With 2018 winding to a close, and me (finally) posting the results of my 60 Day Challenge from summer, I wanted to do one last big push this year to drop some fat and start 2019 off right.
So here – Part II of the 60 Day Challenge for 2018. This is basically going to be the same as all my other challenges, with a 60 day frame to accomplish my goals.
It may seem like an odd time to start a weight loss challenge. As anyone who’s tried even maintaining their weight in December can tell you, it ain’t easy. And while December in Japan may not be quite as fat inducing as December in North America, it can definitely still take a toll on your waist line. Between the end-of-the-year parties and New Years, there’s certainly more than enough temptation to go around.
I feel like I can work with it though. Ultimately what I’d like to do is get myself down to an acceptable level of leanness by about mid-February. By that time my injuries should (knock on wood) be healed up enough that I can start hitting the weights harder (I’m currently on a bare-bones regimen). This will allow me to hold my new level of bodyfat while adding some muscle mass, before cutting down again in May and June for summer (the goal is a proper 12% body fat).
But it’s not just the fact that it’s the end of the year and the fact that I need a project to keep me busy in the winter that’s motivated me to do this. I started this site and began my first 60 Day Challenge way back in October 2016. As of right now, it’s December 12, 2018, which means that I started this whole project about 2 years ago.
Being the sentimental guy that I am, I’ve been going over a lot of the old pics and videos from that time period. And while that was a difficult time in many ways, it was also exciting.
While I’d definitely had success losing weight before that, it was always a gradual thing, taking two steps forward and one step back. That initial 60 Day Challenge was the first time I was ever able to set a fitness goal, set time frame for that goal, and accomplish it.
The feeling you get when you’re able to do something like that is POWERFUL. I remember the feeling of power over my own life that it gave. And it’s definitely something that’s bled over into other areas of my life as well.
So, partly as a way of honouring that, I’m going to be doing it again. Two years ago when I started that challenge, I was the same weight I am now – 155 pounds (give or take) looking to get down 10 pounds.
Let’s see if I can make it happen one more time.
Weight – 71 kg
Waist Measurement – 85.5 cm