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Keeping things simple this time around.

 

This year has been, at the very least, a struggle for me. I've felt very much like every time I get up on my feet I get pushed back again (very much a two steps forward one step back year), but I need to be done feeling that way. So - I'm not going to discuss all the negative, because it's irrelevant, in the past, and would be a waste of energy to write out :)

 

And it hasn't all been negative. I moved halfway across the country all by myself (which was terrifying), I hit what I considered to be my lifetime goal on my deadlift when I first started (405, holy crap, and yes, now i've upped my 'lifetime goal'), I finally opened up to the world about my struggles with bulimia (more coming, just more focused), and I adopted a beautiful puppy that I love to pieces. 

 

I'm going to keep this challenge relatively simple so I can finish out 2014 with a bang.

 

Disclaimer for this entire challenge: if my nausea from my thyroid comes back and being in front of the computer makes me dizzy again, I 100% reserve the right to continue the challenge on paper like I did last time and not feel guilty about it.

 

So, without further ado, my challenge:

 

1) Stronger:

  • Continue 4x a week strength training.  NO MORE. 
  • Focus on improving form - Try to make it to work with new coach at least 4x during this challenge (both of our schedules are wonky the next few weeks, but I'm planning to consistently working with him 1x a week starting December 13th) LISTEN to him. 
  • Hit PR's in all main lifts (I haven't made this a goal in forever, but I'm ready to be back there. And this could be a weight class PR also, if we get to that point).

2) More Well Rounded

  • I accidentally adopted a furry little thing who has decided she is a scout last challenge.  Run with her at least 1x a week.
  • Swim 2x a week. Getting lessons! Will have more details on that tomorrow.
  • Walk at least a mile every day.  This one is easy - Madeline will be sure of it.

3) Diet

 

With my broken thyroid comes a not only complete lack of interest in food, but a complete disgust in the idea of food. This is obviously not good, but something I've been forced to deal with.  Some days are better than others, but most days I end up eating cold beef and baby food. I'm not sure when my interest in food will come back, but there's a few things going on that I need to take care of.

  • Stop eating so much bread.  Yes, you read that right - for about a week and a half last challenge, the ONLY food that didn't make me feel like I was going to barf was pumpernickel bread. So, I bought the bread, because bread covered in butter was better than no food at all. Challenge will be - after I run out, only buy more if I'm unable to force myself to eat other food.  That's the only gluten I've been doing, but strict no other gluten otherwise (gluten has historically had a negative effect on my thyroid... so... yeah. time to stop)
  • EAT ENOUGH FOOD. Start tracking to keep track of this. MFP - staciardison.  Keep me accountable, nerds. 

4) Mental

  • Yoga 1x a week.  Yes, I know this has been a challenge forever. I'll post the yoga schedule here next to help
  • 30-60 minutes a day for me and no one else. Not for the dog, not for friends, not for anyone else. Just for me. This could be writing, reading, doing a puzzle, taking a bath, etc.
  • BE SOCIAL out in public at least 1x a week.

 

5) Personal

 

a ) Be a freaking adult

  • Week 1: Clean apartment and car
  • Week 2: Build Batcave
  • Week 3-6: 1 adult task per day, 5 days a week

b )  block social sites/distracting sites from computer for all but 15 minutes per day

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yoga schedule, so I have no excuses.

 

monday

845-945*

10-11

11:30-12:30 

4:45-5:45

6-7*

7:30-8:30

 

tuesday

845-945*

10-11

4:15-5:15

5:30-6:30

7:15-8:15

 

 

wednesday

845-945*

10-11

11:30-12:30*

12:45-1:45* 

4:45-5:45

6-7*

7:30-8:30

 

thursday

7-8

845-945*

10-11

4:15-5:15

5:30-6:30

7:15-8:15

 

 

friday

845-945*

10-11

11:30-12:30 

4:30-5:30

5:30-6:30

 

saturday

9-10

10:15-11:15

11:30-12:45

 

sunday

9:15-10:15

11:45-12:45

4:45-5:45

6:30-7:30*

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Well rounded challenge.

Hope that food isn't such a trial this time!

 

thank you!

 

Good luck!  Just another set of barriers to bulldoze through!  You can do it!

