Week 4 Of the Squat Challenge

Final Week of the Squat Challenge!

Full disclosure: I did not complete the final week of the challenge. I’m training for a half marathon, and the last week, we about doubled the mileage. In addition to the extra miles, I started eating way healthier. This led to a plethora of weird hormonal changes and otherwise. My “shark week” was late, and worse than previous months. Amidst a two-mile run yesterday, and cramps hit me so badly I almost had to stop. Anyhoo, I have seen results! Despite my inability to truly complete the squat challenge, I was able to increase my activity level exponentially. 

Increased activity, flexibility and drive

Each week of the challenge, I felt better and better than I had before. My average daily steps are at 10,000, which is double the 5,000 they were initially. The extra squats added that extra bit of energy and drive to keep going. The great thing about this challenge was my ability to be flexible with it. Because I didn’t need equipment, I could do my 100 squats anywhere. This meant that I couldn’t use my normal excuses to get out of completing my squats. 

Pictures show extra progress

The greatest part of this whole challenge was taking weekly progress pictures. Honestly, without those pictures, I probably would have quit much earlier. But watching the small changes in my thighs each week really fueled my drive. Even if the progress wasn’t as great as I wanted, I could look back to the first week’s pictures, and see just how much has changed since the week prior. So, without further ado, here are my final result pictures

Photo on Left was Pre-Week 1. Photo on Right was Today

All right here are it is. I am actually pretty floored by the results. The picture on the left is pre-week 1, and the picture on the right is today. There is so much less fat on my quads, and my calves look like they have grown in size. I honestly did not expect any results like this. Even between my legs, I can tell that I have less fat. Granted I don’t have totally ripped legs, and obviously haven’t gone down to 6% body fat, but the progress is still good.

Obviously these results aren’t just from the 100 squats (especially from last week :p). These results are a combination of my eating healthier, running more, being more active and taking steps to lead a happier, healthier lifestyle. 

Here are my 3 tips when completing something like this.

1.       Do not be too hard on yourself. Accountability is important, but as long as you’re taking steps in the right direction, you should celebrate those victories.
2.       Exercise alone will not give you the results you want. Diet is important. Little changes like eating salad for lunch can cut out a significant amount of daily calories.
3.       Remember, the journey of one thousand miles starts with a single step. Pick a challenge, and just start. Even if it doesn’t work out exactly as planned, you’ll be better off than you were before you started.
If you are interested in starting this challenge yourself, read the directions here. To read my tips that I learned throughout the process read my Week 1Week 2, and Week 3 insights! Or follow along and read them as you complete each week :)

Thanks for sticking through this journey with me! Comment below what your results were like! šŸ˜Š