Tuesday, September 7, 2010

~weight loss & the biggest giveaway yet~

Many of you have asked about my recent weight loss, so I thought I'd share my story with you. Since Jan. 11Th I have lost a total of 17 pounds, 3" off my waist, 3" off my hips, & 1" off my thighs!
I had fallen into the routine of eating ice cream every night, finishing off the kids happy meals, and running through fast food restaurants when I was in a hurry. I didn't exercise except soccer one day a week.
I was feeling really sluggish, a little moody, pudgy, and not myself.
I new I needed to change my eating habits, but I kept saying that "I'd start my diet tomorrow"
We've all said that right? Yep, I think I said it once or twice a week and I was sick of it.
Some moms at my kids school had been going to see Carrie, owner of fit by design. I knew her a little because our girls play together.
So one day last Jan. I bit the bullet and went in to have my metabolism tested.
You can read about it here.
She also will test your body fat percentage and weigh you, etc.
I was shocked to learn my body fat was at 29%! I have always been fairly athletic so I guess in my mind I thought it would be lower.
That was kind of a shocker and seeing my waist measurements, etc. down on paper wasn't too exciting either!
The metabolic testing will tell you exactly how many calories you need to eat everyday to either lose weight, maintain your weight, or gain weight.
This is very specific to you. Every persons is different and the only way to get this accurate number is through a metabolic assessment.
I will quote Carrie here:
"Knowing how your metabolism works is essential to creating a plan to live healthy, look better and perform to your full potential. Our New Leaf metabolic assessment and training program is based on decades of medical research and proven scientific know-how. Your exercise and nutrition plans are based on your personal metabolic profile, this way we can create a highly successful, personalized training program that is unique to you. "

Another thing she told me was that on the days I was working out, I probably wasn't eating enough and my body was going into starvation mode. What that does is slow your metabolism down. You can read a personal story about that here.

It all sounds really technical, but believe me, it's the easiest thing I've ever done! I have an app. on my i-phone called "lose it" which tracks my calorie intake. I plug in my info. and don't go over that amount of calories in one day. If I exercise and say burn 500 calories, I get to add that onto my calorie intake, getting to eat 500 more calories. Basically whatever you burn, you need to eat again.

At first I thought I was eating way too much. But once a week I go in and get weighed and measured and each week I have gone down. My weight would probably go down even faster if I changed the quality of the foods I am consuming. However, I would much rather eat zucchini in bread that baked in an oven.

My husband joined in February and has lost 25 pounds. We go on bike rides together and I am able to be so much more active with my kids!
When I first started I got winded walking down to my mailbox. Now I am running 10 k's and a minimum of 4 miles per day. I feel stronger and I have so much energy! I went from a size 8-10 to a size 2-4.

I am so happy with the program. I know most of you don't live in my area, but I',m sure wherever you are, you can find someone that does metabolic testing.

For all of you in or around the Seattle area............
Carrie has generously offered one of her metabolic assessments for free!!!
The value of this is huge, $299!!!
Thank you Carrie!

~Here is what you need to do to win~
And pls. remember, you must be local.
Fit by design is located in Redmond Washington.

1~become a follower of this blog for one entry

2~mention this giveaway on your blog, twitter, or facebook for a second entry.

3~visit fit by designs facebook page and "like" it

That is 3 chances to win!
I will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday the 15Th and announce it right here!

Happy losing!
xoxo

42 comments:

live by the sun, luv by the moon said...

Congratulations and keep up the good work! Hopefully your success will inspire others...including myself :)

Maison Douce said...

Ice cream at night was my biggest weakness.... Ever since I stopped, and started walking regularly, I have lost 20 lbs...!!! I still have some to lose, but am so happy I'm half way there...!!! Congrats, Melaine!!!
Isabel

The Green Pea said...

Congratulations, it is not easy to give up tasty food. I am trying to get inspired, you have me thinking about how nice it would be to lose some pounds...sandi

cityfarmer said...

there goes the crock pot oooey gooey casseroles ...
kidding

congratulations to the local winner ...and keep up the great work!!!
it is so rewarding ... lost 65 pounds two years ago ...
new life, new everything!

paisley penguin said...

Already a followe and I work in Redmond! Liked it on FB and will teweet it shortly! :)

* French at Heart * said...

~*~Im already a follower of you and have you on my blog roll!! I really NEED this giveaway!!lol..its horrible even after having my kiddos and they were babies I was a size 2 for years..sometimes even a zero~ Now I cant believe Im actually being so honest one here.. Im a 14!! I never thought I could get there..but yep in the last 5 years Ive gained that much 2-14!!YIKES..Congrats to you for your loss!! I really some inspiration~ :)Rachel *I am in Seattle so I can definetely meet her!!*

Privet and Holly said...

Melanie, congrats!
Sounds like you feel
great inside and look
great outside ~ What
a great accomplishment!
xx Suzanne

Kathy said...

I most certainly follow your blog ~everday~ and seriously need to win this!

Kathy said...

I ~liked~ it...great website she has, it looks fantastic...gives me a good reason to go all the way there, my Grandson is there too so I don't mind the drive

Kathy said...

I will blog about this too, actually been meaning to put it out there so I can really commit, this is the pushing me over the edge that I needed!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh how I'd love to win this....

