The Biggest Winner Day 24: The end

Well here we are – the end of the training program. I can’t believe six weeks flew by so quickly!

I can’t even begin to tell you how important these past six weeks have been for me. I have taken my weight loss to an entirely new level and it’s all thanks to six amazing people – Jackson, Tianda, Steve, Shawn, John and De2013-02-15 07.48.49bbie. You don’t know them, but you have no idea how much they inspire me.

As a grand finale of his own, Jackson had us run a 5K on the treadmill to get started. I completed mine in under 48 minutes!  A new record for me. I’m so proud of this accomplishment. When I did my first 5K it was just under 54 minutes – LOOK HOW FAR I’VE COME!

More importantly, when I did the first 5K I was useless the rest of the day with aches and pains. Today, I hopped off the treadmill and Jackson sent us to the gym to do more! MORE!!!!!!

Once we finished our run, Jackson had a circuit ready for us as his own little last chance workout before we finished the competition. Oh boy was it hard! I felt horrible but I finished and that’s what matters.  

Today’s workout included: 2013-02-15 08.07.25

  • Broad jumps full court across the gym and back.
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 50 squats
  • 40 Bosu stepper (that’s that half ball I never know the name of)
  • 40 high knees
  • 30 medicine ball slams
  • 30 push ups
  • 20 super mains
  • 20 single leg bridges
  • 20 burpees
  • 20 jumping lunges

…. and a partridge in a pear tree. Oh wait! Nevermind.


In case your wondering, yes I felt like death at the end. In fact, at one point I actually felt dizzy and needed to rest but I still finished.

So there you have it – six weeks of training 4 times a week for a total of 24 sessions. I’m confident that every single body part has hurt at least once or twice. I’ve been exhausted, drenched in sweat, tired, cranky and even sick – but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!

My team means the world to me. From Shawn who always had something funny to say in his silly complaining way, to Tianda who gives me inspiration and the nickname bikini girl after her dream, to Debbie who always walked and talked with me on our off days. Each of you meant so much to me and I hope you know it (if you’re reading this). Steve and John, I’m so happy we’re Facebook friends – you guys are the best. I loved our talks and your encouragement too!

Of course, I’m not going to forget the one person that means the world to me (in my life of exercise) and that’s Jackson. I know I tell him just how happy I am to work with him, but I hope he knows just how much he’s done for me. He pushes me out of my comfort zone, he challenges me to do more and he never EVER lets me quit. I owe a lot of pounds to him. I’m so thankful to have met him and I can’t wait to see what he does with me over the next year.

While this is the end of the competition, it’s certainly not the end of my journey. The future looks bright and shining and I’m going to get there!


The Biggest Winner Day 23: Last Chance Workout

Well, the title pretty much says it all. Today was really the last chance workout and I’m still sick. UGH! At least Jackson was a little nicer to me not getting my ass about everything since I was clearly not feeling well but still trying my hardest to push through everything.

So today we concentrated on strength with cardio. We started with a short warm up on the treadmill and then headed upstairs to the track area.

First up was a circuit with kettlebells (oh how I love thee). We did a a 3x rotation of timed moves.

  • Lunge with dumbbell rows (side) and lifts (front)
  • Squat press with dumbbells
  • Double kettle bell swings
  • Double kettle bell rows
  • Squat with bicep curls
  • Double Kettlebell swings all the way to the top

We did a lap after this circuit. Next we did another circuit with three moves. First it was weighted rope jacks, then weighted rope waves and finally weighted rope slams. Next was 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 30 seconds of mountain climbers and 30 seconds of push ups. Finally it was 30 seconds with squat jumps, 30 seconds of ski jumps, 30 seconds of speed squats.

And just when we thought it was time to stretch, Jackson took us down to the gym for another interesting twist. We paired off and he paired me with the toughest woman on our team (I love her dearly) and together one of us did a wall sit, while the other did 10 dips off our knees and ran the length of the gym floor and back to tag us out. Repeat 3x for each person. OH MY GOD IT HURTS! I hate wall sits and this was just kicking my ass!

I made it though. I’m sick. I’m miserable and I could have said screw it this morning but I made it! I’m proud of myself. While on one hand I’m sad the end of this era is tomorrow, a new chapter begins just as quickly I don’t know what chapter that will be, but something will occur. Work is starting to get insane so I need to focus on that right now it is my job after all and without it I can’t afford my gym or my training.


In other news, Happy Valentine’s Day. I love my husband so much. He was smart enough to realize that now that I’ve changed so much … jewelry isn’t necessary and chocolate is a bad idea. Instead he just gave me money to put towards my training because he knows that’s what I truly want! YAY!

The Biggest Winner Day 21: I have a dream

Wow… 21 days and only three more workouts left. I can’t believe it’s almost over. I truly am thankful that I was able to take part in this amazing experienc.e Not only for the training, but the new friendsI’ve made along the way and the self-confidence I’ve gained from Jackson proving to me that I can truly do anything I put my mind to!

