Orange Theory Fitness and Progress Pics

Last October a friend of mine told me about this new gym called Orange Theory Fitness that was opening up in our town. I had been searching for a gym to join that was something other than the standard. Something I would enjoy; that would keep me coming back. I had considered Cross Fit, but it seemed a bit too intense for me, especially at my current fitness level and weight. So, I set up a meeting with the owners of the local Orange Theory to see what it was all about.  As a founding member, I would get free access to the twice a week boot camps that were being held by the head trainer starting in November until the gym was complete. And then I would get two free weeks at the gym before I actually had to pay a dime.  Why not, right?  If I decide it isn’t for me, I’m not out anything but my time – and tons of sweat it turns out.  So, I signed up.

In late November, boot camp started.  In late December a different friend made me some awesome workout shirts.  One of them just had #otf on the back.  Short for Orange Theory Fitness…of course….My trainer loved the shirt and asked if she could take a picture of her and I showing off the shirt.  I told her sure, as long as she cut out my rear end if they were planning to post on social media.

In March the gym finally opened – and with it a 6 week weight loss challenge, which of course I signed up for.  My workouts were amazing and I was going 5 days a week.  On the other hand, my head wasn’t in the game for the first 3 weeks when it came to diet and nutrition.  Half-way point, I was up a pound.  Frustrating, but not as bad as I thought.  The weight loss challenge ended last weekend.  In the end, I lost almost 5 pounds and 3 inches.  Not bad, considering where I was at the half way point.

At the end of the challenge I asked my coach about that #otf picture she took back in December.  I wondered if she still had it – she did. I asked if she had cut my rear end out of it – she didn’t.  So, I asked her if we could take a new pic to compare with to December picture to see how far I have come since the start of boot camp.

THE RESULTS……

 

IMG_8251Guys – I have lost around 10 pounds since this picture in December was taken.  Ten pounds is good progress, but holy cow – the differences here….I’m shocked.  This is why you take progress pictures.  My weight loss has been super slow because I’m not always eating the best.  Don’t get me wrong, my eating is much improved, but I still have my days where I don’t track on my weight watchers app, or I do track, but I’m way over my points for the day – or even the week.  This is my choice, because this is a lifestyle change, and something I have to be able to maintain for life.  So for me – that means a day here and there when I don’t have to think about what I eat – make sure it is a good choice, or healthy…ya know?  But these pictures tell so much more of the story than the scale ever will.  This is what keeps you motivated to eat healthy most days and to kick ASS at the gym!

Coach Mary Kate (pictured above) and all of the coaches at Orange Theory Fitness are amazing – so supportive.  And the environment of this place cannot be beat.  I can’t say enough about this amazing gym.  I have found the perfect gym!

And if you are curious about my progress pictures from the weight loss challenge only – some pretty good differences there too – even though it was only about 5 pounds lost 🙂

 

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Fat Loss Fast Track-Week 1 Update

One week down in my Fat Loss Fast Track (FLFT) program and I’m doing great! Our only official goal for the week was to track everything we ate and how we felt throughout the day.  I journaled every day and really ate pretty healthy, even though that wasn’t part of the goal.  Something about having to write down that I ate 20 cheese & cracker sandwiches, stops me from eating it – usually.

My 30 day goal is to find some other activity other than snacking after dinner. I have found that sitting idle in front of the TV or Computer = high risk unnecessary sacking at night.  Added bonus to this – a sense of accomplishment when I complete some small task I would have ignored in the past.  Fold a load of laundry, clear the dishwasher, take a walk…etc.  Since this isn’t the main focus of our week this week, right now I’m just working on awareness.  Asking myself before I eat something – Am I hungry? It is worth it? My answer to both of these are almost always no. Sometimes that was enough to stop me, sometimes not.  If I ate it, I wrote it down.

I know every week won’t be this easy. At some point, I’m going to get tired of what I’m eating and I’m going to want to fall back into old habits.  This is where the skills I’m learning now with FLFT are going to become super important. Not to mention the amazing support our group has with the other members and our leader, Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential.

I joined a Diet Bet challenge with a few co-workers the same day FLFT started – so week 1 down on that too.  Guess what?!?!  I’ve already hit my goal weight! I’ve lost 6.8 pounds in one week! I was eating terribly for about 2 weeks before this started, so a lot of the weight is probably water weight, but I still feel amazing with this progress! Now just to maintain, which I know I can because I have the amazing FLFT program to help me through it!

 

Fat Loss Fast Track

 

13615380_1127860453902052_8247594300613495127_nThis week I started a new 90 day program called Fat Loss Fast Track, which is led by Elizabeth Benton at Primal Potential.  If you haven’t heard of this lady, you need to check her out NOW! She has tons of free info on her website to help you on your weight loss journey.

You notice I didn’t call it a diet program? Because it isn’t.  It is a program to help you work towards a life style change.  Something I have known I have needed for years. No special or restrictive diet to help you lose a bunch of weight – and then once you hit your goal – you fall right back into old habits, devouring everything you have denied yourself the entire time you were on the diet.  Yes, this program does talk about nutrition and the best foods to eat to get the best fat burning results. But the magic food, amounts, combinations, etc. are different for every person.  This program teaches you how to track not only what you eat, but how it makes you feel, your energy level, your mood, your cravings…it teaches you to pay attention to what your body is telling you.

This program also focus on adjusting your mind-set.  Instead of I can’t eat cupcakes they aren’t on my diet – you say I choose not to eat that cupcake because it will not get me closer to my goals.

I’m only into week 1 of this program.  Our focus this week is to just focus on the journal I mentioned above.  Journal everything you eat, how it makes you feel and any extreme changes in mood/hunger/cravings/energy.  That’s it! We were also asked to create a 30 day goal. I wanted my goal to be no eating after dinner – a big, bad habit of mine. But Elizabeth suggested a more positive spin on the goal (See the I choose to, instead of I can’t above). So my 30 day goal is – After dinner I will fill my time with an activity other than unnecessary snacking. Other activities might include – post on our program’s Facebook page, take a walk, crochet, read a book, do a puzzle, exercise, get a glass of water, ask myself if I’m hungry, ask myself if this snack will get me closer to my goal, clean something, write a blog post….

I’ve done better this week with eating after dinner, but I have not perfect. And that’s OK.  We are working toward progress here…not prefection!

I will continue to post on my progress with the program, so check back often!