Too Much Fun Makes Andrea A Softy Pt. 2

I’m having a few technical difficulties today. My lost post cut-off the second half. So without further ado….

My Before pics (again, Warning! There is a lot of pale, sweaty, no makeup, skin here!)

Desired Results: I’m less concerned about losing weight and more concerned with toning up. I do weigh myself most mornings, because that seems to keep me in check – a few pounds added to a 5’0 frame add up quickly and make a big difference, so weighing myself helps me do damage control before it gets out of hand. But honestly, I’d like to see some muscle definition. And mostly, I want to work on my back and tummy area – I want to flatten those suckers up!

Day 1 down, 29 more to go!

Has anyone else had any experience with the 30 Day Shred program? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Too Much Fun Makes Andrea A Softy

I’ve been truly enjoying my summer.  I’ve been slamming margaritas (and wine!), indulging in greasy, fatty food, sliding on the workouts, and as a result, I’ve become a little soft. And I don’t like it. I’m not bursting out of my clothes, but I’d like to feel a little less constricted. I’d also like to feel stronger. And slimmer.

Enter 30 Day Shred. I typically rely on yoga, running , and a sensible diet to get back into shape. But I’ve run into some problems with running (shin splits!) and have decided to tone it down for a little while. I’ve also developed some bad, lazy habits. And so I’m hoping that by following this plan for 30 days, it’ll get me into a new routine.

My plan: Complete a 30 Day Shred workout every day. My starting goal is to do 10 days at each level, but this may be subject to change. I will continue to take my dog on brisk walks for 30-60 minutes a day, longer on the weekends. And lastly, I’m going to clean up the eating. Apart from the weekends, I generally eat pretty healthy. BUT, I do drink a LOT of wine. I know this is probably the biggest single cause in my weight gain, and so I’m making an effort to replace it with sparkling water and green tea most evenings. Most. Not all.

As of July 12, 2012, these are my measurements:

Height: 5’0″
Weight: 105 lbs
Bust: 32″
Chest: 29″
Waist: 26″
Hips: 32″
Thighs: 19.5 (dislike!)
Upper arms: 10.5″
Forearm: 8.5″
Wrist: 5.5″

Based on these measurements I have an estimated body fat percentage of 24%. Technically it’s in the “fitness” range, but I’m really toeing the line of the “Acceptable” range. See for yourself:

(Source: BMI-Calculator.net)

And because, I’m a glutton for punishment: here are my Starting Pics:

(WARNING! These pictures were taken after my first 30 Day shred session. I’m super sweaty and not weaing any makeup. Proceed at your own caution.)

Laziness. There’s An App For That!

There really is an App for just about anything your pretty little mind could come up with.

Behold – my latest download!

Essentially, it’s an app for lazy bums like myself who can’t get into shape by themselves. 14 weeks to a 10k. That’s the promise.

Considering that I have a half-marathon in  months I’ll have to do a little better than that. But not much. And honestly, this app starts out super easy. I think I’ll be able to skip a few weeks – I have been running lately. Just not at a fast speed, or with much dedication. Hopefully this will get my butt in gear. It has a nice interface and I do love having a schedule/deadline to go by. (Insert one of the many, many deadline/lawyer jokes I heard in law school…)

Also, the reason I’m truly excited about this app? I’ve renamed it (in my head) to “14 weeks to bikini season!.” That’s REAL motivation, my friends.

Anyone have any other great running motivators/tips? I’m not a great runner, but I love the way I feel as a result. Here’s hoping I can stick it out for a while!

P.S. I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s ‘Vida La Vida” on repeat whilst typing this post. Is it weird that it’s my go-to song for pumping up purposes? Does this mean I’m gay?