Patty Tesch – Grand Prize Winner of the 90 Day Challenge
When I first heard about BSBC, I was afraid that I wouldn’t fit in. These fears kept me from joining. When I heard about the 90 Day Challenge, something just clicked. I knew I had to do this. I set my mind to becoming a part of this and nothing was going to stop me! I had such a good vibe from the open meeting, that I knew I was ready!
I have always worked out, but what I quickly realized was that I was not pushing myself. The trainers at BSBC encourage and push you to push yourself. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting, and everyone is supportive and willing to lend a hand. A simple “good job” or “you can do it” goes a long way and at BSBC you get that from everyone!
The 90 Challenge is just that – A CHALLENGE! The Eat Clean and food journals were a struggle. Changing your eating habits and how you look at food and holding yourself accountable in the journal was a huge part of this. Having a sounding board and being able to share your triumphs as well as your stumbles was such a relief. I was not alone.
Going to Camp is the best part. I always loved working out and but this is so different than anything I have done before. Tiffany is a genius when it comes to creative fitness! Every camp is different, innovative and fun, but also tests your limits. We work together, which is so different from going to the gym and running on a treadmill. - And then there was Homework! I quickly learned to love that as well. Fitting it in was tough, but once again, this was a challenge.
On week 8, I was pushing myself very hard at a workout and suffered a sprain and fracture on my ankle. Ironically, I remember that workout very clearly and recall saying to myself several times, “wow, I feel so strong! This must be a turning point for me!”As soon as I went down, I was devastated. I said “here we go again”. This was a pattern for me. 3 years ago a broken foot and last year a broken rib. Each time I let those injuries define me. I would stop working out and became lazy. Why not? Doctor said to rest right?
I took a week off and by the end of that week I had made up my mind. I was not going to waste 8 weeks of extremely hard work and immediately contacted BSBC. All of the trainers said that they would be willing to accommodate me at camp. If I couldn’t do an exercise, they modified it or changed it. They never acted like I was a burden and were always willing to help me do whatever I needed! I cannot thank each of them enough for not giving up on me.
Many times, people would come up to me and say wow, I can’t believe you are still going to camp, I am not sure I would. My answer was always “I have to, because I started something and I am going to finish it!” The greatest part is that the 90 Day Challenge may be “over” but this is just the beginning to a new way of life for me. I may be labeled as the winner but I did not accomplish this alone. It was truly a team effort. I could not have done it without the encouragement and support of my husband & kids and every single camper and trainer at BSBC. We are all winners! I have been inspired by so many people, I hope that I can inspire someone as well!
A HUGE Thank You to Tiffany and Karen and Stephanie and a SPECIAL Thank you to Stacey! She was my Team Leader and she is just that. J I cannot wait to see what the next 90 days brings!
Lora B. - Age 49
I heard about Boot Camp in the fall last year and as the bathroom scale started approaching a really scary number, I signed up online and started on November 1, 2010. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I had to do something to get back into shape. I was encouraged to see people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. It was hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve done recently. There were many times when I was close to tears and didn’t think I could do it, but I kept pushing myself. I’m not a runner and would inwardly (and outwardly) moan when we’d have to run around outside. But I kept coming back and kept doing the work. I started losing inches and building up endurance. I started with three days a week and in January dropped down to two days a week. The flexibility of the program really fits my schedule. Every workout is new. We never repeat the same thing and Tiffany goes out of her way to make it interesting and fun. I’m never bored.
In May, Boot Camp moved outside to a whole new set of challenges. My first look at the intimidating sand hill at the Preserve worried me, but after a few times at the Preserve, I was able to run up it four times during the course of our hour-long workout. To date, I’ve lost 18 pounds and many, many inches. I feel good about myself and am working hard to stay fit and active. I may not be the fastest runner, or the most athletic in the group, but I’m finally doing something for me and it feels great. If I can do it, anyone can do it!
Jill H. - Age 36
I am 36 years old and have always struggled with my weight. I had my second child in January 2011. By August, I was at my heaviest and feeling pretty down about it. I wanted to get in shape but with a new baby and a four year old, finding the time was a challenge.
In talking with a friend one day, she told me that she was participating in a “Ballston Spa Biggest Loser” challenge with a group of friends and that they would be working out at Ballston Spa Boot Camp and she invited me to come “try it out”. I wasn’t really sure how I would fit it in with breast feeding, the day to day life of a new Mom and my husband’s work schedule. My husband and I sat down and he realized I needed this for myself and we made it happen together. He willingly took on the night routine at home. I started the Biggest Loser Challenge and workouts at Ballston Spa Boot Camp on August 15, 2011.
