Today is Day 15 of my BBM5.0 Challenge. That means that today was my first weigh-in, measurement, and fit test day since starting this challenge. To be completely honest, I didn't expect much of a change because my diet has been shit and I felt like I was getting lazy. I can feel my muscles getting stronger, but I didn't expect to see a change in my weight or measurements. I was happily surprised by the results of today.
My goal for the next 15 days (until the Day 30 Fit Test) is to focus on my nutrition. I will still be giving my all to the workouts, but I need to pay better attention to what I'm putting into my body. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results at the next check in!
Some days, the baby doesn't sleep overnight, or only sleeps in 1.5 hour increments.
Some days, the toddler is cranky, or moody, or overly sensitive to all forms of emotion.
Some days, I'm just too annoyed with things to want to workout.
Those days are the days when I need that 20 minutes of "me time" to work my ass off and sweat out my frustrations. There were a couple days this week that I just didn't feel like working out. I was tired and Connor has been really hard, not to mention Kylar has decided to stop sleeping during the day and insist on being touched constantly. As a result, I've been shorter tempered than I'd like and ridiculously tired. I have had to force myself to workout. You know what, though? After my workout I always feel better. Tired, gross, and sweaty, but my mood is always much better and I feel like (no matter how hard the kids were) I accomplished something.
It is now day 5 of a 6 day workout week. I have completed 3 days of strength training, 3 ab workouts (ow...), and 2 cardio days. Tomorrow, I cardio and then I get a day off. Honestly, on the days off, I feel like I'm missing something or forgetting to do something important. Not to mention, it's an extra challenge to motivate myself to workout Sundays, after that day off.
Here's the thing, I can't expect change to just happen. Change requires work and effort. I'm putting in the time now to see the results in the future. Sunday is my next weigh-in/measurement/fit test. I'm not expecting a lot from the scale or measurements because I've been eating like crap this week, but I can feel myself getting stronger and I'm excited to see my improvements in that regard. I guess we'll find out soon enough!!
Well, I can honestly say that Week One is over. It sucked, but I'm really glad I did it. I'm sore in places I haven't used in months. I was actually getting worried and prepared to call my OB because the area around my incision was so sore! Turns out, planking murders your lower abs, AKA my incision site.
In the effort of full disclosure, I did not complete the ab workout all 3 days, as directed. I only did it twice last week, because by the third day I was just too sore to make myself do it. This week, I'll do better.
Positive changes this week:
-I feel more energized. I was napping every afternoon with Connor, but this week I decided to use that time to work out rather than sleep and I felt so much better afterwards. I could've napped for hours and not felt as energetic as I did after those 20 minute workouts.
-I'm reaching my water and step goals daily. I'm actually planning to up my step goal an extra thousand or so, just to give myself a little something more to focus on.
-Connor got to work out with me a couple times and he really enjoys it. I love sharing this with him, but it's sometimes a great deal harder to complete the exercises because he climbs on me or wants/needs something. However, I brought him in to workout with me on Friday and he did a lot of the exercises too! It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.
Goals for next week:
-Beat my scores and push myself more each day.
-Complete the ab series all 3 days.
-Bring Connor in on my workouts a couple times this week.
Next Sunday is my next weigh-in/measurement/fit test day. I've gotta up my game to make sure I'm happy with the results!
I lucked out in that Briana Christine of BBM had her baby right around the time we decided to tell everyone we were pregnant. She was creating her 5.0 challenge while I was working through her pregnancy program, which means that it is a very postpartum/breastfeeding friendly 90 day challenge.
I officially started 5.0 yesterday with the fit test, measurements, and weigh-in. I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of the 15 minute fit test, but I convinced myself to tack on the 5 minute ab routine to give my belly that little extra boost to help get it back in shape a little sooner.
Let me just say this: Holy shit, I'm out of shape. My numbers on the fit test were a lot lower than I expected, and my measurements were considerably higher than I'd like to see.
The upside to this disappointing news is that I can only improve from here! I only managed to do 17 modified push ups. Guess that means I'll need to put some extra effort into building my upper body strength before the next fit test in 2 weeks. Only 8 burpees? Shit, that'll be easy to top in 2 weeks!
I can't wait to see what my numbers look like on the next weigh-in/fit test/measurement day.
But they are always real and perfect.
I am a very self conscious person, and I generally don't like to show too much of myself (physically and emotionally) because I feel like there's a great deal of improvement that needs to be done. However, in an effort to show that all women are beautiful and all bodies are perfect, I will be posting regular photos of my physical progress and writing posts about my journey to a healthy lifestyle.
My goal is to motivate others, specifically moms, who are worried that they aren't as attractive as they used to be for whatever reason. Life is too short to be stressed about what other people see when they look at you. I don't want to worry about what size I am, or if I look good in a bikini. To be completely honest, bikinis make me uncomfortable and I don't know if I'll ever feel confident enough to wear one in public. Public perception shouldn't be what matters.
I know my body is kick ass because I've seen the 2 little humans this beastly body created and they are amazing. I know my husband loves me and appreciates my body. I'm not doing this for him. I'm doing it for me. I want to be healthier and have the energy to keep up with my boys. I want to feel comfortable in my skin and not second guess myself.
This is going to be a very physical and mental process. I hope y'all are ready! I know I am.