The Biggest Winner Day 15: Oh so many push-ups

The theme of today was push ups and OMG there were sooooooo many of them.

Let’s start at the beginning though. I walked out of the house late, which means I didn’t get to the gym early to warm up. I was kinda bummed. But life goes on.

We started out doing a short circuit. I started on the treadmill for about 5 minutes walking at 3.0 with a 7% incline and holding a kettle bell.

Next I went to the TRX ropes to do one leg lunges (I don’t know what they’re actually called). Another five minutes.

Finally, it was five minutes on the rope pull alternating every 30 seconds with step ups.

Whew! That was quite the warm up.

Next we headed to the studio for a circuit. This was truly a cardio insanity workout. I can’t even list everything we did because I don’t think I remember it all. I just remember a lot of push ups. At least 5 sets of them … oh so many push ups.

Also in the mix somewhere were jumping jacks, burpees, squats, high knees, kicks and planks.

This went on for what felt like hours, but really it was more like 30 minutes. Drenched, we finished out in the gym with another circuit. I started on the rowing machine with sprints, then we moved to the nu step using only the arms and the last machine was the arc trainer but I never got there before we ran out of time.

I went back to the gym tonight to do Zumba. I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t into it tonight. I think I’m really that exhausted or just … I don’t know.

Tomorrow is our last day of the week. I’m sure Jackson will push us harder than ever. I think we’re going to be taking the weekend to rest. I know I need it!

In other news, tomorrow I’m going shopping with some friends to find the perfect finale outfit. I’m shooting for a dress, but open to other options. We’ll just see where the wind blows me.


90 minute challenge

Yesterday Jackson challenged us to do 90 minutes of cardio today on our off day from the training program. Now some2967_521985621177322_1319337831_n of you probably are thinking – that’s nothing! Your right … unless you’re still over 250 pounds, having your ass kicked 4 days a week and pretty much feel like jello 24/7. But I’m doing it anyways!

Some of you may have seen my post last night as I pondered how to do 90 minutes of cardio. I’m a big fan of variety so I figured I’d switch machines every 15 – 20 minutes.

When I got to the gym, I planned to start with my least favorite piece of equipment – the treadmill (you were waiting to see the spin bike weren’t you?). From there it was all PROGRESS!

Here’s how my morning went –

  • 20 Minutes on the treadmill walking at 3.5 – 5.0 with varying inclines.
  • 10 minutes on the arc trainer with varying incline and resistance.
  • 25 minutes on the bike (NOT AN EVIL SPIN BIKE) with random hills at level 4 keeping RPMs above 100 as much as possible.
  • 25 minutes on the elliptical on variety (various inclines / resistance)

Per that data … I would have 80 minutes of activity. However, my Body Media Band says a little differently. One of the reasons I love my band is that I can truly see what I’m doing. For example, here’s what data I collected after my workout.

Workout Burn
1,104 Calories Burned just during the workout.

Burn for the day so far

Remaining Burn to Target
759 (I’ll have that before the end of the day at work).

Steps During Workout

Total Step Count for the day so far
 10,762 (Oh I’m so crushing my personal best of 14,000 today!) – Over 2,762 from my target SO FAR! 

Workout Activity Levels
60 minutes moderate activity
30 minutes of vigorous activity
*it counts the time between machines. My 80 minutes above only counts what I did on the machines. 

Total Activity for the Day so far 
1 hour and 17 minutes of moderate activity (47 minutes over target)
30 minutes of vigorous activity (15 minutes over target) 

So if you read that… you know I kicked ass today! I’m really proud of myself. I was soaked in sweat by the end of the workout and very proud of my accomplishments. It’s a good day and I’m very happy with myself.

The Biggest Winner Day 14: No more excuses

Today I continued focusing on what I could do instead of what I can’t do and once again I surprised myself (and no I still complaining caloriesdon’t like spin).

I got to the gym extra early today and had a nice warm up on the arc trainer. I’m starting to fall in love with this machine more and more every day when I use to hate it!

After my nice warm up and stretch, Jackson took us up to the track area. That could only mean we were doing some laps. Right I was too!

