Mission Accomplished!

Submitted by: Todd Werginz

Penni's Success Story

So what’s Penni Asmann’s story? When it comes to dieting“how long do you have? I spent much of my life the “husky” girl in the class, avoiding anything that alluded to the word fat. None of my clothes could contained elephants, pigs, hippos“you get the gist.

I was able to turn that around in High School and early college. I’ve been an athlete for most of my life, always loved to run, play various ball sports. There were days I ate six crackers and a yogurt and other days I would eat an entire box of Little Debbie Snacks. . I did plenty of yo-yo dieting at an early age, all contributing to my messed up metabolism.

Long story short, in my 20’s I gained about 40 happiness pounds. At 171 pounds, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Two children later, I tipped the scales at 230 pounds. It was not until I saw myself in a picture at 36, wearing my skin tight size 18 pants. It was time.

Enter Mukwonago Athletic Club Biggest Loser contest. I may hold the record at MAC for having participated in the most Biggest Loser contests. I lost 20 pounds in contest one, gained 12 pounds, lost 25 pounds in contest two, gained 20 back“.you get the pattern. The roller coaster was a vicious one. It was the Spring contest of 2010 where I embraced all elements of the contest and subsequently success. It’s really pretty simple when you put it in words. Diet and Exercise“.have we not heard that all our lives?

Diet: There are a number of tools available to you online that will get you started, but knowing the amount of calories, grams of fat, fiber, and/or sodium that your body needs will take time to determine. To further complicate matters, what you need can change from stage to stage in your weight loss journey. Physically, the harder you can work out, the more fuel you need.

The tool doesn’t matter, the end result does“.journal / track what you eat and drink. This valuable information helps you assess what you are doing and what you NEED to do. It sucks, but it is critical to weight loss success. I personally like www.myfitnesspal.com. It’s easy and cheap“free that is. You bite it you write it. (Some serious pain in my side taught me that...he authors this blog )

Exercise: Don’t get comfortable. If it sucks, it’s working. If YOU are comfortable, your body is as well and your body is very adaptable. I ran a marathon at 210 pounds. My body maintained that weight even though I ran 25-30 miles per week. You need to shock those muscle groups and keep them guessing how you will next torture them.

Commitment: It takes a level of unrivaled dedication to tip the scales in the right direction. It is not easy and in the beginning it is not fun, but I will tell you, it is worth it. I work out every day for an hour. My family and friends know this is a priority in my life and it will remain that way. Communicate it to them; they will respect you for it in the end. Fortunately, I have Pete, who has been as committed to my journey as I have been.

Maintenance: I am right in the middle of my maintenance journey. I can tell you a few things I have learned in this category. Surround yourself with positive people, who inspire you every day. Jayne, Nicole, Sue, the people who believed in me before I did. I saved you Todd, by design. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, people who make you strive to make it to the next level, the Todd Werginz’s of the world. There is ALWAYS a next level.

Success: Not sure how many times I had to hear this before I believed it“success is not all about the number on the scale. Success is about being comfortable in your own skin, being healthy and feeling great about looking in the mirror every day. Mission accomplished“.at least this mission.



Penni Before


Penni After