The end of one challenge, and the beginning of the next!

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Slim

Unfortunately, I got tied up at work all weekend and we didn’t get the chance to film an update video yesterday. Perhaps we’ll film one later this week, or just wait until this coming Sunday.

In any event, I just wrapped up my last workout of this challenge, but certainly not my last workout ever! This has been a really great challenge for me. After the setbacks at the end of this past year, I was very much looking forward to a bit of a reboot! I’m so thankful that my sweet wife fights so hard through these challenges with me.

We started out very diligent with this challenge, before we quickly realized that on performance days (for me), it was increasingly difficult to find the time for a full 60-minute workout. We had to make a slight change to the plan and make a small addendum: for this challenge, we would EITHER do a Diamond Cutter workout or 60 minutes of intentional cardio each day (a couple times, I was actually able to do both!) That definitely made it a bit easier for me to stick to the challenge, as there are days that I work 20+ hours a day, and just can’t find time for a straight hour workout, but found that I could easily do several 5-10 minute workouts!

I saw myself lose two holes on my belt as I completely had to retire the pair of pants that I wear the most. I saw myself start to become even more flexible and even did several DDPYoga moves that I’ve never been able to do before!

While my new found flexibity and lost of inches on my waste are a great feeling, the scale doesn’t necessarily represent the way I feel.

Unfortunately, as many of you that follow my journey have come to know, my body just does not handle antibiotics well. Any time that I have to go on them, I easily gain 5-10lbs per week while on the medication. A couple weeks ago, I went to the dentist for the first time to get some pretty serious issues looked at. He determined that I had a pretty dramatic disaster zone and scheduled me for emergency surgery to have 6 of my teeth extracted, all the while prescribing massive doses of antibiotics in preparation of the coming surgery.

Sadly, just before the surgery, the dentist called to let me know that he was uncomfortable doing this surgery himself on account of how bad it was, and referred me to a specialist.

After two weeks of the antibiotics, I was able to step on the scale the other morning to see “438” on the read out. Despite losing a couple pants sizes and belt holes, I GAINED 8 pounds this past month. As I was talking with fellow Team DDPYoga member, DJ Clark, we came to the conclusion that the gain of flexibility and loss of inches is still a total win, especially knowing how jacked up the antibiotics make me.

I’ve just finished this round of antibiotics, so I’m looking forward to seeing that weight fall off quickly!

I can’t help but think that I’ve lost a month towards my goal of weighing less than 370lbs at the wedding of a couple of my best friends in just a few short months. Despite that, I’m going to keep moving forward the best that I can! Maybe I’ll make that goal, maybe I wont… either way, I know that I’ll be a healthier happier Slim even if I come short of that goal!

With that being said, tomorrow morning starts a brand new challenge: the “40 Days of Love” challenge”, in honor of Valentine’s Day!

For this challenge, we’ll spend the next forty days identifying and show gratitude for things that we really love about our life together. I’m really excited about this challenge as it will definitely help us be more intentional about letting the people and things we love how much they mean to us! What do you say, you willing to take this challenge on with us?

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,