Congratulations to Tanya Granston, our Summer Boot Camp Winner!
Congratulations to Tanya Granston! our Summer Boot Camp Winner!
Read how she did it:
The MAX10 Challenge this summer was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long, long time. To think I showed up for my free class just because I had scheduled it and I didn’t want to seem like a quitter. It’s the same reason I made it through that class… I didn’t want to quit even though I had made up my mind 25% of the way in that I was never coming back. But then I had a conversation with one of the women who had just finished her 10-week session and she seemed to love the changes she saw in herself and I wanted that for myself. So I thought about it and signed up later that day, deciding that I really needed a change. Even then, I don’t think I knew what was in store. I figured it would just be workouts but then I realized that I really had to make a bigger commitment to a more comprehensive program. But I just dove in and here’s how I was able to lose 20 pounds on this program:
1. I made it to the workouts. Every weekday morning at 6:30 AM. You would think this would be hard but this was the easiest part of the program for me. I loved seeing how much more I could do everyday and I especially loved the punching and the kicking. I’m not sure what that makes me but it’s seriously fun to me. If I missed a day, I made it up when I could. I think I technically missed only 1 day of working out and that’s because I was out of town. To make it to the workouts and be able to make the most of it, I had to make it to bed in time to get enough sleep and get up early enough to have a small breakfast before class. Then I was able to do my best in class even if that for me didn’t always mean doing everything perfectly. I just did what I could.
2. I changed my eating. The nutrition class that is a part of the program really taught me how to eat to lose weight. I learned that I had to get enough protein at every meal if I was going to get in enough for the day and that made it easier to make better choices at each meal. Even though I don’t always get enough in for the day, I’ve become quite the protein snob! I work from home so I was able to cook the vast majority of my meals and be in control of what I ate. I cooked mostly chicken, fish, and turkey with lots of vegetables. For starch I turned to squash and sweet potatoes and very rarely brown rice or whole wheat couscous. I was never a juice or soda drinker, usually opting for water, but I increased my water intake. I have a sweet tooth, which I satisfied with fruit mostly. My portion sizes decreased considerably but the number of meals per day increased. I tried to eat every 2-3 hours as suggested and noticed the difference in my meal choices when I didn’t. Basically, I followed the nutrition suggestions as best as I could.
3. I kept a food log and turned it in to Slade, my challenge coach. I had never kept a food log before MAX10 and had even thought it was a mundane thing to do, not to mention time consuming. I still think it’s a little time consuming, especially if you cook from scratch, but it’s worth the time. It works if you’re honest with yourself. I decided that I would log my food intake, good or bad. That food log prevented me from eating what I shouldn’t be eating quite a lot because I didn’t want Slade seeing that I chose to eat crap. It also came in handy for tracking the timing of my meals because I could refer back to it to figure out if it was time to eat again.
4. I communicated with my challenge coach. Slade was extremely helpful and supportive, providing feedback on my eating and making suggestions on how I could get extra protein. He also suggested I get extra cardio in when I could and I did that by getting in a walk around my very hilly neighborhood some weekends.
I saw changes every week and that kept me motivated, whether it was in weight or measurements or what I could do in class. The goals I had set at the beginning of the program were becoming reality. The hugest thing that sold me on this program was the fact that I was able to come off my blood pressure medication, something I‘d been trying to do for over 6 years. My doctor wants to re-evaluate in a few weeks but I’m thinking new medication will be MAX10. We’ll see.
The structure of the program makes it hard to fail if you commit to it. Monday through Friday workouts, keeping the food log, reporting your weight weekly, etc., kept my commitment on my mind and made it easier to keep up with the positive changes I was making. I’m sure I bored my friends and family with talk of the program even though some of them would always ask how it was going. I even got a few of them to go with me for a free class.
I enjoyed the program and would gladly recommend it to anyone. I still can’t believe I won the grand prize, though. I feel like I won twice over, like I was rewarded for doing something great for myself and making a really great start to a healthy life.