Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pushing forward...

Hey guys, this post will be on the shorter side, but I wanted to update you on the last 30 days of my workout plan. As you know, I started doing the Hop Hop abs work-out videos, and I am happy to say that I completed the 30 days. I am pretty satisfied with the results I experience and wanted to give you a final update before I move on to telling you about my next work-out assignment. 

With Hip Hop abs, I found that it is a great work out for beginners. It's fast paces and full of fun and energetic moves that make it feel like you are not even working out. But, like any workout plan I have tried, I found myself getting bored with the repetitive videos. But, in order to give you guys an valid review, I made sure to stick with it. 

For the first 2 weeks, you rotate between the Fat Burning Cardio and Ab sculpt videos. However, in the 2nd week, you are doing 2 videos most days. In the 3rd week, you add in both the Total Body Burn and the Hips, Buns, and Thighs videos, still doing 2 videos most days. And in the 4th week, you are rotating through all 4 videos. Needless to say, with a plan that required you to work out 6 days a week, I was very excited whenever I got to add a new video into the mix. 

In 30 days, I lost about 6 pounds. Although I am pretty positive that I lost more fat and gained lean muscle. I built up my endurance levels and am very happy with the amount of inches I lost. 

                                   Day 1             Day 30           Difference
Bust                       35"                33.5"              -1.5"
    Belly Button          34"                29.25"            -4.75"
      Waist                     28"                25.75"            -2.25"
       Hips                      38.5"              35"                 -3.5"
         Right Thigh          23.75"            21.25"            -2.5"
             Left Thigh            23.5"              21"                 -2.5"
               Right Arm            11.75"            10.5"              -1.25"  
            Left Arm              11.25"            10.25"            -1"

Total inches lost = 19.25" 

I obviously did not take the best before and after shots, but here are the photos from day 1 and day 30. Hopefully you see a difference because I can. Especially in my face :) For my next photo, Ill try to remember to wear the same outfit. 


DAY 30

So now It's time to push forward and tell you about the new workout plan I have started. I am currently on day 3 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. This workout plan requires you to work out EVERY DAY for 30 days and claims that, with a healthy diet, you can lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days.  But the thing is... the work out are only 20 minutes long, which is great for my busy lifestyle. 

Now I realize that I am not trying to lose 20 additional pounds. Since I started my weight loss journey, I am down 12 pounds and just about to reach my goal of being back into the 130s. Last week, Easter weekend, was a bit of a set back for me, but nothing I cant handle. And I am positive that I will be in the 130's by the time I leave for London in 3 weeks. But I have a new goal. Since I feel so good, I am going to try to continue this until I am 127. That is, for some reason, my absolute dream weight. And I plan to hit it by my 29th birthday on May 13th. Meaning, that I still have to work my butt off, even while on vacation. 

So... over the next 30 days, I will continue to update my measurements and photos every week so you guys can see my progress. And I will also try to add some more recipes in the near future. I am planning to go hard and be diligent about my diet and exercise because I would love to give myself the best birthday gift ever. A body that I can be proud of. It is amazing how much my confidence has boosted over the last month and I can only imagine what it will be like in another month. So please wish me luck!

Also... I have a burlesque style photo shoot scheduled for tomorrow. 
I will be sure to upload a few of the photos on this blog. But in the mean time, feel free to add me on 
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Until next time... 

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