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January Challenge Results

Hi there, #patriotpushups #12er #fitblog #fitfluential friends.

January was an interesting month for me.

I started out super strong. I hit the gym almost daily and on days I didn’t get to the gym I worked out at home.

I participated in the #patriotpushups challenge where I was required to complete 6,347 Push-Ups in 29 Days.

I participated in the #12er challenge (formerly known as #12in12) and challenged myself to drink nothing but green smoothies for the entire month of January — that’s right, 31 days of green smoothies morning, noon, and night. This was inspired by the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (which you can watch for free on Hulu.

I was also interviewing for a pretty awesome new position at a place I worked in 2007/2008 that I really wanted.

I attended Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth Conference where I met up with a friend and had one of the best conversations I’ve had in a really long time which inspired my February #12er challenge.

I let my friend give me a tattoo. =)

I want you to know that I am a conference, training, and workshop junkie and any opportunity to attend or participate, I’m there! If it’s free that’s even more awesome.

And I went to Las Vegas to help some friends out and I registered voters (I’m a huge fan of civic participation.)

So, where to begin?

Let me give you an update on my #12er challenge of 31-days of green smoothies:

How I'd prepare my morning green smoothie

I worked really hard on this challenge. I even took my blender with me to Growth Conference. I did really well in those first few weeks. I added seeds, nuts, quinoa, and avocado to some of my smoothies to get healthy vegan/vegetarian sources of fat and protein in my diet.

By Day 15 I was feeling a little weird and began noticing some coordination and balance problems but I was down almost 20 pounds.

Yes, I was down almost 20 pounds in 15 days. All those green smoothies and working out were paying off, I thought.

Day 17 I felt sick in my shower. The last thing I remember is a weird sick feeling in my stomach, like I was going to vomit. I woke up on my shower floor. I don’t recall how I got down there or how long I was out but that had never happened to me before. I was terrified.

Day 18, I tried to continue with my green smoothie challenge despite my body’s pleading with me not to.

By the middle of the day after talking it over with a friend who told me that I’m not a failure for not going hard and that I can still have one or two green smoothies a day but recommended I eat food, I had my first piece of solid food in 2012.

It was really hard to not feel like I’d failed but I literally would’ve been doing more harm to myself if I’d continued with only green smoothies.

So, I had to modify my #12er challenge to include more food.

I’d eat tuna steaks with vegetables or chicken breast served in a collard green wrap and drink smoothies filled with berries and spinach or kale.

Tuna steaks with garlic, onion, and bell peppers

I’m down 16 pounds overall for the month of January, I’ve completed 6,349 Push-Ups.

The most important lesson I’ve learned this month is how to switch gears when I need to take care of myself and that I can indeed do 6,347 Push-Ups in 29 days.

Oh! I got that job I was going for. So, I’m moving to Chicago! Since my 24 Hour Fitness membership has expired and I couldn’t find one in Chicago, I need to find a gym in Chicago! Anyone want to help me out?

So, that’s my January story.

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