It was April of 2016 that I did my last 30 Day Soylent Challenge and I now in April of 2017 I'm doing it again.
My wife and I made a pre-New Year's Resolution back in December of 2015 to get healthier, we both had plenty of weight (fat) to lose and began to track our progress on a weekly basis. A short time later I found Soylent online and after a few weeks of research I decided to try it. To my surprise it wasn't half bad and I noticed a lot of aches and pains going away. I was actually considering taking vitamins because I knew I wasn't getting enough in my diet, and Soylent definitely filled that void.
After doing Soylent for a short time, I decided to do a 30 Day Soylent Challenge. It was boring, but not too hard and I managed to lose 15 lbs and I've kept it off this entire time, but I haven't lost much more since then. My weight (as a 5'10" male) up until this point has been...
215 lbs - Start of 2016 (Jan '16)
200 lbs - Start of Soylent (April '16)
185 lbs - After Soylent (May '16)
180 lbs - Now (April '17)
I've been doing Soylent for 10 out of 20 meals a week for the past year (pretty consistently as breakfast & lunch Mon-Fri at work). My biggest problem is that I love to eat and I often splurge whilst doing so. Soylent allows me to set defined limits that I can stick to and thus I can better reach my goals through Soylent.
I'm planning on shedding fat whilst adding what muscle I can, more than anything I want to obtain a more attractive physique. I also want to become healthier and to feel free in my own body. During this month long challenge, I want to reassess my habits and become more productive overall. I actually made a schedule for myself for the first time in my life and hopefully that will help me.
The last time I did a 30 Day Soylent Challenge it gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on my eating habits (among other things). I managed to do well for a short time after coming off of my 30 Day Challenge, but I got discouraged from the lack of progress and I plateaued for a year. A lot of it was my fault because I haven't been serious in a long time, but I'm hoping I can reset my eating habits and my optimism towards weight loss. If I can build good habits during this time, it will help me in the long run.
2200 Calories a day with a challenging exercise routine. Same routine every day, with slight variations.
- 2000 Calories of Soylent with 200 Calories of Protein Powder mixed in.
- Three 600 Calorie Meals and One 400 Post Workout Shake each day.
- Water, water, and more water.
- Workout #1 = 100 Pushups, 100 Situps, and 100 Squats
- Workout #2 = One Mile RUN -or- 10k Walk
- Workout #3 = 10 Minutes of Alternating One Leg Hops, 10 Minutes of doing what I can on the Pull-up bar, and some Forearm work.
The routine involves doing the diet spread evenly through the day whilst doing each routine at designated times each day. It'll be tough, but I'm sure that if I stick with it, I can get results. Wish me luck, I'll let you all know how it turns out!
Here are my Day 0 pictures...
(I'll update this on my final day, May 14th.)