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Jan 5-12 Brutal Challenge - Start the new year riding a wave

This will be our 3rd brutal challenge! Team Progress Not Perfection 2013 is starting it 3rd brutal challenge on Jan 5. Read below if you are interested. Feel free to join us on the challenge by going to the Progress Not Perfection 2013 community tab and confirm in that thread, or copy and use for your own team/group.

The following is copied from the challenge on our community tab:

I know we can't eat for the purpose of losing wt forever - you would die of boredom. I know we can't exericise at high intensity every day forever - we'd get exhausted, sick, and not be able function at work and home.

But I believe we can do it for 8 days. Why 8? It starts on the morning of Sat, Jan 5 and goes through the end of Sat, Jan 12. Thats 8 full days and leaves Sun, Jan 13 at the end to rest before the new week. There are 2 types of w/o days.
On brutal days -Sat, Sun, Tue, Thur, Sat- you try to double the time and or intensity. The basic idea is to workout each brutal day at a pace that you could not keep up for anymore than 8 days. I've scheduled the brutal days on the weekend, then spaced a day apart during the week, then back to back on the Fri-Sat. You get 3 "rest" days during the week.
On rest days - Mon, Wed, Fri - you do a normal workout. Yes, you still exercise but at your normal level.

In addition, you commit to zero junk the entire week. I know I can't make a committment like that forever. I don't even want to. But in a challenge, with feedback and lots of friends watching, I can do it for 8 days. Remember, thats no junk, no cheats, no booze, no fast foods, no crap of any kind, nada, none.

At the end of this 8 days, your body should be exhausted to the point where you would definitely not want to go on at that level. You then rest on the Sun after the last Sat (really, do nothing).

Yes, its intense. But I'm hoping for a 3lb drop in weight. Thats huge. I seen people work hard and take a month to do that. You might need to adjust the dates/times of your brutal days.

Its only 8 days. But its enough time for you to make a surge forward, or break through a plateau, or just make a few lasting lifestyle changes.

Here is what I hope from any takers (as I will be doing):
Weigh yourself each morning before consuming anything but after that which most do in the morning (I'm trying to be polite and not use the P-word).
Each day, everyday, comment on this thread (logs are to hard to find), document your weight, your workout, what made it brutal, and how you are feeling. Why was it brutal for you. If you powerwalked 30min instead of casually walking for 30min. Say so. After a brutal workout, you deserve to brag. It will also show others what is possible.

Also, document all the junk you did not eat that you normally do. If you normally have a soda or normally add sour creme to your potato and did not do that, let people know.

If you are fully engaged in the idea, send a comment that you will be taking the challenge. If you think this is crazy or its just not the right time due to your schedule, or are just happy where you are, send comments during the challenge supporting all who do. Getting fit is a group activity.
Any takers?


Fri. Dec 21, 8:49am

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This is just what I need to start the new year. I joined.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 8:50 AM

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We are up to 6 people now on the brutal challenge. Sign up on Progress Not Perfection 2013 or copy to your own team. Time to stop talking and start doing.

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10:21 AM

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8 people are now in the challenge. We'd like to get 15.

Sunday, December 23, 2012, 9:43 PM

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