We started with laps around the track – one jogging and one half sprinting. I pushed myself as hard as I could … I really tried. I’m getting better at jogging for a distance. It’s coming along but I’m still not where I want to be. It bugs me that I can’t run faster. It’s the impact on my knee that bugs me.

After the joy of laps, we returned to the mezzanine area for kettle bell fun! We started with squats presses, then it was deadlifts with a row. Next was a squat curl and then triceps (That one hurt). Next was Jacks. We repeated this sequence but changed out the jacks for another move that is totally escaping my brain right now. The third time around we did a swing. Sorry… brain fart for the night.

After the Kettle Bells, we headed down to my least favorite room in the gym – the SPIN room. UGH! Just the thought of sitting on that seat makes me cringe. I wasn’t going to whine about it though. Actually, I received great comments from Jackson for killing it on the bike today.

I’m trying hard. With the finale of the contest nearing every day, I’m making a real effort to reach my goals. I know Jackson will get me there. It’s just a matter of time.

Bring on the dresses


So the finale of the weight loss contest that started this whole process is coming up on Feb. 

9. I’m really excited because this weekend I’m going out on a quest for a beautiful dress. I use to hate dress shopping, but now it’s an amazing part of my life I’m looking forward to heading to the store to try on clothes that actually fit me. 

I sent out a mass message to my girlfriends to rally the troops to help me out. You always need opinions and this is such a monumental moment in my life. While I’m not done with the weight loss, losing over 50 pounds is nothing to small but I’ve still got a long way to go! 

Well, in other news – enjoy this lovely comparison photo since I know how much you love them. The photos below were taken almost a year to the day apart. What a difference a year can make! 


The Biggest Loser Day 13: Where’s my trainer?

Yep! That was the question for the first 20 minutes of my day. Where the hell was my trainer… well the answer was … LATE!

So we had an evil ice storm hit the area today but that didn’t stop me from getting to the gym. I arrived on time (early actually) and started working out on the arc trainer. One of my other favorite trainers, Bethany, was there and we were chatting a little about my goals and how far I’ve come and about the Tough Mudder race training program coming up.

Honestly, as we were chatting I didn’t realize it was past 7 a.m. when we were to start training. It wasn’t until one fo my teammates came over and grabbed me that I realized we were without a trainer! Thankfully, one of the other trainers stepped up once he was notified Jackson hadn’t arrived. He weight us in and measured and then started a warm up.

We did some boot-camp style drills in the gym first (high knees, mountain climbers, sprints, etc) then laps on the stairs (I HATE STAIRS). By this point Jackson arrived and started our circuit.

Today’s circuit consisted of:

  • Jabs and jacks with hand weights
  • 10 Medicine ball bounces off the wall and then 10 slams
  • Knees over bars with a burpee at the each end
  • Patterns through a ladder rope with 5 push ups at the end
  • 10 squats and 10 rows with the TRX

It doesn’t seem like much but it still kicks your ass! We went through the circuit twice… it still hut both times.

Despite being trainerless for about half the time, we still pushed hard and pulled through. As for the weekly weigh in … well that didn’t go quite as well. I gained again (but not even a whole pound) and I’d like to blame this on mother nature for that lovely time period that makes a gal bloated. Hey it happens. At least it’s now and not at the end!

Next week will be a good number. I can feel it!

The Biggest Winner Day 12: Out of my comfort zone

Well, today I took Jackson’s advice and went out of my comfort zone … .and I mean WAAAAAAY out. Yesterday Jackson warned us that from here on out he was basically going to kill us! It’s a LOT of cardio from here and boy is it rough.

Today, started upstairs… I knew what that meant and that meant the track! Oh boy.

I have a love-hate relationship with the track honestly. I don’t mind walking it. I’ve grown to tolerate the laps with kettle bells Jackson is so fond of but I’m not a fan of running. I think that’s my comfort zone. My knee gives me an excuse NOT to run. I’ve used it too much.

I can run. I’ve done it before but I think I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself again and then I’m back to square one. Today I was determined that it wasn’t going to be like that for me. I was going to run. … or at least try to some of the time.

