The Live For This Fitness 2018 90-Day Transformation Challenge has officially begun! Today is the day you take the first step toward your transformation. Feeling nervous? Confused as to where to begin? Filled with doubt? Perhaps you've even thrown up in your mouth a time or two? That's all normal my friends. Just remember, it all begins with one step.
Now some of you may have competed in last year's challenge and have a bit of a leg up, an edge if you will. Well I'm here to level the playing field. I spoke with none other than last year's winner herself, the lovely, the magical, the inspiring Jami Fryer!
Jami revealed all the tips, struggles and secrets to her success and now I want to share them with you! I realize this is quite foolish on my part as I too am competing and I've just lowered my chances of winning...but I love you guys, so here is the good stuff!
What was your mindset as the start of the challenge was coming closer? How were you feeling?
I was actually only doing the challenge to get my husband into working out again. I had trained under Zach at another gym and had taken a few classes at LFT prior to the challenge but wasn't a member. Nate was talked into it and I thought it would be a great time to do it too. I had done challenges before, so this was nothing new. My friend Ashley had won the challenge the year before. I really just felt ho-hum about the whole thing. It wasn't until we got under way that I got into the swing of things
What was the most challenging thing (or things) for you and how did you overcome them?
The most challenging thing for me was realizing I was weak sauce. I was very heart healthy and had strong cardio ability, but I could lift very little. People around me were doing all sorts of things I never thought I could do...but they were encouraging me and telling me I could do them. Just one lift at a time, I started learning how to do it properly and started adding. How did I overcome them? I asked for help...I sought out help. I definitely don't shy away from that.
Were there moments where you messed up or fell off the wagon so to speak? What happened and how did you move forward?
You can start again the next day every time. Anytime I fell off the wagon, it was more about diet...but I felt I could ALWAYS compensate with workouts. Plus....it's 90 days...that's not a quick stint.
How often did you exercise? Anything outside of LFT?
Now I workout (barring injuries) roughly 6 times a week. During the challenge I worked out A LOT. I worked out almost every day if not twice a day. So that answers your next question, absolutely I did something outside of LFT. I still went to other gyms and I ran quite a bit. In the months of March and April I ran 100 miles each. The other gyms were more of an add on was a result of enjoying the company of friends. I still have friends there, so I would meet up and get a work out in. During the challenge I counted my workouts and miles. It gave me something to track and help me feel even more accomplished.
Are there any helpful websites or apps you recommend?
MyFitnessPal is key. I read a lot on BodyBuilding.com about my body type and macros.
Was there a point where things got easier as the weeks passed?
I tell a lot of people, and I think this is just a fact...but it takes 3 weeks to start a habit. About a month in, I was very used to the diet, and very used to tracking my habits in my "ROADMAP". I had always worked out...so there was no change there. After a month, I was familiar and got into the swing. It was really a matter of understanding how my body works and how it will respond to different workouts and different foods.
What type of diet did you follow?
Egg whites.. Chicken and Spinach. :)
Nate did all the research on macros and how they impact us. I plugged those into MFP and planned my meals (what I'd be eating) at the beginning of the day, plug it in to MFP and then tweak what I needed. I think it is very beneficial to meal plan and prep...however, that gets too boring for me and makes it easy for me to slip up. So my lunches were different salads at work. We have a nice cafeteria so I had that option. Of course, I knew what I'd stay away from.
Did you work with a nutritionist?
No. We did our own research. But we did a lot of research.
Did you take any supplements?
Protein, Vitamin D...that's it.
What would you do differently if you could? (Or what have you learned that you’ll apply to this next 90-DTC?)
This year, I will start earlier on with the science/math that I've learned. This year, I'm not just having one partner...I'm talking to anyone that wants to help me or get help. I'm reaching out to other NON LFT members who want to jump on my bandwagon.
Where did you get emotional support?
The LFT community. I'm sure you've already noticed how much of a family feel this place has created. I LOVE going to the workouts. I hug coaches, high five others. I have built so many relationships with different qualities. Competitive qualities, Mom qualities, coaching qualities...people who push, people who want to chat...people from other BIG10 schools.
Did your family join you in the challenge or did you work around them?
Nate was in it with me. That made it much easier when we held each other accountable. We were less likely to cheat when the other was helping. We were in the trenches together. Plus it got competitive as far as number of workouts.
Has this transformation been life changing for you? How so?
Yes...I was able to figure my body and my needs out..physical and emotional. And I just kept living that way. I found out what I need to do and how to make it easy. This gives me sanity.
What did you achieve or gain through this challenge? (Can be a list of things physical and/or emotional)
I gained friends. I gained knowledge of myself. I gained muscle. I have definition in areas I never had before. Now when I go to work out, I aim at not just a calorie burn, but specific sculpting.
What is the best advice you could give those of us attempting this 2018 90-DTC?
Everything was easier with a partner. Nate was my partner. We held each other accountable...we both put in the work, but we could split responsibilities and gain from that.
Recognize its 90 days. 100 if you think about it from picture day. It would be really hard to go all out the full time. If you want to win, it's going to be VERY HARD and take a lot of work. I don't think what I did was sustainable for life. Doesn't matter if you're gunning for first or not...you need to pay attention to your body. This is a chance to really figure out your limits - to push them. Then figure out what you need for maintenance. This is the time to understand your mind and body so you can take that knowledge and use it after the challenge. I was able to maintain my body after the challenge with just working out at LFT. No dieting...just living.
Take her sage advice my friends. This is LFT gold! And don't try to face everything on your own. Take advantage of the support your LFT coaches and their partners are offering. You don't have to do this alone and as you know we are always #strongertogether!
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