When I began this challenge four weeks ago, I knew it would be difficult. I knew that I would have to push myself to do things I usually didn’t do, and be open to things I typically wouldn’t be. In the beginning, one of the most difficult things to adjust to was finding time nearly every day to workout. First, I tried right when I got home from work; then I tried later in the evening and first thing in the morning. Long story short: I fit in my workout whenever I can, typically right when I get home from work. While adding workouts was definitely a challenge, eating the instructed diet seemed even harder. After a week of attempting to stay within my diet and purchase my lunch at the grocery store, I finally realized how much meal prepping helps. I now meal prep a few evenings a week, and this really does keep the guesswork out of your daily nutrition. When I leave the house in the morning, I can grab my protein shakes and Tupperware containers of healthy deliciousness. Also, a little side note: I love hot sauce. So, even though I may get bored with chicken or beef, I can always add a nice healthy (I hope?) serving of ridiculously spicy sauce!
Two weeks into challenge I went to Peak Nutrition in St. Peter’s and got a checkup on my Body Fat percentage with their awesome BodPod Machine; it’s suppose to be the most accurate way to check your body fat. Well, two weeks ago it showed my weight had remained the same, but my body fat percent decreased 1%. I was pleased with this number, and one of my friends actually remarked, “At least it’s going in the right direction.” Well, over the last two weeks I’ve maintained a very solid diet, kept up on my supplements and pushed myself in my workouts. Heck, I’ve even added cycling twice a week (13 & 20 Miles). So, when I went to get my body fat checked yesterday, I was very excited for the results. As I waited for them to calculate my numbers, I was a little disheartened at what I heard. “Charlie, your body percentage went up .4%”. Now, I realize this isn’t a huge uptick, but to me, who was all excited and expecting a solid number, it hurt.
I spoke to my nutritionist/awesome guy Corey after leaving Peak. The reason I reached out to Corey in the beginning was because of all my failed attempts in the past to fix my health and get in great shape. He definitely knows his stuff, and trusting in him is helping me to break the previous mold of insanity that I followed: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. He explained to me the science behind the food that I’m eating, and how we’ve adjusted my workouts. As I hung up the phone with him, I started thinking: Why did I start this challenge if I’m not going to get the physical results I want? Well, it hit me: This challenge is not about numbers or the short term, it’s about the long term. It’s about getting in the best shape of my life in 60 days, not losing a ton of weight unhealthily or further, harming my body by adding toxic supplements. As I began to think further about my slight uptick this week, I began to think about all the changes that have happened in my life since starting this challenge.
As opposed to laying around the house on my days off, I now like to get together with friends and play tennis, I’m much more active, my mood is much happier, and it seems I have more energy. As I went one by one on my list of “positive changes,” I began to realize that a number is just a number. I’ve worked hard for four solid weeks, and the sacrifices I’ve made are worth it. This challenge is going to make me a better person, not just for 60 days, but for a lifetime. So many people I know have gone on the HCG diet or go on these extreme diets/lifestyle changes, and they get great results fast! However, a month or so after doing these extreme changes, they’re typically back to where they started, sometimes bigger than before. As I’m almost halfway through my 60 day challenge to get in the best shape of my life and while I’m the busiest I’ve ever been, I know that my life will never be the same. Every two weeks I get a “free” meal, and I’m learning more about nutrition and macros and micros everyday. When you make a life change, make it just that: a LIFE change. Don’t just change your life for a few weeks or a few months to get the body you want. Make a change for your life to become the BEST person you can be.
While my numbers may not have been what I wanted, I know I’m making the progress I should be. It actually wasn’t until last night when my wife took my 4-week photos that I realized how much I’ve changed physically.
No matter what you look like, how you feel, where you’ve been or where you’re going, always realize that life CAN be better, and you CAN become the person that you want. Will it be easy? No. If anyone ever tells you that a life style change will be easy, ignore them. They’re trying to sell you on a quick fix, not a long-term solution.
This challenge has helped me to realize that change happens over time, and that true success is not in numbers or in two-week results, but in a lifetime of good choices. Don’t let your old self dictate your future. Realize that YOU are worth it, that YOU deserve it, and that there are people out there that WANT and NEED you to succeed. Boom. You got this.