Mr. and Mrs. Craig Ramsay

This week Stacy shares her love for Craig and dance.

 

So our time with Jackie is coming to an end, and we have six weeks on our own. I've always been a big fan of Skylab (as many of you are I'm sure), so I was really excited to have three solid days of sweat-tastic working out and clean meal plans.

I knew a pool workout was coming, and I wasn't thrilled or ready to be in a bathing suit yet. But if Craig was happy about it then I knew I would be. He is my husband after all, why else would he be naked in a hot tub with me? 

Let me say one thing about pool workouts -- you have to give it 1,000% more energy than any other workout because the water can really let you slack if you let it. Swimming laps thoroughly kicked my ass, and I was so happy that I won! I'm so glad after five weeks of being the underdog I finally started to get some positive attention (and not for water work theatrics).

I love staying at hotels that have gyms because they have so many classes to choose from. Shay and I decided to take some dance classes, because we had so much fun with the Pussycat Dolls. Dancing is becoming one of my favorite workouts, because if you do it right, it can work your muscles as well as giving you intense cardio.

So our last group workout was a team challenge with rowboats. It was Team Craig versus Team Jackie and we won! Nothing can keep a boat full of women (and a fabulous man) away from a free spa day. You say, "facial," and I say, "How fast did you want me to row?"

As a reward for all of our hard work, we went directly to (what was thought to be) an amazing dinner. Here's the thing, you don't mess with a group of ravenous recovering chubbies. It's not nice and more importantly it's not safe. It had been close to four hours since our last meal and having altered our eating style all this time to be sabotaged was less than ideal.

If I wasn't so hungry I could appreciate Jackie's reason for ordering all that crazy food, and I think it showed us that these are situations that we would encounter in real life. I will say that I've retrained myself how to order when I go out and there are certain sections of the menu I don't allow myself to look at. Life is all about balance and one bite of calamari is not going to kill you. Nothing tastes better than the first bite, that's what I learned from Bryan and what I always think before eating something bad. I also think of what Dr. Ramani says about self-control and asking yourself about self-sabotaging. It's about being present all the time, or at least 99%.

Weigh in was interesting with Shay admitting to eating more than she thought and Joe apologizing for his five weeks of toddler behavior. I really appreciated him owning up to his inappropriate ways and for continually holding up the group. His comments over the last five weeks haven't been funny or relevant, and I really disliked his disregard for the rest of the group -- that's what I was upset about. I happen to find cankles just as funny as looking for women during last call at the airport bar. Glad he finally decided to act his age rather than his shoe size, and hopefully he and I can be friends.

I know Jackie was really dissatisfied with my two-pound weight loss, but that's amazing loss with PCOS. It's a normal, doable pace that my body is capable of, and if that's not enough for her, that's not my issue. I just have to be concerned with reaching my goal and getting healthy. 

I hope that in the next six weeks I can really kick things into gear and change my body. I know it will be hard to be away from Jackie, but she's given me some amazing tools, and I really want to make her proud and show her that I really believe in her program as well as myself. 

 

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?  

HELL YES!

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 (www.incyst.com) 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. www.brandonliberati.com (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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