Healthiest You Challenge: Progress!

Oh.

My.

Goodness.

HELLO, new friend!

THAT is a number I haven’t seen in quite some time.  And even that one time I saw it, it was only once. And only for a brief second.  And there was a .5 added to it.

What I’m trying to say is WHOAH I got some progress going on!

When I started this Healthiest You Challenge, I weighed in at 178.  Which is actually 37 lbs lighter than when I started.  But still 13 lbs above my ultimate goal. And I know that weight isn’t the only measure of progress, so I wanted to share some other progress made.

I’m doing 50 pushups a day.  Not in a row, mind you. But over the course of the day, in sets of 10, I’m doing them. And I’m feeling stronger.

I’m mixing up my workouts.

Feeling that burn!

That is a combination of a Muscle Conditioning Class and the Core class right after. I’ve definitely been neglecting strength training lately, being all cardio and Zumba obsessed.  But this glass challenged ALL of my muscles, and I was sore in places I haven’t even thought about in years.  The use of weights, resistance bands, steps, and sliding disks made for a variety of exciting new exercises that kept me challenged.

Holy 191 HR!

The High Intensity Training (don’t mind that extra I in the text on the image) class is described like this:

H.I.T. only lasts 45 minutes as opposed to 60 minutes, but it is done at near maximal intensity the entire time. Cardio circuit after cardio circuit, muscular circuit after muscular circuit, the class will keep your heart pounding from start to finish, with minimal rest and maximum effort. As with any class particpants can make it as hard as they wish, with safety always coming first in the form of various options and modifications, but as a general rule of thumb, this class is not for the faint of heart.

I’ll be honest, NOTHING about that sounds fun. And, compared to choreographed workout classes, it wasn’t “fun”, per se. But it WAS hard, and exciting, and I felt like I was shocking my muscles with moves like Burpees with the Bosu ball and standing-on-one-leg bicep curls and EXPLOSIVE jumps from a standing position.  I think I rocked it.

I’m also tracking all my food intake on My Fitness Pal and have gotten a lot better about not overdoing it over the weekend.  That doesn’t mean it’s been smooth sailing.

There have been bumps (sometimes, in the shape of a family sized box of Wheat Thins split between two ladies on a Sunday evening…)

Family of two, anyone? (And yes, that’s the infamous Brian Krakow a la My So-Called Life on the screen behind the box.)

But it’s working. I’m getting over my plateau with hard work, and dedication.  And knowing I have a team behind me, cheering me on as they work for the same goal as me, that’s another welcome addition to the party.

This Healthiest You Challenge is actually making me feel like the healthiest Jordan I’ve been in a long time.  But don’t worry, I haven’t changed all that much….

Still taking life as seriously as ever.

Thanks to everyone for their support so far, June 8th is approaching quickly and I really hope I can reach my goal (or at least get a little closer!!)

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16 thoughts on “Healthiest You Challenge: Progress!

  1. Way to go, lady friend!!! I heard about that challenge…I think I saw it in the Indy or something…totally almost signed up. It’s good to hear and see that it works so well!! Ohh, and now I want Wheat Thins. Sigh.

  2. that is so exciting!
    I always hate when people judge everything off of weight. I have dropped 2 pants sizes with my training and have really only lost a legitimate 4 lbs (I fluctuate like crazy on the daily anyway) and i feel awesome! I just dont think weight is always a fair scale (no pun intended) of how things are going!! 🙂 either way, that is so exciting!

    • Yeah, right there with you! One of the biggest indicators for me was when my lady lumps (the top ones) started shrinking. It didn’t show up as much on the scale, but I knew I was losing fat when they started to slip away. Luckily, other parts of me were getting fitter, so now my body doesn’t look quite as “12 year old boy” flat!

      Thanks for the excitement, yayyyy!

  3. Way to work it out. (I sound stupid, I admit, but I am seriously impressed!) I was doing well myself and then life got a little hectic and I got a cold. Back in action ASAP!

  4. LOOK AT YOU!!!!!! Way to go! That’s such a great accomplishment and I bet it feels great to see all of your hard work paying off 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your goals and accomplishments with the challenge.
    – Nicole

  5. Wow, this is awesome girl — congrats! This is a great accomplishment, it feels so great to see your hard work pay off right? Excited to hear how you keep hitting your goals & where the challenge takes you! I’m in the middle of a challenge myself & this post totally motivated me to keep going 🙂

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