Six Pack Abs by Summer: Day 20

by David

in Health & Fitness

This is Day 20 of my attempt to get a flat stomach by the end of June. I’m doing it eating one meal a day and I’ve set myself a challenge to do 10,000 push ups and run a marathon– 1.5 miles at a time, all by the end of the month.

I’ve got 10 days left to achieve my goals.

Today’s Stats:

June 20th 2012

Weight: 172.6 lbs (Down 1.4)
Chest: 39.25 (No change)
Belly: 34 (Down .25)
Waist: 34.25 (No change)
Hips: 37 (No change)

New record: 700 Push-ups!!

700! Howdya like them apples, eh?

My previous best was 600 push ups in a day, and I was determined to break that record.

I started early in the day and then worked at regular intervals to get a batch done.

I want to point out that these were not shabby half-hearted push-ups. I did these (as I’ve done all the others) with good form.

It’s a shame I didn’t push to reach 800, but by the end of the day I just didn’t have the strength (and I felt a little unwell following my evening run).

And just in case you forgot… I’m doing this on a moderate calorie deficit, so don’t beat me up too much for not pushing that little bit harder.

24.7 miles behind me, 1.5 miles ahead

Last night’s 1.5 miles put me within striking distance of my marathon goal.

If I can drag my 43 year old bones around the block this evening I’ll have eaten up my goal and I’ll be back for seconds.

There’s enough time left in the month for me to get a half marathon in, and following Bryan’s encouragement yesterday I’ve decided to go for it.

The roast chicken went down well. But it nearly came back up again

Yesterday was a fantastic day for my eating plan.

Other than the evening meal, I ate a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts and raisins.

Following my shambolic performance over the weekend, I was determined to stick to my plan come hell or high water.

And there was some of both!

The extra physical exertion made me want to break out the Chocolate Coated Belgian Waffles.

But I didn’t. Nor did I succumb to numerous other temptations.

Instead I held out for my delicious dinner (with the best roast potatoes I’ve ever made). The slight problem was that we ate late and as a consequence I hadn’t fully digested the meal before I went running.

It was certainly a meal I wanted to eat twice, but not while I was running.

Luckily I just about managed to keep it down, but it was touch and go for a while.

Bloat is heavier than fat… probably

I just made that up because the bloat accounts for the rapid gains and losses in weight that I’ve experienced throughout my diet.

You’ll note that overnight I lost nearly one and a half pounds, but I certainly didn’t lose 1.5 pounds of fat.

Indeed, on Friday I weighed 170.4 lbs and then on Monday I weighed 174 lbs. 3.6 lbs the difference. Bloat! I was a bloated bloater.


When all is said and done, it will be the evidence of my own eyes that will tell me if I’ve achieved my goal to get a flat stomach.

The pictures at the moment are telling me that I still have quiet a way to go and that’s helping to keep me focused.

There are more pictures here

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Midlife Singlemum June 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That bloat thing can be a blessing as well as a frustration. I just lost 4 lbs in my first full week of dieting. Obviously the first week you lose loads of water. However it’s a big motivational boost and makes you excited to continue into wek 2. Also, if you do go up a surprising amount in one day you can reassure yourself that it is bloating and it will go in a couple of days. Apparently drinking a lot of water helps flush everything through – that’s all the science I know.


David June 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Yeah the bloating can be quite a shocker. There must be so many people who don’t anticipate it and then panic like mad when it happens. I wonder how many diets are killed by water weight??

It’s always good to pick out the positives too, as it’s definitely a mind game as much as anything else. 🙂


Bryan June 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

700 push ups in one day is insane. I am cutting your picture out and putting it in the dictionary next to insane. I say that in a good way.
I don’t think I could do 700 in one week. Keep up the fantastic work.
Bloating can be VERY painful.
I truly enjoyed the Belgium waffle line.


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