Friday, December 16, 2011

Zero Excuses Challenge Recap

In 2009 I arrived at blogging as a 49 year old hypothyroid woman approximately 30 pounds overweight and pretty miserable.  I spent the next two years fussing around and trying every which way but loose to get some weight off.  It worked – for a bit – but I guess when you keep gaining and losing the same 5 pounds you can’t say anything is working.  Then, from October of 2010 to November of 2011 I gained 15 pounds – while trying to lose weight - which made my doctor send me for extensive testing and to a specialist.  The news was discouraging:  my thyroid had shut down again and I was showing insulin resistance.  

Here I was, a 51 year old hypothyroid woman with insulin resistance, now approximately 45 pounds overweight – blech!   In a case of serious karma, I had been contacted by the PR firm for the Zero Scale and asked if I would be willing to participate in a six week challenge run by Rich Kreps, of Zero Excuses Fitness.  They sent me some information about Rich and his clients and when I replied in the affirmative, they overnighted me the Zero Scale.

The Friday before the challenge was to begin, I received the exercise and eating plan and had a phone conversation with Rich that resulted in him decided that ‘I’ was going to be his challenge. But what Rich didn’t know is that while I’m a stubborn hard headed lady it would work to his advantage (and mine!). Once I said I would do his silly little challenge, there was no way I wouldn’t give it my best try.

I’ll admit I emailed Shelley to whine and told her I was terrified of the diet.  I knew from past South Beach Diet experience that I would miss my carbs from grains.  In a way that only Shelley can, she calmed me down and I moved forward into the first week.

Much to my delight, the exercise plan was easier than I thought, which I give full credit to Muay Thai for.  All that functional fitness had made me stronger than I realized.  Even the diet wasn’t that bad, though my legs definitely could feel the lack of grain carbs when I ran.  At the end of that week I was rewarded for the hard work and diligence with a 3.6 pound loss!

Week two rolled around and motivated by the first week’s loss I charged forward, but soon ran head first into cravings that were literally making me feel crazy and like I was going to jump out of my skin!  I left the mall and stores several times due to food smells or displays that were so distracting I could not concentrate.  Really, I was miserable and wanted to give up, but deep down, I’m not a quitter so I soldiered forward.  Imagine my complete dismay when I got on the scale and my loss was .2!  I cried and stomped around my house for a while then I texted Shelley and emailed her.  Thank goodness she had the forsight to remind me that even the contestants on The Biggest Loser, who do nothing but live in a controlled environment have terrible week 2 weigh-ins.

I decided I’d give it one more week and not a minute more!  Imagine my surprise when, in week 3, I seemed to hit my stride. Even with the Thanksgiving holiday and my first non-Paleo indulgence, I lost 2 pounds! Maybe there is something to the theory that it takes 21 days to create new habits?

After that, I really was on a roll, right up to this week, the last week of the challenge.  So how did I do? Well, you’ll have to come back Monday for the final results and some answers to the questions you have been asking.

Have a great weekend – with Zero Excuses - and don't forget, if you want to have a Zero Scale of your own, just type the word ZERO in the promo code box when you order for a 15% discount.  Don't delay, the discount is only good until midnight on December 22, 2011.

The Zero Scale was given to me for participating in the Zero Excuses Challenge.
All opinions of this product are my own.


  1. That is so great you kept up with it and did not quit. You look amazing for 51. Looking forward to your post on Monday!

  2. First of all I can't believe the six weeks are over already. Seems like yesterday you started it.

    You're such a rockstar for sticking to it! And not only that, you are my example to start watching my carbs again because last week was horrible in that department. You inspire me to pick it up again, what helps too is that I know it works for me.

    I'm so happy for you this challenge worked for you and helped you lose so many pounds. Congrats and a big bow for not quitting.

  3. Firl, I am so proud of you. That was not an easy diet to stick with (but what real diet is, I guess) and you not only made it work, you beat it, and your weight, DOWN!!! Also, I love that your fitness level was so high that the stuff Rich had you do was not terrible to complete. You really are one fit, sexay, lady! And you look great for 57! ;)

  4. I wish I would have been as committed as you Helen! Life is always going to get in the way, but I didn't plan very well.

    We hope to busy Tony out of the hospital today!! That's our goal anyway - I think you did awesome on the challenge and you should be proud of yourself - I do see myself doing a mix of Paleo/low glycemic in the future, if nothing else to be able to take less insulin.

    Hugs and Happy Weekend!

  5. You have been such an inspiration to me with your stick-to -it-iveness. Can hardly wait for Monday. Then what?

  6. Big, Big congrats on taking this challenge on, and nailing it!!! Look forward to the results on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend Helen!!!!

  7. You are teasing Helen! I am sure you rocked the last week as well.

    And where they h*ll did the time go?? 6 weeks already?

  8. 57?!! ahahahhahaah Congrats on all your hard work. Determination is key. And also hiding any foods you might want to sneak.

  9. What a great way to end the year Helen! I am so happy for you. Those who find success are willing to do what it takes.

    Your success reminds me of Dr Phils BE DO HAVE theory - BE committed, DO what it takes and you will HAVE what you want.

    You are a wonderful example of that!

  10. You are just ROCKING this challenge. Go Helen go!

  11. I am glad that this diet is working for you. Do you think you will keep a modified version of it?I can't wait to see your weigh in!

  12. You've always been one of my faves in BlogLand.
    Carbs - we miss 'em... but they are often not the friends we think they are!
    Onward and downward, eh?