This post was updated daily for days 1 – 7 of this challenge. Click here for week two’s updates of this challenge.
Yesss! So it begins… I am really excited to be doing this challenge with a bunch of other people on Discord, but also some of my church friends who have been interested in getting back into exercise. The program was pre-released on Saturday and I’ve been dead excited about it ever since. It’s got some of my favourite videos in and the entire schedule looks very well thought out. (Not to mention, I actually came up with the challenge name hehe.)
This is a 4 week challenge and I don’t really want the post to be too long, so I’ll be tracking my updates on a new post every week. It’s only been a few days since I completed the 2020 2 Week Shred Challenge so I won’t be posting starting physique photos. I look the same so please check out the bottom of that post if you’re curious about pictures.
Originally I had wanted to take the entire weekend off from exercising after my 2 Week Shred completion, but thanks to a song my friend played on in the Discord voice chat I ended up basically doing Day 1 of the 2019 2 Weeks Shred challenge plus most of Chloe’s 6 Pack Abs video with a 5lb dumbbell… for funsies. In jeans, t-shirt and socks on carpet haha.
The impromptu workout was unintentional, but thoroughly enjoyable. I did sweat during the workout, but not nearly as much as I would have done in the past. I was able to go through the entirety of the workout without additional breaks or struggling very hard at all.
Super thrilled at how much stronger I’ve become, and I’m excited to grow even stronger through this program! Chloe has released a new warm up video, and will be releasing a new cool dow video as well, so I’ll be trying both of those out as part of this program. As before, dates will be written in US format since I live here now.
This post was last updated and completed on 1/1/2021.
Oh my goodness. It’s happening. In fact, it’s already happened. I have once again committed to a #chloetingchallenge.
This time is different, though. This time, I am doing this challenge with 30+ people. I haven’t felt this motivated in a long time, and a quick look at the rest of this blog and it’s fairly obvious I haven’t been exercising regularly in a while now, so it’s really exciting for me.
I’m still following Natacha Oceané’s 10min Warm Up video before every single session so I’m not going to be listing it under the daily completed videos list. It’s still my favourite warm up so I’m not going to stop following it any time soon.
Originally I was thinking of doing the same sort of format as my initial challenge posts but my mindset about fitness has changed so much I really don’t care about the numbers at all anymore. Still, here are some updated photos that I hastily took after my morning coffee, that can potentially be used for comparison later.
I am not expecting weight loss or even cm’s lost. I’m just really excited to be exercising again, and with a gigantic group of online friends, no less. So, without further ado…
Week 43 runs from Monday 19th October — Sunday 25th October, 2020.
For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here. This is my second week doing Chloe Ting’s Get Peachy Challenge.
The Week in Fitness & Food
10/19 – Monday. Rest.
I had a pretty busy and productive day today so ended up not doing a workout. However, I did do laundry and some additional cleaning. Not quite the same, nor even similar, but I’m really happy with the amount of stuff I got ticked off my to-do list today.
Also, these arrived!
They’ve been on my products wishlist for a while, and Jacky saw that they were on sale for $189 at Woot.com last week so said I could buy a pair. I had a bit of a rough start with them as the case wasn’t charging properly and it wasn’t pairing as well, but after a quick Google search on what to do, I reset my AirPod Pros and the charging case and it’s working great now.
I love the noise cancellation and look forward to going for walks with these in future!
Last night I didn’t sleep enough (we got distracted playing Sudoku till late… yes, that’s right, the numbers game… yes, we are geeks) but surprisingly I wasn’t feeling particularly fatigued during the day. It was a struggle to get up, but after I was up I was fine. There was no change in my weight between yesterday and today.
Food-wise, I had a pretty large breakfast, some leftover curry for lunch and then hot pot again for dinner. I also realised, after having a sip of diet coke for the first time in a while, that it’s possible my previous headaches could have been from diet coke withdrawal too.
I’d been drinking at least one every day for some time before suddenly cutting it out of my diet (we were running out). Then after not drinking it for couple of weeks or so my body got used to not having it again. Not sure. Anyways, I don’t plan to drink it again for some time. We only have 1 can left and Jacky and I agreed we wouldn’t buy anymore 35 can packs from Costco again.
I’m looking forward to finally doing Chloe’s Hourglass workout for the Get Peachy Challenge!
