Drum roll please!

okay, so I know I never announced the winner for my May Elimination Diet 30-day Challenge- I have learned to get the prize physically in hand before the challenge now 🙂

So we started with 10 excited participants and ended with 6 AMAZING finishers! The challenge was to complete the 30-day Elimination Diet where we would be removing 1-sugar, 2-red meat, 3-caffiene, 4-procced foods, 5-alcohol & 6-dairy for 30 days. In doing this you remove unwanted toxins from your body while flooding it with nutrient rich whole foods (and the natural side effect of that is your blody releases the fat that has been trapped by toxins in your body). Everyone did an awesome job learning so much about their body, losing a ton of inches & fat and gaining so much knowledge about what their body truly wanted and needed.

It was pretty tough to choose a winner of the challenge, I saw so much growth and transformation of the mind, so many insights about food addictions people had no idea they had. I prayed a long while about it and then it was clear to me who the winner was.

This person gave their 100% to the challenge, they had ups and downs- which is totally normal, but this person stood out because she learned something that is key to her success. She was able to stop and look inwardly when she met a new challenge or a road block. She not only is melting away on the outside, but she is going through amazing transformations on the inside of herself. She understands herself in a new light, she sees her obstacles now and can prepare and equip herself for them instead of getting side swipped. She is implementing her insights daily and continues on her journey. She has goals and her eyes are steadfast on them.

The winner of Fatmomtofitmom.com’s first ever challenge is my good friend Terri Yard! In the 30 days she managed to lose 7 inches of fat! Isn’t that awesome?! Terri is an amazing woman and I am honored to be her friend and witness what an amazing transformation she is having.

Terri’s dedication to her fitness and health is being rewarded with a gift certificate for her choice of a massage or facial from Total Woman Spa!

Terri: I am so incredibly proud of you. You are an inspiration to me and you fuel my motivation to keep on going. I am honored and blessed to be your friend and thank God for putting us together. I am happy to be on this journey together and show the world what we are capable of if we rely on our Lord for strength, learn about how He designed us to be and remain diligent to His calling of keeping His temple clean!

woo hoo! Help me congratulate Terri with comments below!

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July 28, 2009. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

all the ladies in the house- say hey!

CLICK HERE>Summer Slim Down Challenge Finalists<CLICK HERE

The link above will direct you to some of the most pheonominal and inspiring stories of how women have been empowered with the information and support they needed to literally TRANSFORM their bodies and minds.

Please check it out, read their stories, check out their before and after pictures and VOTE! I along side these women and dozens of others participated in a 12 week Summer Slim Down Challenge through ClubFYM.com.

The next challenge starts this coming monday, Aug. 3rd and if you are a woman I WANT you to join us!! Before all your excuses start spewing out of your mouth- read my answers to those excuses first!

1-no time: Holly Rigsby is the creator and author of Fit Yummy Mummy and has designed a workout program that takes 15 minutes a workout! literally 15 minutes. 3 resistance workouts, 3 interval cardio workouts= 90 minutes of working out a week! if you are doing 0 minutes or 10 hours of working out a week I personally challenge you to give this a try- and you will see and feel a difference!

2- no $, ha! I got this one covered too! clubfym.com’s membership is $9.95 a month- BUT if you click the link I have for it to the right you will see that you can sign up and get 30 days FREE! Yup, free! & the link to the right for the e-book (which is needed to do the challenge) allows you to try the e-book for 30 days for $4.95 ! After 30 days you will have to pay the remaining $35 (I believe) and after 30 days of clubFYM membership you will also have to start paying… BUT! I want to challenge you to try this challenge for 30 days, give the 30 days your all.  Do everything just the way its outlined for you (completely doable and reasonable) for 30 days, at 30 days remeasure, take another picture of yourself. If after 30 days you don’t have jaw dropping results and not one person has complimented how awesome you look and your clothes are still fitting the way they were then I give you permission to quit! and get not spend another cent on it. I seriously believe that you will get amazing results with this THAT much! So what’s $4.95 ? Hey- if you don’t believe how amazing this might me- read the testimonies of the ladies in above link!

