Because I am a WIP.
We all are, really.... but today is a big day in the "Kim as a WIP" world. Today is Day 90 of my Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. I promise this is not a sponsored post. I promise I AM the girl who HATES running and puts exercise / eating well / making time for ME last. But that has changed.
This photo below.... it freaks me out. It makes me uncomfortable. The day 1 photo? It's almost like that nightmare where you're giving a speech and you're naked.
|I am a WIP.|
50 seconds of activity, 10 seconds rest - immediately move to the next activity.
Speed Squats, High Knees, Push Ups, Jump Squats, Tricep Dips, Burpees, Alternating Lunges, Elbow Plank (hold as long as possible - could be more than 50 seconds).
On day 1 I wasn't sure what each of those exercises was.... but I learned. Quickly.
Today is day 90. 90 days of a 6-days-a-week workout routine. Alternating strength days and cardio days (though she is NOT joking anyone - the strength days are awesome cardio, too - and the cardio days are building strength!)
Over the last 90 days I have gained strength, courage, confidence, and respect for myself. I have become accountable. I have modeled healthy choices - food and exercise - to my kiddos. I have battled through TOUGH workouts and "yah, right!" moments. I did not miss a workout. Not one. Not when we were on a 9-day vacation.... not when life was crazy (when isn't it?!). Not when I thought "ugh, I just don't WANT to!".
I did all this with an awesome hubby by my side - pushing himself through the workouts, too!
By the numbers:
Speed squats: 39 / 37 (though I KNOW that my squats were ALL full squats on day 90 - huge difference!)
High knees: 107 / 120
Push ups: 30 (knees) / 30 (full!!!!) - this one is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I have not done more than a few full push-ups since high school when I hurt my shoulder. To have strengthened my body enough that I can now do them - and a BUNCH of them is a HUGE win!
Jump squats: 27 / 34
Tricep dips: 18 / 25
Burpees: 9 / 12
Alternating lunges: 19 / 24
Elbow Plank: 54 seconds / 1:12
Weight: -5.5lbs (I gained in the 90 days, then lost it all and more)
But I am STILL a work in progress.
Completing this challenge is not the finish line - not even close. This is just the beginning and a wonderful example to myself that I CAN do whatever I put my mind to (especially when surrounded by people who are pushing through with me!).
For anyone who is curious about this challenge you should definitely check out Briana's website / facebook page / youtube videos. The workouts are FREE. The videos?! You'll see her sweating and struggling and having to modify and kicking BUTT! I have tried a few workouts... and a few diets, etc. This one just clicked for me! Oh.... and BBM 2.0 starts May 5th! I'll be participating - and have recruited a bunch of friends who are excited about it thanks to that "hard to post" photo near the beginning of the post!
So..... I am a WIP - but I am proud of my progress so far. Oh.... and I don't know that I can say "I HATE running" anymore..... shhhhhh, don't tell!
|Cell phone selfie (a friend of mine and I sent them to each other after every workout for accountability) - smiling after a run?! What?!|
|Hanging kitchen towels about 90% complete|
|Yellow / white chevron /// black "solid" - for an upcoming project for my boys!|
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - can't wait to see what everyone else is working on!