How I lost 40lbs in 12 weeks

A little bit of background:


For those of you who may not know, I am a thyroid cancer survivor. On 10.17.13 at 22 years old I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. On 11.4.13 at the City of Hope in

California I had a full #thyroidectomy , 10 lymph nodes and a parathyroid removed. I then had my first dose of Radioactive iodine on 1.18.14. I’ve had two full body scans since and so far cancer has learned that it messed with the wrong chic and as of right now for my current treatment plan I just need a neck ultrasounds once a year and labs every 3 months until I get my TSH levels where my endocrinologist wants it!
screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-09-04-pmWeight loss and fitness is an ongoing journey and anyone on this path knows that it takes hard work and dedication. When you have your thyroid removed, hormone imbalance, or any other adversity, this path to fitness and mental and physical health gets to be very challenging. After I lost my thyroid to cancer I fell into a depression and had a hard time balancing out my hormones and coming out on top. I gained around 60 pounds, ended and I was so miserable and felt at my lowest point in life. I was also trying to finish college at the time and ended a very unhealthy relationship all during my senior year (PS I graduated this no delays!!) A couple years went by and I struggled to adjust to the hormone replacement therapy. It wasn’t until around February this year (2016) I was able to make a huge change in my life and I am now happier than I’ve ever been! I attribute my transformation to The Camp Transformation Center Program, they really changed my life.

Its a lifestyle change:


 

If youscreen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-08-pm are struggling to lose weight or are looking to improve your health there is one key

thing you need to understand: this is a mental battle as much as it is physical. You need to me 110% mentally, physically, and emotionally committed to make changes in your life. What I did wasn’t a diet, I changed my habits and gained a new perspective.

 

 

How to get started:


  1. What are your goals?You need to ask yourself  ” what do I want out of this change that I am going to be making?”. Whether its loosing 25lbs, being able to run in a race, or fitting into your “skinny clothes”, or feeling good about yourself… you need to understand what is triggering the need for change.
  2. Write down those goalsIf it’s in writing you will hold yourself accountable and have a better self commitment to achieving those goals. Also sharing these goals with family/friends or posting on Social media is an even better way to help with accountability
  3. Understand why you haven’t had success in the past/ any adversities you need to overcomeWhether its because you haven’t fully committed yourself in the past or something like being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, understanding why you haven’t had progress in the past is important part of learning.

 

For my fellow THYCA (thyroid cancer) warriors


 

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-09-23-pmI am going to be 110% real, this isn’t going to be easy, but I PROMISE you it will be work it! I can whole heartedly tell you I was miserable
and exhausted when I had my thyroidectomy. I was depressed, emotional, and I felt like a overinflated water-balloon. I lost my confidence and felt like I was just “existing” and lost who I was. I slept and cried more the 2 years after my surgery than a newborn baby because of my hormone balance! But one day I realized if I am going to feel exh
no matter what, I might as well be exhausted from the gym as well.

 

The “diet” part


This is the most common topic I get messages on email, IG, and Facebook about. The way I see it is in two phases.

Part 1: Changes to hit your Goal – This is my guidelines I follow until I hit my goalscreen-shot-2016-09-16-at-3-35-23-pm

  • Portion control– I found out i was eating way to much carbs and not enough protein in my diet. I used a scale and prepped my meals ahead of time until I had a better understaning of how my potions should look:
    • Carbs: Women 2 0z/ Men 3 oz
    • Protein: Women 4 0z/ Men 6oz
  • Eat to  fuel –What if the best and most nutritious foods to assist you in your goals? for example: Yes I know cumber didn’t make me fat but could I eat other veggies that would benefit me more?
    1. Veggies
      1. Broccoli
      2. Kale
      3. Celery
      4. Spinach
      5. Asparagus
      6. Brussel Sprouts
    2. Carbs – no instant or precooked!
      1. Sweet potato
      2. Rolled or steel cut oats
      3. Brownrice
      4. Quinoa
      5. Yams
    3. Protein
      1. Tuna
      2. Chicken breasts
      3. 99% lean ground turkey
      4. Tilapia
      5. Eggwhites

Rules:

  1. NO alchohol
  2. NO Dairy
  3. NO Sugar
  4. NO Fruit
  5. NO Processed foods, candy, chocolate…
  6. Veggies not on the list can be used in moderation as toppings

Because you are not eating healthy fats during this time I would recommend you take EFA’s (essential fatty acids) and Multivitamins.

I prep my meals every Sunday for the following week M-F total of 10 meals. More about meal prep here

Part 2: Maintain

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After you hit you goal, now what? Eating in part one isn’t sustainable long term. I was strict for 13 weeks straight with no cheating off the plan.

  1. Slowly incorporate some other foods back in such as black berries, non fat plain greek yogurt, avocado etc.
  2. Decide if you really need alcohol in your life – I have it on occasion but I waited a couple weeks to decide the “relationship” I wanted with it first.
  3. Everything in moderation
  4. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible -breads, pasta, and other foods that you don’t “need”
  5. Sugar, desserts, and other sweets in general indulge on occasion not on a regular basis.
  6. Eat like part 1 80% of the time, clean 15 %, and enjoy other items 5% of your diet.

Gym:


The Camp program had me going 0-100 real quick with the workout routine, and by that I mean I went from casually working out to full force hour long workouts 5 times a week so you can imagine I was exhausted!

  1. Be consistent

We all have those weeks that we workout super hard and then drop off the bandwagon. Set realistic and obtainable workout times. Set a goal for the time you are going to spend and the number of days per week and gradually increase. Once these days are set do not deviate away from the plan and be sure to hold yourself accountable.

2.  Plan your workouts

Don’t just show up at the gym and hope that you figure out what to do there. Its not a good use of your time and its not effective. Search Pinterst or follow Instagram accounts that post workout videos to help educate yourself and come up with workout ideas. YouTube is a great tool for learning workouts too!

