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LOSE 20 POUNDS IN SIX WEEKS: Work It Out – Moves that Burn!

By   |   March 7, 2012   |   Entertainment, Fitness, Relationships

Image Gal Samantha von Sperling is at it again to drop those 20 pounds!

Wow, what a week! A battle of will and belief. It started with me stepping on the scale Monday morning and the scale telling me I had gained back all the weight I thought I had lost last Friday.

With only a few weeks to lose 20 pounds, I felt I had already lost the battle and I had barely started. Was I about to humiliate myself publicly? Would I ever feel like myself again? Had it become impossible to lose weight? Was something wrong with me?

I called my trainer Scott Bitterman of Emerge Athletics and told him how I was feeling, I was so upset.┬á He told me that his plan had me in a priming faze that would lead to faster results in the coming weeks. “Don’t look at the scale,” he said. “Concentrate on how your body will be looking and feeling.”

I reluctantly agreed, knowing that a sane person would agree with him. Then I realized, six weeks of diet and exercise was bound to have some positive effect. I’ll lose, and I win! Failure is not an option here. Scott advised me that if I was going to be number-obsessed, I was to cut out my wine allowance all together. No alcohol. Also, I would go vegetarian for a week. I agreed.

Yesterday was workout no. four with Scott and he killed me. I loved it! Here’s what we did for just over an hour:

  • Dynamic stretching
  • Intervals on the treadmill (that had me sucking wind)
  • Jump rope
  • Plank, sideways plank
  • Kickboxing (big fun!)

The rest of the day was a a blur. I was taking part in an event I had helped plan and promote and I was so busy I didn’t even notice that was I starving when all was said and done around 9 p.m. Scott stresses that it’s so important to be able to eat at regular intervals to keep from wanting to eat everything in path. I indulged in some leftover vegetables from lunch and an Asian pear, took some time out to think about all the things I need to do to succeed in my plan and realized Scott’s right: I do need to learn to relax if I’m going to win this battle!

Tune in tomorrow for a bonus piece with Samantha as she loses those last 20 pounds.

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