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Follow our contestants on this 12-week, life changing challenge. Beginning July 13, seven contestants will meet with Flab to Fab's certified personal trainers for one hour, three times per week, receive a customized fitness program, and have unlimited access to utilize Flab to Fab's fitness facility, for a period of 12 weeks. The contestant who loses the most weight during the 12-week contest will win a fabulous grand prize package valued at $1,240.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts categorized "Stephanie Alward"
Posted: August 5th, 2011
 I think I’m falling into a good routine now that we’ve been in this competition for three weeks.  On a typical day I wake up, eat breakfast (the most important meal of the day!), work out for at least an hour, and then I’m able to go about my work day eating healthier foods like salads, fruits, granola, etc.  I eat pretty frequently, so I always make sure to have some healthy snacks stashed in my car for when I’m on the go.  It was just waaaaaay too easy to run through the drive though to grab a quick snack, so having snacks handy helps save me my fast food frenzy!
Last week, I went to my doctor for a physical and I explained to her that I’ve been having a lot of pain in my feet, mostly in my heels, especially since I’ve been trying to run every day.  After talking with her a few more minutes, she diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis and recommended that I take it easy on my feet and invest in a good pair of shoes to try to correct this problem now rather than waiting until it gets worse.  I don’t think I’ve ever spent more that $25-$30 on a pair of shoes, so it was definitely a challenge to bring myself to buy a higher quality shoe. It was so worth it!!  My new running shoes have helped me immediately feel a difference in my feet!  I also try to stick to the elliptical as much as possible because it’s lower impact. I’m hoping to get back to running again in a few weeks, but I’ll take it day by day and see how it goes!
Posted: July 29th, 2011

I’m one of those people who will go shopping for clothes, and if I don’t see what I want in my size I’ll decide to buy one size smaller because I have every intention of fitting into it “someday”.  Or I’ll buy clothes without trying them on, and when I get home and realize they are too small, I’ll keep them, because “someday” I might fit into it!  So far, this illusive “someday” hasn’t arrived, but I think I can see it in the distance!

When I was told we were already doing our second round of measurements, I was really nervous about it.  I figured there was no way I would see any results after just two weeks.  I’m happy to say that I am wrong!  It wasn’t a HUGE difference, but its progress and that’s all I’m asking for!  As soon as I left the gym I had to call my husband and tell him how excited I was about it…I’m not sure that he really understood anything I said because I was probably talking a mile a minute, but he could tell I was excited so he acted accordingly.

I’m starting to look forward more and more to each workout, as much as I look forward to seeing the other girls at the workout.  It’s awesome to be working with other girls who have a common goal, and we are able to support each other to achieve it.  I’ve also been very lucky to have many supportive friends and family through this challenge who also want to see me succeed (and are willing to bust my butt with additional workouts).

I’m in a very happy place right now, and I plan to stay here for a while longer .

Posted: July 21st, 2011

I’m starting to feel the momentum of our workouts build up behind me.  Working out so hard has motivated me to be more careful with what I am eating because I don’t want to negate the work I’ve done.  I’ve even started to look forward to the workouts!

The pain that I feel after a workout is so worth it!  It shows me that I did the work, and I can feel the proof of it.  I might feel like dying during the workout, but afterwards I feel so good about myself!

Posted: July 15th, 2011

Thin it to Win it is a chance of a lifetime! There is no way I can afford to take off six months to even think about applying to be on “The Biggest Loser,” not to mention how much I would miss my husband, family and friends!  So, being chosen to be a contestant in “Thin it to Win it” is giving me a chance to better myself without having to put my life completely on hold.  I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was when Lisa called to tell me that I had been chosen!  I know that I have to take full advantage of this opportunity,or I’ll have some major regrets (and a lot of people would be angry with me for blowing such a great chance that could have been given to someone else!)

Our first official meeting at Flab to Fab was exciting, unnerving, and eye opening all at the same time.  After doing the fitness tests, I see that I have plenty of room for improvement, and the beginnings of a plan on how to make the improvements.  The body measurements weren’t as painful as I thought they were going to be, although I still tried to avert my eyes. I know the numbers weren’t going to be good, so why torture myself!? I’ll look at the numbers at the end after I’ve lost weight and toned up!  It could have been much more dejecting if Lisa and Shanna hadn’t been so supportive and reassuring throughout the whole process.

In setting my goals for this fitness challenge, I am trying to be a realist, and at the same time I want to set a goal that will challenge me.  I would love it if at the end of this challenge I would be at least 60 pounds lighter, able to complete a 5K, and hopefully, winning “Thin it to Win it”!

Posted: July 11th, 2011

I have a place, there is nothing special about the way it looks, four walls, a ceiling and a floor.  What makes my place special is what goes on inside those walls.  Women’s lives are changed!  They meet new friends, feel better about themselves, and mold the outside to match what’s on the inside.

I had an idea to help some very special people, people with the desire for a healthier lifestyle.  The idea was my version of the “Biggest Loser.” My version because no one gets kicked out.  One hundred and seventy four women wrote and stated their case as to why they should be among the chosen six. Thirty four were asked to come for a meet and greet … the plan was to pick the six to participate.  After meeting them all, the six became seven, seven more were given a free 3 month membership, and the remaining 160 women are being given the option to join the gym at half price.  All the women are special and have a different story.  After reading all the submissions I knew I couldn’t walk away from any of them.

My place is Flab to Fab, nothing special about the building or what it looks like, all the magic is on the inside. It’s a judgment free zone.  Women from 17 to 70 are there to better themselves physically, the magical part happens when they look in the mirror and like what they see.  With hard work and determination you can mold the body, the mind and the heart on the other hand it takes time and encouragement.  To all those women who submitted entries I say: “That was the first step, now take the second and use the half price membership.”  Make a new friend, feel better about yourself, get healthier, and be there for yourself and the ones you love.

– Lisa Desko, Owner, Flab to Fab

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