• 6th Look Better Naked Transformation Contest Results

    [info] Down below is 6th annual transformation contest contestants. Please take the time to pick who you think is the winner.

    A transformation contest is not just a chance to lose weight and inches, but it is an opportunity to change your life forever and instill positive habits into your life and get rid of the negative.

    The people below made a decision to take action to change. Things are always going on and thing will always come up, so it isn’t about doing it when you have time or when ever you feel it’s convenient. If something is important to you– you will find the time period.

    A big huge shoutout to all those contestants that finished the challenge.

    You truly are AWESOME!!

    Please select who you feel is the winner based on their story, pcis and measurements. Leave a comment at the bottom with the name you feel is the winner.

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    Casey M

    Before Essay:

    In 1998 I had just graduated high school and was in the best shape of my life.  I played sports and was about 200lbs.  Like many people, after high school I wasn’t very active anymore.  I was still hunting in the winter and fishing in the summer time. It just wasn’t the same.  On top of that, I got an education and had a desk job after I graduated college in 2001.  By 2005 I had been through a divorce and was about 240lbs.  I started thinking that it was time to start losing some weight. I started playing basketball a couple of nights a week at my church.  One night I went up for a lay-up and I came down wrong on my left knee.  I had torn my ACL.  I had to have surgery that year.  During recovery I slipped and fell again walking on my crutches and injured my knee again.  I knew it was bad but I had lost my job at that point and had no insurance, so I didn’t go back to the doctor right away.  About a year later in June of 2006 I had an MRI done.  It showed that my ACL was torn in half and that I had a very bad torn meniscus from walking on it that way.  I finally had insurance again and was able to get it repaired.  After that, not being active was a habit, and my knee was an excuse.  I got married in 2007 and was 260lbs.  As of May 27, 2013 I weigh 335lbs.  I saw a picture of my 18 year old self and then I saw a picture of myself today.  It’s a big difference.  My goal is to be healthier not only for myself, but to be around longer for my wife and two kids.  No more excuses.  It’s time to get it done

    After    * weight 335.4/324  -11.4    * Neck 17.5-- 17.75   +.25    * Arm 15.375-   15    -.375    * Chest 53.175    51.25   -1.925    * Waist 61--  59.25     -1.75    * Hips 55.25---  53.5     -1.75    * Thigh 31----   29.75    -1.25    * Calves 20.5----  20    -.5 Total inches lost=   7.3"

    Before/After
    * weight 335.4/324 -11.4
    * Neck 17.5– 17.75 +.25
    * Arm 15.375- 15 -.375
    * Chest 53.175 51.25 -1.925
    * Waist 61– 59.25 -1.75
    * Hips 55.25— 53.5 -1.75
    * Thigh 31—- 29.75 -1.25
    * Calves 20.5—- 20 -.5
    Total inches lost= 7.3″

    After Essay:

    When I started this contest, it gave me the push I needed to start losing weight.  I did okay, but I think I could have done much better.  I only attended one of the workouts the first week. After that, I always had an excuse as to why I didn’t go back.  To be honest with myself, I was just being lazy.  I am proud to say that I was able to cut out about 80% of the pop and sweets that I was eating.  That was really hard for me.  I was drinking at least a 2-liter of Mountain Dew each day along with 2 or 3 sweets each day.  It took me about the first week before the headaches went away.  Within the last few weeks I have had maybe 1 or 2 pops and that is usually on the weekends.  Going forward, I am going to get into some more physical activity.  I am grateful for the experience and the opportunity to get started on the right path.  I am glad my teammate Dee talked me into doing this.  She is an awesome inspiration.
    Thank you,

    Christine B.

    Before Essay:

     In July of 2010, I hit rock bottom.  I weighed a hundred pounds more than I had in high school and had gone from being named my school’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and having my choice of college teams for which to play volleyball, to barely being able to walk up a flight of stairs and having to quit playing recreational volleyball because I was so out of shape I knew I’d get hurt if I tried to play.

    I was living on caffeine, candy and cupcakes.  I was starving all the time, had no energy, was depressed and exhausted, and was literally gaining a pound to a pound and a half, every few days.  I was mortified by my appearance, none of my clothes fit and dozens of people whom I had run into after not seeing them for a few months were unable to hide their shock at how different I looked, provided they were even able to recognize me at all.

    My downward slide began earlier that year when my 42 year-old husband of four years, Larry, became critically ill.  He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in which his blood cells were being attacked by his own body, causing blood clots that had destroyed his adrenal glands, attacked his liver and small intestine, caused six strokes, altered his vision, resulted in four brain surgeries and led to dozens of other complications.

    He was in the hospital for a total of 209 days and during that time I ate nothing but junk, never worked out and didn’t get much sleep.  I gained over 50 pounds and was a complete mess.  Once Larry came home from the hospital, regained his strength, and became a bit more independent, I was still stress-eating and taking better care of him than of myself.

    I’ve decided that I’ve taken my health for granted for far too long.  I’m tired of my clothes not fitting, feeling like crap and not liking what I see in the mirror.

