So, my good friend, Chris Desatoff, just pointed something out to me today. If we start a 12-week fitness challenge on the 9th of October, we could align it with the end of the year. And although I am pretty close to my weight loss goals already, I think it’s a really good idea.
And since I’m wrapping up by blogging experiment this week, I can probably get the YouTube channel involved in this one as well.
I know, I’ve tried that before. But if that’s one thing I learned this past month, it’s time management. In fact, my new schedule is actually including a weekly video specifically for CrossingColorado.
The more I think of it, the more excited I get.
Why Do I Keep Doing These Challenges?
I challenge myself often in a variety of ways. This is because I want to know just how far I can push something and where my limitations are in general.
Then, I take what I learned from the experience and try again. I’m in a constant state of self-improvement.
Writing, fitness, social anxiety, I am always working to become the best version of myself. This means I’ll dive into all kinds of challenges, even ones that are extremely difficult for me to accomplish.
Like, 90 blog posts in 30 days.
Still, I find it fun to see how far I can take something. If I remember to record the data, it helps me gamify it even further while giving me practical data for future content.
Yes…I am a dork.
With how committed I’ve been lately, I’m sure that I’ll make significant progress before the end of the year. Well, as long as I stay focused.
So, What is This New Challenge Going to Entail?
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure yet. I know Chris and Sam would probably focus on losing weight. But I am within striking distance of my weight goals already. So, I’ll need to crank mine up to 11 somehow.
Aiming for Body Fat Percentage
One idea I had was to see if I can get my body fat percentage down to 8% or lower. To put this into perspective, that’s roughly the body fat percentage of many fit athletes.
If I could accomplish this, I would look freakin’ amazing by the end of the year. Who knows, Calvin Klein might be calling to model some underwear.
Yeah, I won’t hold my breath.
For this challenge, I’m going all out. And I just confirmed Sam is on board as well. We’ll do measurements beyond the scale. This means busting out the tape and taking measurements of key parts of the body.
The trick, though, is to make sure you’re taking measurements at the exact same locations every time. Otherwise, you run the risk of measuring the wrong area which can skew the results.
The thing with measurements, though, is that mine will probably reflect muscle development instead of losing fat.
More Photo Ops!
I’ve already done a series of photos of my progress every two weeks. But, this one will entail several points of view. For instance, I want one of me just standing for front, side, and back views…without the flex.
I’m still going to do flex shots as I’m still curious how much gym work is needed to look like a Greek god. However, I want to add these new photos to see various points of view for progress.
Besides, photos are the best way to identify how you’re changing your body. The scale can easily give you false positives if you’re quickly replacing fat mass with muscle.
How I Am Going About the End of the Year 12-Week Challenge?
Personally, I am going to keep aiming for keeping the calories green, going to the gym, and keeping the carb intake to under 80 grams per day.
This is going to be pretty difficult given that this is my favorite time of year for snacking. But as long as I can keep active, I should be able to burn it relatively easily.
That’s the kicker, though, making sure I stay active. I haven’t had the best track record outside of days when I go to the gym.
I was thinking about going four times per week instead of three anyway. Perhaps I’ll do that and try my hand at jogging.
Do you know that I haven’t jogged a mile since I was in high school? Sure, I walk a lot, but I haven’t really run much in the past 25 years.
Then again, I do want to cross the entire state of Colorado on a bicycle. Maybe I’ll do more cycling at the gym as a way to prepare.
I’m sure I’ll work out a much cleaner flow of what I plan to do for the last 12 weeks of the year. This is just a tentative plan for now. I’ll spend some time this weekend going over some details.
How Are You Challenging Yourself to End the Year?
I’m actually quite excited to do this final challenge of 2021. I always play better on the back nine, so let’s see if I’m able to reach 8% body fat. This will take a bit of research and planning, but I would love to be “athletic” come January 1st.
And now that I am just days away from completing my damn blogging challenge, I can actually plan out some good content to follow.
What are your goals for the rest of the year?