Let me say before I begin that even though the 90 days are complete for the “jumpstart”, I’ll be continuing this new lifestyle.😊
Each week we add a new habit and mindset. For week 12 we stopped the cold showers and instead did a 3 minute plunge into cold water (40 to 50 degrees) submerged up to our neck. This entailed adding ice to my bathtub.
The mindset for week 12 was to think about up until now and from now on. In the past life had been showing up to us. Now after 12 weeks there is a new possibility of how life looks. What will from now on look like for me?
What we did
- 1 hour workouts 4 days a week
- 1 hour Yoga on Thursday
- Saturday workout challenge
- Sunday rest, get outdoors
- Only eating meat, vegetables, and fruit. One cup of rice a day is allowed, and sweet potatoes. Eggs allowed. No sugars. No sauces.
- No alcohol. Water, coffee and tea allowed only
- Drinking 96 oz water daily
- Sleep at least 7 hours a day
- Daily video accountability check-ins
- A weekly photo for before/after comparison purposes
- Intermittent fasting 16 hr fast/ 8 hr window to eat (week 1)
- Mindset of “I Get To” vs “I have to” (week 1)
- Wim Hof breath hold 1 – 2 minutes (week 2)
- Mindset of Choose your role – guide (week 2)
- 30 seconds of straight cold water while showering (week 3)
- Mindset of fueling first (week 3)
- Do a good deed for someone every 24 hrs anonymously (week 4)
- Mindset of Traveling light (week 4)
- Meditate for 5 minutes everyday (week 5)
- Mindset of prioritize profits beyond money (week 5)
- Journal every night before bed (week 6)
- Mindset of correcting course (week 6)
- Intermittent fasting 18 hr fast/ 6 hr window to eat (week 7)
- Mindset of the Infinite Game (week 7)
- Wim Hof breath hold 2 – 3 minutes (week 8)
- Mindset of stand now (week 8)
- Meditate for 10 minutes everyday (week 9)
- Mindset of The Drift (week 9)
- Cold shower 5 minutes (week 10)
- Mindset of less talking, more action (week 10)
- Daily curios conversation with stranger (week 11)
- Mindset of remaining awake within the world wind (week 11)
- Daily 3 minute cold water plunge (week 12)
- Mindset of what will life look like from now on (week 12)
For week 12 we did a misogi. Misogis are an emotional, spiritual, and psychological challenge that masquerades as a physical challenge. It asks what are you mentally and spiritually willing to put yourself through to be a better human? They help smash previous limits and deliver mindfulness, confidence, and competence. You get out of your comfort zone. There are two basic rules to a Misogi. Rule number one is that it has to be really hard. Rule number two is that you can’t die.
We did a 12 hour exercise. Over the course of 12 hours we ran a half marathon (13.1 miles). On hour 1 we ran 2.1 miles. And then on the hour we ran 1 mile for the next 11 hours. Between miles we worked on projects around our house and ways to improve our community. Each hour we got to check in with our group. It was a ton of fun but I won’t lie it was very difficult. At 6 miles my left hip started acting up and just kept getting worse. Everything else though felt great. I powered through leaning into my knowledge of dancing with discomfort and completed the challenge feeling proud and accomplished.
Weight and Photo Progress
I lost 26 pounds in 12 weeks.
Starting weight: 191
Week 1: 184.8
Week 2: 182.2
Week 3: 178.8
Week 4: 178.2
Week 5: 176.2
Week 6: 173.8
Week 7: 172.4
Week 8: 170
Week 9: 169.4
Week 10: 167.8
Week 11: 165.4
Week 12: 165
How has it been?
Just incredible! I can’t believe the difference in 12 weeks. I want to stress not only was there many physical improvements, but more importantly my mind and spirit are completely smiling with this new lifestyle. Not once in 12 weeks did I check out and bury my head under the pillow. That’s huge for me. The whole idea behind becoming a man or women of discomfort is to voluntarily face controlled discomfort, so when life’s whirlwind strikes you’re not caught off guard and you know how to respond accordingly. Prior to this wellness jumpstart, I never had a consistent day. Once day would great, another fair, and another crappy. I knew many of the right things to do but never did them consistently. This program provided me a framework that I could choose from to build a new operating system if you will. It’s working very well for me and I will be continuing it for the unforeseen future. My experience from all this is we try to move as far away from discomfort as we can in this society. When what we should be actually doing is lean into it. Leaning into discomfort and reducing our options = FREEDOM.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I weighed 165. I will be adding back in some foods, but overall I’m sticking to the plan of meats, vegetables, fruits, no processed food, and very little sugar. The high impact interval training will come down from 1 hour to 30 minutes, so I can do peloton strength training for 15 minutes. Most of the habits I’ll be keeping except I’ll probably just do 1 to 2 minutes of cold showers.
Would I recommend this program? Yes. Is it right for you? Probably not. Today I rest and sit with all the goodness I have created and received. Thank you all for your support over these 12 weeks.❤️
I AM STRONG & AWAKE FOR LOVE’S SAKE
A HUGE SHOUTOUT TO JACKIE FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVE, AND SUPPORT!
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