    Time to start eating right and working out consistently to get the results I want and the body I deserve.

     

    Before/After Measurements

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    Weight 231.2/223.6 -7.6
    Neck 14.3/14.75 +.45
    Arm 12.7/13.75 +1.05
    Chest 40.3/40.75 +.45
    Waist 44.1/ 43.0 -1.1
    Hip 49.9/49.5 -.4
    Thigh 27.5/24.75 -2.75
    Calf 17.2/16.75 -.45
    Total inches lost 2.75″

    After Essay

     I have struggled with stress eating and over-eating my entire life.  I’ve always wanted to do the Paleo lifestyle because so many of my friends do it, but I never thought I could give up sugar, baked goods, candy and Starbucks.

    I can’t believe how easy it was to do with a little planning and preparation.  Many things that I already enjoy are “Paleo” so I didn’t need to add anything new, I just needed to give up some of the things I probably shouldn’t have been eating anyway.

    I was easily able to find recipes and substitute ingredients to “make things Paleo” and honestly barely miss the things that were making me feel lousy and tired.

    In only a few days my body quit craving sugar and dairy products and I was feeling great and dropping weight quickly.  I was NEVER hungry and was probably not getting enough calories to get me through some tough workouts on some days.  Suggestions from Coaches, friends and websites helped me find that balance between eating too much and eating too little.

    I’ve decided that, even though the Challenge is over, I’m going to keep eating healthy, clean, natural foods and skip the junk.

    I know I can make this work for me as long as I don’t think of it as denying myself something forever.  I just need to eat well most of the time and allow for a little cheat bite or cheat meal every once in a while.

    Thank you for the opportunity to get back on track to getting lean and healthy again!

    DeeAnn R.

    Before Essay:

    My mom keeps this picture of me on her dresser of me when I was in the 4th grade.  It’s a cute photo and I remember when it was taken on the playground.  I was looking at it one day and my mom noticed me and she said, “I keep that because it is the last time I remember you being happy.”  The sad thing is, I’m not so sure she is all that wrong.
    I have struggled with my weight since grade school.  I remember being a ‘normal size’ until about middle school and then suddenly I was a ‘big girl’ or a size 13.  Now I just wish I was starting this journey at a size 13.
    Through the years I slowly gained weight.  I lost 100 pounds once and gained it all back.  I hit a wall a couple of years ago when my husband had to have triple bypass.  He stated that it was just bad genes.  However, both of us were obese and I did all of the shopping and cooking.  I decided that I had to be some sort of role model if he was going to change his life.
    I changed our diet and started walking.  I started walking 5k, 10k and quarter marathons.  I can tell you that I use to think it would be embarrassing to be last, but it just feels great to finish.  I surrounded myself with friends that wanted to work out and ended up at Yun Fitness.  My first unbootcamp, Jason checked on me three times.  It was bad, he was great.
    I haven’t progressed like I want to and I know that is my fault.  I didn’t stick with the changes in our diet.  I switched jobs, got caught up with school and left cooking to my husband.  Before I knew it I had gained 11 pounds and was still going to bootcamp.  I have refocused.  I added more workouts, planned meals and joined this challenge.  I have dropped 12 pounds, formed a team and can’t wait to transform.

     

    Improvement Warrior Fitness transformation contest

    Before/After:
    Weight 272/262 -10
    Neck 15/14.5 -.5
    Arm 15.5/15 -.5
    Chest 48/46 -2
    Waist 43/42 -1
    Hip 54/52.5 -1.5
    Thigh 28/25.5 -2.5
    Calf 17/17 0
    Total inches lost– -8″

    Final Essay:

    I was strong in the first five weeks of this challenge.  I got a little side tracked when I was put out of my comfort zone on a weekend trip to some friends of my husband’s I had never met.  They were exceptionally nice, but it was a weekend party full of unhealthy food and alcohol.  I had been avoiding situations with lots of food and drink, but there I was hours from home and surrounded by people I don’t know, and every unhealthy comfort under the sun.  Everyone thinks I am this outgoing person, but really I hate to socialize.  It was the worst possible scenario.
    However, even though I feel as though I failed that test.  I know I am determined to achieve my goals.  While we were away I was up every morning walking the bay and as soon as I was back, so was my schedule.  I have increased my routine from 3 to 4 FLOs a week and added 3 additional cardio classes.  With my new class schedule I am even able to add yoga back in on Sundays.  While I didn’t achieve my weight loss goal, I see an increase in inches lost.  As an added bonus my husband lost weight too, because I refused to buy carbs or starches and cut back on how much fruit we ate.  Instead we added in vegetables and proteins.  Also, Tracy is continuing on with the program, giving me support to continue with more than 3 FLOs a week and ‘Yun activities’ on the off week.
    Sometimes I get very frustrated with where I am in my progress or with my (lack of) abilities.  I have to take a step back and remember where I started.   As of two weeks ago, I am 100 pounds less than when I started this journey a year and a half ago.  I have friends that have had gastric bypass or went on Medifast or Optifast.  I have to admit that their quick weight loss made me think that perhaps I was doing something wrong.  However, only one of them has continued to work out and has kept the weight off.    I work out with her and she confided in me that she wished she had done it ‘my way’.  She said she never learned how to eat, and has a fear of gaining it all back.   While sometimes, I am overwhelmed with Jason emails, I appreciate the information and can say he has given me the tools to ‘learn how to eat’.
    I still have a long way to go, but I am no longer intimidated or afraid that I will fail.  I have taken the time to explain to people around me how important this is to me.  I have sought out people that have similar goals and interests.  I have found activities that interest me and fit into my schedule.  I now know that there will be scenarios where I will slip, but I also know that I am strong enough to recover and keep fighting.

