Saturday, December 08, 2012
Greatest Fitness Accomplishment of 2012:
My greatest fitness accomplishment of 2012 was losing 60 pounds. I began the process in March when I joined East Shore Athletic Club. I weighed 185 lbs at 5 ft 5.5 inches, my body fat was 36%, and I wore a size 14/16. To complicate matters, I was rehabilitating from knee surgery (torn meniscus) and had limited range of motion in my right knee. Needless to say, I was very unhappy with my health, appearance, and fitness level. Imagine how thrilled I am to have lost a total of 60 pounds within 7 months!! Currently, I weigh 125 lbs, my latest body fat measurement was 16.6%, and I wear a size 4. My knee is completely rehabilitated with full range of motion and I barely notice the prior injury.
What did you do to get there?
I took several measures to accomplish my fitness goals. First, when I joined ESAC in March, I also joined the K180 Fitness program and began working out with Nelson Carroll. I followed his orders and the food plan very strictly, even giving up alcohol completely and dropping cream from my coffee. Second, in addition to K180 workouts twice a week, I took advantage of the group fitness classes (e.g., Body Pump and CX works). Third, for extra cardio workouts, I used the stair machine, rowing machine, or treadmill, alternating between the 3 for 5 min intervals. Fourth, I logged my daily food intake into SPARKPEOPLE.COM. And finally, I told everyone I know that I was on a fitness program to lose weight, look better, and get healthier. This final step was to increase accountability and to make it perfectly clear that I would not indulge in lunches out, happy hours, or heavy dinners.
What is your goal for 2013?
An obvious goal for 2013 is to maintain my weight loss, decrease body fat, and continue healthy eating habits. But, I am also planning a super fun adventure!! Next summer, my goal is to summit Mt. Whitney. Not only is Whitney California’s highest peak, it is the highest peak of the lower 48 states. This hike is 22 miles round trip, has an elevation climb of over 6000 feet, and is one of the most famous extreme day hikes. To train for an elevation hike while living at sea level (i.e., Charleston SC), I am using a weighted vest while stair climbing and on the inclined tread mill. My goal is to carry 30 lbs in the weighted vest to better simulate my climbing pack. Currently, I am at 16 lbs. Over half way!