Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Turbulence Training Transformation Contest - Final Results

Or, I cannot believe I am posting pictures of myself in a bikini on the WEBZ!!!

Today marks the end of twelve weeks of commitment to living the Turbulence Training lifestyle. This journey has been extremely rewarding for me - I've had ups and downs, but mostly it's been FUN! I'm really proud of myself for sticking to this through the end and really pleased to see my body changing. I finally feel like myself again - my clothes fit and I've developed some great habits that I let fall by the wayside.

The most important thing I've learned through this process, though, is balance. You can't out-exercise poor dietary habits! But you can run yourself into the ground trying. After recovering from thyroid cancer treatments and gaining about 20 lbs last year in the span of only a few months, I felt like I'd been through the ringer. I went from being a thin, active, fit person to a physically weakened SURVIVOR, who struggled with hormones being all out of whack and feeling totally out of control of my own body! When I saw the TT contest advertised, I knew it was exactly what I needed.

I sat myself down and said, Self, you need to get real! You need to start taking some steps to reclaim your life and your energies! I knew I could do it, but I knew I would need support. The motivation of the TT forum and the other contestants, and all the information provided in the TT interviews and downloads was critical to my success. It's not just about working out. It's about working IN - doing the inner work on myself as I make my way on this journey to 'live the life I imagine' and to take charge of my actions, my mind and my body. Everything in life flows from that - if we don't master our own minds and bodies, what do we have?!

I've followed TT for twelve weeks, doing the workouts pretty much as written. I didn't do extra cardio, I didn't do strange dietary manipulations - these are the results of a normal girl with a stressful job just trying to shed some extra body weight! I love the TT workouts, I love getting a new one every 4 weeks, I love the new and challenging exercises and combinations, I love the sometimes wacky cardio routines, I love coming to this forum and hanging out with my TT buddies, and I LOVE the results! So here they are...

May 1, 2008 vs. July 23, 2008

Height: 5'6"
Age: 28
Weight: 152 / 140 ( -12)
Neck: 12.5 / 12.5
Shoulder: 42 / 41 (-1)
Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5
Chest: 35 / 34.5 (-.5)
Under bust: 30.75 / 29.5 (-1.25)
Waist: 28.5 / 27.75 (-.75)
Bellybutton: 32 / 30 (-2)
Abdomen: 34 / 33.25 (-.75)
Hips: 36 / 35.25 (-.75)
Butt: 39 / 38 (-1)
Thigh: 22.75 / 22 (-.75)
Calf: 14 / 13.75 (-.25)

So I've lost 9 inches and 12 lbs! Woo!! From looking at my pictures, I still have some work to do, but now I know I have the tools to succeed! Thanks Craig!!


Katie said...

you look SO amazing! and what a cute little red bikini!!! congrats on completing you TT.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

Congratulations! Those are impressive results.


Lindsey said...

You look GREAT Michelle! Finding balance feels so good, huh.

Kismet said...

I am so proud of you! You look so great! You are my inspiration!

Michelle said...

thanks!!! y'all are sweet :D - now i just have to get good at maintaing it hehe

Anonymous said...

You look great!!! :)

April said...

Congrats you look great!!!