Contestant blog: Week 11

Contestant blog: Week 11
Losing it in LA

POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:34pm

Rebekah Worrell with the pink team writes:

This week was definitely challenging. I have been doing more cardio after my workouts and it is very hard to make yourself do cardio when your body is already tired. Whenever I don't feel like doing cardio I think of the Kelly Clarkson song "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" and then I make myself do it. So cardio has been challenging but I am determined to do it, even when I don't want to.

Carol Walker with the blue team writes:

This past week has been very challenging in regards to my emotions and wanting to workout. This was the first Mother's Day I had to experience without my mother and not being able to be with my family on that was very overwhelming emotionally. I was in California for 4 days at a conference and all I wanted to do was go back to my room after every seminar and cry myself to sleep, but my co-workers did a great job of keeping me busy. I even purchased a 2 day pass to the hotel's fitness center as well as did a lot of walking during our visit to Laguna Beach. As for having a consistent workout schedule that was no easy task, because from California I was in Baton Rouge for only a day and a half before heading to North Carolina for a graduation. I still found ways to watch my diet, but I couldn't workout as much as I would have liked to. Not that I'm worried about gaining weight, but I had just gotten so used to having a set schedule and this past week's events definitely threw a monkey wrench into that, but I'll be back on track this week. Also, I've gone down another pants size and it feels so great!

Anita Katzman with the yellow team writes:

Getting a stomach bug wasn't in the workout plans. But there's always something that is going to come up and that's the hardest part of the new lifestyle adjusting your diet and around distractions. Kids' stuff, parties, holidays: there is always going to be something. But after you get into new routines, it's not as stressful as it is in the beginning it gets easier. I'm still in the middle, but I know it will get even easier if I put the work in. You feel empowered and that's what keeps you going. The new lifestyle can really happen, if you commit to it.

James Newman with the orange team writes:

The bad thing about when things start to get "easier", that means it's time to make things "harder". Reps and weight seem to be raised almost on a daily basis anymore. The good thing is my endurance is continually improving. This has been a tough journey, but it is a journey with a great reward.

James Henry with the green team writes:

I had a serious challenge this week with my working out. I was out of town for three days and had to work out on my own. Thanks to everything I've learned from Erik, I was able to come up with routines that would make him proud. More importantly, I was able to do so without having access to a gym. I feel like I've developed a new lifestyle. Thank you, Erik, for not just telling me what to do, but for showing me what's important.

Kris Cusanza with the red team writes:

This week’s motto was ‘Do you really need to eat it.’ I would pick up something tasty like an ice cream bar and then run and put it back in the fridge. I am hungrier than I’ve ever been. That’s when I think of Carlos and how much he would kill me if I came in the gym saying yes I just ate an ice cream sundae. My mom keeps asking me about trying on wedding dresses. It’s helping me stay motivated to remember that I don’t have a lot of time left to pick one out. Also, it feels really good to be able to actually wear my business suits instead of wearing ‘fat’ clothes.

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