Pre-28 day Challenge
Name: Adele Brett
Date: 06 March 2014
Weight: 15.5 Stone Upper Arm: 33 cm Bust: 113 cm Under bust: 102 cm Waist: 111 cm Hips: 115.5 cm Thigh: 64 cm
Weight: 9.5 stone Upper Arm: 29 cm Bust: 93 cm Under Bust: 78.5 cm Waist: 91 cm Hips: 96.5 cm Thigh: 52 cm
28 Day Challenge
The challenge is to row 30 minutes each day for 28 days. 28 days was the length of the challenge because it is generally thought that this is the period of time to create a habit. The duration of the exercise of 30 minutes was specified by the experts at WaterRower as a time to see results after regular exercise.
Hello, I am Adele a 37 year old mother of two gorgeous girls and I have volunteered to take part in a 28 day challenge with the WaterRower.
I look like this:
Actually, this picture is over six years old so I don’t look like that anymore and have had another child since that photo.
But black and white is more forgiving…… and it’s a headshot so you can’t really see what is going on below my neck.
Here I am:
Adele’s Exercise History
When I was in primary school I was always very active. I have two brothers and we were always swimming, cycling or playing out. I also used to walk to school. My activity levels fell when I went to secondary school. My mother drove me into Sloane Square to school as she worked around the corner. I did take part in PE but no other physical activities. There was also a ritual of going to the shop before school where we would all buy pain au chocolates and a bottle of fizzy drink.
So over the years I gradually put on more and more weight. The rest of my family are slim and have always had very active jobs. My mother. became a Postwoman and delivered mail with the best of them. At 63, she is now a manager at Royal Mail and still has to cover duties and deliver the mail. I on the other hand just have to look at food and I put on weight. Oh ok I do actually eat it too… I love sweet things but love crisps and chocolate especially.
It was only at University that I was reintroduced to exercise but I was also introduced to alcohol so they counter balanced each other.
It is therefore accurate to say that I have tried a number of different exercise and diet fads/trends over the years without any long term success.
I have been going to Essex Boot Camp over the last two years, which I love because of the team spirit, variety and general challenging nature of the sessions. It is one the UK’s largest and most successful Boot camps. I started back after over two or three months out after Christmas for various excuses and had just reached three sessions in one week. This is an achievement for me as getting back from work on time and having suitable childcare to allow me to attend the sessions don’t always go hand in hand. So having a WaterRower in my home might remove my barrier to exercise.
At the beginning of February and shortly after reaching my three session target at EBC I got the flu coupled a beauty of a chest infection. I would smoke about 5-10 cigarettes a day so the chest infection was not a surprise. The plus side of the sickness was that I have not smoked since and my stomach has shrunk as I was unable to eat very much as the severe cough made me sick.
Vicky’s Exercise History
I have known Vicky for five years. We met as our daughters were in the same class at school. However, we actually came from the same part of North London and knew some of the same people and our parents were acquainted. Small world. We have been great friends ever since we met but Vicky is one of these girls that eats what she likes. She has an amazing set of legs. She has had three beautiful girls which keep her busy and is more motivated to tone her stomach area since the birth of her third child.
When I told her about the 28 day challenge she jumped at the chance to get involved. She enlisted another mum at the school but the third member never turned up.
The Arrival of the WaterRower
The WaterRower arrival at my home on 17 February was greeted with great excitement by my children. They loved it. There were queues to have a go. Ben, the guy who installed it gave us helpful tips on how to use it correctly. These were repeated verbatim to my husband by my eldest daughter on his arrival home.
Vicky and I did a test run for 30 minutes each to see what we had got ourselves into. The 30 minutes felt much longer than anticipated. I thought that this was going to be a long 28 days. I was very hot and noted for tomorrow that I needed to wear cooler exercising clothing. I would also need to increase my water intake throughout the challenge period.
Later in the evening my eldest daughter, Darcy, climbed on the rower with her ipad timer set to 30 minutes and started to row. I did not think that she would finish but she did. I was very proud.
28 Day Challenge – Day 1 – 6th March
Exercised time: 19:00
After our trial session we switched on MTV while we rowed. I had been working during the day and was tried but the music really helped make the time pass. I was also wearing ¾ length exercise trousers and a sleeveless top so was much cooler during the day.
I recalled that during my time at Uni when I used the rower (brand that must not be named!) I would complete 3000 metres in 15 minutes. Albeit over 19 years ago apply this to the 28 day challenge I should be aiming to row 6000 metres in 30 minutes. So how was I fairing?
I don’t think 5,230 is that bad. It gives me something else to aim for during the challenge. So setting myself another challenge - I have to reach over 6000 metres per session during the 28 day Challenge.