Sunday, December 7, 2014

Staying Motivated: Blog Post #4

     I am finishing up the 4th week of my 20 Time project and couldn't be busier than I am right now! Trying to manage choir, school AND fitness is starting to really stress me out because I feel as if I am failing myself whenever I miss a workout or eat a cookie. I probably should be a lot easier on myself, but it is definitely hard to do that.
    Last week I had choir every single day so I had to miss a few workouts, but I kept up my healthy nutrition, but of course with a few exceptions every once in a while! I am learning that it is not healthy to deprive yourself, but it is healthy to eat in moderation. So having those treats every once in a while, but making sure its not a daily thing.
   In a few days is my picture day and tomorrow will be my bi-weekly check up on weight and body fat %! So I will be taking a picture waist up to compare from a month ago and tomorrow I will be measuring my weight and my BF% and compare it to my last check up. I have been noticing differences in my strength and physique, so I am excited to compare everything now from the  beginning of this project. Noticing improvements is the best motivation one can get. Seeking motivation from someone else can only work for so long, but you are your only true motivator.  

   So I emailed Christian Guzman, this fitness youtuber, and am still waiting for a response. I talked about him in my previous blog. In a recent tweet of his, he said that his email isn't working so that may be why he is taking a while to respond to my email. But hopefully he will. I basically asked for advice and how he does it (and by it I mean by everything: motivation, time and consistency). So I am still waiting on that. Other than that, I am moving onto the next week and will try to learn from any mistakes that I have so far made! I think that is mainly what it is all about.

   Please leave me some feedback! You can email me at or I would prefer you to use the first email! Or just leave a comment below! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Realizing It's Possible: Blog Post #3

     This is the end of Week 2. Compared to the other weeks, this week was definitely more difficult to sustain my nutritional habits. Also, I was involved in the school play which added much to my week making it difficult to stay on track with my exercising. I was not able to exercise every single day because of my schedule after school. Because of this I did go to the gym in the morning for 2 days, but I also had to skip 2 days of working during the school week. That really frustrated me because I couldn't stay on track. With that, my nutrition wasn't as good as it could have been. I started to crave many things that I am trying to stay away from. I am realizing though that this is all part of the process. By learning from my mistakes throughout this process, It will make me want to be better about everything.
    Next week Monday and Tuesday I have long choir rehearsals so whether I will get to the gym is still questionable. But I am going to be loyal to my healthy eating and get back on track with that ordeal.
    I have been following this fitness fanatic, Christian Guzman, on all of the social medias he is on and on his youtube channel to get advice. Who knows maybe this blog will somehow reach him! Anyways, I have taken some different ideas from his videos. I am going to start weighing myself every single morning to get a more accurate idea of how my nutrition and weight training is effecting my weight. Then I will average is and compare it to future weeks. Watching his videos are really helping me realize that I can change myself. He is a really good source to go to for when I don't know where to go with this project. I am also getting some workout ideas form him too!
   Because of possibly not being able to go to the gym both Monday and Tuesday I am going to really work on my nutrition. But, the rest of the week I will be going to the gym. Throughout this blog I have been talking about how I am eating healthy but I should probably give my viewers an idea of what I am actually eating. My daily eats include: eggs in the morning, some nuts as a mid morning snack, lunch (often quinoa salad, tuna sandwich or chicken and broccoli), mid afternoon snack (yogurt or nuts) and then dinner. And then my workouts include: Monday (chest and triceps), Tuesday (cardio and abs), Wednesday (back and biceps), Thursday (Cardio and abs), Friday (legs or an off day), Saturday and Sunday (changes often).
    Thanks to everybody that is reading! Some feedback would be great!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #2

    My first week has gone well. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I was in the weight room and Tuesday and Thursday I ran a little under 3 miles and did a workout on the South turf. All is going well! My nutrition has definitely changed this week. My mom has been helping me out. I have been trying this new way of eating: you have 5-6 SMALL meals a day. The reason for this is because when having 3 meals, I will tend to pig out at dinner, but when having dinner I am not as hungry because  of the healthy snacks I have throughout the course of the day. This weekend I am meeting with my mentor and I will be discussing nutrition with him.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My First Blog Post!

       Hi, Im Luke Bove and I am part of Mr. Provenzano's English class at Grosse Pointe South High School! Today I start the beginnings of my 20Time project! First let me describe my project. But let me start from the beginning. For years I have said, "I am going to get fit this year." Well, that has never necessarily happened. Sure, I workout for a week and eat healthy for a few days, but then I ruin it once the weekend comes. Its not like I am 200 pounds over weight and eat junk food constantly, but I need to change my internal health, meaning, my cholesterol, HDL, etc., and I would also like to change my physical health.  So when Mr. Provenzano brought up the 20Time Project I pondered on it for a while. I thought of what I was passionate about and then the idea of a fitness/health evolution popped into my head. My thoughts were, "If I try to change my health as a project, I kind of have to do it or else I will fail," so I began my idea of a fitness and health change.

      I took the time to get my blood drawn so I could see where my cholesterol is. My family has a history of high cholesterol so my goal is to lower my cholesterol (if I had high cholesterol). The results came back the other day and I do indeed have high cholesterol. With that, my first goal is to lower my cholesterol to a normal level by May (to be determined). I then took the time to measure my body fat %. My body fat % came out to be higher than a 15 year old should have. Currently I am at 21.1% body fat. By April (to be determined) I want to lower that to 10-15% body fat. These goals are my two longterm goals.

    Then, I started to think of short term goals and goals that I can do check-ups about every 2 weeks. So I decided that every two weeks I am going to measure my weight and see where my body fat % is at. I might also record the distance I can run without stopping and I will try and increase that throughout certain points of the year. But, running is not what my project is about but it is a factor of it. Although running isn't the main goal I do intend on being cable of running a 5k by December 31st.
In about two weeks I am going to set up a series of goals in regards to weight lifting. These goals may include: squatting a certain amount of weight or chest pressing a certain amount of weight.

    I am really excited to officially begin my project. I am excited to see the changes in my lifestyle and to see how I become as a person overall!