May 20, 2019

Making the Cut: 6 Week Six-Pack

I'm officially back to exercise! I guess technically I've been back to working in for awhile now. I had been doing some postpartum workouts but I got bored. I was ready to move on so I did. Do I regret moving on? I guess it depends on the day.


I decided to start with my regular exercise programs with Jillian Michaels' 6 Week Six-Pack for a couple different reasons. First of all I remember this being a tough workout and I needed something that would challenge me. I needed to sweat and feel that rush of accomplishing something I wasn't sure I could actually do. And the second reason was because I've had three kids. I've never exactly had the strongest or firmest core but the last time I did this workout, I remember really getting some good results. And is there woman alive that has been postpartum and has felt a hundred percent confidence in her midsection?

I started off pretty strong. I felt good and confident in the workout. It wasn't as bad as I remembered it being. I was sure that I could handle the six weeks (three weeks per level). I will admit that by the time I got to the last week of the first level I was ready to just give up. I was already feel burnt out and I wasn't feeling like I was getting any results.

For the most part the first level really wasn't bad though. I learned during the second week that I was cheating out with my arm on a couple workouts more than I should have which meant my core wasn't getting really worked. I also learned that I had to change some of my workouts. I have been having hip issues so doing cardio in plank kind of hurt so I found other ways to get my cardio in which wasn't in plank. I knew I wasn't losing some of the core there but at least I was doing something.

But like I said I was pretty discouraged after the first three weeks because I just felt like I wasn't seeing any improvement despite how hard I was working. Rob then encouraged me to recheck my measurements after those weeks. He reminded me that my weight never seems to reflect a change. So that's what I did and I found that I lost at least an inch from each other the areas I measure. So that definitely helped with my morale going into my last three weeks and level two.

I was dreading level two a little bit but also looking forward to. After doing the exact same workout every day for three weeks, it gets a little dull and you are just ready to move on. Of course the first day of level two comes and it completely kicks my butt. I am sweating more than I ever did in level one and my calories burned shoots through the roof.

But over time I started to figure out it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Or at least it wasn't awful for my abs. The rest of me was really sore but my abs were fine. Which then led me to be frustrated that this wasn't doing what I wanted this workout to do. I was getting a leg workout and my bum was sore but my abs weren't feeling anything. The soreness went away but me feeling it in my abs just didn't happen.

By the time I was done with my three weeks I definitely didn't have a six pack which was okay. I didn't really expect to. But I was slimmer. It may not have been an huge amount or at least not enough to really notice a difference to anyone else but the measurements don't lie. This workout as a whole did make a difference, so that definitely was nice. After six weeks of struggling, it was nice to see that it all mattered and wasn't a waste of time.

But I'm definitely excited about moving on. I'm trying something I have never done before and I'm looking forward to it.

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