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.
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