Abs Show Progress, or Lack-There-Of!

I have a new measuring stick when it comes to my fitness – my abs.  The last 9 weeks really whipped them into shape and they went from being acceptable to really defined for a gal who was never an athlete growing up.  I sort of became obsessed with them, celebrating little things like a new vein popping up on my stomach or a smaller “muffin top” when I’d sit.

I worked really hard for them, and continue to do so.  I do abdominal work *almost* every night.  I have a really bad back and with stronger abs, my back feels better so there are a lot of reasons to take care of them.  I snap pictures every few weeks to make sure I’m not slacking.  Ha!

January 25, 2016
January 25, 2016

 

This is how I'll take front and side photos to show close-up progress - consider this my mid-program progress photo!
February 4, 2016

 

The vein that appeared on my stomach after a couple of weeks of H&C started to fade last week when I slacked off.  But just 3 days back on and here it is, even when I'm not flexed.  Hooray!
February 25, 2016

 

March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016

From February 4 to March 10, it’s obvious there’s been some slacking off.  I’m back on the wagon though, and I expect a bit of a turn-around the next time I feel compelled to photograph my abs for comparison reasons.

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H&C Challenge – Weeks 8 & 9 – ALL DONE!

Week 8 Statistics (Ending 03/01/2016)

  • Weight:  x pounds
  • Body Fat %:  x%
  • Time Spent Being Active (>= 6 hours): 6 Hours 28 Minutes
    • Miles Run:  21.01 Miles
    • Number of Runs (>=3 runs a week):  5 Runs
  • Days within Calorie Goals per MFP (1390): 5 days
  • Exercise: 
    • Wednesday – Ran 3.0 miles in 28:30; Walked 0.55 miles in 8:00; Hammer Plyo (25:00); 10 Ab Hammer (12:00)
    • Thursday – 10 Ab Hammer (15:00)
    • Friday – Ran 4.5 miles in 45:07; Walked 0.50 miles in 7:18; Lifted weights (34:00)
    • Saturday – Rest – BUSY DAY!
    • Sunday – Ran 4.0 miles in 39:50; Walked 0.35 miles in 5:00; 10 Ab Hammer (12:00)
    • Monday – Ran 5.01 miles in 45:20; Walked 0.3 miles in 5:19; 10 Ab Hammer (13:00)
    • Tuesday – Incline walked 2.8 miles in 40:08; Lifted weights (40:00); 10 Ab Hammer (12:00)
  • Notes: 
    • I am really bored with lifting weights – I’m struggling keeping motivated to drag weights out every day
  • Picture of the Week:
The vein that appeared on my stomach after a couple of weeks of H&C started to fade last week when I slacked off. But just 3 days back on and here it is, even when I'm not flexed. Hooray!
The vein that appeared on my stomach after a couple of weeks of H&C started to fade last week when I slacked off. But just 3 days back on and here it is, even when I’m not flexed. Hooray!  (My thumb is just under it there on the left.)
  • The Week’s Workouts:

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Week 8 + 1 Statistics (Ending 03/08/16) – FINAL!

  • Weight:  x pounds
  • Body Fat %:  x%
  • Time Spent Being Active (>= 6 hours): 7 Hours 23 Minutes
    • Miles Run:  23.59 Miles
    • Number of Runs (>=3 runs a week):  5 Runs
  • Days within Calorie Goals per MFP (1390): 5 days
  • Exercise: 
    • Wednesday – Ran 3.0 miles in 33:32; Walked 0.2 miles in 3:00; 10 Ab Hammer (12:00); Weight lifting (22:00)
    • Thursday – Ran 2.0 miles in 21:11; Walked 1.85 miles in 26:50; 10 Ab Hammer (12:00); Weight lifting (26:00)
    • Friday – Rest
    • Saturday – Ran 6.0 miles in 53:00
    • Sunday – 10 Ab Hammer (13:00)
    • Monday – Ran 6 miles in 55:00; Walked 0.54 miles in 10:00; 10 Ab Hammer (12:00); ISO Speed Hammer (23:00); PiYo Sweat (27:00)
    • Tuesday – Ran 3.3 miles in 30:00; Walked 0.7 miles in 11:30; Hammer Conditioning (30:00); 10 Ab Hammer (12:00)
  • Notes: 
    • It seems strange that I’m having a downturn in stats but am spending plenty of time exercising… I blame it all on food and exhaustion.  Not excuses, but reasons
    • I didn’t weigh in because we had a date night the night before Wednesday
    • Overall, I’m happy with my progress and the program, but I will say that lifting weights 6 days a week is really hard to do – I’m ready for a break!
  • Before and After Photos:
9 Weeks of weight lifting and it's obvious my abs were the big winner!
9 Weeks of weight lifting and it’s obvious my abs were the big winner!

 

Not exactly the same angle, but there are some changes
Not exactly the same angle, but there are some changes

 

I'll take it!  Definite progress in arms and abs
I’ll take it! Definite progress in arms and abs

 

Honestly, I don't notice much of a change here other than my shoulder muscle looking larger
Honestly, I don’t notice much of a change here other than my shoulder muscle looking larger