Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meet a Member - Melissa T, week 44

Christmas Happens!

December 30, 2014


Thoughts for the Week…

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Well I didn’t have that warrior-like mentality during the Christmas holiday like I knew I was going to need. I ended the week with 3 smileys, 3 frowny faces and only ONE star day. For as jiggly, bloated and fat as I felt, I was only up 1.8 pounds, putting me back to 3 pounds away from my goal. It’s been since right before Thanksgiving that I’ve been SO CLOSE to meeting my goal. I’d really like to weigh in next week at my goal weight.


Even though Christmas happens only once a year, there are TONS of other events that also “happen only once a year”. I feel like that has become an excuse or a justification we give ourselves to eat or drink something. Our bodies don’t know it’s a special event; it’s our minds that make us think we should eat something just because it’s my birthday or it’s Christmas or it’s Friday!   As food addicts, every day we are living on unstable ground. One bite of something can trigger ourselves to hit the f-it switch and dive off the cliff into either lapse or relapse. A lapse is a one time/one day slip up. Relapse is a full-fledged diving back into our old addictive habits. Yes, holidays happen and birthdays happen and guess what? Fifty-two Fridays happen! And although they are a part of life, at some point we ARE going to lapse and we ARE going to make bad choices. But, we need to make those bad choices fewer and far between.


Get Moving!

  • 5 rounds
    • 50 jumping jacks
    • 40 squats
    • 30 crunches
    • 20 high knees (both legs = 1)
    • 10 push-ups

Meet a Member - Melissa T, week 43

Testing the Limits

December 23, 2014


Thoughts for the Week…

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Being SO CLOSE to my goal weight, I felt like this week I pushed the limits by only having 4 star days and 3 frowny face days. Old habits started showing up. I found myself buying chocolate covered pretzels and devouring half the bag. It’s been weeks since I’ve had that many over-the-top days. I wasn’t proud of it by any means; I even stayed for an extra workout the night before weighing in. I did lose 0.6 pounds, putting me 1.2 pounds away from my goal weight. I am going to need to have a warrior-like mentality to get through this next week of Christmas holidays.


Get Moving!

  • 3 rounds
    • 100 jumping jacks
    • 20 crunches
    • 20 squats
    • 10 pushups
    • 25 tricep dips
    • 60 second wall sit
    • 60 second plank

Meet a Member - Melissa T, week 42

My name is Melissa…

December 16, 2014


Thoughts for the Week…

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When we get to the point in our life when we feel we need to do something about our weight, the first thought that comes to mind is, “I need to workout.” We join a gym (maybe even pay extra for a personal trainer), workout and lose weight, quit the gym because we’ve met our goal and in a year we are back to where we started in the first place. What went wrong? We didn’t treat the “illness”. When I first started my sessions of Train Your Brain, Marty kept referring to us as food addicts. I thought I was in the wrong place and that this class wasn’t for me, because after all, I’m not addicted to food. Never in my life had I ever thought of myself as a food addict. I was just overweight because I wasn’t working out and I’m “big-boned”. But after 10 months of digging into the reality of the who, the what, the when, the why and the how of eating, yes, “My name is Melissa, and I am a food addict”. I have an illness that needs to be taken care of or else I’ll continue the cycle of joining a gym, working out, losing weight, quitting the gym because I met my goal, and gain all the weight back again.


So how does this “illness” become “wellness”? In an illness, nobody knows the issues but “I”. And sometimes the “I” doesn’t even know there is an illness. I didn’t! To transform this food “illness” into “wellness”, we must talk to other people about our problems to help us out. We all need to be listened to and we need to listen to others. Thanks Marty for helping me realize I have an illness, but even more thanks to you for helping me transform that illness into wellness. I’m learning that this isn’t a 10-month cure…it’s for a lifetime.


Get Moving!

  • 15 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)
    • 10 push ups
    • 10 push press
    • 10 sit ups
    • 10 jump squats
    • 40 high knees (each leg counts as 1)