I did it. I finished my first 90 day challenge! No skipping days. No doubling up. No "oh, I'll just do extra tomorrow" or "I walked a lot today, that counts as cardio" etc. I successfully completed 90 straight days of working out. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but it's a huge thing for me. I've tried and failed at this process dozens of times and for me to have acheived this goal is amazing.
I have to be honest (because I promised I would), I am not impressed with my weight and measurements. I lost 4 pounds in 90 days. That's it? At this rate, it's gonna take me 540 days to reach my goal. I don't accept that. I lost a total of 5.75 inches. Not awesome. Especially since I want to lose about 4 just in my waist. These things alone made me question whether these last 90 days were even worth it. Then I took my fit test.
Look at all those pretty numbers!! Unfortunately, my thighs started to give out during the lunges, so those aren't where I want them to be, but check that shit out! I kicked my own ass. I doubled some of my Day 1 scores. DOUBLED!! I'm so freaking proud of that. I started out doing modified burpees, and planks. Today's scores were 100%, no modifications.
It's Christmas. Merry Chirstmas, y'all. Yesterday was our day to spend time with extended family. We spent several hours with my family and Hubby's family, eating way too much and opening presents. It was great; it always is. Yesterday was also my rest day for the week, so I got to chill all day and not worry about fitting in time to workout.
During all the festivities, I was asked, by a few different people, if I was going to workout on Christmas, or just take the day off since it's such a busy holiday. My answer was always the same: "Today (Christmas Eve) is my rest day. I'll find time to workout tomorrow." It's day 78 of a 90 day challenge. I haven't missed a day yet, and I won't start now just because it's a holiday and might be harder to find 20 minutes to myself.
The thing is, when I did these challenges in the past, I would skip a day because "it's a holiday," or "Hubby's home and I don't like to workout when he's here," or "we've been running around all day. That counts as cardio," or "I'm sick. I'll workout when I'm feeling better," or my all time favorite "I'm still sore from yesterday. Not today." I had all the excuses and reasons in the world and I never accomplished much. Rarely saw any change and never finished a challenge. When I started this challenge 11 weeks ago, 4 weeks post partum, I promised myself I wouldn't skip a day. Even if I felt like a big steaming pile of poop (like last week when I was sick), I would still get up and get moving. My reps were dismal and depressing, but I did it and I felt better and accomplished afterwards.
I'm doing this for me, but I'm also doing this for my kids. They are my motivation. Connor likes to fly. We were playing the other day and he would run and jump, tackle me, and I'd hold him over my head while he threw his arms out yelling "I'm flying!!" We did it over and over. He'd run, jump, I'd catch and he'd fly. I'd put him down and it would start again. I wouldn't have had the arm strength to play like that with him if it weren't for these workouts. I was weak before I started, and I'm by no means "buff" now, but I can hold my own with my kid and that's the goal. I can' help him fly and that's amazing. 11 weeks ago, I wouldn't have been able to.
This isn't just about completing a challenge, just to say that I did. This is about improving my strength and endurance so I can keep up with my kids. This is about changing my lifestyle so that I am able to play, run, jump, tackle, etc with my little boys. It's a completely new way of living and it takes 100% of my effort. I would have loved to go back to sleep after that 9am feeding. It's 11am on Christmas morning and all of my family is still asleep, while I sit here dripping in sweat. Instead, I got up and got my ass moving and I feel accomplished. I managed to find 25 minutes (because today is also an ab day) to get my workout in. Now I can sit back and watch my kids enjoy their Christmas morning. If they ever wake up, that is...
Completed my second to last fit test for 5.0. I wasn't impressed with my reps, but that happens. I'll just have to work that much harder for these last 15 days. I am also not terribly impressed with my progress photos. Comparing my Day 60 to Day 75 photos, I don't see much change, but stepping on that scale this morning was amazing!! The last time the scale read 165, I was in my first trimester with Connor. Nearly 3 years ago! I actually weighed myself 3 times, just to be sure.
Progress is slow. Sometimes it feels like nothing is happening at all and you get discouraged, but don't quit! That is usually right when big things are about to change. Phase 3 is definitely kicking my ass, and I'm sweaty and sore all the time, but it's working!
I will be finishing 5.0 at very beginning of January (the 6th, to be specific). Bikini Body Mommy will be starting 6.0 FOR FREE on January 16. I usually workout Sun-Fri, so I can have my rest day coincide with Hubby's off day, so I will actually start 6.0 on the 22nd. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to check out Briana Christine and her program. I love her and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in 6.0.
Day 60. Two thirds of the way through. Unfortunately, I've been very discouraged with my progress this time. I honestly don't know what I'd do without my amazing husband. He's so supportive and does an excellent job of keeping me level and giving me perspective. I would have quit this whole thing a month ago, if it weren't for his support.
Sometimes, things don't go the way you had planned, but you can't give up. Keep going. Keep working. It's a process and sometimes that process takes longer than you'd like, but you've just got to put your head down and take it one day at a time.
You can do this. You've got this. Just breathe and keep going.
