Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode

I’ve made it! Had my doubts there for a while as my knee was playing up. But shaking up the workout routine (with the Skeelers) and adding some “Insanity Cardio Recovery” workouts really helped. Let’s have a look at the results of the Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode. Sorry, sounds a bit like a Star Wars movie title 🙂

The Final Results

Up to Wednesday May 31 Friday June 2 I’ve been able to do the following workouts:

Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode Plot 1

Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode Plot 2

Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode Plot 3

The above summarizes to:

  • 33 days of exercise;
  • 49 individual activities;
  • Total running distance 36.61 km (next month a full marathon distance??);
  • Number of “Insanity Cardio Recovery” workouts: 4;
  • Total Skeeler/road inline skating distance 26.81 km;
  • Total cycling distance 664.59 km; and,
  • Calories burned 21.652 (that is well over two whole kg’s of body fat burned!).

Observations and Notes

  • I’m happier! Maybe it’s the endorphins, but I actually feel more upbeat;
  • Cycling speed (especially with head winds) is definitely improving;
  • I’m far less tired now when I’m arriving at home or at work from cycling compared to the first week(s), actually feel fresh (and fruity, ok…maybe not that);
  • Still no six-pack.. 🙁  But perhaps I’m aiming too high (and snacking too much);
  • Knee is doing well, no issues anymore;
  • I’m really starting to enjoy the cycle commute to work, especially with the great weather we have had lately;
  • I do have to go to the bike shop today as my parts for the bike have arrived. The chain/cassette were making noise and the chains had too much slack, both needed to be replaced. Costs are estimated at around €80-90 including labour (don’t have to tools to do it myself….); and,
  • I’ve actually finished a workout challenge! Yeah 🙂

The whole challenge has been great and the improvements are amazing. The plan is to continue with the regular workouts, but perhaps tone it down to about 4-5 days per week, rather than the full 7. Ultimately, for next year, the plan will be to up this to about 6 days per week to have 2 days each of cycling, running and swimming for the preparations for an Olympic triathlon. Getting more and more motivated!

A Twist

In a twist of events, Mrs CF also started to workout again! I’m really delighted actually. She prefers sports like badminton, table tennis and such. But due to time/life restrictions she ended up getting a gym membership. This way she can workout during her lunch hour as the gym is located in the same office building, so no lost travel time.

Unfortunately, gyms are normally not really cheap. In this case it is €30/month + a €30 signup fee. Her motivation was, it’s cheaper to get a gym membership than to buy new clothing. Guess this is female logic at work, but in her case it might actually be true. Not because of her expensive taste in clothing, but due to her size. Mrs CF is pretty tall and has really long legs, so finding cloths that fit properly is often difficult and expensive (especially the pants/jeans department). If you are wondering how tall that is, she beat’s me by about 3 inches (~7.5cm) and I’m well over the Dutch average height.

However, I’m just happy she is moving again. Any weight loss is great, but the benefits to her health are far more important to me. Gives her a better chance of bugging me a bit longer (and vice versa) 🙂

How about you, how is you workout routine going?


  1. Awesome work. I need to start knocking out some more cardio work.

    This six pack is genetics and getting your body fat low enough. Some guys have pretty good abs at 15% bodyfat other guys have to get down to 6-7%.

    Nice job motivating Mrs. CF. Working out tends to have that effect.

    1. Oh trust me, I know! My brother is one of those guys that always looks amazing. Even if he would not lift a finger, sometimes genetics are annoying as hell! I’m one of these guys that will have to go down to 6-7% before you start seeing things.
      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Woohoo! Congrats, really awesome how you pulled this off. I happen to commute on bike every day for the past 3 years. I thought I was lucky living close by (a.k.a. an 8 minute bike ride), but seeing this I would once love to have a longer commute again haha.

    1. Eh, no you don’t 😉 Would trade places in a heart beat! But getting in shape fast is a nice side effect, I’ll give you that.

  3. Amazing results. That is a ton of working out AND the results that you seem to be realizing are great. One of these days I’ll get around to working out like you and changing my lifestyle. What I find most interesting is that you have been pretty diversified in your workouts, which I’m sure helps keep it fresh. Plus, commuting to and from work via bike is a great way to get your workout in while doing something you are going to do anyway. You are turning sitting time in a car to productive cardio time on a bike.

    Mrs. CF made a smart move, sure it isn’t cheap, but the convenience of having the gym in her office building is a GAMECHANGER! Congrats again on the amazing results.


    1. Thanks Bert, appreciate the comment. Do start to make the lifestyle changes as soon as you can. It will help you have a long and happy early retirement!

  4. wow, that is a lot of running and cycling! I missing being able to bike to work…

    The pool is closed on Sunday due to it being pinksteren, so I went today at 9 A.M. I am now at 2km, zo that is 6 km of swimming every week. The swimming part of a half triathlon should be doable!
    We could do the half one in Deinze on 20/08 (we have friends who live there)
    If we really need a third man, my dad can always do the bicycle part (he is in better shape than I am).
    Holy shit, at 40+ I would already be in the veterans club … getting old ….

  5. I’ve been going to the local bootcamp 3-4x a week since December. I feel so much better but I”m with you that I don’t have a six pack yet. But then again I heard abs are made in the kitchen and not the gym 🙂

  6. Congratz on these excellent results. Sporting on aregular basis does indeed make you feel better and healtier!

    I do a bike trip every day to the train station. When I skip one and take the car – mainly for meeting reasons – I feel more stressed in the evening.

    Ms ATL will buy an electric bike soon, so, she can commute also each day by bike.

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