Structure Within Chaos: A Challenge Within the Challenge

Just in time for tonight’s weigh-in, Sean F. takes a moment to consider all of the obstacles that come along with this year’s Transformation Challenge. Fear not, Sean, we’re all standing behind you.

Swing by The Handle Bar Fenway & Tasty Burger tonight at 7pm to cheer the guys on and join us for a post-weigh in refreshment!

Being a part of this transformation challenge has proven a difficult task because of its timing and my professional life. My job requires me to travel quite a bit and the first quarter of the year is our busiest. It is tough for me to stay motivated even when I’m in Boston 7 days a week… when you add in the travel piece, my challenge is taken to the next level! BUT, I can say that even though I have an extra hurdle (fitting in hotel workouts, or finding spin studios in other cities, the ongoing  meat and cheese seduction, etc.) this challenge is helping me find a healthy balance during even the busiest months of the year.

I am sure a portion of the HB community can attest the struggle is real. My method for staying motivated is routine. When you cant control your schedule, or where you’ll eat your next meal… it is so easy to fall into a slippery slope of bad decisions.  Similar to the holiday season, when you have an added number of social engagements and work-related commitments, it becomes hard to stay in control of diet and exercise – buffet luncheons and meetings catered with Mexican food require a new level of will-power that I didn’t know I had.

When traveling, I try to go straight herbivore. Greens, greens, and more greens. The goal is to finish with that hollow, unsatisfied, post-salad feeling at the end of the day. Yes it sucks, don’t get me wrong, but you start to associate that feeling with your results and it becomes gratifying (life is suffering). Granted, you start to like salads after a while. I never thought I’d find myself craving cherry tomatoes or artichoke hearts as the substance to my meal. Sometimes, if I’m feeling frisky, I’ll spring for the low-fat Greek dressing like a true rebel (oh, how the mighty have fallen). Anyway, all this bird food has and will continue to be the key to success.

I still have a month to go and I am about 15(?) pounds away from goal weight. Still a long way to go, but I’m confident with the turn in the weather and some positive energy I can go get it. Wish me luck!

See you in the saddle,

Sean F.

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