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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to the Grind……

Since the end of the last weight loss challenge 6 weeks ago, I have found it a little more difficult to stay on track with trying to lose the last 12 pounds. I allowed myself to not be sooo strict with my calorie counting. I indulged a little with my food choices, but still was aware of my goals and did not over eat. I did continue to exercise regularly.
Over the last 6 weeks, I still lost 3 total pounds and that was with not really trying.
Tomorrow the 12 week weight loss challenge starts back up with our first weigh in.
I have 10-12 pounds left to lose to reach my final goals. I will lose these last few pounds during the 12 week WLC program. I WILL!
Tomorrow I am back to the grind of staying strict with my food intake and my mom and I will be regularly exercising 4 days a week.
In these next 12 weeks, I have an 8 day vacation planned, along with thanksgiving towards the end. This is going to be really tough to reach my goal with so many obstacles in my way, but I know I can do it.
I know I have no chance this time to win the challenge or even place as I don’t have enough weight left to lose. But if I can reach my goal by the end of this challenge, I will feel like the biggest winner of them all and will finally get to purchase my whole new wardrobe in a size 8 :)
I am excited for all of my coworkers and family members who are also joining me in this challenge and I wish you all the best of luck.

My mom and I joined the new Crunch Gym in El Cajon and are really impressed with the facility and really are trying to take advantage of the classes offered.
If anyone wants to join us for a work out, here is our official schedule that we are going to try and stick to for the next 12 weeks:
Monday- Zumba Toning with Jojo at 5pm at Party Fitness Studio
Tuesday- Retro-Aerobics@5:30pm followed by Belly, Buns, & Thighs at 6pm @ Crunch
Wednesday- Fat Burning Pilaties at 5:30pm at Crunch
Saturday- Zumba Toning with Jojo at 8:30am at Party Fitness Studio

Let me know if you are interested in joining us! Gym memberships for Crunch are really cheap right now.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Getting Back on Track....

With the challenge over for now, I really need the extra self control and motivation to stay on track from week to week. The next challenge does not start until 9/14 which gives me 5-6 weeks of not being held accountable. I must stay focused towards my goal. I have 15 pounds left to lose.
This last weekend, I took a little “break” at losing weight. I didn’t count my calories. I allowed myself to indulge in different food items that I hadn’t touched in 3 months. I had pizza one night, ice cream, and last night I had my all time favorite Velveta Shells and Cheese. I even had a little celebration girls night and had some drinks. I don’t feel bad about it as I didn’t horribly over eat or go back to my old ways when I was having a good 3000+ calories in one day.
Now it is Monday and I need to refocus myself in hopes of continuing towards my goal. I am more motivated than ever and I know I can do it all on my own.
My new goal is to be 5 pounds down by the start of the next challenge. That is one pound a week from now until 9/14. I can do it! I hope…….

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Final Weigh In Tonight!!

Tonight is the final weigh in and measurements in the weight loss challenge.

The money up for grabs is as follows:
1st Place- $400
2nd Place- $240
3rd Place- $160
Most Inches Lost- $100+

The top three is based on percentage of weight loss from the very first weigh in to the very last weigh in which is tonight. I have lost about 11% of my body weight.

Although tonight is the final weigh in, the winners (or biggest losers) are not announced until next Wednesday at our after party. I didn’t start this program to win money. I started it to help motivate me to stay on track. Now that we are at the end of the 12 week program, I am so proud to be in the running to win some money. I can’t wait to find out the results next week!

This week I have worked out harder than ever! I started Zumba Toning which utilizes slower movements and light weights to tone all the muscles of your body. I really enjoy Zumba Toning so much better than the regular Zumba Fitness which is more of just a cardio class. My buns and thighs are sooo sore today.
I have come to enjoy working out and love the feeling of being fit.

Although the weight loss challenge is over, I still have about 15 pounds left to lose. I know these last 15 are going to come off A LOT slower than the first 20. My goal for the last 15 is by the end of this year. We will see what happens!

I am just soooo happy at what I have accomplished and there are so many people to thank, as I couldn’t have done this with the support of my friends, family, and outside resources.

First and Foremost, My MOM, if you wouldn’t have taken on the challenge with me, I don’t think I could have stayed on track. You are my eating buddy and my workout buddy. I am so proud of your accomplishment and looking forward to continuing this journey with you.

