As you may guess it out, no, I did not forget here. Although it is already way passed the 8 weeks mark, deep in my mind, I know I owed a closure for my program here.
One of the reasons (probably the main one) I procrastinate (which I thought I already cured, sort of) this summary is I managed to drop my weight for the first few weeks, and ‘managed’ to make it back again by the end of the 8 weeks. The workout relatively stays the same. And the difference is ‘in the kitchen’. In short, I started to indulge myself after seeing I hit the weight target. After giving more round of thoughts, I figured out that I simply do not have enough motivation to shred those extra few pounds.
There are all kinds of excuses that I can use for the ‘failure’. Independence day family travel to San Diego, a full box of delicious treats from a friend in China, work load increase, work stress increase, carbohydrate loading for my Whitney hike in July, etc. As a fitness blog writer and a former bikini competitor, after going through two round of weight loss, I know it too well that excuses are just excuses. I don’t have to lie to myself. I actually felt OK with my weight back in my mind. So, I chose food over weight loss.
But, for these 8 weeks, there is a much more important achievement. Among 20+ friends following my free 8 weeks transformation program, over 60% saw real improvement in their body fat ratio. They told me by following the program, they started to pay more attention to their activity level and food intake, and had a better understanding of how calories intake and macro-nutrients ratio can really affect their body fat ratio. They have experienced, when staying on track with the program, especially when the food intake (including both total calories and macro-nutrients ratio) is on point, they can clearly see the changes happening in their body. Now they do not have their genes to blame for not being able to lose weight before. =)
I am the happiest when I make positive impacts to other people. It is like I can leave an imprint in their life, no matter how small. When I can help, I am happy. I feel grateful and fortunate to have this capability to be of help.
So, although I myself reached the goal first and lost track afterwards, I helped others along the way. I gained more experiences in designing transformation programs, and witnessed how different people response differently to the same program. Depending on their fitness level, knowledge of the nutrients, and the motivation level for losing weight, they achieved different results.
Life is not a destination but a journey. I am glad that I have the opportunity to spend these 8 weeks meaningfully. That is more important.