2015 Spring Transformation Challenge Runner-Up
*Results not typical
I began this 90 day challenge for different reasons. At 54 I began to think about how I want to spend the rest of my life. I’d like to be healthy, fit, in better condition and more nutritionally balanced.
So I said to myself, Let’s do it.
I was an athlete in my youth. My 20’s, 30’s and 40’s were spent active but with no fitness program in place. My 40’s were the most challenging. A cancer diagnosis at 40, followed by extensive abdominal radiation, gall bladder removal all leaving me with long term digestive side effects. A herniated disk left me with nerve damage to my left leg. Finally a divorce.
I signed up for this challenge with a purpose. Getting my life back together meant regaining control of my physical and emotional well being.
First I set a goal, had a vision, and set a plan in place.
Goal: To get lean, in much better cardio condition and I decided that I was in it to win it. Lofty I know, but true. In order to be in contention of winning, I knew my numbers needed to be high so I set a 60% change in BF as a main goal.
The vision: I could envision how I’d look at the end, and I could feel the excitement.
The Plan: Set with my personal trainer Gary Larson:
Strength training 3 times a week.
7-9 hours cardio on the exercise bike,
4800 meters in the pool weekly.
I enlisted in nutrition coaching and metabolic coaching and invested in a Suunto heart rate monitor and watch through Lifetime that is pool savvy also.
I charted my workouts on my computer, logged my earing daily, and photo documented my progress every time that I weighed in. This all helped keep me focused and on target. I consistently was dropping BF and tweeked things when need be.
Weigh in weekend I purchased all of my supplements for the journey saving an extra 10% at the LifeCafé. Whey Protein, dynamic greens, womens am/pm, fish oil calcium probiotics, Glutamine, HCL enzyme. I ordered MIO body care because I know that my skin had been neglected as well and was going to take a hit through this process.
Nutrition: This was critical. The logging helped immensely.
Sunday and Wednesday were meal prep days. I eat clean, every 2-3 hours, organic, as well as grass fed, free range and wild caught fish for my proteins. No dairy, no alcohol, no cheating. I was super disciplined.
125-150 grams carbs/day
80-90 grams protein/day
45 grams fat/day
I thought it was important to incorporate this challenge into my regular life. I attended celebrations, made treats for special occasions without sampling anything. I traveled to a show in Kansas City for 5 days staying in a hotel with a kitchen and workout room with my meals prepped in advance, all with my focus forward on my goal. I did my strength training at the beautiful Overland Park Life Time. Thank you for your hospitality. That week I continued to drop body fat.
I ended up with upper respiratory flu for 3 1/2 weeks which left my workouts altered and out of the pool, but I kept a positive attitude and focused.
I had major personal and stresses just like everyone else, but the changes I was making became a great release for me and helped provide a much needed balance.
It was incredible to watch my ranking on the leaderboard continue to go up and the excitement on my trainers face. Gary reminded me of a Vince Lombardi quote: Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
I am super lean, and feel amazing. I love going to the gym. Our Lifet Time is one of the oldest in the company, without some of the amenities, but it is beautifully maintained and staffed. There is always a friendly hello and help if you need it. I am very humbled by the kind words and support of the members and staff. I even found the courage to tell people that my goal was to win this challenge. I love my Life Time and would love to bring a title to Woodbury.
All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me. That went through my head daily.
It is important for me to thank my family, especially my mom who inspires me daily, my friends, clients, my PT Gary, and even my dog for cheering me on with their faith and belief in me.
Hopefully, my story will inspire you to put a someday on your calendar.