Today I went in for my semi-final wellness evaluation to compete on the Hattiesburg’s Biggest Loser segment. I met five other people who are also vying for a spot… I was subjected to a 3-minute step test and literally thought my chest was going to explode from stepping up and down. If it hadn’t been so high, I would have been OK, but it was a foot tall! I really need to build some stamina….
I just got the phone call from Pam about being on the BIGGEST LOSER!!!! I am sooooo excited. I cannot believe that they actually picked me. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and that I am meant to do this! I want to win, but really I want to change the way I am viewed by others and myself. That is the biggest thing that I could hope for. I just remember the way I was treat 50 pounds ago, compared to the way I am treated now and I do not like it. It is totally an unfair bias, but it is true. When you are overweight, people think you are lazy or stupid, or both. The truth is, I am working on my M.S. in Technology Education, have two jobs, and a small business all before I turned 25. I think that it is totally unfair for people to make judgments on appearance, but realize that is how the world works and that even I make those same assumptions.
Today I went in for my nutrition and exercise orientations and got a big slap in the face J Not from you, Pam and Matt! It was from myself… I am really going to have to focus on only taking in 1400 calories a day, that is similar to what other diet plans have done for me, counting points, fat grams, etc. However, I have never thought of fruit and starchy veggies (corn) as a carbohydrate. This is more than just eliminating the grease, fast foods, and packaged snacks from my diet. This requires me to actually think about each and every thing that touches my lips.
At the exercise orientation, I learned that my goal of working out 5 times a week is good and will be working on a plan to maximize my weight loss. I also learn that working cardio speeds the fat burning process and am silently thinking about the step test as Caleb shows me the machines around the gym. When we did the wellness testing, I couldn’t even walk a half-mile in 6 minutes. I think it would be awesome to run a mile in 6 minutes; I have NEVER even gotten close to that. My miles are more like 22 minutes L
I work out a little before I leave, but I can tell I have a LONG way to go before I can even think about single digit miles…
I went in to workout the third time this week and I am feeling gooood! I just drove four hours to Meridian and then to Philadelphia and back so I am needing some good physical activity to get my body feeling right. I love how the bike and treadmill get my heart racing and blood pumping and then the weight machines help me stretch those seldom used muscles and tendons. Even though this is my second day in a row, I still feel good and I wish I could stay a little longer, but with all the driving I couldn’t get but 45 minutes in today.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ok, I am sick and I am tired L But I spend two hours in the gym anyways. I met a new trainer today named Scott, he is nice. I feel very motivated to do my little routine (warm up, bike (8-15 min), treadmill (1 mile), various weights (stomach, inner thighs, shoulders, etc.) and then a little of the bike with arms, then cool down). It is really reassuring to come in and know what it is that I need to do before I get there. Now that I have my arm radio, the time really is flying by. However, this sunburn that I got over the weekend is really, really putting a damper on my forced enthusiasm. I didn’t work out at the gym Saturday or Sunday because I was letting my body rest, but maybe I should have. Walking my dog just isn’t enough anymore J