ChaLean Extreme: 30 Day Results!

27 Aug

Howdy folks!  Happy Tuesday to all!  This weekend was another busy one full of pine cone collecting (I now have 481!  HOW did that happen???  Maybe I can sell my extras ;)), gown fittings (for my bridesmaid and wedding dress), and wedding crafting (making myself some sparkly sticks for decorations).  Yes, life has been crazy.  But all this craziness has made me SO excited for the next few months.  I’m trying to front load my work as much as possible to just coast and enjoy almost-wedded bliss. (Or at least that’s my valiant plan ;))  Sounds perfect, right??

With things so busy I’ve had to make some decisions blogging wise and have settled on a new goal of blogging once a week.  It makes me sad to reduce (and hopefully you too?!), but I think it’s the best move to both enjoy blogging and keep my sanity.  But the good news is less spam for email followers.  SWEET!  :)

Up this week: ChaLean Results!  Woot!

For the last 30 days I have been thoroughly enjoying the ChaLean Extreme Burn Phase.  It’s actually incredibly hard to believe it has already been 30 days.  This has been a great reminder to me that time passes quickly whether you want it to or not, so may as well make good use of the time.  My time with Chalene has definitely been the definition of time well spent.  I feel stronger, more toned, and happier to be back following a routine.  I can’t say enough positive things about this program.

Because I started out from a place of pretty good fitness (Just finished 1.5ish rounds of P90X and 2 half-marathons), I DID NOT expect big changes, if any at all.  This does not mean that you can’t get big results from this program.  Personally I don’t have the high numbers to drop huge numbers (like I did when I started P90X) – I’m fairly close the smallest I could be naturally (and healthily and/or not hiring a personal chef/trainer).  Keep this in mind when looking at the results.  Additionally, I measured myself.  I feel I am not as accurate as when Adam did my P90X measurements.  He is a meticulous measurer :)

These results are based on the following:

  • Completing every ChaLean Extreme Workout
  • Switching one of the cardio videos for my long run in the last week (I plan to do this moving forward).
  • Increasing the Ab video from once (as directed) to 3 times a week (more similar to P90X).
  • Running 3 times a week (starting on week 2).
  • Aiming for around 1500 or 1600 calories per day.  There were 5-6 cheat meals throughout the month and overall I was not as disciplined as during P90X.  I have found it easier to remain disciplined during the week and relax a bit on the weekends.  This has proved to be a healthy balance for me.  But also has affected my results.  If you are looking to lose big time you’d have to be more strict.  My balance has been working great personally.
  • I am NOT following the ChaLean Diet Guide – mainly because I can’t cook (oops) and there are not many vegetarian options (I don’t eat several types of meat).  Also I’m a picky eater.  Haha. :)

Tape Measure Results:

Waist:   0

Chest:  -.5

Hips:   0

Thigh:   0

Bicep:   +.5   (interestingly, -.5 in the left…hmm, user error?)

Weight:

– 2 lbs.  I was pretty surprised and happy with this.  I feel like these 30 days took off the little extra fluff I gained during my running/P90X vacation :)

Muscle Definition:

This one is a tough thing to measure, but I feel like I look more defined.  Two people have commented that my body looks more toned (unsolicited, I swear!).  My abs seem to be popping out a tiny bit more (I still need to lose a few more pounds to uncover them completely ;)) and my shoulders seem tighter.  Overall I feel I am looking more lean.  It’s kind of fun to be a strong girl!!

Body Fat %:

-.5%  This one was REALLY tricky to measure on myself.  I can’t say I’m 100% confident in my measurement, okay let’s face it… not that confident at all!  But I believe there was a slight decrease down.  Either way – I’m feeling more toned which is the whole point anyway! :)

Wedding Dress:

Hah!  Don’t you love that there is a category for this??  One of my biggest “signs of success” with the program: my bridal fittings.  When I went in to get my dress hemmed I had to try it on again.  It fit and it looked great. (PHEW!)  I’m really pleased with how my arms and back are toning up.  I took a few pictures and actually was a little surprised at how much I liked it.  I tend to be somewhat critical of myself (um, like every girl), and I was excited that I what I saw on the camera phone.  SWEET.

Up Next:

I have now moved into the “Push” phase and I’m excited to keep moving with the program!    So far so good.  I haven’t noticed “bulking up” at all.  Overall I feel the muscle gain has been very lean and slimming.  Can’t wait to see what Phase 2 brings!!  At this point I would recommend this program to anyone!  I’ll wait until I’m completely finished before making any large declarations though.  :)

Also – I would post my pictures, but my self timed pictures are seriously horrendous.  In what is visible, I was happy with the slight changes.  Hopefully next month I can get someone to take some actual pics.  It’s tough to do on your own!

Have a great Tuesday!

-Kelly

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17 Responses to “ChaLean Extreme: 30 Day Results!”

  1. kathy @ vodka and soda August 28, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    i have CLX but haven’t done it yet. i also did p90x and LOVED it as well. keep up the great work!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks so much! I have really enjoyed CLX. It’s similar in principle to P90X, but different enough to provide some great variety. I’d definitely give it a go if you ever get the chance!

  2. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures August 28, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    That’s great that your wedding dress works still! Duh! I tell yah – I cannot wait to see those pictures after seeing the beautiful engagement photos… I am on the edge of my seat for the actual wedding photos! That’s awesome that you’re feeling leanness taking shape in your body – that’s something I’d love to start working toward. Running isn’t the best way to get that kind of toning. :) YAY for success so far, keep it up my love!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Hahah – I know right?? Wedding dress is the priority! ;) And believe me – I can’t wait to show you!! Mainly because I just can’t flipping wait til the wedding. I feel so impatient these days! Thanks for the happy thoughts – CLX has been a great program!

  3. Rebekah @ fitnesscreatures August 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I feel ya on this. I’ve been working hard (probably not AS hard as I can on my diet) for all of August and there are minimal changes thus far. But, a little bit of change is still change and it’s in the right direction. All of yours look good to me. I mean, if you saw dramatic changes in your weight and measurements, I would be concerned. You’re doing this healthily and gaining muscle (which is probably the explanation for the only slight weight loss. I’ve gained weight since lifting weights this month, but I look better so I’m ok with it :) Keep it up!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Yep – you are right: change is change. And honestly diet has so much to do with it! I just haven’t been as disciplined (certainly a tough thing to do!). But progress is something! :) Thanks for the kind words!! I’ll just keep on trucking!

  4. crazycatruns August 29, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Sounds like an awesome month! good job! I find that it is much harder for me to be disciplined (food and fitness wise) during the summer months. So many things distract me. Good for you!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      AGREED! Summer is hard. I feel a bit better now that it’s sort of “Fall” – somehow all those delicious amazing treats aren’t always everywhere. It’s been a great program for sure!

  5. hkzwart August 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I’m so glad you’re still loving Chalene and feeling great! YAY! :)

  6. hkzwart September 21, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Good Morning, Kelly! Thought you’d like to be in the know for your NEXT fitness program! Can you say P90X3? :)

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      AHH!!! SO excited!!! THIRTY MINUTES?! I cannot wait. Do you know when it will be released???????

      • hkzwart September 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

        Word on the street is December 10th! :)

        • kelly @ racesrepsramblings September 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

          Aww Dang, I was really hoping November so I could do it pre-wedding. But that’s a great Christmas gift idea!! :)

          • hkzwart September 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

            Thanks for the brilliant marketing idea… Christmas gifts… that’s the ticket! :)

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