FINALLY my insane 30 day challenge is over, no more, finished, done with.
To be honest I am pretty darn glad.
As you will know from the halftime report, I failed on a few of them so we will disregard those and just focus on the challenges that I managed to successfully complete.
So here are my 30 day challenge results.
1. No bread or grain
As mentioned previously, this was pretty simple to keep up with. I felt at ease with only eating certain types of carbohydrates and I didn’t really miss grains at all. The fat loss really started to kick in towards the end of the month and although I will obviously eat such things again, I have made a change that will hopefully last a lifetime.
2. No junk food
As you can see from the picture above – the act of not eating grains alongside an abstinence of anything remotely ‘junky’ has given my waistline a far better appearance.
This was hard, especially the first 2 weeks but you know what? Once I had entered the final phase I knew there was no turning back.
With most diets, the best way to achieve your goal from a mental viewpoint is to have a ‘carb up’ or in this case, a ‘junk out’. A day of pure gluttony and greed, and that day kept my mind focused on the job at hand.
I won’t lie, that junk day felt good but it also gave me a very bad stomach. It just goes to show that I not only made changes to my body composition but my stomach had grown accustomed to not having to deal with the rubbish a lot of us eat on a daily basis.
My stats at the start;
Weight – 84kg
Body fat percentage – 16.4%
Waist in inches – 35.25
My stats halfway;
Weight – 81kg
Body fat percentage – 15.2%
Waist in inches – 34
My stats at the end of the 30 day challenge;
Weight – 78kg
Body fat percentage – 14.3%
Waist in inches – 33
In my halftime report I included a goal as to what stats I wanted to hit at the end of the challenge and I nailed them pretty much.
For July I am going on a lower carb diet with the goal to hit 31.5 inch waist, remaining somewhere near 80kg (focusing on a big 5 day carb up at the end which should put on 2kg) and a body fat percentage of sub 12%.
3. Some form of exercise every day
Surprisingly simple to keep up as the key is to mix hard gym sessions with some light exercise such as walking or rocking out with a 30 minute guitar session playing through some of Metallica’s back catalogue.
Seriously, gets the sweats on that does. If you’re a rock/metal guitarist try playing through the entire 9 minutes or so of ‘Master of Puppets’ – it hurts.
4. Write something everyday
During the last couple of weeks I have been taking my writing more seriously and thus, my output has increased with it. Not just in writing articles or guest posts but just general forum posting, essay/assignment writing for my degree and writing/researching for Cracked.com.
5. Actively try to avoid seeing or hearing any news
This was a semi fail as some of my writing projects involve a lot of research which means I have to look through some news stories. I still managed to stay away from current news, so I count this as a victory.
Alongside my junk food blowout, I had a news blowout once the 30 day challenge ended, and just as my stomach felt ill from all of that junk food, my brain felt overwhelmed from all of the negativity and banality that passes as news these days.
Overall I felt this 30 day challenge has helped to break a few bad habits and I am glad that I went through it.
Obviously don’t try 10 things at once, it is way too much to handle but focus on the one main aspect of your life you want to improve and spend 30 days putting a plan into action. You will thank yourself at the end of it, I promise.
My main goal was to create a bit of discipline in my life of laziness and procrastination and to sort my body out – both internally and externally.
I felt I achieved both of these aims and hopefully I can continue with my new found willpower from this point onwards.
I will try a new challenge in August, probably focusing on just 2 things, and while I don’t know what I will choose just yet, I will probably run another report if I feel that it will be of interest.
If there is one thing I want every reader to take away from my challenge it’s that small changes can make a huge difference.
Check out my stomach – it’s not quite a 6 pack yet but you can see the difference just cutting out a few foods can do to one’s appearance. No fad diets, no hardcore cutting/dieting/carb reductions – just converting to a more natural diet has produced some dramatic results.
Of course you’ll never become ripped by just doing this, but if you want to drop a dress size or you want to move back a notch or two on your belt – just cut out the crap.
It’s so easy.
So what are you thoughts on my 30 day challenge results? More or less than what you expected? Did you do any of these with me? What changes did you notice? Are you inspired to start your own challenge? Share your thoughts in the comments.