So a little while back… apparently “3 months back” (from when I began writing this post)… I asked everyone on Facebook the question above. And, now… it’s a blog post 🙂
This is how today’s post will work.
The first section shows the Facebook comments for your convenience.
The second section journals when I first attempted each activity or category of activity within the first 21 days of September… attempting in some way to consistently capture as many of these all in one day for the first twenty one days of September that I could (or, could remember).
The third and final section dives into my reflections on this challenge.
For your convenience, here were the responses as posted chronologically to that Facebook post…
PS. Sorry not everyone’s avatars are populating… #PrivacySettings
So, this was tough one. Everything was super smooth leading up to week 4. I was on track to losing 1.3 – 1.6 lbs per week…. exercising regularly; eating very well… the only admission I have is that I could’ve lifted more. Ironically, my life long hate of running has turned into enjoyment.
Overall, as I reflect on this experience — the adherence to diet was quiet easy… it was meal planning that was difficult. I was consistent with Muay Thai and even stepped up for a brutal Friday night Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sparring session. All that said… it was a business trip that ultimately derailed me during the final week.
Yep… flying out to the East Coast, there was practically no good way for me to meal prep or dose my diet. I did get in some great CrossFit workouts at my business, Recharge|HoCo-CrossFit.
All together, I found that this was a wonderful experience as both a challenge and as a journey of learning. I found that picking up something I hated in running has turned into a new form of enjoyment. I learned that being at home is easier to adhere to plans than on trips… obvs…. 😉 I also learned I really needed to lift more and that fitness from an input/output perspective is all about time… time…. TIME. TIME!
Viewing food as fuel was helpful.
Being consistent with a prescribed schedule which I could just turn my brain off to, was very helpful.
I think the things that will stick will be a more mindful dosing of meal planning, running, and upping my game in terms of lifting, calisthenics, and bringing kettlebells back into my life in a regular way.
Challenge — OVER!
So, this is my week 3 report. Things are going well, but not awesome.
1st, I couldn’t get as much workouts in as I wanted; family is still sick; I feeling completely worn out from this grueling pace of things… and, I really can NOT eat anymore chicken… *sobs*
The good news is: Running is actually fun now; I started sparring in Muay Thai; I’ve committed to getting back into BJJ — my coach knows #accountability; and, my family took a wonderful trip to Disneyland. #OurHappyPlace
Week 3 has been nuts. And, honestly, I’m already half way into week 4. Week 3 is when I feel the weight has been shedding FAST. I’m down probably 8+lbs from when I started. I fear I’m getting more cardio in than weight lifting… it is something I’m hoping to fix for the remainder of the challenge — that weight lifting element.
Time. Time. TIME. T I M E is the ultimate limiter this past week. Also, having looked at my recent bills, it is true — eating healthy is more expensive… I think a lot of it has to do with perishable portions. The other, is that buying whole foods (not the store) requires more frequency of purchases since things expire. It’s making think about an MBA project about regional and local food stuffs I did; and, perhaps, how this could positively affect the local economies should it be adopted at scale.
In any case… week 3… I feel this challenge has truly turned the corner. Traveling was very difficult in terms of adhere to diet or even finding food stuffs congruent with my prescribed meal plans. Working out was basically running. So…. I’m actually happy to be home in that regard and hope I can turn this Week 4 around and really get into the lifting through the end of the challenge.
That’s all for now!
See you for week 4.
Well, this last week was a semi-success… at least for me. The dieting of this challenge wasn’t a “challenge” until I attended a private conference here in town. This lead to all sorts of disarray. Nevertheless, I’m still on track for shedding 1lb per week. Some days are better than others. Ironically, the thing I have the most challenge with is the strength training at moderate intensities and high reps… well, maybe not so ironically as I’m used to high intensity, low repetitions.
What *IS* ironic is that I’m starting to enjoy my runs. Yup, burning a couple hundred Calories via running is actually becoming less terrible, LOL!
The thing I like about it most is the measurability of it. It’s not hard to launch my running app and go until it says my aimed Calories were burnt. The same could be said for a treadmill… however, I find the small hill trail around my home far more difficult than the same caloric measures given by the treadmill settings.
All in all, it’s going really well. I’m definitely not starving and still struggling to finish all my meal plans. The workouts are taking longer than I’d like. And, while my body feels super tired, in general… it’s manageable and the results are enjoyable — looking forward to the soon to be grueling pace! 😉