Last Updated on November 23, 2022 by Michael Brockbank
I haven’t been doing too well on the most recent 12-week fitness challenge. From COVID to high-stress problems at home, it just hasn’t been a good month and a half. So, what can I do to complete a 6-week fitness challenge to end the year?
Don’t worry, I’m still using the 12-week spreadsheet. There’s just going to be a massive block of red for the last few weeks. And I’ll have to make a few adjustments to the calculations in order to show a semi-accurate estimation.
In any case, I fully intend to finish this current 12-week challenge by focusing on the last six weeks.
Coincidentally, that’ll be the time I start my next 12-week fitness challenge. January 1st starts on a Sunday, which is when I like to start these challenges in the first place.
I’m always pushing to be the best version of myself possible. Not to mention that I find challenges and case studies fun to do.
Completing a 6-Week Fitness Challenge
Technically, I’m starting a couple of days early. The day after Thanksgiving, I plan to go all-in for the last six weeks of the year. This means there will be less of a chance that gorging myself with a “last meal” would have an impact on the starting weight.
So, how will I tackle the last of the year?
Getting Myself Excited
The most important element of any fitness challenge, diet plan, or exercise routine is to have a positive frame of mind. Getting excited about what is to come helps keep your head in the game and guides decisions.
If you look at any exercise routine as a mundane chore, you’re less likely to continue.
It’s one thing to start the 6-week fitness challenge in a good mood, but it’s another to maintain it for the next month and a half. This means you need to find ways to keep yourself in a good frame of mind for the long haul.
The bottom line is to not let anything distract you from accomplishing your goals.
Weekly Case Studies
Although I’m not a fan of 7-day case studies, I plan on trying a few until the end of the year. I don’t like doing them as it’s such a short amount of time and often results in less-than-accurate data.
A lot can happen to skew the results, which is why most scientific studies are performed over a much longer timeframe.
There are a few that I’m interested to try for much longer, though.
For example, the Renpho Smart Scale that I use detects and records muscle mass. While I was playing the Xbox last week, I noticed that I was gaining 0.2 pounds in muscle per day. I would love to see what this looks like going to the gym.
In all reality, the purpose of the case studies is to keep me focused on my goals. If something that piques my interest takes longer, then so be it.
Focusing on 10,000 Steps Per Day
It seems that I tend to lose weight fairly well when I get in more than 10,000 steps per day. It appears to be the sweet spot for me. So, I’ll be working towards that according to my Fitbit.
Though, the 10k steps are more than just walking around the backyard. For example, I’ll get about 2500 to 3000 steps each time I play the Xbox Kinect. That’s because of how intensely I play those games.
Regardless of my activity, I’m going to aim for 10,000+ steps.
On a side note, it looks like I might have found a way to show my heart rate through the recording software I use. So, get ready for a video on how I play the Xbox 360 Kinect and how I burn more than 400 calories every 30 minutes in real time.
Looking for More Products to Review
One thing I’ve found that really keeps me motivated to do more for my health is reviewing products. In fact, I’m still looking for a decent chocolate peanut butter ice cream that is Keto-friendly.
I am also working on my first recipe with the Ninja CREAMi. While my first attempt at an orange creamsicle was decent, my second attempt was a huge failure. I want to get it right before posting it on the site.
The downside, though, is the monetary investment. I don’t have a ton of money to review some of the more expensive things I’d like to try. But there are plenty of things that aren’t overly expensive I can still pick up here and there.
Especially since we have to pay quite a bit to get the Kia back on the road. Long story, short, would-be thieves tried to steal the Kia, failed, and jacked up the steering column to the point of not being able to drive. So, that needs to be dealt with first.
What Can Happen During a 6-Week Fitness Challenge?
If I can maintain the plan, I should see a couple of things happen over the next six weeks.
First, I should lose between 21 and 30 pounds. This is based on my personal averages while maintaining my Net 600 Calorie diet.
I usually lose between 3.5 and 5 pounds per week. Though, I’m sure that’ll change drastically once I start dropping the body fat percentage. At that time, I’ll have to adjust my fitness goals.
Secondly, if the Renpho scale is correct, I should gain 7.6 pounds of muscle. That is probably going to be a long-term case study, though. There are a lot of variables that will contribute to muscle mass beyond just playing the Xbox Kinect.
This is especially true if I regularly go back to the gym.
Still, if we take the lowest averages and do not care about muscle mass, I should still drop down to the low 220s. This means I’ll have to make some severe adjustments to the 12-week challenge I start on January 1st.
I won’t have nearly as much fat to lose. Maybe I’ll focus on breaking exercise records instead of losing weight once I hit my goals.
Let’s Make this Last 6-Week Challenge of 2022 Epic!
So, I weighed 234.2 when we ended 2021. Even if I can get under that, I guess I can still call it a win. Especially since I am sitting somewhere around the low 240s at the moment.
In any case, I plan on ending this year much better than I did last. So, let’s get this 6-week fitness challenge started and prepare to amaze ourselves.
It all starts by making a commitment to yourself and following through.