After three weeks away from home it was nice to sleep in my own bed last night, and it was nice to drive my own car, and walk my dog. It’s incredible how routine life is, and how you can miss the simplicity of a routine. The flight back was tough, the pounding I gave my body the last day of my workouts took its toll on my foot by the next morning I had to pop the blister, and let it drain. I spent most of the day limping around the airport terminals, and fidgeting in my seat trying to find a good position to set my foot. Once I reached DCA it took almost 20 minutes to limp down to the baggage terminal.
Here are the final results of my three week stay
03/20/2011 04/09/2011 Total Change
Weight: 373 lbs Weight 339 Weight: 34
Body fat: 40.9% Body fat: 37.5 % Body fat: 3.4%
BMI: 53.5 BMI: 48.7 BMI: 4.8
Chest: 63.25” Chest: 54” Chest: 9.25”
Belly: 58.5” Belly: 53 Belly: 5.5”
Hips: 62” Hips: 54.5 Hips: 7.5”
My experience at Fitness Ridge aka Biggest Loser Resort has been mixed. While I am happy that I was able to find a place like Fitness Ridge where I could go and attempt to change my behavioral patterns, I also appreciate the efforts of all the great trainers, and hiking guides, and the people you meet will not only inspire you but give you a reason to believe that your weight loss is possible. It’s an amazing experience watching other people transform and develop a physical and mental toughness they had either forgotten or never knew they had.
The people are what make it worthy of your time and efforts. I believe for what we pay they grossly under value preparing you for the trip home and reentry into the real world. One or two emotional lectures do not give you a set of skills to maintain your progress back home. The commitment to succeed has to come from you, and I believe this commitment has to be made before you arrive, and within in your first day. It helps if you are surrounded by super motivated people; fortunately I was surrounded by some wonderful people of all backgrounds who all have a drive to succeed.
The five things that I have taken away from my time at Fitness Ridge:
5- An understanding of the proper portion size of food to lose weight.
4- An understanding of how much fuel you can derive from a banana, an apple, an orange, or a hardboiled egg.
3- An understanding of the concept the mind can overcome the body. I was constantly pushed by my personal training sessions, and realized that after every ass kicking I could always find another gear. No matter how hard I think I am pushing, I can always dig a little deeper and work harder.
2- A personal mission to continue what I have started, and excel everyday in developing a healthy mental, emotional, and physical attitude towards myself. The unnatural power of self doubt is no match for the innate natural power of positive reinforcement of personal principles and values.
1-A clear picture for the first time in my life, of a way I can effect personal change in other people. I am not just pursuing this weight loss for myself, I am doing this to prove it can be done, and hopefully inspires others to do the same, and perhaps give parents a little insight into what difficulties their children may face if obesity issues aren’t overcome at an early age, when the body is more responsive to positive changes. I don’t know exactly how I will be able to effect this change today beyond this blog, but I have found a part of myself that has been missing for almost a decade, a deep emotional drive for success which is not limited by anything other than my own imagination.
Albert Einstein is quoted as “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
If you are planning on going to the resort prepare yourself for the fact that the resort provides you three things which you must make a decision to accept, and pursue with fervor, one a controlled meal plan which completely controls your caloric intake, two a controlled environment to pursue physical activity over multiple hours in a single day, and three the opportunity to meet people of like work-out intensity and physical prowess who become your support system.
And if you are only able to attend for one week and give it everything you can it’s possibly you won’t lose a pound. Every person’s body responds to stresses differently, and this is a tenuous series of circumstances which will test you in every way possible, so don’t be alarmed your weight loss may not occur until you return home.
In closing I have to thank again all the wonderful people I met, and the great trainers and hiking guides who helped push me when I didn’t want to push anymore.
Earl Nightingale who was the first well known motivational speaker used to teach “You become what you think about.” I am thinking about a guy who weighs 185 lbs, looks like a badass stud, and acts like he owes the greater world a debt which has to be repaid prior to crossing the river Stix.
Post for tomorrow: My game plan.