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Warrior Dash

Even when I was severely overweight, I always dreamed about doing “one of those crazy mud runs”.  If you watched our episode, you see that I share this information with Chris Powell.  True to Chris Powell fashion, he made my dream come true.

I personally had always wanted to do one.  These runs looked so much more fun to me than a normal race, with fun obstacles to complete along the way, getting dirty, etc.  But I knew in my heart I would never attempt to do one while I was overweight.  The Warrior Dash is the run that we ended up completing on the show.  At first, I had regretted saying this because I had to “face the music”.  I knew that even a few months in I had lost weight and improved my endurance, but I had never been a runner and this had some running involved.  I was scared, but I wanted to face my fears.

Jason, on the other hand, had never desired to do one.  So when Chris asked him to join us in the race, he kind of joked around that he would support us from the sidelines.  But I truly knew Jason wouldn’t let me do the race alone—and he didn’t.  He faced the music as well.  I knew he was scared about it as well, but he faced his fears too.

When the race started I remember my heart beating and thinking we were going to get run over by the people behind us.  I was worried about people judging us—wondering what the heck we were doing here.  I was fearful about not being able to finish, but I dismissed that thought almost immediately.  I knew that once we started we WOULD finish, no matter how long it took us.

And in the end, we had a complete BLAST!  I cannot say enough good things about the Warrior Dash—and I know Jason agrees.  It was awesome—just like being a kid again going through these obstacles, getting dirty, having fun and being active.  It was just awesome.  And the people?  Everyone was beyond supportive and nice.  At certain obstacles if people were having a tough time, fellow racers would help them.  No one seemed concerned about having the fastest time (like I have seen in other races).  It was a great combination of camaraderie and fun and not once did I feel judged—by anyone!

When we finished the race and ran over the fire, a fire lit in my belly as well.  I knew that it would be something I would want to do again and Jason confirmed he had the same feeling.  We ended the race full of motivation and excitement.

Because we had such an awesome time last year, we are heading back to do the Warrior Dash again this year!  We hope for it to be an annual event and to eventually have a big team of people to participate with us.

The awesome organizers of the Warrior Dash even asked us to kick off a couple of races beforehand. We will be there from around 12:00 pm and running in the 2:30 race on this Saturday, July 27th.  We hope to see you there!

And if I can, I hope to add some words of wisdom and hopefully, motivation.  Even though this was something I desired to do, my fear had been stopping me.  Once I decided to face my fears, it was when I truly changed my life.  Maybe your fear isn’t a mud run, but a twenty minute jog.  Or even a walk.  Or doing a deadlift.  Or maybe attending a yoga class.  My point is that we all have had those fears.  But facing the fears?  Well, not everyone does that.  But I can guarantee you that if I had not done the mud run ( or Jason) we would have just always regretted it.  No more.

Face your fears.


You can.





On the road again…

This week I am in lovely Seattle. As far as cities go, it’s one of my favorites. Luckily for me this trip I am in the city 90% of the time. The episode only touched on the fact that I travel for work. It is a mandatory part of my job. Also I work for Microsoft.  This week in Seattle is an event called TechReady. Its a great time for employees out in the field to get together and share ideas, concepts, and technologies.

But as any of you out there that travel know, sometimes it’s very challenging to stay healthy while travelling. In my experience there are two major challenges. Eating and Exercise.

Exercise is challenging because generally a hotel gym has a treadmill, elliptical, and if you’re lucky a flat bench and some dumb bells. Plus usually when you head to the hotel gym everything is already in use.

Food is very challenging because for me, I love food. I love experiencing the cuisine of that local area or city I am going to. But its also very easy to justify eating anything considering you might even be on a per diem for expenses as well.

I will post over the next couple days addressing both and how I try to survive while on the road and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you have any questions, please ask and we can learn from each other! I would love to hear your tips as well!


Did Jason work?

Oh, the internet.

I’ve stumbled across some interesting reading online about Extreme Weight Loss and specific participants, us included.

