This entry comes late but it also comes with a couple of updated “after” photos. Not gonna lie, I was kinda shocked at how much my body has changed lately, and I felt so proud of my progress I’m finally posting them here.
As with my previous post, I only made a few notes throughout the week and then wrote my closing thoughts once the week of workouts was over. In this case, I didn’t have time to write on Sunday/Monday as I was down in LA, but now that I’m back home I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and finish up this entry.
The Journals feature was recently released on the Chloe Ting website but I personally still prefer to track my own workouts and progress on my blog, though I’m finding I have less time these days to dedicate to it. I have a bunch of posts that I’ve been meaning to write up but haven’t had the time.
I do want to find time to blog a little more these days though. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in seeing what 2 years of Chloe Ting workouts can do, read on…
Day 8 I was just absolutely exhausted. I considered taking an extra rest day but decided against to just push through in the end. Wasn’t my best workout by far, and I only completed it half-heartedly, but I’m glad we got it done.
Day 9 I was SUPER distracted because the Depp v Heard trial verdict was being read out literally the minute I finished my second round of the Perky Butt video. There was no way to concentrate on dong a proper cooldown after that so I just did a few basic stretches while watching Emily D. Baker’s stream. I did, however, manage to get a proper walk in though, and at a very good pace as well.
This was also the week that I really started feeling my left glute and hamstring being more engaged during side lunges. I’m guessing I’ve finally been able to gain enough strength/muscle in that area, or I’ve slimmed down enough that whatever limited strength I had is finally enough haha.
Since I fell a day behind last week, I decided to skip Day 11’s rest day to catch up to my teammate. Not gonna lie – that probably affected how effective I was in working out the rest of the week, but I’m glad I just went ahead and did it anyway.
Day 14 I actually had to catch a flight in the morning so was originally expecting to take an extra rest day, but I ended up naturally waking up at 6:45am and figured that since I was already up, why not just go ahead and do the workout. A month ago, I don’t think that would have happened at all, but I’m really falling in love with exercising now.
I’ve read other stories of people who fell in love with exercising but I don’t think that was ever really me until now. There were some days I looked forward to exercising on occasion, but in the majority of cases I did it out of obligation. I can finally say I’m just generally and genuinely a fan of working out now, and I look forward to exercising more often than not.
Perhaps it’s because I am really, really seeing the difference in my body that is so encouraging. For the first time ever, I can feel my hip bones as they’re no longer deeply buried beneath layers of fat. I’ve also started to push my body to become much stronger than I did before.
I can literally feel the difference in my strength, especially on my left side. I still have quite a ways to go, but my left side is certainly catching up to my right. Doing some of these challenges in the past, I would simply go at a pace that I felt was okay but never pushed me close to failure. Now I count my reps and aim to increase them wherever possible.
I imagine the recent walks have also helped significantly in my slimming down. I haven’t restricted my eating, but I now naturally eat less than I did before (stomach capacity is just not that high) and I also love eating salads and vegetables in general haha.
While I’ve continued to eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, banana bread, pain au chocolats etc., I also thoroughly enjoy healthy, balanced, high-protein meals in between. And one of my favourite sweet snacks is greek yoghurt with fruit and some granola. I don’t care about the calorie content, it’s 100% lower than what that same quantity of Ben & Jerry’s would be.
I realise I haven’t posted any photos in a while and I’ve just been… writing and writing, sometimes sharing photos from the shoulders up. You can probably spot a difference in the size of my arm if you look closely, but here’s a couple of physique update photos that I took after my workout on Sunday next to my “before” photos from 2 years ago:
This is what 2 years of (mostly) #ChloeTingChallenges can do. And bearing in mind that I wasn’t exercising the entire time during these two years. And no, I did not go to the gym at all. I’ve blogged my entire fitness journey so if you’re interested you can go back and read what I did. If I didn’t write about it, I didn’t do it.
The best part? As far as I remember, I’m not even sucking in for these pics. However, they were taken immediately after my Sunday arm/abs workout, so whatever pump and natural core-engaging I had from the workout will still be in effect. I mean… not gonna lie, I’m pretty damn pleased.
Thanks, Chloe! One week of this challenge left.