Restarting the 12-Week Fitness Challenge…Again

Last Updated on August 6, 2022 by Michael Brockbank

So, I was doing great with recording everything I ate and all of my activities for the past two weeks. Well, except for one Saturday when I wasn’t able to step on the scale in the morning because my back went out immediately. However, I’ve decided to restart the challenge again.

For once, it’s not because I wasn’t recording data or forgot to add food to MyFitnessPal. In truth, I was actually doing amazing when it came to monitoring everything.

I actually had quite an epiphany about what I wanted to do and the primary purpose behind the fitness challenge.

Why Did I Restart the Challenge After Two Weeks?

OK, hear me out on this one. I have a purpose this time around that has me ultra excited to get started. And since I am quite impulsive when I get into these kinds of moods, I often just roll with them.

I know I’m not the most reliable when it comes to completing this specific challenge. I don’t know what it is, I just have the hardest time when compared to others that I do.

This time, though, it’s completely for a good reason. And yes, I know I’ve said that before.

Needing Data of My Net 600 Calorie Diet

So, I know my Net 600 calorie diet works. It’s where I set my goals for 600 calories in MyFitnessPal and then use my Fitbit calorie burn to offset the numbers. The more active I am, the more I can eat.

However, I’ve been having a hard time caring about it lately. I don’t know if it’s age, that I simply have so much on my mind, stress, or all of the above.

This time around, I am pushing myself to maintain the diet plan mostly so I can collect the data. I would love to write a follow-up article about how well this works from the perspective of a 46-year-old.

This ultimately means burning twice what I eat.

Consistent Burn of 3500 Calories Per Day

My goal in Fitbit is to burn at least 3,500 calories every day. I would love to see if I can consistently hit these numbers. I would love to see my calorie burn graph completely green for a week in Fitbit.

This means I need to consistently hit 13,000 steps or more during any given day. Of course, this also depends on physical activity.

For instance, I won’t get many steps if I ride my bike for 20 minutes. However, I’ll burn roughly the same number of calories as I would playing the Xbox. This translates to roughly 2,500 steps with each session.

In any case, I know exactly what I need to do every day to burn 3,500 calories. I just need to pop my head out of my ass and do it.

Treating it as a REAL Challenge This Time

The whole purpose of a challenge is to push your limits…to see what you’re truly capable of and discover limitations. Challenges aren’t meant to be super easy, barely an inconvenience.

A big part of my problem with trying to do this 12-week fitness challenge is that I’ve had the wrong mindset.

In the past, it was more of just something I tell myself and others that I’m trying to do without actually putting in maximum effort to do so. Then, I’d just go about my week while putting in a bit of effort here and there.

When I do writing challenges for WriterSanctuary, though, I’ll push through even when I don’t want to write anything. I’ll grind it out for the sake of giving me bragging rights.

This time, I’m treating the fitness challenge the same way; doing whatever it takes to reach the objective. Well, short of becoming bulimic.

Writing a Book About My Weight Loss Journey

One of the books I’ve been wanting to write over the past few years has been about my weight loss journey. It’s more about trying to handle weight loss while suffering from various mental issues.

However, I won’t start the book until I hit my goal weight. Mostly because I have the perfect title in mind and I can’t really write it until I meet certain physical criteria.

The longer it takes to lose the weight, the longer it’ll be before I can write the book.

Halloween is the Ending Point

Starting the 12-week fitness challenge tomorrow means that it’ll end on October 30th. I was debating on starting it on Monday, which would make Halloween the actual finish line.

On the other hand, I like starting major projects like this on a Sunday. And like I told Sam the other day, “Why wait when you can start today?”

I know…perhaps I should start the challenge today. But then that would mess up finishing by Halloween. And I can get pretty anal when it comes to certain things.

I guess that’s also part of why I restart the fitness challenge so often. I need things to be just so or it drives me nuts.

Trying to Incorporate Videos from the Get-Go

I would love to keep track of the journey on YouTube. In fact, I’m making it a new task in Asana to record a weekly update video on Sundays. I have a pretty good idea about what I want to cover each week, so they shouldn’t take me very long to produce.

Even if I have to record a quick video from my phone, I fully plan on doing at least weekly updates on the channel.

I know I’ve said this many times before, and it’s something I am highly interested in doing. But now that I’ve gotten more of a handle on my weekly client workload, I should be able to stick with the plan.

No More Restarts, Damnit!

This is set in stone this time. No more restarts and I’m treating this as any writing challenge. This means I’m going to do whatever it takes to make sure I hit my micro-goals every day.

Even if I have to walk at 11:30 pm to meet calorie-burn goals. Coincidentally, I’ve done this before when I first started losing weight. My brother was ahead of me in steps, so I went for a walk just before midnight so I could beat him.

I need to get into that same mentality.

This is supposed to be a challenge, right? That means I need to “challenge” myself to achieve those goals. Otherwise, I’ll sit and spin my wheels.

It’s time to get excited over those green numbers and prove to myself that I can follow through.

Opening a Keg of Whoopass

I’m feeling pretty good about starting this challenge. I’ve been psyching myself up all day and even started planning my week accordingly in Asana.

It all begins with fully committing myself to this challenge and doing what it takes to hit those goals. I know I can do it, as I’ve done it plenty of times before. I just need to care about doing it this time.

Most of all, I want to prove to myself that I can follow through with this particular challenge…starting from Day 1.

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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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