Each week, I looked forward to the camaraderie of the group and a kick butt workout, which it is. Boot Camp was where it was at for me. I loved the format and challenging workouts. It felt so natural for me and hard at the same time. Tiffany really supports our group. She worked with us on eating clean, feeding our bodies the right type of food combinations and eating often enough throughout the day. Tiffany does a weekly weigh in and we celebrate each other losses or support a person if he or she is struggling to lose or had a gain. We talk about recipes, clean snacks, how it is important to prepare our food ahead of time and supplements that support our bodies. I also worked on identifying when I was eating because I was bored or feeling overwhelmed. I realized that if I did not address this then I would be back to a large number on the scale again. I lost 20 pounds in 10 weeks and my energy level was much higher. And to my HUGE SURPRISE I was the winner of the Biggest Loser Challenge. This was a very big deal for me and shocking, as I was just working on becoming a better, healthier me. Now I still have weight to lose and bumps in the road but I like the road I am traveling on and the women I have met on it. Thanks Tiffany for the dedication and support you have given me. Let’s make 2012 an even healthier year with lots of success!!
Christine W. - Age 41
April 19, 2010 – 21 push ups in 1 minute
April 21, 2011 – 34 push ups in 1 minute
I can elaborate on this a little bit, but that was the reason for me signing up to try boot camp. I have been physically active for a lot of my life – mostly in the form of running, hiking and walking miles and miles with my mom. There was something very important missing! Weight training is the key to staying healthy into old age and I’m not getting any younger, that’s for sure. I belonged to another gym for a handful of years and enjoyed the aerobics classes, but even then, I rarely went to the basement to use the weights. I didn’t like working out by myself.
From all the articles that I had read, I knew I had to do more than aerobic exercise though. I needed resistance training too and with my schedule, I did not want to commit the time to driving to a gym to work out. The only time of the day that is good for me is early mornings and I didn’t have a friend willing to go with me at that time either. I am the kind of person that needs to have somebody waiting for me or else I will choose the snooze button instead. When Tiffany told me she was going to start a boot camp, my dream came true!
The workouts are fun and as challenging as I make them for myself. There are lots of friends waiting for me so I have to go – skipping is not an option! I haven’t lost weight, due to the fact that I still eat things that I shouldn’t. But, my whole family and I have really changed our diet in the past year. My daughter and I watched the movie “Supersize Me” and she hasn’t asked for McDonalds food since! Very limited processed foods – it’s a rarity in this house. Lots of fresh veggies and organic foods and meat. Eggs and yogurt from a local farm. We all feel so much better! If only we could give up the sugar (real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup – yuck) and cut back on the carbs, I’d see some weight loss.
I need to work on that this year, as well as upping my protein intake. We will need to make more trips to the farm for those eggs. I feel stronger than ever though, which was my goal through all of this. I can’t wait to get back in the woods in May. But, even being inside for this long winter, Tiffany has kept our workouts fresh and we never did the same thing twice – even after a year!
I can’t thank Tiffany enough for deciding to go down this path in her life. I owe her my health because I wasn’t getting it done without her! She’s a great friend and look forward to another year of sweating, complaining and laughing with her!
Thank you, Mistress Tiffany!
Yes…believe it or not, that was me on the left in Spring 2007. Just 4 years ago. How did I get there? I was doing everything for everybody else, but myself. I was not putting myself on my “to do” list!
One day I was out shopping and happened to catch my reflection in a store window and was a bit shocked by what I saw. I didn’t realize I had gained weight, or maybe I didn’t want to. After having three children, I guess I just thought this is what happens to your body as you have children and age. I was so wrapped up in the daily grind that is motherhood. Preschool, playdates, housework and eating on-the-go.
I am so grateful for that eye opening day. I started working out at home and once my youngest child went to school, I joined a local gym. I started taking boot camp exercise classes. It was tough, but I loved it! I loved it so much I decided to become a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor and make it my job.
So, why do I love Boot Camp so much? A few reasons: I hate Choreography! I don’t want to dance around, think about or have to memorize routines to get an effective workout. I just want to get it done! I also love the supportive group setting. Getting to know everyone in the group, working hard, encouraging each other and knowing that If I missed a class, they were going to ask where I was. There was more accountability than just showing up at the gym and getting on a piece of cardio equipment (boring!) and sometimes not making a connection with anyone.
Well, it’s been an amazing year! I completed my first sprint triathalon, met and worked out with one of my role models, Jillian Michaels, competed in a Body Building Competition; and to finish out the year I got to meet another one of my role models, Jennifer Nicole Lee. I was chosen by Jennifer to come to Miami this past January and train with her and her coach “Wicked Willie”. I was certified in her method JNL Fusion. Appeared with other JNL Fusion Master Trainers in the April issue of Oxygen Magazine, pg. 51 I was then invited to fly to San Diego, California, to be a part of the JNL Fusion DVD Series coming soon to a sweaty living room near you!
In closing, here is one of my favorite quotes: “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
Decide what you want and do it!
I am here to guide you and I am dedicated to your success!