We do love a good challenge, diet or basically anything to stop the ever mentioned desk-chair arse from getting any larger.
Previously we have tried the 30 Day Challenge which had great results and involved a real lifestyle change for the better, the Juice Diet which although gives weight loss, it is hard to sustain if you want to use your brain for anything other than being awake.
So that brings us here, to a non-diet, toning challenge. As the fatty of the two of us, it was my job to man up and try to wobble less, so here is the challenge:
The idea is to start slow, improve technique and in turn hone and strengthen your core. The website has the video links to show you how to execute the moves correctly.
So here is a break-down of the challenge:
Day 1: This is ridiculously easy, watching Eastenders while doing the moves, it took around six minutes of my life.
Day 3: Planking isn’t all that fun… It’s hard to not hold your breath when you do it, and my abs are starting to feel it.
Day 5: I am very aware of my abs. I don’t want to use the term ‘abs’ since I don’t look toned or ripped and I have a lot of weight to lose, but the muscles are starting to feel worked and tight – and for some reason my ass muscles hurt too. That can only be a bonus, right?
Day 9: You would think the sit ups or the crunches would be the hardest, but no, no. It’s the leg raises. I mean, who thought of this move?
Day 13: LEG RAISES SUCK. I have never felt this weird ache sensation so much, it’s not my stomach that hurts, it’s a whole new world of pain.
Day 15: I am quite sore and my general middle area hurts, but I am halfway through. YAY. So here are the stats:
Visually: Still a fatty. No joke, my wobble area still looks as wobbly as it did 15 days ago.
What the tape measure says: An inch from my hips (the very widest area) and half an inch from my waist (if you can call it a waist, it’s not all that defined if I’m honest)
Okay, so I have lost an inch and a half, so something is working. But I am also trying a diet I have devised myself, which appears to be slowly bringing the weight down. I don’t know if it is all due to the abs challenge or not. All I know is, it huuuurts.
I’ll think about the pain next time I want a cheeseburger.
Day 18: Remember at Day 9 when I said leg raises were the hardest? Well, that was before I had 110 crunches to do. Oh. My. Days.
Day 22: I lied. Planking is the WORST. And is also the reason my ass hurts.
Day 25: This is literally taking around 30 minutes of my time now, including breaks, and well it still hurts and doesn’t feel any easier at all.
Day 27: See Day 25
DAY 30: YAAAAAY! IT’S OVER! FINALLY! Well I still hurt – I feel quite tender, the challenge didn’t get any easier, and I can’t even see any abs. Not one. I thought I’d look like Action Man by now! In all seriousness, I don’t look any different, but my jeans feel a little better. So here are the last overall measurements.
Hips: -1.5 inch Waist: 1 inch
Okay so the numbers have gone down, and as I said before I am on a diet I have devised for myself, but that’s for another post!
If you’re into challenges then go for it, but this is one I may only tackle again before I jet off to Oz in January (eek!)
Did you have better results than me?
Are you a dietician/fitness expert who wants to use me as a guinea pig? If you are, that would be swell – get in touch!
– love Carla x