Cast Blog: #THINTERVENTION

PCOSed Off

Moderation Is Key

Everyone Deserves a Thintervention

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye

Just the Beginning

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

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Week 8

Week 8: Stay on Track!

Week 8: Loving the New Me

Helipad Workout

Leaving the Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Ramsay

A Sad Goodbye

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7: Eat Out Without Cheating

Week 7: Team Work Conquers All

Week 7: Flipping the Switch

Training Pool Workout

Teamwork Can Make a Dream Work

Just Dance

Don't Cha Wish Bryan Would Join PCD?

Moaning Instead of Meatloaf

Dance Your Ass Off

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

PCOSed Off

Stacy explains why she got so frustrated and introduces us to her inner warrior, Enrique

 

This week was like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on steroids minus the chocolate. Our baseline workout was easy enough, and for once I was able to keep up and keep Joe quiet. I think he was just shocked that it was Nikki making all the noise in the gym for once. It was time I passed that baton on anyway, I'm glad she's twirling it around with gusto.

I think Joe might have a secret lust for Nikki or something along those lines because he seems so fixated on all the "attention" she gets. With what Nikki says she likes in men, I don't think that Joe stands a chance anyway, but it's nice to have something entertaining to watch when you work out.

Is it just me or does Joe hate women in general (especially Jackie)? There's a huge disconnect he seems to have with all things female -- plus it doesn't help him that he looks like a constipated unattractive Rocky. It's called Metamucil, I advise a Costco size bottle and a muzzle. Watch the "women" flock to you.

Now last week we had our inner warrior come out and mine was taking in a Broadway show and flew in this week on the red-eye. His name is Enrique and he has a fabulous glitter vest and top hat. Go figure. He can be a little temperamental, so while I was coping with my upped dosage of PCOS meds he decided to take over my communication with others (overly dramatic high jinks ensue).

I think he was trying to come up with a Haiku of some kind and he decided to use "Jackie" and "jackass" in the first line. I know that Jackie is doing her best to help me and I can't help it if Enrique gets defensive. He doesn't like it when people don't take time to understand PCOS. I think if Jackie took more time to sit down with Dr. Cohen and me, we could get the results we want.

Now onto our fantastic MMA fighter workout. I'm a huge fan of a workout that includes attractive men, but they are a little too intense for my taste. It's a hard workout and to make matters worse I am stuck with Jeana, who seems more concerned with getting phone numbers from these guys than getting an actual workout -- hence me being able to wrestle her to the ground. 

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Mandy's hair is perfect in every workout? She's too fabulous for words. I absolutely adore her! Only Mandy after a long intense workout would host an amazing dinner for Bryan, Nikki and myself.

Okay, so here's the thing about the weigh in. Enrique was in full Broadway action complete with direct tears and anger. He does not take well with being interrogated, so when a negative Nancy such as our lovely polygraph examiner comes out and accuses him of cheating -- get your sparkles and fireworks ready.

To be grouped with Jeana, Shay, and the forever-delicate Nikki makes me feel like a jackass. Like a failure. They don't take any responsibility for where they are and they don't have the medical limitations I have. That's the main thing I hate about having PCOS, everyone thinks it has to be something that the woman is doing. Jackie said she used her whole bag of tricks and all I have to say about that is that it might be a nice bag, but it's small and limited when it comes to PCOS. She doesn't know anything about it, and if she did, she would have mentioned something with my food diaries when I sent them to her every day.

Here's the thing about the shake. If you have tried Jackie's shake you would have had two as well. I was ignorant and got my butt handed to me (rightly so) and that will never happen again. I will never be grouped with these ladies ever again.

 

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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