Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's All About the Numbers!

I'm baaaaaaaaack! After 4 weeks of focusing on my health and fitness in Utah at Fitness Ridge (now The Biggest Loser Resort), I'm finally back home on the east coast. After portion controlled, healthy foods and hours and hours of daily workouts - what were the results? Well, here's a breakdown of the numbers:

168: Number of hours exercised
1,080: Number of approx miles hiked
33,600: Number of calories consumed
98,500: Number of approx calories burned
12.5: Number of pounds lost
6.4: Percent of body fat lost
13: Total number of inches lost

So, there you have it. 28 days of working my you know what off! Was it worth it? Absolutely.

By the way, what I didn't tell you was that at the end of week 2, I got sick. In the middle of week 3, I had to go to urgent care to deal with a cough that was deep in my chest. Try working up your heart rate up while you're hacking a dry cough! But I figured I could either cough in my room, or cough on the hiking trail. And while my body wasn't up to par, I took the medications and continued to give it all I had.

So now what? My plan is to continue with my healthy eating and focus on 60-90 minutes of exercise a day. I'll also be looking to make fitness a lifestyle, including more walking, bike rides, and other activities that keep me moving. My fitness level has increased tremendously, so now, an hour of cardio seems like child's play!

Finally, I want to share one number with you that I am most proud of.

My first day, the hike made me realize how out of shape I was. I was huffing and puffing, barely able to complete the 4.5 miles. And even though I did, it took me almost two hours. Well, on my last day, I did that hike again and guess what? My time was 1 hour and 14 minutes! I knocked 46 minutes off my time in just 4 weeks! I couldn't believe how much my physical ability has improved.

So, if I can do it, you can do it. If getting healthy is one of your goals, now is the time to go for it.

I'll leave you with one final thing - when you begin to eat healthy and exercise, you fitness level will increase exponentially compared to the number of pounds you will lose on a weekly basis. So focus on getting fit - the rest will naturally follow.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am sooo proud of you. Those hiking videos were astonishing. At least you had a wonderful view while burning the beats the excitement of the ole' treadmill inside of four walls!

    I can't wait to see you. 12 pounds and 13 inches...will I be able to stand you with your new attitude :-)

  2. Loved talking with you today. thank you for having me on your show. I loved how you added up all of your miles and calories and hours exercising and not just your weight loss results which by the way are great. I love to read about your experience. It was great to see how well you really got the treading. I couldn't have worded it better! Keep up the good work and stay in touch.

  3. Congrats on your fantastic numbers!

    Hopeto see you at Homecoming this weekend! Take Care!