It was getting pretty tough to focus on this 12 week challenge since I started PiYo 3 weeks ago – PiYo has ended up taking quite a bit of time. I knew my running would take a hit, and am honestly glad that it didn’t take a bigger hit than it did. My goal was to run a minimum of 240 miles and I ended up at 229.77 miles prior to resetting running goals in week 10 to reflect the time required of PiYo and weather considerations (it is so wet and cold outside – I haven’t run outside in 3+ weeks, sigh). I’m pretty darn happy with that and if nothing else, it reminds me it’s time for a new pair of running shoes 😉 I’ve definitely put 500 miles on the ones I’m currently wearing. HA!
At the end of the day, most goals were met and I lost weight, if only 2.6 pounds (I did weigh 1.2 pounds less yesterday when I thought I was done with this challenge, but that’s OK). My goal was to maintain, so any loss is a win! I never went above 145 pounds and my body fat did not go above 24% – both of those were my highest-priority goals. If fact, I lost 1.4% body fat, ending up solidly in the 21%-range (21.4% today) and I could not be happier with that! I have never had body fat percentages this low before! I think you can see the changes in the pictures – things really tightened up!
I almost spent 5 hours a week being active – and I have the PiYo challenge to thank for that. I was slipping big-time on this goal but then PiYo started and it’s not a big calorie-burner, so I had to step it up to keep burning my calories while getting stronger and more flexible. I ended up coming in under my weekly 5 hour activity goal by only 9 minutes a week – and when you consider my steps per day – I bet I met the goal. I move a LOT chasing these kids around 😉
Another great challenge with most goals met! I can’t always control how much time I can spend being active, but I can modify calorie intake to off-set those challenges and that’s what I did. I’ve learned these last 12 weeks how to plan each day the night before, and to think about modifications when things don’t go according to plan. A great thing to figure out, no doubt!
Summary (09/02/2015 – 11/25/2015)
- Weight: 140.4 Pounds
- Number of Weeks Meeting <=145 pound goal: 12 weeks
- Pounds Lost or Gained (started at 143.0 pounds): 2.6 Pound lost
- Body Fat %: 21.4%
- Number of Weeks Meeting <=24% goal: 12 weeks
- Body Fat % Lost or Gained (started at 22.8%): 1.4% Lost
- BMI: 22
- BMI Points Lost or Gained (started at 22.4): 0.4
- Time Spent Being Active (goal is 60 hours): 58 Hours 12 Minutes
- Number of Weeks Meeting >= 5 hour goal: 4 weeks (average of 4 hours 51 minutes per week, which is very close to the weekly goal! Only off by 9 minutes per week)
- Miles Run: 229.77 Miles (averaged 19.14 miles per week, only off 0.86 miles per week)
- Natural Waist: 27 inches (27.5 on 08/29/15)
- Lost 0.5 inches
- Belly Button: 31.5 inches (31.75 on 08/29/15)
- Lost 0.25 inches
- Hips: 35.75 inches (35.75 on 08/29/15)
- Neither lost nor gained inches
- Natural Waist: 27 inches (27.5 on 08/29/15)
November 25, 2015 at 10:31 am
You have done SO well with your dedication to these challenges. I love it! The 21 Day Fix workouts are definitely more of a calorie burn, so I’m excited to focus on those for the next 3 weeks, but the PiYo is so great for strength & tone & stretch. I’m so glad you’ve been liking it as well!
December 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm
I am really, REALLY loving the PiYo – it’s gotten me out of my comfort zone and I am WAY more flexible, and my abs and shoulders are showing the work I’m putting into them. It’s a solid program – but I figured it would be since I love INSANITY and TurboFire!
November 25, 2015 at 10:53 am
Wow, good for you!
I am getting ready to start my first 21 Day Fix challenge the Monday after Thanksgiving. Any advice for a newbie? My fitness level is “sedentary” — desk job and have only walked sporadically for exercise over the past 4+ years — and I probably need to lost about 60 lbs overall. (Though I’m obviously not hoping to lose that amount in 21 days: HA!)
November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am
Good for you! I’ve seen a lot of people have success with that!
Honestly, my best advice is to make short term goals. These 12 weeks were too long. I’m used to 8-10 week fitness sprints and I’m in the middle of an 8-week one now and it’s flying by! Set an overall goal, but not a weekly goal for yourself. You’ll get frustrated when you miss a weekly goal (2 pounds a week, for example) and we ALL miss those goals. Set goals for the entire 21 days.
And, I know fix has food plans worked in, but log all food in my fitness pal. I think that is the key to my success… I know what value each food has, and I think about every meal!
Good luck! Are you blogging your experience?
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November 25, 2015 at 11:18 am
Thanks for the tips! I have My Fitness Pal on my iPhone, so tracking my food there should be relatively easy.
I hadn’t planned to blog about the challenge. Given all I have going on at work and at home, I think I’m going to be lucky to find the time to do all that’s required to complete the challenge — the meal planning and prep and workouts — without adding that into the mix. 🙂
November 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Let me know if you want to be MFP pals!