30 Days Challenge to a Healthier Body

35 Comments November 19, 2008 / Posted in Health And Fitness, Personal Development

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Healthier Lifestyle

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.

Cheers,
Vincent
Personal Development Blogger

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35 Responses to “30 Days Challenge to a Healthier Body”

  1. Hi Vincent,

    Good luck with your challenge. I am interested to know more details of your “6 pack” work out and how you are getting on. Did you do any before measurements of body fat etc?

    Cheers,

    Chris

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  3. Vincent says:

    Hi Chris,

    Resistance training and cardio training is done in alternate days. I do not visit the gym, I only do home base exercises using gym ball, resistance bands, dumb bells and body weight training.

    For cardio training, I am either running 2.4km per day or performing interval training.

    Diet wise, I minimize or almost totally avoid fatty food. I only stop taking processed food recently.

    I did not do any body fat test and I was only monitoring my weight and basically looking at the mirror to see the progress :)

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  4. Allison Sellers says:

    Good information in this post, keep up the great work. Cheers.

  5. Raymond Chua says:

    Hi Vincent,

    It’s cool to see you walking on the healthy track. I have been taking lots of fruits too since I involve in a road accident 2 weeks ago.

    I find myself healthier and the wounds recover quicker.

    I support you, my friend. It’s a healthy living you deserve.

  6. Vincent says:

    Hi Raymond,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I will keep up with this challenge till the end of 30 days.

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  7. Vicent, sounds good. Interval training is something that I am exploring myself at the moment. Word of warning re eliminating ALL fat, some fats are good and actually help you loose weight. Look up EFAs (esssential fatty acids). I take flax seed and eat peanuts and avocados for example which are good sources.

  8. RhondaL says:

    Good luck with your challenge, Vincent. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but a health crisis can be a blessing in disguise. If nothing else, it woke you up to healthier living.

    One thing that helped me, but is tough to do unless you prepare all of your food at home, is to cut back on salt/sodium. Salt makes a person retain water, which translates as weight and puffiness.

  9. Vincent says:

    @Hi Chris,

    I am still taking peanuts for the fats and protein they provide. Thanks for the advice :)

    @Hi Rhondal,

    I agree with you. After the health crisis, I really woke up with the idea of healthier living. It was just after the crisis that I set up this blog. It can really be a blessing in disguise. :)

    @Hi everyone,

    I will be updating my challenge on a weekly basis because I would not want to have my challenge to fill up the whole blog. I believe I still have great articles to publish and to add value to my readers.

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  10. Jack says:

    Best of luck to you, Vincent. A healthier body will lead to more energy, which means more success in all areas of your life. Juicing has proven benefits, Jack LaLanne is in his 90′s but looks like he is in his 50′s. See his site at:

    http://www.jacklalanne.com/index2.htm

    I think you will like his ideas.

    Cheers,

    Jack

  11. Good on you Vincent! I look forward to your updates on this challenge. It got me thinking that maybe I should set a specific challenge for myself. This is my year to get back to a really good diet and exercise program. I’m doing well with the healthy diet so far, also giving up processed foods, high GI carbs, etc. Now I just need to work on my yoga and swiss ball program.

    I had 2 bad injuries in the past couple of years which I am just recovering from now. That made me really see how my sedentary job, while earning me a good income, was ruining my health in a painful, potentially permanent way. Not to mention all the weight I gained and the psychological impact of that. I lost my job due to that injury, and have not been able to work since. So I’m poor, but so much healthier because of it. My body seems to have made the choice for me too, but given the choice now, I would choose my good health over money without hesitation.

    I wish you luck on your challenge, but it sounds like the benefits you are seeing will help you keep on track!

  12. Vincent says:

    @Hi Jack,

    I visited the link you gave me. Jack Lalanne has some great ideas and it is hard to believe that he is in his 90s. Thanks for sharing with me his site.

    @Hi Donna,

    Good to hear that you had made the choice to be much more healthier. Health should always be the top priority. Why spend all the effort in gathering wealth and only to spend it all on getting our health back?

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  13. Evelyn Lim says:

    Hey all the best to your new diet! It’s really not so bad to give up fried carrot cake for breakfast, for instance. I have been having only fruits or just drinking fruit juice, made fresh, for some years now. I’m sure you can make it in your 30 days challenge too :-)

  14. Vincent says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    You will be my inspiration. 30 days will be nothing compared to years. Thanks for your encouragement ;)

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  15. @Vincent

    “Why spend all the effort in gathering wealth and only to spend it all on getting our health back?”

    Yes, very well put. There’s more to life than money. In fact I found that when I work in jobs I don’t really love, just for the money, that I end up spending so much more money. I guess it’s to ‘treat’ myself, to make up for the sacrifice of spending my time doing something I don’t really enjoy. So in my experience, we’re better off making less money but doing something that we enjoy than doing something we don’t and making lots of money. Because you don’t end up necessarily having any more money at the end of it. Not to mention all the extra money you have to spend on your health, as you say.

  16. Vincent says:

    Yes Donna, you are right. We have the same ideas!

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  17. Vincent, this is a great challenge and I wish you the best on your journey. Can I ask why you are interested in 6-pack abs? Not that I wouldn’t mind a firmer stomach myself, but I’m wondering if there are specific health benefits to having a 6-pack beyond just looking great!

  18. Vincent says:

    Hey Maria,

    I had read that having a well exercised stomach will have better optimized metabolic rate which equals to more energy and having 6 pack abs will also help to enhance your posture. Yes of course, a better image ;)

    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  19. Miss Gisele B. says:

    Vincent,

    Great job and good on you for going down that road.

    A few years ago I did a 13 day juice fast and I cannot tell you how it cleanses your body.

    I still do yearly cleanses, but I now use those supplements to clean out my system!

    I’m sure your post will encourage sooooooooooooo many readers!

    Miss Gisele B.

  20. Vincent says:

    Hey Miss Gisele B,

    I have read so much benefits of going through a juice fast and I’m sure your juice fast benefits you greatly. I definitely hope my post can encourage a healthier lifestyle to my readers, that will be the ultimate aim ;)

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  21. jared says:

    Vincent,

    Speaking from experience, it is great that you decided to make those changes for your body. You will find that when you reach your “fitness” goals, you will feel much better mentally. My challenge lasted over a year, and I did all of the things you listed. I wish you luck, and if you ever want to trade ideas on reaching your fitness goals, let me know.

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  24. Neil says:

    Vincent, this looks like an interesting challenge. I look forward to reading about your success. Also, I hope you will document the journey with the ups and downs.

  25. Vincent says:

    @Hi Jared,

    Thanks for the well wishes and maybe we can exchange some ideas on fitness.

    @Hi Neil,

    Yes, I will document it down and publish it in my blog in a weekly format. I just did a new post and I mentioned about my 30 days challenge in it. You can check it out at http://www.healthmoneysuccess.com/423/10-tips-to-help-you-lose-weight-healthily/

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

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    Thanks for the vote Fier. :)

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    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

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  33. vandealer says:

    Is it really good for you not to eat breakfast? I’ve always been told the opposite :)

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  35. Hiya Vincent

    What was the final outcome of your challenge? Did you get the six packs abs going?

    Regards

    Jacques