90 Day Challenge – The Journey Begins…

“You will never know your limits, unless you push yourself to them” – Anonymous

So, now that I have gotten that cliche’ yet true statement out of the way, let me tell you a bit about myself and why I wanted to attempt the 90 Day Challenge.

I’m a 28 year old civil engineer who works at the City of Calgary…blech enough of the boring stuff. I’m just your normal, fun loving guy who loves having a good time and is into sports, movies, music, reading, etc. The usual stuff…so lets get to the meat of the matter.

Why do a 90 day challenge? I’ve always been pretty active and remained fairly healthy my whole life (except for a semester in 3rd year university where I may have gained 30 pounds due to late night nachos while attempting to complete assignments, and even developed my first ever back roll – this period or “The Dark Times” as I call them, shall now never be discussed… ever again) however I have never pushed myself to be in the best shape I could be…call it laziness or apathy or indifference, but I never went for it.

So what is my goal for this 90 day challenge? Well, in the words of Derek Zoolander “to be really, really ridiculously good looking”, I’m talking a V-cut crotch and six-pack Ryan Gosling “Crazy, Stupid, Love” styles. Now, I know what you may be thinking “Ali, you already are a studly, stylish young man…is there really any more improvement that can be made here”…yes, yes there is. Can much be done in 90 days? Well, lets find out.

300px-ZoolanderAll joking aside though, my whole life I’ve been pretty easy going, carefree, kind of a whatever attitude to most obstacles that have come up in my life. I always figured meh…it’ll just work itself out. I have rarely taken a stance and said “I know this is going to be hard, and it might suck, and I might not enjoy it…but in the end it’s for the best”.  My philosophy is that you have to be happy and enjoy life in the moment, and the future will kind of just fall into place. But, this challenge pushes me in the now, it’s something that I have to consciously give everything I have to truly see change, and that excites me…and scares me. Do I really have this in me? Am I committed enough, strong enough to see this through? I’m going to give it a shot.

However, there are definitely some road blocks that will make this a difficult journey. One…I LOVE LOVE LOVE eating out. Did I mention I love it? Finding new restaurants, eating out with friends, grabbing drinks to catch up or hang out after work,  attempting to woo a girl with a fancy dinner and some wine, etc. I love going out…and usually this means eating/drinking…which may cause some a slight kink in achieving the V (*angelic ahhhhhhhh* sound effect).

Two… I love playing sports, any sport but usually team, and would take that any day over working out. It’s weird because anytime I work out I feel great after, and think “Man, how much do I love that”, but the getting from home or work to the gym is pretty much death. I don’t know why it’s so hard to motivate myself to go work out when if I have an ultimate or soccer or squash game I am excited to get up and go. I love the juice of competitive sports, and the feeling of facing off against someone or another team, I have a tough time motivating myself when I’m not around other people though.  Alas, knowing you have a trainer who is there to push you and who is spending their time with you does motivate me to get to that damn gym.

Three…Work/Life balance, which is huge for me. It’s one of the main reasons I work at The City…stress free, flexible and enjoyable work…I love it! I actually was working out pretty consistently about 6 months ago…but it kinda sucked. My days would just be over so fast. I’d get home from work, go to the gym, end up getting home around 6:30 or 7, have to make myself dinner which would take another hour or so, and then without having anytime for myself it was already 9pm after I finished eating.

Smiling while trying to do a one-leg squat is a poor life choice.

Smiling while trying to do a one-leg squat is a poor life choice.

After a couple hours go to sleep, and then bam…back up at 6:30 for the same thing over again. Repetitive and boring, I didn’t get to go out as much, and hated that my day was over without any Zaidi chill time (what I call time where I can just read or listen to music or watch some tv/sports/movies). So how can I work out without feeling like my whole day has disappeared before me?

This is the challenge I have laid out before myself, and I hope you will join me on this journey. I am ready and willing and will try to keep you informed about my ups and downs, hopefully in a semi-witty manner. Let’s do this Thang!

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