March Ab-ness

pool toysDespite the snow outside my window, swimsuit season is upon us. The pool toys, tankinis, and deck chairs are out in stores and, if you wait until June to buy your swimsuit, you’ll be picking through the clearance racks next to the Back To School displays.
downloadIn honor of swimsuit season, I am challenging myself to do 3100 crunches in 31 days. Yes, dear blog readers, the month of March will be a true test of my determination, discipline, and dread of being half naked in public in a few short months.
Some of you may be thinking “100 crunches a day isn’t that many, Katie”. True, but it’s a heck of a lot more than the zero I do now!
And why the public nature of the challenge? Because I’ve been thinking I should do this since the start of last swimsuit season and my mantra of “I’ll start tomorrow” doesn’t seem to be working.
In 31 days, I will tell you the effect that 3100 crunches has had on my abs. Hopefully those results will include my ab muscles being visible from the surface and not only by using an MRI machine.

Want to see a before picture? Glutton for punishment, aren’t you? I was kidding. This will have to do: P1020845 It’s a bowl full of jelly; just imagine a belly button in the middle.

I’m not expecting a miracleP1020840  (Rock hard, get it?), just a bowl with less jelly.
Want to join me? Measure your waist – that’s the line around your middle at the level of your belly button, not where your jeans rest on your hips – and let’s do this! Who’s in?

“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27


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8 responses »

      • GOOD JOB!
        I finally started today.. after about 18 or so, Lucy started doing them too. She quit at about 24 or 26. I then started leg lifts… she climbed on top of me – tummy to tummy and we counted to 10 together and then she giggled and said “let’s doitagain!!”. So we did. She especially liked that after 5 or 6, I couldn’t lift my legs of the ground anymore and laughed harder. Then Sophia saw us and she started doing crunches. Then she decided we should do jumping jacks, then just jumping, then push ups, then run to the kitchen and back 7 or 8 times. I told them I had to stop for today because my legs were shaking. I hope I can make it through tomorrow’s boot camp ;P

  1. Wow, I’m impressed! I’ve heard she’s really tough. Don’t die yet, you have to prove that it can be done by a mother of 4! then maybe I’ll have the guts to try it!

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