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.
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
8:00 PM P90X Legs and Back/Ab Ripper X
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.
1. Day 6 of Official Office Candy Boycott. (Am extending definition of â€œcandyâ€ to include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, pies and brownies, even on free day.)
2. Drank 17 cups of water yesterday.
3. Vacuumed the apartment.
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.