Favorite websites for workouts:

3. Mix it up

Most people love the machines because they have little pictures on how to do them and we are comfortable with them. There is so much more that you can do and for the best results its important to keep your body guessing on whats next!

  • Strength
    • body weight (burpees, planks, pushups, squats ect.)
    • free weight lifting
    • resistant band training
  • Endurance
    • HIIT – High intensity Interval Training
    • Cardio (treadmill interval training, stair master, swimming, bike, elliptical, etc.)

Final Thoughts:


screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-36-pmYou have to want this. It will NEVER feel like a good time to start. For me weeks turned into months and then years past and I was just tired of being tired and unhappy. If you want results you need to understand that this is a lifestyle change which isn’t a quick fix, its a long term solution to a happier and healthier you. Everyone can always eat a little bit healthier and increase activity. Like I said in the beginning, this is a mental battle! Surround your self with positive people. Thats one of the biggest issues I had years ago. But now have have my fiancé, friends, swolemate, and family who I have involved from the beginning who help keep me accountable and cheer me on!

I wish you the best of luck and success on your path to heath and fitness!

-Xxo

 

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness, and life—not to dole out advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, do your research and talk to your doctor.

Chill out: CryoSpot Cryotherapy

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I recently injured my shoulder and I had to take a break from working out at The Camp Transformation Center for a couple week which was really difficulty because I have been making so much progress!

Recently I discovered The CryoSpot Whole Body Cryotherapy in OC which is owned by Vic and his sister in law Aida. Here they have been helping me speed up my recovery and work to prevent future injuries.


Aida and Vic started their business in October 2015 after they tried Cryotherapy and felt the difference and realized all the benefits it offered. They bought a machine and now help people everyday at their office!

So what is cryotherapy you may ask?

“Whole Body Cryotherapy(WBC) is a revolutionary method of cold therapy involving exposure to subzero temperatures for a controlled period of time. WBC is a non-medical, non-invasive procedure for people seeking superior health, beauty, and athletic performance”

Essentially, when your body goes into shock from the cold (which is painless) your body naturally goes into fight or flight mode and your blood rushes to your core. This process flushes toxins and picks up nutrients and now your blood is now enriched and oxygenated.

As the blood flows back, your vessels start to expand and warm up with the nutrient and oxygen rich blood back into your tissue.

When I first walked into the door for my first session I have to admit I was excited but also a bit nervous. Aida greeted me at the front desk and was so friendly. She taught me everything I needed to know and patiently answered all my questions.

Step 1 – Get dressed for the “chamber”

In the changing rooms, you remove all jewelry and metal items before you treatment. Men, I believe you wear bottoms and ladies I wore panties ( I decided not to wear anything on top! If you want to wear a sports bra make sure there are not metal components!) . You then put on a pair of socks, a robe, gloves, and rubber shoes to protect your toes!

Step 2-Get in the Chamber

The booth was taller than me but once you step inside, the platform raises up so you can peek your head out the top. After you step inside and close the door, you remove your robe and hand it out to a staff member.

Step 3- Chill

They turn on the chamber and a refreshing light cloud of cold air surrounds your body. Is it cold? YES! But is it tolerable? Absolutely! The chamber gets to about -250 degrees F but I started out at -130. The second time I really enjoyed the treatment after seeing what to expect!

For your first time you target 2min and 30sec. My first time I went for 2min 45sec and the second visit I stayed the whole 3 maximum minutes with no problem! Once you master those 3 minimage-15utes each treatment you bring down the temperature a little bit more each time!

During your treatment time, you slowly step in place/ rotate in a circle. FYI I also overly smile during this time period and I have absolutely no idea why but its a thing that I just do! The only part that started to get cold was my knees, but the second treatment I raised my knees a bit higher in what I like to call my “penguin march” which made the feeling cold feeling go away!

Step 4- Warm up

After you are done, you put your robe back on and exit the booth and warm back up. This part feels so refreshing, I love it!

Step 5- Add on treatments

I decided to do a Cryo Facial my first time after my chamber treatment and the 2nd time I spot treated my shoulder injury. These are all separate charges!  This is done in a separate part of the room with a hand held machine. These treatments are extremely relaxing and can be used to treat issues like arthritis on your hands, skin inflammation, psoriasis, and much more! You can also spot treat any pain areas that need more attention than the whole body chamber! The facial left my skin feeling tight, minimized my pores, and any blemishes I had on my face were significantly less inflamed by the end of the day.

 

Benefits of Cryotherapy

So your probably wondering, why do people do WBC?

  • Reduces Pain and inflammation
  • Decreases muscle soreness (new Campers, I know your hurting right now! This helps So much!)
  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Boots metabolism and immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves sleep pattern
  • Releases serotonin and endorphins (same feeling as that post workout happiness)
  • Improves skin elasticity/ reduces appearance of cellulite

Also, just a little FYI ..1 session can burn anywhere from 400-800 calories…. #yourwelcome

What do I think about Cryotherapy?

I slept like a baby the nights that I did a treatment. I felt refreshed and my soreness significantly subsided. Before I started my treatments I didn’t take any glutamine and still have not taking that mean for the past couple days just to see how my body reacts to the soreness with the treatments and I have to say I am impressed! After my second treatment decided to go back to the camp taking a break for two weeks and I kept up with the class a lot more than I expected! I decided to add this to my wholebody wellness treatment plan and signed up for a monthly treatment plan and some spot treatment sessions!

So stop by Cryospot and mention KELSEY and your first Whole body Cryo therapy treatment is only 20$ 

Don’t forget to let me know how it goes! And thanks again to Aida and Vic you guys are amazing!