Friday, March 18, 2011

Biggest Loser Final

Wow!  What a competition!  And most importantly, significant healthy fitness lifestyle changes!  For those of you who have been following my Biggest Loser Teams, I have the results for you.  Although it remained incredibly close from week to week, in the end "Booty Busters" prevailed.

I've included slides with the important statistics from the awards presentation we had today.  I've also included the video that was shown.  As you can see, there were some highly motivated individuals who made some remarkable changes.

It was a very emotional event as the winning team, individual team winners and the overall winner were announced.  Tears and cheers were shared by all in attendance.  Since it is not listed in the charts that follow, I have to give kudos to the winner.  As with the rest of the participants, he has asked not to be named, but I can tell you this.  He lost 29.2 pounds, 7.7% body fat and 5.5 inches from his waist!  Talk about dedication!

It was a blast working with both teams.  As I reinforced to them today, although the competition was a vehicle to create excitement and camaraderie, the real goal was for each to improve his/her own health and fitness.  And this they did.  Everyone of them made improvements.  Each one of them is truly a winner!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Biggest Loser Progress Report Week 9

One week to go, and both teams are still incredibly close!  Unfortunately this week saw a couple of competitors from both teams out with illness or business trips, so I was not able to do new body composition readings on everyone.  Incredibly, the combined weight loss for both teams is now at 211.9 pounds!  Competitors - pick up the pace as you approach the finish line!  Who will be the biggest loser?

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Biggest Loser Progress Report Week 8

With only two more weeks remaining in the contest, both teams are still incredibly close.  The combined weight lost by both teams now totals 188.4 pounds.  And take a look at the inches lost from their's now at a combined 37.25!

Each team had two of their contestants unavailable for measurements this week, so I had to use their most recent measurements in calculating the averages.  For that reason I also hate to pinpoint either taking the lead...but as you can see by the numbers either team can win.  Keep up the great work and continue to lose!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

A Great "Healthy and Fit Lifestyle" Testimonial

I received this testimonial today from Bryna Reed, one of my 5 am "Body Blast" class participants, along with her permission to share it with others.  I will certainly be using excerpts of it on the Personal Best website, but I was so impressed with Bryna's accomplishments and dedication to a healthy and fit lifestyle that I wanted to share her letter in its entirety with my readers. Thanks Bryna!

Bryna Reed Testimonial:
I'm a 35 year old stay at home mom. I have two children, ages 5 and 18 months.  I look quite different than I did as a 34 year old stay at home mom.  I've lost about 63 pounds over the last year.  I am very proud of this weight loss but about 2 months ago I realized if I didn't do better about exercise I'd be turning 36 and back to where I was or worse before the weight loss.

I had done fairly well on my own regarding exercise.  I would work out in the evening at home using my vast collection of DVDs that I've gathered over the years.  The exercise community has done a great job producing every type of exercise DVD one could hope for. What they haven't done is create a DVD player that forces you to get off the couch and put the DVD in the player and actually do the work.

There were simply too many reasons to not exercise.  By the time I picked my daughter up from school, took her to whatever evening activity she was enrolled in, prepared dinner, put the kids to bed and finished out the day I hadn't seen too much of my husband. I felt guilty for saying, "now that I haven't seen you all day I need you to go upstairs to work or watch TV, I'm going to need this TV for at least an hour to get my exercise in.  I'll see you at bedtime." I'd be working out as late as 11pm sometimes.  When the self induced guilt and separation anxiety from my husband kicked in I just quit working out. Evening workouts just weren't going to work.

I didn't want to join a gym because again, there are some good ones out there, but they aren't really going to care if I show up or not. I needed accountability and I needed a time that would work for me.

I drive past Rick's Personal Best studio 5 days a week at least twice a day as I take my daughter to her school each day.  I noticed the studio because I have a friend whose business used to occupy that space.  I didn't ever imagine I would start working with a trainer. So while I noticed the space it just wasn't registering with me that I needed to look up the website.

I finally bit the bullet and decided I needed to search out the accountability factor in my need for exercise.  I looked up his website and found that he does boot camps.  Even better he had offered them in the past for as early as 5 am.  Wait? Even better? Nah. 5am is out of the question. Or was it? I am anything BUT a morning person.  As most people know you are forced out of that if kids show up in the dynamic.  But as a parent you also relish any opportunity to sleep if you aren't tending to those children.  So the thought of willfully waking up when the children are actually sleeping seemed ridiculous.  Even more ridiculous was the thought of getting up at 4:30 when you may have only just gone to sleep 3 hours earlier after being up with a sick or fussy kid. After discussing it with another mom we determined it might actually be perfect.  We would be done by 6am before anyone in the house would have to be disturbed. My best theory was that this would be the ultimate in accountability.  If Rick agreed to do a 5am boot camp I sure as heck HAD to show up.    

I managed to recruit two people to join in with me and Rick was kind enough to agree to conduct the 5am workout for these three moms.  We all quickly learned that getting up early wasn't so bad. It is nice to have a great workout in before the sunrise so that you can continue on your day and not have to figure out when you will get that workout in.  I've found that the household runs much better when I'm up and at 'em.  Now that we've been doing this I've started getting up early on the off days to get a run on the treadmill in.  I'm left asking myself, "who is this person?" I'm also left without excuses.  There is nothing stopping me at 5am from working out.

Besides the benefits of an early morning workout discovering Personal Best has been phenomenal.  Rick is such a great trainer.  He creates the perfect circuit for us and knows how to challenge us but keep the workout achievable.  He is encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. Rick knows how to push us to get results.  And we've definitely seen results.  I'm finally gaining confidence not just in my athletic abilities but my appearance.  I'm not sure I will ever look like the 115 pound teenager I was so many years ago.  However, that 16 year old never had the muscle definition I have in my arms after 6 weeks of training with Rick.  I feel stronger than I ever have. My stamina has improved so much which is important when you're chasing after a toddler.  I no longer feel like I need a nap in the middle of the day.  I'm now thrilled to get up when the sun is just beginning to think of rising.  I look forward to the workouts and feel great when we've accomplished a tough morning's workout.  Make no mistake, the workouts are tough but they are perfectly tailored to the abilities of the three of us.  Achieving my personal best is guaranteed as long as I'm working out at Personal Best Lexington with Rick Lewis.

Biggest Loser Progress Report Week 7

Talk about neck-and-neck in the homestretch!  Both teams remain incredibly close, with "Beefcakes and Bombshells" slightly edging out "Booty Busters" in total body fat reduction.  The combined weight loss for both teams is now at 168.6 pounds.

I have to say I am incredibly impressed with both teams' motivation.  The workouts have become incredibly intense, but all 20 contestants have been up to the task.  Their endurance and strength have reached new "personal bests" as they complete every exercise or task I throw at them.

Three more weeks to go in the race.  Is it going to be a photo finish?

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Biggest Loser Progress Report Week 6

So when does being a loser make you a winner?  Just ask the competitors in the Biggest Loser group I'm working with.  Both teams combined have lost a total of 153.4 pounds so far!  This past week "Booty Busters" slightly edged out "Beefcakes and Bombshells".  But both teams are very close...which will be the Biggest Loser???

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Biggest Loser Progress Report Week 5

My Biggest Loser group just completed the halfway mark of their competition and continue to show steady progress!  Although the teams are extremely close, "Beefcakes and Bombshells" edged out "Booty Busters" this week with better stats.  Who will be the Biggest Loser?