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The End of the 30-Day Challenges

The End

I finished the 30-Day Thigh Challenge, 30-Day Oblique Challenge, and 30-Day Arm Challenge today. Admittedly, I cheated at lot on these three. First of all, the 30-Day Arm Challenge was basically done a long time ago, but it was actually fast and enjoyable so I did a few extra days (just repeated the last couple of days over and over). On the other hand, I hated the 30-Day Thigh and Oblique Challenges. They took a very long time to complete. So long that I lost interest in doing them and finding the time to do them. In the end, I stopped them for about a week (rest days included, although basically it became rest day every day) and today, I did the last two days back to back in the early morning.

My experience: The 30-Day Thigh and Oblique Challenges are actually amazing. They really do their job, giving you a lean and toned stomach and stronger yet thinner thighs. However, stop them for a week (as I did), and it’ll all slip away slightly. Not all the way, but you lose a lot of definition. Your best bet is to follow through. I recommend doing one 30-Day Challenge at a time.

Will I do these 30-Day Challenges again? Definitely. Once I figure out my schedule and a place, I’ll try them again. One at a time.

Anyone else try the 30-Day Challenges or want to start?

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A Quick Update on the 30-Day Challenges!

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On the 30-Day Abs Challenge, I am almost done. I started on July 1, so today I do Day 26. Let me tell you, it is amazing. I’ve never had such a great workout plan before. This workout completely toned my abs, but I can’t say it did very much about losing the fab on top. For that, I had to add cardio, and that’s when the magic started. Even when I felt a little bloated, my stomach didn’t look like it. Of course, I’m a long way off from having a six-pack, not like that was my goal really, since lots of women don’t exactly get a six-pack but a washboard-like stomach. Continue reading

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Do Your Cardio

The most important part of this picture is the helmet. I don't care how old you are; don't forget it!

The most important part of this picture is the helmet. I don’t care how old you are; don’t forget it!

Cardio is the ultimate fat burner. Don’t believe me? Try it out yourself. I’ve been keeping up with both the 30-Day Abs Challenge and the 30-Day Arms Challenge (and both happen to be Rest Day today, hallelujah!). However, I felt a little bigger than before in both my torso and my arms and I was very disappointed and discouraged. I kind of suspected that cardio would solve this issue, but I dislike working out indoors and it’s too hot outside. The only solution is to wake up early to exercise, but who likes to wake up early? Um, okay, I do, but only if I go to bed early, and who likes to go to bed early? NOT ME. Everyone knows that everything happens past 11 PM. Maybe everyone should go to bed early so we can all get more sleep. Oh light-bulb, why were you invented? No one needs 25-hour days. Continue reading

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Jackpot! The 30-Day Arms Challenge!

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Just yesterday, I was cooing about all the wonderful benefits of the 30-Day Abs Challenge, all the while hoping for an arms challenge to get those bingo wings out of my life. Well, I am proud to say, Google did not disappoint (and I guess neither did the rest of the like-minded people out there). I now present to you, the 30-Day Arms Challenge (see above)! Continue reading

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Happiness Is A Good Workout

This is what's going through their minds: "Whoa! I have abs?" Well actually, we all have abs.

This is what’s going through their minds: “Whoa! I have abs?” Well actually, we all have abs.

So far, the 30-Day Abs Challenge is a great success. It’s Day 11 for me, and goodness is it a workout! Doing sit-ups is rough enough, but then crunches right after sit-ups? Gosh, that burns so badly. I have to do the crunches in sets of five, resting about a second or two before continuing. But you know what? I love this challenge. Sure, it’s daunting that it’s so hard already…when I’ll have to do twice the amount I do now in a couple weeks. Continue reading

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Count Calories? Count Your Seconds Too

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As our wonderful chef proves above, you can multitask exercising. Believe it or not, everything you do burns calories, and if you move a little more throughout the day, you’ll burn more calories that day! In fact, doing little exercises, even if you don’t think they’re very difficult, will help you get closer to a fit and healthy body. They’re even quite entertaining when you’re bored during class or an office meeting. Or brushing your teeth. Continue reading

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The Daily Battle: Sleep vs. Exercise

Or maybe both...at the same time? (I mean, sometimes you get into this really relaxing yoga position...)

Or maybe both…at the same time? (I mean, sometimes you get into this really relaxing yoga position…)

Last summer, when I was home from the Carnegie-Mellon Pre-College program, I woke up every morning at about 7:00 am to go jogging around my neighborhood. After, I would go for a cool-down walk and then head back home for some stretches and toning exercises. I woke up early in the morning because it isn’t as hot as later in the day, but I mainly did so because I didn’t want to get tan. In fact, even though the 7 am sun isn’t too harsh, I still slathered on sunscreen before my run. Then again, I am the girl who wore a wide sunhat under an umbrella in the middle of a bright summer day. Oh, and of course, I wore sunscreen too. Continue reading

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The Famous 30-Day Ab Challenge

I discovered the 30-Day Ab Challenge on Facebook. There was an event that two of my friends (who weren’t even friends) said they would attend, so it popped up on my timeline. And when I see “workout”, “challenge”, or “FREE” (most important one right there), I click on it faster than Garfield can swallow a whole lasagna.

I saved the picture (above), and messaged one of my friends from Columbia to ask if she wanted to join me. I frankly don’t remember what she responded (this was quite a few months ago), but I secretly told myself to do it so I will have washboard abs by the time Columbia’s famous swimming test comes around. So I started it…up to the first week. It’s not that it got too difficult already (although Day 30 looks pretty daunting), it was that I forgot. Continue reading

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Presenting: The Best Arm Workout

If you do this arm workout enough, maybe you'll get guns like Arnold Schwarzenegger's!

If you do this arm workout enough, maybe you’ll get guns like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s!

Well, before I get to the point of this post, let’s talk about Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, shall we? He’s one of those people who has done just about everything, from bodybuilding to governing to acting. I suppose if you got the looks, you can pretty much do whatever you want. But actually, I bet it was his name; someone with the awesome last name of “Schwarzenegger” is definitely impressive. He does have a son about my age so there is hope after all… Continue reading

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The Ultimate Workout

This guy does the ultimate workout - you can tell!

This guy does The Ultimate Workout – you can tell!

Whenever I feel a little heavy or just want to burn a few extra calories, I go to this trusty Ultimate Workout. The thing is, it wasn’t always THE Ultimate Workout; I had another routine to do the job. That’s what an Ultimate Workout is: a workout you always do whenever you want to, well, work out.

Every person has his or her own Ultimate Workout. It is something you can do whenever and wherever you want, meaning it does not require any equipment but your own body. When you decide on your Ultimate Workout, make sure it is something you enjoy doing, something that challenges you but makes you feel more fit after. It’s not a permanent workout though; you can always change it later, but you would have to learn a whole new routine! Continue reading