I’m a little late posting this due to being out of town, but I’m finally posting my numbers for my midpoint fitness test in this 8 week FitnessBlender program I’m doing. I’m actually really excited to see the results in number form, because it makes it more tangible. Sure I can feel a difference in my clothes a bit, or see a little difference – but when I saw these numbers I was amazed actually.
Four weeks ago I was 239 pounds. As of the end of my fourth week on this program – 227! That’s 12 pounds in a month. I went from 41.8 Body Fat to 40.8 and my BMI dropped from 38.7 to 36.9. I lost 8.5 inches over my entire body, most of which came from my hips and thighs (thank goodness!!), but I saw reduction in every area that I measure (arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and neck).
As for the actual results of my PFT test – those were better as well, but my Pull ups/flexed arm hang needs some major work. I cut an entire minute off my 1 mile run! Let me just repeat that – an entire minute!! I was shooting for 30 seconds over the whole 8 weeks. Blew that goal out of the water in a major way. I actually ran the whole thing in 14:30 (I know that’s slow – but it’s running for me) instead of walking/running it in 15:30. So in four more weeks I hope to be under 14 minutes for my 1 mile run. I only added 3 half push ups to my total but did 20 more crunches in the two minute alloted time before my abs went caput. And while I’m still not sure I measured the sit and reach correctly the first time, I was able to reach 9 inches past the bottom of my feet this time – which translated to something like +20 inches on the scale they use for FitnessBlender. My overall score went from 166 to 213. I look forward to another 50 point increase when I do my end of program PFT test.
So this is all fantastic news! I did mix in a bit of my own stuff with the program, but I made sure to keep the same ideas of cardio mixed with building lean muscle. And I did do at least 4-5 days of the program each week. As I am OCD and love my tracking – I kept weekly tracking sheets where I could track what I did on each day. I wanted to keep myself honest with what I did or did not do in the program. That way I would know at the end if I just didn’t put enough into it, and see where I was slacking. Overall I did complete most every item, with a few missed “extra calorie burns” or “daily challenges”, but those are extras and I did as many as I could. I did also make sure to use my Rest days as “active rest” days by getting in more steps than normal, doing several rounds of the 4 flights of stairs here at work, etc. Just so I didn’t miss out on a few extra calories. Cheers to a great first month of this 8 week program! I’m mid week 5 and the 2nd month has 6 days of scheduled workouts rather than 5 days and a cardio day, so it’s time for me to kick it up another notch.
And for your ‘viewing enjoyment’ (just go with me on this one) I’ve included my comparison pictures Week 1 vs Week 4. 12 pounds sounds like a lot, but visually it isn’t that big of a difference, which can be disheartening when you are working hard to get healthy. But don’t let that kill your mojo! Just look at my great numbers above – it may only look like the little change in my pictures – but it really is a huge step toward the much bigger change I’m seeking.