This month we would like to turn the spotlight onto Alex Reister, a new dad and participant in the CKO 10-week Transformation Challenge winter session. Alex crushed his goals during the Challenge, and his determination served as motivation and inspiration for many! Read more about Alex and his health and fitness journey.
How would you describe your lifelong health and fitness journey?
I was always active. I played football and wrestling in high school. Through college and working office jobs, it became harder and harder to stick with a workout routine as life often would take priority. This became harder the older I got.
Two years ago, I hurt my lower back, and then I really ballooned up. My confidence was barely hanging on. If it wasn’t for my wife helping me, I don’t know where I’d be. She is my rock! One day last August when I was dropping off some dry cleaning, and I saw that CKO’s new location just opened. I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to be able to keep up. After my one Triple Play class with Shelby, I knew this was for me and immediately signed up.
What was your CKO 10-week Transformation Challenge journey like?
At this point I had been going to CKO for about six months. I had improved my flexibility and conditioning; however, my diet was not on point. I was not eating a ton of junk food but there were choices I was making which were unknowingly were sabotaging my results. Things like the amount of sugar I was consuming and the total amount of fat that were in my food portions. I learned to balance and right-size my meals while increasing my water intake. Making these adjustments truly helped me begin to safely and effectively shed the weight.
What made you decide to do the 10-week Challenge?
My newborn daughter, Emma, was the impetus to me signing up. The timing was perfect because she was due right at the end of the Challenge. I knew with becoming a dad, I needed to become healthier so that I can live long to see her grow up and have the energy to do things with her. I also knew I needed to set a better example with eating habits. This was a chance for me to re-program myself and have the support of the other Challengers to stick with it and see things through.
What was your favorite part about the Challenge?
My fellow Challengers were my favorite part from the support and ideas we shared to knowing they had their own reasons for doing. If they could tough it out and stick with it, so could I!
What was an obstacle you overcame during the 10 weeks?
I never really had a sweet tooth but the most challenging thing was not having a single cheat meal. I knew if I had just one cheat meal during the Challenge, it would be a domino effect, and I would just trickle back into my old habits and be back at square one. The biggest struggle for me was not to give in once.
What were your take-aways from the Challenge, and how has your life changed?
- Plan ahead. The more you have things figured out before your day starts, the less decisions you have to make during the day. Available, prepared snacks and meals became more automated at that point.
- Drink lots of water. I remember one point I was like “I have so much energy!” and I felt like a zombie before. Once I learned how to stay hydrated, I was bouncing all over the place with energy.
- There is always a healthy alternative to what you want to eat. If you’re looking for a taco fix, make turkey tacos. If you’re wanting pizza, make a cauliflower pizza. It may be harder since you can’t just go to a drive through and pick it up, but this way you know what is going into your foods but not sacrificing those joys in life.
What is your best piece of advice for the Challengers participating in the current spring session?
Losing weight doesn’t make you instantly feel happier about life. Think about what you are looking to accomplish by completing the Challenge. Is it new recipes, making new friends, pushing yourself in the gym, or losing weight? Find what makes you gets you out of bed in the morning and use the Challenge to help you become the best you to go out and achieve your goals.
Also, eventually the hype starts to fade. Find ways to help motivate yourself. To keep myself motived, I decided that every two weeks I was going to reward myself for meeting all my goals. I also started to get others in the Challenge to do something similar in the Facebook Transformation group page. I would post a pic of my reward, show that I made my goals that two weeks, and then use the #TreatYoSelf afterward!
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Stephanie, Health & Fitness Enthusiast