Last Updated on January 14, 2021 by Michael Brockbank
Things are indeed hectic at the beginning of 2021. Between increasing my writing progress and the new projects my clients are throwing at me, it’s certainly stressful. But, I have a tentative plan to start my 12-week fitness challenge again.
This time, I am changing it up a bit to address why I couldn’t do the first one. Mostly because I wanted to do nothing but play the Xbox Kinect for 12 weeks. But when you have kids all over the living room, that’s just not feasible.
So, this time, I am making it easier on myself to remain focused.
What Stopped the Last 12-Week Fitness Challenge?
The last plan of action surrounded playing the Kinect. Since my son visits almost every weekend and spends three to four days in my living room, there’s nowhere to play.
And this, in turn, derails my plans and I wind up sulking in my office.
Just once, I would love something to go according to plan.
The 12-Week Fitness Challenge Break Down
Ok, let’s simplify the process a bit. For this 12-week fitness challenge, I am working on:
- Burning 3,500 calories per day in Fitbit
- 100+ Points per day in Exercise.com
- Keeping calories green in MyFitnessPal
- Making morning vlogs
Sounds simple enough.
This challenge will start on Sunday. That’s because I want 12 solid weeks of turning the bars green in Fitbit. And my weeks in Fitbit start on Sunday. But, that doesn’t mean I am going to pig out over the next few days.
In fact, I am technically beginning today just so I can get a running start at the challenge. This means I have four days to start curbing my nightly habits and preparing myself for the work.
The Plan for This Challenge
Instead of focusing on specific workouts, because my life is just too chaotic for that at the moment, I am changing the layout a bit.
The idea is about losing weight and seeing how much I can drop within three months. Getting ripped or muscle-bound is only an afterthought. Though, it would be nice to see what I look like with a six-pack.
Calorie Burn Per Day
Using the Fitbit Charge 4, I am going to track the number of calories I burn every day. Right now, my goal is set to 3,500. In order to surpass this, I have to put in at least an hour per day doing various routines.
This includes things like:
- Playing the Xbox Kinect for 25 to 30 minutes
- Using the Bodyblade for 20 to 25 minutes
- Going for a 20 to 30-minute, fast-paced walk
- Vigorously cleaning the house for 30+ minutes
- Any physical activity that elevates my heart rate for extended periods of time
For the most part, at least three activities above will put me beyond 3500 calories burned in a single day. Well, that’s what it usually is on average.
Now, what’s significant about this is that I’ve never sustained more than three weeks passing this goal every day. That’s back when I lived in Los Angeles and walked everywhere.
To do it for 12 weeks straight is quite a bit of effort for me. Especially since I spend a great deal of time in front of my computer as a freelance writer/blogger/YouTube creator.
And I often don’t have time to take an hour to go to the gym. Though, if the mask mandate is lifted anytime during this 12-week fitness challenge, I’ll be glad to put in some gym work.
That’s only because I have an issue generating too much body heat. In reality, I am exceptionally prone to heat exhaustion. My breath would easily cause me to hyperventilate. But, I don’t mind. I can wait, as I am patient.
Points Per Day in Exercise.com
Another aspect of this 12-week fitness challenge is getting points into Exercise.com. I’m still looking for an alternative, but for now, this app works great for keeping track of my personal records.
I can easily add every activity within Exercise.com under cardio. Or, I can actually do some workouts and exercises to break personal records.
Since I am keen on setting new records for 2021, this will help me plan my daily routines. For instance, I’m currently working on breaking my ab roller record.
At any rate, I’m going to focus on 100 points per day. This is because Exercise.com doesn’t count cardio activity as high as it does with something like dumbbell curls.
For example, 40 minutes of cardio gives you the same number of points as 4 reps of curls with 20-pound weights. As you can see, the numbers are highly in favor of weight training.
I’ll mix in weight work because I want to define and add a bit to muscle mass. But I don’t want to focus too much on trying to squeeze out high numbers every day if I just don’t have the time to do some lifting.
Right now, I am insanely busy.
Keeping the Calories Green
Obviously, I am working on keeping the intake below the burn. And I’ve been able to drop about a half a pound per day by sticking with a Net 600 Calorie Diet.
Don’t worry…I usually eat around 1800 calories on any given day. What this diet of mine centers around is physical activity. If I want to snack more, I need to “pay” for the food by being more physical.
It’s worked exceptionally well for me in the past. So, if I stick with it during this 12-week fitness challenge, I’m sure it’ll have an incredible impact.
The hardest part is going to be breaking my habit of snacking at night. I still can’t seem to get a solid grasp on why I feel the need to binge after dinner.
In reality, I think it’s definitely more habitual than anything. In fact, I don’t even realize I am doing it until I swallowed the last bite.
Making Morning Vlogs
I’ll go back to making vlogs on CrossingColorado’s YouTube channel. Because I won’t have a lot of time available, I’ll just use raw footage for the morning updates and just slap together a thumbnail template.
For one thing, this will keep me away from watching negative political news first thing in the morning on YouTube. I’ll be spending my time recording and uploading.
These morning videos will entail the progress from the day before. This is because Fitbit will record the data at midnight regarding how many calories I burned.
Then, we’ll take a look at Fitbit, Exericse.com, and MyFitnessPal.
Altogether, it should only be a five-minute video or less. And, it should only take me about 20 minutes to edit and upload. Just a quick update is all I’m looking for.
Then, perhaps I can get back into the longer videos complete with the trolling comments. I rather enjoy making those.
The idea here is to keep me accountable. Now, I just need to remember I want to upload every day.
What Makes This 12-Week Fitness Challenge Any Different?
I don’t have the best track record when it comes to extended challenges. Things happen, motivations dissipate, and I wind up just throwing in the towel.
But, I feel just as good about this time around as I do for getting more done in 2021. I would be working on the Kinect case study if not for having kids in the middle of the living room.
This time, I am not merely focused on the Kinect. If someone is in the living room, I can burn calories cleaning the house or doing some outdoor work.
In fact, I managed to burn quite a bit by vigorously cleaning my bedroom for 20 minutes. And yes, I am keeping track of that data as well for a case study regarding how many calories I can burn doing certain house chores.
Because I’m a geek like that.
Like working on being more productive this year, I am very jazzed and excited to do this challenge. And with the way things are going so far in 2021, I don’t think there’s anything I cannot do.
In other words, I feel really good about everything!
Let’s Get it On!
Speaking of being busy, I have clients needing some YouTube work done. So, I need to wrap this up. The first video will be out Monday, January 18th. But, I will blog every week about the progress I’m making on this 12-week fitness challenge.
If you want to follow along, feel free. Let me know in the comments how well you’re doing.
Let’s make 2021 our year for success, despite the issues we’re facing.