At last the home stretch. After six weeks of working out and following the diet plan (well mostly following it) I’m happy to say that I’ve hit it.

At the time that this is posted I’m at 199 lbs.

It’s been a long time coming but right now there is a mixture of emotions from me.

I feel anxious for my weigh in on Tuesday.

Excited for the progress I’ve made. 

And maybe a little stress with all the “what if?”s running through my head.

But you know what?

I need to set it aside. I’m at the home stretch and I need to make every day count. And I can easily do that with some of the growth I’ve seen this week.

Home Stretch

Better Exercising

All this week my trainers were commenting on how much I’ve grown and changed. I’ve noticed it for sure, but I saw it the most in my exercising this week.

This was the first week I upped the difficulty.

I stuck to 10-pound dumbbells instead of 5-pound dumbbells.

My leg muscles are strong enough that I can easily run for 20 minutes. I can even do lunges and squats with no issues.

And while the weight loss this week isn’t much, I can still walk away with a sense of fulfilment. It’s enough to push me over the edge and finish the challenge.

I also put in more effort than before. That attitude is what I’m looking for moving forward with this journey.

More Energy

Despite having fewer meals, I still find myself full of energy. Even on my workout days I don’t feel utterly exhausted afterwards or anything. While it might be a sign I’m not pushing hard enough, I don’t think that’s the case.

The days I worked out, I worked out until sweat was seeping out of my body.

And then I worked out some more.

Either way, the workouts taught me how necessary they are in my life. On days where I sat at home, I felt something was missing.

There was a constant presence reminding me I should be working out. I haven’t been listening to it, but I should now.

The gym has taught me much about making commitments and finding ways to get off my ass.

And that’s important because over this past year, I’ve made the most progress in this 6 weeks than I have in this entire campaign.

Recognizing Your Direction

But one of the biggest things that this gym has taught me during the home stretch of this challenge is this:

Recognize where you are going and where you want to go.

I’ve had a lot of fun with this challenge and I’m excited to be growing further. There is still a lot that has to be done of course. But for now, the progress I’ve made is good. Not to mention I have clearer idea of what I should do moving forward both short-term and long-term.

This stuff has been in the forefront of my mind now, now that I’m at the home stretch. I’m hoping that I don’t trip up in the end with everything that’s happened.

The Home Stretch

My journey will be continuing as I work harder. This home stretch is more like the end of a chapter more so than the end of a book. After all, if there is one thing that I’ve learned from this experience is this:

“Working on your body is a lifetime job.”

One of the instructors told us that.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon


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