On January 13, 2012 I started a fitness challenge and since then I’ve lost 25 pounds. My goal is not just to lose weight, but to attain and maintain a healthy body fat percentage. I’m about 10- 15 pounds away from reaching that goal, closer than I’ve been in over twenty years.
For the very first time I know without a doubt that I will achieve that goal. In the past, I have been hopeful that it would happen only to have that hope turn to disappointment because I returned to old patterns and fell short. But now, I know it will happen. What’s the difference this time? I have changed. Along the way to finding this freedom I’ve learned so many things about fitness. Here’s a few of them…
- The most difficult muscle to train is my brain. Sore arms and legs are nothing compared to the complete overhaul that my mind needed. I had to change my relationship with food and my understanding of exercise. I had fight the urge to fall back into old mindsets. I had to be willing to train my mind right along with my body.
- Keeping a consistent and honest food/exercise journal is an important key to success. Every day, every meal, every calorie, every workout even the mistakes and mess ups, each one logged and learned from. Most of us know the basic science to losing weight (create a weekly deficit of calories that are consumed versus calories burned) the food and exercise journal help to make that a reality.
- My body is capable of intense exercise. Working out 6 days a week and averaging 14-16 hours of workouts per week. My body can be trained to do things I never thought I could do. Variety in exercise is a good thing. Cardio, kick boxing, interval training, cross fit and strength training. I am looking forward to discovering new ways to workout and continuing to improve on the base I have.
- Drinking enough water and eating small, healthy combinations of proteins and carbs regularly throughout the day stabilize blood sugar and prevent headaches and hunger.
- I’ve learned that there is still so much to learn… but even applying the smallest amount of education will produce results if you don’t quit!
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