Yes, it was difficult at times but I took it just one day at a time. I broke up the challenge into smaller challenges. I have never had a problem with staying lean until I turned 40 and now at 42 realized that my habits needed to change.
This provided me with the knowledge and tools to maintain and make bigger gains in the future.
This also taught me that the diet is 80% and workout is 20%.
I was also thoroughly impressed with John's responsiveness to individual questions and support. This was not easy and am super proud of myself.
The challenge taught me about being mindful. Mindful about what I put into my body and when, mindful about getting the rest I needed and mindful about staying positive. In life (and especially in corporate America) it's far too easy to just go through the motions and float through your day, but there is no joy in that. By pushing myself to think about how I was treating my body, I forced myself to re-engage with life. At first it hurt a bit, but then I remembered how good it feels.
As a person who indulges on all of the types of beer and heavy hearty food, almost every day of my life, this was a dramatic month for me, my body and my mind. One of my biggest accomplishments in this process was to stay 100% away from sugar and bread.
I can honestly say that with Halloween in the middle of the challenge and having a 4 and 6 year old go trick or treating, and yet still did not have one single piece of candy, was one of my biggest accomplishments. Sounds petty, but sweets/candy are my thing! My favorite part of this challenge was getting my energy back and just a better mind set overall.
With diet and work out, you can become a completely different person, not just physically but mentally. I started the challenge at 297 lbs and weighed in today at 268!! That just gave me chills while typing that…..I am so happy with my results and never thought I could get back to my old me (almost).
Going into this challenge, I was feeling like I was "all washed up." I felt that I had aged and that I was no longer attractive, and less valuable in my work. I hadn't really attributed it to my fitness level or diet - I just felt that life had slowly turned me into a middle aged woman - lacking a sense of vitality and excitement for life.
Well the 30 days have come to an end and the proof is in the pudding, chocolate of course. I went from 229.7 to 214.7lbs, put on 3 lbs of muscle and dropped my BFP from 25.2 to 18.5 which to me from being over to being normal. And then there's the measurements.
I learned more about myself thru this 30 days than I ever thought I could. I learned that I DO have the control...I do have the drive...I do have the passion and I do have the self love it takes to live a better...stronger....healthier life.
This Challenge help me alot in keeping focus and motivating myself and finding new food that benifit my body and aldo the different exercises i can do besides running . The hardest part was not having sugar or beer lol. I learned also that im not in competition with nobody just with my self.
I keep my same size on clothes but I look sharper and feel better
I was 190 now im 185 not bad but I feel stonger and leaner
I'm going to keep up to have the body of my life lol
I want to look younger and be healthy for my 4 kids and wife . And keep this lifestyle for me and my family.
I was at pre-hypertension and my pulse rate was way too high.
The first week was the most difficult for me, I got down to 270 by the end of the first week, this weight I have been to before but could not maintain recently.
Stress levels started to drop as well as my resting pulse.
I am now working out regularly again and I needed this to get me back into living the way I am used to, eating smaller portions, better food, and back in the gym. I have several pairs of pants and shorts size 40 and 42 that no longer fit me and I just picked up some 36 and 38 jeans and shorts to start my wardrobe refresh. My wife says I look athletic (which is something that means more to me than just about anything). My legs have started to look like they did when I was 19-26, muscular and defined.