30 Day Ab Challenge. Decide, Commit, Go!

I am so excited about the response to the #30DayAbChallenge, you will not believe! The emails and tweets I have got over the last few days have been phenomenal, I just hope that we really give this challenge our best!

So, what can you expect?!

Well, this challenge is new to me too, although I have committed to many programmes and challenges, short term and long term, I have never done a intensive 30 day challenge, but I think its gonna be epic!

A few things I want to say:

  • Rest is for the wicked! Okay, that’s a lie, Rest is an important factor of recovery, so I plan to give you work outs that alternate, rather than hitting the abs with 200 crunches a day…cos lets face it, that approach is bullshit. Yes, we will be doing something 6/7 days a week, but not always the same exercises and a mixture of dynamic and isometric moves. I would not recommend this for a long term plan, but lets get those abs started, some lifetime habits formed so that after the 30 days you can maintain working and challenging your abs 3-4x a week as standard!
  • Go Hard or Go Home! If you have been following me a while, you know this is my ethos! I do not do half-hearted, I’m an all or nothing kinda girl and as you are signing up on my time, I expect that from you. I am giving you some ideas but this is all on YOU! I can’t be the one that does your abs for you every day, I will not be choosing your meals… If you want results, there are going to have to be changes, your results depend on that. If you want average abs…go average….if you want great abs….go great!
  • Be realistic, getting a 6 pack takes serious commitment and time; challenge yourself yes but also be real about what you can achieve in 30 days, it might not be a 6 pack but if you approach this challenge with heart and commitment you will definitely be on the right path the abs YOU want!
  • Great Abs IS NOT all about ab work! Do not believe the hype! Its all about a combination of abs, core, a healthy balanced diet, cardio, posture & hydration.
  • Fad diets are BULLSHIT! Yes I said it! If you are expecting me to suggest you drink lemon, water and Cayenne pepper for the next 30 days, well…you are going to be delighted/ disappointed (depending on your mindset!) I believe in long term & sustainable lifestyle changes! Yes, by starving yourself you will lose 10lbs in a week but I want you to make changes that will be still be with you in 6 months, a year, 10 years! I will definitely give you some ideas on how to lose some body fat, but they will be sensible & therefore much easier for you adapt.
  • All Work and No Play does a sad thrutheblue make! Listen up folks, I want you to work your asses off, but I do not want you to be miserable. So I am officially making Sunday, ‘Indulgence Sunday’…if….and thats a big IF you are good boys & girls and do your abs all week and eat clean, on a Sunday you can have a treat! This all depends on what you are cutting for the challenge but some treats I like on ‘Indulgence Sunday’ are cheesecake, cupcakes, pancakes…(can you tell I cut wheat from my diet?!)
  • Listen to your body! Its important people, know the difference between achiness and soreness, if you need to rest, I will not hunt you down and hurt you…but know the difference between need and want and DO NOT CHEAT YOURSELF!
  • The Official Bit: 
  • (I apologise for the drama but this is necessary) 
  • By undertaking the #30DayAbChallenge you agree that:

I confirm that I am of good health and that to the best of my knowledge I do not have any medical condition that could be adversely affected by exercise or physical strain.

I acknowledge and agree that my my participation in the Event involves inherent risks and dangers of accidents, serious personal and bodily injury (including death) and property loss or damage.  I understand and have considered and evaluated the nature, scope and extent of the risks involved, and I voluntarily and freely choose to assume these risks.

I acknowledge that Melissa Weldon does not provide any insurance, whether life or medical or liability, for any illness, accident, injury, loss or damage that may arise in connection with my attendance at, and/or my participation in, the Event.

Urm….so on that bombshell! Let the games commence…I promise not to kill you…but if for some freak reason you kick it mid plank…its on YOU!

Watch out for a new post on the schedule & preparation!

Peace and Perfect Abs!

11 responses to “30 Day Ab Challenge. Decide, Commit, Go!

  1. MEELLL!!! Could you also give some tips on the best way to cut carbs/wheat etc and not be hungry!! I find i try to have soups/salads etc but then end up rummaging through the biscuit tin or grabbing some toast lol!! My body just craves carbs!!

    • I’m going to touch on this in the challenge but make it easy, bin the biscuit tin, don’t buy bread (or only buy seeded wholegrain) and find a healthy snack… I like wasabi peas and seed…..yes bird food but it helps curb the craving! I also like pineapple to snack on

  2. I’m about 10 to 15 pounds away from where I want to be since I started becoming #HealthyJaded. BRING ON THE CHALLENGE!!

    Just a warning, though- the fitter I get the less clothes I will be wearing. And it will be partly your fault if I end up wearing a bikini to Vegas for New Year’s Eve! lol

  3. Snacks such as dried fruit, sesame snaps are good.

    I usually buy large packs of pumpkin and sunflower seeds and add dried cranberries, papaya, pineapple, mango and raisins and put in a small container to snack on with a piece of fresh fruit. If u have through the day, there isn’t any spikes or dips in ur insulin levels, forcing you to run to the cupboard.

    Be careful with dried fruits though as sometimes they can add sugar to it, white sugars are awful!

  4. Right. So I’ve cut bread, rice, pasta, other grains, dried fruit, sweets etc. out of my diet. So far, 4 days down, so good. I load up on protein, fat and a little starch at meals so rarely need to snack now, but sometimes an apple or some melon, with a few almonds or a teaspoon of peanut butter, hits the spot.

    Anyone wanting to cut down on sugar the hardcore way will appreciate this post (http://www.stumptuous.com/how-to-dump-sugar), but eating clean does take a change in mindset and consistently NOT buying refined and processed food. So if your cupboards are full of white foods, it’ll come as a shock. It’s taken me a good 6 months to get to the point where I could work towards quitting sugar.

    So with that in mind, if you need strategies to address your habits, check out http://www.eatingless.com (and get the book, it’s AMAZING) and read http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/ for tips on shopping, cooking and eating clean.
    http://www.womenshealthmag.com/ also has some useful ideas and an obsession with abs.

    Supplements I’ve found useful are Omega 3s, chromium, and Thermobol for powering through sessions.

    I’m going to be working this around running (Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday), Powerplates, spin, Pilates and the odd samba class.

    2012 is Year of The Crop Top!

  5. Thank you for all of the tips and links. I’ve been extremely lazy in the last month or so and need to get on this. I’m going to try and do what Ruby’s suggested and TRY (lol) and cut out all of my favourite fatty foods such as pasta, rice and sugar!

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