Sports Bra Challenge

Before I get into the nitty gritty of this challenge, let me just say this is not intended to be an attack on modesty, or a reason to flaunt parts of our femininity that should not be flaunted. The intention here is to keep things modest, but to embrace our bodies as they are and be ok with the way we look, imperfections and all. Stepping off soap box now.

I don’t know if you guys watch The Biggest Loser but I totally love it! This season was my favorite by far, and I was SO inspired by sisters Hannah and Olivia – I loved their authenticity, positivity, and willingness to work hard in ALL areas {emotional, spiritual, physical} to make their goals a reality.

Like a true Bieber fan, I have totally e-stalked Hannah and Olivia since the Biggest Loser finale.  To my delight, they have a SUPER cute blog called My Fitspiration. Love it! Aren’t they just too presh?

Side note: Olivia’s haircut has definitely been added to my “cute short hair” collection. I have always wanted to go Pixie but have never had the cohones to go through with it. I’m thinking next year might be the year. 30 is a good year to chop your hair, right?

Welllll anywaaayyyzzzz… Hannah and Olivia really are an inspiration to me as I’m inching toward my weight loss goals, so I’ve decided to accept the challenge they have thrown out: the sports bra challenge. Basically, on July 29th, I’m going to join them and anyone else who is brave enough, and work out in my sports bra WITHOUT A SHIRT. *Shudder.*

I will also post a {thumbnail sized} picture of said workout. *Shudder again.* It’s time to embrace it, ladies… who’s with me?

You can watch the video where Hannah and Olivia throw down the challenge HERE. Also, if anyone is wondering how my “Half Marathon Training Bootcamp” as I have dubbed it, is going… I’m on day 3 and still going strong. Yesterday I had to run 6 UP-HILL sprints. Brruuuuutttaaaallll, but I felt good afterward.


Last Chance Workout

This summer my sisters, Mom and I did a Biggest Loser challenge. I totally lost the competition. I mean TOTALLY. I think I might have actually gained a pound. Mom, who had the lowest starting weight, creamed us all. And by creamed I mean completely smeared. Scraped up our remains off the floor and turned us into dumbells to do lunges with. It wasn’t pretty.

At one point in this competition, my lovely mother sent me a DVD called “The Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout” which features Jillian Michaels and some of the TV show peeps (insert funny story: my sister told me that Mom asked her the other day what a “peep” was – confused, and thinking of ways to politely describe an x-rated show to our mother, my sister asked Mom to use it in a sentence. “Like, I’m hanging out with my peeps” Mom said. Apparently she had read it on my blog and had no idea what I was talking about. She’s a funny lady, that Mom of mine.) anyway – the TV show contestants and trainer Jillian do one of their super intense workouts RIGHT THERE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.

I just did the workout for the first time. Here are the highlights:

1. Jillian saying “Don’t quit on me! You bought the Last Chance Workout DVD! Do you want to be skinny or not?” right as I’m about 50 mountain-climbers in and definitely contemplating quitting.

2. Doing this workout alone in my living room. Nothing screams cool like doing Biggest Loser DVD workouts in leggings and colorful mis-matched socks and no shoes, as sweat drips, no, pours, from your forehead to the floor of your Little Rock apartment’s living room.

3. Comparing myself to the contestants on the show. The “peeps” who are showing me how it’s done on the DVD are ALL over 300 pounds, yet they seem to have no problem pushing through the FIVE BILLION push-ups. This does great things for my self confidence.

4. The awkward “you are so great!” and applause – APPLAUSE – at the end of the workout, when I’m lying in a puddle on said living room floor.

5. The fact that, once I catch my breath, it really does make me feel like I’m so great.

Thanks, Mom, for reading my blog and for pushing me to be the best I can be, and for sending me that DVD all those months ago. The Arkansas version of myself is grateful.