New Years Challenge

It’s 2012, a new year and the time we all set crazy resolutions that most people never end up sticking with. In fact if we make it through the first week we consider that pretty good. With this in mind I decided to make a little goal for all of us to start the year.  We started on January 3rd, so that gave us the 1st and 2nd to enjoy ourselves, and only 15 days to stick to the plan. I‘m a firm believer that if you can do something for 15 days that you will see amazing results. Of course it’s not a coincidence that we started on January the 3rd and finished on the 18th, since the 19th is my birthday! I started my birthday with the two things that I made us give up, sugar and alcohol!

We did the same challenge last year and all got great results.  The rules were no sugar, no candy, two fruits a day, but no bananas, pineapples, grapes, cherries, melon…all of those are too high in sugar. No dried fruit and nothing that you would consider a treat like a muffin, a cake, desserts, scones, biscuits, and then of course, no alcohol at all.

This year started and I had eaten a lot of candy while I was in South Africa over the holidays. I didn’t drink that much while I was there, so I was overcompensating with the sugar, and I think I put on four pounds! I decided that was it, I was going cold turkey!

You might think that this would be easy for me, but trust me, it’s not, because I LOVE sugar! The first year I did it, every day I would walk in and say I can’t do this! I was dying for a pack of Starbursts.  It really made me realize how much of my diet is actually sugar! When I was starving and saw those things I tried to persuade myself that they didn’t count.

With these thoughts of candy and tequila running through my mind I had to decide how I was going to get through these two weeks. Was I going to give in to the struggle? Let my emotions get the better of me after a long day and have that Brownings Skinny that I really want? No way! I was going to view it the way I try to view everything. That it is good for me, and it is meant to be. If I over think it, worry about it, and let the sugar cravings take over my mind, of course it’s going to be hard. I had to remind myself of all the positive reasons why I was doing it, and remember that every time I craved something and didn’t give in, I was proving to myself how strong I really am!

So how did we do?

I was amazed in the first two days I lost 3 lbs which is really scary because it made me realize how much sugar I must have been consuming. I noticed how weak I was and how little energy I had in my legs when I tried to run. I had to start to supplement my diet with more bread. That kind of carbohydrate allowed me to keep my weight up gave me energy when I needed to go on a long run.

It was interesting for some people who did our challenge and they found that they don’t really lose that much weight. This probably means that their diet isn’t made up of too much sugar and alcohol, which is why they don’t see drastic changes when they cut it out. Their diets and probably have a higher fat content. Basically, we can all eat a 1000 calories a day, but if you are eating 1000 calorie of fat, or 1000 calories of protein and doing lots of cardio, you’re probably not going to lose as much weight as the girl who eats 1000 calories of sugar because when your using your energy, the sugar is going to be the first thing your body uses up.

Everyone did a great job this year, and I’m so proud of you all for sticking it out. Of course though, it was a challenge, so someone had to win.

Lowest body fat went to myself with 9.6%.

Highest percentage of body fat lost over all went to Brownings massage therapist Katherine who lost 2.6% of her body fat.

And then there was most weight lost in pounds, and the highest percentage of weight loss, both of which went to our client Stefan S, who lost an amazing 15 pounds and 6.7% of his weight!

You are all amazing and you inspire me every day!

Our next challenge starts tomorrow! February 1st through 13th. Email appointments@browningsfitness.com or call 1/866-500 1909 us for details!