December Challenge - Baseline
December is here and we are focusing on the exercise aspect of fitness this month. We're targeting our arms, abs, and butts with the 30 Day Guns, Buns, & Abs Challenge.
To track our progress each day, I've created this 30 Day Guns, Buns, & Abs Challenge Worksheet so that we can simply check off each box as we complete the activity! Click on the link above to grab your own.
I used my Challenge Tracker page to help me track what I was able to complete each day. But I also kept a daily journal because I think it's important to note how I'm feeling each day.
Sometimes on this journey, we see progress in the form of our workouts being easier or our stamina lasting longer as opposed to inches or pounds lost. Because of that, I think it's important to keep a journal of how you're feeling when you work out.
Sunday - Day 8
I got up and washed the dishes because today will be a meal prep day just like yesterday and I had a few dishes leftover that didn't make it into the dishwasher last night because it was full. Next, I wrote and published my Sunday Stats post. I intended to do my challenge tasks immediately after that but ended up making breakfast instead. That led me right into my meal prepping and I completely forgot about the challenge until about 9:30pm. I immediately did my wall push ups and then did my standing leg lifts right before going to bed. When I went to bed, I did my regular leg lifts.
Monday - Day 9
Leg lift rest day, yay! I took a long shower this morning to wake up and didn't have time to workout before work. After work, I did the first half of my squats and my push ups. My knee didn't like that at all or I would've done them all. But I don't want to injure my knee so I stopped halfway through. I cooked and ate dinner and then I wrote most of my Monday Motivation post. I stopped and did my 30 minute cardio when I created the goal for it this week, (I did it right away so I wouldn't forget it). I sat down and finished my post and then finished my squats before bed.
Tuesday - Day 10
I got up in the morning ready to go. Before work, I completed my 30 minute cardio routine as well as my squats and push ups. I did my standing legs lifts before work as well. However, my regular leg lifts have to be done bed. So I spread those out throughout the day and did 10 every time I went to the bathroom.
Wednesday - Day 11
I got up this morning with every intention of getting my cardio workout done before work. I had an hour. But after I got up and got dressed, I sat back down on my bed and loved on my dog for 20 minutes because it was frozen outside and cold. So I didn't have time to do the 30 minute cardio workout before work. So, instead, I did the Country Heat Giddy Up walk through by Beachbody. The walk through is just 20 minutes of learning the steps that you'll be doing in the workout. This workout is clearly going to be a harder one. After work, before dinner, I did half of my squats and my push ups. While dinner was cooking, I did the other half of my squats. And after dinner, I did my leg lifts and my cardio workout.
Thursday - Day 12
I did the Country Heat Down and Dirty Breakdown routine followed by the workout first thing in the morning before logging into work. I did the challenge exercises after dinner.
Friday - Day 13
I skipped the morning workout as I was still tired when I woke up. I did the push ups and some of the squats and leg lifts before breakfast, I continued doing sets throughout the day and then finished my day off with the Country Heat Bring the Heat routine.
Saturday - Day 14
It is now a week and a half before Christmas. I woke up and took a shower and then went Christmas shopping while my son slept. When I got home, I completed the first set of squats and leg lifts. I decided to break them into three sets today. After the first set, I woke my son up and we went to my parents house for a few hours. We came home around dinner time and I completed the Country Heat Trail Ride breakdown and routine for my 30 minutes of cardio for the day. After catching my breath from that, I completed the second set of challenge tasks. Next, I worked on getting all of the shopping bags from my car to their hiding places until I could get them wrapped. Finally, I did the last set of tasks for this challenge before chilling for the night.
Upper Abs: 47"
Lower Abs: 51"
For this challenge, I'm introducing Forget Skinny gear into the mix! The winner of this challenge will win a Forget Skinny Challenge Winner spiral notebook for all of their journaling needs!
The journals came in this week and are ready to be shipped out to the challenge winner(s)!
The challenge winner will be determined by the person who has accumulated the most points.
Now, since this is a points based system, there is the possibility of a tie. In the event of a tie, we each reward ourselves with the selected prize gear.
Otherwise, the person that does not win the challenge will purchase the selected gear for the winner of the challenge.
- Challenge tasks: 3 per day x 7 days = 21 points
- Measurements: 1 point each for the three required = 3 points
- Sunday Stats Post: 1 point earned for posting on time = 1 point
- Points earned this week: 25 points
- Total Earned: 50 points
Aside from this challenge, I have two personal goals going on this month...to achieve 30 minutes of cardio each day and to transition to a Keto diet.
The transition is proving a little harder than I expected as I'm finding carbs where I didn't expect carbs to be, and I'm not getting enough fat and protein to get myself into Ketosis. So I just need to keep working on this one until I make it happen.
As far as the exercise, I'm getting this one done. I am using Sunday as my rest day from Cardio but I'm getting more than 30 minutes throughout the week to make up for it.
So, how did you do? Are you following a long? Let us know how your week went in the comments section at the bottom of this page. We're here to support you on your journey too!
For now, take care and hug your loved ones!
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