Name: A. Lander
Improvement: Increased Strength / 2% Reduction of Body fat
Time: 3 months
Program: 2011 Total Transformation Challenge
What was your biggest challenge / obstacle (s)?
Since I did not need to lose any weight or quit smoking, I had to get my points from doing the cardio, strength and stretching challenges. Doing at least 10 more miles than the required amount per week took up a lot of time but it was worth it. I would get a brisk 1 mile walk at lunch time and often put in several more miles after work before the Wellness Center opened.
What motivated you to stay on the course?
Seeing my regular exercise buddies doing challenges and congratulating each other on our achievements was very helpful. Plus when I was doing my challenges, hearing Rami say "Come on, you're almost there" or "I know you can do it" or “BEAUTIFUL JOB!"
Did your diet change? If so, How? Please be detailed!
After losing more than 40 pounds and keeping it off for over 35 years, I know how to eat properly. I always eat a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, soy products and drink lots of water. I also cheat about twice a week with ice cream or some other treat knowing that's "all business" the next day.
What advice could you give to others that want the same results?
You have to have confidence and BELIEVE that you can do it, and then give it your best effort. Seeing how much stronger and sculpted by body was becoming and getting compliments from my husband for my hard efforts was rewarding. Exercising with friends that have similar goals and having family support can only help you reach your goals.
How is this experience going to affect you going forward?
I realized that being at your ideal weight or even thinner is DIFFERENT than being physically fit. Fitness is a continuous journey of activity incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. You don't have to go to the gym and exercise for 3 hours every day but you do have to MOVE. Go for a brisk walk, jog, walk the dog, stretch or do some push-ups. Move it or lose it, as they say. Ten minutes here and ten minutes there, add up and will make a difference.