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Congrats to Susan on her 5 month transformation and boot camp journey

To see Susan’s incredible transformation, see prior post.

“April 25th, I said, “Ok, its time for me.”  I didn’t ask a friend or family member to join me, just got up, got dressed and went for a trial class, shoot who was going to see me anyway, its 5:30 am.    Why am I doing this?  Because my child loved that my tummy was so squishy when she hugged it, and that my arms had a funny jiggle that made her giggle…..really?…but me, not so much…

On my way to my trial class that morning I was thinking, I can do this,  I have worked out in the past, right, aerobics, gyms, step and a variety of other routines over the years…why not?  I am here, sun is just coming up, warm ups under way and then “Holy Cow” reality set in.   I am struggling through the warm ups!  Jumping jacks, really!  I could only jog/walk/crawl 1/8 of the way around the block…..am I really this out of shape?  Yep, I was….well my embarrassment lasted about 10 seconds as my trainer, Wendy walked beside me, encouraging me to go at my own pace and each of the ladies in the group shared how they struggled in the beginning, but to keep going! 

And I did, I kept going, at my own pace, more like the turtle than the hare, and I am glad I did.  Eight weeks later and 16 pounds lighter, the jiggle in my arms subsided and there was less of a squishy pillow residing around my waist.  My clothes fit better, and I feel great!  So, I kept going…and now, another 3 1/2 months later, I can jog 2 miles, while having a conversation, I have dropped another 14 pounds, with a total weight loss 30 pounds to date.   Yes, the exercise is key, but I also made lifestyle changes in the approach to my meals.   Not at all once, but gradually over the past few months.

Breakfast:  Was:  Whole Wheat Organic Waffles with a tablespoon of Organic Peanut butter — switched to 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 an avocado.  (Note:  Sigi’s, Wallaby’s and Bulgarian yogurt in the Organic aisle all have 1/2 the carbs then products in the dairy aisle. Or two egg whites/one egg veggie omelet.

Lunch:  Was:  Salads with fruit, cheese, mixed greens and lite salad dressing — switched to mixed greens (minimum 2-3 cups) non-cheese protein, no fruit, all veggie and homemade or Olive garden Italian dressing (only 2 carbs per serving)

Dinner:  Was: Sweet potato, protein (chicken/fish) and one veggie – switched to 3 vegetables, more variety in protein (fish, chicken, sausage, turkey, beef)…no starchy processed carbs
 
Pretty much maintained 60 – 80mg of carbs per day over the past few months (lose it app)
 
The Doylestown Adventure Boot Camp classes offer nutritional consultations as well as fresh air fitness program.  Slight adjustments in my diet have resulted in tremendous results for me!  Am I now a super athlete, no, I am still the turtle on the track, but I am signed up for my next four week session, and setting a new goal to “take the hill” at Gayman.”
Come on out and try a free trial week at our new location – 
Victory Vipers 
4059 Skyron Dr. 
Doylestown  
January 7 – February 1 
M – W – F  (5:30am – 6:30am ) 

Size 12 to a size 3 in 5 1/2 months – Congrats Susan

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It was June 23 and time for a testimony about Adventure Boot Camp for Women. 

 “April 25th, I said, “Ok, its time for me.”  I didn’t ask a friend or family member to join me, just got up, got dressed and went for a trial class, shoot who was going to see me anyway, its 5:30 am.    Why am I doing this?  Because my child loved that my tummy was so squishy when she hugged it, and that my arms had a funny jiggle that made her giggle…..really?…but me, not so much…

On my way to my trial class that morning I was thinking, I can do this,  I have worked out in the past, right, aerobics, gyms, step and a variety of other routines over the years…why not?  I am here, sun is just coming up, warm ups under way and then “Holy Cow” reality set in.   I am struggling through the warm ups!  Jumping jacks, really!  I could only jog/walk/crawl 1/8 of the way around the block…..am I really this out of shape?  Yep, I was….well my embarrassment lasted about 10 seconds as my trainer, Wendy walked beside me, encouraging me to go at my own pace and each of the ladies in the group shared how they struggled in the beginning, but to keep going! 

And I did, I kept going, at my own pace, more like the turtle than the hare, and I am glad I did.  Eight weeks later and 16 pounds lighter, the jiggle in my arms subsided and there was less of a squishy pillow residing around my waist.  My clothes fit better, and I feel great!  So, I kept going…and now, another 3 1/2 months later, I can jog 2 miles, while having a conversation, I have dropped another 14 pounds, with a total weight loss 30 pounds to date.   Yes, the exercise is key, but I also made lifestyle changes in the approach to my meals.   Not at all once, but gradually over the past few months.

Breakfast:  Was:  Whole Wheat Organic Waffles with a tablespoon of Organic Peanut butter — switched to 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 an avocado.  (Note:  Sigi’s, Wallaby’s and Bulgarian yogurt in the Organic aisle all have 1/2 the carbs then products in the dairy aisle. Or two egg whites/one egg veggie omelet.

Lunch:  Was:  Salads with fruit, cheese, mixed greens and lite salad dressing — switched to mixed greens (minimum 2-3 cups) non-cheese protein, no fruit, all veggie and homemade or Olive garden Italian dressing (only 2 carbs per serving)

Dinner:  Was: Sweet potato, protein (chicken/fish) and one veggie – switched to 3 vegetables, more variety in protein (fish, chicken, sausage, turkey, beef)…no starchy processed carbs
 
Pretty much maintained 60 – 80mg of carbs per day over the past few months (lose it app)
 
The Doylestown Adventure Boot Camp classes offer nutritional consultations as well as fresh air fitness program.  Slight adjustments in my diet have resulted in tremendous results for me!  Am I now a super athlete, no, I am still the turtle on the track, but I am signed up for my next four week session, and setting a new goal to “take the hill” at Gayman.”  

