Saturday, January 2, 2010

Whittle My Middle II

I found a blog that has a challenge I am sure I can accomplish.

The challenge: Whittle My Middle II from Jan. 1st through Jan. 31st
The blog: Oh She Glows by Angela

Now, my middle is my biggest problem...second only to my thighs. I'm pretty alright with everything else on my body. Everything starts looking better when I do exercises that focus on my trouble spots :)

So. For the next 30 days I'm going to do my best to follow and keep up with the WMMII challenge. I'll be posting my workouts on here so you can cheer me on, or try to beat my reps/times.

We're supposed to keep before and after records. I took a picture of myself (front and back) this morning to visually compare my results on the 31st. I will not be posting said picture because I'm not a big fan of it. But I will post it at the end of the challenge with a new picture of my whittled middle. I also took measurements of my waist and hips. Those I will post. You can then use your imagination to come up with a image of what I look like in that unposted picture....or don't. Probably safer if you don't :)

  • Smallest part of waist: 31"
  • Widest part of waist: 34"
  • Hips: 36"
Lauren at Reading and Running Lauren is the one who clued me into this challenge and is doing it as well. Little does she know (or will after reading this post) that I'm using her as my competition (he he he). I'm going to do my hardest to do more reps and hold for more seconds that she does. She, I'm hoping will then up her game and I will be challenged to do even more. This could get ugly folks.

Here's the log of my first workout:
January 2, 2010
Exercises Completed:
-Front Plank: 45 seconds
-Side Plank: 30 seconds each
-Torso Twists: 20 reps (I used my cat as the weight because she was pestering me. She stopped pestering me after this)
-Plank Ups: 10 reps (Didn't raise my legs though)
-Boat Pose: 2 sets of 10 reps (second set was rough on my hips)
-Side Plank Twists: 8 reps each side (wow. those were tough)
-Bicycle Crunches: 2 sets 30 reps

So. Wish me luck. I'd post a run from the Beginning Runner's Handbook, but I didn't run today. When I woke up at 8:00, the current temp was -3 with a wind chill of -19. The high for today is 4. That's too dangerous for me to go running outside. Brrr....So I will whittle instead.

Join me, won't you?


  1. You are going to get such a strong core from this workout. It will help you with your running too. What is the boat pose?

    I looked on the web for an update for the jogger hit but didn't find anything. I may call the hospital but don't know what I'd tell them since I'm not friend or family.

  2. We used to call "boat pose" a "V sit" at tumbling practice. You sit on the floor and then balance on your butt as you raise your knees to your chest. Then you extend your legs out and up to form a V with your body. There's a picture on Angela's page of what it looks like if you need it. You can either hold that pose or bring your knees to your chest again and then back out. It acts like a crunch.