Chloe Ting’s 2019 2 Week Shred Challenge. Two weeks doesn’t sound too bad. I’m sure I can do this. Two weeks goes by pretty fast, right? It’s FREE, so why not? Also… I should note that I am not getting anything for trying this. I just have a wedding to go to on May 15 and I have some damage to undo to get into my dress. Spanx can only do so much.
I am an idiot. As many of you know, I am a very impressionable women. Infomercials love people like me. Yes kind sales person, I need a coconut press. I hate coconut, but maybe it’s because I didn’t have the Coconut Press 3000. I saw this YouTube video of a young lady trying “Chloe Ting 2019 2 Week Shred Challenge.” She claimed she wasn’t in great or even good shape, but was open to giving the challenge a try. Day one she looked like she was about to die. I thought to myself, this sounds like a great idea. I don’t know why I thought that, but okay.
13 Minute total workout time – 3 sets / 7 exercises per set / 5-10 second breaks / 15 seconds off in-between sets
Day 1 – I just finished my first workout and it was about what I had expected. It was awful! I finished ten minutes ago and I am still dripping sweat. Oddly though, as hard as it was, the lower impact options for each exercise made it all very doable. Thankfully you are not asked to do a specific number of exercises, just do as many as you can in a set amount of time. This gave me the opportunity to concentrate more on form than numbers. I also like that there is a variety of different movements, so if you really hate something you most likely won’t have to do it for too long. My knees started to hurt a bit, but then I just did the modified version and it was good. I still ended up getting a really good workout.
Diet: I am going to be honest. I ate a lot today, and as I type this I still have the taste of a See’s Truffle on my lips. Tomorrow is a new day.
Day 2 – Surprise!! I just did another workout. Look at that picture of me. Can you see the confusion and quite a bit of annoyance? I rarely if ever post pictures of myself, but I didn’t think words would be enough to convey just how horrible day 2 was. I was tight and sore from yesterday’s workout, so it was extra hard to press play on the video. I did though, and mumbled enough curse words to make Satan himself blush. The video is under Day 2, but it was the same video as day one. Kinda glad about that because I didn’t have to learn anything new and could just concentrate on not dying. I can’t say I feel comfortable to take a full body picture. Not yet…
Diet: This morning first breakfast was 1 pouch of plain oatmeal and added raisins, Second breakfast was an egg sandwich with cheddar, two eggs, two pieces of black forest ham. I forgot to have lunch! I went thrifting and got some super cute things. hmmph. Dinner tonight will be stir fried veggies and noodles.
Day 3 – I don’t even want o talk about it. Okay.. let’s start with the positive. I did the first workout to lose weight. YAY! I am getting better at form, but slower, and I took a few longer breaks than the 5 to 10 seconds. The bummer part was i realized you are supposed to do two different videos on day 1, three different videos on day two… FOUR on day three…. So I missed the other videos on the first two days. I don’t feel too bad because I was still doing my mini workout in the morning. Push-ups, sit-ups, and plank. I have half a mind to just stop for the rest of the week and try again next week…but I won’t. I did the first video, and the ABS video. That will be fine for now.
Diet: Oatmeal with raisins for first breakfast, Second breakfast was an egg sandwich with cheddar, and two pieces of black forest ham. Lunch was skipped again.. I did have a mouth full of whipped cream straight from the can. GOOD STUFF. Dinner was a grilled chicken super burrito, and a piece of chocolate.
Day 4 – Designated rest day!
Day 5 – I should have worked out, but it was Mother’s Day. When I wasn’t eating, I was napping. NO REGRETS!!
Day 6 – OH THE CHEESE!!! I should not have had so much cheese before today’s workout. It hit me pretty hard during the second video that was for abs. UGH!! Soooo… the workouts are getting better. My form has improved, but I am not doing as many reps. Okay, maybe good form is better than higher amount of reps. I am still sweating like a hog, but I don’t feel nearly as bad and hateful as I did on day one. I am definitely glad I took two days off. I know this is a two week challenge, but I think I will manage my expectations a bit. I am currently still doing my morning routine of Push-ups, sit-ups, and planks at 5 am. Then around 5pm I am doing Chloe’s daily workout and the ab workout videos. They are no joke, but I don’t feel like killing myself. I will push myself, but doing three or four of her videos is just too much for me in one day. I will stick to two of her videos a day, and at the end of two weeks I will try to add another video. I am not Spring chicken and I will need to get in shape to get to the next level… or even level 1. Yes… my goal is level one.
Diet: Two bowls of oatmeal and raisins for breakfast, water water water, a late lunch of cheese and crackers with a side of regret… kinda. Dinner tonight will be a cheese burger, 1 serving of macaroni salad.
Day 7 – It was still pretty hard, but I am looking less like a person getting electrocuted and more like someone who might have done this once or twice before. Not by much, but it was doable. I am proud that I made it to seven days. No matter how badly I do the exercises, I am still sweating like crazy and my muscles burn like heckadoodle. That must be a good sign.
Diet: One bowl of oatmeal with raisins, ham and cheese sandwich on Keto bread, with one small scoop of macaroni salad for lunch, and five crackers and cheese for snack. Dinner was tortellini with broccoli
Day 8 – I hate to say this, but I am feeling stronger and my clothes are fitting less snug. I have spent most of my adult life looking for the magic pill or cream that will make the fat flow off my body magically. Unfortunately the only thing that has ever worked for me is diet and exercise. YUCK! I completed the same three routines I have done the past days, morning sit-up, push-ups and plank. Then Chloe’s daily workout and the ab workout videos. About 1/3 of the exercises I do the modified version of, but I still feel like I am getting a good workout in. I am not taking as many breaks, and I feel good pushing myself a bit. I still growl at Chloe during the workouts, but now I don’t feel so much hate. I do hate the music though.
