Well, there’s no denying it… that was 31 grueling days. My beat up book is proof that blood, sweat, and tears were poured into this challenge (the blood was thanks to a paper-cut and the tears were a direct result of spiderman pushups). Here are my thoughts on my 10-Pound Shred:
My biggest challenge is (like everyone else) finding the time to work out. I can’t work out after work (‘cause I just call it in), so I get up every weekday at 6 AM to hit the gym. I planned it so my active rest days were Saturday and Sunday, which meant I was living the Goodlife Monday to Friday. I promised myself I would stick with the plan, so I made work out appointments in my schedule and wouldn’t move them.
I’m not a big meat-eater, so I made some adjustments to the meal plan. I stuck to a clean diet with lots of fruits and veggies. I did manage to squeeze my favourite food in every day – the difference was that I measured the granola as opposed to having a stuff-my-face free-for-all.
Many mornings when my alarm clock went off, I thought to myself “what would Tommy do? Would he hit snooze or would he get his butt to the gym?” Tommy has my direct number, so I felt extra-motivated to avoid having to answer to the man himself. As I started to get stronger, my motivation became doing an extra set of pushups or discovering muscle where there hadn’t been muscle before.
-Fit in the jeans I wore when I started at HarperCollins a mere 6 months ago – I fit in them! It’s not pretty and I’m not wearing them in public yet, but I can squeeze in there. That’s a start.
-Lose 10 pounds – Mission accomplished. I lost 10.2 pounds in 31 days.
-Hold a 4-minute plank – Well, I knew this one was going to be a challenge and it sure was! I’m still working on this and someday I will be able to do it. Right now I’m at about 3 minutes – 180 seconds of agony.
Would I do it again? Heck yes! In fact, I’ve already started. I’m on day 17 of round 2. The work outs are still a challenge each day and I continue to see major results: the pounds continue to come off; I’m getting stronger; and I’m even enjoying the gym.
So, grab a copy of The 10-Pound Shred and give it all you’ve got!
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