Flat Tummy & Boot Camp Challenge Update: June 2014


It’s been a very interesting week… the first week of the winter flat tummy challenge. 

But first,  I want to tell you about my time at the Adventure Boot Camp for Women earlier this month. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I hated PE sessions at school, but this was different. For one, the trainer was awesome! Miena van Zyl has a contagious, friendly personality and positive attitude, and a way of getting you to push way past what you thought yourself capable of. Just what I need!

We were about 40 ladies and I have to say going with a friend is fun, but if you’re shy like me, going alone is an incredible way to get outside your comfort zone and meet new people. As Miena explained to us, once you start sweating and the layers of make up run off, people get to see the real you. I loved hearing that!

It was a full hour of jogging (or walking), doing sit-ups, and squats, and lunges, and throwing ball, and learning each other’s names – good ice breaker that!, arm exercises, and so much more. I felt on top of the world by the end of it.

I only went to one session (a complimentary boot camp, luckily). Sharing a car and the cold and rainy winter weather (in the dark) made it a bit difficult for me to commit properly this time round… BUT it’s something I have my heart set on finishing, so we’ll see what happens come springtime! 

If you’d like to check out what these boot camps are all about, if they’re in your area, and when they are, visit the Adventure Boot Camp for Women site.

Flat Tummy Challenge 

I’m very lazy when it comes to working my tummy area and most of the time I only do a few sit-ups once in a blue moon. Which is why I’ve challenged myself this winter. And I have to tell you, so far I’m feeling positive. The trick to anything you really want in life I think, is to make it part of your daily routine and do it in such a way that you look forward to. This is what I’ve done so far…

  1. Create a Google Drive Spreadsheet to track my daily progress.
  2. Do the challenge with someone else (Tandy from Lavender and Lime) on the same sheet – great motivation and a super way to be more accountable!

Then, it’s all about focusing on those daily habits and turning them into a sort of ritual. The thing about this challenge, is it’s my own. It’s not following someone else’s, so I tweak it to work for me so that I know I’ll stick to it.

  • Food. I update what I eat for meals and snacks every day – weekends too! (Gotta work on those…)
  • Exercise. I make sure I do at least 4 – 5 workouts a week. I’ve found such cool, fun workouts online and will be sharing some of these in the upcoming weeks here, and on Imagine You.
  • Sit-ups. I list how many I do each day. This includes all types of ab exercises like planks, crunches, standing abs, etc.
  • De-stress. Believe it or not, stressing is a BIG no-no for losing belly fat, so I’m forcing myself to take a time-out the second I start feeling frazzled or panicked. I start my day with 5 minutes of stretching and deep breathing. I end the day with 10 minutes of this, and then sometimes I squeeze in a few over lunch or as soon as I start to stress. 

I’ve also gotten into the habit of starting my day with a cup of coffee and watching one or two TedX talks to get motivated and inspired for the day ahead. It’s GREAT for me because it really sets the tone for the entire day. I also feel more productive and focused as opposed to just “jumping” right in and rushing through the day.

Want to join me?

I’m doing this challenge until the beginning of September, so if you need a motivation buddy, join us! I always feel like things are easier when you’ve got someone else doing it with you. You’ll need access to Gmail to use the Drive spreadsheet, so send me your email address and I’ll share it with you and you can get started!


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8 Replies to “Flat Tummy & Boot Camp Challenge Update: June 2014”

  1. i try to do crunches n am phewing 🙂

    Love your tips, as usual Mel
    Your fitness goals do inspire me, girl!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      That is soooo good to hear, yay! Have a super day Ruchira 🙂

  2. I was so bad over the weekend that I didn’t fill in anything. I must email the document to my tablet so I am motivated more 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      I was TERRIBLE over the weekend… The check ins and updates are helping a lot though! 🙂

  3. I think my days of having a flat tummy are gone. I could probably get there again if I was willing to put in the work, but so far the willingness is missing. 🙂 Have a great week, Mel.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha! Bill, I’m just inspired that you do running, walking, and yoga! Almost finished my book and then it’s into the world of Tobias – looking forward to grabbing your book soon 🙂

  4. I think we could be twins on this, because I totally hated PE and am not very good at doing repetitions of sit-ups either. I am very much interested in hearing how you are doing with this now and can’t wait for you to share more 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Lol, yes I agree – we are VERY similar when it comes to exercise and fitness. Have a fab day 😉

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