Success!...Well, on my way...

By Trisha
Our boot camp program is almost over. I can't believe it's been almost 8 weeks!! We have one boot camp workout left on Friday. It's been a bit of a struggle. My health got in the way a bit, otherwise I think my results would be even better. With that said, I'm very happy with my results thus far. The workouts have not been easy. They have been pretty intense with increasing intensity each week.

Last night was my final workout with my personal trainer and I found out my final results for the eight weeks. I lost 3 pounds before starting the program, but during these past eight weeks, I've lost 15.6 pounds; almost 2 pounds a week. That puts my total for the year at 18.6 pounds, but I wasn't really trying to lose before the program. I've lost several inches, too. I've lost 6.5 inches in my chest, 3 inches in my bicep, 4 inches in my chest, 5 inches in my hips, 3 inches in my right thigh and 3.25 inches in my right calf. I'm very very happy!

Also, over the course of the past eight weeks, I went from a size 26 to a size 22. And my size 22's are already getting looser.

At out first personal training session, we did a little fitness test and I could do 10 push ups on my knees. I couldn't do a sit up. I could hold a plank for 10 seconds and static quat or wall squat for 30 seconds. At last nights fitness test, I could 3 military push up and 17 on my knees, 10 sit up (not crunches), hold a plank for 36 seconds and the wall squat for 1 minute and 15 seconds. That is amazing to me!!

When we started I struggled up and down our stairs and I was always very winded and out of breath by the time I got to the top. I also struggled to keep up with Jarom when we go somewhere and walk together. He often had to slow down to keep pace with me. I no longer struggle with our stairs. In fact, i can power right up them and I'm only slightly winded, but it only take a couple deep breaths to get my breathing back to normal. I can keep up with Jarom now, for the most part. I know he could still out-walk and out-pace me, but he doesn't have to slow down so much when we walk together to stay next to me, because I can keep up with him and not be out of breath to do so.

I still have a long way to go. I still want to lose another 100 pounds at least. But I'm sure once I get there I will want to lose the last 20 pounds, to be on the lower end of my weight range. This has been a great boost and motivator.

Our group has plans to stay together as much as possible to workout, share tips, encourage and motivate. I set up a Facebook group for all of us and we all have each others' email. We plan to have some reunions along the way too.

A big thanks goes out to my friend and neighbor, Leanne. She has been a huge help and one of my biggest cheerleaders. She told me about the boot camp program, brought me the application and returned it for me.

Thank you to my husband, too. He has been very supportive, but the ice cream and candy have been a struggle. It's hard enough to avoid those things, but after a conversation about it, he has been a help. He makes me think twice before I eat it.

Thank you to my group! You are all so wonderful! And knowing that we are all in this together, has been a huge help and motivator.

To our trainers, Jessie, Shane & Gabe, a very big thank you! You busted our butts, but gave us the encouragement to keep going and push harder each day.

Finally, to all my family and friends for all the words of encouragement through email, phone calls and FaceBook.

As I progress, I'll keep everyone updated. I'll try to post every couple weeks, my progress.