FIT Challenger Jen Gardin says she is disappointed she has only lost “1 miserable pound” since her last
This puts her down 9 total pounds since starting the FIT Challenge in mid-January.
“The goal for April is to do better. I would like to lose another 10 pounds at least. If I lost 10 inches, I would be happy with that, too, but I don’t think that is going to happen,” Gardin said.
She is thankful her trainer, Shawn Zahel of NOMS, is encouraging her.
“ H e w a s v e r y h a p p y . H e measures my hips and waist, and I am down 5 inches. The muscle I have gained is why I haven’t lost that much this time around, he said.”
Gardin said when she used to put her hands at her side, she formed a triangle. Now, they go straight down.
“You don’t notice until it is pointed out to you,” she said.
For April, she plans to “stay away from the bad stuff,” she said. “I need to eat more salad. I need to keep going.”
Her gym routine has not suffered.
“I have taken up spin pretty regularly, every Thursday now.”
She loves spin because of how many calories it burns. “You don’t slow down, you don’t stop, you have to keep going,” she said.
So far, she is taking the half-hour class with the hopes to get brave enough to participate in the class that is one hour and 15 minutes.
“Shawn wanted me to get in a class. He thought the group environment would be good. I was very, very nervous.”
The people in the class gave her some advice.
“Whatever you do, don’t stop. You can slow down, you don’t have to do the movements if you don’t want to, but don’t stop.”
Her husband, Rob, has been a huge supporter. He joined NOMS, too.
“I have been wanting to work out for a long time, and I was like, ‘Why not?’” he said.
Her husband was surprised when his wife wanted to be in the public FIT Challenge. He is glad she is finally putting herself first. After all, “three kids got the best of me,” she said.
“The house has gone to hell in a handbag,” Gardin said. “My gym time is not my cleaning time anymore. They have had to pick up the dishes and do the laundry and stuff.”
Gardin likes that her husband keeps her accountable when it comes to going to the gym.
“He makes sure I get up in the morning like on the weekends when he gets home at 6 o clock in the morning. He is like, ‘Let’s go!’” They usually start out on the treadmills and then go their
separate ways. Both are impressed with the gym.
“I like that there is lots of different things to do. If I don’t feel like doing one thing, I can move on to do something else,” Gardin said.