A few weeks ago, I was approached by a friend of mine, Angie Craine to see if I would be interested in doing a fitness challenge. I have been working on my fitness journey off and on for years and I feel like this invitation came at the right time. While I was working my way through free fitness via youtube- I liked the idea of doing a challenge. After some consulting and figuring out what would fit into my life- I decided to try the T25 Challenge.
Why I am Doing This
Why in the world would I decide to try this? Well- there are quite a few reasons why I think now is a good time and I will elaborate on that in a moment. The reason that I choose this program mainly has to do with one thing- time. Some people can devote a good bit of time each day (week, month, etc) to fitness, but I know myself well enough to know that right now, if it takes more than 30 minutes I may not do it every day. Hence- a 25 minute program is really ideal for me. Sure there is one day a week when I will need to double up, but that is perfectly fine.
Now, to the ‘why’ that many people do not think about and do not really want to talk about. Most people are not satisfied with their weight or their current physical condition, call it culture or whatever you wish- it is just a fact of life. I’m not any different than most people and I wish that I had been able to stick with some programs in the past, but that did not happen. When asked ‘why do I want to do this’ there were two points that I really felt were important to me.
The first point that I have is that I want to enjoy exercise again. While I cannot speak for everyone in the military, I can say that for me the military ruined any sort of fitness routine that I had before the military. What I did before I entered the military WORKED. The type of fitness that the military requires a person to do is not always conducive to what each person needs and in order to meet standards I did things that made me loathe any type of exercise. In the last few months- I have made great strides at putting this sort of exercise hatred behind me and moving on with doing things that I want to do. Things that I feel make sense for my fitness, as opposed to things that must be done to check off a box on a test.
The second point is just as frankly really- I need to get in better shape- for me and for my life. I have a list as long as my arm of problems that come along with my family history and many of them are weight related. This is the time of my life where I have time to get things right, before I have kids and before anything else gets added to my daily schedule. I was already working on some of these things before the challenge found me and I definitely think that this is the right way for me to go about it. I have been working my way to the deep end of this particular part of my health journey and it is just time to jump right in and deal with it.
What to Expect from My Posts
At this point, I plan to do monthly posts on my progress, although I may change my mind and switch to weekly if I feel that will help me more. What I plan to do with these posts is be honest about how I feel and how it is working. If parts of it suck- I’m going to say that. I am also going to say if those suck-y parts actually give me the results I am looking for. I am not looking for a miracle ten weeks to lose reach my goal weight- I am looking for a chance to help myself get into better shape.
I attempted to do something like this last year, but it just did not pan out as well as I wished and I feel that realizing what my body is up to will help this time. I am not one of those fortunate people that can drop a couple of pounds a week- frankly, I am lucky to drop a couple of pounds a month. That may change with this program, but if it doesn’t that is alright. I am looking for a steady downward trend, not a dive off a cliff. So- expect a lot of that type of zen ‘it takes a long time to move this mountain’ type of posts and comments over this challenge.
Also, these posts are going to include some very specific measurements (listed below) and photos. There will be comparison photos, as well as inches lost/pounds lost for the other areas. The one note that I will make is that I am not revealing my actual weight. I am not really comfortable with that at the moment, but I do have a nice little tracking system- POUNDS LEFT TO LOSE. This will let all of you see my progress and allow me a bit of sanity when it comes to being very public about a part of my life that is rather rough to deal with at times.
Without further ado- the photo and the measurements:
Upper Arm: 13.5
Pounds Left to Lose: 39
Pounds lost: 6
So, day one starts tomorrow and I hope that this will all pan out well. I expect a lot of hard work from myself and so long as I put that in- I know I will get things out of it. Until the next post- keep on working on you!
Want to know more about T25 and my fitness coach? Check out her page here.