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!
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.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in a few fitness groups on FB. A while back, someone posted a video of a very fit mom explaining her loose skin, or “pooch,” from having her kids. I totally have the same thing, so I took a peak. She was answering a gal’s question about what you can do to make it go away. The answer is…
Two days ago, in another FB fitness group with thousands of members, a gal posted a picture of herself standing upright with flexed abs, and then a photo of her tummy when she bends over to show her child-bearing “pooch.” She posted it because she’s gotten lots of attention for her transformation and hard work, and she wanted all of the ladies out there to see that she has a “pooch” that will be with her forever unless she has surgery to remove it, which she has no interest in doing.
I have also noticed that one of the gals in the Hammer and Chisel videos has the same thing as well as stretch marks on her tummy. I really appreciate that the program creators picked someone like her to represent us moms. A lot of the times, these exercise videos only include seriously hard-bodied people and I love that the BB team sees the value in including normal people in their videos. If you’ve seen a 21 Day Fix video, you know what I’m talking about.
So… I’m keeping it real as well! I’ve posted a photo of the spot that plagues me the most, but here is my “pooch,” the saggy, loose skin that shows the world that I am a mom, and a mom who’s proud of what created her “pooch!”
Tuesday – Max Hammer Strength (36:00); Ran 3.3 miles in 31:32; Walked 0.35 miles in 5:10
And on day 2 of this week, I’m at 142.4 pounds. Why couldn’t that have happened when I weighed in yesterday? GAH!
Nutrition is pretty on point this week in regards to calories. I need to get more fruits and veggies in though
Prepped 4 salads for my husband and me on Thursday night for Friday and weekend lunches – it felt good to make those mid-week instead of just on Sunday!
My right shoulder is in serious pain – took Friday off unexpectedly
Planning out into spring, I’m thinking of starting a 4-week Chisel program followed by a 4-week Hammer program after this one wraps up and it would run from Mar 2 – April 30
I’ve lightened my running due to my shoulder and new plans to run a half marathon in July, with training starting 5/1. I will still run with this challenge, but the mileage goals will kick in in March when I change programs
Picture of the Week:
I’ve been pretty down lately with a sad shoulder that has stopped weight lifting and most intense workouts for a few days, but as I walked by the mirror two days into taking it easier, I caught a glimpse of this, and remembered that I didn’t build this body in 2 days, and I won’t lose it in two days. Perspective (and awesome lighting, for the win!)!
I’ve hurt my shoulder… Badly. My shoulders are my weak point when it comes to strength. They’ve been causing me problems and trips to physical therapy since 2003. They are super sensitive to stress and both times I’ve done Max Hammer Strength, I’ve thrown out my right shoulder pretty badly. I may be done doing shoulder work with that workout, I think that might be prudent.
I haven’t lifted a weight in two days. I almost skipped everything altogether yesterday but ended up doing ab work. Today, my husband reminded me that rest is good, stress is bad, and I agreed with him to take it easier. I did a 21 Day Fix Extreme workout that didn’t require weights (I felt like a pansy), a PiYo workout to stretch things out, and ab work. Not a big calorie burning day so I really watched it with food.
I felt sorry for myself.
As I was getting dressed in our closet, I caught a glimpse of my almost naked body in the mirror and, for the first time, saw what my husband has been telling me in regards to my abs. All of that nighty ab work is paying off, and skipping a few days of hard weight lifting to stay safe so I can start it up ASAP again is critical. I always feared that skipping a day or two would pudge me up, but my newly acquired perspective on the state of my health and body has given me the courage to rest when needed, which is a really nice change. I looked at myself and thought, “this didn’t happen in a day or two, and resting for a day or two won’t take it away.” I also thought to myself, “I never, ever thought I’d ever look like this.” Yes, I was feeling sorry for myself, but also feeling proud of how far I’ve come these last 19+ months.
Maybe I’ll lift weights tomorrow, maybe I won’t (I did!). But it will be ok if I can’t. And that is a healthy perspective for me, even if I do still feel a little sorry for myself. 😉
Monday – Total Body Hammer (43:00); 10 Min Hammer Abs (12:00); HIIT 20 (19:00)
Tuesday – Hammer Power (38:00); Master Cardio (17:00); Ran 3.15 miles in 31:35; Walked 0.65 miles in 10:00; Chisel Abs (10:00); Ab Challenge (1:30)
We went on vacation for the weekend (Th-Sat) which was great timing because my shoulder was on fire from Hammer Max ISO Strength. That meant a lot of work had to be made up after 3 days of H&C resting, and I got it done by Sunday afternoon!
I ate like crap on vacation. I’ll be undoing that for a few weeks in the body fat department
Somehow still getting over 10,000 steps a day even on days spent in the car for 3 hours – my activity level is high right now
Weight the day after vacation was 144.4 – not terrible given the lack of exercise for a few days!
Weight started creeping up on Monday and I honestly don’t know why
Not thrilled with the weight gain and body fat % gain, but I did take 3 days off, so what do I expect?
According to simple calculations, I gained 0.5 pounds of fat, and 0.5 pounds of everything else