3- I’ve tried EVERYTHING! Ok- so you’ve tried what? fad diets? starving yourself? sweating yourself into an injury? Have you ever learned about your body? about nutrition? about HOW to excercise and do it effectively??! Well, then you haven’t tried everything, or else you wouldn’t be in the physical state you are currently in. You have been looking for the quick fix, the magic pill and special exotic cream, the perfect slimming shake. It ain’t out there! You gotta know how to eat, when to eat, what to eat & how to exercise! (notice the emphasis on the eating!)

4- I just don’t think this will work for me. A very wise woman at clubFYM.com said something that changed my world- she said “excuses are just well designed LIES!” stop lying to yourself, stop telling yourself you will never get there, stop thinking that you will never lose the fat, or never be fit, or never be happy with the way you look! If you buy into this lie, then you are choosing to just stay where you are at! sorry, I’m a little harsh, but how can you know something won’t work for you- unless you try it!

5- maybe next time. yeah I’ve heard that one before, why are you so afraid to act NOW! live NOW! Change NOW! you ARE worth it, you DESERVE to be happy, to live free-er, to do and be what you want to be.

okay, well, if still you refuse to try and see what amazing results you CAN achieve then, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that with my own transformation I cannot convince you enough, just know that I will trek on and give my all for you, you will get to this place one day, and I pray and hope I can be part of it, cause that’s me. I want you to be happy, I want you to know what you are capable of. Will you join me? and I AM seriously talking to you! No one is going to be reading this far into my post if it wasn’t meant to be. so Join ME! We can do it!

Now that you’re in here is what I NEED of you:

-comment on this post so I can keep you accountable

-click on links to the right for e-book and for clubfym

-once signed up for clubfym go there and get registered for the challenge that begins on monday!

Okay ladies, LETS DO THIS! I will be here to hold your hand the whole way, I promise!

July 28, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

12-week Summer Slim Down Challenge Results are in!

So as you know, I love a good challenge. So I participated in the Summer Slim Down Challenge through ClubFYM.com. I have raved on and on about how much I love this online community I do wish you’d click on the link to the right of the screen and check it out yourself! But here are my results from the challenge. I have also included the essay and pictures I have submitted into the website, a bit lengthy, but from my heart! 🙂

Summer Transformation Challenge 2009! BRING IT!

Name: Rossy
Age: 25
Height: 5’1″

MEASUREMENTS:
May 1st————–July 24th (difference)

Weight: 154.8————144.2 (10.6LBS GONE FOREVER!)
body fat %: 29.3%————25.9% (3.4% BODY FAT GONE!)
waist: 30.5″————28.5” (2” GONE!)
BB: 32.25″————30.25” (2” GONE!)
chest: 36.5″————-34.25”(2.25” GONE!)
bust: 37.5″————–35.75”(1.75” GONE!)
under bust: 33″————–31.25”(1.75” GONE!)
hips/booty: 41.75″—————Hips: 37.75” Booty: 40” (1.75” GONE!)
under butt(with both legs): 40″—————37.5”(2.5” GONE!)
R thigh: 24.5″————23.25”(1.25” GONE!)
L thigh: 24.25″———–23.25”(1” GONE!)
R bicep: 12″————11”(1” GONE!)
L bicep: 11.75″———11”(.75” GONE!)
R upper arm: 13.25″———–12”(1.25” GONE!)
L upper arm: 13″————–12”(1” GONE!)
neck: 13.25″—————-12.75”(.5” GONE!)
R calf: 14.75″—————–14”(.75” GONE!)
L calf: 14.5″——————-14”( .5” GONE!)

TOTALS: 10.6 lbs removed, down 3.4% body fat & 22.5 INCHES GONE?! WHAT?!

