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No this is my third (and final!) attempt lol. While I appreciate the kind words I haven’t been successful as I haven’t completed it yet. That would be like getting to mile 20 on a marathon and going “well good enough, I won this race” and packing it in. I may fail again this time still have 10 days to go. Final rounds are usually the hardest.Are you on your first attempt at this challenge? Even if not, would you consider yourself an extremely disciplined person? Extremely organized? Obviously this is a tough challenge and wondering why you think you have been so successful?
Thank you, still have a few days to go yet though
Have you considered putting "take a photo" into Jefit somehow? Not sure if you can put custom exercises, but if you can I think that might help. Put it as the last task on every workout.I am back to day #1 (well #2 by now).
I did Yoga on Saturday instead of the gym and ended up forgetting to take a picture.
I have since made a massive calendar beside my bed that has everything to track. It goes without out saying that every restart like this is extremely disappointing.
It is quite frustrating that I haven't missed a single workout session in 62 days but have failed on little things. Goes to show how poor I can be with the small details sometimes.
Anyway - back to it. I will update in a few days when I get back some momentum.
That cake looks useless. Glance up and away immediately and say a negative about it. Every one of us already uses NLP naturally from early childhood. It is like self-soothing and child's play in one moment, and it is designed to be enjoyable. Let yourself hear soothing self-talk in critical moments and look off. Look at how often children do it. It's the seed of self-regulation. The voice does not undermine discipline. It is the prototype of praying in life -and-death moments.
I feel ya, my goal is to have it done before I have to fly across the country for a wedding in October!Have you considered putting "take a photo" into Jefit somehow? Not sure if you can put custom exercises, but if you can I think that might help. Put it as the last task on every workout.
Or you could tie it with another event like waking up, your shower, finishing your last bottle or water, etc.
BTW I just heard about this, listened to the podcast this morning and I'm interested but not able to do it right now. I've got a bunch of weddings and bachelor parties coming up.
I realize there's never going to be a perfect time to do this but I'd like to be able to enjoy trips I've already planned and paid for, and that includes eating for fun and drinking.
There's a friend's wedding in September that I'm the best man in, after that I'll throw my hat in the ring.
Will be cheering for you guys from the sidelines until then!
Also just because I'm not starting the official challenge until later doesn't mean I can't implement some better habits into my life. I'm already good about reading but I need to up my water and exercise game for sure.
Keep on guys, you're all inspiring to me.
Congrats on your progress. Out of curiosity what is your diet like? I'm forever curious as to how people choose to fuel themselves especially when it leads to positive outcomes i.e. you loosing weight.Day 56, still going strong. At a new all-time low of 191lbs. Trying to get rid of this flab before I post those progress pics I promised. Have an appointment at a martial arts gym on Saturday. Planning to start thai kickboxing for my workouts, mostly because I'm scared shitless of doing a martial art. I've never been in a fight, even as a kid. Trying to push myself more now that I'm on the final stretch of phase 0. Cant believe I've been doing this for only 2 months, it feels like years lol.
Thanks! My diet is Keto with a 23:1 intermittent fast schedule. I have excluded all dairy, nuts, tubers, grains, sweeteners, legumes. I actually recently realized I was under consuming calories and needed to bump up my intake by about 600 calories a day, because I was stalling out and felt like crap. I eat about 1800 calories during my 1-hour window, about 40% protein, 55% fat, 5% carbs (from veggies) and that puts me at around a 25% caloric deficit, all rough numbers.Congrats on your progress. Out of curiosity what is your diet like? I'm forever curious as to how people choose to fuel themselves especially when it leads to positive outcomes i.e. you loosing weight.
Respect on committing to posting photos. It's a courageous thing to present your vulnerability to the world. And we are never more vulnerable then when we remove our clothes. Obviously your not getting completely naked but you understand what I mean.
If weight loss is your goal then Muay Thai is a great choice, it will kick your a$$, metaphorically and literally. Being punched in the face is a transformation experience it's an exercise in dissolving the male ego. It's a really good thing to know that people much smaller than you can kick your a$$ lol.
If you find yourself in a gym that lets you or encourages you to spar straight away. Find a better a gym. And be wary about ‘that guy’. Who’s ‘that guy’?I don't know that I'll do any sparring, maybe eventually, but I have an ego/fixed mindset problem I am trying to fix, plus the discipline I've read Muai Thai entails is enticing.
Oh man, "that guy" lol. It was always some Dutch giant in any of the muay thai classes I did.If you find yourself in a gym that lets you or encourages you to spar straight away. Find a better a gym. And be wary about ‘that guy’. Who’s ‘that guy’?
‘That guy’ exists in many forms in most Martial arts gyms around the world. He’s that guy who who befriends new students and encourages them to get in the ring with him. Just so he can beat the shit out of them. I have fallen for that guys tricks in the past lol.
