Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

As you guys know, I started an intense workout program in January.  I went kicking and screaming to meet my trainer the first few weeks, but then found that I truly enjoyed it (shhh, don’t tell anyone….) and missed it if I wasn’t there…

There was a fitness challenge for an 8 week period of time – I came in late…didn’t do all my cardio and for the first few weeks didn’t change my eating habits…but half way through when Cal measured me and I had lost 4 inches or so, it motivated me to do what he asked of me…

Well, there were 35 of us participating in this fitness challenge…and it ended the 2nd week of March – we did final measurements and I had mentioned before but I had lost a total of 8.5 inches as well as body fat.

Cal told me today that I came in 2nd!!!  Woo Whooooooooooooooooo!!!  I am in total disbelief!  I am so excited with the results.

I went to a CAbi party yesterday at my friend Jill Jackson’s house.  She is the owner and creator of all things wonderful at  Dessert Alert.  Her lemon bars and whoopie pies are TO DIE FOR….   www.dessertalert.com  Anyhow, we meet once a month generally, drink wine, talk baking and eat sushi most times…but one of the things we have discussed several times over is how to be in the biz that we are and not weigh 400 lbs.   I mean seriously…when you are perfecting that Vanilla Sugar Cookie Cupcake recipe and have baked it for the 25th time, tasting each trial run…it gets a bit scary!  Jill is Ms. Cardio and hardcore workout girl and stays away from the white flour…but I show up at her house yesterday and she has all her yummy goodness strewn about the kitchen…INCLUDING the most awesome chocolate dipped strawberries and a yummy trifle that Patty dropped off mid party…which by the way, thank you very much Jill for sending this home with me, as I sat there last night eating a bowl full at 10:30…Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

But I guess I must soldier on and continue with my working out…I still eat what I want, but I just need to make more conscious decisions…

And thanks for all the moral support during this time…most awesome!!!


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Well, that’s it everyone…I have come to the completion of my fitness challenge at A Private Fitness Studio – check out www.aprivatefitnessstudio.com

I actually came into the game a week late – so I have a total of 7 weeks completed – 3 times a week with my trainer, Cal.   Not too bad for a self proclaimed lazy girl that used to say “I don’t run unless I’m being chased.”

It has been an eye opening experience for me and today was no different.  I have come to realize the amount of empty calories that I put into my mouth on a day to day basis and I am so proud that I have changed my wily ways for the better.

Not too recently, but still the same – I was an addict – truly – A Quarter Pounder with Cheese Junkie…sometimes would get that and oh, say a side of Chick’n Nuggets too.  Which, by the way, if you pull them apart, do not resemble ANYTHING close to poultry.  I stopped eating fast food about 6 years ago after reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.  It made me physically ill to think about anything from these Chains From Hell…what nailed the coffin shut for me even tighter was watching SuperSize Me – bleck.  I haven’t touched the stuff since…outside the night that Michelle tried to make me eat Burger King after a bit of a heavy night at our old haunt in Denver, Nallen’s Irish Pub – 3 years ago…even then it disgusted me.    I am on a crusade  – but if you saw Fast Food Nation – then you saw the end of the movie – those fries didn’t CHANGE AT ALL after 6 weeks in a glass jar…imagine what that horribly processed icky food looks like in your stomach and intestines…

Sorry – I’m on a soap box, but it is common sense to step away from the fast food and try to put better eating into practice.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I am still eating all the wrong things, but not ALL the time…I don’t make excuses anymore that I don’t have the time to make myself a decent lunch or dinner…and if I do go out to eat, I truly try try try to limit my portions more than ever before.  I have found that after 35, the ol’ “pooch” (stomach) doesn’t go away like it used to…it requires constant attention and whaddya know?  It requires working out…So back to the fitness challenge – I thought to myself…I will do this stupid challenge, but I won’t like it…Kicking and screaming (in my head) the whole way about the cardio and the not eating carbs after 4 PM as recommended by Cal.

But I’ll be damned if he wasn’t right – with a little perserverance and some positive thinking, I actually have lost 8.5 inches total in the last 7 weeks – with 4 of that being around my waist!  And the remainder my shoulders, hips and neck…UNBELIEVABLE…

And if I weren’t so freaked out about the non meat used at McDonalds – I would probably go celebrate with a Double (QPw/C)!  😉

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Author – Jody Flood

I have decided to make a healthy start in my life this year.  I am working out with a personal trainer and it is really doing a number on my head.  I didn’t realize how emotional I would become about the process of fitness…

Originally, I wrote down that I wanted to weigh 160-165 by July 15th – that’s my “fighting weight” so to speak.  I only say this, so that I can preface the emotional part of the process…I have been training for approximately 5 weeks at A Private Fitness Studio in Santa Clarita, CA – www.aprivatefitnessstudio.com – Cal, my trainer, weighed me, did my body fat, did all my measurements on Day 1 and then did a check with me at the beginning of this week…

I stressed over the figures last weekend to the point of obsession…I knew that I hadn’t done all my extra cardio – I knew that I had eaten larger portions than I vowed to do and the guilt…ah, the guilt…washed over me like acid rain. 

Anyhow, Monday a.m. came and I walked into the fitness studio, with a funeral dirge playing in my own head.  I removed my shoes and stood on the scale and glanced downward.   In shock and horror, I couldn’t believe my eyes – I had actually stayed the same!

Now, I know that we are all much more educated these days about fitness – weight loss – etc…but the hard reality hurt my feelings of “all the hard work” I was putting in, all the “sacrifices” I was making (getting up at the crack of dawn, not eating bad carbs after 4 PM, doing CARDIO – ICK).

Then he pulled out the tape measure and begin to do my neck…pencil to paper…and an “uh-huh” uttered from him…on to my shoulders…his eyebrows raise…sliding down to my waist…YIKES, and further on down.

The GREAT news is that I have lost a total of 2.5 inches!!!  And it is from the most important parts – shoulders, waist & hips!

I am thrilled with that and have vowed to go back to my goal board and change the WEIGHT part to a specific Dress Size instead…what a JOY!


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