Today we started with a brisk warm-up on the arc trainer at a 25 resistance. I spent about 20 minutes (counting my pre-warm up) here.

At this point, we headed up to the track for some laps. We did a series of laps

Lap 1 – Kettle Bell speed walk (me with 15 pounds each hand)
Lap 2 – Run with a flight of stairs at the end

After about 30 minutes of fun, we headed over to the mezzanine for another kettle bell workout. This was a series of kettle bell swings, followed by a row and then push ups. All timed and all rough. We also did a series of 10 squats with a hold on the end for 10 seconds. We repeated the squats five times and the circuit with kettle bells 6.

We finished out the workout on the treadmill with a “push yourself” walk / run. Basically, seven minutes of going as hard as you can.

So you’re probably wondering about the story behind my blog post (there’s always a story). Well, near the end of the workout, one of the ladies of my group comes over and says… I had a dream about you.


Apparently, she had a dream about seeing me in Florida a few years after the program and I’m skinny as a stick wearing a thong bikini. Now, I don’t know about the thong but I’m gunning for the other two parts of this dream to be a reality.

It’s kinda funny though because if some of you remember back to my blog posts early on goals, my major goal in 2014 is to run a Disney Marathon … which is located in (naturally) Florida.

Perhaps she’s seeing my future. I really hope so because that would be awesome. If I get the body, I’ll totally rock a bikini!

The Biggest Winner Day 20: Fun at the gym

One of the things I love most about my trainer is he’s not afraid to have a little fun and give us an awesome workout at the same time.

Take Friday’s training for example, he kept hinting he had something really fun planned for us! I was really excited about that. Of course, the fun doesn’t come until the very end.

So we started this workout with laps on the stairs – running and then walking alternating for a timed trail.

Next we went to the weight area where two of us did rows, two of us did squat presses on a machine and two of us did some kind of rope pull that was like swinging a bat.

Once we finished this we headed to the gym for the “fun.”

When I walked in all I saw was a giant weighted rope…. I instantly knew … TUG OF WAR TIME!

We had a three on four match … since some of us are stronger than others. It was so much fun. They actually recorded a video of it and eventually once it’s posted, I’ll share it with everyone. It was really so much fun.

I can’t believe I’m heading into my last week of training. This six weeks has literally flown by before my eyes. I’m so sad it’s almost over. Now whatever will I do each morning (sleep might be at the top of that list). I’m sure I’ll find something to replace the time … oh I’ll just spend more time at the gym in the evenings!

The Biggest Winner Day 19: Oh so many stairs

I can’t believe it’s been 19 days since I started training with the Biggest Winner program. It truly feels like we’ve just began and it’s almost over. I really am sad about it, but I’m really happy that I put in the work to write about my experiences every day. I hope I haven’t bored you to death.

Before I go into all the fun from today, I’d like to start with my small joy in the morning. Last Friday, I weighed in at 264. I’ve been stuck on this number for quite a while now and it’s really annoying. I know I’ve lost inches and that’s great but DAMN IT I want to see a 25 number on there.

Today I weighed in at 262. Two more pounds gone (yay) and 3 more to go. I’m hoping to lose that 3 before Saturday. It just might be able to do it. I’m keeping low on the carbs and putting in some extra time at the gym. Fingers crossed I see a 25 number for my finale. I will literally be jumping with joy!

So back to the focus of this post – what happened today.

I started on my favorite elliptical while waiting until 7am. I got a nice rhythm and burn going as a warm up and I was pretty happy with it. I logged just under 20 minutes before Jackson pulled us to start working out.

We started on the stairs today. Oh the stairs. Divided in two groups, we each took a flight of stairs and round and round we went. Timing at approximately 30 second intervals (ish), we ran and walked the stairs. This went on for (I think) around 10 minutes.

Next we headed over to the gym where Jackson planned a circuit. There were three stations (two groups again) and we repeated exercises for various timed intervals.

Round 1
Squat medicine ball toss-up a wall
– Jump rope
– Bicep curls with TRX

We stayed at our station for 3 reps – 50 seconds, 40 seconds and 30 seconds with 10 second rests. Round 2 was the same with different exercises.

Round 2
Running touches at three points in the gym.
– Burpees with the half ball thingy (I really need to learn the name of it)
– Push ups and roll outs with the TRX

Commence dripping sweat. I’m fairly certain I left a puddle somewhere in the gym!

But wait…. there’s more!

Next we headed out to the machines in the gym. In pairs, two were on the bike with the fan (he called it something but I don’t know what), two were on the recumbent bike and two were on the nu step. For approximately 5 minutes we did 30 second sprints with 15 second recovery. Then switched and repeated until we went through all three machines.

We stretched and called it a day. What a day it was.

I’m heading back tonight to take Zumba and Kickboxing. I haven’t done a double class in a while and certainly not after I already had well over an hour of cardio / strength this morning. Here’s praying I actually SURVIVE the double class!

Never give up

Amazing PeopleI feel inspired today! I truly do.

