, 2014 9:06 am. Comments (0)

Friday 03/21/2014
Its Not Over Yet...

So the Biggest Loser is over and we made it through and won. It was an amazing experience. I have met people that are members and staff of Heritage Park Fitness that have become friends and people I look up to in many ways. I have learned new healthy lifestyle habits and have become so much stronger. So what now?

We have started a new challenge which also measures body fat percentage. This one is a Training for Warriors challenge which is the class I attend daily taught by Jessica Davis. My husband is in on this one as well so that’s exciting that we are working together on it.

I have noticed that I can do way more then I give myself credit for and I think that goes for a lot of people. When there are workout that I may not have been able to do in the past my brain automatically thinks “ok, what’s the modification for this..” But lately since I have gotten more confident I have been trying things in the gym and can actually do it. I’m sure that it has to do with that I am much stronger already, even after only 8 weeks.

This challenge is 8 weeks also and we are one week in. This time we have to write down everything that we eat AND drink, turn in our workbooks for the trainers to look at. This way they can let us know what we should be changing about our eating habits as well. We can show up at the gym every day but if you go home and eat the way you always have you will not get the results you would want to get working out that hard. I don’t know about you but if I am working out 6 days a week and I don’t see results I am going to get discouraged.

I have a different outlook about this challenge. The Biggest Loser, I was obsessed with the scale and losing the weight. This time I haven’t even gotten on the scale. I want to work on running faster, lifting heavier and doing exercises I would have stayed far away from before. I have had to buy new t-shirts to work out in because the old ones are too big. That’s really fun. I was talking with one of the ladies in the challenge with me at the gym last night and she had some amazing idea’s for recipes. The substitutions in your cooking mean the world. She was talking about doing chicken nuggets with honey mustard. Sounds great right? Not so low cal though.. Until she told me how she was making it. You make your honey mustard with regular mustard (or Dijon) and add Splenda to sweeten it up. Then get some chicken and slice it into strips, roll in egg whites and into flack seed mill instead of bread crumbs. I can’t wait to try it.

If you have any healthy recipes I would LOVE to read about them. As always if you want to friend me on Facebook: facebook.com/kristenzc

Posted in Body image on Friday, March 21, 2014 11:15 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/11/2014
And the winner is.....

Wow! After a lot of hard work, eating right and determination, my partner, Diane Thomas, and I won the Biggest Loser competition. I really have never won anything in my life. We are so excited. Heritage Park is really the best gym I have ever been to. Jessica Davis is not only a trainer there as a job, she literally cares what you’re eating and how hard you're pushing yourself. Without that support I doubt we would have had the same results .

It was fun to hear the other girls say, “You guys were the ones that were always behind! Now you’re the winners!” With that many people in the competition and to win was such a huge accomplishment. It just goes to show that no matter what is going on in your life there is time for yourself and your health. I am now off my blood pressure pills and my clothes are fitting. My husband is going to join me in my next Biggest Loser challenge, and I am so excited to do this with him. We don’t get to do much together - just he and I with no kids - so this will be a great experience.

My next goal is to lose so much weight that my clothes no longer fit, and then I can go shopping...which is my favorite thing to do! I also want to be able to run a 5k. That would be amazing. My 9-year-old has now gotten into Zumba. She saw me do it all the time at the gym and she loves it so we have it for the xbox.

This was all around an amazing experience. To have the support of my family, friends, trainers and my job (Killeen Daily Herald) made even more amazing. Now we are off to claim our prize - a weekend in Dallas.

If I can help motivate you in your own journey to better health and fitness, please don’t hesitate to friend me at Facebook.com/kristenzc.

Posted in Body image on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:26 pm. | Tags: Biggest Loser , Jessica Davis , Diane Thomas , Weight Loss , Health , Gym , Fitness Comments (0)

Friday 02/21/2014
Plateau

Ok people. I have hit a plateau. Since the great weigh-in two weeks ago, I haven’t budged in weight loss. I am working out really hard five times a week or more. Eating exactly the same and no cheating. I’m so sad! So I did some research and this is what I have found out:

According to the Mayo Clinic website: A weight-loss plateau occurs when you no longer lose weight despite continuing with your exercise and healthy-eating habits. Being stuck at a weight-loss plateau eventually happens to everyone who is trying to lose weight.

