The Fitness Train is preparing to leave the station!
I am so excited to have many of you joining me in the Fitness Train Challenge! We’re going to shed some serious pounds this month and I can’t wait to hear about your personal successes.
Allow me to introduce my Fitness Train Passengers:
Shannon is a fellow mom who has decided that it’s time for her “ghetto booty” to get the boot. Her goal is to build muscle, define that mid-section and run a 10k in 50 minutes. To do this, she’s being more intentional with increasing her weights and is alternating strength training days with running days.
Tracey is a paramedic who struggles with skipping meals. Working late shifts on an empty stomach often leads to 7-11 and Timmy’s calling her name so part of her action plan is to always have healthy snacks on hand. Tracey loves her Crossfit but knows she needs to add cardio if she wants to see the greatest gains so she’s starting with 2.5 km runs twice a week in addition to her demanding Crossfit schedule.
Bree will be walking down the aisle in six months and her goal is to lose 20-30 pounds by the big day. She’s picked up Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet (which I highly recommend) and is focusing on eating clean for the duration of the FTC. In addition, Bree is keeping a food journal, committing to five exercise classes a week, and perhaps the biggest of all, cutting out all sugar and alcohol for the 28-day challenge!
Heidi is one of my beautiful pregnant ladies who is joining the FTC. Obviously, her goals are very different than the rest of us — she is hoping to gain less than 15 pounds by the end of her pregnancy, which would bring her to the 25 pound mark that “they” say is healthy. Heidi has already begun purging her kitchen of anything that will compromise her goals and is striving to make time for daily activity — whether it be walking to the library with the kids or playing with them at the park.
Hannah is a woman I met in a completely random way here in California (love those moments!). After experiencing a car crash that immobilized her for months, she’s ready to get back on the fitness track and was immediately on board for this challenge! Her end goal is to lose just over 15 pounds and tone up her mid-section. To do this, Hannah’s reducing her refined sugar and carb intake while increasing her organic veggies and lean proteins. She’s also committing to five weekly workouts of weights and cardio and two Bikram yoga classes per week while also focusing on getting enough hydration throughout the day.
Rebecca is already feeling the impact of the healthy changes she’s been making over the past few weeks and is setting an aggressive goal for herself of losing 10 pounds during this challenge. Cutting out mayo, switching to sprouted bread, and eliminating the highly-processed sauces that promise to make cooking easier (but worse for you!) has made a noticeable difference in flattening her tummy. For FTC, Rebecca’s ready to kick it up a notch and not only eat clean but commit to exercising five times a week with Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown or 30 Day Shred. To make it happen, she’s scheduling each workout on her calendar.
Lynda‘s body has a special place in my heart because at one time (about 29 years ago, in fact) I lived in it. Needless to say, I am thrilled that my mum is on the Train! Although many of us wish that we didn’t love food as much, my mother’s disinterest in food is one of her biggest challenges. She is notorious for skipping meals and so part of Lynda’s challenge is to follow a daily meal plan which includes three meals and two snacks. She has recently started Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred and will continue to muscle through those intense workouts while also being diligent about drinking enough H2O.
Natasha M. not only shares my name but has also birthed twins. She admits that she hasn’t worked out much since having her first child 7 years ago and as most moms can appreciate, her goal is to get toned all over with a focus on her core. Natasha has already implemented her Action Plan by joining Jillian Michael’s online weight loss program and committing to her DVD and home circuits. She’s scrapping many of her former cooking habits for cleaner meals and is keeping a food/exercise journal. After seeing her hubby and kids devour the brown rice she made for the first time recently, Natasha is excited to see her healthy changes impact her entire family.
Next post, you’ll meet the rest of the passengers!
WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM?
You’ve got until the weekend to get on board! Even if all you can send me is your goal and action plan — do it! Get your measurements in sometime next week. I will NOT share your weight or measurements online! In fact, if you want to be anonymous, you can do that, too. There are a few passengers who have asked to not be mentioned and I respect that.
You don’t want to miss this Train!
I am so incredibly motivated and proud to be on this journey with all of you! I’ve decided that my goal is not about a certain weight or inches, because I’m happy with my current size, but I do have a few goals in mind!
- to develop a six-pack and leaner/stronger thighs
- to introduce more leafy greens to my diet
- to drink enough water — at least 60 ounces a day + 20 ounces more for workouts
To do this, I will:
- eating clean every day, allowing myself two cheat meals or snacks per week
- attempt to use a new leafy green (i.e. kale) once per week
- continue doing three days a week of kettlebell classes and three days a week of 1/2 Marathon training runs
- have Sundays as complete rest days — giving my body time to recuperate
- wear four of my son’s Iron Man Silly Bandz on my left wrist in the morning and each time I empty my 15 oz. Nalgene, I’ll move a Silly Bandz over to my right wrist. By the end of the day, I should have all four on my right wrist. I’m pretty sure people are going to look at me funny with brightly colored Silly Bandz on both my wrists but come on, at least they’re not the Justin Bieber ones.
I want to close with a quote from Heidi because I think it’s something we will all have to recite to ourselves over the course of this challenge:
If I fail, I will pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again instead of giving up.
LET’S DO THIS!!!