REFLECTION:

WOW! I think I just wow-ed myself! I really had no idea that I had made so much progress with the inches! I knew things were fitting way looser, but you know what we do in our heads- we think “oh, I must have stretched these out the last time I wore them”, or “oh! Its cause they are not fresh out of the wash! That’s when they feel the tightest!” ha! Why do we continue to do that to ourselves?! NO MORE! I’m going to be content and not excuse myself when the true inner me is saying “LOOK HOW MUCH CLOSER YOU ARE!” And with new clothing I have purchased I right away think “this MUST be mis-labeled- there’s no way I fit into a 6 or a 4!” (well the 4 I do own, I really think that the brand must run big, because I do not feel like I can pick up any 4 and fit into them- but I will soon!)

This challenge has been awesome for me. I felt so empowered by what I was able to prove to myself and accomplish. As many of you know this is not the beginning nor the end of my personal journey to fitness. This is a lifelong race and I intend on continuing to wow myself and others. I am crying as I see my stats and my pictures, I had really convinced the old Rossy that this was impossible, that I would never get there. Now I look at my original pictures (from may 08) and I don’t even recognize that woman. She isn’t me, she was a sad, fat and hopeless girl who hated herself. I am nothing like her. I am happy, satisfied, excited, eager, confident, inspiring, hott, yummy and extremely hopeful for what is to come.

This challenge has pushed me to become leaner, think leaner, think stronger, except the changes that occurring in my body and embrace them! I am becoming fit! I keep on trying to categorize myself as fat or chubby, but I don’t think I can do that anymore. I’m actually starting to feel…. Dare I say! Not fat! Wow, I actually am JUST realizing this! I’m not fat! Now don’t get me wrong! I still have a ways to go, and I still have goals! There is no end or finishing point, if there were this would not be called a fitness JOURNEY, it would be a fitness trip… and that’s not what I am on.

Well, I feel so all over the place with this, ok- Mentally I have grown a lot, I now am embracing the new me and it excites me to see where I will go from here, cause I can only get leaner, fitter, stronger! I am allowing myself to not be fat and trap myself in the fat girl mind set. I don’t have emotional break downs cause nothing fits, or cause my jeans cut off my circulation. If anything I cannot find anything that doesn’t look sloppy! I allow myself to indulge, I don’t beat myself up for any bad choices. I look in the mirror and I smile, I am actually loving myself- and that’s something I think I have never done in my life, since I can remember I had hated my body. I remember as early as five years old I would look at my big belly and be sad. I remember using my birthday wishes as a child to wish myself skinny. Wow, this is really emotional!

Okay, enough crying! Nutrition- I have come a long way here. I crave good nutrition, I am excited to try new things, I love the online planner and feel like it’s a sort of balancing game I am always wanting to win. But all at the same time I am not OBSESSED with it. I allow myself to indulge, maybe sometimes more then I should. I have gotten out of the mentality of rewarding myself or allowing myself to indulge based on the fact that I worked out. I no longer workout more so I can eat more, but I eat to support the workouts I do- SO DIFFERENT! I started the Challenge by doing the Elimination Diet for the 2nd time. I also challenged some of my friends to do it with me on my fitness blog- www.FatmomtoFitmom.com- I had 10 participants and the ones that went all the way through were so blessed to learn about their bodies and get over the plateaus they were experiencing. And I was blessed to have their support and to support them. I am now committed to doing the ED every 6 months challenging myself to be even stricter with it, in November 2009 I plan to do a completely raw Elimination Diet, I will have to do some research about all that as it gets closer! I am currently trying the carb rotation diet and it has been awesome. I am doing this for the sole purpose of training myself to include carbs in my diet and to balance them. I had always thought carbs=bread, and I know that is not true so I am learning lots right now!

