Monday, August 17, 2015

T25: the beginning

So I've been internally conflicted if I should share the whole experience with this blog of my journey using T25, and I feel like three weeks into the ten week program I have already seen such great results that it wouldn't be a fair assessment if I didn't share everything. I'm by no means a workout guru, nor am I a workout blogger. There are plenty of those out there, so don't expect that of me.

I first starting looking for a workout program because I was told by one of my doctors that I was about 20 lbs overweight (!). Granted I had stopped loosing weight when Hilton was around 9 months old and pretty much been stable since then, but I wasn't more than 5 lbs. over my pre baby weight although I was definitely not happy with my post baby body. I'm not saying that I wouldn't have a baby if I had known this was how my body would change, because I would do it again in a heartbeat, but I definitely could tell I was carrying some extra pudge in places that certainly didn't need it (love-handles, tummy, arms, thighs).

So I started looking into and researching workout programs. This was mainly because last summer I tried to get back into running and after getting stress injuries in my knees decided it wasn't worth it to do high impact activities as my sole source of working out. I hate, loathe, detest gyms and am too self conscious to workout in front of groups (plus the membership fees seem like a total rip off). I knew if I didn't find a workout program that was quick, and gave me fast results that I wouldn't finish it. I had heard of the insanity program before but felt like I needed something toned down for my needs: enter T25.

Made by the same person as Insanity, Shaun T. but a much more beginning intro style workout program geared to get people quick results with only 25 minutes 6 days a week. I was really skeptical as well, but I'm telling you they should be paying me for my review because I've a believer.

Let's get to the nitty gritty:

beginning stats:
Weight: 155.5 lbs
Hips: 39 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Arms (humerus section): 11.5 inches
Thigh (where thighs touch near crotch): 24 inches

Week 1:
Weight: 155.5 lbs
Hips: 38.5 inches
Waist: 33 inches
Arms: 11.5 inches
Thighs: 24 inches

Week 2:
Weight: 155 lbs
Hips: 37.5 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Arms: 11.5 inches
Thighs: 23.5 inches

Week 3:
Weight: 154 lbs
Hips: 37 inches
Waist: 31 inches
Arms: 11 inches
Thighs: 23.25 inches

So I will for now spare you my beginning photos, I don't want to post those until I have great 'after' photos to compare them too. But I'm telling you, this program works. I'm in no way in great shape, I have a very sedentary job and chasing my toddler for a couple hours after I get home doesn't really count as 'working out'. I don't go full blast during the entire workout, otherwise I would pass out! But along with the loss of mass around my waist and hips I am feeling so much stronger and having more energy each day. It's not hard to commit to less than half an hour after I put Hilton to bed and it is completely paying off! I'm already down from a size 10 jean to a size 8 and I have hopes to keep slimming down. Granted I know that working out shouldn't be able just loosing weight, but also getting stronger and I'm happy to note that I can finally do ten push ups in a row and not collapse between each one!

 To nutrition and calorie changes.

p.s. this photo above I will share because it was the point where I realized it was time to get serious about really loosing weight and slimming down, I want to be confident in my own skin around others to be an example for my children and I know that means working to be happy and stronger physically. I don't want to be one of those moms who hides behind swimming 'skirts' and shirts at the pool, I want to be one of those mom's who are happily chasing their kids around, not self-consciously sitting on the side watching their children make memories.