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.
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.
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
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!
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.