WEIGHT LOSS: Facts people don’t WANT to hear, but NEED to hear to get results.

Dawn shares her own weight loss success story and the lessons learned along the way. Find out how simple facts changed Dawn’s life, why it’s changing people’s lives, and how it can change your life too. And NO, I don’t want your money & am not selling anything! This is just how we role – speaking the truth to all who will listen in hopes of helping as many people as we possibly can.

“I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you and Steve taught me in boot camp back in the summer of 2009. I may have cried through the first 3 weeks, but the lessons I learned I will carry with me through the rest of my life. And I plan to share them as much as possible with anyone who cares to listen. It took me many years to get to “that place” in my head where I could allow myself to lose weight. Thank you for teaching me it’s all about going through the motions physically (calorie counting, calorie burning, etc) and the weight will come off. Thank the Lord it’s all science and not about attitude! 

Do you know that I did boot camp to prove everyone wrong; that I wouldn’t lose weight despite following the “rules”? I just want you to know that what you and Steve do matters. Even if you don’t reap the rewards of your efforts daily, know that you have changed MANY lives…MINE INCLUDED! I have a few of yours and Steve’s quotes that I say to myself when I need them during runs or workouts. So if you ever pass me running the bridge and I’m chanting “Get over it” don’t mind me.”  — Dawn Erdwein

Many people, just like Dawn, are convinced they are different. Wether they believe it’s a metabolism issue or a hereditary curse, it is easy to believe you are a hopeless case so you can be “free” to give up.

Not so fast!! We won’t let you give up that easily. Like Dawn said “Thank the Lord it’s all science” and she’s right. Dawn didn’t have to have a good attitude. She didn’t have to wake up extra motivated for the weight to fall off. Dawn learned it’s all science and it works. All she had to do is get more familiar with her body and learn how to manage calories in vs. calories out. Unfortunately, without that knowledge people base everything they do and eat on guesses and hopes – not reality and truth.

The first thing we tell our BCx Boot Campers is that it IS your fault. It’s not a easy pill to swallow, but the fact is YOU are responsible for YOU. You may not know how to lose weight, but you can find out. You may not know how to workout, but you can learn. You may even believe you don’t have the money or time to invest, yet we can remind you of all the time and money you invest in other things of much less importance.

After orientation, many times people will present to us their “special needs” or their long list of failures so we know that they are “special”. With every excuse, we point them back to facts. We don’t care how many times you failed on whatever famous diet plan you’ve tried. I don’t care how much your mom weighs and how many medications you are on. You can point the finger to whatever lame excuse you want, but the fact is, your weight is determined by calories in vs calories out and there is a 99.9% chance your list of excuses will not hinder your progress if you do everything right. Don’t believe me? For every excuse someone gives me, I can show you someone in their exact same shoes with even worse issues who has succeeded. As Steve said “Get over it!”.

Once we’ve stripped you of excuses, then we tell you the facts. BCx Boot Camp will NOT get you skinny. WHAT? Yes, you heard right – you may get healthier and stronger, but unless you give the same amount of energy to your diet as you put in your training you may not lose one single pound. Yet another fun fact no one WANTS to hear, but the truth everyone NEEDS to hear.

FACT: A 250LB person has to consume approximately 3,250 calories to maintain their weight. 

Then we help you get a grip on the checks and balances of your body, educating boot campers just how hard you would have to work to erase one simple dietary mistake. Diet simply cannot compete with exercise. Let me put it this way: It can take 2 minutes to consume what may take 2 boot camp workouts to burn off. So, unless you are tracking the calories you are consuming, don’t plan on huge results. Whether the boot camper gets it that first day, or the last, once they get it – this fact will remove the film from their eyes and they will be able to see that their dream weight is actually obtainable and they will realize they actually do have control over their life and their weight.

As boot campers tally their calories each day, checking their “balance”, the process almost becomes a game as they begin to see the numbers on the page reflected in the numbers on the scale. It’s like putting coins in a piggy bank and then counting your money to see how much you’ve saved. Once you realize managing your new healthy lifestyle pays off, your results begin to motivate you and encourage you. After a while, you’ll no longer count calories because you will have the knowledge in your head forever.

I don’t believe in dieting – I believe in living smart and you can’t do that and be ignorant when it comes to your health. Counting calories is just grade school for healthy living. Just like you no longer have to count on your fingers to add 2 plus 2, you will be able to make more accurate decisions based on the knowledge you’ve accumulated on your fitness journey and not rely on calculators and online calorie counters.

As we always say, it’s not what you “DO” in BCx, but what you “TAKE HOME” from BCx that truly matters. Some people don’t “get it” until the final week of the program, some people “get it” their first day, but at one point or other, you WILL “get it” and you CAN change your life forever if you want it bad enough. Sometimes it takes learning from your mistakes, but the key is that you learn something, that you continue to grown more knowledgeable and that you are encouraged and empowered by that knowledge.

Dawn didn’t get to prove her point that she was doomed no matter what, even if she “followed the rules”, but she surprised herself instead and proved herself wrong. Now, the foundation has been laid and what she builds on that foundation is entirely up to her – and from the looks at it, she’s reaching for the stars!!


1.) Join our BCx Boot Camp program online at FitStudio for FREE and begin your own success story: http://www.fitstudio.com/programs/bcx

2.) Get support. Rally as many friends as possible to join you – whether online or in your town. The more people doing it with you the better.

3.) Join the BCx Forum and get to know your virtual workout partners. Share your struggles, questions and victories – I will be there to help you!

4.) Visit our BCx Boot Camp pages we put together to help give you the tools you need to succeed. Here is just one of the many things you will learn on your journey:

HOW MANY ARE YOU EATING (No guessing allowed!)
Do you DARE to find out? The truth hurts, but it also will set you free. 

Complete this Formula to find out approximately how many calories you burn a day:

A. Choose Your Activity:
1.3 – sedentary, sitting most of the day, light housework/work
1.4 – light activity, work, housework, exercise 2-3 X a week, stand or walk at work
1.5-1.6 – moderately active, all the above activities, exercise 1 hour 3-4 X a week
1.7 – very active, all the above daily activities, exercise 1-2 hours every day

B. Choose Your Metabolism:
10 – Slow (Sleepy after a meal)
11 – Normal (normal or feel the same after a meal)
12 – Fast (Fidgety or hyper after a meal)

C. Apply Above Numbers in this Simple Formula:

Weight X Activity = _______________ X Metabolism = Approximate Calories Burned Per Day

TIP: It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. If you want to lose 2lbs a week, you should be in a 1,000-calorie deficit a day. Meaning, if you burn 2,500 calories a day, you should be eating 1,500 calories a day. You can also increase your deficit by burning more calories a day, rather than only reducing calories each day. 

SHARE YOUR SUCCESS! Don’t be shy! Like Dawn is inspiring so many people, YOU TOO can share your story! You NEVER know who’s life it will impact. 


About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Exercise & Training, Goals and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Brad Grinnen

    my involvement in BCx with Steve and Bonnie has absolutely been the best thing for me fitness wise. this is awesome.

  2. Christopher Borders

    BCx has changed my life forever and that’s no lie. And I love hearing other’s stories of how their lives have changed as well. Steve and Bonnie are truely unbelieveable. The Pfiester’s have dedicated their lives to this program and are determined to share it with the world, as am I.

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