Week 1 and Start of week 2

Well, it’s been an interesting start to this journey of 8 weeks to wellness. On the diet and nutrition front, there have been challenges.  Cutting out fruit and bread was something I’ve missed, adding in more protein was a bit unusual, as I don’t eat meat on a daily basis. I felt like I was  consuming more calories than normal.  I usually consume around 1400 calories per day and adding on the ultrameal shakes I was adding about 150 calories onto what was a fairly normal diet to myself.  When I weighed myself on friday morning I had gained 1 pound!      After I discussed this with one of the clinic’s personal trainers; he said I needed to split the amount of ultrameal I was consuming in a day by half. Within three days I was back to my orginal starting weight.

As far as the weight training and cardio; I have really enjoyed the routine and phases we have began with.  It has been challenging but well worth the soreness I endured in the first week. The only struggle I have really had is fitting a third cardio session into my week.  Saturdays and Sundays aren’t any problem since have always excercised on those days, but finding time during the week has been a difficulty.  Next week I plan to make it a priority. 🙂

Sean’s Thoughts: Pre 8ww Program

Rack of dumbellsPre Day 1: Adventures of Sean on his 8WW journey…I am excited to push my fellow employees to health greatness and challenge myself physically and mentally as I go down the road to wellness. I look forward to developing my body into a temple of what it
should be. Gaining muscle and strength will change my endurance levels at work and in mountain biking. The challenges I believe I will face with be in the area of diet. Portion sizes and decreasing my beer intake (I am a beer connoisseur) will take great self-control. However I am excited to see the changes in my mind, body, and soul. Balance will be a great success for me. Hope you follow me on my journey to wellness!

Karin’s Thoughts: Pre 8ww Program

Elliptical machineLooking forward to the 8WW, I am both excited and nervous about how the program will test my willpower for eating, and being able to physically accomplish the workouts. Those three words consistently come to mind as I begin to see the continued wellness lifestyle habits developing: TEST MY WILLPOWER. I am a chic and fashion-conscious kind of girl, and am excited to have my clothes fit better and to see how my jeans begin to fit better and boost my confidence even higher. A big concern I have is that I will bounce back after the program. I have done other programs successfully, and afterwards made little decisions based on my success that slowly change the eating habits I have created. A little bowl of ice cream or a few extra drinks at the bar on Friday night, and I am slowly but surely headed back to where I was before. So as I do this program, it will be interesting to see where long term lifestyle changes stick or where they become a bit
flexible in my daily routine.

Tracy’s Thoughts: Pre 8ww Program

DumbellsI am excited about getting more toned in the workouts. I’m not too worried about losing
weight, so I want to look like I did ten years ago in college: toned and in shape. I know
my strength is going to increase as well. I am excited to build up muscle to increase my
metabolism, which in turn burns more fat. My challenge is going to be finding time to do
everything that 8WW has to offer. Balancing work, workouts, planning meals, family
time and leisure will be a great learning experience, and I can see how that will help me
continue to develop a wellness lifestyle.