on wednesday, i finished this 30-day plank challenge...
...and this 30-day triceps challenge...
...and 30 days in a row of meeting up with HER...
i took my body measurements on thursday (before working out),
and had lost 5.5" total from 9 measurements taken on my body.
here's the breakdown:
left triceps: 0
right triceps: -0.75"
left thigh: -0.5"
right thigh: -0.75"
left calf: 0
right calf: -0.5"
i should also mention that the hubby and i are doing the c25k program,
and we're on week 5 of that (an incremental walk/run app that has you running a 5k in ten weeks--
keep in mind that "running" is a relative term ;)
i go through moments of being really happy with my results...
and then i hit times of defeat where i feel like the measurements should have reflected a lot more change.
here is what i know i'm happy about...
☛i know i'm happy i made it 30 days in a row...especially with Jillian's program. i've never made it past day 15 with her, so to do it for 30 days--and 30 consecutive days at that--is a huge accomplishment for me. i'm giving myself permission to feel proud about this one.
☛i'm happy that i woke up today (thursday) and worked out. in fact, i may be most proud of this. even more than the body-measurement changes, the fact that i worked out on the morning of day 31 speaks volumes about real, actual change. my plan going forward is to do 30 more days with Jillian (this time on level 2), continue with the c25k program (and bridge to the 10k program once we complete the 5k), and find exercises to specifically target my problem areas (see below).
☛i'm happy that there was some change. the fact that there was some change is what keeps me going, hoping (and working) for more change.
here is what i need help on...
☞my most troublesome problem areas are fourfold: butt/hips, thighs, calves, and triceps.
my butt/hips responded fabulously to exercise (probably also due to the running).
but my thighs, calves, and triceps continue to plague me.
i got an amazing pair of Hunter Wellingtons this spring and they're tight on my calves. i'm desperate to trim those babies down so i can wear my wellies in the fall.
i'd like my thighs smaller because...well...let's get real. who wouldn't like their thighs to be thinner?
and my triceps? can anyone say "tank tops?!?!?"
☞do you have any proven, worked-for-you exercises for these problem areas? in order of importance, it'd be triceps, calves, and thighs. i'd love it if you'd help me out with your tips. feel free to comment below, or contact me at the email addy on this page. if you're able to include links to either images or video of correct form, that'd be even more awesome.
☞i realize this could be a loaded question, but i'm curious about my body-measurement results. google was no help whatsoever...as it seems there really is no "typical" change in body measurements. give me some feedback--whether it be from your experiences or what-have-you.
feedback, peeps. i need feedback.
i'm determined now, more than ever, to whip this old body into shape.
if you've followed along on here (or on IG), you know that i'm eating well--
healthy, whole foods, and major portion control.
i'm on a scale sabbatical--the daily weighing and numbers were really getting to me psychologically--but i'm hoping when i finally weigh again on july 1, that i'll be within 10 pounds of my goal weight (the weight i was when i got married).
so, shoot me your suggestions, your ideas, your experiences...
heck, if you've got some magic salt for me to throw over my left shoulder at the next full moon, i may even try that.
let's make this a little more fun...
comment on this post before....well, before i get a chance to check my email on tuesday morning, july 1 (which is around 8:00am CST)...comment on here before then and i'll put your name in a little informal drawing for a summer fun package from yours truly! i promise it will include one of my traveling mason jars...and some great other goodies.
that's worth your two or three minutes to help me get in shape, right?!?
have a great weekend!
JESSICA (comment number 11) you won!!!
and i'm such a newbie at this that i didn't request email addresses.
Jessica, please email me with your mailing addy!
and to ALL of you...thanks SO much for all your help!
i'm going to sift through all of the comments and links and find what works for me.
i'll be back at the end of July with another update!