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OMG. It is the last day, DAY 30, of the 30-day weight loss challenge. I couldn’t be more pleased. I am elated because I know the hard work that I have exhibited has finally paid off. I am also elated because it is finally over. If you have been following me since DAY ONE of the challenge, you will know that it has really taken its toll on me, both mentally and physically. It was a fairly extreme goal to attempt to lose 25 pounds in 30 days, especially since I was at the lowest weight in my adult life. There is a lot to discuss, so let’s get into it.
Since this is the last day of the 30-day weight loss challenge, you will get to see the final recap here. However, if you are interested in losing weight, and/or getting healthier, then you may want to read more. I went through lots of ups and downs, as well as physical and emotional highs and lows. If you want to read 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. I recommend it. I chronicled this process each day, with weight updates, diet & exercise logs for each day, and well as my mindset through the obstacles and the successes.
Let’s get to the moment we have all been waiting for… the weigh-in.
Today’s Weigh-In: 201.8lbs.
Challenge Weight Loss Total: -23.1lbs.
This challenge started exactly 30 days ago when I proclaimed that I would attempt to lose 25 pounds in 30 days. Unfortunately, the scale doesn’t lie. I failed.
Well, not exactly.
There was a time not too long ago that I wasn’t so concerned with my health, and it showed. Before I was a single dad of three kids, I was an overweight and out of shape 36-year-old who weighed over 330lbs.
“Life had gotten tough. I was out of shape, suffered from extreme back pain, tired all the time, didn’t sleep well at night, and was miserable. It was time for me to make a change.”Damon Dietz – How I Lost 50 Pounds In Three Months
Then I made the decision that I wanted to attempt to lose 50 pounds in 3 months. So I did. Then I proceeded to take control of my life in all areas. I started by creating a personal mission statement that I still live by today.
Besides my family, self-development became the most important aspect of my life. That’s why I created this blog. That’s why I help other single dads reach their maximum potential, win at life, and achieve their goals. And that’s why I created the 30-day weight loss challenge for myself.
I created the 30-day weight loss challenge as a way to continue to improve. I wanted to push myself in ways that I regularly couldn’t find the motivation to do so. It was unreasonable to believe that I could lose 25 pounds in 30 days, but as I mentioned on DAY 19, sometimes unreasonable is exactly what we need to push ourselves.
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.Damon Dietz – DAY 19
So, theoretically, I failed. I DID NOT reach my goal of losing 25 pounds in 30 days. I only lost 23.1 pounds.
Only? Did I say that I only lost 23 pounds… in less than a month? I did it with no fad diets, no gimmicks, and no surgery. I did it after the time in my life in which I had already lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for three years.
Imagine that. Imagine someone getting significantly healthier, losing over 23 pounds, and gaining a serious improvement in their physical fitness levels. Imagine you knew someone who did ALL of this in 30 days. Imagine this person asserting that they failed.
So, yeah. I failed at successfully completing the 30-day challenge. However, this failure is an integral part of helping me succeed in life. I learned a great deal about myself, what I am capable of, and how I deal with adversity. Oh yeah, I also lost 23 goddamned pounds! That is a significant achievement.
I’ll end this rant with my final progress picture for the challenge. I hope you can see the improvement, as I sure do.
“You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”E. O. Wilson
Before you go, I want to show you a different picture. The image below is a side by side of the “old me,” who weighed 330 pounds, side-by-side with the “new me,” who weighs somewhere around 210 pounds when I took the picture.
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.