Now, I’m not making excuses because trust me, I still get knee pain and I’m probably doing things I shouldn’t (lunges, squats, etc). Those exercises all aggravate my knee but I keep trying anyways. I just modify and don’t go so low. It’s hard but I adjust and I try. I know I need to do it. I’ve made sure I stretch before and after every workout session. Sometimes even in the middle.

Anyways, so today we started with laps on the track with kettle bells. One lap carrying weights (mine was 15 pounds on each side) and then one lap jogging / fast walking. This was timed. I pushed myself hard. I tried jogging a little then fast walking and switching between the two. I did really well. This was working for me.

Next we did a circuit. There were three stations and three times around.

Weighted Ropes – First was Jacks. Then it was waves, and then it was fast waves.

Kettle Bell – First it was scissor legs, then around the waist moves and finally dead lifts.

Steps – First it was jump up and down, next was a hop across and then finally fast feet.

In between each round of circuits, we did a couple of laps on the track. Two times around 1/2 walking fast and the last half sprinting. Guess what … I actually SPRINTED! I did so good and I think I even surprised Jackson!

So we repeated this three times around to do all the exercises before taking a good long stretch and calling it a week.

I worked my ASS off today. I’m so proud of myself. SO UNBELIEVABLY PROUD of myself! Today I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone. Far beyond even what I thought I could. It’s a new day and a new me.


The Biggest Winner Day 11: Halfway There

Well, I’m officially halfway through the competition and boy am I loving it! I’m really happy I found a way to pay for this program (thanks to everyone that helped me along the way).

Now back to the focus of my post. First, sorry it’s late. My day yesterday was just pure insanity! Back to back to back to back to … well you get the point… meetings. Just one of those days.

So today, at the halfway point. Jackson had us start on the treadmills. Now, I’m going to confide in everyone for a minute. I am absolutely terrified when we start messing with the incline on the treadmills. I know Jackson wants us to push out of our comfort zone and I will do literally, just about anything but I can’t explain why when he starts cracking up the incline I go into a bit of a panic mode and won’t let go of the rails or the front.

Maybe it’s a fear of falling. I’ve watched one too many episodes of “The Biggest Loser” to see what happens when those people fall off the treadmill. I just have this insane fear that I’m going flying off that machine into the row of ellipticals behind me and I’ll break something!

I guess I keep working on it but wow!

So anyways… back to why I’m talking about this in the first place. We started training today with the treadmills and fast walking with an incline. This was a warm up (trust me I was warm by the end).

Next we headed into the gym for a circuit. I’m pretty sure Jackson loves his circuits and they’re always tough! Today there were six stations. We did each of the 4 exercises in a timed circuit. One at a time.

Station 1 – Rope ladder … we had to do a series of running (in out and in out down the side), then it was lunges (skip 2 squares in between), then it was another run series with a push up and finally jump forward two and back one.

Station 2 – TRX … We did a series of squats, jump squats and lunges. I didn’t get to this station so I’m not 100% sure what all was done but I’m sure it was rough!

Station 3 – Balance Ball. I hate this thing. I have ZERO balance so trying to do step ups and things on this half a ball drives me batty. Anyways… here we did step ups, then we did step overs. Next it was laying on the ball and doing some kind of back arch (it had a name, i don’t remember) and finally flip the thing over to use it for Mountain Climbers (that part REALLY REALLY SUCKED).

Station 4 – Hand weights. Ah something I can do well! Here we did a running man series pumping the arms. Then it was a series of dead lifts. Next it was Jacks and finally lunges. I didn’t like just doing lunges though so I added a bicep curl at the end. Jackson laughed at me!

Station 5 – Weight Bar. Here we did a twist first, then we did dead lifts and finally we did lunges on each side with a hop. OWIE!

Station 6 – kettle Bells. First it was a twist. Then it was squats. Figure 8s were next and then the pump thing where it flys between your legs (boy that sounds dirty).

Ok so we did this for the rest of the morning. It took a while. It was rough and I wasn’t having a great day but I kept trying. Tomorrow is certainly a better day.