♦ DAY 22 of the #HWHFitnessChallenge! Log your exercise here. ♦
Hi friends! How was your weekend? I spent the last 3 days in the beautiful town of Denver, Colorado celebrating my best girlfriend’s 50th birthday. We had a great time being together and exploring the city. The weather could not have been more perfect, especially when you’re used to the blazing heat and humidity of Houston, Texas! I swear, Denver is one place I wouldn’t mind moving to! The scenery is gorgeous and there are so many active things to do. It’s no wonder Denver is one of the fittest cities in the US!
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It worked out that there was tons of walking during this trip, so getting my daily 20 minutes of exercise in each day was no problem. The alcohol?? Well, I’m not a big drinker, but I definitely exceeded the one day a week goal. I’m really looking forward to finishing this challenge strong. We only have 8 days to go!!
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To recap, here are the challenge details:
Exercise 20 minutes every.single.day (LOG YOUR EXERCISE here)
Drink 64 oz. of water a day
No fried food • No desserts • No alcohol (1 “cheat day” per week)
Meditate • Pray • Gratitude Journal
Get adequate sleep
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My main goal on this challenge was to get us moving everyday, which would (hopefully) have a positive impact on our lives with everything from our energy levels to what we ate.
I’ve heard from so many of you who’s goal on this challenge was to lose weight and you’re doing it! My weight has basically stayed the same, although I can tell through photos and how I feel that my body composition has changed.
HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT
If you do have weight to lose, let me tell you the easiest way to do it. Not that actually doing it is easy, but the method is quite simple. It’s all about calories in vs. calories out.
The easiest way I’ve found to track your calories is through the FREE app, My Fitness Pal. The key is that you have to be HONEST and track every single thing that goes into your mouth.
If you aren’t familiar with the app, check out my video tutorial for how to use My Fitness Pal.
First, you need to know how many calories you should eat to maintain your current weight. . Use this Calorie Calculator and type in your age, gender, height, weight and exercise level. I just put “light activity” as a baseline. Below are my results:
You can see I need about 1500 calories a day to maintain my current weight.
Then, give yourself a slight caloric deficit of 200 calories a day, and, over time, you will lose weight.
Keep in mind, this is without vigorous exercise or more exercise per week. You can also burn calories that way.
Make sure that when you track your calories that you are honest with yourself and track everything or else the data won’t be accurate.
Using this method, it’s reasonable to lose half to one pound each week.
If you find you’re losing too fast or too slow, you can adjust your calories and exercise.
Check out my video tutorial for how to use My Fitness Pal.
WHAT TO EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT
If you want to get serious, it’s not just about reducing calories, because a low calorie diet of cookies won’t help you reach your goal.
- Eliminate processed foods and refined sugar.
- Avoid soda and sugary drinks, including alcohol.
- Eat lean protein, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and healthy fats.
AB & BOOTY WORKOUT
I have another treat for you today! I asked my friend Angi Abercrombie if she would share an ab and booty workout with us so we have some exercises specifically targeted to those areas.
This girl knows her stuff! Angi is a wife, mom and certified personal trainer in Dallas, Texas. She owns and manages a boutique training studio where she helps her clients transform their bodies through written custom workouts. Her program focuses on resistance training, HIIT (high intensity interval training), cardiovascular and weight training. Additionally, Angi is also a rising FITness blogger and virtual FITness coach. Angi’s online 6 week FITness program is a one stop shop for a total body tone including a meal plan. If you’re interested in her program, you can get in touch with her here.
Beginners 3 rounds of 15 reps of every exercise.
Intermediate 4 rounds of 20 reps of every exercise.
Advanced 6 rounds of 25 reps.
1) Stationary Lunges
Stand tall with your feet hip distance apart then take a large step backward with one foot. This is your start position. Lower the back knee to a 90 degree angle so both knees are bent then press up to start position and repeat.
2) Wall Sit
Stand with your back pressing against a wall. Slide downward into a squat position by moving your feet forward until your knees make a 90-degree angle and your hamstrings are parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds or more.
3) Jack Knife
Lie flat on the floor on your back with your arms extended straight back behind your head and your legs extended also. This will be your starting position. As you exhale, bend at the waist while simultaneously raising your legs and arms to meet in a jackknife position. Tip: The legs should be extended and lifted at approximately a 35-45 degree angle from the floor and the arms should be extended and parallel to your legs. The upper torso should be off the floor.
4) Fire Hydrants
From an all fours position – make sure your arms and wrists are in alignment, lift a leg out to the side working the hip and outer thigh. Advanced could add a resistance band.
5) Full Sit Ups
Beginners cross arms across your chest and come up over bent knees (beginners may want to tuck feet under a bed or chest of drawers or couch) Intermediate would put hands behind the head BUT DO NOT PULL ON THE NECK. Advanced would butter fly the legs and complete a full sit up.
6) Squat Squat Jump
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.
Do 5 reps only (these are to be done fast to get the heart rate up).
7) Hip Thrusts
Start with your shoulder blades against a bench, and your arms spread across it for stability. Take a big breath in, blow your air out fully, and brace your core. Squeeze your glutes, lift up your hips, and hold a second or two.
Beginners would do this from the floor and could switch out bent knees and or butterfly feet. Intermediate would elevate the feet on a bench, chair, couch or stair. Advanced would do this one leg at a time and could add weights to the hips as shown in the pictures.
*Neither Angi Abercrombie or Abercrombie & FITness are responsible for serious or non-threatening injuries or health issues associated with using this custom workout program. It is recommended that you please consult a doctor before starting a workout regimen to ensure you are healthy enough for rigorous workout activity.
HOW IS THE CHALLENGE GOING FOR YOU?
We’ve talked a lot about our successes and struggles in the workout and diet portions of this challenge. How is your wellness going? Are you going to bed early enough? Have you noticed a difference in yourself with just a few extra moments of quiet and reflection? Let me know in the comments below!
If you’re new to the 30-day HWH Fitness Challenge, check out the posts below:
HWH Fitness Challenge – Week 1
HWH Fitness Challenge – Week 2
HWH Fitness Challenge – Week 3
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