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I’m way pumped about the results, so here they are:

Starting:
High waist (smallest point): 33 inches
Waist: 37 inches
Hips: 39.5 inches

Ending:
High waist (smallest point): 30.5 inches
Waist: 36 inches
Hips: 37.5 inches

Total loss: 5.5 inches.

Um, is my math correct, cause that sounds freakin’ awesome!!!! Here are some photo comparisons. The before photo was taken in October/November when the first whittle my middle challenge happened. (Sorry the photos are terrible – it’s hard to take pics of yourself in the mirror!)

Before whittle my middle

After whittle my middle

Before whittle my middle

After whittle my middle (like my jammie pants?)

I’m definitely not sporting the “oh my god, I could grate cheese on your abs” abs, but I’m totally pumped with these results. I love that I’ve still got curves and a little bit of  softness – makes me feel like a woman. I do feel like there’s definition now and I certainly feel stronger! It’s amazing what 30 days will do to your body. I’ll keep doing some kind of ab workout – esp. planks & side planks, I feel like those were the most useful. Thank you Angela for doing this challenge again!

(P.S.: The scale said 134.4 today!)

Day 29: The day totally got away from me, so I’m adding a day to my challenge.

Day 30:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 40 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 31:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min 30 sec. each side
  • Torso twists: 50 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side
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Day 22:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 23: 2.6 mile run +abs

  • Front plank: 2 min – This was REALLY hard today.
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 24: rest

Day 25:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 35 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 26:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 40 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 27:

  • Front plank: 2 min
  • Side plank:  1 min each side
  • Torso twists: 40 reps each side
  • Plank ups: 15 reps
  • Boat pose: 1 min
  • Bicycle: 50 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  15 reps each side

Day 28: 2.8 mile run. & rest day

Three days to go in this challenge!!

Amy really kicked my ass yesterday. 

Her Workout Wednesday post was amazing. Thankfully I read it after I got home from my C25K run (1.73 miles – or something) and before I showered. 

Let me tell you, my abs are SCREAMING today! I double-dog dare you to try it. 

Course I didn’t help much by doing the first 3 workout items for Oh She Glow’s Boot Camp today either. OUCH! Those mountain-climbers are going to be the death of me! But I’m LOVING the new workouts! 

I think I’m reaching the point where I”m having a calorie deficit and need to eat more. (Damn working out 5 days a week! – whoever thought I’d be the one to say that!?!?!) My scale isn’t budging lower than 142 and even going up a few times this week. So, this morning, I had a healthy banana strawberry muffin, a HUGE bowl of oatmeal, and some yogurt and fruit I had leftover from last night. Course, now the problem is that I’m not hungry and it’s way past lunch time!

I have to give a shout out to my hubby – he’s been doing awesome! He’s making some small changes – like eating a salad for dinner and even snacking on fruit during the day. I’m so proud of him. 🙂

I’ve signed up for another fitness challenge that begins Monday. It’s the 15-week challenge, headed up by Amy at Amy’s Quest to Skinny.

But wait … what about the 20/20 challenge and the C25K training? Oh yeah, those are still happening. Don’t worry.

This gives me a few more weeks of kick-in-the-butt-motivation to keep eating right/working out. (The 20/20 challenge ends Aug. 7; while the 15-week challenge ends on Oct. 17.) 

Here are my reasons for wanting to do this challenge:

1. I need people to keep me accountable for working out/eating right. This way, if I slip, I’m not only letting myself down, but so many others – some of whom are not afraid to tell me that I’ve disappointed them!

2. I also need people to encourage me and let me know I’m doing a good job. I’ve had such good feedback from so many people about the 20/20 challenge – I can’t thank them enough for keeping me on task. Seriously, it makes working out SO much easier when I know I’ve inspired a few others to get moving.

3. Amy’s going to have Workout Wednesdays and a Workout Challenge every week – and I’m so looking forward to incorporating some new ideas into my routine.

4. I’m so afraid that after the 20/20 challenge is over, I’d allow myself to slack off and go right back to being a lazy bum. THIS WON’T HAPPEN!

5. She’s got prizes! 🙂 (Real, tangible prizes – not just feeling healthy and having a rockin’ bod!)

 

So, go ahead, call me crazy. I’ve been called worse things.