Archive for October, 2008

Weekly Update #5. Celebrity Status.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC

Shellays celebrity status went up several notches with her live appearance on the Today Show last Tuesday. “I live in my workout clothes. Wearing Spandex is my signature,” she confirmed to a nationwide audience. Her “before” photo showed the dramatic difference the loss of 60 lbs has made in her body.

Shellay admits that her lifelong failure to lose weight led to an overall feeling of failure. She couldn’t muster the physical energy and confidence to work outside her home. Her husband encouraged her to “just get moving.” Now her “head is spinning” with ideas of what she wants to do with her life after December. In trying diet after diet, she learned what eating habits to adopt to lose weight. It was the role of exercise that surprised her.

There are greater challenges to losing weight at 51, than at 31. You’ve been living with the physical consequences of being overweight for a longer amount of time, and as a woman, you’re dealing with menopause. But Shellay is overwhelming proof that if you are determined you can transform yourself regardless of age. For Shellay, support from her husband, daughter, and personal trainers is keeping her on track without a weekly weigh-in in front of the cameras.

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Weekly Posting #4. Shellay voted off, but continues to make progress with the help of CoachMeFit

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

On Tuesday’s (10/14) show, Shellay was voted out of the competition. Before the contestants headed to the weekly weigh-in, she had packed her clothes, acting on a hunch that it would be her turn to leave. Shellay was devastated at the time and seeing it again on TV brought that hurt to the surface again.

Shellay with CoachMeFit Owner and Personal Trainer, Derek DiGiovanni

Shellay with CoachMeFit Owner and Personal Trainer, Derek DiGiovanni

Her team members, who had also become her friends regretted having to make this choice. Most agreed it was easier because they were confident Shellay would continue losing weight on her own. In fact, she didn’t doubt it herself. “I knew my husband would give me 100% support. He wants me to focus on my exercise program and doesn’t mind if it takes up the majority of my time. Besides that, I will not let myself be embarrassed when I come back for the final weigh in.”

A few days after Shellay returned to her life in Michigan, she walked into the CoachMeFit in Birmingham and planned her challenging new fitness routine with Derek. She admits the one good thing about being voted out—she’s no longer stressed every day by the anticipation of Jillian-style workouts.

Year after year and diet after diet, Shellay lacked the self discipline to stick with a fitness program. Going from the imposed routine at the ranch to taking responsibility for her own workout regimen could have been the beginning of one more failure. As the latest photos of Shellay prove, she’s making real life work in her favor, so far.

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Congratulations Shellay!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

One of our celebrity clients, Shellay, was voted off of the Biggest Loser last night. We are extremely proud of Shellay and her accomplishments on the show. Take a look at the picture below to get an update on what Shellay looks like now.

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Shellay and Amy continue to work out with Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham.

To get an idea of how far Shellay has come, take a look at this video. Great job Shellay!

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Weekly posting #3. CoachMeFit follows Shellay’s progress as a contestant on the “Biggest Loser.”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

“Amy and I made up a name for Derek, our CoachMeFit trainer … ‘Stroke’ … because he’s silent but deadly. He earned that name last week by coaching us through one of the toughest and best workouts I’ve had. He has a calm, quiet way of getting me to work harder than I ever imagined.” Shellay explained that exercise is a greater challenge for her than dieting, but she has found the one-on-one time with a trainer is the incentive she needs.

Workouts with Jillian were quite different, as viewers witnessed in last week’s program when her “boot camp” style brought Shellay to tears. After it aired, her friends called to console her. But Shellay believes there’s a positive side to facing the tough talk. It helps her confront the life-long issues that keep her from succeeding.

As a “Biggest Loser” celebrity, Shellay has become a role model for people who’ve struggled to lose weight. “People email me for advice and tell me I’m an inspiration.” Shellay has been asked to speak to different groups about her experience. Yet with all the evidence that she has made a dramatic life change, Shellay can hardly believe what she sees in the mirror. “That can’t be me. I still see myself as fat.”

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Weekly update #2 — CoachMeFit’s Celebrity Clients from the “Biggest Loser”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The “Biggest Loser” airs on Tuesday’s at 8:pm on NBC.

Shellay stayed on the “losing” track this week with the help of Kerrie, co-owner and trainer at CoachMeFit in Birmingham. Although Shellay describes both Kerrie and Derek as “easy-going” she adds that when the going gets tough, they know how to be tougher.

Amy and Shellay are trusting Kerrie and Derek DiGiovanni (above) to help them continue their weight loss

Amy and Shellay have selected Kerrie and Derek DiGiovanni (above) to help them continue their weight loss since leaving left the "Biggest Loser" ranch.

How does this mother/daughter team handle a contest that requires so much personal effort and discipline? Shellay recalls that coming back to reality after leaving the ranch was a bit of a “shock.” Life is different. You have to create a new routine. “Amy and I do feel some competitiveness as we set our own fitness goals,” Shellay commented. Amy realized that her friends were distracting her from focusing on losing weight, so she has limited the time she is available to them between Monday and Friday. On the other hand, Shellay has the support of her husband who is happy to make exercise a part of their lives together.

As for the workout…

Shellay does weight exercises with Kerrie or Derek, not on her own, as a way of preventing injury. During her 45-minute sessions on the treadmill or other cardio equipment she has learned how to change the speed and incline for a more varied workout. “I’m not coordinated,” she admits, “so I feel more comfortable on equipment that requires less balance.”

Shellay already feels like a winner—her cholesterol is down from 208 to 135!

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