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The 2014 Great Jeans Challenge Check-In

Apr 15, 2014

This week is the halfway point of the Great Jeans Challenge, which means it is technically half over. So what does this mean for you? It means it is time to take serious inventory of where things stand with your physique, your eating habits and the amount of effort you are putting into your workouts, eating consistently and modifying things so this year can be a successful GJC for you. Here are a few things you can do.


With this week being assessment week all GJC participants should take advantage of it. Though it can be scary and unnerving, having a very straightforward indicator of where you stand gives you a very clear picture of what is working and what is not.


After your assessment a few thoughts may run across your mind, one of them may be, “I can’t believe I haven’t lost more weight than this!” Try to keep in mind the challenge is all about the change in measurements that we took in the beginning, it is not about weight lost. In fact, it is much more healthy to think about change in body measurements and proportions than it is to think about weight lost. It is completely possible to lose ten pounds and not have measurements change very much or have the scale stay almost exactly the same but have measurements go down 1-2 inches. One is most assuredly better than the other, I will let you guess which one that is (*Hint it isn’t the first scenario.)


After your assessment actually think about what your results could mean. If you had a great half way check-in you can plan to keep doing what you are doing, however, as time goes on you might need. If things don’t seem to be going your way it is time to take a look at a few things.

  1. Level of intensity and perceived effort are two important things when it comes to getting positive results.

2. If you have been working out regularly, eating relatively clean (not ice cream and brownies along with wine/drinks every night) then it is going to take an even greater, more focused effort from you to make positive change. Your body has adapted to your level of activity over time. What this means is it is going to take more than just cleaning your diet up a little bit to see the measurements and body fat change. I have mentioned this before and there is lots of information out on the web regarding this, perhaps it is time to look at your macronutrient profile and how to maximize it for fat loss. Remember, the Great Jeans Challenge is about measurements and not weight loss per se and a net fat loss could also result in a net weight gain so try not to focus on the scale. Take a look at this link, it will prove helpful in generating an idea of how to eat, I won’t sit here and tell you how much to eat of which things, but I will tell you that if after the past four weeks measurements have not changed then it is time to make a change.

3. Be honest and truthful with yourself about what your goals are and how to reach them. If you are really trying to trim down but still find yourself having a few drinks a week that could be another place to make some ground. It is only four more weeks until the end of the challenge and, though, we all like to have our favorite beverage of choice at hand, it is more than possible to survive four weeks without imbibing.

Also, peruse this link as it speaks to many (if not all) of the points I bring up to folks quite regularly. I almost feel vindicated J Keep up the hard work everyone, half of the challenge is in the books only four more weeks to go. As always, feel free to ask any questions that may come to mind.

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