Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Four week shape up- the results

Remember the   4 Week Shape Up Plan ? are the results, in all their bathroom photo glory!!! Don't mind my face; I clearly love taking these photos. *why is there no sarcasm font?*



I'm not sure if there is much of a visible, difference in these photos, but check this out- Saturday, I slipped on my favorite pair of cycling shorts before Bloom and Zoom 40 mile ride... And they were loose around the leg opening!

Don't mind Turd Ferguson, the photo-bombing basset hound. She was pouting because she could tell I was about to leave without her.

See that? The gripper isn't snug. What?!? While the fullest part of my thighs showed no change in inches, there must have been some shrinkage there. 

Unfortunately, this meant my shorts were annoying and sliding around for 42 miles, but oh well. No sausage legs. Worth it.

Overall, most measurements remained the same- waist, calves, thighs were unchanged- but I did gain a quarter inch around my biceps- and I'm totally ok with that, since I was able to help my brother load a 400 lb iron saw table into a moving truck over the weekend. He actually called me a beast. All little sisters know the pride I felt getting that kind of praise from my big brother!

Angelena has plenty to offer here. Go check it out! As I said last time, she knows here stuff. The plan is thorough and easy to follow, complete with checklists and progress tracking. Having a place to record the workouts makes it easier to keep going during that third week- seeing progress keeps me going!

Overall, I enjoyed this   4 Week Shape Up Plan. The strength parts took 30-45 minutes to complete, and since I've been run streaking, adding cardio after that was no big deal.

I plan on continuing the workouts, as evidenced by my planner- I even made stickers for each of the days:
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I love how I was able to change the order of the workouts to fit my needs. Since I was recently talked into running a 15k on Labor Day, I've been trying to get a few long runs done on weekends, so I moved leg day to the beginning of the week.

My only complaint about the program is the lack of core work. I stuck to the plan, but I wanted to do more core work than just one day. Going forward, I will probably add some of my favorite and least favorite core exercises at the beginning of each workout, more like i was doing last spring before the moving/life chaos began.

Thanks, Angelena, for giving me an opportunity to try your program! The   4 Week Shape Up Plan is easy to follow, and a great bargain at only $10. It's practically a book, full of everything you need to follow a plan to a better version of You. It's completely customizable, and if you have the drive to do the work, results will come.

The true test is going to come in October. If I can keep up with staying in shape, will my husband notice any changes when we finally see each other again??? I'll keep you posted!

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