You clicked on this blog probably thinking, who is Shanna and what is the Challenge she’s doing? Well, hi! I'm Shanna Kane and I've been the Director of Marketing for O2 Fitness since 2009. I'm the face behind all of O2's Facebook/Twitter posts, the one that writes our TV and Radio commercials, and best of all, the one that makes all those lovely posters that give you something to look at while you exercise in our fabulous clubs! After graduating from college (GO HEELS!), getting married and starting my career - all in just the last 3 years - living life has gotten in the way of me taking the time every week to exercise. Some of you may wonder, why haven't you been working out at the club you work for? Well, I wish I had a simple answer, but having grown up with no care in the world about my weight since I was one of those eatwhateveryouwantandnevergainapound-ers, I never had the self-discipline or drive to exercise. I never thought I would gain weight.
Then my pants started getting tight. Then my new pants started getting tight. Then those pants got tight. You get where I'm going with this. 34 pounds later, and I am finally putting this to an end. I am giving in to the fitness lifestyle that I am surrounded by day to day.... I am going to finally drink the “kool-aid” as my boss likes to call it. I see all of our members go through these fantastic transformations. I want to be one of those people. Sounds easy, right? It's probably not going to be, but I'm going to give it my all. We can look at this as O2's version of MTV's Made - I want to be fit. and happy. and healthy. So here's where I am going with this... For the next 3 months/12 weeks/90 days, I am going to track my eating, my exercising and write weekly blogs about it to share my experience and hopefully help many of you get on track as well by proving real results! O2 Fitnesshas so many tools that will help me lose this weight, and I plan on taking advantage of all of them. My plan:
- 3 personal training sessions/week with Certified Personal Trainer, Jennifer Delaney, at O2 Fitness Seaboard (36 sessions in total)
- 1 Visalus shake a day for breakfast
- Visalus daily vitamins
- 1 Custom Fit Meal a day for lunch
- and because I love to cook, I'll be making dinner for myself (and the hubby, Ben)- although if you want to do the challenge with me, feel free to substitute in 1 extra Visalus shake a day or one extra Custom Fit Meal
- Lose 20 pounds in 90 days
- Get in the habit of exercising regularly
- Wear smaller jeans :)
- Try 1-2 new Group Fitness Classes per month
- Get my eating habits on track - cutting out processed foods and junk!
I started yesterday with the exercising with my temporary Personal Trainer, Bobby Hall. It was hard, don't get me wrong, but I feel great today and woke up with that "it feels good to be sore" feeling. I did a mile on the elliptical and we did some ViPR workouts, which is a 12lb rubber rube that is pretty awesome and you can do a whole ton of workouts with it. I did get pretty dizzy at one point and had to sit down, but Bobby helped me through it, let me take a break and then we got started again. I was whining a lot, but he got me to do it so that's all that matters :) I am excited about my next workout and hope that it is a bit easier for me every time I step into the gym. The last two mornings I have had a Visalus shake mixed with water and banana on the side. These shakes are pretty delicious by the way and definitely hold me over until lunch, where I do feel myself eating less than usual. Next week, I will be starting the with Custom Fit Meals - it takes a week to get your first round of meals, so I will be bringing my lunch all this week and cooking dinners at home - following healthy recipes that I will share too! I have already lost 1.5 pounds after dieting for the last week and a half - everyone has to start somewhere! So wish me luck - and we all know the new O2 motto - Change Starts Here – and this time, it really does! Feel free to ask any questions, chime in, show your support/love, anything! Don't want to post on the blog? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org