A picture says a 1000 words so here are the results of my 30 Day Challenge in picture form, I hope this helps everyone create their own 30 day goal and accomplish it.
~I began the 30 Day Challenge on August 15, 2016 and now it is day 25 of the Challenge and I am so proud of myself for taking this on. The rewards of doing this have changed me, I am more disciplined now than I ever have been. I also know that I can achieve any logical goal if I stick to it and work hard on it. During the past few days of my "water weight days" I did go a bit overboard on eating almonds, but I'm not beating myself up about it. I've also gone from 128 pounds last year to a healthy 104 now so I can't complain. I am still staying away from junk food, dropping my final pounds, and my stomach is forming into a six pack. It feels truly wonderful to set a goal and see the progress as each day passes. I will probably do another 30 Day Challenge after this one as I certainly feel that setting goals and accomplishing them is an important part of life. Life can become meaningless and dull if we aren't achieving our goals. Sitting around watching tv is a complete waste of time. Doing something productive, such as, working on your goals and feeling the pride in knowing you can achieve something, makes life so much more exciting! We only get one life here on earth, don't waste the priceless moments you have by letting life pass you by. We should never stop setting goals and working on them, failure comes from not trying, success comes from hard work, dedication, and sometimes failure. It is much better to say you tried and failed than to say you didn't try at all. After all, we won't know what will happen unless we try, but we do know that if we don't try NOTHING will happen.
~Change begins with you, everything becomes better when we improve ourselves. Easy is to sit back and watch others work on their goals, such as we often do with celebrities on tv, there is no reward in this scenario. Hard is to work on achieving your own goals, and that is where the true reward is. I am learning to become more like MY HERO who is touchingly considerate of all men because he believes in them and loves them. I am learning to love everyone, encourage them, and truly believe in them. My belief in others is coming from my belief in myself, but before I lacked this confidence. Now that I know what I am capable of achieving I want to encourage others to accomplish their goals because I know they can. Encouragement goes a long way, for those of you reading this: I BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, NOW BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. "He who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city." -JESUS
On August, 15, 2016 I began documenting my 30 day challenge of eating no junk food, becoming more disciplined, and lowering my time in running a mile. I began posting the videos from my challenge on the 29th of August. Today, September 1, I am on day 18 of the challenge and I am truly seeing wonderful results! My 6 pack is emerging, I don't feel deprived of not eating junk food and my mile times are definitely going down! The first mile I ran on day 1, was on the treadmill at 8:49 and my most recent is all the way down to 7:08 minutes. The first mile I ran on day 3 on the UNLV track was 7:49 minutes and my most recent on day 9 was down to 7:30! Last night I ran a slow 9:52 on the track just to get my legs warmed up and to work on my endurance. My fiancé challenged me afterwards to lower my 400m time to under 1:35 (that was the lowest I'd done in a single lap). I was up for the challenge and I ran the 400m in just 1:15! My fiancee was very surprised and so was I. He was probably more excited about it than I was. To keep updated on my 30 Day Challenge videos click here: 30 Day Challenge I will post a new video each day of my progress- or to be notified of new videos just subscribe to my youtube channel: Shenteria Marie I truly give thanks to my Father in heaven for giving me strength and the faith to believe in myself. I have an able body, a logical mind, and a kind soul- and I don't take those things for granted anymore. I am working on becoming the best version of myself to be worthy of the honor of being a daughter of God. This year continues to get better and has been the most amazing year I have ever experienced. As my faith gets stronger, I continue to push myself harder than ever before- and I will continue on that path. They say God helps those who help themselves, and I am certain that the Father is helping and guiding me. Sometimes when I am running either on the treadmill or on the UNLV track I find myself thanking my Father and brother Jesus for their love. When I think about my past and compare it to my present I fully comprehend how they both have looked out for me and guided me to where I am now. Life only gets better, more fulfilling, more beautiful, and more enriching from here. Now that I have awakened to such truths, I have become more self controlled, I am no longer controlled by my emotions, I am more understanding, and I am far more disciplined; even at only 28 years old. This 30 Day Challenge has shown me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought. I hope to inspire others to take better care of their health. We only get 1 body in this lifetime, so we have to stop abusing it.
~We also have to take full advantage of the great lives we have as Americans and think more in terms of thankful comparisons. Our first world problems pale in comparison to third world countries' problems! What are we whining about!? Has America become a nation of fatties, zombies, and whiners? More people need to set goals for themselves, plan out how to reach that goal, then accomplish them. Then, we need to keep recycling that plan throughout our lifetimes. If you have your arms, your legs, your sight, and an able mind, what is holding you back? Excuses, excuses, excuses- yeah I've had a few of those in my life. As the saying goes "Everybody dies, but not everybody lives." Are you truly living? Are you making a living or are you making a dying? Think about it. Stop wasting time killing your body, and instead, start working on your health, and start achieving your goals. Yes we all die someday. What will be the legacy you leave behind? How many lives will you touch? How will you motivate people to change their lives for the better? What kind of example are you setting for your children? Think over these questions, answer them honestly and if you don't like the answers, then change your life for the better. I know I certainly didn't like who I was before. I didn't love myself and I was very controlled by my emotions. This year I have worked hard to become a better person and the rewards are unbelievable! Take it from someone who has gone through it. YOU can work hard and achieve your goals!
Much love, understanding, and joy,