Training Hard for 12 Weeks: First posts from Katie Stogner, Jeff Holden and Steve Lewis

Editor’s note: The Lancaster News/Carolina Gateway are tracking the progress of Katie Stogner and Jeff Holden as they undertake the Island Sun Tanning and Fitness 12-week Challenge for 2012. Here are their first blogs. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.
Katie’s story
It’s been two weeks and I still cannot believe I’m actually doing this in front of a camera.
At first, I was really nervous, but now I’m just excited.
I am already seeing results, but more than that, I’m feeling so much better. I forgot just how awesome working out makes me feel.
Even though the workouts are so intense and require so much energy, I really feel like I have more energy to make it through the rest of the day. That’s a good thing since I have a newborn son to take care of.
I’m starting to get a little nervous about scheduling workouts after my maternity leave ends in a couple of weeks and I return to work in Charlotte. However, I remain 100 percent committed to this and I will make it happen.
That being said, this has been an intense two weeks. The workouts are brutal and there were a couple of times I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish. Thanks to the encouragement of Steve (Lewis), I was able to push through.
I can already feel a difference in my strength and endurance in 14 days. I can also tell a difference in my body. My clothes are becoming looser and I can wear a few of my pre-pregnancy garments.
Honestly, this is the only reason I was able to find the energy to drag myself into the gym after a long night with only about three hours of sleep.
Jeff’s story
It’s only two weeks into my challenge and I’m already seeing some changes in my body.
I’ve managed to make it through the temptation of cheating that was killing me that first week.
I know what it takes to get to the level of fitness I want to get to.
Things are going a lot better in the gym with my cardio and workouts. The cardio is now getting to the point where it’s not killing me to do 30 minutes.
This has already improved my workouts. They are more intense because I have more wind.
I know it’s going to take time. I can’t lose focus and think I can change in a few weeks or that I will fail. The way I tell guys is that you didn’t get that way in a month, so it’s going to take a while to get it off.
It’s about staying with the plan and not giving up. Always try to better yourself week after week.
When that first month ends and you see what you’ve accomplished in 30 days, it should motivate you to do more the next month. Just keep your personal goal in your head and stay with it.
Give yourself three months and be true to yourself when it comes to  eating right.
That’s where the real challenge lies. If you get the nutrition right, I promise you will be a different person in three months.
It all starts and stops with each of us; we are the only one that can make that change.
Steve’s last words
We are just about to start the third week of the body transformation of Jeff and Katie.
As a trainer, I’ve warned them that it’s time to crank up the intensity.
My plan was to really push them in their last workout, but I didn’t really have to. I’m amazed and impressed by their focus and at how hard they push themselves, which brings up an interesting point.
You can pay for a personal trainer and have somebody train you each time you come to the gym. That is your option, but your results are ultimately left up to you. You must have an inner drive that pushes you beyond what most people are willing to do.
If you want to look different than most people, then you must be willing to do what most people won’t do.
A trainer can only do what you allow them to do. Both Katie and Jeff will get tremendous results because they push themselves to the max every time they workout.
Also, never forget that what you put in your body determines 85 percent of your results.  As hard as they work out, that’s still the easy part.
Why? Because eating healthy is the hardest thing to do, especially when hardly no one else around you is eating healthy.
You must resist the temptation to cheat on your nutrition or you can forget the results you say you want so badly. Anyone can do this, but most never will because, simply put, they won’t discipline themselves to eat healthy.
Go to the blog section of www.stevelewisplan.com, where I will be posting more information on issues people have when trying to get fit.
– Fitness expert Steve Lewis is owner of Island Sun Fitness and Tanning and Island Sun Fitness for Women.