Yesterday, I officially reached the beginning of the last 4 weeks of my Turbulence Training transformation contest. While I’m definitely liking the changes that I have made so far, there is always that one problem area that everyone seems to be complaining about – the lower abs. At 16.9% body fat (the last time I checked), I thought that I wouldn’t have this problem anymore but, unfortunately, I still do. So, it’s time to tighten the belt (literally and figuratively) and really focus on putting my goals into action and then some.
So, on Friday, I decided that I will do a little experiment in answering the question:
What does it take to have flat abs?
Thus, “My Flat Abs Experiment” was born.
I don’t even know if this experiment will live up to its name because just like you, I still have a lot to learn even though I feel that I have learned so much already. But, to give some proof of where I am starting, I had my husband take a picture of my abs up close on Sunday morning, March 1st. Here it is:
I would post a picture with my face and all but it was Sunday morning. I just had breakfast and I wasn’t “groomed” or anything so, I didn’t want to scare anybody…lol. I think I will save the picture with all of my upper body at the end of this challenge. As you can see, while my abs are peeking through, I’d like to see a bit more definition.
My thoughts lead me to this…
While I have shared with you some of the things that I have learned throughout my fat loss journey, there are still some things that I either:
- Haven’t talked about in detail
- Haven’t fully practiced to see its full potential, or
- Haven’t discussed at all
You see, I am an information hoarder (is there such a thing?). I’m basically saying that I like information – I like knowledge. But, more importantly, I like putting this knowledge into action. I’m going to be honest in saying that, like many people out there, I have a hard time sticking to the “action” part. For this very reason, I want to make a commitment to myself, to other TT Members and to each person who reads my blog that I will completely and wholeheartedly carry out my behavioral goals for the next four weeks.
Why just the next four weeks?
A lot of people have a tough time committing 100% self-discipline for long periods of time. Heck, even the Biggest Loser contestants lose their motivation even with $50,000 dollars at stake right? So, my plan is to complete this challenge in 4 weeks then, create a long-term plan that will work for me on a daily basis.
While looking at my starting goals, I found that there is a need to tweak some of them or add more to them in order to really see even better (hopefully) results. So, I made some actions more specific such as eating certain kinds of food at particular times of the day instead of saying that I will eat “clean.” However, I’d like to keep these changes to myself for now even though I plan to reveal them at the end of this challenge. Some of the concepts I’m trying to follow are from Turbulence Training, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle, Eat Stop Eat, and Precision Nutrition. Some of my strategies are also pretty simple and available to the general public already just like this article from Project Swole.
As I finish writing this post, I’m excited! At the same time, I am also nervous. I don’t know how good I will be in terms of sticking to my goals but I’m hoping that making my little experiment public just might be the motivation that I need.
How do you think I will do? Please feel free to leave a comment or give me ideas. I’d love to hear from you!