Workouts- I did not do the FYM workouts like I wanted to, but that was because I did not want to overtrain as I was doing a lot with my new job as a group fitness instructor! I got hired in June and had my first class on June 30th, since then I have had 3 more classes and have been practicing for my 10+ more classes I have in August! I absolutely LOVE teaching group fitness! I am fuelled by the energy and excitement the other women bring, but I can tell that I have a growing desire to become a personal trainer and also get some type of certificate in nutrition! I love helping women figure out the mystery of fitness and nutrition and get results! But before then I want to achieve my goals, I want to look like a personal trainer! I want to look as fit & yummy as Holly!

I had a amazing time with this challenge and I am looking forward to the next where I plan to be much more active here at clubFYM, you ladies simply amaze me and fuel me with the motivation and inspiration to continue my journey strong! I am honored to be part of this amazing and blessed community!

GOALS:
1. I will get down to 25% body fat by the end of the challenge.-I’m down to 25.9% I am very please with this accomplishment!
2. I will be content with what ever number that is on the scale.- I am! Seeing that my weight went down as did my body fat % is great confirmation that I am going about this in an effective and healthy way!
3. I will get my waist & BB down under 30″- got my waist down to 28.5”! Belly button is at 30.25”- so close, I’m still very happy with this!
4. I will get my hips/booty down under 40″- Well, this is a funny one, my hips and largest part of my booty have always been the same place….until now! I now have a distinction between them! And the largest of the 2 (booty of course!) is at 40”!
5. I will complete the 30 days of the Elimination Diet beginning 5/1- check! This was awesome!
6. I will eat clean for the entire challenge- so this one did not happen, but looking at it now, that was kinda a silly goal, I should have put 80% of the time!
7. I will complete each and every workout- I remained active the whole time!
8. I will do this with my all, 100% of myself- I did, and I learned that giving my 100% may not equal perfection, and that is ok!
9. I will only step on the scale once a week to do my weekly weigh-in on Peertrainer.com- I did great with this for the first half, I have been stepping on more often since I started the carb rotation diet, I am doing this so I can see how my body reacts to high, low or no carb days- this has not developed into an obsession as it has before.
10. I will only do a waist and hips measurement once a week for my peertrainer.com group. all other measurements will wait for the end of the challenge.-yup!
11. At the end of this challenge I want to feel good in my own skin, I want to wear a bikini no matter the stretch marks. I want to feel hott! I want to reflect on the outside what I feel on the inside.- I did this! I wore a bikini in front of my family! Last weekend I did a 5k mudrun with my familia and had no problem stripping down to my bikini and chilling like that while I got cleaned up, afterwards I actually left my bikini top on as a top while we all hung out! I wanted to work on my belly tan J
12. At the end of this challenge I want to have completely transformed my nutritional habits and not just finish the Elimination Diet and go back. I have no business having what I used to have in my cupboards, or eating what I used to eat.-I do feel like I have accomplished this! I have not purchased the things we used to have, I am very careful and I read ingrediants. I mostly just buy everything fresh. The best part about it is that my hubby is super happy with this change and doesn’t miss anything! Praise God!

Here’s to the next challenge and your personal journey!!

Lets go girls! We can do it!

Before & After pictures:

RossyBeforeSTC front

RossyAfterSTC front

RossyBeforeSTC side

RossyAfterSTC side

RossyBeforeSTC back

RossyAfterSTC back

RossyBeforeSTC strongRossyAfterSTC strong

ATTENTION ALL LADIES READING THIS! the next FYM challenge begins on Aug 3rd and if you are reading this now, you ARE doing it with me! 🙂 now you MUST click on the link to the right of the screen that says Fit Yummy Mummy (no-you do not have to be a mom!!) if you are female, you are to listen to me! I want you to join clubfym.com the online community for the 30 day free trial (to start- so you can’t say you cannot afford it!) then I want you to click on the ebook for Fit Yummy Mummy to the right of the screen and get the ebook for $4.95 to try it. READ IT! this will change your life regardless of what your goals are or even if you currently have no goals or think you don’t need goals. This WILL improve your life and the life of the ones you love. TRY IT AND SEE! Stop kidding and lying to yourself, you need to take care of you! Stop thinking you can do this on your own- YOU NEED SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE! If you cannot read how SERIOUS AND PASSIONATE I am about this, then YOU’RE BLIND- NOTICE ALL THE BOLD TYPE!

