I don’t know what to say right now. I’ve spent the last 10 weeks working my ass off and eating as intelligently as possible. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and was completely wrapped up in the challenge. These last 10 weeks gave me my “normal” self back – the Courtney I was before we found out that we couldn’t have babies the normal way. The healthy and active Courtney I was before infertility became the focus of our lives (for 2+ years before conceiving my first son, and then again as we ramped up for the second).
I feel like myself again in my own skin. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel proud!
I didn’t win the $1,000 challenge. My stats blew the winner away and the photos – well – they speak for themselves. BUT – even though I was in it to win it (and I am so competitive with myself and others, it’s ridiculous), I’m so proud of what I accomplished in 10 weeks.
I’ve broken down the data in many ways because I know I’ll want to look back on this someday and not have to run all of the numbers.
Here are my 10-week stats:
- I lost a total of 21.5 inches over my entire body!
- I lost 25 pounds exactly (but 26.2 on the gym’s scale)
- I lost 8.1% body fat (23.9% of the fat I was carrying 10 weeks ago)
- I lost 3.93 points in BMI and am now in the healthy range
- I more than doubled my push-ups (ended at 78)
- I did not double my sit-ups 😦
- I gained 2.5 inches in flexibility
- I took 2:21 off my mile time!
Here is a comparison of my first 10 weeks (over 8 years ago!) to this most recent 10 weeks:
- I lost 2 inches more in my chest, 4 in my waist, 1 in each arm, and 0.5 in each thigh this time around.
- My hips aren’t as small as they were 8 years ago (surprise!)
- I started 6.8 pounds heavier this time around and ended up 5.6 pounds lighter!
- I ended up 2.1% lower in body fat this time around
- I lost 0.7% more body fat this time around
- I finished way stronger in push-ups this time around
- I beat my 2006 final mile time by 1:31 this time around
- This 10 weeks was way more productive than my first 10 weeks!
Here is my exercise log from the last 10 weeks. Expect to see something almost equally aggressive in the next 10 weeks:
- My goal was to workout 6 days a week – I exceeded that goal by 3% overall and 13% in the second half of the session
- Many days had multiple workouts
- Doing this helped me plan my work for the next 10 weeks
Here is my weight tracking over the 10 week period:
And here are my before and after photos. Please note that the before photos were really hard to prepare for because I NEVER stand like that in real life. It’s amazing how much our daily posture holds us together in our mid-sections. I had to think really hard about letting it just hang out like that. The side view of the before photo nauseates me, but that after photo makes me SO PROUD! There was no sucking it in in the after photos – just flexing those abs and arms!
I worked really, really hard at this, and near the end, it really felt like my job (a job I loved). My husband viewed it the same way – we talked about it on Saturday. I said that I felt like the last 10 weeks was all about me getting back to how I like to feel, how I view myself, etc. and that it felt like a true job, and he agreed. He was SO supportive, it was amazing. I don’t know how many mornings he sat up with our little guy in the rocker while I kicked bags at class. On many occasions, he rushed home from work so I could get to a late afternoon class because I’d been up all night with the little the night before and just could not get motivated to go to class at 6:15 AM. He admitted on Saturday that he got nervous about “the gear” purchases but didn’t say anything because, “I knew it would help you stay motivated, and I wasn’t going to mess with that” (he also said he was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t buy a ton of stuff!). This really was a team effort, as fitness always is in this house. It was awesome to both be so focused on my success at this!