Completing challenges & accountability
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Yesterday I completed 2 challenges, the Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge and the 30 Day Shred DVD. The 1st Challenge I completed in the allotted time, the 2nd I didn't. I actually started the 30 Day Shred, a personal challenge, on April 25 and was supposed to finish on May 24 but I didn't finish until May 28. However, in the 34 days, I did the Shred 36 times because I did 2 levels on 6 separate occasions. I'm very literal so when I skipped a day because I didn't feel well I wasn't sure if I should start over but decided to just keep going and add in a workout. The Spring Challenge stated that you could make up a video if you missed a day so that's what I did with the Shred challenge. Also, this way I was able to end both challenges on the same day.
I have to say that the Shred Challenge was a bit difficult. Unlike my 30 Day Gym Challenge when I went to the gym with a cold, the Shred involved weights and explosive cardio which I could not do when I was sick. Plus I was going to the gym in addition to the 2 challenges.
Here's what I've gotten rid of in the 21 weeks since I joined SP: 38.6 lbs, 3 sizes, 26 1/2 inches! I'm a size 10 again; when I started I could barely fit into size 16! I'm enjoying working out and eating healthy foods. I'm happier and I've gained confidence in my abilities and know that I will be able to continue to my goal and then maintain once I've reached it.
I'm looking forward to my next challenge. I realize that I need to build in a rest day each week on any challenge that I do involving weights. This is all a learning experience. I'm thinking about another Jillian Michaels Challenge that involves 3 of her DVDs and does have a rest day each week. I'm going to continue working out hard. I was inspired by all the contestants on Biggest Loser and plan to be as fit as they are; that's my real goal, my weight goal might change depending on how much I weigh when I'm as fit as I can be.
Set some challenges for yourself! It helps move things along & it's so terrific when you complete them. I'll be there to cheer you on!