Hi Tymonece, Mambo and Joanne! I will be entering my 12th week on Monday. My changes haven't been as pronounced as they were the first time I did the challenge (in 2002) but I didn't have as much weight to lose this time. I enjoy the workouts, love HIIT, and the program is simple (not easy) once you get used to it.
A couple of years ago I was really into it...went to the Champions weekend in TN, met Bill Phillips and Mike Harris, as well as a lot of nice people just like us
My 20-something daughter went with me and did a challenge after that. She looked great! Now she's in grad school, busy and hasn't made it to the gym regularly. Since I work at a gym I don't have that excuse!
Tymonece, do you have the book Body-for-LIFE? If not, I hope you can get a copy. If you use fitday, I don't think you need the Success Journal but some folks love it and it does have a place where you can enter your workouts. Lastly, support is a very big part of staying with the program...it requires a lot of focus and discipline for those who are looking to drop 30 pounds in 12 weeks. I used to go to the BFL website's "guestbook" daily for support but there were so many topics on just one thread and it took a long time to read responses or questions in between people socializing.
What I enjoy at fitday is the threads are very organized by topic, and everyone respects each other's right to use their own plan. There are many good programs out there. Nobody is saying "You have to do it this way or you have failed" and the only incentive is giving and receiving support to become healthy and fit. No prizes are awarded (except a healthy, fit body!) and after 12 weeks you just move on to week 13
. Losing weight isn't easy but maintaining that weight and a healthy lifestyle is the biggest challenge for me and I've proven to myself that I need a gazillion weeks of support.
Good luck to everyone as you work toward your goals!