Politely decline and remember not everyone who practices martial arts is a martial artist
I’ve had a couple of dreams where I broke the challenge. That was traumatic. Woke up in a cold sweat thinking ‘thank God it was just a dream. I didn’t really eat that pasta’I can't quite remember but were people in here talking about how this affected their dreams? I'm pretty sure it was in here.
I've noticed a difference big time. I usually NEVER remember dreams. Then lately it seems like I'm having epic sagas that are extremely vivid. Fell asleep watching reservoir dogs last night and had what felt like a 2 hour dream of getting chased by the police lol.
Thank you for sharing this perspective. I think what you’re talking about has got to be a personality thing. I’ve often wondered if a few of us are pushing ourselves too much, staying too strict, etc. That desire to rebel and just quit us exactly why I have failed over and over. I can feel it start building up in me until I just dgaf. But this time I changed something.I like this idea. Training yourself to be disciplined is necessary if you want to succeed.
My motivation and drive are finally coming back after going through a 2 month slump. Everything just seemed so difficult. I love lifting but I couldn’t make myself go to the gym. I couldn’t make myself stay up after turning off the alarm. I didn’t want to work on business projects. I didn’t want to listen to or read anything educational. I would get angry when doing necessary task around the house. I was constantly letting myself down and it made me feel terrible.
My daily routine was as follows:
-Wake up at 4am
-Study Spanish 30 minutes
-Meditate for 15 minutes
-Go to work
-Listen to business related audiobooks and podcasts at work. No nonsense allowed
-Product development in the evenings -after 5pm
-No junk food of any kind
-In bed by 9:30
I was very strict about this and I kept this up for several months. I would get angry if anything interrupted my routine. It felt amazing in the beginning. I was proud of myself. Then came the slump...
It seems like I repeat this cycle on a consistent basis. Riding a wave of motivation into depression. I think I’m learning something from this.
Every time I lose motivation I have to take a long break to get it back. It doesn’t seem like it’s something I can control. Motivation comes when it wants to not when I want it to. I think I get way too disciplined and I am very hard on myself when I fail. Like most people, I grind in silence. I’m always pushing myself harder because I don’t want to fail. I often wonder if I’m trying hard enough. I don’t have anyone to compare myself to so I just keep ramping it up like I’m competing with Gary V.
What I’m trying to say is that I don’t know that my routine was working as well as I thought it was. Goal numero uno for me is to be a successful product developer. Why do I put obstacles in the way of that? Towards the end of the day it was always a drag. Everyday that went by I was losing willpower without realizing it. My main goal was suffering because of this routine I made up based on all the self development books and podcast I subscribe to.
I know I’m disciplined. Why do I have to push it to the limit? It’s like I set myself up for failure. I build new walls for myself to climb as soon as I reach the top of one. This is beginning to seem like the formula for burnout. Why am I trying to learn Spanish? Why am I meditating? Why do I beat myself up if I don’t check off every daily journal entry?
It seems to me like I was just making it harder on myself. Being disciplined for the sake of being disciplined. Silly right?
Morale of the story:
Make sure to progress daily. Focus on the main goal and create discipline around that goal. All other goals take a backseat. Not to say that there will be no discipline around these goals but it doesn’t matter if I don’t crush it everyday in these areas. I want to quit acting like a drill sergeant that’s never happy or satisfied and start giving myself some credit. I don’t think that I should let myself go into a depression if I am not on pace with Jocko Willink.
Definitely not trying to shit on this thread btw. These challenges can be fun and it makes you realize your potential. Really, what I’m doing is wondering if anyone else has noticed these waves of willpower that seem to come and go. How do you combat them?
Thank you for sharing this perspective. I think what you’re talking about has got to be a personality thing. I’ve often wondered if a few of us are pushing ourselves too much, staying too strict, etc. That desire to rebel and just quit us exactly why I have failed over and over. I can feel it start building up in me until I just dgaf. But this time I changed something.
I’ve never been self-disciplined about anything in my life. I’m an intelligent, creative person who connects ideas together in ways ppl enjoy. I adore so many things.. but I can’t stick to a freaking schedule for two weeks.
Even with this challenge I self-sabotage about every four days. By that I mean, I’ll sleep in one day and not start drinking water until 11am. My whole schedule goes wonky and suddenly I’m finishing up workouts at midnight.
Ppl, discipline your children with love so they can learn how to do it themselves.
Everyone has a will that must be shaped by kindness AND firmness. Think of it like forging a sword.
Too much kindness or too little and you get bent. Too much discipline or too little and it’s the same problem.
While the spirit cries out for that type of real true love, because being formed for your purpose IS love, the flesh just wants it’s fix to feel comfortable. “No pain!!” Is the flesh’s mantra. But without that sacrifice am I really being me? Or some weaker more pathetic version of myself?
My closest friends say I’m too hard on myself but they don’t know how lazy I’ve been, how much MORE I could be accomplishing if I really tried.
So every day there’s this fight about stupid stuff in my head and whichever side I keep giving power to, even in little ways, will get stronger.
