Starting the End of the Year 12-Week Fitness Challenge TODAY!

Last Updated on October 10, 2021 by Michael Brockbank

Here we are, October 9th, which is 12 weeks away from January 1st. Today, I am pushing with an end-of-the-year 12-week fitness challenge to see if I can end 2021 far better than I started. If you’d like to follow along, you can do so by checking out the challenge spreadsheet.

Because I’m a dork like that.

At any rate, I’m feeling pretty good about this attempt. I’ve been getting closer and closer to actually completing one of these for myself, and feel like I can actually finish this one.

I just need to keep that mentality.

Starting This Morning: 229.0 lbs @ 32.8% Body Fat

Now, I highly doubt that I will ever get below 200 pounds. That’s mostly because of how I’m built and the fact that I’ve been adding a bit of muscle mass lately.

Seriously, I’ve always been kind of a big guy muscle-wise.

So, I’m working towards dropping the body fat percentage as much as I can before the end of the year. Yes, I’ll still focus on losing weight. However, I’m pretty close to my goals anyway.

This means I need to whip out more cardio than I have been.

What This Challenge Entails

I kind of covered what this challenge will entail about a week ago, but I added a few things here and there to track. Mostly because I’m curious as to whether certain workouts have an impact on a day-to-day basis.

Anyway, let’s break down the spreadsheet, shall we?

Calories In vs Calories Out

For this end-of-the-year 12-week fitness challenge, I am going back to my Net 600 Calorie diet. This is when I use MyFitnessPal to track everything I eat while setting the calorie goal to 600.

Then, my Fitbit records physical activity and subtracts that from MyFitnessPal. The more active I am, the more I can eat. In reality, I probably eat around 1500 calories per day while burning close to 3200.

Usually, this results in losing about half a pound per day. But, it also depends on what I consume. I can’t eat 1200 calories worth of cupcakes and expect to lose fat.

Tracking Macros

This time around, I’m tracking protein, carbohydrates, and fats. I’m putting a bit of what I learned about keto into practice for the next three months, mostly the sheer number of carbs I consume on a daily basis.

The goal is to keep the carbs as low as I can throughout the day, which is quite difficult to do given this time of year. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas snacks.

As long as I can keep everything in moderation and keep myself physically active, it shouldn’t pose a problem, though.

Weight Lifting – ish

Because of how busy I am throughout the day, I really don’t have a lot of time to put towards going to the gym. I can only afford about a 40-minute workout. This will include a variety of weight machines that I love using, which have been making a big impact on how I look over the past six weeks.

Right now, I use five machines every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, I’m trying to squirrel away enough time to possibly add another.

At any rate, I’m keeping track of how much I lift in total pounds every day. Mostly because I’m curious to see how much of an impact muscle development makes on my weight from day to day.

Xbox Kinect Play

Of course, I am adding the Xbox Kinect as part of my cardio routine. That’s because I know it works very well for me in terms of melting fat and adding muscle definition. This is because of how I play each game.

I strap on the weights and really throw myself into the game. This, alone, should make a massive impact on my end-of-the-year 12-week fitness challenge. I know in 2018, things were progressing quite nicely when I was grinding out two sessions per day.

On the spreadsheet, I’m keeping track of the total time I spend playing. Though, I am also keeping track of what games burn the most calories per minute on So, I’m actually collecting data for two different websites at this point.

Bodyblade Tracking

As mundane as I thought the Bodyblade was going to be, I actually have a bit of fun using it. That’s because I don’t use it as instructed or how they show you on YouTube.

I kind of add a bit of a dance routine to the whole experience. Yes, I look like a dork while prancing around using the Bodyblade. But, I also know I can get my heart rate up to 189bpm during a 20+ minute workout.

It’s something easy I can do in my room when the kids are using the TV or playing the PS4 or Xbox.

Zaaz Minutes

I’m curious about using the Zaaz more regularly. It’s a vibration board that is supposed to help with fat loss. Though, it makes my fat itch when using it for the recommended 12 minutes.

Still, I am interested to see if it makes any real difference in losing weight. I also plan on doing a review article for the Zaaz in the near future and am toying with the idea of doing a video.

At any rate, it’s just one more thing I can play around with in the house.

Weekly Update Photos

Starting today, I’ll take updated photos of my progress. I started doing this back when I began my gym journey in August. And so far, there have been quite a few improvements over the weeks.

Every Saturday, I’ll take a new series of photos for a quick update blog post. Though, I might just use them in the videos as well. But I kind of like the comparison plugin I’m using on the website.

It lets you slide the image back and forth to see a before and after photo.

Weekly Videos on the YouTube Channel

I know, I know…you’ve heard this before. But I did actually plan out some time to do update videos on YouTube every Sunday or Monday.

Not to mention I’d like to get into doing a few more quick videos throughout the week. Shorts are pretty quick and easy to make, so I might do a few of those of my progress.

No matter what, though, expect weekly videos. I’m currently looking into adding a plugin to show the most recently uploaded video from the channel onto the blog. Though, I might just add them to each post as an embed.

Will I Turn This Into a 12-Week Fitness Plan?

The only reason why I haven’t done more plans for others to follow is that I cannot endorse something I can’t do myself. So, if I can make this next challenge work, I’ll definitely create a plan of action.

Part of me is even thinking about turning the entire experience into an eBook later on. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. There is still a lot of work to do…such as completing the damn challenge for once.

That’s part of why I am recording so many more points of data than usual.

However, no diet plan is going to be perfect for everyone. We all have a unique physiology and specific needs. So, all I can really do is promote how this works for me…which is something you don’t hear from other “expert” influencers trying to make a buck.

At any rate, let’s just get through the next three months before we start thinking about turning it into a plan that we can market, eh?

Make the End of the Year Awesome with a 12-Week Challenge

The whole reason why I like setting up new challenges for myself is to inspire me to do better and push my limits. I’m always challenging myself to be better than I am today.

This is true whether I’m writing or trying to lose weight. For me, it’s all about self-improvement.

Plus, it’s kind of nice to be looked at like a piece of meat. I actually find it very flattering and can see why fitness influencers do what they do.

Gotta have goals.

Seriously, though, I’m doing most of this to add a few more years onto my lifespan. And if I look good while doing it, well, that’s just the cherry on top of the frosting of a finely baked cake.

What kind of goals do you have for the end of the year, and are you doing your own 12-week fitness challenge?

Become the Best Version of Yourself

The idea behind this experiment is to become a better version of myself. And it’s not all about looking good in swim trunks. After the issues I’ve been having as of late, it’s more about staying alive.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of being looked at like a sex symbol. But, it’s not what’s actually driving me to push hard in this end-of-the-year 12-week challenge.

I want to prove to myself that I can do this. So, let’s get this party started and see what we can do in a three-month period!

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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