Weight Loss Challenge – Day 19

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

Welcome to DAY 19 of my 30-day weight loss challenge. Yesterday I had an amazing day of exercise, performing over two hours and 30 minutes of physical activity. I am still a little behind on where my weight should be at this point. However, I have some intense hiking and a lot of fun outdoor, physical activities planned this weekend including running, kayaking, and swimming. I am taking my fitness to the next level this weekend and hoping to “catch up” to where I should be on the scale.

If you want to know where this all started, be sure to check out my post from DAY ONE of the challenge, and if you want to see any of the 30 daily posts, documenting each day of the 30-day challenge, you can find a link at the end of this article.

Let’s get to the weigh-in.

Weight Update

Today’s Weigh-In: 212.9lbs.
Challenge Weight Loss Total -12.0lbs.

30 day challenge weight loss before and after day 19
30 day challenge weight loss before and after / Day 19

Have you ever heard of the quote, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint?” While normally I embrace this philosophy, I am feeling like it is getting down to the wire for me to meet the goal I have set for this challenge. I feel like I need to start sprinting.

Maybe it was a ridiculous goal to attempt to lose 25 pounds in 30 days. But I like ridiculous goals. I like them because they can seem so unattainable that they actually push me to the brink, both mentally and physically. I try harder than I ever do in life after setting a somewhat unrealistic, unachievable or ridiculous goal. My brain works better and I work considerably harder when trying to achieve something that very few people have.

Did you know that 1.3 million runners completed a marathon last year? And in that same year, an additional 2 million people ran a half marathon. I would bet that you probably know someone who has participated in one of these events. Well, how many people do you know that have lost 25 pounds in 30 days, or 50 pounds in 3 months, or over 100 pounds in total, and kept the weight off (without surgery)?

I have lost over 120 pounds from my heaviest weight until today, and by the end of this challenge, I am looking forward to attaining a weight loss of over 135 pounds. No surgery. No fad diets. No gimmicks. Just a ton of hard work, dedication, and a few ridiculous goals here or there to keep me motivated.

Guess what? This journey has been a marathon, not a sprint. But for this goal, for this challenge, I am pushing myself to the limits. I am sprinting to the finish line of this particular race. I am almost there.

Day 19 Nutrition

Breakfast

None (intermittent fasting until 1pm)

Morning Snack

None (intermittent fasting until 1pm)

Lunch

Grilled Chicken. Black Beans. Roasted Broccoli w/Olive Oil.

Afternoon Snack

Protein Shake: Water & Protein Powder.

Dinner

1 Egg. 1/2 cup Egg Whites. Onion. Green Pepper. Spinach.Ham. Hot Sauce.

Evening Snack

1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds.

Day 19 Exercise

Morning Workout
Where: Home Workout
Duration: 1 hour

This workout was all about active recovery. I performed various physical therapy exercises for my lower back and shoulders. I did some stretching, mobility, and flexibility exercises. I took it really slow. It feels good to accomplish my exercise goal for the morning all while getting in the active recovery that I needed to catch up.

Evening Workout
Where: Home Workout
Duration: 1 hour
Equipment: Peloton Bike

A simple, active recovery ride today. My knee hurts a little from the long run yesterday and I have an intense weekend of activities planned, so I needed to take it easy. I want to be well-rested and feeling fabulous for this weekend.

Final Thoughts

I hope you gained a little motivation from my message today. I hope you see what is possible by looking at the before and after weight loss comparison picture showing the progress that I’ve made in only 19 days. The 30-day weight loss challenge has motivated me in a way that I haven’t felt in a long, long time.

I write to help single dads win at life. Because I am also a single dad. As I write about what I have achieved as well as what I am trying to achieve, I discover more and more about myself each day. Seeing the successes of others and reading the comments on my Instagram are inspiring to me. I am achieving more and getting more out of my life as a single dad than I ever would have if I wasn’t blogging about it, sharing my story, and seeing all of your stories. So, thank you.

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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