Today, I have officially started the Chloe Ting Get Peachy Challenge! After a few months of not doing Chloe Ting, I am back to the woman who kicked off my current fitness journey. And I’m excited again! I purchased weights and resistance bands especially for this and I think it’s renewed my excitement for working out.
I think I was beginning to lose motivation when my health started to wane in the past couple of weeks. Plus I wanted to do reps-based workouts and there weren’t any follow alongs. I guess Chloe must be a mind reader because she released this program at the most perfect time for me. Brett is also very reputable so I fully trust that this will be a good challenge to do.
I don’t follow her warm up or cool down videos – she’s not very flexible so she doesn’t hold the stretches long enough for me, but I’ll be following her actual workout videos. I personally love Natacha’s warm up video so I’ll be using that one for the duration of the challenge. Depending how I’m feeling after, I may follow a shorter cool down video instead.
Today’s video felt like a nice way to ease into and be introduced to this program. It was a perfect length to start and get used to the moves as well as figure out the right weights to use, in my opinion. I realised I wasn’t feeling challenged when she said “your glutes should be burning” and mine didn’t hurt at all, so I started adding in a resistance band then slowly increasing my resistance band weight.
Unfortunately the heaviest dumbbell I have is 10lbs, which I was using the entire time. I didn’t realise I’d become strong enough to need more! Yay! My arms are weak so when I was carrying the dumbbells with arm strength during time of purchase I was dying already haha. Maybe I can buy some heavier weights next time. For the meantime, adding heavier resistance seems to work well.
I think I finally got the resistance right just before the last movement because my glutes were burning but I was still able to do the movement with good form. I went from X-Light to Medium haha. I was considering going up to Heavy but Medium was enough because of the short rest time for the last move.
My one complaint would be that Chloe moves a bit fast for the second move. I didn’t realise she was going so quickly so I stopped when she said so, but in reality I hadn’t completed the appropriate number of steps for some for some of the sets. So if you’re following along too, I’d recommend ignoring her beeps and counter or you may end up short-changing yourself.
Overall, I really enjoyed day one. I’m still waking up with headaches but I can ignore them for the sake of doing exercises that I love and look forward to. We only do this exercise once a week, which is a liiittle disappointing! But that’s okay, I guess I can just do it again in my own time haha ;)
Because I did lose a little more weight recently, here are some updated physique photos:
Yes – my black sports bra is definitely too large for me now but I’m still losing weight so don’t plan to buy any new ones yet heh heh. My green one is in the wash so this one will do.
Sleep-wise, my watch says that I had disrupted sleep twice. I definitely remember the second disruption, but I’m not sure about the first one, which apparently happened around 4:30am and lasted about 15min or so. Actually – I just remembered a second disruption during the night but I don’t recall staying awake for 15min.
Either way, I could not get up this morning when my alarm sounded. I was so tired. My bad for sleeping late last night even when I was already exhausted, really. I will certainly try to sleep earlier tonight or take an afternoon nap.
Week 41 runs from Monday 5th October — Sunday 11th October, 2020.
For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here.
The Week in Fitness & Food
10/5 – Monday. Cleaned apt.
I’m not sure what is up with my sleep app but it’s still acting up. I managed to get some of the data from my Watch app before my phone app, once again, wiped all the data clean. I slept decently last night and awoke feeling decently rested too.
Today I had plans to clean the entire apt, which is something we’d been putting off for a while, so I did just that. Cleaned, vacuumed, tidied, did a load of laundry and the dishes too. Not quite a workout, but still moderate ‘cardio’ to a degree. I worked up a sweat anyway.
I had a greek yoghurt bowl for breakfast, a bowl of jajangmyeon from the Korean place we went to on Saturday for lunch, a scallion and egg pancake as an afternoon snack, then for dinner we ordered a feast from our favourite local Burmese restaurant. I plan to blog about that! But needless to say, I ate quite a lot today lol.
I feel a bit thrown off my diet this week, I think it’s because we’ve sort of run out of wrap ingredients and I haven’t really been craving wraps the past few days. I hope my weight will be around the same tomorrow, but I am expecting it to increase a little.
I’m really pleased I went back down to 120.4lbs today though :) I hope and expect to drop below 120lbs this week!