Monday, May 21, 2012


This week the group reached the half-way point of their twelve week program. By now, they’ve created some new habits with their diet and exercise that hopefully, will last a long time.

But in the end, it’s not just about losing weight and getting in shape—it’s about learning how to keep the weight off and stay in shape. Now that changes your life. If you lose all that weight, but just put it right back on, you really haven’t changed your life.

That’s why I want to keep giving them different workout routines and exercises. That keeps things interesting, and that will keep you working out. Setting goals to do new and interesting events can help too. You have to train for them and that helps keep you motivated day-to-day.

Last Saturday, a group of us did something interesting called the “Viking Assault” at Dobbs Park in Terre Haute, including two of our Biggest Losers, Sande Sherer and T. J. Johnson. It was a trail run that was supposed to be a 5K (3.1 miles), but we think it was closer to 2 ½ miles. It also had 10 obstacles you had to go over, including a 4’ wall, a 6’ wall, running through a creek, and a few other things.

We all got a little wet and muddy, but even someone relatively new to exercise could have done it. While some people smoked through it, everyone set their own pace. It’s really more about finishing the event and doing something different.

The weekly Biggest Loser workout was an example of how to combine interval training with weights or calisthenics. They ran ¼ mile, followed by 25 push-ups, 25 body squats and 25 sit-ups (4x). To make it harder, do ½ miles instead, or replace the exercises with hand-stand pushups, pull-ups, kettlebell swings, and other movements.

This week’s Biggest Loser was Brittany Cline who lost 2.0% of her body weight and 3.0 lbs. Floyd McWilliams was second, losing 1.0% and 2.0 lbs. Jennifer Bowers placed third, losing about a half a percent and 1.2 lbs.

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