What up my spooky peeps.
Yes it’s September 7th and I’m already in the Halloween mood. Pretty sure I’m not the only one either 🙂
But now that August is over, I wanted to recap the All of Me August challenge that I finished – kind of. I only fulfilled goals 1 and 5 – Workout every day, and not eat out as much. But in my defense, the pavement was still much too hot to walk Kobe every day – I have no excuses for not meditating or journaling every day, I just suck at those things.
But I DID complete the Sculpt You workouts every day (1 rest day a week as ordained by the plan) and only ate out 3x, which is SO much better compared to how I was over summer. And I would like to share my results with you.
This before picture was taken on August 5th, the day the challenge started. I was painfully bloated and uncomfortable in my own body here. None of my shorts fit, I broke my right pinky toe the week before (thank you stone fireplace at 1am) and was fighting with my stupid boyfriend. V unhappy, V didn’t know it. I hadn’t worked out or followed the Sculpt You plan continuously since April. I had been eating out a lot (again, thanks stupid ex boyfriend) and was going through an anxiety spike. This picture is hard to share, but it tells a story.
You can see how inflated my tummy is, and yes you can see my side ab muscle lines, but they were covered by so much lower tummy fat, and I was *horribly* bloated.
During August, my goal was to work out every day, and I fulfilled that goal. However, my strength was minimal, and I was not able to do the exercises properly because I was so weak. I became frustrated pretty easily and mad that I had let myself get to this point, the first week was definitely the hardest for me. However, I soon realized than I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
While my body may be weak, my mind is strong. I started finding ways to encourage myself, many times speaking out loud.
“Moving and trying is better than sitting on the couch. “
“You can do this – you don’t have to go quickly, but you CAN do this.”
I found that speaking out loud and being my own source of encouragement helped my mindset so much. Yea I might not be able to do full burpees, but I CAN do modified burpees! And I can do 30 of them!!
I also started logging my workouts and meals using my Fitbit. I own the Versa 2 model, and being able to track each exercise and compare each day to the day before, and being able to keep track of my water consumption and cals in vs cals out was super helpful. I even reached out to the Sculpt You’s nutritionist and received more information about how much I should be fueling my body in order to turn fat into muscle. Turns out it’s a LOT MORE THAN I THOUGHT. As in I was consuming at least 100 grams of protein every day, 75 oz of water, and a crap ton of carbs.
And after a month of daily workouts, burning over 3,000 calories, eating between 1200 and 2000 calories, these are my after results.
I know, I’m just as shocked as you. My back is even showing muscle and skeletal lines, when it never did before!! I’m rarely bloated, I dumped said boyfriend a week into the challenge, I am eating healthy foods, a lot, and am feeling so much more energetic than before.
At the beginning of August, I was weak. Now in the beginning of September, not only do I feel so much stronger, but I have seen a difference too. Below are my stats in terms of weight I could lift, and weight I am lifting now.
|Squats: No weights||Squats: 20lbs, 10 in each hand|
|Lunges: No weights||Lunges: 10lbs, 5 in each hand|
|Arms: 5lb dumbbell in each hand||Arms: 10lb dumbbell in each hand|
|Cardio: Could barely do a |
modified burpee, couldn’t do reverse
crunches, could barely walk on the
inclined treadmill without becoming
immediately out of breath and
stopping, top heart rate near 190/bpm
|Cardio: Can do modified burpees for|
the entire set, can do 5 reverse
crunches without stopping, am
walking on an inclined treadmill
for 15 minutes and still able to
breathe, top heart rate near 175/bpm
Although my changes might seem insignificant to some, they are huge to me, and I’m immensely proud of myself. These changes are proof that it really is mind over matter, that I can push myself, that I can transform into a strong woman. Stronger.
I hope my documentation of this journey inspires you to start sweating and doing everything possible to reach your goals, and I hope you realize you are stronger than you give yourself credit for.