Progress and Perfection Challenge

Kyra (Savyart) and I are starting up a small personal fitness challenge that will run from May 1 through July 1. With the changes in the official EAS/Body for Life challenge this year and its overall impersonal feel, I think the BFL challenge has lost its ability to motivate me now that I’ve been at this stuff for eleven months. I think there are many paths to fitness (obviously I have been hell-bent on trying out as many of the reasonable ones as I can), so I can’t wrap my brain around the whole cult mentality that so many people develop for their chosen programs. I’ve seen it with every program–BFL, Atkins, SGX, Beachbody, Weight Watchers–people find a plan that works for THEM personally, and they lose their ability to objectively view any other system but that one.

Doing a smaller personal challenge should help me stay on track with the nutrition part of my plan. I generally have no problems with the exercise, but as the months of near maintenance drag on, the temptations of the company candy stash become harder to resist. 🙂

I’m typing up my game plan for this challenge–nutrition guidelines, workout plans, and goals today, and will start tomorrow. I’ll be shooting for ZERO “Awful Truths” through July 1. Every day I’ll be posting the number of “perfect” days I’ve had in a row, and each time an Awful Truth shows up, I reset to zero.

How is that for potential humiliation?

Clearly I want a nice high ending score on July 1.

Stats and progress pics will be posted on the first of each month, and adjustments to the original program’s calorie targets may be tweaked if the desired results aren’t being achieved.

I am not going to stress over the results in this challenge. The focus will be on the process itself–doing what I’m supposed to do every single day, including eating my cheat meals at their specified time slots and not shifting them around. I will even endeavor to stay off the scale for a week at a time. :eekb:

Never say I don’t sacrifice in the name of fitness.

If you want to join in the fun, we are logging our challenge posts over at the John Stone Fitness forum in the Progress and Perfection Challenge thread. Sign up for an account at JSF if you don’t already have one, and post your own plan with exercise and nutrition guidelines to get started. You don’t have to be cutting to sign up. Maintaining, bulking, training for a specific event–it’s all good as long as you have a specific plan to follow and the determination to make it through 9 weeks of progress and perfection.

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Nutrition: 2000 calorie high zig zag day w/Splurge Meal

1: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and banana
2: 3.5 oz. grilled pollock, 1 c. veggies in oyster sauce, 1/2 c. rice
3: Splurge meal at work (1 large bagel, 2 T. low sugar strawberry preserves, 1 T. margarine or cream cheese)
4: Strawberry protein shake
5: 3/4 c. FF cottage cheese and large navel orange
6: 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1/4 c. raisins, 3×1 omelette

Total (minus splurge meal): 1305 calories, 45.4% carb, 39.7% protein, 16.6% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:00 PM P90X Legs and Back/Ab Ripper X

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The Awful Truth:
1. Had just half a navel orange for meal 6 instead of planned CC and orange meal.
2. Did not do second half of Yoga X. Will make up on Sunday.

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Brownie Points:
1. Day 6 of Official Office Candy Boycott. (Am extending definition of “candy” to include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies and brownies, even on free day.)
2. Drank 17 cups of water yesterday.
3. Vacuumed the apartment.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Finish design for P90X HanDbase module
2. Work on paper doll project.
3. Do thumbnails for 5-6 new prints.
4. Do the laundry.
5. Finish fairy girl print.

6 thoughts on “Progress and Perfection Challenge

  1. I think this idea for a challenge is great! The worst part about the cult mentality is not just that people get hell-bent on their ONE PERFECT program, but they go so far as to bash the other programs that work great for others. Looking forward to watching your progress! I love this guy –> :dbell:

  2. These little challenges always keep me motivated much more than “official” corporate-sponsored competitions do. Nobody at EAS cares if I eat a chocolate bar, but I’d rather gain back every pound of flabbage I’ve lost in the past year than admit to someone I KNOW that I gave into a stupid square of candy!

    Also, it’s great to be in a challenge with a fellow go-getter like Kyra. Hanging around folks who justify their daily cheats by saying “progress, not perfection” just drags you down. It’s a lot more productive to hang with people who will take you to task, ask you WHY you can’t stay on track, and fire you up to follow your own written rules.

  3. Here’s a good motivator: for each perfect day, give yourself a dollar. At the end of a well met challenge, you can TOTALLY justify a good splurge.:wig:

  4. LOL we’ll kick each other’s butt if we cheat – this is gonna be great Maggie! I finally got mine finished too, but I’m so tired I’m cross-eyed. I hope I laid it out right or I’ll be embaressed tomorrow! :whistle:

  5. WOOOOOO GO GIRLS!!!! Can’t wait to see the end results ladies!! Good luck!
    :dbell::barbells:

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