Diet: One bowl of oatmeal with raisins, ham and cheese sandwich on keto bread, small yogurt, more crackers and cheese. I am almost done with the special cheese my mother in law brought. NO MORE! Dinner was pineapple sausage with white rice, roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
Day 9 – The ninth day is supposed to be a day of rest, but this weekend I have a wedding to go to on Saturday, and a birthday party on Sunday. I can already see myself thinking up all sorts of good excuses not to workout. Today I did all three sets of exercises as I always do. I changed out of ankle length workout pants to shorts this time. I was getting tired of my belly rolls popping out the top of the pants, and constantly having to pull them back up. Although stopping to pull up my pants did give me a few extra breaks. Instead I wore sport shorts. They worked much better, no tummy rolling out, and no constantly pulling them up. I did however notice how jiggly my legs are. That really sucked. I’m not gonna lie. I also never really noticed how ugly knees are.
Diet: I ate pretty much the same as I always do including the cheese. Tonight’s dinner is roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and chicken nuggets. Don’t judge me… nuggets are awesome.
Day 10 – I should have done Chloes’s workouts but I didn’t. I was going to do extra, so I wouldn’t have to do anything over the weekend. UGH! I did do my morning exercises of sit-up, push-up, and planks, so I will give myself partial credit. I am really hoping I don’t talk myself out of exercising this weekend.
Diet: I had my usual breakfast and lunch, but I also added a lot more snacks of yogurts, cinnamon pecans, pinches of salami, and crackers. I just could not stop snacking. ERG! Dinner was stir fry veggies with chicken and noodles. A pre-made dinner from Costco. DELICIOUS!
Day 11 – It’s only 7:44 am, and I am very proud to say I have completed all three of my workouts. CRAZY!! Right now I am sweating as much as I did the first day. It was hard, but not first day hard. I actually did a lot better than I usually do. I had better form, more stamina, and a better attitude. Maybe it’s because I did it in the morning before I had a chance to eat anything or feel run down from the day’s work. I might try to do more morning workouts, but time has a way of telling you no. Check out this after workout pic of me. I am a HOT MESS!!! That hair and fogged glasses is hilarious! I usually shy away from any pictures of me. I am very self conscious of how I look. I think these are just about the worst I can look. But I am putting it out there…. enjoy!
Diet: I actually haven’t eaten anything yet. I will have a bowl of oatmeal with raisins after I finish this update. Today I am off to a wedding. I can pretty much tell you I won’t report what I ate. What you eat at weddings stays at the wedding.
Day 12: I did NOTHING! It was a rest day. Today I went to a friends 40th birthday party. I actually did pretty good with not going too crazy eating a bunch of tasty chips and treats. i had a few drinks, a few pieces of pizza, and four cupcakes. IT WAS A CHEAT DAY!
Day 13: Today I did all three workouts, my sit-up, pushups and planks in the morning, and just now I finished two of Chloe’s workouts at 5:15. It’s a really hot day, and I spent a lot of it completely demolishing and redoing one of my flowerbeds. I am still sweating, but I have to make sure I drink water soon. I am definitely feeling stronger, and I can do more reps than when I first started. I really noticed a difference when I shaved my legs a few days ago, and I could do my normal pattern. The razor wasn’t moving the same way it always had. Weird I know. So tomorrow id day 14. No, I do not have see a six-pack. I do however feel one underneath my insulation. I feel like the last two weeks have just been training to do the two week challenge. I’m not twenty any more, so it will take me a bit longer to really see a difference. I do feel like I accomplished something though. That’s good.
Diet: The usual oatmeal and raisins for breakfast, mac and cheese with cornbread for lunch. a piece of cake (wedding leftovers) for a snack. Dinner tonight will be Panko Shrimp, rice and …. BROCCOLI!!!!
DAY 14!!!! THE FINAL DAY OF THE TWO WEEK CHALLENGE!! It’s a miracle! On day 14 I have SIX PACK ABS… under my pudgy belly. HA! If it was that easy I would have done this years ago. Maybe in my twenties, or even my thirties. Now? Not so much.
Let’s start with what I would have done differently. I would have stretched more. I think if I would have done more of that I would have been able to do some of the moves a lot better and gotten more out of it. That’s about it on what I would do differently. I’m glad I didn’t follow her plan exactly doing two workouts some days, and three or four other days. It would have been too much for me and I most likely would have quit and deleted this post. Her workouts are hard. VERY hard. Day 1 was hell and I hated Chloe Ting with a passion. I think I hated her for a good five days.
I didn’t want to quit, so I I took a more realistic approach. I did the modified moves when I needed to, but pushed myself when I could. I took away the pressure of flat abs in two weeks and I just worked on a goal of being stronger on day 14 than I was on day 1. GOAL ACHIEVED!!! Today’s workouts were hard, but I felt more coordinated, and much much stronger. My calves are harder and stronger looking, and my pants are fitting looser. I wasn’t even modifying my diet and I see and feel a change. Hubby says I am looking more slender. Bless him!
So where do I go from here? Well… I would like to start another two week challenge, but do all of the videos in the order she planned out. In the shape I was in (mostly squishy pear shape), trying to do that on the first round would have been too much. I have spent the last two weeks training for the two week challenge. Now I think I am ready. BUT… I will not change my diet just yet. Baby steps.
Before I start another two week challenge I want to try out the other videos first. Who knows, I might need two weeks to work up to those as well. The first camping trip this year that involves swimming in water isn’t until June 19th. No pressure, but let’s see what I can accomplish.
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