For those readers who have been following this blog for a minute, you know that I enjoy health and fitness. Every summer since 09 I believe, I’ve done the BFFM Summer Challenge. Its 14 weeks to transform your body. First place is a trip to Maui too so people take it REAL serious! Those that win the contest truly deserve it, but for me this is more of a personal challenge to try to live up to my lofty goals.
I’ve always wanted to have a ripped lean look. I talked a good game, but I wanted to back it up. This contest is always a great way to keep me honest and push myself to my limits. Over the past 14 weeks I’ve watched my eating, worked hard, and remained focused. I have tracked my progress accordingly. Here are the results:
The last week I highlighted the overall gains in green. In 14 weeks, I lose 10.6lbs, ~4% body fat, and 1.5 inches off my waist! These are great results for me. You’ll see some weeks in red. Those were weeks I couldn’t take my measurements due to travel, so I don’t know the variance. Although I’m pleased, I’m not 100% satisfied. My starting goals were to be 180 and 12% body fat. At 185.4 and 14.69%, I’m about 65% complete with that goal. I slacked in weeks 11 and 12 while travelling for work. I ended up losing 2lbs of lean muscle that I haven’t got back yet. Every week was precious and I dropped the ball.
You have to salute your successes and keep things in perspective. No matter how accelerated I think my progress should have been, I made great progress. I know that I can be successful with my fitness if I concentrate. The sacrifices I make working out more and eating better paid off! Now, I start again for myself. 185.4lbs and 14.69% body fat are now my new beginning point. I’m determined to get to the 180/12% goal so I can reassess and see what’s next. I don’t want to be skinny by any means, but I do want to be more ripped and put on more lean muscle going forward.
You are the only roadblock in front of the path of your success. We can sit and make excuses all we want, but at the end of the day it won’t justify mediocrity. Hard work and smart work both lead to results. This contest serves as a yearly reminder of this point. It would’ve been nice to win the challenge, but I’m more focused on having a better body.
Cheers to meeting your fitness goals, and exceeding them!
Streetz aka Monty Carlo