Sunday, December 6, 2009

Results from TT Contest....

Here goes nothing! Here are my final results. As I mentioned, not as dramatic as past contests, but I am happy with where I am. That was part of this contest - losing the "contest mentality". This was about lifestyle goals. I just wanted to work out hard, eat healthfully and mindfully, and not neurotically count every calorie.

When I used to look in the mirror, what I saw was never quite right. On the one hand, I was "too fat" and all I saw was loose skin and stretch marks from my pregnancies, then I would lose weight and become "too skinny" and would set out to gain weight.

After the last contest I entered, I decided I needed to gain 5-10 lbs. In the process, I gained some very bad eating habits (like late night snacking and large portions), along with about 20 lbs. This contest was for losing that excess 5-10 lbs, but in a healthy way.

During this contest, I had an epiphany while I was at the gym. A “skinny” girl got on the treadmill next to me and entered her weight into the machine. I was surprised that she weighed EXACTLY the same as I did. My brain really thought about that one…If I think she looks good…and she’s the same weight as me…hmmm….maybe I really look OK!

I learned many other things during this contest as well, such as:

…there’s more to post-workout nutrition than whey protein powder.
…take a day off from training…and mean it!
…it’s OK to feel a little hungry every once in a while. I don’t have to snack at night.
…I like asparagus…I mean, I really like it!

I am happy with my results and am exactly where I want to be. I lost the weight safely, over a reasonable amount of time, in a healthy way. My clothes fit better and I feel great!

Here are the TT workouts I used:

TT for Athletes (phase 1)
TT for Mass @ Home
Original TT for Abs

So that's it! Right now I'm using Original Turbulence Training. I can't remember if I've used it before or not - I've done so many different TT workouts over the past 2 years! But I like it so far. And it's been even more fun because my husband has been doing the weights part with me at home. (Then I've been going to the gym for intervals on the following day.)

I'm also committed to maintaining my running endurance that I've gained, so I am trying to get in a 4-6 mile run at least once a week. I had a nice 4 mile run this morning. It was 25 degrees (F) out, but the sun was shining and I was nice and warm after the first mile.

Before I forget, here is the link to the Weekly TT fat loss call. This week covers the TT Fusion 2K9 workout, the next TT Contest (starts right after Christmas), and how to calculate your calorie needs.

Have a great week!

Disclosure: This post does not contain an affiliate link. I just think the calls are fun to listen to. :)


katie said...

Woa what diet did you follow!!

You look great!

Abby said...

Thanks Katie!

I usually don't follow one particular diet, but I try to follow principles mainly from Precision Nutrition and the Eat Clean Diet. I have a lot of healthy cookbooks and I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

Red Headed Racer said...

you look fantastic!!

Krissa said...

YOU LOOK FAB! I love your legs :) You have built a very nice body!

Primal Mama said...

Wow, mission accomplished! Great post! Your results are well deserved.

Abby said...

Thanks so much everyone! This contest was a lot of fun, I think mainly because I didn't put as much pressure on myself as I have in the past.

Smoketheblowfish said...

Before I go into one of my infamous diatribes, I'll try to keep this short....

You look great and made key changes to fit You


The other day I was chatting with a woman who had enough excuses about 'not working out/gaining weight' to write a book. I gave her my views and a list of 'how to's'. The icing on my smoke lecture? I pulled up your blog and showed her the photos from your first TT Contest. Obviously more dramatic than the last (says more about where you are in this stage of things).

My words are shallow when compared to your accomplishments Abby

ps. The big snow is heading your way, enjoy!!!

love and hugs from south of the border


Abby said...

Thanks, Mike!

Yep, we're warming up our shovels and sharpening our ice picks. Supposed to get almost a foot by Wednesday night!

Shantay said...

Hey Abby... I am impressed, as usual! Great job!

Abby said...

Thanks Shantay! Are you going to enter TTC7? :)