Today is day 33 of 90 in my Blitz Conditioning 90 Day Challenge leading up to my 28th birthday, and I’ve never felt better.
- I feel like I’m finally getting my nutrition under control and no longer get cravings for sweets or junk food.
- I’m lifting heavier weights than I ever thought possible and recovering faster after every workout.
- I sleep longer, deeper and more restfully.
- I have an incredible amount of energy during the day and my creativity has come increased tremendously.
- I feel great about my overall progress. I can successfully push through our 60 minute workouts – sometimes pushing for a little bit extra.
I am truly feeling the fitness/health buzz and I couldn’t have done it without Chris and the team. 33 days in, I’ve learned a thing or two about working towards my goals:
1) Find time to work out in the mornings
I know this is hard for a lot of people but the mornings are the absolute best time the schedule your workout. Since I should be at work by 9am, I get my workout in every day at 7:15, but I know of people who get up even earlier to get to wrok by 7am! It all starts with scheduling it in and fully committing yourself to it.
2) Work out with a partner or group of people
This is, hands down, the biggest reason for my success thus far (although I still have a long ways to go). Working out with the Blitz team in the morning motivates and pushes me to fit in that last 10 seconds of mountain climbers, do 3 more rows or 1 more Hero Maker workout. It’s amazing what friendly competition and support can do.
3) Eat right
My friend Dave came into Blitz for the first time this morning and quickly found out how essential a proper diet is to your workouts. Food fuels your body! I’ve found that a berry, spinach, protein shake in the morning gets me through my workout and a second protein shake, cliff bar and bowl of fruit post-workout helps me recover quicker.
4) Get plenty of sleep
Some small research lead me to find a few resources claiming that more sleep, in a dark room, helps you lose weight. I’ve also learned that it will definitely give you more energy. I’ve recently tin-foiled my windows and put up blackout blinds in my bedroom and found that even if I only get 6 hours a night, I still feel good the next morning.
5) Push through the pain and self doubt
This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through this whole process; it’s so true. People start diets and workout programs as fast as they quit them, but if you really want to succeed and feel good being the best you can be, then you’ve got to push through everything and be patient in making your dreams come true. I started this process pressing 20lb weights and now I can press 60lb weights; I never gave up, I pushed through the pain, and overcame the difficult mental blocks of uncomfortable feelings.
It all comes down to remembering to do this hard work, for you. Fitness and health is a lifestyle, not just a momentary time period in life. Eat right, exercise often and hold yourself accountable to your goals whether it’s losing 100lbs or just feeling better that you’re doing something on a consistant basis.
I am absolutely grateful that I found Blitz Conditioning and couldn’t imagine where I would be without all the early mornings, workouts and incredible community. These are only a few tips of a long list I’ve been working on. Let me know if you have any of your own in the comments below.
What motivates you to keep going? What helps you reach your goals?
Well, as you can see (and I’m still just using one of those fancy scales that give me all this information) my numbers really haven’t changed much… again. Not to worry though! I clearly feel better and look better. My clothes are fitting much nicer now and I’ve gotten many compliments. All part of being in shape!
Week 5 – 215.6 pounds | Body Fat 22.8% | Hydration 60.0% | Muscle Mass 43.5%
Week 4 – 215.8 pounds | Body Fat 22.1% | Hydration 60.4% | Muscle Mass 43.4%
Week 3 – 214.6 pounds | Body Fat 21.5% | Hydration 60.2% | Muscle Mass 43.8%
Week 2 – 215.6 pounds | Body Fat 22.7% | Hydration 60.1% | Muscle Mass 42.6%
Week 1 – 214.8 pounds | Body Fat 22.5% | Hydration 60.2% | Muscle Mass 43%
Week 0 – 214.0 pounds | Body Fat 22.3% | Hydration 60.3% | Muscle Mass 43%