To combat my inner rebellious nature (because we all have David and Goliath raging inside us) I actually hacked the challenge a bit.
I made it WAY harder.
In my mind I added to the challenge quite a bit. On top of everything in the challenge I ALSO need to do journaling, Bible reading, running, web site design, reading with my kids, learn some coding and study this workout book so I can get my personal trainer certification.
Lol. There are only 18 hours in my day!
So inevitably EVERY DAY my rebellious side says “oh screw this!” and I give up and don’t do something really important. Or several things. Lol.
But since all that stuff is ON TOP of the original challenge - it’s fine!! Ha!
My really long point... lol it took me like 20 minutes to write this... is that life needs gentleness and rigidity. Some ppl call it the yin and the yang. I personally feel that our yin and yang are BOTH in the David part of us and BOTH need to be trained so that good part of us can defeat the really selfish lazy worthless angry side. Because Goliath has his yin and yang too...
Oh crap. I’ve gone off the deep end with metaphysical stuff at 6:30 in the morning. Lololol
It sounds like you’ve found a way to naturally take a breather and relax because you have great yang. (ROFL. You know what I mean!)
Meanwhile, by doing this challenge, I’m finding a way to be stronger and more diligent. (Because my yin is badass babyyyy but my yang is sad af.)
Did any of that make sense?! Yeah.. I ramble. Even my brain needs discipline!
(But instead of relying on another person to fulfill that gap in my life I’m doing it myself.)
I’m supposed to be up and walking.. gotta go.
This is legit a two hour convo that I just tried to cram into a thread.
TLDR: Go drink your water. Some of us like philosophical discussions. If you don’t, thats ok we still love you anyways you meathead.
Ok I’m just gonna stop tryna edit this.. ummm suffice to say this challenge has TAUGHT ME SOMETHING EVERY FREAKING DAY about myself. And that? That is priceless.
Interestingly enough this argument was precisely one of my biggest battles. “How is me using up time on this going to help me do that?!?”I agree with your point of it being a personality issue. When I saw this thread I automatically wanted to jump in and challenge myself. After taking a step back and thinking about it I realized it would take me in the wrong direction. I need my willpower for important things. I don’t want to waste it.
I enjoy these types of challenges, honestly. For some reason they are addicting. I guess it’s the competitive nature and desire to master my emotions. I just wanted to share my experiences with self imposing too many restrictions on my life. I’m assuming that there are many people on this forum that are similar to me. I feel like entrepreneurs have a desire for pain in some ways that others don’t.
I you are interested in joining the challenge I think it’s great! There’s not a person in the world that couldn’t improve in the area of self discipline. But, if you have a difficult goal that you’re trying to achieve I think that your focus could be applied in more purposeful areas and you would receive a better return.
Like I said, I was ready to commit to this challenge. I want to be disciplined and I want to be involved but not just for the sake of being disciplined. I don’t want to waste an ounce of my willpower because I know the wave will come to an end. I want to aim my board in the right direction and ride my wave in a way that I can reap the most rewards. The ride will end and I will have to catch another.
If you’re like me and were tempted to start this challenge I just think you should ask yourself if it’s serving your main purpose. I’m hoping to help someone that may ride their wave of motivation into a depression. Don’t worry about failing at silly things. Don’t be hard on yourself if you didn’t drink a gallon of water. Know your goals and be purposeful with your intent.
Something that helped me was phasing my diet. Alternating from a surplus to a deficit every time I plateaued. “Reverse dieting,” as they call it. This built my metabolism and helped me lose 40 pounds easily. Eating in a caloric deficit for too long will make your body adapt and slow the metabolism. There’s a great podcast called Mind Pump and they speak to this topic often. I hope that helps!I haven’t lost a pound in three weeks, maybe more. I talked to a trainer today and instead of letting me be vague about my diet he asked lots of questions.
I don’t eat enough protein.
Apparently I’ve been in caloric deficit?? If I haven’t been eating enough my body will store whatever I eat... no wonder I’ve been feeling so slow.. and sleepy.
Anyhoo.. hopefully this helps somebody. I’m gonna start drinking two protein shakes a day instead of having one when I remember... which is hardly ever. Lol.
I need a keeper. Instead I’m gonna put this on my checklist.
Yea its proberbly the Keto flu, even if you dont eat sugar there are carbs in alot of food (bread, fruits and even in vegetables) your body is switching to ketosis and can take up to 6 weeks to compleetly adapt from burning carbohydrates to fat.Thanks @Fox and all other contributors for such a great thread and all the best with your own challenges!
A few days into the challenge I got several headaches in a period lasting over a week. They were particularly bad when resistance training. I figure they could have been from sugar withdrawal. Although I thought I didn't eat much sugar previously, the odd jam on bread or dessert must have been enough to keep my body addicted. At a morning tea last week a plate of top quality patisserie-made cakes stared at me calling my name. Usually I would hoe into them but not this time!
Bring on the next two months!
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