A confession – I need to get better at picking fitness challenges

May 23, 2016

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“The only thing that matters is improving and maintaining that improvement.”
– Slob to Stud

I gravitate towards more extreme challenges. It’s more fun to lose 3-5 pounds in a week than one.

I would rather compress my suffering into a shorter time if possible. I also find extreme challenges more entertaining and desirable. I gravitate towards the sensational. What’s cooler, saying you lost 1 pound last week by cutting out pop from your diet or losing 5 pounds in a week from not eating sugar?

The problem is when you do something more extreme you are at risk of rebounding when the challenge is over. Look at the stories of extreme weight loss challenges. The biggest losers oftentimes gain back their weight after the contest is over.

Sometimes it has worked out fine.

Sometimes it has worked out fine but still not been a success in the long term. My most extreme and successful fitness challenge ended up (in hindsight) being a failure

Yet, I still failed. The only thing that matters is improving and maintaining that improvement.

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