The Team Talks Discipline
The Harpo Boot Camp team is exceeding its goals by continuing to work hard at committing their lives to health. Lately, they've been working out together again in a six week mini-version of Boot Camp to maintain their commitment. Go team!Oprah.com: What has been Oprah's new focus for you? What are you learning about yourself and your habits having started a new boot camp that you didn't realize from the initial 12 weeks?
Kathleen: Here's what I'm realizing—it's easy for me to maintain the weight loss;it's increasingly difficult to keep losing. It is incredibly challenging to stay so tightly disciplined. I think in this post-initial phase, Oprah is really trying to get us to hone in our weakness…for me it's chocolate.
Dana: I have learned how important it is to vary my exercise, because it can get very repetitive doing the same workout routine everyday. … I may not always enjoy it while I am doing it, but I always feel great after I have a good workout.
Oprah.com: After the initial 12 weeks, how successful were you at adding back in whole grains and new foods?
Stacey: I have some granola sometimes (not necessarily whole grain, but I try and get the sugar-free kind) and one slice of whole-grain bread. I have either of those maybe three to four times a week, but definitely not at every meal. I occasionally have a small portion of rice or potatoes maybe once a week. I really try to continue to stay away from all of the white stuff. At this point, I know this is my new way of life. My palate has changed drastically so I really don’t enjoy the kinds of food I ate before. I actually crave berries or protein now. If I have to have bread, pasta, etc., I look for whole grain options.
Oprah.com: Do you think you'll periodically re-visit a "boot camp" type program (6 weeks, 12 weeks, etc.)?
Kathleen: I definitely think I would.
Stacey: I will absolutely re-visit boot camp occasionally as a maintenance program when I feel like my eating and exercise are not up to par. I think it will help keep me honest about my workouts and focused on maintaining my weight and eating habits.
Dana: I would like for this to be a new way of life for me. I do not want to battle my weight forever, so I have to adopt a new way of life to accommodate my goal. I am optimistic that once I reach my goal, I can focus on maintaining that and not have to focus on losing the weight anymore.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.