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Yes it may be hard to believe but
I did indeed train in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and take pride in nightly yoga. It's a long road to having carved calves and chiseled abs but I was flexible and muscular with strong lower body muscles and felt so healthy. Since life changed (just before I started this blog) I had to quit the classes and obviously couldn't afford to go to the gym or anything. For a while I battled with outdoor jogs but I just can't get my body to cooperate with them and from then I kind of gave up I guess. Things have gone steadily downhill and my heart condition as well as the fast approaching summer has finally kicked my head into gear that I have to get back into shape and I'm going to attempt the fast popularity growing workout video - The 30 Day Shred.
Along with a small group of other bloggers, the month of May will be the starting point to me eventually being able to return to training when we move house and even in a couple of years, compete.
I have been doing the 30 day squat challenge and am almost half way through which is preparing my cardio and warming my muscles for the 30 days of 30 minute workouts which will no doubt leave my wasted muscles in shock.
Now warning, below you will see some images of the current problem areas. I don't want anyone who may think 'a size 8/10 girl doing the 30 day shred, pft what for?!' mouthing off or feeling that I think I'm fat therefore thinking less of bigger girls. All I'm saying is I'm used to being in a certain shape and am not comfortable in this body therefore I'm taking steps to correct that. If you feel you are fat - do the same. There is no point moaning to people about being fat if you have no intention of changing it, after all the only way to get stuff done is to get up, get out and get it done!
Anyways, to continue - below each photo will be a short explanation of my goals.
And the lower body problems reside in my inner thigh. You may be able to see from the left hand photo that I still have quite alot of definition in my calves, that's from all the walking we do with little Mr Baker, so I'm happy enough with them (even if the huge muscles make getting a well fitting pair of jeans a pain the bottom). I'd love to be able to have the confidence to wear little shorts in the summer and even if the photos don't look that bad, my thighs need toning up desperately.
I'll leave you with the list of my exact measurements and hopefully see you again at the end of the month, looking and feeling a minimum of 30% better! ;)
Arms - 12"
Bust - 36"
Waist - 30"
Hips - 36"
Bottom - 40"
Thigh - 24"
Calve - 15.5"
Keep up to date with my progress HERE!
Oh, by the way, you should join us too...send a tweet over to either myself (@theSweetnessD23) or Indie (@RaeScarletBlog) and get lots of support from the May 30DS gang!