Fitness: Chloe Ting’s Flat Stomach Challenge – Week 2

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This post was updated daily for days 8 – 14 of this challenge.
Click here for week one’s updates of this challenge.

Alrighty, we are in the second week already! Last week was very enjoyable and honestly flew by, probably because Chloe has released many new videos for this challenge, as well as kept each day’s content fresh. There are far fewer repeated videos (but still enough to notice improvement) and that’s been keeping me excited to workout on a daily basis.

I’ve already watched the new HIIT video that she released today and am looking forward to trying it out. There will be another new video released in a couple of days’ time so I’m excited for that as well. Chloe has been very busy lately it seems, and I am incredibly appreciative of that.

Life is likely to be much busier this week given the things I need to sort out with my green card application plus work, but I still love the look of the workouts this week so I hope I won’t need to skip any days. We shall see though, because shark week is supposed to start this week and the first day’s always a little rough.

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Fitness: Chloe Ting’s Flat Stomach Challenge – Week 1

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This post was updated daily for days 1 – 7 of this challenge.
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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.

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Fitness: Doing Chloe Ting’s 2020 2 Week Shred Challenge

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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…

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Fitness: Doing Chloe Ting’s Flat Belly Challenge

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Edit: Click here to read my first Chloe Ting challenge experience – 2 Week Shred
Click here to read my second Chloe Ting challenge experience – 2020 Summer Shred
Click here to read my fourth Chloe Ting challenge experience – Get Peachy

This post was last updated and completed on 8/16/2020.
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Gosh. I must subconsciously be doing a Try-All-Of-Chloe-Ting’s-Workout-Challenges challenge or something because this is my 3rd #chloetingchallenge in a row. I was considering changing to a different YouTuber’s workout program but none of the other ones I’ve found are fully free, and I don’t particularly feel like paying for them when we have Chloe.

Thank you, Chloe, for making all your workouts free!

The irony is that if other YouTubers all made their workouts free too, they’d probs be earning a lot more money via the ads and get a lot more subscribers too, but hey that’s just me speculating… *raises eyebrow,* *gives knowing look.*

After I completed Chloe’s 2020 Summer Shred Challenge on Monday I was only able to sit on my butt for a couple of days before I really wanted to exercise again, so on Thursday I tried a lower belly video (not bad, but her workout programs are locked behind a paywall), and on Friday I tried some yoga.

I thought about trying a yoga challenge for a month but it’s harder to do yoga with friends and if it’s just me by myself I’ll probably end up not working out after a week or so. Plus there aren’t any yoga channels that I like that offer free yoga workout programs in the way Chloe does, so back to Chloe it is!

I know she just released a new program that starts tomorrow but I’ve learned that it’s much better for me to look at all the videos in advance so I can determine if it’s something that is doable yet challenging for me. I don’t want to start and then either quit or end up short-changing myself by not trying my hardest because the difficulty level is too high.

Whilst trying to choose which new challenge to take on, I flip-flopped so many times between her 25 Day Hourglass Challenge and her 28 Day Flat Tummy Challenge because neither seemed ideal the way I felt her 2020 Summer Shred was going to be before I started that one. After much consideration, ultimately I decided on… her 2019, 30 Day Flat Belly Challenge! Lol.

Why?

Because it looks like the perfect mix of challenging yet not too insane. I love that even she was following the workout herself to get back in shape, and you can tell she worked herself hard because she’s sitting down taking deep breaths at the end of the videos haha. (Plus you get to see her SWEAT for once! Girl is not a robot and that makes me so happy mwahahahaha lolIamahorriblehumanbeing. But seriously it’s actually hilarious to hear the sarcasm in her own voiceovers like ‘ok we have this exercise next… greaaat.’ I feel vindicated and positively gleeful that Chloe feels our pain hahahaha. Somehow that makes me feel even more motivated.)

I like the music and that the song changes happen during the move transitions (both really important!) I like that most days it’s a 30-40min program because I exercise with a group of others; it’s just not worth getting on a group call to do a single video that only lasts 10min, which seems to be the schedule every other day for the 2020 Flat Tummy Challenge. I also love that her HIIT workouts include a warm up and cool down stretches in the actual video.

I may come to regret this later because some days the exercises are super long, but I feel much fitter after completing 2 of her challenges so I want to push a little harder. My only concern is that the entire challenge is comprised of 5 videos. There’s a chance I’ll get bored of repeating the same videos over and over but we’ll see how it goes.

I will be starting this challenge tomorrow but wanted to upload my ‘before’ shots ahead of time since I won’t have time to take photos tomorrow morning. So without further ado…

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Fitness: Doing Chloe Ting’s 2020 Summer Shred Challenge

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Edit: Click here to read my first Chloe Ting challenge experience – 2 Week Shred
Click here to read my third Chloe Ting challenge experience – 2019 Flat Belly
Click here to read my fourth Chloe Ting challenge experience – Get Peachy

This post was completed on 7/21/2020.
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It’s that time again where Jacky and I take on another one of Chloe Ting’s workout challenges. Yes, last time I said that we would start the new workout on Wednesday and that did not happen. We were both very tired that week and then my period started and I ended up feeling way too tender.

I was still nursing a headache this morning but I finally decided enough was enough, I can’t keep excusing myself from exercise, and now I can finally fill in that ‘exercise’ column of my new bullet journal, lol.

I checked out a number of her programs and ultimately decided this one would work best. Jacky’s a trooper and is just happy to do any exercise with me so he let me choose. He’s the best <3

I’m glad this challenge has a lot more rest days. But of course, you can afford to take more rest days if it’s more of a long-haul program. I think after doing her 2 Week Shred Challenge I’m less intimidated by a slightly longer program, it’s only approx. 22-45min per day, and now that we have a bit more strength from completing the previous challenge I do feel it’s a lot more doable. Oh! And I actually like the music for this one haha, which I learned is more important to me than I thought it would be.

We had a noise complaint from our downstairs neighbour last time (with whom we’ve now made peace by the grace of God and some homemade banana bread hehe) so we’ve decided to replace her “Ep 1: 12min Full Body Workout” video with her “Ep 4: No Jumping HIIT” video. This should also be easier on our bodies while still giving us a great workout.

Unlike last time, I’m not going to post my weight, but I will still post my waist and hip measurements. This time, Jacky made sure to take photos of where on my body I measured my ‘before’ from so we can make sure the measurement results are accurate.

Last time I measured my hips at the smallest part, but this time I’ve taken the measurement from the largest part of my hips as you’re supposed to. In addition, I’ve made mini-videos of my progress pictures so we’ll be able to better perceive if there is a difference.

I took these photos just before we started exercising. I ate in the morning (albeit not a lot) and had an iced coffee in my system, but these are pretty close to what I’d look like in the morning anyway.

Without further ado…

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