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~~Mega Balls to the Wall FINALE~~

Sunday, May 01, 2011

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BALLS TO THE WALL CHALLENGE FINALE!
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emoticon Take an after pic! Preferably in the same clothing/room where you took your before picture!
♦ Same room, different clothing. The after pic is what I took for my 100 lbs comparison shot and I’m wearing the same clothes as my HW starting photo.

Before:


After:


emoticon Has your workout consistency improved? Are you working out more or less? What has changed about your exercise habits in the last 10 weeks?
♦ My consistency with core work got a lot better in March and a LOT worse (i.e. practically nonexistent) in April. My upper and lower body consistency decreased somewhat. I improved my stretching a little and stayed consistent with cardio.

emoticon Of the different parts of your body that we worked on- which was your favorite, which caused the most struggle and which did you improve the most? (upper body/lower body/core)
♦ I struggled the most with core but it was probably my most improvement, too; I’d completely ignored my abs up until B2W. To do any core work for any consistency or frequency was definitely improvement.
♦ To be blunt, I haven’t enjoyed ST. I've been bored with my routine but have experienced various obstacles in creating new routines: limitations w/ my knees, lack of heavy enough dumbbells at home, neck pain while doing abs and using resistance bands for upper body.
♦ Lower body is usually my fav but it really felt chore-like. I ended up forgetting/procrastinating/sla
cking on my PT exercises cuz they're a PITA and I dislike them. Then I felt a lot of guilt...and sometimes in knee pain.

emoticon Have you set or broken any personal records for yourself?
♦ Yes!
Pushups: 18
Crunches: 60
Plank: 2 mins 10 secs
New PR in running: sub-10 min mile pace outside! emoticon This is HUGE for me!!

emoticon Have you learned anything about what keeps you motivated?
♦ I adopted a B2W teammate's idea of putting stickers on my calendar to mark my exercise: for me, it was cardio, stretching, upper body, lower body, and core. I also wrote down how many mins I spent on each daily and if I did any non-cardio exercise like taking a walk. This has been SO motivating to have a visual 'progress report'.

emoticon FIND your original Entry card for this challenge, if you posted it in the B2W team- it should be here:
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♦ Blogged here, too: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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emoticon 1. Ending Weight: 156.6 (-9.9 lbs)
emoticon 2. Retake the 5 measurements that you started with on your entry card, and show the results, you can say how many inches were lost on each measurement, or add it all up for a grand total!

Ending Measurements:
1. Bust: 38 (-2.5) all from the tits, none from the back—yayy emoticon
2. Waist: 30.5 (-1.5)
3. Gut (Navel): 36.5 (-1)
4. Hips: 38 (-2)
5. Bat wing: 12.75 (-0.5)
6. Thigh: 23 (-0.5)

emoticon 3. How much time do you think you spent exercising each week?
♦ Counting only cardio & ST: about 6 ¼ hrs on avg.
♦ With stretching: 7 hrs.

emoticon 4. Do you reach any goals that you set for yourself during this challenge?
♦ I broke out of my plateau and lost both inches and weight.
♦ I did relatively well for my gym’s weight loss challenge and hit my 100 lbs lost milestone.
♦ I had several days at the gym where I felt like an undisputable hardcore BAMF.
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emoticon 5. What did you learn about YOURSELF and what you want from your body?
1. I have to pace myself. I burnt out because I gave 100% for about the first month and then had trouble giving more. Moderation and balance, baby!
2. Planning on what/when/how I’m going to deal with a situation (e.g. new B2W mission) is VERY important for my success.

emoticon 6. What was your proudest moment?
♦ Probably my running PR: 5.6 miles in an hour (running 40 mins/walking 20 mins).
♦ Followed closely by reaching 100 pounds lost .

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