The Catz Diet -
When I started at my new job TPI in the fall, my new boss said, 'this place will change your life'. Secretly I wished I could get skinny like the other 3 girls that work here. Their secret, CATZ. Catz is a gym that is an athletic training center based on classes, kind of like bootcamp. The trainers, Morgan & Clark yell at you, encourage & keep you accountable. My wish came true when I got to join the January 'challenge' thanks to a lil Christmas bonus, Whoot! So, 8 weeks (technically 7 + 3.5 days) of hard work & scant eating has helped my body look... less muffin topped & much stronger! Seriously the diet is the key!!! I did bootcamp religiously last fall for 3 months & gained 6 lbs, blah. (however, I love bootcamp!) Catz 8 week program = 18 lbs down! Sweeet!!! The trainers set your goals & you have no input! scary! For every week you make your goal, you get $25 credit toward more training/classes. We have to write down all our food, every bite! Here's how 'THE CHALLENGE' went:
Week 1 - It was exciting to weigh in & try out their eating plan. Eat 4-5 x's a day, every meal is a veggie, lean protein & fruit each the size of filling up your cupped palm. Ate eggs every morning (I don't love eggs but, they are good for you) & didn't eat out at all! (that's a 1st) Of course, since I stopped drinking soda & eating sugar, it was a great week!
Worked out 6 days = 6 hrs
Loss: 8.1 lbs, made goal!
Cheats: 3 bites mashed potatoes, 2 pieces of candy & a homemade chai.
Week 2 - Ate well, added yogurt due to a necessary egg break, craved brownies.
Worked out 4 days = 5.5 hrs
Loss: 1/2 lb, made goal!
Cheats: 1/2 c. ice cream after weighing in (duh), & 1/2 c. hashbrowns w/ ketchup, mmm.
Week 3 - Was really good at eating & working out this week! Went on a singles dinner group date (mayday!). The restaurant was some indian, vegan place & nothing looked remotely like anything I’ve ever eaten! (p.s. of the 5 ‘eligible bachelors’ at this dinner… 2 were SUPER metro/effeminate, 1 was Star Trek weird, 1 was all over the girl next to him & the Mark Wahlberg look-alike was shorter than me.) yikes!
Worked out 7 days = 9 hrs
Loss: 1.4 lbs made goal!
Cheats: french fries & 4 hershey kisses.
Week 4 – Seriously worked out a ton! This is the week the smoothies began! Glenda (my coworker who made me join Catz) & I went grocery shopping & bought protein powder, fruit, naked juice & yogurt. YUMMY homemade smoothies every morning!
Worked out 5 days = 9 hrs
Loss: 2.9 lbs, made goal!
Cheats: a piece of pizza – I was in Flagstaff & they didn’t have salad! Man I don’t know if I’ve lived that one down yet.
Week 5 - Danced my guts out at the Phoenix concert, this is a FABULOUS band from Paris, so much fun! Of course, I’m a beer magnet so at the end, when they told everyone to come up on stage to celebrate with them that they had just won a Grammy the night before, someone threw their beer into the audience and… Chelsa got beer boobs! Sadly, it stained my cute shirt, boo.
Worked out 6 days = 7 hrs
Loss: 1.2 lbs
Cheats: Chai & a cookie
Week 6 – Jordan’s my dearest’s Birthday at work, made & frosted 3 dozen cupcakes!!
Worked out 5 days = 5.5 hrs
Loss: 1.1 lbs
Cheats: 2-3 cupcakes, mmm
Week 7 – It was a blur, Glenda & I did Catz every day & then went to the regular gym every day for an hour. Only saving grace – the eucalyptus sauna at her gym, I call it the Taj Mahal!
Worked out every day
Loss: .8 Lbs
Cheats: NONE! Clark screamed at me!
Week 8 – Hello Mommy! Michele comes for a visit & I’m the food Nazi! My aunt’s neighbor had a jewelry party for me & I… was required to bring a cake. I know weird. Party for me, I have to bring the dessert. I made tons more jewelry & it was a blast. So I thought I would have a piece of my delicious cake (really it’s Rach’s recipe for the cholcolate bundt cake, thank you this cake is always a hit!). My cake was sitting on the table in front of me, & the wild beagle dog jumped up & ate ½ my cake! Aarrrgh! It was funny!
Worked out EVERY day for 1 ½ - 2 hrs (made Mom work out too)
Loss: 1.9 Lbs
Cheats: ½ a dog-munched piece of cake!
Total Loss in 7 weeks 4 days, 18 lbs!!! Wha-hoo! Good-bye Muffin Top!