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JKL2207

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  • Birthday 12/21/1980

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  1. I'm levelling up and continuing with Adventurers.
  2. Thanks for staying with it to the very end. And now the next step is defining the goals for the next challenge. You are absolutely right it is only just the beginning. Lets see how next challenge pans out. My thread is updated with results. Also cross posted results on the reporting in thread.
  3. End of the Challenge Report Weight loss goals: (A+) +1.5 CON, + 1.5 DEX From 69 kgs to 65 kgs: Current weight :63.5 Kgs From 18.3% Body Fat 10 14% Body Fat: Current 10.5% Body Fat As far as this goal is concerned I achieved it at week 4. I am genuinely surprised at how fast the weight dropped once I started the paleo diet. I am also very surprised that I was able to maintain and build some skeletal muscle mass during the weight loss, which previously was unattainable. 100 push ups: (A+ +3.5 STR, + 3.5 STA) I really had to push myself through the program, my results are a bigger chest and I can do 105 push ups in a go so this has been achieved. I had to repeat week 4, 5 and 6 to get this done. But to be honest I have very happy that I stuck with this goal. 100% Paleo Diet: (A, +1.5 CON, + 1.5 WIS) I honestly thought this would be impossible to stick with for the following reasons, living in Hong Kong one of the food capitals of the world, my natural curiosity and love of all things food, and the small kitchen that I have to adjust to. To my surprise I stuck with the Paleo Diet fairly well during the course of the 6 week challenge, there were a few instances where I had alcohol and had some things that weren't paleo, like deep fried crab claws on day 1, a salad with salad dressing that wasn't paleo, pumpkin soup, some sausages at the beerfest. And of course some alcohol at the start and at the end of the challenge. Curse you wedding, curse you beerfest, If only they were a day earlier or a day later. But it has highlighted something quite important to me, unless I decide to become an unsociable hermit, 100% paleo is not feasible long term. Coming out of this challenge I have decided that I will continue Paleo on Monday to Friday breakfast to afternoon snack will be strictly Paleo, dinners I generally skip on the week nights due to working out so it leaves weekend breakfasts which I can keep paleo, as for lunches and dinner, this will be open to social events. I have learnt also that preparation is definitely the key to maintaining any semblance of this diet. Sleep by 10:30 and wake up by 6:30 (A++ +1 CON, +1 WIS) This wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be. But I was gradually working towards before the challenge so I had a jump start. Thoughts and Review All in all I stuck to my stated goals, there were a few hiccups with the Paleo diet. This challenge more than anything else highlighted the importance that diet plays in weightloss. Also undertaking this diet I think I have consumed more foods which were considered counter productive to weight loss like more meat, eggs and nuts. And I am genuinely surprised by the result. Coming into the challenge I was already exercising and I think to many that is how you lose weight, coming out of the challenge I now know better. Moving forward: I intend to keep up the paleo diet with some leeway for social occasions, and even then I will stick to paleo choices as much as I can. Exercise wise I feel that I want to step up the intensity but reduce the frequency of working out. Average of 10 classes a week I think long term is not terribly conducive for a social life, So I am exploring crossfit 3 times a week might be the way to go moving forward.
  4. End of the Challenge Report Weight loss goals: (A+) +1.5 CON, + 1.5 DEX From 69 kgs to 65 kgs: Current weight :63.5 Kgs From 18.3% Body Fat 10 14% Body Fat: Current 10.5% Body Fat As far as this goal is concerned I achieved it at week 4. I am genuinely surprised at how fast the weight dropped once I started the paleo diet. I am also very surprised that I was able to maintain and build some skeletal muscle mass during the weight loss, which previously was unattainable. 100 push ups: (A+ +3.5 STR, + 3.5 STA) I really had to push myself through the program, my results are a bigger chest and I can do 105 push ups in a go so this has been achieved. I had to repeat week 4, 5 and 6 to get this done. But to be honest I have very happy that I stuck with this goal. 100% Paleo Diet: (A, +1.5 CON, + 1.5 WIS) I honestly thought this would be impossible to stick with for the following reasons, living in Hong Kong one of the food capitals of the world, my natural curiosity and love of all things food, and the small kitchen that I have to adjust to. To my surprise I stuck with the Paleo Diet fairly well during the course of the 6 week challenge, there were a few instances where I had alcohol and had some things that weren't paleo, like deep fried crab claws on day 1, a salad with salad dressing that wasn't paleo, pumpkin soup, some sausages at the beerfest. And of course some alcohol at the start and at the end of the challenge. Curse you wedding, curse you beerfest, If only they were a day earlier or a day later. But it has highlighted something quite important to me, unless I decide to become an unsociable hermit, 100% paleo is not feasible long term. Coming out of this challenge I have decided that I will continue Paleo on Monday to Friday breakfast to afternoon snack will be strictly Paleo, dinners I generally skip on the week nights due to working out so it leaves weekend breakfasts which I can keep paleo, as for lunches and dinner, this will be open to social events. I have learnt also that preparation is definitely the key to maintaining any semblance of this diet. Sleep by 10:30 and wake up by 6:30 (A++ +1 CON, +1 WIS) This wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be. But I was gradually working towards before the challenge so I had a jump start. Thoughts and Review All in all I stuck to my stated goals, there were a few hiccups with the Paleo diet. This challenge more than anything else highlighted the importance that diet plays in weightloss. Also undertaking this diet I think I have consumed more foods which were considered counter productive to weight loss like more meat, eggs and nuts. And I am genuinely surprised by the result. Coming into the challenge I was already exercising and I think to many that is how you lose weight, coming out of the challenge I now know better. Moving forward: I intend to keep up the paleo diet with some leeway for social occasions, and even then I will stick to paleo choices as much as I can. Exercise wise I feel that I want to step up the intensity but reduce the frequency of working out. Average of 10 classes a week I think long term is not terribly conducive for a social life, So I am exploring crossfit 3 times a week might be the way to go moving forward.
  5. Its okay to take some time off to recover, maybe you could explore some other exercises to keep things light but at the same time fresh. I think that may help keep the interest up in exercising and should ensure that you will have the desire to continue exercising once your break is over.
  6. Week 6 update: Still wasn't feeling the greatest, I am certain even though I didn't set going to the gym on average 10 times a week as a goal that I won't be able to do it this week, as I missed out on too many classes early on. Day 5: Meals as planned (grilled chicken breast with lemon and chilli) Cycle class Push Ups Program Day 6: I went to a an all you can eat Japanese restaurant and just ate lots of sashimi and grilled meats, it was possibly as close to paleo as I could get there. Subsequently I felt full for the rest of day and didn't eat anything else. (pretty bad for the metabolism I know. Missed out on gym (at this stage I was resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to hit the 10 classes for this week. Day 7: Breakfast lots of Chinese Kale Lunch: Roast turkey wing, roast duck breast Snack: Grapefruit Then attended the beer festival, (I purposefully attended it on sunday afternoon because I knew that I would instinctively control my drinking as I would have to work the next day.) Had 3 interesting beers I have never seen before (I know its bad) I was very tempted to continue but I thought its best not to fall apart right at the very end. Going to do the Push ups test tonight and then write up a progress report and results for the 6 week challenge.
  7. I ended up going, it was good fun, I did have a few drinks and it was in moderation so I guess it was okay.
  8. Welcome to Hong Kong. Hope you have found some food choices that aren't quite so expensive and aren't as unhealthy as McDonald's. Did you know there is a Beer fest happening in LKF this weekend?
  9. Thanks I reckon you goals are fantastic, definitely something aim for. Week 6 Update: I have been struck down with some sort of flu or head cold for the last 4 days so I haven't been working out as much as I usually would. Meal plan: Breakfast 2 eggs, grapefruit Snack: Nuts Snack: Apple Lunch: Chinese Kale with (variable) Snack: Carrot and celery Stick. Dinner: Chinese Kale (I got a great deal from the markets so I have a fridge full of the stuff) Day 1: Cycle class Meals as planned (lunch with curry beef) Push ups program Pilates class Day 2: Meals as planned (chicken salsa) ViPR class Day 3: Cycle class Meals as planned (Pork chops in tomato and onion) Push-ups programs Day 4: Took a day off work today to rest up. Breakfast 2 eggs, grapefruit Snack: Nuts Lunch: Vegetable soup with extra serving of Chinese Kale I am considering doing a body pump class tonight seeings as how I have missed about half the classes I would have attended this week already. The weekend is going to be a killer with a beer festival in Hong Kong, Still undecided as to whether I should attend especially since these are the last few days of the challenge... Jeebus give me strength.
  10. As long you get something out of the challenge I reckon its a win.
  11. Week 6 Mini Challenge: Goal 1: Join a Dragon Boat Team for the year 2014 Goal 2: Gain Muscle (I've now lost weight now to get some more muscle) Goal 3: Undertake IIA CIA studies (internal auditing)
  12. Week 5 Progress Report: Weight loss 65 kgs and 14% Body Fat (Completed or exceeded) I weighed myself today, my weight is currently at 63.8 kgs with a 10.9% body fat. I did state previously that I wasn't going to weigh myself last week but I thought just for the heck of it I should do it and I was also a little curious as to the impact of the reduction in exercise. I will do one more weigh in to mark the end of the 6 week challenge next Monday. 100 push ups Week 5 is still as hard as I remember it to be, the good thing about it my progress this time round was the recovery didn't take as long, so I take that as progress. Week 6 should prove interesting as well as the test at the end. 100% Paleo Diet I stuck with the Paleo Diet pretty well throughout the week. I know on the weekends I ate some less than healthy foods and didn't eat much vegetables but it was still paleo so still on track with this one. Sleep by 10:30 and wake up by 6:30 On the weekend I finally managed to do sleep in, 8:30am!!!! Other than that sleeping as been on track. Thoughts and Review All in all this has been a good week, the active recovery bit left me feeling a little bit unfulfilled in my workouts, I managed to finish off this week's mini challenge, although to be fair I had already made up my mind I was going to do these goals when I was evaluating where I wanted to be.
  13. Week 5 Update Day 6 Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, grapefruit Went for a 4 hour hike so I had my snacks and lunch in an almost continuous phase which is as follows: Nuts, Apple, Banana, Biltong (south african style beef jerky) (pepper, chilli flavour) 3 litres of water. Dinner was a BBQ in which I had 2 chicken wings, steak, salad (lettuce, tomato, onion) Day 7 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, steak, Grilled tomatoes, Lunch: Smoked Duck breast salad Dinner: Steamed fish, Curry Chicken, Steamed Scallops, Vegetable soup Yoga class.
  14. Don't get too down on yourself. You got your vege intake at least. Will be updating my thread with progress report and also update. Who is taking on the week 6 mini challenge? This one looks pretty easy.
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