Monday, September 14, 2015

Trying something new....again

In the past when I've felt stuck with my weight loss, I've tried something new.  Zumba, pilates, water aerobics, Couch25K....  So this time, I wasn't sure what to try.  I already feel like I have a pretty good mixture of things in my workout regimen, but I feel stuck.  And I'm tired of it.  Add in that I can't seem to get my eating on track no matter what I do...and I needed something that could help with both.  (I'm still doing Weight Watchers points though!)

So I decided to try 21-Day Fix by BeachBody.  A friend of mine is a coach and I hammered her with questions before purchasing so that I'd feel confident with it.  Today...was Day 1.

21 Day Fix is basically that.  21 days that overhaul your workouts and nutrition.  There are 7 different "fix" workouts and you follow a specific calendar for those 3 weeks as far as which workout you do.  Today was Total Body Cardio Fix.  I like to think I'm in pretty decent shape for my size, but this reminded me that I still have a lot of work to do.  It was a tabata style workout (60 seconds on, 20 seconds off)...which I LOVE...but I still had to modify half of the exercises.  It went by fast and I loved it!  I definitely feel like jello now though, so that's a good sign I was working hard.  I do intend, however, on keeping up with my we'll see how THAT goes this morning haha.

On the nutrition end of things, it's all about breaking things down into each of the food groups and really focusing on portion control and eating clean/unprocessed type foods.  There are color coded containers for each food group...various sizes.  You get to eat a certain number of those filled containers per day based on your calorie goal.  The veggie and fruit containers are the largest, then carbs, proteins, healthy fats and seeds/dressings.  I think that will take some getting used to, but in the end will hopefully change the way I look at food.  I have a very serious food addiction problem and I NEED to get it under control!!!

This morning's breakfast (post workout) was my Premier Protein Shake, 1 carb container of oatmeal and 1 fruit container filled with mixed berries.   Already up to 64 oz. of water too!  So I'm off to a great start.  But I have never had a problem with "starts".  It's the late afternoon/evening where I struggle.

So I'm looking forward to the next 3 weeks and seeing the difference it makes.  I took my before pictures and measurements and I'm ready to have tunnel vision for the next 21 days.  Hopefully it will help make for a great season 20 of Jilly's Losers too!  We start tomorrow!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Jilly's Losers Season 20!!! (Rules & Guidelines)

I'm so so excited for our 20th season of Jilly's Losers.  It's shaping up to be our biggest ever (70 people so far in the group!!) which means bigger prizes, bigger challenges and hopefully lots of lbs lost and health gained for all!  Below are the rules for the upcoming season for anyone interested.  Let me know if you'd like to join!

