Body Transformation Challenge: Week 1 (& 2!)

I’m in the midst of an 8-week fitness challenge – read the full contest deets here.

You: “But Gina, didn’t you just lose a bunch of weight?”

Me: “Why yes I did – just over 40lbs, in fact.”

You: “So… why are you doing an 8-week challenge then?”

My Fitness Backstory

I’ve ALWAYS been interested in health/fitness.

I’m also a member of that club that’s gained and lost the same 10-30 lbs a few times too. At least I’m a club member, right? 😂

I’ve ran a full marathon, a handful of halfs, done P90X, Jillian Michaels, worked out at numerous gyms and at home. You get the picture I’m sure.

I’ve worked with personal trainers twice in my life – once with Jason (in 2009?) and more recently with Cindy, my Kids Versus Bikini partner-in-crime. Cindy and I started working together back in May of 2017 and besides taking breaks for vacations and such, have been happily training together ever since.

Why I’m Doing the Challenge

I competed in my first bikini competition a few months ago (there’s talk of another next spring 😬) – what an adventure!

It was crazy and awesome all rolled up into one – you can check out the full competition recap here.

Weeeeell, as happens with life I didn’t follow a reverse dieting plan and just jumped back into the swing of things. The summer was full of tons of travel, family time and fun, resulting in a bit less time at the gym.

And that’s why I jumped into the Body Transformation Challenge that Cindy’s running at our local gym, Snap Fitness. I’m totally psyched to revisit my recent scale lows!

2 Weeks In (and what happened to week 1?)

If you followed along with my competition prep update posts then you know I’m a big fan of being able to tangibly measure my progress.

You’ll notice there’s not an update post from one week of this challenge though… why? Well, I started off all motivated and then by the time Thursday rolled around, my motivation/will-power came to a screeching halt.

Turns out I’m not the only one – the transition from summer to fall has been hard. Lots of carb cravings and desire for comfort foods. And not so much desire to eat fresh fruits/veggies and hit the gym. 😥

So while I don’t have any great progress to share, I’m still “in it to win it” – at least when it comes to my personal goals!

I take weekly progress photos with my phone, so I can physically see my progress during the challenge.

Left: I weigh myself weekly using an old digital scale from my days working for Jenny Craig (here’s a similar one)I’ve always had a strong interest in health and fitness and helping others become their best selves.

Right: I use my Omron fat loss monitor to assess my body fat percentage each week. We also use calipers from time-to-time at the gym.

Revised Challenge Goals

I weighed in the day before my bikini competition at 140.8 – 11 pounds lighter than I am right now.

At a minimum I’d like to take those 11 pounds back off – I’ll take 145 though, since I basically lost out on the first two weeks.

What’s Coming Up?

Well, this week’s off to a good start.

I’m 3/3 for exercise and already completed my “suggested exercise” for the week defined by the federal government. 😉

At least I still have my “guns” though. 😂

Diet’s been pretty on point too – just have to navigate a funeral and birthday party this weekend. They’re both on the same day, so how bad can it be?

How about you?

What health and fitness goals are you working on? Tell us all about it in the comments, so we can cheer each other on!

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