     

    Emily B

    Before Essay:

    My diet has always been abominable. My vices: sugar and processed carbs. When I was younger, my love for exercise was enough to keep me slim. In college, I was captain of the swim team, with a body fat percentage in the teens. I swam 2 miles a day, plus lifting, functional training, and core conditioning. But come the realities of graduate school, and now a career, eating like Michael Phelps can’t continue. I’m about 30 lbs. overweight, and my bad cholesterol is climbing. Belly fat is not pretty either! Although I’ve lost about 17 lbs. from my highest weight and established a workout routine, I still struggle (Big Time!) with nutrition consistency. My old eating habits and passions for processed junk remain strong forces. But I am determined to be a stronger force than Reese’s peanut butter cups in ice cream, coconut crème pie, and bacon cheese fries. I am determined to master nutrition, and I plan to keep working on it until I get it down. My goal for this challenge is to be consistent with the Paleo diet for 6 weeks. My mantra is: No Excuses – No Exceptions. I did a previous Paleo challenge in the Fall, and was shocked that I was able to maintain the eating plan for a month. I’ve kept most of the weight off that I lost during the last nutrition challenge, which encourages me to go for another round. I appreciate the support of Improvement Warrior Fitness, and look forward to rising to this challenge!

    Before/After:    * Weight: 190/185     -5     * Neck 13/13    -0    * Arm 12/12.5     +.5    * Chest 43/42    -1    * Waist 40/38    -2    * Hips 44/42.5    -1.5    * Thigh 23/21.5    -1.5    * Calf 16/16         -0 Total inches lost- 5.5"

    Before/After:
    * Weight: 190/185 -5
    * Neck 13/13 -0
    * Arm 12/12.5 +.5
    * Chest 43/42 -1
    * Waist 40/38 -2
    * Hips 44/42.5 -1.5
    * Thigh 23/21.5 -1.5
    * Calf 16/16 -0
    Total inches lost- 5.5″

    Final Essay:

    This transformation challenge was enlightening. It motivated me to practice healthier eating habits, and I learned from trials and errors. I found myself enjoying delicacies such as kale and spinach berry protein powder and almond coconut milk smoothies, cinnamon & nutmeg baked apples, cilantro shrimp, herbed chicken, colorful salads with fresh squeezed lemon dressing, and veggie omelets. I am excited to continue eating nutrient-dense foods. I noticed that with healthier eating, my energy and complexion improved. Other people commented that they thought I had lost weight, and I noticed that I had a more defined waistline. I feel like the challenge helped me take a step in the right direction, and appreciate the opportunity

    Gwen H

    Before Essay:

    I have entered this contest as I intend to challenge myself to improve my overall health.  My goal is to lose weight by eating more balanced nutrient-rich meals, getting adequate rest, and increasing my physical activity.  I don’t want to be thin; I want to be healthy.

    I really am not interested in any fad diets or unreasonable or extreme weight-loss gimmicks.  I have been doing quite a bit of reading as I want to better understand nutrition so that I can implement lifestyle changes that I can commit to for the long haul.  (It’s important for me to understand why I am doing what I am doing.)

    I have gained almost 50 pounds since arriving in Columbus in June of 2009.  I am blessed as I don’t currently have any of the ailments that come with being overweight, and I know that making these improvements will help me to maintain that status.  There are so many things I want to do and so many places I intend to visit in my lifetime, and I need to be physically capable of doing these things.  So, I have decided now is the time to get it together.

    My struggles:  I am an admitted junk food junkie (“did someone say Doritos?”), and the only “meal” I have consistently committed to “eating” every day is my morning café au lait.  I also have not been willing to commit to breakfast as it simply slows down my mornings.  Since the beginning of this year (2013), I have really tried to focus on eating regular meals and minimizing the amount of vending machine food I put into my body, but this remains a daily struggle for me.  So far this year, I have lost 16 pounds by mostly focusing on my eating and walking.  But, I know that in order to lose the remaining pounds, keep those pounds off, and improve my overall health, I must work on all of the pieces of this puzzle, and I intend to use this challenge as my opportunity to do that.

    The idea of a challenge appeals to me because I am competitive, and I think being part of team will help keep me motivated.  I also hope that I can keep others who are competing motivated.

