11 Week Challenge: Week 8 Update

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(My current fave workout hairstyle – the fitness faux braid – keeps my longer bangs outta the way!)

Woooo baby, it has been 4 weeks since I last posted about the challenge, but I’ve still been working on it! In the past 4 weeks I concentrated on lifting heavier weights more often and sprinkling in yoga to make sure I still stayed limber. I continue to superset everything when I lift weights. I completely slacked off on logging my eating and exercise, but continued to eat healthy food during the week while being more unrestricted during the weekends.

The good news is, despite this post being immediately after a half week of gluttony with lots of family and friends in town and town and cooking two massive carb-loaded meals for Thanksgiving….I’m finally down a few pounds after plateauing for a while! I think it was all the running around preparing to host family, and also when I cook all day, I end up only nibbling when it comes time to eat. Let’s see if the numbers stay down as I get back to a more normal schedule this week.

In general, I’ve noticed lots of improvement in muscle tone in my upper back/shoulders and booty. Squats are something I’ve done all my life (it seems) and I tend to use that measurement as a gauge of how strong I am. Currently I’m free squatting 3 sets of 10 at 95 lbs. I could probably do more, but w/out a workout partner/spotter, I tend to play it a bit more on the safe side. I give myself a B+ for this weight amount and hope to increase another 20 lbs by the end of 11 weeks.

I think the key exercises that have really had a big effect on my muscle tone have been:

  • Squats/Squat Jumps
  • Walking lunges
  • Kettle Bell Swings
  • Bent over dumbell rows

What are your favorite exercises? Would love to mix in some new stuff as it is so easy to get in a workout rut!

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