Jeff and Francelina teamed up with The Biggest Loser Race Series. They will be at some of the races encouraging and supporting participants! The race series is coming to the Milwaukee area on September 22, 2013.
Current Workouts & Eating Habits
Now off The Biggest Loser Show, both Jeff and Francelina continue to live a healthy lifestyle by working out 90 minutes for five days a week, and keeping their diets in check.
Jeff and Francelina’s tips to keep their weight inline are: counting calories, logging food and exercise on MyFitnessPal, wearing body arm bands to track calories, and once or twice a week doing meal prep, so they know what food they have available to eat.
Francelina’s Pre-Race Advice
She says, “Get a good night sleep I couldn’t sleep before my first race, and I was so tired during it. Realize that you’ve prepared, and your body will perform what you’ve prepared it to do.”
What to Do with Relationships that Don’t Accept Your New Lifestyle
Jeff says, “Friends and family that align with your old lifestyle may enable your bad habits cause that’s what they’re used to doing. You have to be real with friends and family and have the tough conversations. When people don’t understand and don’t support your healthy life, you have to be tough and cut them out. Realize that these new habits are good for you and your body.”
Francelina says, “You cant be afraid to say no. You have to be ok with saying, ‘No, this is not good for me.’ Stand up for yourself and for your life.”
Tips to Maintain Weight Loss
Both Jeff and Francelina stress the importance of keeping, “an eye on your diet.” Jeff says he has to, “Exercise a lot, continue to push myself, and watch my diet.”
Francelina reiterated how important it is to eat healthy and within your calorie limits. She recommends training for a goal to stay committed and focused on your fitness goals.
During the interview, Francelina stopped the conversation to stress that when she or Jeff use the word ‘diet’ they are referring to having all food in moderation, eating a balanced diet, and eating to their caloric needs. (Sounds good to me, Francelina!)
Accountability Partners & Weight Loss Benefits
Francelina mentions that, “It is easier with someone than on your own. Before I was on the Biggest Loser I was losing weight, but once I had an accountability partner, I lost a lot more weight.”
Jeff says, “The weight loss process is a roller coaster. Accountability partners help each other through the ups and downs of weight loss.”
Motivation to Keep Going
Jeff explains that, “I didn’t change shirt sizes until the end of the Biggest Loser show. So, you may not be able to see the change for awhile, but you have to know that what your doing is good for you and will pay off.”
True of False: Is it really 80% diet and 20% workouts?
(I was hoping Jeff would dispel this myth for me.) Immediately he said, “Yes! Absolutely. If a person eating 9,000 to 10,000 calories a day cuts it back to 2,000 or even 2,500 calories a day, without even working out, they will lose weight!”
Francelina, “You can’t out exercise a bad diet.”
Final Words of Encouragement
Jeff, “Don’t give up, it will get harder before it gets easier. There are a lot more tough days than easy days.”
Francelina, “Set small goals. Just go one more mile. I recently finished a half marathon, and throughout the race I told myself to just finish the next mile. There is nothing like crossing that finish line. Just keep moving.”
On a Personal Note: Love Life & Future Plans
They are still dating, and they continue to be accountability partners. They enjoy their friendship, push each other to work harder, and celebrate each others accomplishments. Right now, Jeff and Francelina, are studying to be personal trainers. They plan to stay active in the fitness community.
Connect with them through their facebook accounts: Francelina Morillo & Jeff Nichols.