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    Before/After:
    * Weight: 217.8/ 218.4 +.6
    * neck 15/14.5 -.5
    * arm 13.5/12 -1.5
    * chest 45.5/45 -.5
    * Waist 42/39.5 -2.5
    * Hips 48.5/47.4 -1.1
    * Thigh 27/27 -0
    * Calf 15.75/15.4 -.35
    Total inches lost= 6.45″

    Final essay:

    Overall, I am satisfied with my progress during this challenge.  I attended my workouts (except when I was out of town for the 4th of July).  I also worked-out during the transition week, and I feel that I really pushed myself during this challenge.  The eating part is always hard for me because I typically don’t eat breakfast and I am a picky eater.  One of my big successes during this challenge is that I ate breakfast on most days; and I expected this to be my biggest challenge.  I followed the Perfect 10 diet, and I intentionally did not count any calories.   My goal was to improve my eating habits overall, and to move away from processed foods.  So, for the most part, I avoided man-made or man-altered no fat, low fat, and low calorie foods and tried to eat more natural foods instead.  I learned once again that I am a stress eater, and I did a good job most days substituting nuts or fruit for my typical vending machine snacks when I am stressed or exhausted.   I also focused on taking my vitamins during this challenge. During the challenge, I also completed 2 5Ks.
    My goal was to lose weight, which it seems I really didn’t do since my ending weight is 218.4 lbs.  But, I am satisfied with that weight, especially coming off my July 4th weekend/vacation.  No matter what the scale said tonight, I know that I am fitter because my clothes fit better.  And I am much stronger, much more alert and energetic, and I am a lot more confident, and those things to me are the biggest payoff.
    Post-challenge, I intend to keep working at this, especially the eating part as I want to eat healthier and that to me means eliminating processed food.  I am glad that I participated in this challenge, and am looking forward to the next challenge.

    John R

    Before Essay:

    My overall goal in the Transformation Contest is to build on the progress I’ve made in the last five months on two fronts, losing fat and gaining muscle.   I started out in January 2013 working with a personal trainer once a week, adding in Bikram yoga classes once or twice a week and one boot camp class a week along with twice weekly cardio workouts on an elliptical or treadmill. I also have a specific goal to finish one obstacle course race this year, with the Mud Ninja race on July 28th the target race.   I’d worked out with personal trainers or on my own intermittently over the years without a specific set of goals or a real plan to accomplish them. I’d start out well working with a trainer but get into a rut on my own and get back to bad eating habits and stale workouts. But at age 48 I didn’t want to stay at the skinny fat stage, and knew that I needed to make a significant change. I wanted to keep it simple, eat better, and exercise more.   At my personal trainer’s suggestion, I filled out a food diary daily. I came up with a few simple eating goals: –     Cut down to only 1 gallon of skim milk per week, using only ¾ glass at a time –     Switch to water or ice tea from milk or  –     Cut out desserts, especially brownies. I allowed myself one Jeni’s Ice Cream visit a month maximum. –     Cut out salty snacks such as potato chips and corn chips –     Don’t miss breakfast, either a food bar and protein shake or oatmeal and raisins –     Drink a protein shake within 1 hour after a boot camp class or similar workout  My BMI fat measurement has dropped from 33% in January to 26% in April to 20% on May 29th. I’ve also dropped 30 pounds from 233 to 203.    My specific goals for the Contest are: –     Lose fat:     Get to 15% body fat, measured by BodyMetrix ultrasound. Ultimately, I want to get to 13% body fat.  –     Gain muscle:   Add 2 inches to my arms, 13 to 15.     Add 2 inches to my quads, 20 to 22.

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    Before/After:
    * Weight: 203/198 -5
    * Neck 16/16 -0
    * Arm 13/14 +1
    * Chest 39.5/40 +.5
    * Waist 37/35 -2
    * Hips 43/43 -0
    * Thigh 20/21 +1
    * calf 16/16 -0
    Total inches lost- +.5

    After Essay:

    ….  I want to continue my progress by: –       Completing at least 4 boot camp classes per week during the Contest, up from 2 classes    (July 8: I completed the Mon, Wed, Fri boot camp classes for every week, missed one Saturday class) –       Completing at least 2 cardio workouts each week      (July 8: I completed the two cardio workouts, either running for an SOS boot camp class each week) –       Completing the 30 day Glute Challenge from getglutes.com     (July 8: I completed 21 days out of the 30 day challenge, will complete the rest in July 2013) –       Use the 6 personal training sessions still available at Lifetime Fitness during the Contest.     (July 8: used the remaining personal training sessions) –       Continue my eating strategies, filling out the Food Diary daily.     (July 8:  completed all daily entries into the Food Diary) My specific goals for the Contest are: –       Lose fat: o   Get to 15% body fat, measured by BodyMetrix ultrasound. Ultimately, I want to get to 13% body fat. –       Gain muscle: o   Add 2 inches to my arms, 13 to 15. o   Add 2 inches to my quads, 20 to 22.  (July 8:  I added 1 inch each to arms and quads.)

    Julie S.

