Thursday, August 20, 2015

12 Weeks to Skinny Jeans Challenge by Kelsey Byers

I've been a fan of Kelsey Byers since I discovered her story on Pinterest, followed her on Bodybuilding.com, and soon followed her on all forms of social media (I swear I'm not a stalker). We're the same height, and have some of the same goals, so finding someone positive like her has been great for giving me tips and pointers on lifting, since I'm still a relative newbie.

Kelsey started a blog this past year, and also started uploading workout challenges. Starting August 31 is the 12 Weeks to Skinny Jeans challenge, which combines clean eating with lifting and HIIT training to slim down.

(C) Kelsey Byers
Included in the kit is a meal plan, two workout plans (one for home, one for a gym), a free phone app, entry into a private Facebook group, and unlimited support.

I'd never done one of her challenges before (I think this is the third she's done since starting her blog), and for the low price of $20, as well as a cruise in ten weeks, I'm in dire need of needing to change my habits for the better. Actually spending money on it might help me change that. There's also a cash prize for the big winner. :-D

I started on Monday, doing the leg workout from home (and it is LEGIT. I was dripping sweat by the time I was done!). I was going to do day 2 yesterday, but I got a late start, it was pouring outside (so I couldn't do my cardio on my break at work), and then I had family plans in the evening. But one of the best things I've discovered about the group, and then plan, is that we all slip up. If you're on the plan 80% of the time, you'll get some semblance of results. I have plans to continue the workout from Day 2 at home, and then tomorrow at the gym try that side of the workout.

So, anyway, my goals are as follows, and once the 12 weeks are up, I will be coming back to post my thoughts on the challenge, as well as share my entry to the challenge essay, because whether I win or not, I honestly think that I could learn a lot from seeing my journey.


  • Remember how to eat clean. When I started eating clean back in 2010, I dropped 20 lbs in a month. I don't know if I'll get the same results this time around, but truthfully, my body just dropped a lot of fat it was hanging onto because I was utilizing food for what it is: Fuel. 
  • Consistently keep up with a workout routine, and make it a habit. I like to start things and quit them at six weeks. Hopefully I can keep it up until the end. 
  • Have more energy and maybe go down a dress size or two before my vacation in October. I'm the highest weight I've ever been, it's not fun, and I don't want to be here anymore, or go any higher (God forbid). I've weighed myself on Monday, and I'll weigh myself at the end of the challenge. I won't let the scale or measuring tape discourage me. I will go off of how I feel.
  • I'm hoping to stop eating out at work, because I've planned ahead and brought my lunch (Done it twice this week!).
All viable goals, I think. And not too difficult. 

  • Are you joining the challenge? 
  • What are your goals for the fall?

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