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Coming up with a title for these things shouldn't be so hard :P / IdealShape Up Challenge W1D1

Monday, June 20, 2016

Yep. Totally lame. Another blog post that I'm not sure what to name. emoticon

So yesterday's task for the Spark Coach thing was to take progress pictures and put them on my spark page (which I did do). Today I'm going to share them with you. Now I know there are probably going to be a lot of people who see these and think "WTF! She doesn't need to lose weight." I get that. I actually am trying to get leaner and have more muscle definition. The 3 lbs I added to my body over the past couple months was enough to remove the muscle definition I was working so hard to get which is how I know that it wasn't all muscle. emoticon
Though it would have been awesome if it was. Granted I'm also well aware that muscle gain doesn't happen that fast even under the best circumstances for guys (so basically no chance for me).

Anyway here are the progress pics:

And now I'll take an immediate right turn into today:

Today I came to the conclusion that I need to find a workout program that I could do from the comfort of my own living room. I have a membership to the YMCA, but lately haven't been able to make it up there (which is driving me insane btw). I did some searching this morning and came across the IdealShape Up Challenge and have decided that's going to be part of my at home program for awhile.

The IdealShape Up Challenge is a 12 week program. You do one 30 min workout six days a week. Each day is a different workout (just to clarify that there). You check in with the trainers behind it once a week and can email them whenever you have any questions. They also provide some nutritional guidelines to follow (which is different depending on where you are at weight wise). They do recommend using their meal replacement shake, but you don't have to and they do tell you the what they recommend for calories for each meal if you aren't going to use their shakes. Best part of this is that it's FREE (unless you want to use the shakes, then you have to pay for those).

I started with Day 1 today. At the end of the 30 min workout there was a Plank challenge and I was very pleased to see that I could hold a plank for 1 min 45 secs. Woohoo. emoticon
I am using the progress pictures from yesterday as my before pictures for this program and sent them into the trainer along with my measurements which are as follows:

1. Weight: 125.7

2. Chest: 35

3. Waist: 26.5

4. Belly Button: 30.5

5. Glutes: 37.5

6. Right Thigh: 21.25

7. Right Calf: 13.5

8. Right Arm: 10.25

Along with this program, I am switching from Strong Curves Booty-ful Beginnings to Strong Curves Best Butt Bodyweight. If I manage to make it up to the gym, I can do the Booty-ful Beginnings workout for that day or just do some cardio.

Food wise today, I haven't done good at all. I'm not over calories. Reality is I think I might have actually not consumed enough calories in relation to my activity for the day. I think you will see what I mean when I actually break down my activity for the day. I might have a little late night snack to get a few more calories in.

emoticon 1190 cals
emoticon 19 g Fat
emoticon 179 g Carb
emoticon 80 g Protein

My water intake was pretty good today. I've had 10 glasses.

emoticon 12,361 total steps (Roughly half from exercise and half from daily activity)
emoticon 30 mins IdealShape Up Challenge Week 1 Day 1 video (293 steps out of 12,361)
emoticon 32 min Walk (1,806 steps out of 12,361)
emoticon 32 min Strong Curves Best Butt Bodyweight Week 1 Workout A (143 steps out of 12,361)
emoticon Jessica Smith TV - 30 Min Power Walk (3,081 steps out of 12,361)

Estimated TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) for the day according to Fitbit: 2,356
(spark's estimate is 2,730....I think that's just a little high).

I'm going to try and give an overview of each day here on the blog as I go. I don't think the majority of my " check-ins " (guess that's what I should call it) will be as long winded as this one.

Hope everyone had a lovely Monday.
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    @Anakie - I really like working out. When I first started getting back into fitness in 2012, I was only doing 10 mins at a time and 10-20 mins a day. If I'm too tired though, I will take a nap instead of a workout. My rest days I might do 30-60 mins of walking and not much else. So this level of exercise isn't an everyday thing...maybe 3-4 days out of the week. emoticon

    The food intake though is very unusual for me. I typically eat a lot more than that (avg 1800-2k when trying to lose / 2200-2500 when trying to maintain / 2500+ when I'm not being smart :P). Not sure exactly what happened there.
    1505 days ago
    Indeed you look amazing on these pics.
    Your exercise plan sounds great! and congrats to the 1 min 45 plank, you are strong!

    I prefer to do my workouts at home too (yoga), or run or walk outside, starting from our doorstep on week days, and on the hills 5 minute drive away in the weekends. Driving longer, or having to change /shower elsewhere is out of question, I'm a busy woman.

    1505 days ago
    Just reading your work out schedule tires me out. But before I started working I was doing about 90-120 minutes per day. Now that I'm working I'm lucky if I have enough energy to do 30 minutes 3 times a week. Hoping this works for you.
    1505 days ago
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