Just wanted to share an achievement of mine at Wolf Total Fitness…
In January I was determined to lose the weight that had gradually accumulated around my middle since moving up to Big Bear 4 years ago. I was never very heavy but I couldn’t stand feeling so “thick,” and my digestion was less than good. So on January 2nd I made a resolution, went on a modified South Beach Diet and began taking Tony’s strength training classes three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9AM. I also tried to do one more workout a week focusing on cardio.
Tony’s classes focused a great deal on building up core strength in each session but also varied the muscle groups being worked each day. The exercises that were toughest to do at first became my favorites when I was able to keep up with a minute or two of reps for each exercise. Since my upper arms were pretty weak I also made a goal of being able to lift a carry-on bag into the overhead bin when flying!
It was a tough class but he made it fun, as did the others in the class. We all did what we could and kept pushing our own envelopes whenever we had a good day. There were plenty of ups and downs, and there were set-backs, especially with trips out of town. By June 1 had lost a modest 8 pounds BUT I had trimmed off an inch from my hips, two inches from my waist and two inches from my thighs! All my friends noticed the change and I was a happy camper.
I’m convinced though that diet alone wouldn’t have helped me reach my goal. I needed rigorous exercise way beyond what I would have done on my own to get the inches off. And the exercise needed to be fairly regular. Also, I don’t think exercise alone would have accomplished quite as much either. Though all of us differ in what our optimum diets should be, there is no doubt that a reduction in overall calorie intake and the elimination or reduction of starches (bread, potatoes, sugar, etc.) helped me greatly. I also substituted dairy for some of the starch intake, which worked for me as I do not suffer from lactose intolerance. You have to be able to reach for something healthy when you get hungry and, of course, you do get hungry on a diet.
The other great thing was that I was able to lift my carry-on bag into the overhead (not very gracefully) and even helped other people on board the aircraft to do the same! Oh, and my blood pressure is down to 105/60!
I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep this up, but it’s all working rather well right now. I want to thank Tony for the classes and the class members for making it so much fun.
p.s. I must disclose that I am Chris Wolfe’s wife, but that doesn’t mean I was ever a gym enthusiast!