My Husband, Anthony, Thank you for your support and understanding in my lifestyle change. I know it has sometimes been difficult to deal with my contant working out and the change of my diet has increased the grocery expenses in our household. I could not have gotten this far without your help and support. Even though you would try to tempt me sometimes with desserts. But Remember, this is a lifestyle change so we will not be going back to the way things used to be.

My workout buddy and biggest Cheerleader Lindsey, Thank you for your constant support and inspiration.

John and Carol Winslow- My weight loss coaches and the organizers of the Weight loss Challenge. I would not have been able to continue on a steady path of weight loss without you two. Thank you for organizing this challenge out of the kindness of your heart, being there for us, and teaching us valuable information to stay healthy for the rest of our lives. I have looked forward to my weekly weigh ins as it has given me the motivation to stay on track from week to week.

Party Fitness Studio- Discovering Zumba has been a life changing experience as it is the first time in my life were I look forward to going and working out. I have so much fun going to all of the classes and I get such a great work out.

Last, but not least, I cannot thank Billie Sangster enough. If it weren’t for you taking over the Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant, I would not have had the time to committ to this change. I am so proud of the organization and all you have already done for the ladies in just a short few months. You have been able to do so much more for them then I would have been and I think the City of El Cajon and the Miss El Cajon Scholarship association is so lucky to have you as their director.

This is just the beginning! Thank you all for your support.

Andrea Breise

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Final Stretch…….Well sort of

Tonight is the second to last weigh in for the weight loss challenge. My last two weigh ins have totaled almost 7 pounds lost. Now I think I am at a stand still for this week. According to my scale I am definitely the same if not higher than what I weighed in last week.
I am not too concerned about it as I know I am still doing everything right and some weeks are just better than others. The only thing I am a little bummed about is that I am so close to finishing in the top 3 and winning some money, and having a stand still week is not what I wanted at this time in the game.
For those of you who know me know that I am very competitive. Give me a competition and I will push my way to the top. In this competition, I know I have done everything I can and now it is not really up to me.
Tonight is also final picture day. We took a “before” picture 10 weeks ago and tonight we take our “after” picture. They are going to photo stitch the pictures side by side. I can’t wait to see the transformation in a picture. I will definitely post it on FB for everyone to see.
This week I threw out my lower back on Monday. I was using my new jogging stroller for the first time. Alyssa and I went for a nice jog and when I got back home I could feel that something was off in my back. I had to skip out on my regular Zumba class on Tuesday. I am going to a chiropractor today, so hopefully I can get better fast. With only one more week left, I really need to be able to stay active.

All in All, I couldn’t be more happy and proud of myself and my mom. I am 20 pounds down. I have about 10-15 more pounds to go. I am fitting in clothes that I pretty much gave up on ever being able to fit in again. I love when people notice my accomplishment and make comments about how “skinny” I am.
I plan to continue with the weight loss challenge for the next session which starts in September. I really would love if some friends or famiy would join the next session with me. It really is a great group and has taught me so much about all aspects of changing my lifestyle and become a happier and healthier person.

I am also doing the Del Mar Mud Run in October and have started a team. Check out the website at http://delmarmudrun.com/ It is a 5K and is going to be LOTS of fun! Anyone is welcome to join my team. My team name is "Lets Get Dirrty" make sure you go and sign up soon!

Thank you all for your support.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

8 weeks and still going strong

Last week was kind of a bummer, after consistently losing 1-3 pounds every week for the last 7 weeks, I weighed in last Wednesday almost a pound heavier than the week before. I was really discouraged as I didn’t do anything different. I was right on track with my eating and also exercising a lot. I know it probably wasn’t anything I did, but it still hurts when you are working so hard.

All and all I am really doing great! I am feeling great and I can see a huge difference in my clothes and when I look in the mirror or at recent pictures of myself.

Our next weigh in is tomorrow and last time we had a weigh in right after a holiday weekend, I was the biggest loser for that week. This holiday weekend was a tough one. Four days off of work, together with my birthday and fourth of July all rolled up in one really made it hard to stay focused on my ultimate goal. Tony also surprised me with a 2 night stay at the Hyatt down by San Diego bay, which meant eating out a lot and not having the same routine as I usually do. I tried my best to stay active we walked along the bay and seaport village the first night and then yesterday morning took a bike ride around downtown San Diego. I also tried my best at eating light and healthy.
When I weighed in at home this morning I was way down on my scale :) I am excited for our weigh in tomorrow and who knows maybe I will be the biggest loser again. It seems the rest of the group doesn’t do so well when it comes to holidays.

