Weight Loss Challenge – Day 18

Goal: To Lose 25 pounds in 30 days. No fad diets. No gimmicks. No surgery. Just solid nutrition and lots of exercise.

Welcome to my blog, and more specifically to DAY 18 of my 30-day weight loss challenge. If you are checking back to see how to progress is going, welcome back. If you are here for the first time, be sure to check out where it all started on DAY ONE, as well as each of the individual 30 daily posts, documenting each day of the 30-day challenge, which you can find a link to at the end of this article.

Weight Update

Next Weigh-In: Tomorrow, DAY 19

Weight loss before and after pic – Day 18

I really want to shave my beard. That’s the most impactful thing I have to say about today’s progress picture. If I decide to shave, will anyone doubt the legitimacy of the 30-day weight loss challenge? It isn’t a 30-day facial hair growing challenge, right?

Since I will not be weighing myself until mid-next week, I will have to focus on other things. How do I feel? How do I look in the daily progress pics? How are my clothes fitting?

The one thing that I need to regularly tell myself is that the number on the scale isn’t actually that significant. I mean, of course for this challenge it is super significant. But, for life, it really doesn’t matter if I am eating healthy, nutritious foods and if I am being active. The other variables that I mentioned above will show me if I am being successful.

P.S. I feel great. I look great. My clothes are fitting looser than ever. Now, let’s talk about some nutrition and exercise, shall we?

Day 18 Nutrition

Breakfast

None (intermittent fasting until 1pm)

Morning Snack

None (intermittent fasting until 1pm)

Lunch

Salad: Mixed Greens. Cucumbers. Carrots. Peppers. Grilled Chicken. Hard Boiled Egg. Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Afternoon Snack

1/2 pint Enlightened Ice Cream (Chocolate Peanut Butter)

Dinner

1 Egg. 1 cup Egg Whites. Onion. Green Pepper. Tomato. Mozzarella Cheese. Hot Sauce.

Evening Snack

None.

Day 18 Exercise

Morning Workout
Where: Outdoor Run
Duration: 
1 hour + 30 Minutes

This morning I had a great longer than normal jog. I completed 7.2 miles in just under an hour and a half. I burned 836 active calories and had an average heart rate of 139BPM. The pace was a slower jog at 12:17/mi. but I did walk the last half mile as a cool down so that inflated the overall number a bit. I think my average split was approximately 11:40/mi.

Afternoon Workout
Where: Home Yoga Session
Duration: 
30 Minutes
Equipment: Yoga Mat + Down Dog App

The Down Dog App lets you customize your yoga workout based on a variety of factors. For this particular session, I focused on stretching and flexibility, with no standing poses. It was more restorative. I really needed it with all of the intense exercise that I have been doing.

Evening Workout
Where: Outdoor Walk
Duration: 
30 minutes

It was great to exceed my exercise goal for today. I completed my two hours of exercise before noon and was able to enjoy some activity in the late afternoon/early evening with a short walk. Today was solid as hell.

Final Thoughts

I couldn’t have imagined having a better day than today. I was able to celebrate my birthday yesterday with cake, and I recovered so well that I kicked my ass with the physical activity today. I ate tremendously well today as well. I am actually thinking about making some of these honey lime bounty bowls for lunch tomorrow. I need to change it up a bit.

If you are interested in reading more, you can read any or all of the daily weight loss challenge posts, starting from DAY ONE and ending with DAY 30 at the following link: 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Also, if you are interested in weight loss, creating good habits, and/or challenging yourself to become better in all aspects of life, follow me on social media below for my most up to date articles, videos, and current monthly challenges.

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