Holidays are a time for family and eating. Lots and lots of eating. I feel like it's a major testament to my devotion to being healthy and fit that I managed to complete my workouts last week without skipping a beat. I woke up early on Thanksgiving and again on Black Friday (Thanksgiving #2) to ensure that I got my workout done first thing and could enjoy the holiday meals with our families.
The problem is that, while I did workout, I ate like shit. 3+ servings of turkey at each meal, lots of bread and potatoes, soda, dessert... oh the desserts. I learned the hard way this week that eating crappy, even for just 2 days, can really take a toll on your stamina and physical capabilities. I'm only 2 days into this week's round of routines and I can honestly say my numbers are not where they should be. My muscles were beyond sore and gave out far too soon. It was supposed to be 60 seconds of exercise, but my arms and legs quit around 50 seconds, or I'd have to take several breaks during that 60 seconds. I haven't had to take that many breaks per move in weeks. I am thoroughly disappointed in myself.
I thought I was doing alright with my holiday meals and trying to keep it moderately healthy. I was so very wrong. What have a learned from this experience? Considerably less dessert and soda, and moderation with the rest of the food. Oh, and lots of water. I slacked on my water consumption over the holiday and I can feel the difference. So can my milk supply.
Time to get back on track!!
Day 45! The halfway point!!
Time for some honesty: I've been dreading this fit test/weigh-in, I've been eating pretty badly (pizza twice last week, pie, Halloween candy, s'mores, Taco Bell last night) and drinking a lot of soda. I've still been working hard during my workouts, but I feel like I've been slacking a little there too.
Needless to say, I expected to have gained back everything I've lost, maybe more. Much to my surprise (and relief), when I stepped on the scale this morning, I was 1.8 pounds lighter! Now I'm just kicking myself thinking how much more I could've lost if I'd eaten better. I see all of my measurements that went up, or my fit test scores that went down and I feel myself getting irritated. I got too cocky with last fit test's results that I slacked this time and it shows.
Moral of the story? Don't let initial progress make you cocky. Stick with it, 100%, until the end. I'm glad my numbers are still improving and I will not allow myself to get overconfident again.
Today I learned a valuable lesson: Don't try and do the fit test with a toddler in the room. My scores weren't as good as they should have been simply because he kept walking in front of me at the wrong time, or climbing on me, or wanting to play. I wanted to try and redo the test later today, but it wasn't in the cards. Today wasn't an easy momming day.
I would like to make a point for anyone doing this program but hasn't taken measurements. You need to!! In the last 15 days, I've only lost .4 pounds. If I were relying 100% on the scale to determine progress, I would be thoroughly disappointed and discouraged right now. Thankfully, I also take measurements and that showed an impressive amount of change.
In the last 15 days I have lost over an inch at my waist. That amazes me. I know that 90% of that progress is the result of changing my diet and drinking crazy amounts of water (96+ ounces a day). Hubby bought a new scale for me (don't get uppity, I asked for it) that also measures body fat along with about a dozen different things. I'm excited to use that to track my body fat and muscle percentage as well.
Trust the process. If you don't feel like you're seeing the results you want, make sure you're measuring too, and eat healthier foods in appropriate portions. I'm breastfeeding our 2 month old baby. That means I'm hungry all the time. How do I keep myself from snacking all the time? I drink a lot of water, which helps more than you'd think, and I keep healthy snacks around at all times. Today's after workout snack was an apple and peanut butter. Last week, I mostly snacked on peanuts. Just be aware of what you're eating and how much of it you eat. Snacking on peanuts doesn't work if you eat the entire container in one sitting. Moderation is key.
I can't wait to see what my results look like at the next fit test. I'm a third of the way through this challenge!! w00t
This week has been a bit more challenging. Late last week, Connor gave up napping, which means that I've lost my *mostly* interruption free workout time. So, instead of putting him down and getting 20 minutes to just focus on myself, I'm attempting to have him join in. I've gotten mixed results thus far.
Everyday I ask him if he wants to workout and he gets excited. "Workout! Workout!" I'll get the mat out, get my weights on strength days, paper, pen, and water. He'll do some of the warm up with me, especially if there's running or jumping involved and then he gets bored. If I'm lucky, he fills that boredom with games or Paw Patrol on his phone or playing with his toys. If I'm unlucky, he decides workout time is the perfect time to want to wrestle mom. I'm typically unlucky.
By the cool down portion of the day, he's over trying to climb on me (because I'm not letting him and he's tired of throwing a fit) and he joins in. He's gotten really good at Cobra, Child's Pose, and Downward Dog.
I have a fit test on Monday (anxious/excited) and then the workout routine changes. It's no longer going to be one day of cardio, one day of strength, one day of cardio, etc. I'm not sure exactly what's coming, but it's fair to say I'm very nervous about it.
As for my nutrition this week, I've started meal planning. I've tried and failed at this before, but I've tried and failed at these 90 day challenges before, so why should I let that stop me? I've never made it this far into a challenge without missing a day. Basically, I'm kicking my own ass this time. I need to step it up a notch, plus I understand that meal planning can actually save you a good chunk of change if you do it well. I've been trying new recipes, thanks to my older sister, and I'm feeling pretty good about this decision. <3
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!!