    Before Essay:

    When my friend, Maria, asked if I would like to enter this contest, I was immediately filled with hope and motivation.  Just two years ago, I was in the best shape of my life and happy with the way I looked.  Things can change so quickly…  I got married in August 2011, and then just six weeks later, out of the blue, I was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism (PE).  I was put on blood thinners and given differing guidance on eating/avoiding foods containing Vitamin K.  I was scared and confused, and ultimately ended up avoiding foods with Vitamin K, which had been a big part of my healthy diet.  I began eating whatever I wanted.  After all, I thought I was going to die.  Unfortunately, too, the blood thinners left me with a constant lack of energy. I was on blood thinners for six months.  During this time, I did pretty much nothing and gained almost fifty pounds!  Since I was off the blood thinners, we decided to try to have a baby.  Within the months that followed, the doctors informed me that I should not have a baby.  I went through a few months of depression and sadness.  By the end of 2012, I had gained about 15 more pounds and the slight osteoarthritis in my knees was beginning to rear its ugly head. As 2013 began, I wanted a new start, but could not seem to regain my self-confidence

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    Before/After:
    * Weight- 238/225 -13
    * Neck- 14.5/14.5 -0
    * Arm- 16.5/16.5 -0
    * Chest 47.75/45 -2.75
    * Waist 44/40 -4
    * Hips 51/49 -2
    * Thigh 29.5/28 -1.5
    * Calf 18.5/17.75 -.75
    Total inches lost -11″

    Final Essay:

    It is amazing how time flies!  It seems like yesterday that I began this competition.  Now, here I am six weeks later, at the end of this part of my journey, thirteen pounds lighter and eleven inches smaller!!   I think I only experienced a couple of let-downs:  my training location and not getting to work out as much as I’d have liked.   I live on the East side of town, so my training location was Reynoldsburg…. I didn’t get to work out nearly as much as I wanted.  I can only imagine how much better I would’ve done had I maintained the level of activity with which I began.  Sadly, we can’t plan what happens in our lives or when it will happen.  During these last weeks, I missed many workouts due to illness (both me and several family members), the death of a friend and the stress of work and family obligations.  Fortunately, for the most part, I was able to maintain a healthy diet and some level of exercise.   To close, I would like to thank Yun Fitness for having this contest and thank my friend, Maria, for inviting me to join her team.  The contest has helped me get back on track and regain my willpower.  Throughout the contest, I was often reminded that my choices affect my health.  Politely declining unhealthy (delicious-looking) foods and making better choices is now part of my daily routine again.  I’m feeling better, looking better and regaining some of the confidence that I’d lost in the previous 18 months.  I finally feel like I’m back on the road to hotness!

    Kaitlin S (rosa)

    Before Essay:

    Like many, I’ve struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I was always the chubby one on the softball field, the sibling with the cute cheeks to squeeze. Fortunately, my weight didn’t necessarily hold me back from making friends and enjoying my early school days. It was always on the back of my mind, wanting to be like many of the other girls but for the most part I tried to ignore those feelings. I participated in three sports during middle and high school and although I wasn’t very good at any of them, I was decent enough to play and understand the concept of the game. And, was a great benchwarmer/team support, I really did have fun though. During my 8th grade year, it was recommended that I go and talk with a nutritionist. For whatever reason, the words she said that day, hit a cord and stuck. I lost about 40 pounds, got contacts, and was finally at a place I was happy with; and ready to enter high school.  The following years were a roller coaster, gradually gaining back some of the weight. Throughout college I did my best to get a workout in here and there but with a busy work, class, and social schedule, and a limited financial pool, it was tough. A few years later and here I am; ready to finally make a permanent change to my body and lifestyle. I’ve attempted different challenges and tried numerous diets but I’m truly ready to take it up a notch and find success.  I’m hoping that this transformation contest will introduce me to a support system that will not only keep me accountable but also encourage and energize me to keep going. I hope that once I see that changing habits for 6 weeks isn’t all that hard, I’ll keep it up long after the contest is over. So, to all of those that share a similar background story, it’s time to leave those timid, chubby, and a bit self-conscious shells behind and break through and truly make change and create a brand new lifestyle – plus a bikini body wouldn’t be too awful to have. Good luck all!!

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    Before/After
    * Weight: 177/175 -2
    * Neck 15/13.5 -1.5
    * Arm 13.5 /12 -1.5
    * Chest 38/38 -0
    * Waist 35/35 -0
    * Hip 43.5/43 -.5
    * thigh 25.75/24.5 -1.25
    * Calf 16.5/15 -1.5
    Total inches lost 6.25″

    After essay

    As the end of the contest has arrived, I’ve made a few successful jumps but was also challenged. I find that I allow myself too many excuses and justifications as to why I didn’t train one day or why it was ok to have the food I shouldn’t have. I need to have stronger will power and learn to just say no and enjoy the healthier options that are just as tasty. I saw some improvements in my strength and lost a few inches but didn’t have the weight loss I was hoping for. However, I know that losing body fat is much more important and that it’s a process. I think another challenge for me is that I want to see results as soon as possible and get discouraged when I don’t. But, I know that’s not realistic, it’s going to take time and patience to get to where I want to be.