Although hitting a plateau is common, most people are surprised when it happens to them, for they believed that if they just maintained a reduced-calorie diet, they would continue to lose weight. The frustrating reality is that even well-planned weight-loss efforts often become stalled.

What’s the solution?

If you're at a plateau, you may have lost all of the weight you will, given the number of calories you're eating each day and the time you spend exercising. At this point, you need to ask yourself if you're satisfied with your current weight or if you want to lose more, in which case you'll need to adjust your weight-loss program.

If you're committed to losing more weight, try these tips for getting past the plateau:

• Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven't loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.

• Cut more calories. Reduce your daily calorie intake by 200 calories — provided this doesn't put you below 1,200 calories. Fewer than 1,200 calories a day may not be enough to keep you from feeling hungry all of the time, which increases your risk of overeating. In addition, this reduced calorie intake should be sustainable. If not, you'll regain the weight you've lost and more.

• Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by an additional 15 to 30 minutes. You might also try increasing the intensity of your exercise, if you feel that's possible. Additional exercise will cause you to burn more calories. Consider adding resistance or muscle-building exercises. Increasing your muscle mass will help you burn more calories.

• Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yardwork or vigorous spring cleaning.

I have contacted my trainer and on strength days we are going to add more cardio with it. She says I may be gaining muscle which weighs more then fat. This would mean I should still be losing the fat percentage which is the goal of the competition. But it is hard not to jump on the scale and see how the hard work is working out! I will keep you all posted. I hope one morning I jump on the scale and am 10 pounds lighter all of a sudden and the scale looks at me and says “just kidding!”

If anyone has been through this issue I would LOVE to hear what you did to get through it.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/weight-loss-plateau/art-20044615?pg=2

Posted in Body image on Friday, February 21, 2014 3:13 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/11/2014
At the midway point

So we hit the midway point for our Biggest Loser competition.

With a 6 percent body percentage and 12-pound loss, I actually am winning so far with the people who got weighted in at the halfway point! If that’s not motivation I don’t know what is! Very exciting.

My schedule to make this work goes like this:

Breakfast: Protein shake with water only. (Make sure your protein has very low sugar and high protein. I use whey protein cookies and cream flavor)

10 a.m. Snack: Protein bar (again, make sure that your sugars are low)  and apple

Lunch: Meat and veggies or salad

3 p.m. Snack: Handful of peanuts or almonds

5 p.m.: Protein bar before the gym

Workout Monday-Friday 6-7 p.m. -  Training for Warriors (Heritage Park Fitness)

After workout: Meat and veggies of some kind.

Saturday is a huge workout day. Warriors from 9-10 a.m. and Biggest Loser Challenge 10-11 a.m..

Sunday - rest!

The Warrior Training is different every day which makes it really fun to keep going. We work with weights some days, cardio some days and full body strength training some days. But it's always different. I can feel myself getting stronger. I am able to keep up with the exercises much better then when this started. Running is still a weak point but it's getting better. I’ll be excited with the trainers say “Run up to Wampum and back.” I will be able to do it with no problem. I’ll get there.

It's pretty exciting to be doing so well. Before this competition I had pretty much given up and was just going to do the surgery and get it over with. But now I have met a ton of really nice people to work out with, share a healthy lifestyle and reach our goals together. Not to mention I found something I really like to do. If I keep up this pace by March 8, I will have reached my 25-pound goal.

Life gets stressful for everyone, and even though our family has challenges, as well, I just make the time to go to the gym no matter what ... like it’s a requirement during the day.

I would love to hear about your challenges, about getting to the gym or making sure you are living a healthy lifestyle. Let’s see if we can’t figure out how to get you on track!

