Our theme this week is: INTENSITY.
Once again, I got up as the sun was rising this morning for my A.M. Power Walk. It felt great! It was chilly, but it’s definitely Springtime. Everything is budding & blooming. There are splashes of yellow, pink, & purple in the grass & on the trees. Such a lovely time of year.
As I walked, these colourful signs of life motivated me to give it my all. I thought of the incredible amount of energy that it takes for all of the flowers & the trees to bring forth their beauty. I remembered that that same energy exists within me. The same silent, invisible energy that pushes the petals open is the same energy that pushes the blood through my veins.
“…the spirit reveals itself to everyone with the same intensity and consistency, but only warriors are consistently attuned to such revelations.” —Carlos Castaneda
This thought inspired me and I pushed myself further and harder as I moved—tighten the core, swing the arms, squeeze the glutes. Just by observing nature and staying committed to my goals, I am bringing more INTENSITY into my personal FITNESS CHALLENGE this week. We’re nearly halfway through now. No matter what challenges we are facing, let’s make Week 3 the most intense, productive, and positive week yet!
Goals for the Week
The challenge this week is going to be to find new and exciting ways to keep our energy levels up and bring more intensity into our challenge. While this goal ties all of us together, we also have our own unique individual goals. My main goal for the next 60 days is to lose 8 pounds. Each week I also share my weekly individual goals.
“Your intensity & determination to succeed lies first within your mind and then within your heart. Utilize both your mind & body to attain your goals, and you will be triumphant.”
Here are my goals for this week:
- Five minute meditation each morning before I do anything else
- A.M. Power Walk: Monday – Friday
- Intermittent Daily Fasting: every day
- No fried food (except for stir fry)
- No eating out (I am joining my friend & fellow challenge participant, Brad, in his challenge to stop eating out so much in April)
- Lose 2 pounds
Intermittent Daily Fasting (IDF) Update
So far my IDF experiment has been going really well! I have lost 1.5 pounds since I began late last week and I haven’t changed the foods that I’m eating or the amount of exercise that I’m doing. It has been easier than I anticipated, too.
With IDF, I eat all of my meals for the day (usually two + a snack) between 12 noon and 8:00 P.M. I do find that I am hungry in the mornings, but it’s completely tolerable and tends to fade so long as I keep busy. I’ll let you guys know how it progresses. I’m going to stick with this for awhile.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve embarked on plenty of fitness challenges in the past. Many of my efforts failed because of my lack of accountability. This challenge is different because I am 100% accountable to the other challenge participants and to my entire Evolution You community!
Here are my Week 1 vs. Week 3 “Accountability Pictures”.
There is no doubt about it, I am starting to see positive change! I’ve already started to notice my clothes fitting better, too. 🙂 Remember, if you want to post your own Accountability Pictures, head over to the forum and get to posting!
Call to Action
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina. They have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” —Muhammad Ali
I love this Muhammad Ali quote. I love that he acknowledges that champions are not made in gyms. It is so true! Being a champion is about living with INTENSITY every second of the day: in the gym, in the kitchen, in the car, everywhere. It does not mean that we have to run ourselves ragged. It just means that we have to be present, aware, and focused about every action that we take.
Good luck this week, friends! Let me know how your personal challenge is going so far.
In love & light,