The first part of the process were measurements, weigh-ins, and the most embarrassing photo shoot ever for the “before” pictures.
Look at this photo of me, wearing something I’d never be caught dead in. I was told to pretend to be sad. I am not pretending like I’m sad…I’m really sad. There are half a dozen strangers in the studio watching me as I’m having this picture taken. “Let it all hang out!” someone yelled. I did.
No one likes being photographed while being told to stick out their gut in an unflattering swimsuit.
Each morning upon our arrival to the gym, we would receive a bag of food that would tide us over until the next day. Each week the diet would vary to help expedite the results. The first week we were on a lean low carb high protein “cleanse”-1,200 calories a day. Bland chicken, veggies, broth, plain egg white omelets. After the cleanse portion was over, our calories and meals were between 1,200-1,400 and varied upon the individual. These provided meals never seemed to be enough, a lot of the ladies in the locker room would talk about pairing a chicken breast with a slice of pizza, or replacing a meal with a bottle of wine, or eating candy in lieu of dinner. At first I was all about sticking to the diet.
“We will know if you stray off of this program! Your results will show us the truth!” chanted the two women were the liaisons/cheerleaders between us and trainer. They would give us pep talks and advice if we needed help.
The training sessions were Monday through Fridays, at 10:00am. I know it’s not that early, but I am NOT a morning person, so I was half asleep upon arrival. But I was determined!
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity ladies! People would kill to be in your position.” This became a mantra yelled at us during every workout.