Hi Blog Followers. and welcome to yet another Blog. In this blog I will discuss how I failed at a Challenge, well in reality I didn’t fail as I did lose weight in the 12 Week Body For Life Challenge, which was my Challenge # 3 out of 4 Challenges which I have on the go at present, but the results say…
So 12 Weeks ago I rocked up to the scales in the Gym and was disappointed that I was now weighing in at 80 Kg (personal detail / info I know), my first Ironman I had dropped from just shy of 90 Kg to 68 Kg after 12 months of training and pretty much maintained that weight for my first Ultraman weigh in a few years later. Admittedly I had fluctuated by 2-3 Kg in the interim but always applied myself. The ultimate weight for my height and age (the later I guess comes into the equation) is between 70-72 Kg’s with a height of 172 cm on a good day, maybe 170 cm on a bad day, and I now clock in at 53 years young.
When I looked at the scale of 80 Kg, I thought WTF, and said as much out loud. Something had to change, I was still training, hadn’t drunk alcohol for 5 years and vowed I never will again, but just couldn’t kick the delicious versus nutricious habit. So I attempt to do a 12 Week Challenge and lost 8 Kg by the half-way mark, game on I thought, but then I went on holiday and put 6 Kg back on, once again WTF!
How to fix it, PUSH RESET on the 12 Week Body For Life Challenge. It’s like anything in life, you make a mistake or get something wrong, it’s how you deal with it. So first week into it, I walk past the fridge full of sugar (chocolate and soft drinks, etc). I walk past the desert bar in the Mess. I look at the food and select accordingly. One thing that Coach Ray and those that know me is I am stubborn git, and whilst I didn’t achieve what I wanted out of my first 12 Week Challenge, I know I will focus and smash this one. Yeah I lost weight, but in my eyes I threw the results away, failed, and will restart. It will be like having a DNF at a sports event, it’s what you do about it, you can throw your running shoes away, or put them back on and return.
I once read a quote for during an event: “Pain is with you until you finish, if you don’t finish pain is with you forever”. Ultra events challenge the mental resilience, I know if I ever pull out of an event, the moment I take my running shoes off I will live with it, live with that pain, if I keep going I live with a smile at the finish line and happiness forever. Never had a DNF yet, but will return and turn the table around on my 12 Week Challenge. So stay tuned team as I keep you posted on how it goes…regards John Humphries (Aka Humps, Aka UltraHumps)!
Humps will be writing weekly as he continues his journey raising funds for Charitable causes.
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