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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Firm Challenge- Week one

As I told you all in my last post I have decided to take on the The Firm (not to be confused with the Tom Cruise movie) for the next 12 weeks and see what exactly I can do with my body when I cut back on junk food and fanny lift until I can't fanny lift no more.

This past week I was able to do five Firm workouts and two yoga workouts. I know I won't be able to keep this pace up as it takes away time from the kiddos but I'm hoping for a few more weeks of daily workouts before I take it down a notch to three or four days a week. I can really feel it in my thighs and arms already. Right now I think the changes are only noticable to me but I'm hoping it won't be too long until I'm selling tickets to the gun show.

The Firm, Week one, front view

The Firm- Week One, side view

I posted these pictures on Flickr last night and have received a lot of positive feedback with people telling me I don't need to change a thing or they would gladly give me their boobs for my abs and while appreciated, I'm just not seeing what they're seeing. Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with my shape and my weight and seeing as how I once tipped the scales at almost 180 pounds in college, I definitely feel feel healthy and fit BUT I don't think I'm doing all that I can do. If I can work out hard 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 times a week then I should. The only reason I haven't been working out hard is because I've been fine with the way I look and why just be fine if I can be more than fine, you know?

I'll be posting my progress here with weekly pictures. I really feel like that will hold me accountable (I wanted to eat nacho chips and cheese last night but I didn't because I know that in 6 days, it's picture posting time again) and perhaps I can inspire other people.

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Anonymous Wendy said...

I will be watching. I dont think you need to do anything, but I, also, think that everyone needs to do what they feel is right for themselves.

I am curious to see how this excercise program will change your body. I was doing Tao Bow (sp?) and felt strong, but didnt think it changed my body any. Although, excercise makes me so hungry that I immediately go for the junk.

Good luck

3:32 PM  
Blogger I am Jen said...

I know how you feel. You look great, but your body is just not what it was before children and before your 30's. I am right there with you. I need to start training again for my triathlons. Although my weight is fine and still breastfeeding my third, I am definately flabby in areas that I would love to tighten up again. I really need to incorporate weight training. It's really hard though to motivate the weights for me.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Totally understand how you feel. I mean, you look great, I'm sure you're healthy, but ... you want to look greater, be healthier. And when you are already slim and trim, everyone just rolls their eyes or gets ticked off when you don't feel as good as you know you can.

SO - you inspired me to get back into the gym. I have a membership, but haven't gone since, like, June, because, well, I could give a dozen excuses. But I'm approaching 30, and if I don't get my abs and thighs in shape now, it's never going to happen, right?

I'll be interested in seeing your progress. I should post mine, too -forced accountability. Maybe I will sometime.

Good luck. How do you manage to exercise at home with the little ones? Mine just want to "help." I had to get a gym membership so I could do it without kids crawling on me.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous kerrianne said...

You are lovely.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Izzy Rose said...

I hardly know you, so it feels so personal to say...your bod looks fab.

But, I appreciate the craving for exercise. It's a mental thing if nothing else and I feel four thousand times better about myself after I get a little sweaty.

You go!

Stepmother's Milk

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jammer said...

You look great! But it's always good to get some exercise and stay healthy. (I need to do that, myself.)

Also: What's with all the sexy pics on your site lately? :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Kind of Crunchy Mama said...

Good luck. Those Firm tapes used to make me dizzy.

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Blogger karrie said...

My husband is so busted...lol!

I want to hate you, but you're too nice. I can sort of understand why you want to push the envelope. Hey why not?

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