And by halfway, I mean there’s only one week left. Oops.
So I mentioned a couple days ago that I’ve been participating in a summer shred for the month of May. Bobbi McCormick’s Summer Shred 2013, to be exact.
If you remember in the beginning of this year, my church went through a series called the FIT series, emphasizing not just physical fitness, but emotional, spiritual, and mental fitness as well. Many of you know my history of anorexia, exercise bulimia, and binge eating, so this was a series very near and dear to my heart.
My goal for the series was to find balance in eating and exercise, as I’ve navigated both extremes of being too rigid in eating and exercise to being completely negligent in the name of freedom. Lucky for me, I have a pretty fast metabolism so I’ve been able to maintain the same weight and clothing size…
Until now. Darn you, 30’s!!!!!
Imagine my surprise when I gained five pounds during the FIT series! Which led me to realize that obviously, I’m at that age where I can’t just eat whatever I want whenever I want, not exercise regularly (unless the one workout a week with my community group counted as regular, and those are long over), and still have my weight bounce back from days of eating awesome food. And by awesome, I mean anything meaty, potato-y, and starchy. Or macaroni-and-cheesy. On a burger. With bacon. And a fried egg. Yiiikes…
Now I know I’m not large by any means. Even with a five pound weight gain, I’m still on the thin side. My size is not the issue here.
It’s become an issue of my heart and attitude. Even through the FIT series, I found myself cutting corners, making quick cheap fixes, and relying heavily on my usually reliable metabolism to keep me trim. But quick cheap fixes aren’t going to work for me anymore. Cutting corners isn’t going to work for me anymore. Now is the time to discipline my body, soul, and mind for the sake of true wholeness and true wellness. Now is the time to make a lifestyle change.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, my friends. I went back and forth multiple times in deciding whether I should participate in the shred when Bobbi first announced it, finally realizing that my hesitance probably meant it was something I should do. And so I registered in the last thirty minutes before registration closed. Like the non-committal, “keep-my-options-open” P that I naturally am (Myers Briggs reference).
I’m a little more than halfway through, and this is what I’m loving so far:
- First of all, Bobbi is just great! Super inspirational, super motivational, super encouraging, super optimistic, super down to earth…everything a good trainer should be! I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple months ago and she’s just real. What you see is what you get.
- The workouts! I love the wide variety of strength and cardio workouts, the simplicity of the workouts, learning new exercises, and learning new methods (my new personal fave: Tabata!). All I need is a yoga mat, some free weights, a jump rope, and maybe a deck of cards. I personally aim to workout 3-5 times a week, but 5 workouts are provided, in addition to a running plan. The 20-30 minute length is perfect for my very packed days, which makes the regimen far more sustainable than Insanity was (read here for my recap on finishing Insanity). And I’m still dripping with sweat afterwards! Plus, the workouts are super fun and enjoyable.
- The meal plan and grocery list! Along with the weekly workouts that are emailed to us, a weekly meal plan and grocery list is also emailed, with yummy new recipes to try and a variety of healthy foods to incorporate into my diet. Even though my caloric intake is about 500 less than normal, I still feel full throughout the entire day.
- The support and accountability! There’s a secret Facebook group where Shredders can share about their daily successes, difficulties, setbacks, and about their lives with one another. Shredders are cheered on and encouraged by one another to press on, even despite setbacks. It’s like a fun all-over fitness (mental, emotional, physical) support group!
- A little financial incentive. There’s this app called DietBet, where participants can enter $25 in a pot of money to split between all the participants who lose 4% of their total body weight at the end of the month. Right now, the pot is at $2550. And let me tell you, the Asian in me is far too frugal to just throw $25 away! I’m working to keep that money!
- My new toy. :) The Polar FT4 Heart rate monitor. It tracks more accurately what my calorie burn for a specific workout session is. The first one I ordered was stolen from our mailbox, but through the encouragement and advice of other Shredders, I contacted Amazon, who replaced it for free with next day shipping. Yay!
7. I have more energy throughout the day and more functional strength to not fatigue as quickly as I usually do.
The progress so far:
- I am happy to report that my muffin top is shrinking. Good thing too, because I’m not about to replace all my pants because I put on weight!
- I can fit comfortably into a new pair of shorts that I bought a couple months ago that reeeeeaaally didn’t fit until now. In fact, these were the shorts I wore in my previous post on my husband and my 6 year date-iversary! I know what you’re thinking: “Why did you buy them then and why didn’t you just return them??” Well, I thought they’d fit and didn’t think to try on the shorts in the store and then lost the receipt, okay???
- I’ve lost a previously-very-stubborn 4 pounds in the past 20 days. As in, “I’ve-been-trying-to-drop-those-five-pounds-I-gained-for-four-months” stubborn. And in three weeks, there they go! Awesome!
- I’ve lost about an inch and a half in my waist and an inch in all of my slowly-but-surely-growing problem areas, which are my thighs and hips. Pear fo lyfe!
- Oh, and what are those little guys that are trying to squeak out?? Well hello there, abs! Its been a REAAAALLY long time…
Yes, I realize my torso is slightly angled in the second photo, but you get the general picture of greater definition. Things are looking tighter. Or maybe I’m imagining it, since RJ says he can’t tell a difference. I wish I got a Week 1 photo to compare my end results with. Just imagine the photo from Week 2 with no definition and an extra layer of fat on top.
Bobbi’s May shred had such a crazy turnout that she is doing ANOTHER summer shred in June! If you’re interested, you can ask me about it or visit her blog here for more details. If you’re trying to get back into shape, if you have been trying to lose those last few pounds without any success, if you work all day, if you’re a full-time mother, whatever stage of life you are in, this shred can adapt to your lifestyle and if you stick with it, I know you’ll see results! Plus, you make like 100 new friends who are cheering you on the entire way!
Like I said, I am SUPER pleased with the results so far, and can’t wait to see what the end results are! I’m slowly making different and better lifestyle choices that involve real hard work and discipline, rather than my previous pattern of eating a ton of crap and then just adding a day of exercise to compensate and bounce back.
Because that doesn’t work for me anymore, hahaha.
But also because I want to honor God with my body, by caring for it well.
Thanks for reading, friends. :)