#JuicyInJune 2016

Well, the fun’s over. Tomorrow, my next fitness challenge begins, and this one is an even bigger undertaking than #SnatchedForSummer was.

I’m calling this one #JuicyInJune.  “Juicy” is a word I’ve always used a lot in the gym, and in life.  It has a couple of meanings/uses for me.

For one, I use it interchangeably with “strong” or “powerful.”  Used in a sentence: “I was feeling juicy today, and managed to back squat 250#.”

I also use it to refer to certain aspects of my appearance.  Used in a sentence: “Even though I want to drop some LBs, I want to make sure I still stay juicy in all of the right places.”

So, “juicy” is just a word that I really like, a word that exudes positivity and confidence.  Also, it is fun to say “juicy.”  Thus, #JuicyInJune.  Spoiler alert: Due to a failure of imagination, the challenge I’ll be hosting on my YT channel in July will be called #JuicyInJuly.

All of the rules from #SnatchedForSummer will carry  over, but I’m adding the new challenge of doing 30 for 30– meaning 30 workouts for the 30 days of June.  I’m taking today off, since I most likely won’t have many (or any) rest days in my near future.

To avoid becoming overtrained, I’ll be playing around with doing two-a-days to make sure I have the option of taking a couple full-on rest days during the month, and/or I will work out much lighter 1-2 days each week, in lieu of a full-on rest day.  For me, that’ll look like a 5 minute workout (Zuzka has loads), or just going for a walk– I’d say a good 2 1/2 to 3 miles should do.

#SnatchedForSummer was important to get me back on the wagon with working out and eating right.  And, it worked.

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It’s hard to believe that those three photos span just 6 weeks.  But, #SnatchedForSummer really only restored normalcy.  I’m back to my usual weight, where I feel pretty happy, but I am still not at my final goal– a goal which has eluded me for my entire teenaged and adult life.

So, now begins the daunting undertaking of breaking my weight loss plateau, and getting to my dream weight, once and for all.  It’ll be a long road, because I need to more than 20 pounds, to get there.  I realize that this goal weight just a number, and a relatively arbitrary one, at that.  But it’s a lot more than than just a random number, to me.  It symbolizes a decade+ of failing to reach my potential, of being complacent and settling on “pretty good” time and time again, instead of achieving my absolute best physique.

To get there, I’ll be counting calories, which I have not done since I was in high school.  In other words, A LONG ASS TIME.  And, counting calories kind of sucks!  However, I’m hopeful that this is going to be the key to finally having success in breaking through and getting below the weight that I’ve been stuck at for the past year and a half.

I’ll admit, I’m a little afraid.  I mean, what if this doesn’t work?  What will I do then?  And, truthfully, I don’t have an answer, other than to assume that this WILL work, and to have faith.

Otherwise, I’ll be doing CrossFit, along with some more general HIIT circuit training, and a bit of spin at Flywheel.  I’m excited for the day that my above week 6/”after” photo becomes my “before” picture.