|Body by Parks Boot Camp|
I would highly recommend taking some pictures if you're trying to lose weight. It makes you feel awesome when you look at them. Yeah, I still have things I'm not happy with and those thighs are going to be getting a second round of the squat challenge, but damn it feels good to be a gangster.
Over 6 weeks, I lost 15.8lbs and 11.5 inches. It is not impossible. You can make huge changes in a short amount of time, but you are going to have to work for it. Some of the things I think were key to my success were:
- Extra workouts - any chance to get in extra calorie burn, I damn well took it. On one day, I got up and did a 1 hr workout with sprints, arms, legs, core and cardio (burning over 800 calories), then I went and ran around a baseball diamond for 2 hours (another 500 calories), and later that night I went for a 90 minute walk (another 300-ish, didn't wear the strap). And I still felt like I could have done more. When you start to enjoy exercising and it isn't something you dread, you know you've hit a major milestone.
- Cleaned up the eating - I was already eating pretty clean before the competition, but I really focused on it during the challenge (and after). I cut out my weekday coffee (with the crappy creamer), salad dressing (try salsa!), and granola bars (so sugary now, blegh). I upped my protein (hard boiled eggs and canned tuna for the win) and I started chugging 5-7 liters of water every day (sometimes with mint leaves and lime - "health mojito" haha!). It was not really much of a hardship, and I felt way better for it.
- Tracking the sh** out of those calories - Weight Loss 101 - calories in < calories out. My Fitness Pal saved my ass on several occasions. Do I look like I know how many calories are in an unsweetend green tea lemonade from Starbucks? MFP does. Love it.
- Having fun in non-embarrassing ways - I pretty much stopped drinking alcohol a long while ago (last summer, maybe?), and when your drinking team has a dodgeball problem they like to tend to with beers, it can be a bit of a struggle to stay on track. I actually spent a weekend out in Kananaskis with them in a hotel, with booze a-flowing. At one point I did feel a little sheepish with a giant bag of carrots and a bottle of water in my hand, but there are better ways of enjoying myself than ending up puking in a bush. Just sayin'. (It may also make you a better leg wrestler.)
- Not focusing on the finish line - If I told myself I was only going to clean up my act for six weeks to try and win a prize, I wasn't going to win the prize. This competition was more about forcing my hand on some last lingering bad habits that I needed to drop, and pushing myself just to prove how far I could be pushed.
What could you have started six weeks ago? Start now.