    Overall, my experience with the contest was a positive one. I met new people and have started a support system to continue on this journey. I was consistent with my training sessions throughout the entire phase and really tried focusing on eliminating red lights. Although not as successful as I would have liked to have been, I can see some improvements and am ready to continue on in the journey and process. I also would like to add yoga to my weekly routine!

     

    Margie F

    Before Essay:

    The reason I’m entering the contest is for more tools and support on my journey into a better me

    Measurements:

    • Weight ?/?
    • Neck 13.5/13    -.5
    • Arm 12/11      -1
    • Chest 43/41      -2
    • Waist 40/36      -4
    • Hips 44/41      -3
    • Thigh 26.5/?
    • Calf 15.5/15       -.5
    • Total inches lost   11″
    Well the name of our team is 6 weeks is nothing im here to tell you this last 6 weeks was definatley something I learned a lot about me and my abilities to set a goal and accomplish it with patience dedication and hard work. Finally seen my goal 3 days before the end of the 6 weeks seen a number on the scale hadn’t seen in 22 years.The old me would have celebrated with a cheat meal and then another instead i stood on the scale looked down and said were not done yet but great job and went to a Saturday work out.I had a couple of crisis take place in the last 6 weeks but i have figured out food is not my best friend anymore I am. I didn’t head for the fridge instead headed for the gym. Not sure where this journey I’m on will take me but im ready to keep going and find out. Thank you to all the trainers for pushing me when i didn’t think i could.

    Maria L

    Before Essay:

    It seems that I’ve always struggled with my weight.  I’ve been on and off a “diet” since I was probably 12 years old.   I’ve gone from being a healthy weight to slightly overweight to where I am now which is ugh, considered obese.   I like to be physically active – to be outdoors hiking or biking, or taking a group fitness class.  My problem is that I eat more calories than I burn, bottom line.  When I hit my early to mid-thirties my weight went up – not sure exactly why but I think it was due to an increase in responsibility and stressors in life and how I managed them.  I tend to fall prey to emotional eating which sabotages any efforts I make to try to lose weight.  Sugary foods are my weakness.   I want to break free of this habit, free myself from the sugar cravings and lose the weight.   I want to develop healthy habits that I can maintain and continue practicing after this contest. There’s no time like the present to get started because really is there ever a “right” time? There are always reasons to put it off, but more reasons to get started now.  I want to do this for myself, for my health, for my body.  To have more energy and to feel better in my clothes would be a bonus too!  I’m hoping the group contest will be the extra motivation I need to start dropping pounds.  I need to remember the amazing feeling of success in seeing the scale go down along with how much better I feel when I eat right and exercise, to keep my momentum going.  I am committed to making a transformation – to eat healthy nutritious food to fuel my body and to increase my physical activity – to obtain a leaner, fitter me

    look better naked with fitness bootcamps with Jason yun

    Before/After
    * Weight 197.3/191 -6.3
    * Neck 13.625/13.5 -.125
    * Arm 13.25/ 13 -.25
    * chest 43.5/41 -2.5
    * waist 45.75/43 -2.75
    * Hip 48.75/ 46.875 -1.875
    * Thigh 28/26 -2
    * calf 16.75/16 -.75
    Total inches lost: 10.25″

    After Essay:

    At the close of the six week transformation contest, I carry with me mixed feelings about my experience.   I feel good that I made progress but also feel a hint of disappointment in myself for not doing better.   It was very helpful to have the accountability of being on a team and the sense of competition.  I did not want to let my team members down by giving up or giving in to old habits.  However, sometimes will power only goes so far.   I did have some slip-ups, some set-backs along the way which, as I sit here now, wish I had overcome.  They definitely slowed my progress down as the scale went up and down with the same couple pounds in response.   Some days were so hard to stick to the program and I slipped – I needed something with sugar in it, something chewy…CARBS!  Frustrating.    I am more conscious of the fact I usually just need another outlet, a different distraction aside from consuming empty calories, to get me through those moments of weakness.  I am still figuring that part out- how to move away from the craving and focus on something else.  I’m working on it as I know it is stalling my progress.  I wasn’t able to keep up with paleo, but I did limit my grains/white stuff/sugar.   I made an effort to track my meals to keep my calories in check, although not every day, and found I did better on the days I did track.  I have made progress though!  I’m eating more fruits and veggies and lean protein and less of the ‘white’ stuff…especially pasta, which is really hard because I’m Italian!  I’ve upped my exercise as well which I think has helped me with my endurance.  Overall this contest has been a good jumpstart to my weight loss journey.  I’m not giving up now, but instead am committed to continuing with eating healthier and exercising more.   I may not be the poster child for this transformation contest, but there is some transforming going on!  Thank you for holding this contest.  I needed the structure and extra motivation to get started.

