March 22, 2023

Switching Things Up, but Still Moving Forward

So I have made a decision.  The decision is to switch things up.  I first began the 75 Hard challenge and it was working the first 6 days.  As I am going through my iPhone and looking back at the day to day results of the first 6 days,, I did notice a downward trend in my weight.  The amount of weight is one thing, but my overall feeling was not that great.  I felt as if my daily tasks were not getting accomplished and pushed aside while just trying to focus on this challenge.  The 75 Hard challenge will require a lot of your day’s schedule.  At least that is what I found out to be true in my part.  I have other priorities and responsibilities I had to take care of.  I know, I know, there are plenty of others who have a hectic work/life scheduling balance.

I will return to the 75 Hard challenge in a future date when I am able to dedicate more time to it.  Until then, I have chosen to go another route.  I am currently as I write this blog participating in a 28 day plan that is on the MyFitnessPal app.  I have a premium membership to the app so I am able to utilize all of the features and services it has to offer.  These extra services include more detailed macro tracking, time stamping meals, Nutrition Plans, Recipes, Exercise plans and challenges, and you get the picture.

My current plan going forward is to start the day the way I have been, by getting my weight and taking my progress pictures first thing in the morning.  I will be posting these over on MyFItnessPal for check in purposes and accountability.  I will post the same picture over on my Twitter feed and Instagram post feed, both of which can be found on this web site.  The first mistake I have been making each day is not having a healthy breakfast.  I normally would fast until approximately 2pm.  This is not healthy from a nutrition and a overall health standpoint while enduring a exercise program.  Your body needs to be fueled.  So this is where I will begin cooking up something easy and small to at least get some nourishment in the morning to begin fueling my day.

As the day progresses, I will be working on my normal day to day tasks as well as partaking in the new fitness plan.  I am currently in day 2 of 28 and is called 6,000 Steps a Day for 28 days.  This is a beginner level plan and does require a daily commitment.  I chose this plan to start off with for the simple reason that I wanted to increase my incorporation of walking into my everyday routine.  I also would like to work my way up to a new step goal.  I will be utilizing  my Apple Watch Series 7 to track my steps.  My watch is connected to the MyFitnessPal to help automatically keep track.

My main goal for this plan is to reach a prescribed daily step goal that progressively increases throughout the duration of the 28 day plan.  I currently have an average of 2,119 steps a day for the past 30 days.  The normal daily average is 3,000.  So I am well below this and in need of much improvement if I do want to increase not only my steps, but my overall health conditioning.

So since I am underway in a new plan, here are my most recent measurements.

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 – Weight: 401.6 pounds

Body Measurements as of: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Chest – 55.8 inches
Right Bicep – 18 inches
Left Bicep – 18.8 inches
Waist – 63 inches
Right Quad – 30 inches
Left Quad – 31 inches
Right Calf – 21 inches
Left Calf – 21 inches
Shoulders – 52 inches
Neck – 20.8 inches

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