I’ve been keeping something rather close to the vest lately – unless you follow me on MyFitnessPal (Josey and Esperanza).
I’ve been kicking my ass into fitness gear. Like – seriously.
I met B when I enrolled in an intense 10-week fitness course that was just local here in Iowa – it has since spread to 9 states (check it out if you’re in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, or North Carolina. B has known the guy who started this since he was 8 years old (B, not the guy) and he is a stand-up dude who wants nothing more than to help people exceed their fitness goals!). It’s pretty serious and meets 6 days a week, doing true martial arts kickboxing 3 of those days and resistance bands for strength the other 3 days. This program is insanely effective and the first time around (more than 8 years ago!), I lost 7.3% body fat and 12.6 pounds. I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed in the weight loss but the body fat loss was super high for a female. I did this program for 4 years and quit once we were failing miserably at getting pregnant (sigh).
So – I have been struggling to lose the last 10 pounds of pregnancy weight and I knew what had to be done. I had to enroll again in this program – the one that works. The one I know. The one I trust.
Today was 5-week testing. I’m down 4.7% body fat and 12.8 pounds. The second 5 weeks are usually more effective, especially for women, so I’m hoping to at least double those numbers by 10 weeks. I know I can do it. We’re going strict Paleo in this house on Monday for the remaining 5 weeks and that should really melt the pounds off. I’m super excited!
My stats so far:
I’m pretty excited about all of the stats, especially when I compare them to my 5-week testing from 8 years ago (yes, I have that all electronically), but I’m most excited about my mile run time. I was shooting to take a minute off of the run time by 5 weeks, but I took 1:22 off of it and am almost under 9 minutes. I better be under 9 minutes in 5 weeks. B thinks I’ll be able to do it in 8:15-ish territory. I’m shooting for 8:27.
This whole thing is a competition with all other people in the 10-week program – and the person with the most changes wins $1,000. When I ran into Mr. F who owns this crazy-successful franchise two weeks before I started, I said, “Mr F, I’m coming back, and I’m in it to win it.” I know what to do, I’m off to an insane start, and I plan to win. And if I don’t win, I’ll at least look good losing. HA!
Oh – and I hit my pre-pregnancy weight today! Halle-freaking-luiah! It only took 1 year and 24 days. Good Lord!
(I was hoping to have the “before” photo they took of me, but they don’t give those out anymore at 5-week testing. I will post my “before” and “after” photos right after I get them in 5 weeks!)