The 90-Day Challenge

June 27, 2011 — 7 Comments

I’m not particularly overweight, but I have acquired some bad eating habits, and I haven’t seemed to be able to drop the excess around my gut. My goal then is to get down to my ideal weight and maybe even start showing some abs. Ali is doing this as well and has a more or less similar goal. To accomplish this, we both signed up for the 90-day challenge.

In addition to shedding some pounds, I’m trying to boost muscle mass, so I’ll be keeping up my gym routine (shooting for 2-3 times a week). I’m not trying to become a body builder or anything, but I know excess weight now is just going to be that much harder to shake later. So, for the next 90-days I’m going to take the challenge. This involves replacing 2 meals a day with the shakes, and eating a sensible third meal. I am also dropping coffee, which if you know me, should make you gasp. I make a drink with my espresso machine every morning that has 6 shots in it (450 mg of caffeine). I don’t load it down with sugar (just some milk and a little vanilla syrup) but that raises considerably the acidity in my body. I’m going to not only eat better over the next 90 days, but also give my system a break on processing coffee and soft drinks by drinking considerably more water (100 oz a day).

If you want to track my progress, you can follow me on Tumblr or Twitter where I’ll upload a pic a day so you can visibly see what happens. If you want to sign up for the challenge yourself and go along with me, you can click here.

As part of this 90-day challenge, I am also rebooting spiritually. Seminary was good for me, but it was also hard for me personally and was quite honestly spiritually taxing. I had so much going on with work and intellectual development (read: homework, reading, and writing a thesis) this last year that I let some good spiritual habits slide (i.e. praying and reading Scripture devotionally). Not everyone has that experience, but I feel like I need some rebuilding. In light of that, I am approaching the 90-day challenge as a holistic enterprise, and I would suggest you do as well if/when you sign up for it.

I’ll have more to say about that, and will probably post several times about spiritual developments I am making over the next 90 days, since that fits in better with what I write the most about on here. Didn’t want to keep you in the dark about what’s going on in my life though and this you know why I am doing a 90-day challenge. (Editor’s Note: What I mean is that this is the only time I’m going to post about the weight loss component of the challenge, at least in blog length form.)

Considering that this Friday is July 1st and that makes it almost 6 months since New Years, I’ve decided to christen Friday Mid-Years Day. What better way to either salvage you New Year’s resolutions that haven’t gotten far, or get a 6 months head start on next year than to make some resolutions for Friday?. Think about it for a few days, but why not start your own 90-day challenge as a Mid-Years resolution?

It just might lead to a personal revolution.


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I'm an avid reader, musician, and high school Bible teacher living in central Florida. I have many paperback books and our house smells of rich glade air freshners. If you want to know more, then let's connect!

7 responses to The 90-Day Challenge

  1. Jordan Hartley July 29, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I’m interested in the 90 day weight loss challenge. What kind of shakes are you allowed to drink?

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