30 Day Challenge | Abs


I finally reached that point.  It's been more than 7 months since I had the baby and while I've technically lost all of my baby weight...I am certainly not in the shape that I need to be in to wear my pre-baby clothes.  And even pre-baby, there were many items in my closet that I wasn't in good enough shape to wear without being self-conscious.

Last week I decided that I needed to challenge myself.  I wandered over to 30dayfitnesschallenges.com to see what they had and sent some to my husband for his input.  I was at a tossup between the 30 day Abs Challenge and the 30 day Ab & Squat Challenge; the husband recommended I start with what I was most unhappy with, so the ab challenge it was.

Last week I started the challenge and The Husband decided that he'd do it along with me since he's been dropping weight like it's something he just does for a hobby.  Days one and two were so simple that I did them once in the morning and once in the evening.  On day three I made the mistake of checking out what I was working towards.

If you think you might do one of these challenges, I wouldn't recommend looking at Day 30 until you're on Day 29.  Just don't do that to yourself.  Don't even look at it now.  I know you want to, but it's a disaster waiting to happen and you'll just give up on the whole thing altogether.  

Don't.  Do.  It.

Seriously.

But I did.  The only saving grace was that Day 4 was a rest day.  And the fact that The Husband was doing the challenge along with me and my competitiveness won't let me quit it while he perseveres on and continues to get his body in better shape than mine is in.

Smart guy, he knew what he was doing when he "just decided" to participate along with me.

Today, we're on Day 7.  I'm both looking forward to it and not looking forward to it.  Following Day 7 is rest day, so that's nice.  But the thing I like about this challenge is that if I can push through the sit-ups, I feel like the rest of the exercise is a downhill coast.  I can't do very many situps, but I can handle the crunches and the leg raises and the planks.  So when I start to struggle with the sit-ups, I first remember what I went through while getting dressed that morning (and yesterday was a particularly bad day in the getting dressed department), and then I remember that once I'm done with the sit-ups, I'm basically done with the worst part of the workout (in my opinion.)

I've not seen any physical benefits from the challenge yet, I'm still at the same weight and fitting all my clothes in the same way, but one week isn't really a point in which I would start to see progress.  I consider this the warm-up period.  I think I will take some pictures tonight so that I can compare them to Day 30.

I've decided that after this challenge I'll do another one.  It'll be a good way to get myself into the shape I feel I need to be in, especially through the winter months when it's all too tempting to just sit on the couch and enjoy a book in my fleece footie PJs.

If you're interested in joining in, check back in a few weeks and I'll try to post what my next challenge will be.  We can do it together!  (I'm also game for suggestions, so check out 30dayfitnesschallenges.com and let me know where you'd like to see some results for yourself!)



Ashley Harris Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.