Today was an off day from the Biggest Winner program which means Jackson challenged us to 90 minutes of cardio. I got this!

I headed to the gym today with a goal in mind to start on the arc trainer, however about 5 minutes in – I realized that I was in no mood for this machine. I don’t know why or how (I normally love it) but I just could not get motivated on the machine … so I quit and went to something else.

While I’m all for pushing myself and doing things I don’t like…. with a 90 minute challenge and a limited about of time in the gym today … I need to make every minute count so I hopped over to the station bikes.

BadassContrary to my hatred for spin, I actually like biking! Today, I picked one of my favorite bikes and a set of 8 lb hand weights. The last time I biked I noticed I didn’t do much with my hands and they just sat there… that’s not acceptable. Today, I focused on alternating sprints and lifting.

30 second sprint on bike, 30 second active recovery while doing curls and repeat. I did this for 20 minutes. I was rather proud of myself.

Next I headed to the elliptical. Here I spent another 20 minutes busting my butt at a variety level 8. Boy some of those hills are tough but I was happy with my decision.

Next I spent 15 minutes lifting some weights. I worked on pull downs, pull backs, chest press and leg curls.

Finally, I spent the rest of my time on my arch nemis the treadmill. Taking a page from Jackson’s book, I did a 3.0 warmFat Crying up before going into the fun. Starting at the 5 minute mark, I increased the incline 1% every minute until I hit 15. I walked at the 15% mark for another minute before repeating the process going back down. I finished off with a 3 minute cool down and then hit the showers.

I was pretty happy overall. My total timed workout was 1 hour and 20 minutes. I’m 10 minutes shy but I plan to get another workout in later.

I took 6,522 steps

Burned 676 calories

Had a total activity level of 1 hour and 5 minutes (keep in mind, lifting weights usually doesn’t trigger the moderate activity level since I inched up how hard I have to work to make the numbers move).

SweatHad 21 minutes of vigorous activity.

As it stands for the day, I have 798 calories left to burn to meet my goal. I have one hour of moderate activity and 2 minutes of vigorous activity. I’m at 8,710 steps for the day (already over the goal of 8,000) and I’m happy to see these numbers increase (or decrease) as the day goes on.

It’s been a really good day!

The Biggest Loser Day 18: Crunch time

We’re getting down to the wire. Our team is in a solid 3rd place (where we’ve been pretty much the whole time). Jackson481947_853431714565_923225824_n is reminding us there’s only 7 training days left with him (I’m sad). He also indicated we need a 2% loss EACH in order to come out ahead. I’m up for the challenge. That’s like 6 pounds! What the hell!

So today I woke up rather sluggish and really unmotivated but that all changed. Today we started with a brisk warmup on the arc trainers. Once we were moving, Jackson took us upstairs to the kettle bell area (oh boy) and track.

Today’s circuit featured a variety of exercises.

Round 1

  • Kettle bell presses (one arm at a time for speed)
  • Weighted rope waves with squats
  • Wall sit with 15-20 lb Kettle Bell

Round 2

  • Side-steps (one leg on / one off) on the half ball thing.
  • Double rope slams
  • deadlifts with the kettle bell

Round 3

  • Jumps over a hurdle
  • Weighted circle ropes
  • Squat thrusts with the kettle bell up overhead

In between each round we went for a quick jog around the track 2-3 times.

After we repeated the circuit (2-3 times each round), we headed downstairs to the weight area to do a series of timed reps.

  • Pull down
  • Hammer curls with hand weights while standing on one foot
  • Chest Flys

We finished in the gym with a few quick cardio bursts

  • High Knees
  • Kick outs
  • Butt kicks
  • Jumps

And then I died. Well, at least that’s what I felt like happened! In reality, I’m still here and moving but I’m exhausted. The chest flys killed me.

About halfway through the workout today, Jackson noticed I wasn’t giving my all. It wasn’t on purpose, more so exhaustion. Then he started reminding me about my dress for Saturday and he kept on it. It was literally like a fire under my ass! I needed that. That’s why I love him!

I started thinking back today how initially I thought I was in over my head when I started this in January. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come in just a month. I can’t believe the program is almost over. I’m really sad about that. I haven’t figured out what my next move will be. I’ve been kicking around a bunch of ideas. There’s always something interesting that pops up at the gym so I’m sure something will come around.

I wish I could just hit the powerball so I could have a trainer every week. I’m going to miss my daily workouts with Jackson after this is over. I’ll buy another package down the road again, but I’m not sure when. I’ll probably ask for it for my birthday.

At this point in time, I’m positive I’ve crossed over to obsession. All I want is weight loss / fitness things. We’re in the process of house hunting and I keep using the proximity to the gym as a major deciding factor. I also use whether there is a location to set up a home gym. MUST HAVE!

I can’t lose focus that this is a part of my life now and I don’t want to because when we move, it’s going to be for a long while and when that day comes I want to know there is a location for me to do workouts. Somewhere… some how.. I don’t care if it’s a shed with heat – it’ll work just fine for me!