Last week I volunteered to fill a space on the (now) greatest of all Fitwit’s Fall into Shape Challenge teams. I had become quite used to eating cookies while watching TV since the Spring challenge ended, and was reluctant to deprive myself again. Then Gray’s team came up short, she said please, and I can’t resist a challenge.
So here we are.
I was a little nervous about another session in the dunk tank. It had been a few months, and although my clothes keep getting bigger I was afraid I’d lost some of my fitness over the free-for-all months. Turns out not so much. When I start a habit, I keep it.
Sunday’s dunk tank results show I’ve lost another 2% of body fat since May 31, and two pounds of weight. That was pretty thrilling. Only now I’m down to 18.5% body fat, pretty close to “Optimal Health” (18.1%), and not really willing to give up that much more.
So what’s my goal now? How many more clothes can I afford to buy? I keep looking more and more like a hobo, bunching up pants in the back THAT I JUST BOUGHT THREE MONTHS AGO. Fitwit should do a used clothes drive after these challenges. I’ve got plenty now.
I hear you though, “How’d you do it, Jason? Are you the greatest at eating? Or just at everything? What’s your secret?”
- I eat breakfast. Every. Day. Three eggs, three slices bacon. That leads me to almost never really feel the need for lunch.
- I have a great cook at home.
- I have a great cook at home. (can’t stress this enough)
- I form habits (of all kinds) very easily. At this point in life, my good habits mostly outweigh my bad. Mostly.
- I avoid many of the things I gave up in the Spring. Limited bread, almost no fast food, few sugary drinks.
- I indulge in cookies and ice cream and an occasional Fanta Grape coke, because life without sweets is not sweet enough.
Still, though, yay great results, but what is my goal for this challenge? How much more body fat am I willing to make the sacrifices necessary to lose? I’m trending downward and that indicates to me that I’m on the right track.
What I’m going to do, since I can only make Fitwit a couple times a week, is make a goal to work out every day. I recently came across the 7-minute-workout and thought that’d fit with my schedule and motivation level. Then I downloaded the J&J 7-minute workout app. It’s pretty great. It gets me good and sweaty real fast, and I’d like to see what results after four weeks of six days/week workouts.
Adding four or five more very short workouts gives me one more half-hour total of exercise per week, which can only be a good thing(?). I’ll get a little more disciplined with the snacking and all, too. But really I feel like my nutrition is pretty good right now. I don’t want to do another month of kale and cashews. Moderation in all things! Or maybe I’m just rationalizing my cookie habit.
Either way. Diet and exercise appear to work great in combination and I’m going to keep on keeping on.