Lessons from a 'loser'

Ken Gipe
Mar 23, 2010


color:black">Last week was a tough week to get together with my personal trainer Trevor Tieche. We managed to miscommunicate a couple of times, so we did not work out together at all. We did mange to get together on Saturday afternoon to do measurements, and mine have stayed pretty much the same.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">At the same time on Saturday, we had a major discussion on my nutrition plan and I came up with a new modification of his program, which I feel will be easier for me to maintain, and my wife has also agreed to try to follow it.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">I will be eating five to six times per day in small amounts and have a “normal” dinner of meat and vegetables. I am going to allow myself one double day a week. (I got this idea from our meeting with Jim Germanakos from “Biggest Loser.”) While Jim always used Mondays as his double day and had pizza, wine and chocolate, I think I am going to leave my double day flexible, which will allow me to accommodate special family gatherings, holidays etc.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">I had some back and foot problems last week and did five cardio workouts, which were at least 40 minutes in length, with a max of 60 minutes.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">The meeting with Jim from Biggest Loser” was very interesting and informative. He did some pretty extreme things to get down to 175 pounds, especially at the end of the contest, which I thought were sort of opposed to the idea of controlling your diet and exercise to maintain a “normal” weight.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">He has gained weight since the show and looks quite a bit different than the photos you see on his Web site. He is in good physical condition, but he is sort of short and carries most of his weight in his upper body much like I do.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">We had a nice discussion about weight loss and sticking with your plan, but he did have some ideas that are philosophically different from Trevor's. I am not saying that either one of them is right or wrong, just that they have different approaches to when and what you eat, especially in relation to when and how you exercise. 

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">During his time on and off the show, Jim was working out four to six hours a day almost every day. While this is great for a short-term weight loss and diet change, especially when you  have someone cooking for you on the show, it is certainly not very practical for the majority of us with full-time jobs and family obligations.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">I feel like I am doing well to get six to eight hours of workouts in during a week spread over five days. I printed up a weekly meal plan, giving myself a couple of options for each time I eat, and had Trevor approve it before I began.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">I have recommitted to the nutrition plan and have been on it now for three days and feel like I can keep it up. I made all the food I need for the week at work on Sunday night and took it in on Monday, so everything is there for the week. All I have to worry about now is having meat thawed for dinner, so I can throw it on the grill when I get home. We had a good leg workout Tuesday, so I am back on track. I gained a few pounds last month without changing my measurements much.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">Another thing I have done is purchase a body bug, which monitors your calorie-burning 24 hours a day. Jim recommended this, and I found one on eBay. He felt it gave him a lot of positive, immediate feedback, which I feel will be important in helping me stay with the nutrition plan. It should arrive later this week, so I will update you on how it works once I have used it for a week. It has the ability to be connected to your computer and you can keep a food log, as well as an exercise log.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"> color:black">My fellow FIT Challenge contestant, Kristin, and I have not had the opportunity to see each other for quite awhile and seeing her has also given me more incentive to get back at it. I think her new trainer is agreeing with her, so I better keep working if I want to win! Congratulations Kristin — keep it up.