After my weigh in tomorrow I will have 4 weeks left until the final weigh in. I think I might even sign up for their next 12 week program when this one is over, to help me continue to stay on track until I reach my ultimate goal.

If any of my friends or family are struggling to stay motivated and really need to lose those extra pounds. This challenge is something that I highly recommend. Email or message me for more details if you are interested. We can do it together!

Thank you for all of your support!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Six Weeks and Zumba Obsessed

I am soooo excited!!
14 pounds total lost in 6 weeks!
My original goal when I first started the weight loss challenge 6 weeks ago was to lose 20 pounds in the 12 weeks. I also never thought I could even have a chance at winning the “biggest loser” at the end because I didn’t have as much to lose as a lot of the others in my class, but I have been one of the few who have consistantly lost weight every single week. At the end of the 12 week challenge the person who loses the most percentage of weight will win $400, 2nd place $200 and third place $100. I am not doing this for the money but I am a very competitive and determined person and seeing that I might even have a chance to win has motivated me even more to push through these next 6 weeks.

I guess I can say that I am obsessed with Zumba. I just have so much fun doing it and feel so good after I am done. On Saturday, a friend invited me to a morning Zumba Class. Even though I had plans to go to a Zumba Luau party later that night, I thought, why not do two classes in one day. I got through the first Zumba class (well almost through, Alyssa started crying for me at the Kids Club and I have to leave about 20 minutes early)
Then later that night Lindsey, Natalia and I went to a Zumba Luau Party expecting a 1 hour class followed by a 1 hour party, only to realize it was a 2 hour Zumba Class!!
So Saturday I did three hours of Zumba!
My co-worker has let me borrow her Zumba Fitness Game for the Wii which I have tried out and think it is just great! Maybe someone will get me my own game for my Birthday so I can give her hers back. (Tony: Hint, Hint).

Which reminds me, next weekend, July 2nd is my 26th birthday!! Its going to be tough to stay on track with my eating that weekend since both Tony and I have 4 days off for the Holiday weekend.
When I am at work, it is really easy for me to eat my small meals and snacks, but I find it harder on the weekends because I am always out doing something and have to find food while I am out and about.

Thank you to everyone who is following me in this Journey and especially to my mommy who is doing this with me. I am so proud of her, she has been doing so great !! She started Zumba with me and is loosing lots of weight herself. Having her there to support and to do this with has helped me stay focused and continue with the program.

Thank you,


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Scales??

So the scale that I have at home is the same type/brand scale that we weigh in on at our weekly weigh-ins for the weight loss challenge.
Every week right before my mom and I leave to get weighed in officially for the week. We weigh ourselves on my home scale.
The first week my scale matched the official scale exactly for both my mom and I.
The 4 weeks following, I weighed in one pound lighter at home and my mom weighed one pound heavier on my home scale. Weird I know.

Last Night was week 5 and right before we left I weighed in at home and I showed a 4 pound weight loss from the week before and my mom showed a 2 pound weight loss on my home scale. I was so excited that there would be a good chance I would be the biggest loser again. We arrive at the challenge to get our official weigh in. I step on the scale and it only shows a 1.6 pound loss! I am happy that I am still consistently losing a healthy amount of weight but was a little disappointed because I thought it would be higher according to my scale at home.
My Mom then steps on the scale and she shows a 1 pound weight gain! She was dissappointed because according to my scale at home she had lost two pounds this week.

I am just so confused at how it is just so sporadic week to week and yesterday we feel it was way off. My mom is sure she had lost some weight and I was sure I had lost more than just 1 pound.

Looking back at the last 5 weeks my scale shows a total weight loss of 14 pounds and the other scale shows an official weight loss of 11 pounds.
I know I shouldn’t worry myself about the pounds as I am consistently losing weight and my clothes are fitting so much looser. But I am bummed that it told my mom that she gained a pound this week, when we both know that she didn’t.

I am feeling so great! I am almost down 2 sizes from when I started. I desparately need to go shopping for a new bra which is kind of depressing to know that I am loosing so much weight in my bra area :( I feel stronger and healthier and am so motivated to just keep going until I reach my goal. My original goal was to be a size 10 because when I reach that size, Tony will buy me a new wardrobe. But since my body is changing so fast, why not try for a size 8? Anything lower than a size eight for me would be too skinny since I am 6 feet tall.
I honestly have not had any issues with feeling hungry or deprived and know this is something I can do for the rest of my life. I just can’t wait!!