Saturday, August 1, 2009

Firm, Fit and Fabulous!

Ok, so not quite - but I'm on my way! Final testing day at Farrell's this morning. After
10 weeks.....
cardio kickboxing.....
resistance bands......
5:45 am 6 days a week....
daily homework assignments....
a fair amount of murmuring and whining....

Weight: 171
Body fat: 36.1 %
Chest: 38.25 in
Waist: 33 in
arm: 11.5
Thigh: 22
Hips: 41.25
push ups/min: get ready for it comes.......brace yourself........60!!!
sit ups/min: 38
Mile run: 10 min 7 sec

Now for those of you who may be thinking "Those are some big measurements - what is she bragging about?" Let's gain a little perspective. This means that I have lost 8.5 inches over all. I think that's pretty good. I'm not so happy that I only lost 4 lbs, but my body fat went down 3.5%!! And let's just take a minute to reflect on my incredible upper body strength. I went from 16 push ups to 60. SIXTY!! the big SIX-OH!! I almost didn't believe it myself.
Thank you very much. Oh stop it! You're too kind! I know - Thank you!

So what have I learned during this Summer of Fitness?

I have learned that nobody should be awake at 6 am - much less exercising at that time!
That I can live without sugar every single day.
That cutting out diet coke did not help me lose weight - so It's back in!!
That exercising like a dog does not help me lose weight - so I don't have to do it anymore.
That I still love Laura Barlow even though she made me do this, and now I'm confident that we can do hard things and still be friends. Bring on the salon!
That I can endure just about anything, but I will never run again unless my life is in danger!
That losing weight is ALL about what you eat, so I have signed up for Weight Watchers, which was very successful for me in the past.
And finally, that I can do whatever I set my mind to do - even if I don't want to do it!
Would I do it again? Um, NO! Again, all I want is to be skinny. I don't care about building all this muscle that no one can see because it's hiding behind the fat. But I do feel stronger and will appreciate even more being able to sleep in each morning!

I will not be as bold as my partner in crime Laura, and will not be posting my before and after photos. The world is still not ready to see me in a bikini! But I will be content enough with myself, knowing that I made it through a very trying summer....and may even admit that there were some fun moments (Ab ripper!!!) Private joke - LB, will you ever be able to look at me with a straight face again??

So now, I am happy to announce that Fun Julie is back!! Who wants to grab a bite to eat?


  1. Congratulations Julie!! That is awesome that you were so dedicated to complete a goal that you set out to do.

  2. good job for making it through. i never would have made it to the first day with that early of a start time!

  3. You are awesome! And you're fun, either way :)

  4. Well done! Those stats are amazing! YOU are AMAZING!

  5. I love fun Julie and I love the Ab Ripper!! Let's go get some food!