June Weight Loss Challenge: From A Guest Post Perspective

Hey everyone, Shawn here from thesmartfi.com, for the last few weeks, you have probably been reading about how I have been trying to lose 5 pounds for my Healthy June Fitness Challenge. You have read about what I’m eating and how I am adding increased activity into my daily routine, blah, blah, blah!

See how Ryan puts the brakes on enervation

I thought it would be fun to hear from someone else besides me. Ryan from the Financialion.com joined the June fitness challenge with a goal of toning up and focusing on improving his body mass index (BMI) without worrying about how many pounds he lost.  He wanted to share with us how his month is progressing.

Ryan is the blogger behind FinanciaLion, a personal finance blog created to help millennials find the “why” behind our financial habits and learn to “Live as a Lion”. When he isn’t blogging, he’s more than likely on the golf course or gaming with friends. He is a lifelong finance nerd, and he wants to share the knowledge he has learned along the way with you.

Without further delay, here is Ryan in his own words.

Ryan from FinanciaLion.com and his Healthy June progress

Fitness has always been a part of life for me (except for those few nights of college where I concentrated a little more on twelve-ounce curls).

I played baseball from the time I could walk through high school then played intramurals all through college.

So why have I recently started to put less emphasis on it?

This is clearly a question the majority of America is asking themselves and the simple answer is that our priorities shift.

The reasons they shift are endless:

  • Working full-time jobs, as well side hustles for a lot of us
  • Kids (don’t have any myself, but this is an obvious one)
  • Eating pizza is more fun

You get my drift.

So when the average person has 3.34 hours of free time on a weekday, and different obligations dragging you 100 different ways, the key is finding someone to hold you accountable.

This is the number one reason I joined the June Fitness Challenge, and it has worked.

For the challenge, a group of us set various goals of weight loss, gym commitments, etc., with the objective of tracking weekly progress.  

If you need to catch up on the challenge you can read week-by-week on The Smart FI below:

This is my experience throughout the challenge:

Week One

Weight: Around 190 pounds – not entirely sure because naturally my scale ran out of batteries just prior to the first weigh-in, so this is an approximation.

My ideal weight is around 180 pounds, but honestly, ten pounds at this point doesn’t make a huge difference to me. I’m going to make it a slow progression down with the main idea of getting back into good health habits again.

The last time I was at 180, I was in grad school going to the gym on average about 5 times per week doing CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. I still do these things, but work and the real-world has slowed me down a bit.

This is one reason I joined the June Fitness Challenge – to get back in the gym at least 3 times per week.

I hit this goal in week one! On Monday, I ran 1.25 miles. I’ve never been much of a distance runner, so I needed to ease myself back into running.

On Friday, I went rock climbing for the first time! What a great (and hilarious) time it was. Let me tell you if you’ve never been climbing before you’ll feel muscles the next day that you never knew you had.

For one, it’s way more of a workout than I anticipated, and two, it got me out of my comfort zone. A favorite quote of mine is “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Being out of our comfort zones is the true way to growth by experiencing and learning new things.

For a new experience, it really wasn’t that expensive either. I was able to get a discount to $15 for my first visit, and if I go again the normal price is only $20.

For Tuesday through Thursday, I had dinner with family and went to a baseball game. I’ve never been much of a morning person so these days saw no exercise.

Week Two

Vacation Time!!

I took a week-long family vacation down to Myrtle Beach, SC, this week. As we all know too well, vacation makes working out way less of a priority.

To my surprise, I managed to get in a good amount of physical activity.

On Tuesday, we took a day trip to Charleston, SC, and walked around through a few of the sights like the Battery and City Market.

In the remaining days of the vacation, we took some great walks along the beach, about a mile each time for three of the days.

We also got some major steps in while going shopping at the Tanger Outlet Malls, Broadway at the Beach, and Barefoot Landing.

This vacation was also the first time I had ever made a budget for a trip. Hey, I’m 25 give me a break…

I budgeted $250 for me and my girlfriend’s portions of the trip, which we hit! Check out my post on how we managed expenses this trip here – Create a Simple Budget for an Affordable Vacation

Week Three

Week Three, hmm… darn, no excuses here.

I confess I didn’t get a whole lot of physical activity this week. I worked late multiple nights and after getting home just did not have the time/will to get a workout in. We’re all human, right?

For the years that I’ve been maintaining a solid workout schedule I’ve realized one thing – don’t beat yourself up for missing days. This only serves to bring you down and increases the likelihood you’ll miss even more.

In fact, you really want to do the opposite. Using positive reinforcement is a proven way to help you reach your goals. You can read about how I use various aspects of positive reinforcement in my post How to Treat Yourself and Accomplish Your Goals.

The most important aspect is that you’re conscious of the fact you’ve missed days. So make improvements for the next week.

Week Four

In making improvements for my upcoming week, I know I’ll be busy Monday and Tuesday so I will plan an activity for Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Saturdays have always been more difficult for me to make, but they’re some of the most rewarding days. I always feel great after a weekend workout.

I hope my experience during the June Fitness Challenge has been beneficial and relatable to you all.

I want to give a huge thanks to The Smart FI for being an awesome host. It was probably a little like herding cats getting us all to do weekly updates.


Here’s to continued improvement and getting fit!

Readers’ Insight: What are some of your fitness goals? How do you make time to fit these in and stick to the goal?



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