June 2017 Fitness Challenge: 50 Pounds to Go!

Last Updated on June 1, 2017 by Michael Brockbank

I have 50 pounds to go before I am at my original goal weight. There’s doubt I will lose that much inside this month, but I will still strive to lose at least 15. I have five full months to get down to Captain America size. So, what am I doing for my June 2017 Fitness Challenge here on Crossing Colorado?

Breaking Down the June 2017 Fitness Challenge

I was still able to drop 7.8 pounds during my last 4 week challenge. That was with a half-assed effort and many “bad” days to my credit. This time around, I am going to put some solid effort into maintaining my goals.

Feel free to follow along if you think you can out-perform me in weight loss. You can access all of my fitness profiles from the “My Tools” section in the navigation menu.

Maintaining 1200 Calorie Intake

This month, I am going stick with the 1200 calorie intake according to MyFitnessPal. This greatly reduces my consumption and makes me more selective about what I can eat. If I want something more or special, such as a glass of wine, I need to work for it.

This was the mentality that helped me lose the first 20 pounds back when I was 287. If I wanted an extra slice of pizza, I went for a grueling walk.

Now, I haven’t been able to maintain 1200 calories throughout an entire month, so I’m not sure if it’s going to make me sick or not. The number might be too low, but I’m going to try it anyway. If it does get too hard, then I’ll slowly increase it by 100 calories per day.

Increasing Physical Activity

Runners HighBecause I work and play sitting at my desk, I need to find ways to increase my physical activity. Especially if I want something tasty for desert. For this, I am going to use Exercise.com to track at least 400 points per day.

This is a very low number when you consider how many points you can rack up when going to a gym. But when you’re doing body-weight workouts, such as push-ups and lunges, this is a good number to have. To put it into perspective, I only earn about 100 points if I walk two miles. This means I will need to do something else to reach the 400 point total.

For the June 2017 fitness challenge, I am going to focus on breaking personal records. This helps gamify exercise and fitness and keeps you focused more on winning than just doing the exercise. One of my goals is to be in the top 100 on as many workouts as possible in Exercise.com.

Increase My Water

This is always a goal…one that I kind of suck at. I need more water in my day. The problem is that I keep forgetting to drink. I’ll work at my desk for hours without drinking anything, not even coffee. I just don’t get thirsty that often.

Perhaps increasing my activity will get me in the mood to drink. Regardless, I want to have 32oz before lunch, dinner and bed. That will give me 96 ounces per day…which is way more than my average intake.

All kinds of good will come from drinking more water. I just need to focus on it.

Increasing Sleep

Again, here is something I just can’t seem to get enough of. I know I can get myself back in the habit of going to bed early enough to get up at 6:00am…I just need to commit to it. Unfortunately, there are days when I just lay there wide awake for hours on end.

I’ll definitely have to go back to using the SleepyTime Tea with Echinacea. It seemed to help quite a bit when I was living in Los Angeles.

Anyway, my goal is to keep in the 7-hour-minimum zone. This is because adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. I haven’t had that much sleep consistently in years. So, for the June 2017 fitness challenge, I’ll work on at least getting more than my average.

Add In Some Yoga

So, my friend did a “one-up” on me recently. She is considerably larger than myself, but she’s able to touch her toes. When I try, I fall short by about two or Yogathree inches. It seems that I have poor flexibility.

As yoga assists in being flexible, it’s going to be one of those exercises I set records for this month. I mean, come on…I can’t even touch my toes.

In the past, I kind of scoffed at the idea of doing yoga. It’s funny how necessity and experience changes your mind. This doesn’t mean I’m going to wear spandex and try to turn myself into a pretzel. But being able to touch my toes or other bodily movements would be very beneficial in my comfort level.

Who knows, it might even help me sleep.

Focus On Keeping a Schedule

Busy SchedulePerhaps the greatest weakness I have is sticking with schedules. If I was to actually commit to the scheduling I developed for my day, I would be far better off both physically and financially. In reality, I just can’t seem to get to that point. That will be the most vital component to losing weight this month.

Making sure I get enough activity in this June 2017 fitness challenge relies on sticking with a daily routine. This will also help me get enough time to work, blog and create my YouTube videos.

Saying I’ll do it is one thing, but doing it is another. I get so angry at myself because I know I can do better. To be perfectly honest, I just don’t know what goes through my mind when it comes down to the wire.

I guess I’ve always had this problem…even when I was younger. I’d do the bare minimum to keep everything going and then just do my own thing. The problem is that my “own thing” was never really productive. That’s the frame of mind I need to change the most.

Let it Begin….Starting Weight: 233.4 lbs

Starting June 1st, it’s on. Feel free to follow or even shout-out to me if you want to compete. I’m always open to a friendly challenge, as long as it’s realistic. For now, I’ll just work on breaking records and beating my ex at losing weight this month. This June 2017 fitness challenge has to end well if I plan on dressing up as Captain America on Halloween.

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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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