I was involved in a test program by a Fitness Instructor who was trying to roll out a program for market called: “Improved Abs in 12 Weeks”. I jumped on the opportunity to be a test case subject as I really wanted to give it a try at losing this second trimester stomach I have been nursing for over 2 years (yes I have a long gestation period)
Anyway, there I was, in July, in a gym in Chaguanas, listening to this guy talk about the things I would be able to do come October and how my body would look and how proud I would be. I was psyched. Pumped up. Ready to take on the challenge.
Now before I got to this point, he had asked me to send him some info on myself including weight, waist size and height. Little did I know that your waist size was around your belly button on not exactly where your pants fell on your body.
So I sent him:
Stefan Simmons – 37 years (yup 3 more years and they put me in boat to die)
Height: 6 ft
Weight: 236lbs (Shut up ok!!)
Waist: 38 inches (Actual wait size: 42)
On the faithful Sunday, he gave each participant a diet plan for each day of the week and an exercise program we were also to follow.
The rest of the class was spent showing us the exercises we were to complete for weeks 1-4.
|Alternate Days||Alternate Days|
(3 Mins Each Exercise)
|Ab Work||40 minutes (3 Sets)||8 exercises (25- 40 reps)|
|No Rest Day||No Rest Day|
Looking at the schedule, I saw a challenge that would test me greatly, but if I wanted to at least take off my jersey once on a beach without working up the courage to do, I had to give it a try.
The last and most embarrassing thing that was done is that he took a picture of our stomachs as he wanted to monitor progress. I am glad he will NEVER publish my stomach photo as I think Octo-mom wanted nothing with the way my stomach looked.
And we are off….
|WEEK ONE||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7|
|Breakfast||Oatmeal||Cereal||Oatmeal||Cereal||Cheese Pies (2)||Ensure||Cereal|
|Lunch||BBQ Chicken & Side Salad –||Soup||Gyro|
|Dinner||Grilled Chicken And Romaine Lettuce||Shanghai Chicken Salad||Popcorn|
|Problem||Birthday cake in office||Birthday Cake in office||PB Sandwich||Shirley Biscuits|
After that week I thought I was off to a GREAT Start, the aerobic part was kicking my butt as I couldn’t get through one exercise without lying on the floor gasping for air.
The Ab days were better and I would admit to doing more than required so that I didn’t do it the next time I had to. Plus, I was in pain.
PROBLEM: Cake – Apparently, I have a problem with cake and refusing it. There were two birthdays in my office that week and well, while I avoided wishing them well, somehow cake ended up on my desk. But I did not have the icing. (Gold Star for me)
The instructor asked up to sign up on his website so that we could pose questions to him on any problems we were having or diet questions.
I posted this:
Ok While the diet is not as bad as i thought I have a few questions:
Soup- how much ? Can Dumplings and provision be in abundance?
Go Ahead Bars? Do they pass as a mid morning snack?
Wheat Wraps? Good? Once a day or 3 times a week? I just need to know dosage…
Soup with all those provisions, is NOT RECOMMENDED. You are going against the menu plan and the recommended amount of calories and macronutrients, which is designed to reduce your stomach fat. Please attempt to follow the menu plan provided, as discussed use your discretion and prepare meals to your liking.
You see me getting any help on this message board? I should’ve known no help would be forthcoming.
NOTE: Any food I was ever beaten to consume as a child, I will not consume now!!! Fish, Tuna, Sardines, Mauby, Lima Beans, Okra & Rice, Pig Tail, Cow Heel, Chicken Foot, Chicken Neck and any other disgusting parts of animals that no human should be consuming. Hence why I need substitutes in his crazy diet plan.
I don’t care how grilled salmon may sound to some people, all I envision when the name is said is my mother with a swizzle stick over me telling me that i’m not moving from the table til its all gone….. Yeah I’m scarred.
WEEKS TWO TO FOUR
I got things down to a science.
While still not able to do that Aerobic torture thing all the way through, I have increased my stamina on the tennis court and my ab exercises are coming along really fine
Food wise, I have moved from buying two loaves of bread for a week to one pack of 5 wraps,(it took a little work as “Bread is my life” but I am beginning to realise that you DON’T need a PB sandwich after every meal).
In using the wraps, I have started making my own chicken and steak gyros and I even tried my hand at making garlic sauce. I am so proud of myself.
The cravings for cake are diminishing and I feel really good.
Had a Waist measurement in Week Four that made me realise that my waist in by my belly button so it looks like I have lost no weight in this area thanks to my incorrect measurement. Kinda depressed,
WEEKS FIVE TO EIGHT (Houston……)
Oatmeal and Cereal are beginning to annoy the hell out of me but on Friday when I decided to have a “cheat day” and purchase a two cheese pies, I felt sick afterwards. (Relax nothing came back up, my stomach refuses to let food go to waste, no matter how disgusting).
Aerobics getting harder to do as my work load is increasing. Spoke with Instructor who told me that I need more drive (Steups I should drive meh car over yuh damn foot!!).
Abs work is also suffering as I am getting home really late and when I attempt to go to the ground to do the exercise, my brain told me to try it on my bed. (Not as effective as the ground, but less painful).
BTW: If I see any more lettuce, I will kill someone!!! I bought cherry tomatoes as well so I am now trying new things…..
Weight: 226 (TEN POUNDS LOST!!!!!) Where’s the ice cream to celebrate?
WEEK NINE TO TWELVE (Steups!!!)
I was unable to make to Sunday meetings with the instructor as work got in the way. Actually he cancelled on session, so I only missed one. I gave him my feedback on how the program would be more effective if one was forced to come to the gym everyday to do it. He told me that I can find every excuse in the book as to why stuff isn’t working. (Don’t you hate it when these skinny MFs think they know everything all because when they eat pasta, nothing happens and when I eat it I go into a slight coma? Skinny Bitch!!!)
A Cake lady somehow emerged on my floor and while EVERYONE in my office knew that I was not to touch the stuff, I got a free sample of Carrot and chocolate cake two weeks in a row. (Yes, I think she could sell drugs as well with her strategy).
However, when I do have cake,
Aerobic – Who dat?
Ab Workout– (silence)
Tennis – I increased my hours on the court and I feel better!!!
STOMACH It’s there…but I feel sexier these days…Looked in the mirror the other day and stared at myself a tab bit too long….
Due to End of Year work demands, all went to hell and so I therefore never went to the final weigh in and waist check. I guess I failed the test.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I failed. My diet is ten times better than it was when I started. I feel much more energized and cake is no longer my kryptonite. Sugar has lost it’s substantial power over me. I have even increased my fruit intake, so props to me.
I don’t know how successful the other candidates were, nor do I care since I was the one looking for change in MY life.
Here is an Article on the Program: