Operation Skinny Jeans: Commit to Fit Wrap up

Friday, April 5, 2013

Commit to Fit Wrap up

As some of you may know, way back in January I started a program at my Rec center called Commit to Fit. It was an 8 week program filled with personal training sessions twice a week, and a bootcamp and yoga class once a week. All the participants were paired up with 2-3 other people, and a personal trainer. I got Pete. He was an ex football coach.

We worked out Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 am for 8 weeks, focusing soley on legs and arms, every other day. We didn't do cardio once. Pete didn't believe in cardio. My team was myself and another  young woman around my age, both of us bigger, both with the potential to drop SERIOUS lbs and maybe even win a few prizes.

The bootcamps were hard, like I am sure bootcamp is supposed to be. I felt like I was dying the entire time, again consisting of hard core lifting and leg work, with zero cardio. I was sore for 8 weeks straight.

In case you haven't picked up what I am putting down, I feel a little gypped. I know a few things about weight loss. I know that cardio burns fat, and I also know that muscle helps that a long, but not by itself. I know that you should work most of the time in an aerobic state, a 5-7 out of 10 on the dying scale, where I feel like my workouts were zero or 60, never in between. I also disagreed with the scale the entire time. As you probably caught on during last week's weigh in wednesday, I am a scale adict. I KNOW exactly how much I weigh at pretty much all times. The first time I stepped on the gym scale, I weighed 256.6 (I had weighed 262 just minutes before at home.) At the midway point, I weighed 256 on the gym scale (253 at home) and for the final weigh in, I literally weighed myself dressed, drove to the gym and weighed there and I weighed 256 at the gym, 249 at home. They admitted many times that the scale was unreliable, so I don't understand why it was being used as the "official" scale. And as someone obsessed with numbers, this pissed me off! I said something to the girl that weighed me in at the end, and she agreed it was weird (considering I lost so many inches) that she took my home weight as my final, giving me a total weight loss of 7.5 (or 13 if you go by my home scale).

Inches and body fat% don't lie tho, and I lost 12.5 inches and 2% body fat in 8 weeks.

So over all, I have mixed feelings about the program. Last night was the award presentation and I was shocked at how well the other teams did. I lost 2.8% of my weight, my teammate lost 3%, the average was 7% and the winner lost 10.5%. We were by far the smallest losers. I feel like I got the short end of the stick as far as trainers went. I worked hard not smart, and I wish things had been different.

HOWEVER. 

I think this program was a HUGE stepping stone for me. It made me challenge myself, wake up at 4:30 am to work out, and it made me more comfortable in the gym. It gave me the drive to KEEP GOING! I  asked my husband if he was proud of me because I only lost "7" lbs and he said "You finished it! I honestly didn't even think you would do that!!" That made me proud! I did finish it, I didn't quit! And even tho it wasn't stellar and I didn't lose what I wanted to, I gained the confidence and drive to keep going, and that is worth way more than the prizes they were giving away.

So all in all, it wasn't a complete bust. I now know way more about my body, and the trainer we have been working with at our new gym has been eyeopening and is getting us on the fat burning track.

So there you go. My 100% honest opinion of the program :D

Have you ever done a weight loss competition, but gained so much more than weight loss out of it? lol

13 comments :

  1. I can imagine your frustration I am also a scale addict. I know how much I weigh at any given moment (well at least a ballpark idea), I use the scale at the gym to figure out my body fat %...nothing more frustrating then the gym's scale weighing you heavier. That is pretty silly that they used an "unreliable" scale for the weight loss competition. Happy for you that you found your drive and look forward to following your success!! :-)

    Becky @skinnyonsprout.blogspot.com

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  2. Keep doing the weights. They're important. But you're right, you need to add some cardio in there too. I do 4 days cardio and 2 days Body Pump at my YMCA. Body pump is weight lifting class, but also gives me some cardio too. Keep going, you can do it!

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    1. I definitely will keep going with the weights! I love them. I just am adding in cardio too :D

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  3. This is why I try to never look at the scale, even when I was losing weight. I become obsessed with the numbers, wonder how one scale can differ from another, and forget that everything I sweat, eat, and drink affects the scale.

    But whatevs, the major thing I wanted to say was congrats!! No matter what the class was focused on, it sounds like it kicked butt and you stuck it out and made amazing steps in the right direction =]. Way to go!

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  4. NOthing more frustrating than working hard and not seeing the results. I feel for you. I am struggling with that now, although mine is more me deciding to take 3 days off mid week and falling off the deep end, jumping back on and realizing that you can't really lose weight like that, infact you may gain weight....anyhoo. The yo yo'ng the up and downs. The fact that I can't snap my fingers and be done with this journey is all very frustrating and overwhelming at times. Working on just keeping the course...it has to work. Hope your week and weekend goes well.

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    1. You will make it through, I promise! What keeps me on track is knowing that just one bad meal wont screw up my whole journey so I don't put too much weight into it. If I indulge, fine, and I am better the next time I eat. In the end you will appreciate where you are so much more because you WORKED for it :D

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  5. keep in mind also that the time of day you weight yourself is super important on the accuracy. as far as i know (and i'm no expert) you're supposed to weigh yourself *around the same time* in the MORNING, because you put on and lose random weight all throughout the day. sounds legit, right? haha. regardless though it sounds like you should rely on your home scale for your personal overall weight loss with that program lol. ignore their scale!

    as far as cardio being important, it totally is, but weights are more important in the long run. it's much easier to get to a healthy size/shape/weight if you're already incorporating weight training into your exercise routines than to just do a bunch of cardio, lose a bunch of weight, and be left with zero muscle mass you then have to focus on building. i have a friend going through that right now (she also works at a gym) and she says every day that she wishes she had done equal parts weight and cardio! i always refer back to skinnymeg's lectures on cardio abuse.

    anyhoo, sorry for the monster comment. don't get discouraged at all you're a huge inspiration to me!!!

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    1. Oh totally, I 100% agree. I just think a little more cardio for those 8 weeks would have done me some good. I am on the 60/40 ratio now, 60% cardio, 40% weights. I like them both a lot :D

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    2. that's awesome! i will admit weights are scary for me because of all the men. i feel like i look like an idiot with my ten pound weights...

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  6. What a bummer! I'd be so frustrated that I spent the money and I didn't get the program I wanted. But you did lose something and that's something to celebrate!!!

    Marie @ The Big Thirty Project

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    1. Yeah don't get me started on the money haha! My initial goal was really just to DO it, like finish, and I did do that, so I am happy.

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  7. I think you should say something to the people that ran the challenge.. it might help people in the future!!

    Good Job on the challenge!!!! Keep it up

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