30 Days Challenge to a Healthier Body35 Comments November 19, 2008 / Posted in Health And Fitness, Personal Development
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So many times I have seen people self destruct and I am guilty of being one myself in the past too. I drank, smoke, slept late and never gave my body adequate rest. I never cared about my body because I felt that I was young, strong and nothing bad will happen to my body but I was wrong and it was a big mistake.
I got a huge lesson from life. Life wanted to teach me a lesson. It wanted to teach a strong young man to take charge of his own life or else others will, and this time round, life wanted to take charge and be my teacher.
I received a huge slap by life, right in my face. A 22 year old guy was diagnosed with an illness that must be treated immediately. Isn’t a fit young man spared from diseases?
I was warded in the hospital and was put through countless of examinations and treatments. Even when I was discharged, I was consistently visiting the hospital for a period of 6 months. The whole ordeal only ended recently and it was a traumatic experience.
After the incident, I started to live more consciously and chose to live a healthier lifestyle by exercising regularly and picking carefully the food I ate. I am putting in more effort in taking care of my body because I know what are the consequences of not doing it and I want my body to last to a ripe old age.
I started to include more vegetables and fruits into my diet and gradually decline the intake of fried food and fatty food. I totally gave up on beef which is red meat because research had shown that it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of cancer.
My 30 Days Challenge
I had created 3 challenges which I will sustain for 30 days.
- 16 weeks of exercise program in quest of 6 pack abs.
- 30 days without any processed starch.(Bread, pasta, noodles, cereals and etc)
- 30 days drinking juice as replacement for breakfast.
For my 6 pack abs challenge, I am required to exercise 6 times a week. 3 days of resistance training and 3 days of cardio training. I am already in week 12 in my quest for 6 pack abs so there are only 4 more weeks left to show my results. I am much leaner when I am 12 weeks ago and I am working hard towards my goal. Wish me luck =).
I started to take out food that consist of processed starch in my diet. In the past, bread and noodles make up a big part of my diet and I decided to forgo it to aid my quest for 6 pack abs. It did wonders because I lost around 4 lbs when I did a 2 weeks trial of leaving out the processed food. I wanted to start this challenge again because I can see the benefits of having a more steady source of energy level and shedding some weight.
I was particularly influenced by Steve Pavlina when I wanted to start this challenge. After reading his articles I gathered more information on raw food diet and juice feasting which I found so much benefits. I do not want to start with all guns blazing and start having a 100 percent juice feast or raw diet so I decided to take a 30 days trial by having my breakfast replaced by juice instead.
Today is day 1 of my challenge and the end of the challenge will be at 18th Dec 2008.
Some photos of what I ate… or I mean drank this morning.
Mini cucumbers, tomato, apple, carrot and orange.
Lettuce, spinach and celery.
What the veggies and fruits became
The ultimate concoction.
These are the ingredients that I used for the juice and the end product may seems a little erm.. yucky? But it doesn’t taste that bad and surprisingly I wasn’t hungry after drinking the juice, even though I had no breakfast. That is all for today and I will keep you guys updated on my progress.
Personal Development Blogger
**P.S**Are you watching over your lifestyle and taking care of your body? What are the things you are doing wrong now and how are you going to change it? How about the things you are doing right now? Share with us in the comment section, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.
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