I’ve set myself a new challenge! Thanks to all the suggestions on a recent blog – mid-life crisis blog.
Having pondered them for a few days I’ve decided this is the one to pursue first. Although it’s far from impossible I don’t suppose it’ll be easy. I remain optimistic!
Here are the details…
What’s the Target?
In a slightly different vlog, here are the details…
Why Make Life Hard?
So I’m giving myself 3 months to drop 10kg’s and around 8-9% fat. Will I do it?
I really think I will.
The way I see it; setting goals and achieving them is a relatively simple process, providing you have the right resources and time (and it’s a realistic goal).
If you’re losing weight, building wealth or learning to trade it’s an in-out equation…
- Lower food intake, increase exercise.
- Lower spending, increase earnings.
- Lower mistakes, increase edge.
It’s not quite rocket science. Granted, some of those things are easier said than done – they take real effort.
If you relate this to trading and look back to earlier blogs, I didn’t start out making £500+ on day one. It was done by picking up the small wins first… £2, £4, £5.
However, as mentioned in the clip above – it’s important to keep track of progress, measure it fairly (like for like where possible) and set a deadline. No deadline means no intention to complete!
You can keep track of this little challenge via the challenges category on the sidebar of the site!
Is There a Better Way?
There probably is a more efficient path to my goal, I don’t claim to be a specialist in the area. If any of you are, please help me out in the comments below…
Wish me luck!
Water Retention: 52%
Water Retention: 52%
So I’m just over half a week in to the challenge, and already hating it…
I expected it would be a bit of a journey ‘learning’ but I’m going to spend a whole lot more time reading up on how I can make this effective and satisfying at the same time. Knowledge is power and all that.
So far I’ve had two days where I have been in a calorie deficit, leading to feeling like complete crap. One of those days I put in a heavy weights session in the gym – I was left with the shakes and extreme hunger. Not much fun at all.
Several followers have suggested a keto diet and taking time to check ‘macros’ so I’ll be swatting up.
On a slightly more positive note, I felt a lot ‘clearer’ today whilst trading. It could be a coincidence but I wondered if the diet was having an effect on my mental effectiveness.
7 Day Weigh-in Results:
So in week one, the diet slipped a touch in places and exercise wasn’t that fun as previously mentioned.
The results, however, have blown me away…
Expecting to have just about scraped it, I’m shocked. For me, this reiterates just how important it is to keep track of progress. I’m now fully motivated for another week!
A few things I’ve learned this week:
- It’s deceptive how many calories are in some foods.
- It’s even more deceptive how many carbs are in most foods.
- Going for a hard run on low calories is a really bad idea.
- Eating before working out imperative if I’m to feel good.
As always, educating myself as I go is proving invaluable. Possibly I won’t be so hard on myself this week!
Water Retention: 53%
Onward to week two…
14 Day Weigh-in Results:
After a wobbly week (no pun intended) I wasn’t so keen on the weigh-in this week…
I’ll admit it, I had a pretty big lapse on one night which inevitably led to a couple of days getting back into the swing of things. It started with ‘just one or two beers’ which led to a meal out, a whole heap of beers into the early hours, a McDonalds and a fryup the next morning (to cure the hangover). Bad times.
That said, results could have been worse:
Water Retention: 54%
With water retention up at 54% it probably counts for about 1.5kg extra weight. However, fat is down 3% and muscle is 2% up since the start of the challenge.
I’ve also noticed quite a change in the way I feel this week. Focus and energy levels are up a fair bit!
Hopefully, this week will be a bit better!
21 Day Weigh-in Results:
…to be continued, check back soon.
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