Dance Your Ass Off

Stacy loved this week's workout. Joe's comments? Not so much.

Workouts, Chinese herbs, Pussycats Dolls, and a peek at Joe's brand new eHarmony profile name -- Douchy McDoucherson 

This week was a chance to kick my own ass and turn my weight loss around from last week. At our baseline workout Nikki finally broke down and showed how she was truly feeling. For someone that constantly berated me for my gym theatrics, I'm so happy to pass my Kleenex baton on to her. Just to set the record straight I would never throw up on my Craig. We can't have our fabulous fall themed wedding with vomiting happening -- it would clash with the décor. 

Mandy is probably one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and when I saw her tear up it was like watching someone kick a puppy. I think she is onto something though taking in Nikki. If she opened up a Camp Mandy, she would make a fortune!

Camp West Hollywood (also known as Camp Bryan and Miguel) I've heard is amazing, but there's a very long waiting list, so hopefully a spot will open up soon. I'm really glad that Jeana had a chance to go. I don't think there are enough people in her OC life that really support her. She really is super sweet, I think she just focuses too much on what's outside of her instead of taking that attention and pointing it towards herself. You can't get away with that at camp Weho -- it's in the pamphlet.

Now lets get to our fabulous field trip. I've been really interested for some time in alternative medicine, so I was stoked that we would get one-on-ones with an expert. Unfortunately it was "bring your kid to work" day, and Jackie had to bring Joe. I love how in our therapy session he accused everyone else of being disrespectful, and yet he was the one who wore a shark fin on his head, poked people with deer tendons, and consistently had the doctor stop talking so that he could answer questions about cankles.

I happen to think cankles are very funny. I mean just the word cankle and how it sounds is funny. When you say it, a smile is bound to come to your face. A lot of people have asked me if I got upset about Joe's "comments," and I think when it comes to Joe you really have to treat him like a child. If a toddler called you a poo poo face would you get mad? Didn't think so.

Now onto our amazing workout with the Pussycat Dolls. This has been my favorite workout so far during this program. Partly because I love to dance and partly because dancing with Bryan is probably the funniest thing I have been able to be a part of.

Oh wait, that's right I took my shirt off on national television. It was probably the scariest thing I have ever done next to killing a huge spider in the shower. I'm of the school you fake it till you make it, and I wanted to show everyone there that I am a competitor even if it makes me uncomfortable. I'm surprised that during this process there seems to be a lot of negativity towards me, so I hope that with winning this challenge things will start to shift.

Last but not least I want to talk about my favorite part of this episode -- Jackie and Joe's double date. I wonder if when he opens his mouth it smells like the BS he's spewing. I think I can speak for a lot of women who would take a personality over a "good looking" guy. Of course Joe can't find true love when he's combing the bar at last call looking for girls that are drunk enough to be deemed legally "unconscious" and asks the awake ones questions like, "When did you realize that you were smarter than your parents." He's still single? Color me shocked.

So what did we learn this week? Upper arm workouts are the quickest way to get results. Mindful eating and not cheating=good numbers on the scale. I now know why all those PCD girls have amazing bodies, because that workout is insane (there is a DVD which I highly recommend getting). Avoid the bars around 1:30 so you won't get asked moronic questions from douchbags. Nothing keeps a girl away from a free facial; even if it means she has to take her shirt off. 

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Everyone Deserves a Thintervention

Craig thinks everyone can achieve their goals just like the Thintervention clients.

For all our viewers at home, please answer these questions for yourself:

What is holding you back from your Thintervention success? 

When and why did your self destruction start with unhealthy eating and lack of exercise? 

Now let me answer this next two questions for you:

Do you deserve, and can you achieve, a healthy fit body?  


Where does this start?

With you! With you wanting and accepting the fact that you are worthy and deserving of self love.  

One of my training mottos with my clients is, "Borrow the love I have for you until you find it for yourself". 

Success is not just measured by inches and by the scale. It's definitely a proper indicator that you are on the right track with your program. 

All of these clients found out what is truly necessary with a weight loss program. They now have the ability to do it for themselves.  

Let me break it down here:

Mandy -- Week two into this program we could see she was a champ! Mandy trusted us and followed the program perfectly.She worked out so hard that I literally would finish the session, step away without her seeing me, and cry.  Obviously, this training is what she needs. She is capable and seeing how hard she was working would bring me to tears. Thank you Mandy for showing mothers, wives, and all women that they are capable of having the dream body they never thought possible. You are a true example of hard work.  

Jeana -- As viewers could see, I was not in therapy sessions, and I actually never had a conversation with Jeana about her depression. I could tell that she battled this but did not hear it from her mouth. She had trouble finding the workout intensity necessary to drop serious weight. Depression does effect the ability to workout to intensity.  It slows down this process. But Jeana always showed up with a smile and willingness. And for that, I appreciate and love her. Jeana has such a wonderful soul. I'm so happy that she has discovered this about herself through this program. She is just as beautiful on the inside as the out.  

Joe -- I had the opportunity to spend some good quality time with Joe. I needed to have that talk with him at the resort, because I knew he was hiding behind what he thought was the "fat, funny guy." Well, he's not overweight anymore and his routine is not funny! So when he cuts the crap he is really a sweet, caring guy. He has so much to offer family, friends, and hopefully soon, a loved one. I trust that he will carry on with his new found self. His workouts were intense and impressive. For him to pack on that much muscle mass (muscle weighs more than fat) and lose 42 pounds is extremely impressive. Congratulations, Joe! Hard work pays off! 

Shay -- I'm really proud of her facing and addressing her eating issues. So many women can relate to Shay. They think they are alone, and Shay showed them that they are not. You are a true leader Shay. I hope this motivates you to gain control of these issues and reach out to advise the millions of other women who are struggling with the same problems. I have a fondness for this girl for many reasons, but especially because she let me see her true inner self, and let me tell you, it's beautiful. 

Stacy -- Before working with Stacy, I would have said she "suffers" from  PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). A disease of too much insulin production and resistance to using that insulin effectively. But now I say Stacy "battles" PCOS and WINS! Like all women with PCOS, she never asked for this challenge. This condition can leave women confused, and feeling helpless with so many unanswered questions. They know something is wrong, but they just don't know what it is. Stacy never asked, "Why me?" Instead she asked, "What do I have to do?" I told her you have to work twice as hard, and she did! Her determination, hours in the gym, and researching her condition, makes me so proud of her. Stacy and I together recently reached out to Monika Woolsey ( for answers. Monika is a leading expert for PCOS and Stacy is well on her way to gaining control over what she needs to do for herself. As a trainer, I feel very comfortable and confident working with this, and I have gained knowledge and understanding of PCOS. With Monika's help, I have the knowledge to train these brave women battling this obstacle. Stacy, you look gorgeous! My very good looking boyfriend, celebrity hair stylist Brandon Liberati, treated her to one of his incredible cuts for the finale. (shameless plug). 

Nikki -- Nikki has her demons, she recognizes this, and bravely is on her path to healing. I had an opportunity to talk with Nikki at our resort retreat after the pool workout, where she explained her focus during this workout was  her confidence and to simply be present in her bathing suit. The physical outside of one's body will not change until their insides are changed and issues are dealt with. 

Bryan -- Bryan himself will tell you this program is literally, and figuratively, not a piece of cake. He had his ups and downs, but when there were downs, he got back up and stayed strong. He leaned on the support of his loved ones, including Jackie and I. He was determined to finish every work out to intensity. He ate clean and really followed the program. 

These Thintervention clients make me proud to be doing what I do. Thank you all for showing me that the long hours, tears, and sweat we trainers put into our clients are all worth it. I love you all. You all have inspired the unhealthy world we live in.  

Now for all my Thintervention viewers -- Please stay in touch, tell me your story, your struggles, your successes.   I will be posting blogs on my website focused on fitness and eating tips, even information for my PCOS battlers out there with specific tips that can get you on your way to success. 


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