The end of the second 6-week challenge

It’s hard to believe, but 6 weeks have come and gone already.  Here are the results:

For starters, I didn’t achieve my goal (again).  By week 4, I had lost 3 pounds and I was on my way to success, but then something changed.  Week 5 sent me up a pound, and then two more by Week 6, leaving me right back where I started.  However, all was not bad news.

Chest:  I lost 1.84 inches around my chest if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.73 inches.

Stomach:  I lost 2.08 inches around my stomach if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 1.17 inches.

Waist:  I lost 1.59 inches around my waist if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.33 inches.

Buttocks:  I lost 0.5 inches around my buttocks if you compare the base measurement with the results from Week 6.  If you take a 3-week moving average, I lost 0.44 inches.

Not too bad, even if you use the 3-week moving average.  I did have a problem near the end of Week 6 by agitating something in my right knee on Thursday.  It was hard enough to walk on Friday, so I was not able to get my last day of rowing in before the challenge ended.

Using the exercise workout guide that I found on the Concept 2 website was handy as it provided a wide range of routines, making the challenge more interesting (as compared to doing the same exercise every day).  In fact, I’ve decided to use it again starting next week.  That way, we can directly compare my performance over the past 6 weeks to the next.  I am giving myself this week off as a reward … as well as a chance to let whatever I did to my knee to pass. 

Over all, it was nice to be on a rowing machine again.  Other than maybe the Elliptical, there is no other machine I would rather use to exercise on than a Concept 2 rowing machine.  If you ever have the chance to use one, I highly recommend it.

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