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 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.

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.

The Biggest Winner: Day 2

Today I have a new respect for my body. After running through the fitness tests on Monday, Tuesday just brought unimaginable pain – but in a good way.

Some of you may recall my post from Facebook last night. I swore our trainer was home plotting his own little dungeon like Dolvett did on the Biggest Loser. Jackson is so much like him it’s scary!

As suggested, I arrived at the gym about 20 minutes early. This gave me a chance to put my things away and hop on some machines for a quick warm up. I did about 7 minutes on the elliptical and then another 7 minutes stretching to get nice and warm. As I was warming up, I watched Jackson set up his own little dungeon (I knew he would) in the gym. First he went past with kettle bells, then bars, medicine balls and a ladder rope. Oh boy…

One of the things I love about Jackson is he’s very prompt. We start at 7 a.m. on the dot (or even early) and he works us until 8 a.m. or even after. He was like that as my personal trainer too. He commits to give you every minute you pay for and I love that about him! There’s no slacking off!

We started with a circuit and partners alternating from strength to cardio. We would eventually do 3 sets of everything. For the strength – it was rows and dead lifts with the bar. Next it was squats, press and triceps with hand weights and then lunges and curls with the kettle bells. When we were on the strength training, we were on the cardio with the rope ladder doing three different running drills. One of the guys in my group said it best… “These are running back moves… we’re a bunch of linemen.” I love my group – they’re really great.

I was paired with Deb today. She’s really nice. I got to know her a little bit more as we worked together. As partners, Jackson was relying on us to inspire each other. She’s a sweet lady and I’m happy I got to work with her.

After the first circuit of drills, we moved to the next circuit. This time it was medicine balls thrown into the floor (my favorite anger management exercise), triceps push ups off some stand thingy (oh my god the pain) and then crunches with our legs up in the air and reaching with another medicine ball (more pain). We took turns with our partner encouraging and doing and then repeating.

After the two circuits, which took the majority of the time. Jackson spent the last 10 minutes focusing on stretching. I think it’s good he incorporates this to make sure we’re all adequately stretched at the end of the work out.

According to my band, I had approximately over 900 calories burned during the workout (though I will verify this later when I can get it on the computer). Unfortunately, that’s the one downfall of the band. When it syncs to bluetooth, it doesn’t go to the web. I’m kinda bummed by that. I thought it would go back and forth. At least I can see it while it’s happening and dissect it later.

So as I sit here eating my lunch, I can tell you today I have a new level of respect for my body. There were many points (mostly during the triceps push ups) that I felt like death but I kept going. Today, I hurt in places I didn’t even know I could hurt but that’s a good thing. I know I did something today and I’m very proud of myself.

Tomorrow is our off day. I haven’t decided what I want to do. Part of me wants to stop at the Total Body Sculpt class and pick up some extra calorie burn or maybe just go for a run. The other half of me is saying … STOP … REST… RECOVER before Thursday (which is sure to be a killer) kicks into gear. I guess we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

In other news, given my trainers love of weight lifting I believe I need to make a trip to the store tonight and to get some gloves. I really don’t want icky, rough hands and it’ll likely help with my grip. I think I’ll buy an armband for my phone so I can also listen to music. I’ve been meaning to get one of those but haven’t had a chance to hunt for one big enough for the droid.

It was bound to happen

see yourself I knew the day would come and I was hoping it would be soon! Today, I had that moment. The shining moment where you put ony our clothes and look in the mirror and feel like you’ve really accomplished something.

Today I pulled out a shirt I normally layer because I hated the way it hugged my curves (that I didn’t like). Normally, this is where the sweater over shirt comes into play but I just put it on and … (gasp) I looked great. It laid correctly, it didn’t hug everything I hate and it was actually loose on my body.

People kept telling me that I’d wake up and finally see the changes. Six months into this transformation (and really about 12 weeks), I finally see the differences in myself.

I’m literally jumping with joy! It’s the happiest I’ve been in a while. I know I’m getting one step closer to my goals. I just wanted to share that joy with you!

Training heaven

Today was rough! Like seriously rough.

My day didn’t start out that way though. I actually woke up early (thanks to a certain furry child who decided my face tasted yummy). I thought it would get me off to a great start to get … ha WRONG.

My day at work actually went well (mostly). It’s the first day back after the holiday and the last two days before the huge conferences my boss (and most of senior management) will be heading to on Wednesday. So, simply put – it was a little crazy.

What really threw a wrench in my day was around 2:30 p.m. when the headache started. It annoyed me. It was one of those pounding bastards that just wouldn’t give. It plagued me until at least 5:30 (which by the way was 30 minutes into my training appointment).

Now the old me – a headache would have been excuse #1 to give up and just skip. Oh I don’t feel go… I’m going hope. NOPE! I’m not that person anymore. Headache or not my ass was going to meet Jackson and I was going to bust my butt to get the most out of my training session.

We started on the stepper with 10 minutes of wonderful joy on the machine. I actually like the stepper (go figure). I hauled ass on it too and I was happy with it. Next, we moved over to the TRX ropes. I’m not a huge fan of this contraption because A) I have balance issues. When I feel off balance I don’t like it and B) it’s hard to pull your own weight.

Jackson had me do a series of pull-ups, bicep curls and squats (15 / 3x). After kicking my ass there, we moved over to the stairwell where he had me do a series of 100 step ups. My legs were seriously on FIRE. 

After 100 steps (200 technically), Jackson and I headed upstairs to the second floor workout area. Here we decided to play with the rope and kettle bells. He had me swinging the ropes for a good 20 minutes or so. He called it something, I called it anger management. I actually really liked it.

After torture with the ropes, Jackson then put me through a series of workouts with the kettle bells. These may be my least favorite piece of equipment. I know they’re great workouts but man they hurt!!!!

For the last exercise, Jackson put me to the test. He asked me what I’ve lost so far and I told him 38 pounds since May. He then promptly handed me 40 pounds in kettlebells and made me walk a quarter mile.

Simple right? Yeah those weights felt like 1,000 pounds by the end of the third lap. It was really inspiring though. That 40 pounds was just about what I’ve lost so far and for how heavy it was … I can’t believe I lugged around that much extra weight. It was like something straight out of the Biggest Loser.

Speaking of which, the gym apparently has a program in the new year called the Biggest Winner which involves 4 group training sessions per week. Jackson is one of the group trainers. The minute sign up start I’m jumping right on his team. I don’t care WHAT time of day he does his sessions – I will make it work. He is the most amazing trainer on earth and I can’t bear the thought of losing him. I can however, love the possibility to see his sweet face 4 days a week!

Well that’s all for tonight. Later all!