DO IT NOW! cause WE CAN DO IT! & We WILL!

July 24, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

“I Don’t Feel Like The Fat Girl At The Gym Anymore!”

“I Don’t Feel Like The Fat Girl At The Gym Anymore!”.

Here is something I am extremely proud of! I was a featured Fit Yummy Mummy! I am so honored to be highlighted on my favorite online community! Please take a looksy!

July 3, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

New Years Resolutions Revised!

So yesterday got me thinking, half the year is gone, we never get that back! So I looked back at my New Year’s resolutions that I made public via Twitter (follow me at twitter.com/rossyruppe) and I wanted to spend a day thinking about them.  Since half the year is gone,  I only have another 6 months to get my goals accomplished.

But wait, resolutions aren’t real! They are just some silly promise we say to make the new year seem more exciting and they are unrealistic goals anyway, right?!

WRONG! Why would you lie to yourself about a promise you make in your heart? Why would you set an unrealistic goal if you didn’t really want to accomplish it? WHY??!! That’s just, well it’s dumb- yet we have all done it. I know I have had the same new years resolution and birthday wish since I was five years old- to lose weight. I was a chubby kid and I hated it. Being teased about my weight from my, well lets just say people close to me so no hurt feelings :), well being teased sucked. It made me feel like I had to do something, but I didn’t know how. Well that’s a whole different post, because I am a huge advocate for not teasing kids about weight, but educating them and raising them to love clean eating and being active.

Ok- my new year’s resolution for 2009 (12:43 AM Jan 1st from TwitterFox) :

1-lose another 30lbs

2-get my beachbody business going

3-make more friends

4-keep my home clean

5-win more stuff!!

Now, let’s look and revise!

1- lose another 30lbs: I had lost 30 lbs at this point and since then I have lost another 20…. not bad for 6 months, so I will revise and I will shoot for another 20lbs revising this resolution to – lose 40lbs in 2009 making a grand total of 70lbs lost. I know I can and I will do this!

2- get my Beachbody business going: well, I haven’t done much with this. I love beachbody and I love the idea of making $ with it and helping people get active, but I can share and encourage, but I cannot force anyone to want to change their body and life. I pray that in helping more people maybe there will be more order through my website (www.TeamBeachbody.com/rruppe). On that note, feel free to order workout programs or supplements through my site. Beachbody has amazing programs and products. I love that their focus is getting people active and not about some craze or fat products or pill. Please let me know if you have any questions about any of their products to order 🙂 Revised resolution- get business cards and start promoting business through people interested in my transformation.

3- make more friends: God has been really amazing in this department. He has brought some amazing people into our lives and I have been very blessed by their friendship. Praise the Lord! Revised resolution- encourage and love the people God has placed in my life.

4- Keep my home clean: Well, I still feel like we are in the simplifying mode. There is plenty I need to go through, get rid of and clean clean clean! I really want to get this under control the next few months! Revised resolution- De-clutter and simplify home, get rid on unnecessary items, organize and clean what I have and be a good steward of the things God has blessed me with.

5- win more stuff!: I love winning stuff! I am currently in a challenge through clubfym.com (check it out!) and I am hoping to be a finalist in the challenge again, we have 3 weeks left. Other then that I’m not in the running for any other prizes… any suggestions? Revised resolution- keep myself challenged, either through competition or self motivation.

I feel really good about my resolutions and where they are 6 months into the year, but revisiting and revising them was a really awesome confirmation that 2009 really is a year of complete change for me!

What were your resolutions? How are they coming along? I challenge you to revisit and revise your resolutions. Don’t let them be in vain again this year, 2009 is a great year and now is a great time to accomplish the things you truly desire for yourself!

July 2, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.