I FINISHED THE 30 DAY PLANK CHALLENGE!! I saw so many improvements in myself that I wasn't expecting, and I learned a few things about myself too.
First of all, if you're going to embark on a 30 day fitness challenge, you have to be IN IT. And you're going to WANT to be in it, because your body will transform in ways that will surprise you! For me, I was expecting to be able to get better at holding the plank. And maybe a little bit stronger of a core, whatever that meant. OH MAN, was I surprised when I noticed that my upper back, mid back, lower back, shoulders, deltoids, thighs, obliques, front of my ankles, calves, and triceps (and probably more) were sore, and then STRONG!!
I also learned, yet again, that my mind is a powerful tool for influencing my decisions and actions!! I had to believe that I could do it, every single day. I had to believe that I could get stronger and hold the plank for longer amounts of time. I had to keep saying good things about myself and not tear myself down!! Remember the stupid phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!"? Well that's a bunch of crap!!
How many of us complain about something on our bodies, something we don't like about our personality? Our minds REMEMBER SO MUCH!! Especially the negative things! But it CAN be changed!! Start giving yourself one compliment a day, reading personal development books, and just believing in yourself!! You are amazing, you are beautiful, YOU CAN DO INCREDIBLE THINGS!!
I saw this amazing quote that I think everyone could benefit from seeing, and it goes along with thinking positively about yourself. A lot of us think that we need to shed a few pounds, or maybe more than a few, but we take it too far and start letting our weight hold us back and affect our moods.. but remember this quote next time you're feeling that way!! Instead of saying you're fat and need to lose weight, say that you are beautiful and you're setting a goal to eat healthier 2 times a day, or exercise one more time a week!
Have I emphasized how important positive thinking is?! Okay, good. I'll move on.
When I decided to start doing the 30 day plank challenge, I found this picture on Pinterest and thought it looked like a good schedule to follow.
I also learned that my body needed a small break. I was getting to the point where I could barely hold a plank for 30 seconds without feeling like I was breaking in half. So for a couple of days, I did smaller time increments, then took a rest day, and the next day I held the plank for 1 minute and 25 seconds!!
Overall, it was TOTALLY worth it! I would recommend this to EVERYONE I know, you will not regret it!!
I had a couple people ask if I had seen any difference in my stomach, and I have to start by saying that I haven't been the best with my foods this past month, and I know very well that "abs are made in the kitchen". So I've stayed the same weight and didn't think I'd see much of a difference in my body, but then I took an "after" picture of my stomach and compared it to the picture I took a month before, and here's what I saw!