1. Season 20 will begin on Tuesday, September 15. It will last 8 weeks and our final weigh in will be on Tuesday, November 10.
2. The buy-in fee this season will be $25. This is a singles season. Fees should be sent via Paypal to with the note “Season 20 buyin fee” and your name. All fees MUST be paid by September 22. Make sure to mark your payments as being sent to family and friends to avoid any PayPal fees.
3. This season we’re going to try something a little different. Since we have so many people participating, it will be like we’re actually running multiple competitions at one time. Here’s how it will work! There will be two separate weight loss competitions going on. They will be separated by weight grouping. The final groups will depend on where everyone stands at the starting weigh-in, but ideally they will be something like this:
Group 1: (Weight 220 and under)
Group 2: (Weight 221 and up)
If after our starting weigh-in, I find that the groups are severely imbalanced, I’ll adjust accordingly. You will only be competing against those within your own group for weight loss! What this means is that there will be more winners as well! Each group’s prize pot will be equivalent to the # of people in that group. The person with the highest % of weight loss in each group will win 60% of their group’s prize pot. 2nd place will win 30% of their group’s pot. And the remaining 10% will go to a points winner, which will be explained below. (NOTE: All prizes are given after challenge rewards are paid out and 10% is taken out of the pot for myself as insisted upon by you brats a few seasons back *grumbles*. Thank you lol)
NOTE: For those of us who are current group members returning for season 20, there will not be a gain cap between seasons this time. With such a huge group, that will just complicate things too much. HOWEVER, if it seems someone has purposely packed on a lot of weight in the week between seasons in order to make losing weight easier, you will not be allowed to participate. (Anything over 3-4 lbs will be looked at with suspicion, so stay away from the dozen donuts! Haha) Please don’t make me be the bad guy. Gains happen, but please keep things honest and do not pad your starting weight. This group is very much about honesty I know that it can be hard between seasons to keep control over our eating, but let’s all try not to go too crazy!
4. Regarding weigh-ins: We have mandatory weekly weigh-ins every Tuesday. (Why Tuesdays? Because that's the day that The Biggest Loser aired on NBC when I started this group and it's just stuck!) Your weight picture must be posted by midnight MST to count! Please weigh in under the same circumstances every week (morning/night/clothed or not, etc) As for are allowed 2 missed weigh-ins per person. That's 1 per month (or 2 in a row). On the 3rd missed weigh-in, you will be disqualified and you will not get your $ refunded. (You may continue to stay in the group and weigh-in but you will not be eligible to win any $ or prizes either from challenges or the final weigh-in) Remember that weigh-ins must be a picture of the # on your scale. Not just a post of your weight. I will also allow a picture of any weight watchers weigh in stickers as I know a few people in our group participate in those weekly weigh-ins and I know they are legit. Just make sure that you use the same scale all season. (At the very least, you MUST use the same scale for your starting and final weights)
5. Before pictures are MANDATORY. The pictures may be with or without a shirt (you'll notice more of a change if you do it without), but they must be full body pictures. If your before picture is not submitted within the first week of competition (by Sept. 22), you will be disqualified. (If you submitted an "after" picture for season 19, that will count as your "before" picture for season 20) Those who win prizes at the end of the season will not receive their prize money until an AFTER picture has been submitted and they must do so within 48 hrs of the winning announcement.
NOTE: Newcomers to this group always worry that their pictures posted in the group will show up for the public to see. This group is secret. As long as you are on the group wall BEFORE posting your pictures, no one will see them but those in the group. Your pictures will show up on your own feed when you view it, but I promise you no one else can see it!
6. Starting and final weights will be confirmed with a KEY WORD. This is to ensure that starting and ending pictures are truly taken on the day of the weigh-in and not before. I will post the KEY WORD in this group the night before the first and last weigh-ins. It should be written on a piece of paper or notecard and placed at your feet in the front of your scale before taking your picture.
7. We will continue doing weekly challenges. I try to come up with new challenges whenever, possible, but for those of you who have been around a while, I'm sorry to say you will see some repeats! Each challenge will have different rewards/prizes that will hopefully help keep people motivated. There will even be a couple big prizes depending on how large a group we have! And it looks like it will be a HUGE one! As this is season 20, there will also be some special prizes that I am working on acquiring…one of which is a free shirt of your choosing from Biggest Loser season 10’s at home winner, Mark Pinhasovich’s new exercise clothing line!! He has graciously agreed to donate that as a prize this season and I’m excited to get my own in the mail soon!
8. POINTS!!! As mentioned above, we will be tracking points this season for various things. If you were here for season 18, it will be just like that.
-There is a weekly point calendar for each of the 8 weeks. (It will be posted as a separate document under the “Files” tab on the group page) Print it out and use to track your points and weight loss. If you prefer to use an excel spreadsheet that will do your math for you, Cody Mecham made one 2 seasons ago that I’ve updated and will post as well for you to download.
-Beginning on Week #2 there is a double point challenge (highlighted in yellow)
-You can exercise each day, but you will only receive points for exercising 5 days a week.
-You can choose to not eat sugar/treats each day, but you will only receive points for not eating sugar on 6 days (everyone needs a free day!).
-There is a sample food journal that you can use or you can use your own kind of food journal to keep track of what you eat.
-Daily contact with teammate: It’s amazing the strength that comes from encouragement from your teammates! We said that you could email, call, or text someone in the group to encourage them to have a healthy day. It helps knowing that you are all in this together and makes you accountable for what you do or don’t do. Posting or commenting on the group page also counts. Hitting LIKE does NOT count!
-Example of weight loss points: You will get 5 points for maintaining your lowest previous weight AND 10 points for each whole pound. For instance, if you gained weight, you will report 0 points AND you don’t get any weight loss OR maintenance points in future weeks until you return to the lowest weight you had already achieved. If you maintained your previous lowest weight, you report 5 points. If you lost 1 pound, you would get 5 points for maintaining plus 10 points for that pound, so you would report 15 points.
NOTE!!!!! Points totals MUST be either emailed ( or messaged via Facebook to Jill Tracy by midnight MST each Tuesday in order to be counted. With such a large group, I’m afraid there will be no exceptions. If you forget to tell me one week…they won’t count. I’m sorry!
9. Remember that this group is about gaining health and losing weight through eating right and exercising. Extreme/fad diets are not allowed. Weight Watchers and things like that are fine, but no pills/drops/powders etc.
10. This group is only for those who will be actively participating in the competition this season, so while I hope everyone will stick around, please know that if you choose not to join us this season, you will be removed from the group. You are always welcome to join us in later seasons smile emoticon