Some things, I won’t even bother replying to.  I knew that Jason and I opened ourselves and our life up to scrutiny when the show aired.  As grateful as we were to have the opportunity to lose weight and get healthy again, we knew it came at some costs.

This is a television show. Yes, a weight loss show, but still, a television show.  You have to take some things with a grain of salt.  You just do.  Remember that for every minute of footage taken, there are fifty minutes that you didn’t get to see.  It doesn’t make it any less real—it just means that maybe you are not getting the whole story.

There are a couple of things that I will discuss on this blog.  But this specific thing is most important, so I had to start with it first.

When the twins were born in 2007, I quit my job as a special education teacher, choosing to stay home with Sam and Sabrina.  Jason continued to work full time at Microsoft.

Last year, when we found out about the show, we freaked out a little bit.  How were we going to be able to do this with him working?  Not just normal working either, but traveling.  Seriously, how were we going to do this?

We had many a conversation and we even discussed the possibility of not doing it.  But how could we turn down an opportunity like this?  We couldn’t.  We had to make it work.

Jason took off about TWO WEEKS of work.  Yes, that is it.  He did put his travel schedule on hold for the summer (as much as he could), but he was working.

The reason I have to share this is that the show didn’t point this out as much, and Jason needs credit where credit is due.  If you watch the episode you might wonder if he even worked at all.  Oh, he did! On the average day, sometimes he would get up early and catch up on some work emails.  After that, we had breakfast and packed our food up for the day.  Sam and Sabrina would attend Cross Fit and kickboxing class with us.  Basically, from 7-12 we got the majority of our exercise in and then Jason would start work, sometimes working until 9:00 pm at night.  I, of course took care of Sam and Sabrina while Jason was working.  If we hadn’t finished our time commitment by the time the kids went to bed, we would head to our home gym and plug some cardio time while either talking or watching TV.  Many a day, we were in bed no earlier than midnight.

And that was when he was HOME.  Jason travels, quite a bit, for his job.  So when he was on a business trip he had to find ways to meet his exercise commitment on the road and eat properly.

I have to say all of this because even though this year was hard and stressful on me, it was ten times harder on him.  He was working so hard to support our family and then on top of that, exercising an insane amount AND eating on plan.  Every time he or I became stressed we just kept telling ourselves that we had this one year to get through—just ONE year.

And at the end of it all—all of the stress, the chaos—we are both eternally grateful.  This year truly pushed us to all boundaries.  Literally, there was no extra time.  There was no time for excuses.  There was no time to drag our feet.  We just had to do it.

Which is how I know now that we were just making excuses before.  We had just told ourselves them for so long, we believed them.  But we both know now that if we had time to squeeze in four hours of exercise a day, then ONE hour is really no big deal and it can be done.

So this was my mad props to Jason.  To my wonderful husband who works so very hard for our family—I’m amazed at what you have accomplished this year and I cannot wait to see what the future brings for us.  It can only be good things. :)

Coming soon: from Rachel


You know what that is?  A sigh of relief, from me.

This year, without a doubt, has been one of the most difficult years of both mine and Jason’s life.  Yes, it ended on a high note.  Yes, we got our lives and health back.  And yes, I would even do it all over again—though I might change some things. ;)

But I am still glad it is over.

There is a reason that people can only do a program like this for so long.  It IS extreme.  It IS supposed to produce rapid results.  But it IS super stressful.

So, having said all that, there is much I want to share with our readers.  I couldn’t contain everything in this one blog post even if wanted to.  There is simply too much to say.

But I hope you have stumbled upon this blog and will come back more to read more entries.  Some topics that you can expect from me (Rachel) are:

  • Diet
  • Fitness
  • Motivation, what happens when you lose it, and how to get it back
  • Tips for cravings
  • What the show did not tell you—oh trust me, there is A LOT
  • Our plans for the future and “real life”
  • The aftermath of “the show”
  • Reasons for doing this that the show did not share
  • Emotional eating
  • How we survived the year with family functions, holidays, fun outings, etc. without turning to food
  • Why YOU can do this if you are struggling
  • Finding the BALANCE with your life and family, especially if you have children

I hope you stay tuned!  I have much to share! :)