Here's hoping...

I'm a follower too.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Audra said...

I am a follower!!

Shelly said...

Great Going Melaine!

I've been doing more walking,,,,and Ice Cream is not a big weakness,,,,,with ME its the CARBS! Pasta,,,,,even whole grain breads,,,,ackk! Congrats to you both!

I'm having my 200th Post Giveaway,,stop on over if you would like to Enter my "Girly Girl" Giveaway!

Hugs and love,
Shell

Audra said...

I "like" her on facebook.

Audra said...

Am going to make a comment on my facebook as well. I live in Spokane, is that local enough? I can drive the 5 hours, it'd totally be worth it!!!

Angie said...

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Melanie-It makes me want/need to get motivated since I just had a baby 6 weeks ago! :) Congrats to you, you look beautiful!!

PS.already a follower! :)

All That Jazz said...

I'm a local girl and would love to be entered! I also Facebook "liked" Carrie. This is so exciting because at 39 yrs. of age, even though I have always been a "thin" person, I have struggled the last few years with being unfit and feeling sluggish, and with jello muscles..... and can easily go up and down in weight. I can't seem to get motivated to get back into shape!
Thanks for sharing your story, you are very inspiring! ;)
~michelle~

Angie said...

I "liked" her on facebook

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

I "liked" her on Facebook and I am a follower of your blog.

Lindsay said...

Good for you! This is so awsome!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Melaine,
It's a shame I don't life close by, Switzerland is a bit too far, but I will look for that test over here, so thanks for the tips!
Maureen

Ness Lockyer said...

As a personal trainer I can vouch for this. Good on you for getting out there are doing something about your weight. I have lost over 35kgs (77 lbs according to google converter) in the last year, which was 12" off my waist. This was all through bad c sections!! Now I am back in my pre babay shape and even fitter. So nice of you to share this with others.
Ness xx

My Plate is Full said...

Congratulations on your weight loss. I lost 30 lbs. in the last year with 15 more to go. I started out with one of the national weight loss programs and then have been eating low-carb. It worked for the first 30 lbs. but now I'm stuck. I may have to look into the program you are using.

Mary Frances said...

I totally relate to how easily the weight creeps up. What hit home for me was seeing pictures of myself at my daughter's college graduation and getting a new i.d. card at work...I thought I still looked like the trim woman on the old i.d.! Haha!! What an eyeopener...but that was two years ago, and I eat EVERYTHING, but in moderation and increased working out from 3 to 4/5 times a week...I also have had M.S. since the age of 28...am now 49, and I was a runner, but had to switch to yoga and free weights...I never used excuses like the weather, my job, the kids, my illness, but prednisone DOES bloat me and make me eat more when I'm on it...and no, other therapies weren't a good option for me, but I deserve to have a great life with my family and that includes staying in shape! Sometimes you slip, but everyday is a new opportunity for a fresh start...you are a great example of that...keep it up...you have a great life to stop now!!

kelly said...

Melanie,

I have been reading your blog for over a year now and check it everyday! I don't have a blog myself(will soon) but I have a lot of blogs(including yours) on my bookmark. I live in Lynden WA. and go down to your neck of the woods often,so I would love to win the contest!

Thanks for setting this up! I "liked" the fit by design on facebook and mentioned it on my facebook!

Kelly

Sara said...

Oh, how I would love this. I have 4 diseases and it is so hard to manage them and I need to lose weight! I'm glad I live in the area!

Robyn said...

Awesome Job! That is really inspiring to hear. I really need that right now. I've got to loose about 40-50 lbs. to feel better. This really helps today. Wish I lived in Seattle!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melaine. Thank you for offering this wonderful give away. I really could use the help. And congradulations on your success. I live very close to Redmond and it would be perfect. Thanks again. And keep up the great work on your blog. So fun to visit you daily.

jenniwelcome said...

Woo Hoo! Good job girl. You look absolutely amazing!

sherry said...

Awesome! I know you feel so much better, inside and out! I have taught fitness classes for 30 years now, and nothing feels better than a good workout!

Lisa said...

Hmmm...putting down the chips right now and signed up to follow you. This sounds like just what I need to get started.

Room to Inspire said...

Count me in for sure! I would love to loose those extra pounds...

Chelsea

Room to Inspire said...

I just checked out her Facebook page - I "like" it!

Chelsea

Angie said...

wondered how you did it :-) you look great! would love to do something to kick start myself!
(i'm a follower)

Angie said...

Okay - follower & "like" the facebook page. keeping my fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this for a special reason.

MOE said...

Congrats!!!! Maybe the metabolic testing is the missing link in my weight loss struggle and the late night snacks that I can't seem to go to bed without!:( So frustrating!!

kristen said...

Oh gosh, I can't tell you how much I would love this!

Thank you for sharing your story!

p.s. I'm a follower

Katie said...

My mother who is a devote blogger and reader of blogs sent me your link and how wonderful!
This would be a great gift!

mmk8007 said...

I "like" on Facebook and live in Snohomsih! Thanks for the contest!

Hood Canal Gal said...

Thanks for sharing your secret! Lookin' good!
Such a generous give away! I'm local, would love to win! Fingers crossed!


Megan

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