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What Can You Accomplish In A 100 Days?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey Sparkies,

Boy it has been a whhhhhiiiiiiillllllleeeee since my last blog. What can I say life has been hectic and I haven't had much to write. I thought I'd check in today though just to share what's been going on.

So 100+ days ago on June 5th I committed to trying for a 100 days to be as focused as possible on completing certain action steps daily, weekly and monthly. I felt the need to do this because I was on yet another downward spiral with my weight ironically going up. On June 5th I had weighed in at a whopping 177 lbs which was 17lbs up from my lowest weight of this year-160 lbs in February. I was feeling defeated, frustrated and doubting my ability to do this "weight loss thing." As much as I wanted to throw my hands in the air and say "to hell with it" I didn't do that though because I knew that would get me nowhere.



I instead committed to the following:

100 Day Challenge Action Step 1- No more than 2000 calories a day
100 Day Challenge Action Step 2- Follow my workout calendar religiously
100 Day Challenge Action Step 3- Plan my weekly meals every Saturday
100 Day Challenge Action Step 4- Write a weekly blog every Saturday
100 Day Challenge Action Step 5- Take progress pics every 4 weeks
100 Day Challenge Action Step 6- Write a budget every other Saturday
100 Day Challenge Action Step 7- Buy no more than 1 serving of junk to bring home!!
100 Day Challenge Action Step 8- Study at least 3 hours daily
100 Day Challenge Action Step - Post daily accountability pics

Action step number 1 was non-negotiable and my barometer for what a "good day" was. The other steps were designed to help me to achieve step 1 or to just assist in my overall weight loss because I also had an overarching goal of weighing less than 160lbs at the end of the challenge. I had given a more thourough explanation in my blog at the start of the challenge so if you're interested you can read it (I'll put a link at the bottom of the page) and you can also get a better understanding of my state of mind 100+ days ago.

So how did I do with my goals? Well to be honest a few of the accessory action steps fell by the wayside but overall I did pretty well with my core program. To the extent that on September 12, 2017-Day 100 I had recorded 81 good days!! Now can I get a emoticon emoticon I was pretty proud of myself to say the least but did all these "good days" pay off in any other way? Well on the scale my goal wasn't met because I weighed in at 169.6 lbs. It was 7.4 lbs less than my starting weight but still not anywhere near my goal of 160 lbs. Did I fail though? If you used the scale as the only measure it would kinda seem so but luckily I didn't! I also took progress pics and I'll let them speak for themselves.











Now I don't know if the results are amazing to you but they sure are amazing to me. This was what 100 days of just consistency could do? I've read all the quotes and all the articles on how important consistency was but proving it for myself was just one of the most rewarding feelings ever. All this while, I, like so many of us here on Spark was secretly chasing perfection when this was where the "magic" was!





Who knows maybe I'm making too big a deal out of this but if you're able to learn from this or be inspired by it in anyway I'd have done my part. So yep that's what you can accomplish in a 100 days and I'm sure many of you can achieve even more. I've already restarted another 100 days and can't wait to see what I'll do this time. I wouldn't mind seeing what any of you might do as well because as I usually say emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. Here's the link to the original blog that I mentioned above www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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