30 Day Challenge: Day 0 - Get Ready, Get Set

Before 2014.1.12This picture is my official before picture. Behind me is all my workout equipment: homemade equalizer bars, sandbag, stability ball, medicine ball, power blocks, kettle bell, and weight gloves. Why do I need a before picture? Here's why... Starting January 15th, I'll be following along with The Daily HIIT's latest 30 Day Challenge and using their nutrition guide specifically written for the challenge. I'll take a before and after photo along with progress photos every few days (yay for selfies!). Each day I'll post tell you where I'm at and how I'm feeling. Feel free to join me! Together we can get this done! Goals for this challenge

Challenge myself

  • I want to get in as many workouts as I can in 30 days despite my hectic schedule.
  • Kick my own butt. I'll be turning 37 just over half way through the challenge. I think a little butt kicking is in order!
  • Eat good wholesome food for 30 days straight without any junk food.

Feel better

  • Increase my strength. I'll measure this in visible muscle tone via photos
  • To have my clothes fit better. I recently got married and went on a honeymoon right before the holidays. It's been three months of too much indulgence, so needless to say all my clothes are a bit tight at the moment.

The numbers

You'll notice that my goals are not at all related to weight or body measurements. Often times we're too focused on numbers that don't tell us anything about how we feel. Will I feel healthier and have more energy if I'm 120 or 150? Who knows! What about if my waist is 24 versus 34? Seriously, what does that have to do with how good I feel? Is it because I don't want to publicly disclose my weight? No. I'm more than happy to share my weight because I think that it's a good example of how the scale says nothing about your health. In the picture for my "Fat" BodyRocker post I weighed 180 pounds. See how that number on the scale says absolutely nothing?

So, what numbers will I be tracking?

  • Number of days I workout
  • Number of minutes spent working out
  • Number of days with no junk food
Your health is directly dependent on the number of days you exercise and eat right versus the number of days you don't. These are the numbers that count, so these are the numbers I will be tracking.

A couple things you should know

Low back injury

I have two herniated disks in my lower back (L4-S1) which cause varying degrees of back pain depending on the day. I have been dealing with chronic low back pain since the beginning of 2009. Some days I will feel fine, and others I will barely be able to walk. No matter which kind of day I am having, I usually need to modify some exercises to prevent pain. If I have to modify an exercise or swap it for another one, I'll let you know in that day's progress report. Hopefully this will help other's with similar issues complete the 30 day challenge. If you would like to know the full story behind my back injury let me know in the comment's section and I am happy to answer any questions you have.

I have a lot going on (don't we all?)

In addition to my blogging activities for TheDailyHIIT.com, I also work a full time job... we've all got bills to pay until our dream job comes through with a replacement paycheck. On top of all this, we're currently in the process of putting our condo on the market and organizing a move from Hawaii to Washington state. So, I'm in the same boat as many of you and have very little free time. OK, Ready? Set? Let's get started!

Who's doing this challenge with me? What obstacles will you work to overcome?

  If you want to get the most out of this challenge, make sure you get your nutrition in check and stay on top of tracking your progress.

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