     

    Roberta B

    Before essay:

    For the past couple years I have struggled with anxiety and depression, and lately being active and exercise has helped me deal with getting over my anxiety and depression issues. I am hoping by taking this step and joining the Body Transformation Contest, that I can turn my mind and body around. I feel that this will help me become not only a more fit and healthy individual, but will also make me an all around happier woman, mother and wife. I want to be the best I can be not only for myself but also for my family. Be healthy and active is the first step. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!!!

    lose weight with improvement warrior fitness


    Before/After:
    * Weight 162-156 -6
    * Neck 13.5 -13.5 -0
    * Arm 12 -11 -1
    * Chest 38.5 – 36.5 -2
    * Waist 37— 35.5 -1.5
    * Hips 39.5 —- 39 -.5
    * Thigh 21— 21 -0
    * Calf 14.5—- 14.5 -0
    Total inches lost– 5″

    After essay:

    This contest has been such a blessing for me. I may not have lost a ton of weight but did lose several inches, and sometimes I don’t think the number on the scale is what matters most. This contest has made me feel good about myself again, especially when I look in the mirror. I finally see happiness in my eyes again, no more sadness. This has helped me make a few changes in my life toward a healthier lifestyle. I still need to focus more on my nutrition, but I hope to continue on the path that I am currently on. It is taking me in the positive direction that I have been looking for, and all because I decided to become a part of this contest.

     

    Starla B

    Before Essay:

    None

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    Before/After
    * Neck 13/13.5 +.5
    * Arm 12.75/11 -1.75
    * Chest 35.5/36.5 +1
    * Waist 31/32.5 +1.5
    * Hip 40/42 +2
    * Thigh 22.5/23.5 +1
    * Calf 14/14.25 +.25
    Total Inches Lost-+4.5″

    After Essay:

    The challenge was a bit difficult with the holiday at the end. I tired to focus more on workouts than nutrition hoping I wouldn’t even want to eat poorly when i was on a roll (except for Red, White and Boom. Damn those funnel cake fries!) At the half way point I kicked up my workouts from 3 per week to 6. Also week 5 I cut out all fat since I knew I would cheat week 6. I feel good. Even went any extra 2 days just because 🙂

    Tammy F

    Before Essay:

    2013 May Improvement Warrior FitnessTransformation challenge

    my story.

    I have battled with my weight all of my life but I kept most of my weight under control until I quit

    smoking years ago. yo-yo dieting, extreme dieting, weight gain, weight loss, diet pills, gym

    memberships, extreme workouts, diet books. I have tracked calories, eliminated food groups, ate low

    carb, low fat… have tried every diet fad on the market. I was in the first Paleo challenge and was on the

    road to success. I was feeling very positive and had made some great changes to my diet and had made

    working out a habit. The end of November 2012 I fell and broke my arm requiring surgery. It has given

    me great setbacks. My diet went haywire and I was no longer exercising. I became depressed and was

    not concerned with my diet or exercising. I am determined to turn it around. I will be turning 48 soon

    and I need to get my life (and my body) back. I am a sugar addict at times and give in to my cravings too

    easily. I have a very stressful job and I tend to grab whatever food is within reach and not take a break,

    working thru lunch. I have a closetful of clothes that no longer fit. I see pictures of myself and am

    disgusted at how I look. I am doing this transformation challenge to get my life and my body back! I

    realize this is just the beginning of the struggle but one day at a time. I know I need to change the way I

    feel about what I eat, how I eat and how I feel about myself. The next 6 weeks will be the beginning of

    my transformation … the beginning of the rest of my life as a healthier me!

     

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    Before/After
    * Weight: 162/153 -9
    * Neck 12/12 -0
    * Arm 11.5/11 -.5
    * Chest 35/34 -1
    * Waist 30.5/29 -1.5
    * Hips 40/39 -1
    * Thigh 23/22 -1
    * Calf 13/13 -0
    Total inches lost= 5″

    After Essay:

    When I first began this challenge, I wasn’t sure if I had it in myself to complete.  I was depressed from gaining weight back, from a recent injury where I had to have plates and pins put in my wrist and I had not exercised in months.  I was also stuck back in the routine of fast food, pizza and skipping meals.
    The exercise came around slowly.  I first tried working out after I got home from work but it always seemed like something interrupted me or did not allow time for it at all!  I would have good intentions but it seems I am always rushing to do something else.  I vowed to work out before work which meant I would have to get up at 4:30 to be able to fit it in.  I first started with just 15 minutes but quickly adapted and allowed myself a full half hour of exercise in the mornings.  Somedays it is easier than others, but first thing I tell myself it is down to the treadmill!  I started to feel more confident about myself and can see changes not only on the outside but on the inside too.
    I started tracking my calories on the “lose it” app and was surprised at how much I was eating at the beginning of the challenge.  I have changed my diet back to be about 95% paleo.  I still like the occasional yogurt or cottage or piece of pizza on a splurge day but am learning I don’t have to overdo, and I can still work in my favorite foods instead of trying to say I will NEVER have that again! (that just makes me want it even more!)
    I am grateful I decided to sign up for this challenge.  I already am a winner by getting my life and health back on track.  I had my cholesterol checked before I started the challenge and then half way thru.   The good cholesterol rose and the bad cholesterol dropped!  I feel more energetic.  My clothes are fitting better.  I am setting new goals for the next 6 weeks and continuing on with the challenge on my own!
    Thank you Jason!

    TIna C

    Before Essay:

    I’m sure there are many people out there like me – life gets in the way of taking care of ME.    Growing up, I was the youngest of five children, all of us with weight issues.  It has been a lifelong battle.  We are a large Italian family and what can I say, I love pasta, pizza, desserts, etc.  and don’t know my boundaries at times.   Before getting married six years ago, I had a ton of motivation to get into shape, not to get skinny but to be cardiovascularly fit and feeling healthy.   I was doing Zumba and weight training on a regular basis and trying to eat healthier.  Of course, I wasn’t always perfect with the eating habits but with all the exercising, I was still losing weight and getting fit.  Then I got pregnant and my life changed.  I tried to stay active during pregnancy but didn’t want to do anything too strenuous and I was eating whatever I wanted.  The weight piled on.  I had my son Alexander 21 months ago.  I was able to lose some after giving birth but I can’t seem to get the rest of the weight to budge.   I have tried to get into a workout routine but to no avail.  It always seems that life gets in the way.  I try to go on walks but I don’t burn enough to make a dent in the calories that I eat.  After a long day at work, it’s easier to grab a meal on the go rather than cooking.   I always make sure that my son has a healthy meal but mine, on the other hand, isn’t always the best option.  The reason I am ready to get this weight off is that I’ve put myself on the backburner long enough.  I’m ready to get healthy for myself and feel like ME again.  I want to be able to run around and chase my son without getting tired and I want to have more energy during the day.  Learning about healthier eating habits is another reason I want to do this.  In addition to becoming healthy for me, I am also thinking about my son.   I want to be a good role model for my son as he grows up and I want him to know the importance of eating healthy and exercising.     This is my chance to finally make a change for the better and not make excuses anymore.

    Mommy strength for fat loss and weight loss

    Before/After
    * Weight 184/ 176.5 -7.5
    * Neck 12.75/12.5 -.25
    * Arm 11.875 / 11.5 -375
    * Chest 38.5/38 -.5
    * Waist 38.5/36.5 -2
    * hip 47.5/45.5 -2
    * Thigh 26/25 -1
    * calf 16.5/16 -5
    Total inches lost 6.625″

     

    After essay:

     It’s hard to believe that six weeks have come and gone and we are now at the end of the Transformation Contest.  Going into this contest, I wasn’t sure how I would do.  I was tired of the rollercoaster ride I always seem to go on but I wasn’t sure if this would be the one time I actually do it.  I normally find myself motivated one day and the next day giving into temptation.  However, this time was different.  When I found myself trying to revert back to my old ways, I noticed something keeping me from doing it — the accountability to my team.  I started a week late into the contest due to a death in the family and I just knew that I had to kick it up a notch because there were three other ladies depending on me to succeed as well.  I knew that I couldn’t just throw in the towel without giving it a shot myself.  The accountability that I had to my team made me stop to think not only about the accountability I had to them but also the accountability I had to myself and reminded me how important it is for “ME” to get healthy. As far as the eating habits went, I did really well sticking to a healthy diet and only had a few cheat meals.   I did get tired of eating a lot of the same foods, especially at breakfast and lunch.  That’s where I started to lose a little momentum and wanted to give in for a tasty piece of pizza, a burger and fries or even a cookie.  Once again, reminding myself of the accountability to my team and to myself kept me strong. Something I learned from all of this is that no matter how much I wanted to get healthy and lose weight, I also didn’t want to let anyone else down either.  So I kept going.  Don’t get me wrong, there were moments of frustration, especially the feeling that I was doing so well yet it wasn’t showing any results on the scale.   After all of this hard work, how could I only be down 7 ½ lbs.!?   Although I was really hoping to be down more weight, I can tell that my clothes are fitting better than before and I’m feeling stronger every day.  Although the accountability to my team will no longer be present after this contest, the accountability to myself will always be there and I know now that I need to stop and think about what is important so that I get to where I want to be and that is the motivation to keep me going with the weight loss journey to find the old “ME”—that is, the happy, healthy, and stronger “ME”.

     

     

    [warning] Please vote for who you feel is the winner down below in the comment box [/warning]

    21 Comments

    1. Starla
      July 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Great job everybody. It was hard to pick but my vote is for Julie. Killin it!

      • Julie
        July 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Thanks Starla. 🙂

    2. Kaitlin
      July 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I agree with Starla, great job everybody and it was definitely hard to pick. My vote is for DeeAnn!

    3. Gwen
      July 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

      Congratulations to everyone!

      This was tough because we all achieved a lot, but my vote is for Julie.

    4. Kathy
      July 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Everybody looks amazing. It was a really hard decidion. But if I have to pick one, I have to go with Julie. Congrats to all participants! Great job!

    5. Jeannie
      July 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Awesome job everyone!

      My vote is for Julie, way to go!

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