The Oma Challenge: Chanel (March 3-31, 2013)

Meet Chanel! She has volunteered to document her experience on The Oma Challenge!


Instagram: @raspy_soul

Chanel is a social worker who enjoys singing, hiking, exercising, reading, and cooking. This is her second time doing the challenge. Chanel adds about joining the challenge:

I wanted to challenge myself. I already have a pretty healthy lifestyle, but I wanted to challenge myself a little harder and I love meeting new people with goals that are similar to mine!

I’ve always struggled with my weight off and on, but when I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago, medications made it even harder for me to lose weight.

September of 2010, I decided to start living and I made healthier decisions with my life. I’ve been pretty good with my diet, but this year, I decided to change my body; I became a gym rat and an outdoor hippie. Lol. With that said, I’ve never felt as healthy as I do now. I’m still working on fitness goals, but I am now excited about what’s to come. I never wanna turn back!

All italicized words are hers and she has agreed to be completely honest. Read along as she completes the challenge!

Week 1

I’ve done the challenge before and lost a total of 12 pounds. I decided to go at it again because I wanted to challenge myself even harder. During the challenge, I struggled with getting 8 hours of sleep. I would try and not succeed. I think I slept a full 8 hours, maybe 7-8 days during the challenge; the challenge is for a month (lol).

Anywho, this first week was ok. I decided to add more cardio and lifting into my regimen. I must say that after doing so, I noticed a slight change in my physique. Still working on the 8 hours though. I will try to hit it this week. As far as my diet, I challenged myself to consume more fruits. I think I can do better. Well, until next week, here goes!


Enjoying a delicious apple!

Week 2

This week during the Oma Challenge, I felt a bit discouraged; mainly due to lack of rest (lol). I was defeated with the 8 hours for 6 days during the week, hence my exhaustion during the week. This week, I will organize my time and ignore phone calls after 10pm.

As far as my fitness, I can say my endurance is growing and I’m able to lift a little heavier; I feel stronger. My diet is definitely on point. I have gotten into the habit of making clean decisions; I love the feeling of being clean.

I definitely need to up my water intake. I have also incorporated green and black teas into my diet to cleanse my system a bit more. I’m excited to follow my healthy schedule this week and up my movement a bit more. 


A delicious post workout meal of yogurt, nuts, and fresh fruit

Week 3

This week was wonderful… I rested! Quality rest is so important and I was able to get through my week without dying on Friday versus last week (lol).

I did lose 2 pounds since last week which was a nice treat. I tried HIIT training for the very first time this week and I can honestly say… I may be addicted lol. I love to sweat. With HIIT training, I felt great. I can tell my fitness levels are improving because I can run a little longer and faster than before.

I am definitely excited to hit this week a little harder with exercising and clean eating. Visually seeing my progress (clothes, measurements, and weight), pushes me to do better. Plus, it’s the last week! I’m ready, I’m ready! *In my Spongebob voice* 


Finishing up an HIIT session!

Week 4

So I have completed the Oma Challenge!!!! Wooooohoooo! *Jigs*. I am so happy that I made it!!! I can say that during the challenge, I’ve lost major inches during the month and I’ve become so much stronger! I’m able to run longer and lift heavier. My discipline has definitely went up a notch and I am truly grateful for it. I’ve had my weak moments with me wanting white starches and potatoes and what not; but I persevered. Being on this challenge revealed so many people with the same goal in mind: Getting healthy. It’s great to be in such good company. I’ve had so much support and I’ve given the same support to those who are on the Oma Challenge, who have done it in the past, or someone who may be thinking about trying it out. One thing I’ve noticed while on the challenge is that the people who were a part, were helpful to one another, it didn’t have that competition feel to it, I loved that. I definitely plan to continue the principles of the Oma Challenge and I will continue to work towards a healthier me. Thank you Monica, you have inspired many!

Chanel's before picture

Chanel’s before picture

Chanel's After Picture

Chanel’s After Picture



10 thoughts on “The Oma Challenge: Chanel (March 3-31, 2013)

    • Hi Tacoya! Can you go to the link at the top of the page, and it will send you directly to the group for the challenge. Let me know if you have any problems getting in!

  1. I recently moved and I want to start a healthy workout plan and eating regimen but I am unsure where to begin. What would you recommend? I am looking to lose 50 lbs, tone and make this a lifestyle not a fad. Also, I am interested in the challenge.

    Thanks a bunch.

    • Hi Brittany!

      The way to lose weight is to eat less calories than you burn. So the first thing you should do is have an idea of how much you’re eating per day. You could try logging your foods into a calorie counting website – you don’t have to be exact, but get a good idea of how much you’re consuming. Then figure how much you burn on a daily basis without any exercise – will be able to tell you about how much you burn and you could use it to count calories. There are plenty of other tools online that can tell you this as well. If health is your goal, then I recommend trying to keep fast food, fried food, sugary sweets, and refined grains to a minimum. Get plenty of fruits and veggies, and of course it’s great to include quality protein sources (could include meat, seafood, eggs, dairy – whatever you eat), whole grains, and legumes.

      There are a lot of options for workouts, and you really should find something that is exciting enough that you would like to stick with it. To make sure your weight loss is mostly fat and not muscle, you would benefit from including weight lifting in your regimen. 2-3 heavy weight lifting sessions or body weight lifting sessions per week are pretty good for losing fat and maintaining a good amount of muscle while you’re cutting calories. On other days, you might choose to do some other type of exercise. Whatever you choose is fine, long as it keeps you active! It’s recommended that you get at least 3-5 workouts per week.

      Overall, to lose 1 pound per week you would burn 500 calories more than you eat (including exercise). To lose 2 lbs you would burn 1,000 calories more than you eat (including exercise). It’s not recommended to lose more than 2 lbs per week, and it’s perfectly fine if some weeks you lose less than 1 per week.

      For the challenge, go to and click the support group link – I’ll send updates to that group. You could start any time, but the large group is starting in July. I’ll have more details to come! Any more questions you have, you can email me at

    • Hi Fey!

      Perfect timing, I just made the page available to register for the challenge. Please head over to and click the link to join. You will receive a welcome email. We officially start as a group October 5, but feel free to take this time to read through the guide and prepare! Let me know if you have any questions.

  2. Wow… This is just what I have been looking for! I’m going to the gym and eating healthy, now. Starting back to school next week, excited and nervous, I will need some back-up on trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while short on time. Doing healthy snacks but seems a little hard to eat healthy working and going to school…HELP would love to have a personal trainer to get and stay on track.

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