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Nicole Winters Shares Her 8-Week Challenge

January 18, 2011, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Nicole Winters Shares Her 8-Week Challenge
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's a new year, and if you're like many people, you're ready for a new you. That means you're likely hitting the gym a little harder these days.

It's exactly what some of our own here at KELO-TV are doing.  Morning Anchor Nicole Winters is dedicating herself to getting in shape over the next 8 weeks, with hopes of keeping off the weight all year.

Nicole Winters is taking on an 8-week challenge at Tryon Gym for more than one reason - a friend's wedding, a high school reunion and the big one, her own wedding in a short 11 months.

“I had to think, I'm wearing a bridesmaid dress, I'm wearing a wedding gown, I'm gonna see all these people I hadn't seen in forever. You start thinking of your nutrition and everything you've done, and I haven't done much in the last few months,” Winters said.

Last week the challenge began with a one-on-one meeting with Tryon trainer Travis Hackett. All the so-called rules were laid out - when to workout, how to workout, what to eat and when to eat it.

“They're gaining knowledge on what types of carbs, what types of proteins to eat, good fats, bad fats,” Hackett said.

And Winters had to step on the scale. Weighing in at 167 pounds, her goal is to lose 25. Hackett says if she's dedicated to the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday workouts, gets in cardio on her days off and sticks to her nutrition log, that goal is attainable.

“I have to write down everything I eat and drink and I can't lie about it cause he'll know! Haha,” Winters said.

The first grueling group workout was Monday night.

“It was hard, it was really really hard. I was doing exercises and using muscles that I haven't used in a really long time,” Winters said.

Hackett says this workout, which incorporates cardio with resistance training, is all about implementing new habits.

“When somebody comes in and tells me you know you've lost 30 or 40 pounds, hey come back a year from now and I want - it's keeping those, keeping those results off,” Hackett said.

And that's Winters' challenge. She walks down the aisle in December, so it's important she takes what she learns here and applies it day-to-day.

“I've put myself in a situation where I feel like I can't fail. You know it's gonna be on TV the camera's gonna be watching me, I've joined a class where there's 8 other girls in it and they're all doing it so why can't I?” Winters said.

Again Nicole will be going strong with this challenge for 8-weeks. We'll catch up with her in the middle and then at the end to show you her results.

If you'd like to follow Nicole's progress on your own, read the Inside the Newsroom blogs she is writing.

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