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Paige’s Journal – 2011

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2011aWeek 1:
I have successfully completed the first week of the 8 weeks to greatness. I am very appreciative to Christina for giving me to opportunity to change my life. I have always been an athlete and as a general rule know most of the tricks of the trade to lose weight. I am a stress eater and after dealing with my daughter being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease this past year, I gained 50 lbs in the past year. Even with the knowledge of how to lose weight, I have been unsuccessful. With Christina’s knowledge of fitness and nutrition, I know I will not fail this time. This first week was challenging and I was sore the first few days, but of course it was a good sore. The pain made me realize how weak my muscles were and how far I had to go. In the very recent past, I would have dwelled on the amount of weight I had to lose and get discouraged, but with Christina’s encouragement, I know that I can do anything. With the change of diet that I have implemented in my life I have an amazing amount of energy. I have never been much of a morning person, but this past week, I find myself waking up earlier ready to start my day. I have been blessed with friends and family that support me and are cheering me on along the way. I know that week two Christina plans on ramping up to workload at our training session. I say, bring it on. As my friend Seville Ko said, it’s not 8 weeks to average but 8 weeks to GREATNESS!!!

Week 2:
Week two of the 8 week to Greatness was a little easier on the muscles, but still a great challenge. Although Christina is hard, she is not unfair. When she gets on you, it is only because she wants you to be successful. I think that the scale this week won’t see as big of an impact as last week, but I feel healthier and thinner. My favorite thing this week is that my stomach is flatter. My workouts with Christina are difficult, but after the hour session, I feel so much better and ready to take on the day ahead of me. The team at His and Her is so energetic, even first thing in the morning which helps me to get motivated. I look forward to the coming weeks. I can’t wait to see more results. I have about 8 pairs of pants and 2 pairs of jeans just calling my name ready for me to wear them. I have about 15 more lbs to go to be able to fit into them, so I better get to work!!!

Week 3:
Well, week three of the 8 weeks to greatness is over and was a bit difficult. My body seemed to want to keep a hold of the weight this week. I was a bit discouraged, but with the help of Christina and staying both physically and mentally on track, I know that I will succeed. It is comforting to know that Christina is on your side to help make you successful even when you are feeling down and discouraged a bit. There are so many times in life that I have failed because I have not had a support system in place, but I know that this time I will taste success. I look forward to a better week next week.

Week 4:
Woo Hoo, week 4 was a great success. I feel much better about my journey this week than I did last week. With a little bit of tweaking to my diet from Christina last week and a whole lot of motivation, I was able to shed a big chunk of weight this week. In the past, I have always been a stress eater and that has been my biggest downfall. This week, I was in a situation where I was under a lot of stress. No not the regular stress that we all have, but stress stemming from my daughter’s recent diagnoses of Crohn’s disease and dealing with doctors that didn’t do exactly what they said they were going to do. Anyway, my first instinct at that moment was to go eat something unhealthy and make myself feel better through “comfort food”. The whole time I was craving the food for stress relief, I kept thinking about my journey with Christina and His and Her Fitness and that there was no way that I would not only let them down, but I would not let myself down. Although I didn’t pick up the phone and call Christina at that point in time, I know that I could have called her and she would have encouraged me. At the end of the day, I am proud of my new self and my new way of thinking. I am mentally stronger now and look forward to even greater successes.

Week 5:
Going into this week I feel pretty good about not only working out, but seeing the results while shedding the weight and building muscle. My friends and family are noticing which is nice and my clothes are getting so loose. I am at a crossroads with my clothes right now because I know I am going to lose quite a bit more weight so I don’t want to go out and buy anything new. What a great problem to have. The better I eat, the easier it is to turn down unhealthy food, whereas before, I would always give in. It is also nice that my daughter is my biggest supporter and she is very proud of me.

Week 6:
I knew going into this week would be difficult because it was my anniversary week and we were going out with friends. I would have to say that I was pretty proud of myself. While I am not going to pretend that I did perfect, I did very well and made some good decisions. I am looking at the big picture now and how far I have come and it is very motivating. With only two weeks left I am really going to work hard. My only concern is next week and Thanksgiving. Lord, give me strength.

Week 7:
Thanksgiving week. Well, I did great on my working out and even better on my water intake, but Thanksgiving day is a super emotional day for me and I did give in a little. The good thing now though is when I give in now, it is a small little cheat here or there, but before I would go all out and go way overboard. It is rewarding knowing that I have to willpower to have a bite of something and savor that bite and then walk away knowing it is not worth it to indulge. I look forward to a successful week next week all across the board with nutrition, cardio and weight training. Christina may be had on us, but it is only because she cares and I guess with someone like me with my personality, if I didn’t have someone hard on me, I would probably not be as successful.

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