Why Do I Keep Starting My 12-Week Fitness Challenge Over?

Starting Over
27 Jun

Last Updated on May 21, 2023 by Michael Brockbank

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been wanting to do a solid 12-week fitness challenge to help me stay focused to lose the last 40 pounds. But, I keep starting over…and over. Why do I keep restarting from square one?

Mostly, it’s because of the data. Well, that and I have a problem with keeping focused for more than three days at a time.

What Affects My 12-Week Fitness Challenge?

Normally, I would attribute a bit of laziness to failing at my challenges as of late. But, nowadays, it’s more of being forgetful until way after the fact.

Still, I do have a lot of things to work on from a personal perspective.

Recording Data for Future Content

One of the things I want to do is write about what I did to lose a certain amount of weight. I want to show specific data recording my workouts and eating habits and the maximum I can lose in a week without starvation diets.

But if I forget throughout the week that I’m recording that data, the numbers are then skewed. And I have an obsession with making sure I have all the numbers before writing or making videos.

I don’t like to talk out my ass. This is why I link as often as I can to scientific and proven information.

I need to find a way to remember to record what I’m doing throughout the week. I’m now on some supplements that may help in brainpower. So, we’ll have to see how well those work.

Forgetting What I’m Trying to Do

Speaking of forgetting, it’s not just the data that I want to record. I also keep forgetting that I am doing a certain case study and wind up pigging out at night.


And then when I do remember that I am trying to do something, I get mad at myself for falling of the wagon, so to speak.

I could attribute some of my memory issues to simply getting older. But, I’m also under a lot of stress and have so much on my plate that certain things are simply forgotten.

Hopefully, I can find some semblance of balance soon. I mean, there are days when I even forget to eat certain meals. I get so busy with work that I skip a lot of things I want to do.

Still Fighting a Lack of Commitment

Perhaps the most damaging is that I am still fighting a lack of commitment to myself. It’s not like back when I weighed 300+ pounds and was determined to lose it.

Aside from forgetting, some days I simply say, “to hell with it,” and gorge on something stupid. Then, I get almost immediately mad at myself for thinking that way in the first place.

I want to get back into the habit of freaking out any time I see the calories in MyFitnessPal go red. This means I’m eating too much, by the way.

Back in the day, I would do something to burn enough calories to go back into the green. Nowadays, I think to myself, “Eh, I can afford to be red.”

What Can I Do to Fix these Issues?

So, these are the three major issues that I face on a daily basis. What can I do to address them? Is there a way I can get myself on track after such a long hiatus?

I guess that depends on how committed I can get to improve my health.

Adding Workouts to Asana?

I use Asana, the project management app, to keep track of clients, blogs, and videos I am working on. Perhaps I need to add workouts to the app so I remember to do them.

In reality, the workouts I have planned are all part of blogs and videos I want to make. So, technically, I can track the time as being productive.

As much as I hate the idea, I just have to reserve myself to being one of those type of people who needs a minute-by-minute reminder.

Get Back Into Certain Habits

I need to get back into some of the habits I had back in 2018. Part of that, though, is simply remembering to do certain things.

For instance, in March of 2018, I was starting to look pretty good. I was playing the Xbox twice per day recording calorie burn and collecting all kinds of data.

Nowadays, I get so wrapped up in the different projects I am doing and being exceptionally exhausted in the mornings, that I just forget I want to spend time playing my games.

Maybe the Asana reminders will help. Maybe delegating some of my workload will help.

Blogging More Often Might Help

One of the projects I have for 2021 is fixing this website. And that entails writing more content and getting everything back on track.

I’ve found that blogging more often about weight loss and fitness helps keep me motivated throughout the week. Not to mention that I love writing about the topic.

I only started getting back into a regular publishing routine last week. So, it might take a bit of time before I know if it’s helping or not.

Either way, I do miss writing and want to do more of it.

Planning Some Short Videos

Like I’ve brought up countless times over the years, I love the idea of using social media to keep myself accountable. In this case, it’s building CrossingColorado.com’s YouTube channel.

Perhaps scheduling more short videos of what I’m doing and certain workouts will help me stay focused. Even if I just plan out videos that are more fun, such as my approach to dry scooping pre-workout supplements.

YouTube Shorts are fairly easy to make, too.

I’ve Gotta Find that Sense of Commitment to Myself

In the end, it’s all about trying to find a sense of commitment to get back on track. I need to find that part of me that says, “Let’s do this.” And that voice has been quite for several years.

On the upside, though, at least I am still trying. I haven’t fully given up and gained back all of the weight I’ve lost. I just need to find that part of me that wants to keep going.

So, let’s start over one last time and see if I can actually stick to the plan. Even if I have to leave post-it notes throughout the entire house, this time, it’s for real.

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