Posted in Body image on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:30 pm. | Tags: Protein , Protein Bar , Whey Protein , Strength Training , Health , Food , Muscle , Weight Loss , Diet , Biggest Loser Comments (1)

Monday 01/27/2014
Week 2: Excuses

“I’ve worked all day…"

“I have to cook the kids dinner…”

“I’m tired…”

Does this sound familiar? These are some of the excuses we use to not get to the gym or take the time to cook healthy. I have had these excuses for far too long. What it comes down to is, if you want to you will do it.

This week was great. Down 8 pounds so far. One of my my excuses was that it costs more money to cook healthy. Buying all the meat and fresh produce added up. What I have noticed is, I am actually saving money and time. On Sunday, I prepare a few meals in advance so I have time to go to the gym. I have started on protein shakes and that’s saving time and money for sure. In the morning, I make a shake for breakfast with 1 scoop of protein, ½ banana, ice, water and a few frozen strawberries. Then I'm out the door. Then I make another one after the gym at night. Not only am I losing weight, but it's saving me money.

My Biggest Loser partner  invited her friend along to workout with us. She has been working out with the military for quite some time now and sure knows what to do. It will be nice to reach her level eventually. The trainers at my gym are amazing as well. We have had a couple sessions with a trainer named Amber. She is really good and is so motivating while she trains you. That’s the best part about my gym. Everyone is there for you. They are all there to help whether they work there or workout there. So far, I have not dreaded going to the gym like I usually would.

Saturday was our Biggest Loser workout. It's always fun to see who wins. Everyone cheers on each other and just does the best they can. We did a group picture after so you can see how many people are involved.

What are the excuses that come to your mind about fitness and being healthy? If you're like me, there are a lot. But when you really want to do it, the excuses go away.

Posted in Body image on Monday, January 27, 2014 3:14 pm. | Tags: Health , Biggest Loser , Human Interest , Protein Shakes , Gym , Physical Exercise , Fitness Comments (0)

Sunday 01/26/2014
Week 1

Even though it has been a hard week with the kids I have made it to the gym every day. I really like my partner. She is amazing. There are a lot of people in this competition. I have been at it for eight days so far and have lost 3 lbs! That’s a good start. Enough to stay motivated. I am trying to stay focused on this competition and make my health a priority. Even though it has been hard with the kids, everyone loves to come to the gym. It gets us out of the house and socializing.

I haven’t cheated at all on the diet. I went to Sam’s Club and bought lots of chicken, hamburger and veggies. In the morning I have my protein shake in my coffee (instead of the creamer and sugar). I have stayed full and satisfied all day and no cravings to cheat. I guess when you really want to do something you dedicate yourself. But to be honest with you, you have to want it to make it work. See ya next week!

Posted in Body image on Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 01/23/2014
History behind the journey

Did you ever wonder why the flight attendant always says to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before assisting others? I guess that means we are supposed to take care of ourselves so we are able to take care of others, especially children. Being a mother and working full time, I tend to forget to put on my own mask first and take care of my own health and fitness. I get up in the morning, get everyone else ready to go, work all day, and then take care of my family after work, feed the kids and get them into bed. That has been my life for a long time.

But a few weeks ago I began having dizzy spells. It was really scary. I didn’t know what was going on. I never go to the doctor for myself, but I figured I better get this figured out. At the doctor I was told my blood pressure was "through the roof." She said if I dropped some weight it would help with the blood pressure. I was shocked. I never have high blood pressure. It was time for a change.

I called the insurance company and found out that with the high blood pressure and my current BMI percentage I qualified for weight loss surgery. For this to happen, I have to see my doctor regularly for six months and have a psychiatric evaluation. Then I meet with the surgeons and decide which route to go. So this is the path I have taken.

In the meantime, my doctor said I need to exercise and eat right, too. So I met a staff member from Heritage Park Fitness at a Chamber of Commerce event for work and she told me about their  Biggest Loser competition. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get excited about working out again, and they have daycare right next door. I really had no excuses not to join the competition, so I signed up.

How did I do on my first week? Check out my next post!

Posted in Body image on Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00 pm. | Tags: Blood Pressure , Health , High Blood Pressure , Insurance , Weight Loss Surgery Comments (0)

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