Alex’s CHAARG Journey: The Scale Is A Liar

unnamed-1-1After sweating + inspiring for six weeks straight, the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP Grand prize winner is…

alexAlex Mazzurco!

Also known as mazzurco_inCHAARG ; ) I think everyone can agree that this girl was one of the most [if not THE most] active + supportive bootycamper [lol] throughout this FitPlan. Not mention — she designed the entire branding of the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP. At first, I didn’t want to pick Alex because I didn’t want to come off as “unfair” since she is a Designtern — but I thought, you know what, she DESERVES it. She busted her butt every day + constantly posted on instagram, as well as made sure to encourage other girls on instagram as well [ah, the love that’s been spreading through the #inCHAARG instagram community has been incredible!].

Not to mention — her story is amazing. Read on…

alex-transI have a strange story full of ups + downs — but that’s the path to success right?

I was that skinny runner girl in high school with just enough muscle to do a back handspring. I had never weighed over 110 lbs in my life, I had actually gone through some difficult times with stomach ulcers, kidney stones, acid reflux, horrible anxiety, + a condition called Neurocardiogenic Syncope. I was down to 95 lbs at one point, my clothes were falling off of me, I was depressed + having panic attacks. I ended up being put on a cocktail of prescriptions [11 a day] + realized when I was going off to college that I no longer wanted to be putting all of those chemicals into my body. So I stopped.

I went to Miami University + by the start of junior year I had gained almost 20 lbs, worked out maybe once a month, +  my clothes were not fitting. I remember my mom saying, “Ha now I know why you have so many yoga pants because they are stretchy!” I was mortified + I felt awful – sluggish, anxiety through the roof, + bloated. I ended up getting really sick + had to go to the health center, the nurse took my blood pressure + it was 136//96 – not good. I was told to come back for a month, twice a week, to have it checked + it didn’t get any better. I was referred to a cardiologist who said, “You’re out of shape!”. Which I knew this, but I could still run a mile! I left his office upset, I knew that this couldn’t be the explanation, but I had to try something.

Day 1 was shortly after Christmas 2013 – I did hip hop abs with my mom for 45 minutes. This went on for 50 days straight + I lost 15lbs in that time. I meal prepped, I lifted a little, did exercise classes at the rec, + stopped the college binge drinking thing [I’m a bartender + the lifestyle associated with the job is certainly not a healthy one].  I have continued my journey + path to success for almost two years, completed two Tough Mudders [signed up for a third!] + would like to run a half + compete in a figure competition this fall.

alex-toughI want to let ladies know that my journey started with weight loss + a number + that number was way too important for a while.

My weight has fluctuated  + or – 5 lbs over the last two years consistently. I gained almost 5 while in Paris – life is short eat the baguette + cheese – enjoy good food + create a balanced life in all aspects whether it is fitness, work, or play. Most of all be happy, do good things, + work hard – that is success.

Highlights from the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.22.35 PMCHAARG BOOTY CAMP — DAY ONE

Weight 113.6 + Body Fat 18% — ready to get those abs back excited for the next 6 weeks!

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.18.52 PMTrying to convince my mother we’re still sexy when we sweat!

She made it through warm up + SUPER SWEATY SET [she did it with 15lb!!! I did it with 12.5] + BOOTY BURN + 20 min abs//legs + 10 min on the stair stepper! For 50 she’s one hot mama!

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.08.01 PM“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.” — Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

After a 12 hour work day I thought I was going up run 3 miles, then I met this man who told me he was not only competing in soccer BUT the marathon in the Cleveland Gay Games this weekend (his goal is 6:50 miles and finish top 5) I was inspired and motivated because I want to do a half this fall so I doubled my mileage (6 miles in an hour run) — 1 mile in (7:40) I did the math and realized I could do 7 miles in the hour — I have never run more than 5 miles without stopping in my life. 

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.10.33 PMFirst ever pull ups by myself!

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.12.50 PMOFFICIAL BOOTY CAMP RESULTS — in 6 weeks I went from 113.6 + 18% body fat to 115.5 + 16.9% body fat — that means I gained two pounds but lost 1% body fat.

LADIES THE SCALE IS A LIAR — our weight fluctuates daily to begin with. I have more definition and pretty much completed my #fitgoal of getting my abs back! I completed all 30 #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP workouts with the #BOOTYBURN + added in extra things//did my own workouts on the weekends. It is important to be consistent + if the last 6 weeks taught me anything it would the that — if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you! I did yoga + jump roped + other things I would never normally do, but it is important to change your workouts to surprise your body! 

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.21.18 PMCONGRATS ALEX!

++ of course, thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of our sponsors — Victoria’s Secret Sport, Nike, Bandin, About Time, Owl Be Sweatin’ + Release Sunglasses. This grand prize package is pretty darn amazing! 

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 9.56.26 AMI just want to say THANK YOU again to all the 500 [!!!] girls who completed the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP! I am SO PROUD OF YOU. Whenever I scroll through the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP hashtag, I instantly become SO INSPIRED. It makes me DO BETTER in my workouts. It makes me EAT HEALTHIER. I am inspired by YOU. So continue to share your journey, even though the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP is over, our health + fitness journey is not. I cannot wait for this upcoming semester, the party is just gettin’ started!


+Xo, elisabeth



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