 

No more barriers :( tired of bulldozing! 

 

I added you on MFP.

 

I like your challenge! Being a freaking adult is hard though.

yes. it is. 

 

Hiiii! 

 

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this is great. <3 you.

<3

 

I hope things get better with the thyroid and you don't feel so crappy. Ugh.

 

Here's to a great challenge! 

 

THANK YOU! It will. I should be able to see an endocrinologist in the next few weeks! woo moar doctors

 

I would like to try 5b. *sigh* I just know so many of you over social media now... I don't want to lose touch!

 

Great goals lady. You are still my hero.

 

YOU'RE STILL MY HERO. seriously.

 

subbed!

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Subbed!!

Note: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message, however a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

 

 

Go girl...   :)

 

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I like it! I'm trying to learn to be an adult too!!

 

If you need some social friends to get out and do things I'm down. Austin has tons of places I have yet to explore. A real list exists.

 

Hooray for new PRs, being strong...la la la la la la la :D

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Okay, so.

 

Trained yesterday. Was a really tough day as it was supposed to be TODAY, but changes in schedule made me switch this week's training to MWFS instead of TRSS, so I ended up benching three days in a row, and squatting, then deadlifting, then squatting three days in a row. Ouch.  Hit all my numbers though...  ( I did cut out a lot of day 1 accessory work)

 

All notation in repsxsets

Squat - 5x1@135, 4x1@155, 3x2@185, 3x7@205

Bench - 5x1@85, 4x1@105, 3x2@125, 3x2@135, 2x2@145, 2x1@150, 3x2@135

Dumbbell Fly - 5x10, 20, 22.5, 25, 25, 25

 

Tuesday - 1 hour YOGA.  It was BLINDFOLDED and HOT and SCARY. But I did it :)

 

Other things going well, summarized below:

 

TOTAL CHALLENGE UPDATE:

STRENGTH TRAINING:

Strength Train (ONLY) 4 days per week: (X) ( ) ( ) ( )

 

ROUNDED:

Run with Madi 1x per week: ( ) 

Walk 1 Mile Per Day, Every Day ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 

Swim 2X Per Week - this is getting pushed off until I have my first lesson next week

 

FOOD

No Bread: haven't run out of bread yet

Diet Logging, hit at LEAST 2000 calories: (X ) (X) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 

 

MENTAL

Yoga at least 1x per week: (X)

30 Minutes a day for me: (X) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 

Be Social: ( ) 

 

ADULT
Social sites blocking: ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) 

Clean Apartment: ( 30%) 

 

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Blindfolded in yoga???

 

 

I am so uncoordinated that this would surely be a disaster. But I feel like it would be fun to watch from the back of the room.

 

 

I'm half intrigued, half concerned by the blindfolded yoga.  But mostly, I'd do it. 

 

Oh. and hi. and stuff.

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Yes I had no idea it was blindfolded until I went. It was good though. And nothing too complex happened, luckily.

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Wednesday Workout - this was hard. hitting these numbers and volume while not eating enough isn't really flying. 

4" deficit deads - 205x5, 245x3x2, 285x4x2
Bench - 4x5 at 135, 5x2 at 125
Db flys
Deadlift - 205x4, 245x4, 285x3x2, 325x4x3, 345x2x3

 

Today, off :)

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  • Swim 2x a week. Getting lessons! Will have more details on that tomorrow.

 

I have been trying to learn how to swim (freestyle) also.  The technique that has helped me is "total immerission". I heard about it from Tim Ferriss in 4 Hour Body. You can find instructional videos for it on YouTube. It looks so calming, but swimming is a challenge for me!

 

Yoga 1x a week.  Yes, I know this has been a challenge forever. I'll post the yoga schedule here next to help

 

I am interested in Yoga also to improve flexibilty and be more functional. Do you have any suggesstions for videos, or are you just taking classes?

 

I'm sorry that your thyroid problems are still such a big struggle. A doctor/website that I use a lot and recommend is DrAxe.com. He has some great articles on Adrenal fatigue. I don't know if it would be of much benefit to you, but it has been helpful to me for some auto immune and adrenal problems I have suffered from. 

 

I really enjoy following your challenges. Good luck!

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