You all continue to blow my mind and rock my world!!!!!!!!!
What a great month it's been…We were so excited to see such a huge turnout of boot campers at the SBSD Mud run. That's a tough run and I'm always so proud to see I.E. boot campers run through that course like it was nothin'
and as if that wasn't enough.
Instructor Mike O' experienced it for the first time, coming in at a stellar pace of 37:00 minutes.
the "Hot Totties" walked away with first place for an all women team
and Anita Undercoffer brought another first place home for her age division!!!!! Unbelievable, you all seriously ROCK! Congratulations to everyone who had the courage to give it a try this year.
We'd like to give a shout out to two boot campers who really stood out over the last couple months
I.E. Boot campers of the month
Krista B. Down 21lbs of fat in just 2 months Way to rock it Girl!
Jeff L. (read the whole interview below)
We have watched him go through a major transformation culminating in these results he just got from his Doctor.
I wanted to share with you a bit of good news today. I recently went for my yearly physical and the doctor had me do a blood test. I received my blood test results and they were very positive compared to when I was tested in October 2010.
Results on 10/26/10
Overall cholesterol: 188 – normal
HDL: 49 – Low
LDL: 132 – Borderline high (doctor threatened lipitor back in October if I did not reduce it by the next checkup)
Triglycerides: 59 – normal
Results on 6/16/2011 – 8 months, 35 pounds, and a lifestyle change later
Overall cholesterol: 167 – normal (11% reduction)
HDL – 61 – normal (20% increase)
LDL – 96 – normal (30% reduction)
Triglycerides – 49 – normal (17% reduction)
While I was active before the change, it was not enough to get good numbers. It shows that you are what you eat and not what you do. It is amazing what you can accomplish with a few small changes.
Thanks again for all your help and patience to get my health on track.
—————————Interview with Jeff
Would you mind telling us how old you are?
What originally prompted you to join camp? And what were you hoping to achieve?
I joined camp because I was bored with my current workout routine. I wanted to do more than log miles on my bike or in my shoes. I really needed a change. I was hoping for two things. 1) to assess my current fitness level because I felt I was in pretty good shape. I wanted to see how I stacked up against the "boot camp" workout. 2. I wanted to get out of the house and put some variation into my workouts. I was noticing my runs and rides were becoming monotonous.
How did you feel the first week of camp?
I was humbled. I was running about 10-12 miles a week, lifting 2-3 days a week and I thought I was in good shape. WRONG!! I was sore, but sadly or sickly enough; I enjoyed it and wanted to come back for more.
Why did you decide to stick with it?
It is different, fun, and getting results. My general fitness level went up, my running improved, and I liked the group I work out with. While we only come together for an hour twice a week, I enjoy seeing people push themselves and work together to achieve a common goal.
If you could give people 1 piece of advice when it comes to fat loss, what would that be?
Don't expect a quick fix, especially with lap band, pills, or gimmicks. We built our body over years of neglect, it will take time to reverse the effects so start slow and set goals and expectations low and keep hitting them.
What’s your secret to success?
Dedication, family support, and eating right. If you want to make a change, pick a target or reason and stick to it. Tell your family and friends. Hitting the target will be hard, no joke. What is harder is not hitting the target after you have told people what you are going to do. Believe it or not people depend on you for many things. Dedicate yourself to be the best for them by taking care of yourself and your family and friends will support you in ways you may have not thought possible. They will surprise you. There is no substitute for eating right. It is not fixed by pills or surgery. The body and diet is synonymous with data and a computer. If you put garbage data in a computer you get garbage out. If you put garbage food in your body, you will get a garbage body. Don't do fad diets, just find a plan that works and stick to it. Make changes in small doses to remove the mental shock of being on a diet. You are not on a diet (temporary) you want a lifestyle change (permanent).
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
(Autumn's) Almond Joy recipe. I know this is probably not the best, but the Almond Joy's are the best replacement I have found so far to chocolate bars. I also enjoy fresh fruit. Nothing like a ripe banana, fresh tangerine, or some cold grapes.
What other activities has camp prompted you to take part in?
My changes have prompted me to get back to Triathlon's. While I did a number of them before the kids, I did not do them the best that I could have done. I think boot camp has prepared me physically, mentally, and nutritionally for running races better than I did 5 years ago. Amazing how someone could be five years older and possibly swim, bike, and run faster they did in their youth.
What do you think has been the biggest change in your lifestyle since B.B.C. (before boot camp)?
Kids. I was doing ok before kids, now it is tough with all the cake, ice cream, and pizza parties. They also leave leftovers, have good snacks, and don't always clean their plate. It is hard not to be a human vacuum after them with so much good food going to waste. This is definitely a lesson for me to feed them less and better things. It is less guilty to finish their banana rather than finishing their ice cream. It will certainly require less squats to workout in boot camp.
What motivates you to keep up these healthy habits?
My kids. I want to set a good example for them and I want to be around to see them grow up. I don't want to be the dad is marginally active and dies at 45 because of a heart attack. While we can go at anytime, I want to go knowing I did the best I could for the people that depend on me. I also enjoy it when they want to see how strong you are or flex your muscles because they think its cool dad can do that. With three girls, I am going to need all the help and strength I can get.
Do you feel better, now, then B.B.C. or about the same?
I feel much better now, especially since I have changed my diet. I will say I felt hungry, sore, and cranky while going through the change (I will call it food withdrawals) to where I am at now. I am 1000% better off for making the change. I am finally learning you must care for the body triangle (physical, mental, and nutrition). If any one part of the triangle is skewed, then you are out of balance and out of shape.
Do you realize You Rock!!?
Hahahah, not really. It is the boot camp program that rocks. It was not until I decided enough is enough and asked for help to fix the last part of my triangle. The boot camp program is not for everyone, only those that want a positive change in their life that will make them and the people around them feel better.
If you had to do it all over again, (the pain, the fear, the change in habits) Would you?
Absofreakingloutely (not sure that is a word but it should be ). I was in boot camp for over a year before I fixed my nutrition, which means I was not realizing my full potential. The pain, fear, and soreness all go away eventually (as Tony & Molli promised) and you come out on the other side of those a much better person. What does not kill you will make you stronger, which is so true in boot camp. The body is an amazing machine, yet it is the most underutilized machine we own. Put the fears aside, we all have them, and just take things one rep, one meal, and one day at a time. Before you know it, you will be a new person.
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