Check out Doylestown Boot Camp  for yourself, here’s the link, see which class and time works for you….yes, You.    Boot Camp Workout Fitness Classes: Weight Loss Programs

Our next session begins January 7 – February 1, 2019

 

Congratulations to Jen on her 6 month transformation

For the past 10 years I have let my weight continue to increase and had a hard time finding a consistent time to exercise between work, kids and just life in general.   At the end of December my biggest clothes in my closet didn’t fit anymore and realized it was  time to do something a bit more drastic instead of buying bigger clothes (which I was horrified at what I would have had to buy size wise).   I joined Wendy’s Bootcamp in January 2018, fast forward 6 months later and I  have lost 40 pounds and down 3 pants sizes.   I feel great both physically and mentally.   The first week I met Wendy I told her about some of my goals, one was a target weight while  others were a bit more superficial but important to me. One of those superficial goals was to be able to wear a tank top that all of the mothers on my son’s baseball team have and not feel the need to wear something over it to cover my arms and body when it is 90+ outside and I am sweating my @$$ off.     It felt so good to put that tank top on and not feel the need to cover up, this was a HUGE milestone for me.   I am also lucky to have so many people around me who have been so supportive and encouraging over the past few months.

The first week I joined Wendy’s boot camp she told me that if I want to lose weight, what I put in my mouth is just as important if not more than exercising.  Wendy worked with me for a month on my diet making easy tweaks each week.  What I appreciated most about Wendy’s approach is that she is very encouraging and never makes you feel bad about what you have eaten and makes the changes seem so simple (which they actually were).  I would find myself skipping meals thinking that I am eating fewer calories which had to  be better for me, especially breakfast.  I  would often grab some toast or a bagel and run out the door or just have coffee and be starving by lunch.   I am actually eating more food now than I did then, just better choices….who would have  ever thought that I would look forward to my 3 turkey sausages and yogurt for breakfast as I run out the door for work each day.   It is not about counting calories, or cutting out carbs completely.   For me, it has been about watching my carbs…not eliminating them, making better choices and thinking ahead a bit more with food planning.      Another key thing Wendy has taught me is to not focus on the number.  There have been times during the past 6 months where I have hit some plateaus in my weight loss and did not see movement on the scale.   I would tell Wendy and be a bit deflated, her response was always…. don’t focus on the number…..well she was right because my clothes would feel so much better.   This was a big mental shift for me not to get on the scale each day.   I don’t let the number dictate how I feel about myself anymore.

I have not reached my final weight goal  and have a bit of a ways to go, I look at this as a journey.  What I can say is that there is no other trainer I would want to be on this journey with other than Wendy.    I was very self-conscious to start boot camp knowing how out of shape I was and kept doubting myself that this was something for me.    From day one Wendy has encouraged me in and out of class. She has pushed me out of my comfort zone when she knew I could do something that I did not think I could and most importantly she makes a tough workout fun.    When I started on this journey with Wendy I couldn’t run ¼ of a mile  or even think of doing burpees.  Each week I am amazed at how much stronger I have become and excited to see what the next 6 months will bring.

THANKS WENDY!

Doylestown Boot Camp is an indoor outdoor fitness program designed for all ages and all levels of fitness.  Enlist in our next boot camp session starting June 25th @ 5:30am at Camp Curiosity in Doylestown.  Transform yourself!  You rock Jen!

Katie’s fitness journey as she prepares for her September wedding day

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Fantastic work Katie!  You have 3 months to go till wedding day!  We can’t wait to see you in your wedding dress.  You’ve worked extremely hard and have been dedicated to your training and nutrition.  Not only have you reached your fitness goals in a short time, you have changed your lifestyle!  I am so proud of you!  Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Stay tuned for Katie’s end of summer post as well as more before/after pictures from Katie’s fellow campers!
Doylestown Boot Camp for Women begins the next  summer session at Camp Curiosity ( 5:30am 6:30am) in Bucks County Monday, July 17.  For details and registration, go to www.doylestownbootcamp.com or call 908-268-6414.  Feel free to come on out and try a free trial class Wednesday, July 12 and Friday, July 15th.

Doylestown Boot Camp Inquires About Carbohydrate Intake

healthy carbohydrate intakeDoylestown Boot Camp asks what carbohydrates are healthiest to eat. Let’s start with what carbohydrates are and how they are essential to a healthy body. There are simple and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbs are made of just one or two sugar molecules and are the quickest source of energy as they are very rapidly digested. Sources of simple carbs are table sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, jams, jellies, fruit drinks, soft drinks and candy.

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The First Day Back…

It’s always a doozy to come back to a workout regimen after taking some time off. Getting back into the habit of waking up early, dragging yourself through your morning haze to the car, and waking up enough to do those first couple of jumping jacks… it’s not always easy!

girlswhodocrossfit-coffee-workoutBut if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it! Or as my hubs likes to say, “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be your mom!” (Inside joke: hubs was cheering me on at a marathon while standing next to someone who was holding a sign that said, “If it was easy, it would be  called your mom!” So now everything hard is referred to as ‘my mom,’ because she’s not easy.)

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