Lisa DeLeon’s husband, Gene, had a clever idea to help encourage her through the grueling workouts and keep her focused.
“He gave me a necklace that he knew would not fit me and the charm on it states ‘commitment,’” she said. “And then each week we notice that the chain is getting smaller.”
She said he has more charms he plans to give her that read: live, achieve, hope, kindness and faith.
Coy says one of the most frustrating things is working with a client whose family refuses to help and support — or worse yet, doesn’t realize how much their actions can be detrimental.
And I speak from experience — Coy is right.
In 2006, during the first week of our first Fitness Challenge, I stood in my kitchen, weighing out my turkey breast and counting cups of vegetables for my evening salad. And just as I was about to add the 2 tablespoons of fat-free dressing, my boyfriend walked in.
With piping hot Rally’s french fries.
My entire apartment filled with the delicious aroma of french fries, and I stood there, tired, sore, hungry and angry. And I cried.
(“What?” he said. “I’m not making you eat them.”)
It sounds silly, but that was one of the cruelest moments I’ve ever experienced, before or since. This year’s contest has seen its share of antagonism, too.
One group of Shape-Up contestants says their co-workers have brought in cakes, doughnuts and buffalo wings and announced they were free to anyone who wanted them. Others say their husbands have been less-than-thrilled about the nutritional changes at their homes.
But Coy said experiences like that are all part of this challenge too. If your spouse or friends or co-workers aren’t supportive, he said, you have to learn to deal with it. Find the desire within yourself to keep going or simply spend less time with those people, he said.