How To Lose 40 Pounds In 100 Days – CHALLENGE!

how to lose 40 pounds - Day 20

I'm overweight. Plain and simple.  Right here, right now, I'm making the conscious decision to lose 40 pounds in the next 100 days.

When things aren't going your way, sometimes it just makes sense to stop and genuinely ask the question "What am I doing wrong?" Instead of making this a rhetorical question, and letting myself continue to slip, let's get some answers.  I'm no stranger to exercise.  So, in my head I know exactly how to lose 40 pounds.  Unfortunately, I just let my bad habits trump my good ones.  But not anymore.  This is my 40 POUNDS DOWN CHALLENGE.

40 POUNDS DOWN CHALLENGE - Why Day 20?

Why did I start at Day 20 instead of Day 1?

Because 2019 was a year where I did a lot of flip-flopping. I'd decide to get back into shape and end up quitting just three short weeks later.  What started off as an "extended bulking" session turned into my weight and habits wildly careening out of control.  

I decided to start my challenge right at my normal sticking point, about three weeks in.  Doing this publicly, at the three-week mark, is the perfect motivation to stop all of this flip-flopping crap.

HOW TO LOSE 40 POUNDS IN 100 DAYS - THE RULES

Here are the ground rules from this 100-day challenge:

1. No Steroids. No GH.

Some people are willing to go the steroid or GH route there to get that super-lean, razor-ripped physique.  I'm not one of those people. I never have been, I never will be.  My goal isn't to compete on stage, it's to build the best body I possibly can and to do it clean.  My goal is to build habits that'll keep me fit and strong for a lifetime.  Steroids and GH go against what I'm trying to achieve.

2. Supplements

I will be limiting myself to three supplements or less: 1) whey protein, 2) creatine (the absolute limit of what I'm willing to try), and 3) BCAA's (possibly).  My diet and exercise regimen will be the key to my success, not the supplements!

3. YouTube Videos - Every Friday

From Day 20 to Day 100, I will be posting YouTube videos every Friday to document my progress for this "40 Pounds Down" challenge.  Whether it's a short video or not, whether I've had a great week or a bad one...I'm posting. You can follow along on the Finish Something channel. 

40 POUNDS DOWN CHALLENGE - Where I Started

I apologize for not having my earlier, pre-challenge photos. Honestly, the biggest reason was because I was really unhappy with what I saw in the mirror. However, I did write down what my weight was at the start of this challenge:

STARTING WEIGHT

113.7 kg = 251 pounds

40 POUNDS DOWN CHALLENGE - Where I'm At

These are my photos taken at 20 days in, March 20, 2020. It's really not easy seeing myself on camera, when I'm not at my best.  But, screw it, I'm willing to do this:

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How To Lose 40 Pounds - Day 20
How To Lose 40 Pounds - Day 20
How To Lose 40 Pounds - Day 20

CURRENT WEIGHT

109.3 kg = 240 pounds

What's Going Well?

My diet's going well! I tried to put together something that was not only fair, but something I feel like I can stick to.  I've been prepping at least four days of meals in advance, making smart use of my lunch box and a my freezer. It makes all the difference in the world. Monday through Friday I keep it as clean as I can and relax (a bit) on the weekends.

What's Not Going Well?

The most frustrating thing right now is knee pain, namely, my right knee. It's been giving me issues for a while now and to be honest, it still hurts. But I can't let it be the reason that I lay in bed and let my weight balloon. So I have to walk way more than I'd like to.  I'm hoping that my knee pain is just a side effect of me being far to heavy for my current lifestyle.  As soon as I'm able to run and jump rope again, things will move way faster! I used to love running!

Goal for Next Week

My goal is to maintain what I'm doing. I want to get down to 108kg by the next Friday.  If at all possible, I'd like to have a cardio day where I run just one lap (quarter of a mile - on the treadmill). Let's finish something!  

See You On Day 27!

HOW TO LOSE 40 POUNDS - 40 POUNDS DOWN VIDEO

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Donald Ash

A content creator from Atlanta, Georgia who has been living in Japan for the last twelve years. His current obsession is 100-day challenges to better his health, wealth, and wisdom. Want to see what challenge he's currently doing? Check out the finishsomething.com homepage!

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