After a month of vacation, restaurants, and pampering, I think I’m more than ready to get back to a healthy lifestyle. So it’s time for an:
August Fitness Challenge!
I’ve decided to design a challenge for myself based on what I want to improve, mainly strength, muscle tone, and weight. So, here are my rules:
- I will do 100 pushups, situps, squats, and calf raises everyday! The pushups will probably be the roughest, and I know I might have to kneel for my last couple sets at first. I also will vary the activity– so i might do a mix of crunches, leg raises, and Pilates for the situp portion, for instance.
- I will run 3 miles everyday! This is pretty self explanatory. It can be on a treadmill or outdoors. I won’t have any particular speed goals in mind other than keeping up the run at at least 6mph (which is pretty slow for me at this point).
- I will eat a gluten free and sugar free diet. This one seems the easiest but will probably be what I struggle with the most.
What challenge would be complete without before and after data? So here are some measurements and unflattering photos to kick off the month:
Right arm: 11 1/4″ (Flexed 11 3/4″)
Left arm: 11″ (Flexed 11 1/2″)
Chest: 34 1/4″
Waist (two fingers above bellybutton): 31″
Hips (at widest spot): 39 3/4″
Right and left Thigh: 22 3/4″
Right calf: 14 1/4″
Left calf: 14 1/2″
The fine print: Month begins July 30th and ends August 30th. I am allowed four "cheats" during this time frame, 1 a week, for each activity. These activities will be in addition to my normal workout routine, and I will still be climbing, doing yoga, and taking YMCA classes throughout the month. No kittens were harmed or measured during the creation of this challenge.