After being in New York
, it feels like 100 days ago I started my 40-Day Challenge
, trying to kick my booty into shape after baby. Our darling is 7 1/2 months old now (6 month update here
) and I definitely feel like ‘myself’ again if that makes sense. I’m happy to report that we CAN still make significant progress in a short time if we stick to our diet and exercise, even after age 40! #thereshopeforus!
I’m less excited to report that our progress is finicky. It doesn’t stick if you don’t stick to the program, as you’ll see below.
8/22/16: Weight 111, Body Fat 22.7% (starting stats)
8/29/16: Weight 108, Body Fat 21.7% (Wow! Lost one whole point in a week, fantastic!)
9/07/16: Weight 106, Body Fat 19.1% (OMG! I’m at my goal already! I thought it would take longer!)
9/26/16: Weight 106.4, Body Fat 21.0% (better than I started, but worse than mid-challenge)
Ultimately, I lost 4.6 pounds and 1.7% body fat.
I tracked my macros in My Fitness Pal
and it helped tremendously! I found that it was kind of a game and puzzle to see what I could eat that would fit my macro goals. And it was interesting to see that, at the beginning, I wasn’t getting enough fat, so I got to add in things like whole egg, peanut butter, avocado, and coconut oil. You can see the meals I ate and the macro breakdown here
You can clearly see the correlation between when I was strict with my macros during the first half of the challenge, that my results were awesome. I went to Austin for Labor Day
and had a couple cheat meals, but it didn’t hurt my progress.
However, during the last half of the challenge, I lost steam and was satisfied with that 19.1% number that I started indulging in ice cream and chocolate. You can eat those things, but I didn’t exercise self restraint and would eat a whole pint of ice cream or half a bag of Bark Thins! #badgirl
2. Exercise 5 days a week.
It was similar with the exercise. I started strong and then slacked off. I still trained twice a week with my trainer. Now, my mom trains too and we bring Jordan and just take turns holding her since this gym doesn’t have a daycare. You might have seen on Snap (@honeywerehome) or Instastories
For cardio, I usually just run about 3 miles (30 minutes) outside, after Jordan goes to bed around 6pm. But then our son started sports which means several evenings of practice where my husband isn’t home, so I wouldn’t be able to do it until after 7:30 and I didn’t make that effort.
3. Drink at least 64 oz water.
With my YETI or RTIC cup in tow everywhere I go and keeping one upstairs and one downstairs, I easily met my water goal.
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4. Get 8 hours of sleep.
This one was a struggle for me. I easily get my sleep out of whack if I’m not very intentional about it. I’m also prone to be so tired in the afternoon that I cave and grab a coffee, then have trouble falling asleep at night. It’s a vicious cycle!
I do find that when I exercise during the day, I’m better able to fall asleep at night and wake up refreshed in the morning.
This 40-Day Challenge experiment proved to me that it’s so important to stick to your diet and exercise to get the best results possible the quickest. Now that I’m back from NYC
and have eaten all.the.foods (see our Food Tour here
), I’m actually ready to get back on board with my challenge again until right before Thanksgiving break.
I’m changing my exercise goal to 4 times a week because 5 felt like too much pressure. I am getting back to running, even if I have to go in the evening and I’ll start running on weekends too- which I always took off before.
I’ve got my Mom on board with me and she wants to get in shape for my brother’s wedding, so it’s good that we can do this together. And I think Jordan is rooting us on!
Regarding running, I’m asked often about which sports bras I recommend and I’m pretty passionate about having a good one! Y’all know I’m busty and run, so having a great bra is key to a comfortable run. The Moving Comfort sports bras I always run in and this one by Nike is good too. They are sized by your bra size, so you can get an accurate fit. For lifting weights, I usually opt for my Under Armour because they are comfortable, have good support, and I never feel like they are choking me.
This sports bra I sometimes wear as a regular racerback bra with tank tops just for running around or being at home because it’s so comfy and hides the straps. (I wear size Medium and am 34D).
Quality running shoes (and socks!) are important too. I’ve tried several brands and styles and the running shoes I’ve found to be the most comfortable and lightest on my feet, while keeping them dry are the Nike Free Flyknit . I swear by them!
Finally, let me end by mentioning that even though I’ve made good progress on ‘body after baby’ I do struggle with loose tummy skin. It’s hard to see in pics unless I pull it, but I showed a pretty up close and personal video on Snapchat and Instastories before I went to NY. I try to accept it, but it doesn’t mean I love it! And, I know from having James that my skin did tighten up after training for my first fitness contest.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some shapewear secrets that will help us camoflauge that area and I figured I’d make it a series and finish up with my favorite t-shirt bras. No one wants lumps and bumps showing through their shirts!
Were you with me on this 40-Day Challenge? How did you do? Isn’t it amazing what our bodies can do?!