FIT CHALLENGE: Wessels down two pant sizes

Mar 20, 2012


This past week was a busy week.  With the end of the grading period at school, I was up to my ears in group projects and presentations.

Despite the flurry of hectic activity at school, I was still able to get to the gym six different times.  During the week, I did three days of cardio on my own, one day of weight training, and two days of circuit training with my personal trainer Patrick Carmean of NOMS.  To say that Patrick varied our routine on both of those days would be an understatement.

On my first circuit day Patrick had me working only one side of my body at a time.  He had me doing dumbbell sets of several different exercises….first with the right arm, then the left.  He told me that one of the goals with this is to help me improve my balance, which despite me being built “low to the ground” still is not great.  This really wore me out, but I did manage to get through it.

Thursday was my opportunity to be a guinea pig for the evil “Dr. Patrick.”  We were back doing circuit training again, but he told me this would be unlike anything we had previously done.  Boy was he right.  The concept on Thursday was that I would do as many reps of the same exercise for four minutes, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeat.  This went on for almost 40 minutes.  After the first 20 minutes, he sent me to the bike for five minutes, and at the end, I was back at the bike for another fifteen minutes.  I was tired, but I got through it.  I invested quite a bit of sweat equity into Thursday, and it paid off.

When I finished, I toweled myself off as best I could, and hopped onto the scale.  I saw the number, but I didn’t believe it.  I got off the scale, waited for it to reset and got back on again.  Yep, it was right, but Patrick wasn’t going to believe me if I told him what I saw, so I motioned him over, and hollered, “you aren’t going to believe it, unless you see it.”   I was down 40.4 pounds from where I started a little more than two months earlier.  As a result, I’ve dropped two pants sizes, and as I mentioned before, am finding a whole new wardrobe.

On Wednesday, I met with the NOMS dietitian Stephanie Windau, and had a confession to make.  I had fallen off the wagon the previous weekend.  I had stopped at Big Lots to pick up some almonds and dried fruit (mango and pineapple) to put in my little snack bags.  Unbeknownst to me, I picked up a bag (7 oz.) that contained dried bananas, dates, coconut, raisins as well as pineapple.

When I got home, I was a bit frustrated with myself for not noticing, but thought it might be OK.  I took the bag up to my desk and sat down to work on grading some homework.  Without realizing it, half the bag was gone.  I quickly put it away, but it was gone by Sunday afternoon.  Stephanie told me to not worry too much about it, wishing that more of her patients had their “binge” moments with dried fruit.  That made me feel a bit better, but I made sure that everything else that I had picked up on that trip got measured out into the snack bags.

As I’m typing this on Monday, one more, huge roadblock has been thrown in front of my training.  It’s not anything that I can’t overcome, but it is one that will be a major inconvenience for the foreseeable future.  Road construction began today on Strub Road between Campbell St. and Hayes Ave, which compels me to take a much more circuitous route to get to NOMS.  Today, I traveled Campbell to Bogart, then to Hayes Avenue  I’m not sure I’ll do that again, as it took almost 30 minutes to get from Bogart Road to Strub Road.  Suffice to say, I started my cardio work before I ever got out of the car.  :)

Again, thanks to all of you who have given me your support and well wishes.  It truly means the world to me.  Derek, Carla ... I hope you have had a good week, and I’ll see you in Norwalk next Tuesday.



"I was down 40.4 pounds from where I started a little more than two months earlier."   that is awesome.