So my last clean eating sprint was a semi-fail.
These were the reasons for failure:
- My husband was really sick for half of it and I just didn’t have the energy to keep up on eating well while taking care of him and our business.
- Then my husband got better (yay!) and since he’d lost so much weight being sick it was time to stuff calories in him any way we could. Since he felt better and wanted a burger there was no way I was slowing that train down so we ate whatever.
It wasn’t a total fail:
- I did lose weight, I’ve hovered around my lowest weight yet that I gained at the end of sprint 2 and I came within 0.4 pounds of my goal for this sprint.
- I totally lost fat, everything is fitting better (well, everything is fitting worse because it’s all too damn big, but you get the point) and I’ve been told that I look better even if the scale didn’t say it. I opted to not hit the bod pod again because I didn’t hit my goal and wanted to wait to do it again.
Why my first 2 sprints succeeded:
- I think one thing that was nice for the first two sprints (besides my husband being well) was that I had a vacation planned for the end of each sprint. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but something to look forward to. Some reason to stick it out.
What I’ll change next time:
- The scale isn’t the total answer, and I know that. I didn’t do new measurements at the end of the sprint, but I will be doing those soon and that will help me know how the last sprint really went. I plan to also take pictures before and after the next sprint.
- Plan a reward—a trip, a new piece of clothing, whatever.
It’s good to sit down and figure out what worked and what didn’t to make a plan for next time.
Speaking of… next sprint starts July 7. My gym is yet again doing a summer challenge. The fat loss challenge was the competition that changed everything for me last year, so I’m excited to see it happen again this year. I’m not sure that I could hit the same kind of dramatic loss, but I know I have some to go and it’s more fun when other people are doing it as well. This year their challenge is to lose an overall percentage of inches.
Even if you aren’t a member of the gym I invite you to join in on the next 6 week sprint. On or before July 7 get your measurements done, weigh yourself, take a few photos and consider going and getting a baseline bodpod scan at the University of Utah Peak Fitness.
Here is your checklist:
- Bodyfat (using a home scale or the bodpod):
- [ ] Front
- [ ] Back
- [ ] Side
- [ ] Headshot
- Reward (what tangible thing or event do you have to look forward to?):
- Make a SMART goal – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound: