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  • Birthday 10/03/1988

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  1. Alright, I'm still working on the challenge, but not going quite as strong as before. Suffering from a bit of a motivation issue, where my goals just seem so puny and like they won't get me anywhere...generally in a funk I guess. Keeping on plugging though; may need to more tightly focus my goals for next challenge.
  2. Yes, definitely stronger on the language than last time. Rounding out the week, Sunday hit all my daily targets. Yes! Getting in 3 workouts this week will be difficult because I am out of town this weekend, but I did one today (running 1 mile, then sprint/walk alternating for another mile). But, assuming I didn't totally wreck my calves today (which is possible) I'll try for a bodyweight workout tomorrow and then another running workout Wednesday.
  3. Good luck with the language learning! I also was not aware that Italian martial arts were a thing, but that seminar looks super cool - enjoy!
  4. Alright, first week going pretty well so far. 1. Stretchies - 6/6 (not counting today yet). Good work self! 2. Workout - 3/3, including one BJJ session yesterday (f yeah, I missed that!) 3. No Sugar - 5/6 - in my defense the one slip was a gorgeous modernist chocolate mousse dessert at a dinner I wasn't paying for...other than that I have been v. good on this 4. Mandarin - 4/6 - better than last time, still trying to improve on this though. Pretty strong start!
  5. Sounds like exciting times! Good call making sure you have de-stress time - self care is important! You got this :-).
  6. Adding in a week over week tracker for ease of calculating at the end. Starting Weight: 196.8 lbs Week 1: Stretching - 7/7 Workout - 3/3 No Sugar - 6/7 Mandarin practice - 5/7 Week 2: Stretching - x/7 Workout - x/3 No Sugar - x/7 Mandarin practice - x/7 Week 3: Stretching - x/7 Workout - x/3 No Sugar - x/7 Mandarin practice - x/7 Week 4: Stretching - x/7 Workout - x/3 No Sugar - x/7 Mandarin practice - x/7 Ending Challenge Weight:
  7. I love this theme, and reading all of those quotes is making me want to go reread all the Discworld novels. Good luck with all of your challenges!
  8. Last challenge actually went pretty well! Well, compared to the previous three which I bailed on. I'm planning to now chain this plus the next three challenges as part of an overarching, semester long challenge. I have several semester long goals, as well as specific ones I'll try to achieve in February. I'm also making my challenge run Feb 1 - Feb 28, so it's a solid 4 weeks rather than 26 days. Semester Goals: 1. Maintain my weight all semester (196.8 lbs on Feb 1). 2. Workout 3x/week all semester 3. Work with a personal trainer at least 1 session to fix my lifting form (so I don't
  9. Final wrap up: End of the day, I'm happy I stuck with it the whole challenge - definitely proud of myself for that. How'd I actually stack up though? GOALS 1. Daily Stretching: 21/26 = 80% = B- Did better than the last time I tried a daily stretch goal though, so there's that. 2. Bodyweight Exercises. 9/12, 8/12 on the correct day. So that's 73% by the weighting = C Again though, a technically passing grade! And I did up my pushup progression to 5-4-3-2-1 real pushups 3. Food Logging.26/26 = 100% = A+ That was easy because it required no willpower...and I discovered I have started eating s
  10. Thank you guys for checking in! My progress fell off a little bit, but been mostly tracking. Progress so far: Stretching, I am at 18 of 23 possible so far (missed quite a few while traveling for interviews). Not bad though, this is a better record than I have managed to maintain when trying to stretch daily so far. Workouts: Week 1: 3/3 on right days Week 2: 2/3 (missed Friday b/c interview) Week 3: 2/3 (missed Friday b/c no good reason) Week 4: 1 so far, on Tuesday (and should get one more in on Thursday, since I've got all day commitments wed and fri that I don't believe I'll get worko
  11. OMG that video is hilarious. And good luck with the injury :-( Hopefully it will heal quickly with rehab!
  12. Posting frequency fell off, but despite this week being jam-packed w/interviews for summer internships (meep!) still more or less on track! Stretching: Still hitting every day. And I think I'm getting incrementally closer to touching my toes....:-D Food logging: Yep, still logging every day (or, writing dinner the next morning...but it's completely accurate so counting it). Workouts: Giving myself credit for this, although on Monday I was a little sick and on very little sleep (see prev source of stress this week), so I couldn't finish the workout. But killed it today, upped the squats
  13. So ladders are generally exactly that, start at 15, then go down to 14 in the next set, then 13, etc down to 6. Then next week trying to scale it up by starting at 16, then 15, etc down to 7 (chose to do a max of ten sets for time's sake). For efficiency's sake I've started doing it in rounds so 15 squats, 10 knee pushups, 60 s plank, rest, then 14 squats, 9 k pushups, 50 s plank, so forth (my plank ladders are shorter). On pushup progression I'm doing knee pushups atm, but have managed to work in full pushups at the tail ends of the sets (so I'll do 10-5 knee pushups, then 4-1 full pushup
  14. Nice progress so far! Also, *joins you in complaining about the MBTA* For veggies I like stir fries since they're so customizable, cook fast, and you can make a ton and then eat leftovers for a few days. My go to is a Thai-style one: - saute minced garlic and diced onions in ~1-2 T of canola oil until soft - add any meats (diced chicken, ground pork, wev) or tofu and saute until cooked over med-high - add vegetables of choice (I usually go w/broccoli, peppers, carrots, and snow peas, but most things'll work), and while that's cooking add 1 T sugar, 1 T soy sauce, 1 T fish sauce (can turn
  15. Thanks 'BoutThatActionBoss! Update time: Stretching: did yesterday and today, 3/3 so far. Journalling, same Workout, did today as scheduled, and even managed the 3-2-1 of the pushups ladder as regular pushups. Woo!
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