This is my new electronic home for my workouts, an e-diary of sorts. A previous home was at Why's It So Heavy but that was at a different point in my life.
For the present time I'm participating in the Men's Health 52 Day Challenges.
Over the past few years I've participated in 8 or 9 of these.....the basic premise is as follows:
How It Works
1. Set Your Goals
You set 4 goals:
Goal 1: Number of 1/2 day "blocks" of Clean Eating you will do for the Challenge.
Goal 2: Number of Resistance Training (weightlifting) sessions.
Goal 3: Number of Cardio Training (HIIT/Steady State Cardio/Long Walk) sessions.
PG1: Personal Goal 1 must be exercise, fitness or weight related, and must be measurable in the same way that the Core Goals are measurable. This is the only Personal Goal (PG1) which counts towards a Medal. You may set other Personal Goals that are meaningful to you, but they do not count towards a Medal.
Note: Your Personal Goal does NOT count towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal.
2. Tally Your Results
Your Level of final placement, Gold, Silver, or Bronze is achieved solely from the Core Goals of the challenge, CE's, RT's, & CT's.
Make 1 Core Goal: Give yourself a Bronze Medal
Make 2 Core Goals: Give yourself a Silver Medal
Make all 3 Core Goals: Give yourself a Gold Medal
Make all your Core Goals and your Personal Goal 1: Give yourself a Gold+ Medal
Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 95-103 CE's: Give yourself a Platinum Medal
Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 104 CE's: Give yourself a Platinum+ Medal
so that's the 50,000 foot view.
How I got to the point of trying to be healthy (again in a nutshell)
For most of my life I trained with the mindset of a Powerlifter - lots of food and lots of bodyfat - but hey I was strong. 6 years ago I was somewhere around 280 lbs and my blood work and blood sugar was a mess. One evening I met my family for dinner I took two steps out of the car my blood sugar crashed and I passed out in front of my family - the next morning I started getting my diet in order - no more sugar sodas, Little Debbie snacks.....etc...you know the drill. I dropped 90 lbs over the next few years and got the "Clean Bill" of health from my doctor. Now I fluctuate in weight depending on what I'm doing in the gym but I manage to keep the diet under control. Lots of lean meats, fresh veggies & complex carbs (plus some exercise), I can't remember the last time I ate a white potato.
.........now fast forward to 2010 - in the last year I've gotten married, gained a few pounds, survived cancer in other words I'm doing good. I have manged to find that the accountability of the 52 day challenges work.
I'm sure over the next few days (more than likely the next few hours) I'll post my next workout template etc.....