Initially, this post was supposed to be all “Yay, check out my amazing progress so far halfway through Hammer + Chisel!” but when I had my 30ish-day pictures this morning and put them next to my Day One picture, I was overwhelmed… with disappointment.
First, let me say that by afternoon, I felt GREAT, but not until after wasting much of the day feeling sorry for myself, begrudgingly working out when I felt like it was a waste of time (since I wasn’t having the results I had expected) and stopping in the middle of the workout and having an ugly cry.
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But in morning, I was super upset. I thought “Well, if I don’t see it in the photos, perhaps the scale will tell a better story!”
Um, no. I weighed a half pound more than the start of the program.
“Well, the scale is a liar, so I am sure the measurements might be better!”
Not really. My arms were half an inch larger (I am ok with big guns, but wasn’t sure if these were the right kind).
My chest was a full inch and a half bigger. What? Waist was an inch smaller, hips and thighs a half inch bigger… I wasn’t sure what to make of that, but I was already on a roll with the negative self-talk, so I assumed the smaller waist was a fluke, and moved on. I was texting Tommy and Nathan between sets about my lack of progress, and then I finally saw it, and finished my workout.
I can’t give ALL the credit to the workout, Tommy and Nathan helped, too!
Anyway, I felt so good after my workout, I even filmed this Periscope…
See that confidence?
You are probably wondering about the pics (if you scrolled past the top fast!). Well, here they are:
I did the 3-Day Refresh (which is on sale this month as a challenge pack, by the way) and then took the second picture on January 24th, at 138.5 pounds.
The picture on the right was today, at 139 pounds.
Now that I can FINALLY see a positive difference between the second and third pictures, this tells us a couple things.
1. The scale is a liar. We should use other methods to set our fitness goals.
2. We REALLY need to work on positive self-talk!
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I leave for Chicago tomorrow and get back Sunday. Then I leave for LA Thursday for a few days. I plan on following Hammer & Chisel the best I can while I am at home, but when I get back from LA? It’s ON.
That also happens to coincide with the start of a challenge group some of the coaches on my team and I are running together starting March 14th.
What is a challenge group? Check this out to see!
Care to join us? It’s four weeks long, and there are PRIZES! We don’t pick winners by weight loss, but we will pick based on activity, posting, sharing, supporting! We want you to pick something and commit to it for 30 days, and we want you to track, measure and weigh, so you can see how being consistent will pay off for you!!
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