30 Day Ab Challenge

Last month I participated in the 30 Day Squat Challenge (which you can find here) which I rocked right up until Day 24 when I was hit with the flu and wasn’t able to stand/walk/get out of bed/stop whining for my mommy for days on end and am still recovering.   I was very disappointed in myself for not being able to complete the challenge because I have always worked out sick and injured and this was the first time that literally felt I was unable to complete a task.  (Although, one day last week, when I felt I was able to start squatting again I resumed where I left off….but apparently the flu left me unable to do math because I overshot my squats and instead of doing 225 I did 265.  My ass and thighs were very sore the next few days.)

My new task is to complete the 30 Day Ab Challenge.

Ab Challenge

I was planning to start this challenge at the start of this month but, again, the flu hindered that.  So I will be starting it very soon – probably next week, if not sooner.  I want to be in full flu-recovery before I begin this challenge because I don’t want to fail again – and this challenge looks pretty intense.  And to be honest, my tummy is just not up for the task yet (although I have been working my abs in my workouts).  I’m hoping (HOPING) that I will be back to great health soon, hopefully by next week, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, at this point I’m wondering if this flu bug is something more.

Once I do start the Ab Challenge I will post about it and the results.  I can truthfully say that my thighs are tighter and stronger from participating in the Squat Challenge and my goal is to begin it again either mid-month or at the start of June (I like to have an even 30 days to work with), so here’s aiming for that.

~Fit Bitch

Skeptical

I am a fan of Jillian Michaels and her workout videos.  She also provides really great information in her web series.  However, I am somewhat skeptical about her her weight loss claims.  I believe she’s lost weight thru diet and exercise, no doubt, however, as someone who’s been overweight and slimmed down thru diet and exercise only, I find it hard to believe that Jillian has had no “work” done.  As a petite 5-foot, 2-inch girl who’d packed on 175 pounds, Jillian shows no signs of sag or stretch or anything that most people I know who’ve lost a ton of weight (myself included) show.  I think it’s fine if she has had a tuck or the lot here or there, but own up to it.  If I had the opportunity I would consider getting tucked and tacked in certain places too.

The only "fat" photo of her found on the web

The only “fat” photo of her found on the web

 

 

Sizzling Hot

Sizzling Hot

Now, I’m not stating that Jillian Michaels has has plastic surgery, I’m simply suggesting the possibility.  BECAUSE…We need to be realistic.  If an individual is making lifestyle changes in order to lose weight – especially a dramatic amount – he or she needs to be aware that the outcome may not be truly represented by Jillian Michaels and other fitness gurus.  Yes, it’s realistic to lose the weight but in my weight loss journey I still have jiggly bits.  And I would be happier if my boobs were a little higher.  Not everything on my body is as smooth and sleek as Ms. Michaels’.  I am still a progress in motion.

Please don’t let this deter your goals.  Sleekness certainly is attainable.  It just may not be attainable for every person…and that is certainly okay.  Our perfection is our own.  We should not strive to be anyone else.  Be proud of who you are and of what you have done yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Q & A

I often hear or see questions about health and fitness and magic tricks to lose weight so I thought I’d begin incorporating some of the questions into posts.  The following Q&A is from Jillian Michaels’ website*.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

“ARE THERE REALLY FOODS THAT BURN FAT?  IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?”

Not really, but there are foods that contain fewer calories than the body uses to digest them. Therefore, when you eat these foods (cruciferous veggies, leafy greens, and so forth), you’re helping create a calorie deficit.

That said, there are also certain foods that will crank up your metabolism by releasing the right hormones. Protein will release more human growth hormone. Foods with selenium and zinc will support a healthy thyroid. You can boost your metabolic rate by eating clean, whole, fresh foods and avoiding processed foods and chemicals. But there is no food that will magically burn off fat. You have to get off your butt and get moving!

 

~Fit Bitch

*My previous post on Jillian Michaels may read like a disclaimer but I really am a fan of hers.  As mentioned in the last post, she offers a lot of information and has great workouts.  And I find her motivating.  I read her dailies and find them informative and, therefore, am happy to refer to some of the articles she provides on occasion.