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Diamond Summer Challenge Wrap-Up

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Welllllll another Diamond challenge is wrapping up and it time to look back on the goals I set for myself and see what I have learned. I know I struggled this challenge... because summer is the season for bbq, cookouts and beer, but also because earlier this summer I was ordered to bedrest and then told to slowly ease back into exercise. So I'm frustrated I did not see big losses, but I'm proud I did not walk away, give up and revert back to old habits. Progress, yay!

1. Stay consistent with the gym/exercising. I'm in a good groove but I despise the heat and humidity and really struggle trying to motivate myself in the summer.
--- besides that bed rest spell, I did fairly well. Even got a lot of jogs in late at night when the temperature had cooled down. So I will consider this one a success.

2. Lose at least 5 inches total in my measurements... preferably in the arm and belly area (fingers crossed that bust is last to go!!!! Lol)
--- I actually lost 8.25 inches. Seeing the inches drop over the weeks when the scale was being petulant was really helpful!

3. Which brings us to increased strength training for my upper body. I train my legs all the time but I have such a weak upper body, no bueno.
--- Uhmm... well on the good side I did train my arms more often, even took a 30 day arm challenge. Did I get stronger, doesn't really seem like it but I will keep at it.

4. Resist that wily temptress that is alcohol. An occasional glass of wine is ok, but all the beer and cocktails at all the BBQ's and bonfires and festivals will kill my diet (who can say no to bad food when hungover? Not me!). Independence day gets a free pass, I'm willing to accept a minor set back that week.
--- I did ok with this goal. Definitely limited my alcohol intake, but didnt really abstain either.

5. Stretch everyday. I love stretching, I literally have no idea why I don't do this already considering how beneficial it is for the body.
--- In some way or form I got stretching in everyday. Feels good.

6. Run a 10 minute mile. I can already run a mile straight but I'm insulted every time when spark tells me my run is actually a "walking" pace... try telling that to my legs and body, they are not going to believe you.
--- NOPE. This goal is far off in the distance I fear. The bed rest really threw a wrench in the jogging training plans. Oh well. I will take my 13 minute miles and be proud of them!

7. I would really like to hit 10% loss on this challenge (26 lbs) but I will call that my reach goal, I will be happy with a 20lb loss.
--- NOPE. Ugh not happy with this one. But the silver lining is that not meeting this goal pissed me off enough to be ready to kick some serious lbs next challenge.

Ok I will also post the before and after pictures despite not having a big difference in them. I was hesitant about the picture but they are a serious motivational tool for me so Im gonna do it anyway and just laugh about it when Im skinny and looking back (please let this be true! lol)

Pardon the crazy hair.

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    Wow!! You can see a difference for sure. I think it's hard for us to always see the difference that's why it is good to put the pictures out there.

    You had a great challenge and just like you said, you NEVER gave up!! Woo hoo!!

    Can't wait to kick some serious pounds with you during the next Diamond challenge!
    1758 days ago
    you look great! definitely keep taking pictures. I like to do mine in as little clothing as possible because i like to see the difference in my body over time. Maybe you can wear shorts and a sports bra? I do full underwear and a sports bra. And you dont have to put those online obviously but just so you can see more of a difference!
    1760 days ago
    I loved the before and after photos and your positive attitude!
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    1761 days ago
    The picture says it all. Your sides are looking amazing and I agree your face is way slimmer. Job well done girl!
    1761 days ago
    What a great change in the picture! emoticon
    1762 days ago
    I actually do see a change in your pictures! Your waist is thinner and your chin is sharper. Regardless, I obviously didn't do the diamond challenge, but I'm excited to be on your team for the BLC and to see what you do with us! Good luck!
    1762 days ago
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