Lean - Intermediate
When I was younger I was much more physically active. Over the years I have let my fitness and physical well-being slip as I prioritised other things; my job, having a beer and unhealthy food choices have slowly crept their way to the top. I am now the father of two beautiful girls aged 3 and 1 and it has really made me analyse the way I live my life. I want to be their role model for healthy living and I want to make sure that I am able to keep up with them as they grow older. My wife, who is also doing the challenge, has done a better job of keeping fit and I want to get back to (and surpass) the man that she met so many years ago; but, for me not her.
I loved the whole Challenge. The workouts were challenging and forced me to work hard and the eating plans were simple and easy to follow. I loved that it forced me to analyse my eating habits (including breaking some bad ones) and my priorities and subsequently allowed me to focus on what's important in my life. The forums were a fantastic motivational tool as I could read advice from other participants or previous winners and having a public profile allowed me to be accountable for my own results. The periodic weigh-ins were excellent as they allowed me to really see my progress which further spurred me on and having a variety of different workouts options to choose from (Lean-Intermediate program)was excellent and ensured that the workouts didn’t become stale.
The hardest part about the Challenge was MAKING time to do the workouts. I've started exercise programs before and the times became impractical or were easy to ignore if I had a hard day. After the first week of the Challenge I recognised that doing gym after I finished work for the day was not going to be feasible. I made the commitment to do it before work which meant getting up at 0430 but I knew that it was what was required in order to fit it into my family life and work schedule. At first it was really difficult and there were a few mornings that I REALLY didn’t want to get up (especially when my daughters had bad nights) but I made the effort and it has definitely paid off.
The Challenge has had such a big impact on my life it’s really hard to quantify. I feel fit, motivated and stronger than I’ve ever felt. I have more energy to play with my kids and my whole mindset has changed. Having a few drinks on the weekend used to be the norm; however, now my wife and I are waking up early on Saturdays and doing Parkrun instead. I’ve gone from having a flat white every morning to espresso’s or long blacks and I am prioritising my health which is only going to set a good example for my daughters.
If you want a guaranteed program that is going to work then this is the program for you. The eating plan’s and exercise plans are easy to follow and the only thing standing in the way is you. All you have to do is follow the guidelines and you WILL see results – it can’t get any simpler than that. The only caveat is that you will have to work hard and want to do it because it is CHALLENGING. When you look back on things you have accomplished, the things that were the hardest or the most demanding usually become the most rewarding and the Challenge is no exception.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Challenge and I am looking forward to continuing forward with my new found energy, enthusiasm and motivation. The community has been excellent and the support has been great and I know I won’t be going back to the “me” that I was before the Challenge.