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dear boot camp.


Dear boot camp,

You did not defeat me.  I thought for sure that you would.  In fact, I saw more improvement than I ever could have imagined in only four weeks.  Let’s examine, shall we?


I lost inches in every single area we were measured!

shoulders:  -1.5″

chest: -0.25″

waist: -1.25″

belly button: -2.25″

hips: -1.5″

bicep: -1.5″

thigh: -2.5″

I am slightly skeptical about the accuracy of the thigh measurement, but I’m not going to complain!

fitness testing

It was my goal to see an improvement in every area of the fitness testing.  I just barely did in the crunches, but I still did it.  Let’s compare the numbers from week one to week four:

1 mile run: 10:02 in week one // 9:07 in week four

I fully believe I could have been under 9 minutes if it had been warmer, but the cold air killed my lungs.

front plank: held for 1:05 in week one // 1:30 in week four

For each of the following exercises, we had to do as many as we could in one minute:

crunches: 65 in week one // 68 in week four

Not much improvement here, but I feel like there wasn’t much room for that.  65 in a minute was, in my mind, already huge.

bench dips: 27 // 44

push ups: 18 // 32

reverse crunches: 30 // 43

(statistics courtesy of

So, boot camp, I dreaded every morning when my alarm went off at 4:30 (okay, 4:50 the past few days).  Dragging myself out of bed for a 5:30 am workout was not my idea of fun.  I was skeptical of what you could really do for me in twenty days.  Thanks for pleasantly surprisingly me.


P.S. I rewarded myself for the success with a fabulously delicious bagel and cream cheese this morning.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 10.8.10 6:28 pm

    wow, that’s incredible! great job. 🙂

  2. 10.10.10 2:18 pm

    Sounds great 🙂
    It is always oh so satisfying to see tangible results 🙂

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