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  1. Week three: crashing in late but hard Wins: Worked out twice! (at the gym, no less) Biked to work three times! did some major tidying of my room did a minor meal prep Learning moments: Maybe I should aim for fewer meals punctuated by digital distraction, just to start with. I had a few breakfasts while reading the paper which was good for now. I started journalling a bit this week (four) so I'm starting on the mindfulness stuff. Something for next challenge, maybe.
  2. Week Two! Another rough one. Some pluses and some minuses. The biggest plus is that I'm sticking to my plan even though it's not quite working out, and I have some plans for next challenge. Pluses: I rode to work three times last week I did meal prep twice! I had three (out of seven) distraction-free meals I did a bunch of ten-minute-tidy-up challenges The minuses: I didn't do any of the NF Academy workouts (or any workouts) The missing of the distraction-free meals (four) My room is still basically messy I haven't moved on in the Academy mindset challenges I haven't eaten all of the food that I've prepped This week plans: Eat the food that I'm prepping Go for a few walks Drink more water Go to the gym
  3. Week One down! Whew. It was a rocky start, to be honest. I got hit hard with hayfever (it's a really bad season in Melbourne at the moment, eugh) but I still made some good choices. The good: I did the NF Academy benchmark test! I rode to work on Sunday! I had at least 2 (out of seven) distraction-free meals! I did meal prep twice! I completed the first three mindset quests in the academy! The bad: I didn't work out at all I could have ridden to work more than once I only had two (out of SEVEN) distraction free meals I completed the mindset quests in week 0 and have not yet shared my big why The ugly: I've been eating quite a bit of the free pastries and bread at work My room is a mess that I haven't even started on Edit: I wrote this and then forgot to post it, so I'll be writing another post for my second week. ack!
  4. I'm back! I just got back from a month long holiday to the US that contained Camp Nerd Fitness (hooray!) lots of food (delicious!) and a shit tonne of walking. Plus some YogaQuest, which is like yoga but nerdy. But I am back and ready to jump into the Nerd Fitness habit building wagon face first. I think. I know it doesn't make sense, I'm still jetlagged, deal with it. Small steps mean big changes --NF Academy bodyweight workout x 2 per week --ride my bike to work x 1 per week Say no to cake --meal prep x 1 per week --practice mindful eating x 1 meal per day Life changes --complete first five quests in Mindset Module of the Nerd Fitness Academy --clean up my batcave/bedroom This week I'm going to be reading up on the Academy and starting up the challenge (in fact, if I complete the first five quests in the Mindset Module this week, I'll have to come back and edit this, which will be awesome) but I need accountability so feel free to comment/help me out!
  5. Thanks guys! I've had some lower back issues so I'm wary of picking up anything too heavy – I'm increasing, but slowly. Might have to accelerate the process now though! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. https://vimeo.com/167206079 deadlifts this morning at the hotel gym. Feel free to give me advice on form! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Recap of Week 1! GOAL 1: Lifting 4/4 workouts done! Hooray! GOAL 2: Eating Meal prep done on Tuesday. Managed to eat all prepped meals, and ate mostly under my calorie goal each day. Only managed 3 days without sugar, but I'm working on taking out added fructose from my baked goods. GOAL 3: Yoga Managed 5 out of 7 days of short yoga sessions. No long sessions this week. GOAL 4: Decluttering Organised the last of my paperback fiction books alphabetically. Hooray! I took a bunch of books out that I'm going to be putting up for sale this week (hopefully!) GOAL 5: Writing I finished a major assessment that was due on Friday but didn't manage to fit in a fun writing session. AIMS FOR THIS WEEK/CHALLENGES I have a funeral out of town on Tuesday so I don't know if I'll get my workout in then, plus I have an assignment I have to get in on Tuesday. However, I can do Wednesday instead for my workout, so I'll focus on my assignment and hopefully get to do all the things. I also haven't managed to meal prep yet. I'm going to prep breakfasts tonight and then hopefully be able to eat healthily during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm planning on going to my parents' house this weekend as well so that's a challenge for workouts and eating well. I'll figure it out.
  8. Ugh, you're lucky that you still have sun. It's cold and miserable here in the southeast. Your challenge looks rad! (even though I can't see most of your photos! )
  9. Rough start to the week meant that my meal prep was a bit hodgepodge but I ate pretty well yesterday and Monday even though I didn't have prepped meals so that's awesome. I've decided to start tracking what I eat for a little while through MyFitnessPal (my username on there is asphodelbat, if anyone is interested in being friends on there) (it's from my pottermore username, that's why it's weird). I need to see when I'm eating sugar/sweets so that I can remedy that and eat other things to distract myself. Did some yoga yesterday and Monday, yay! Planning on doing an NF yoga session tonight because I've been at a computer for a lot of the day so my shoulders are super tight. I have two assignments I have to do this week so I may not get any fun writing done, but we'll see!
  10. I'm so freaking excited. I'm really hoping to get my nutrition and fitness consistently good before camp so I can keep up/not embarrass myself...
  11. Camp! Then to New York for a few weeks, then to Minneapolis for a week for a nerd conference
  12. Last challenge I had some mental health issues towards the end and so the last week was a bit of a wash. The quests I set for myself were doable, though, in the early weeks, and I'm aiming for similar goals this time around. GOAL 1: LIFTING Hitting all my workouts, and doing them to the best of my ability. I'm up to Rank 1B in the Barbell Battalion for the Rebel Strength guide, which has me aiming for 4 workouts per week. I'm aiming for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Metric: hitting all workouts Goal: 16/16 workouts completed GOAL 2: EATING I'm still aiming at prepping and eating my breakfasts and lunches, with a view to paleo meals. I've also got an underlying theme of quitting sugar, because I've found that when I eat much less sugar than usual, I feel much better. I'm trying to do it slowly but surely, so as to not accidentally slip up and eat a whole tub of ice cream. Hard to do, but I'm working on it. Metric: eating all prepped meals for the week, and not eating sugar Goal: 40/40 prepped meals eaten Additional goal: 28/28 days without sugar (this is lofty, and probably unattainable - but I want to track my sugar intake and see how I go with one or two or more days per week without sugar, or with minimal sugar) GOAL 3: YOGA I have really bad back problems, because I have mild scoliosis and a terrible posture. Instead of trying to do one large chunk of yoga per week, I'm instead aiming this time for five to ten minutes of yoga/stretching per day, ideally just after I wake up or just before I go to bed. Metric: doing yoga every day Goal: 28/28 days that I've practiced yoga GOAL 4: DECLUTTERING Still working on reorganising my books. My goal here is to put up a book to sell on eBay or Carousell every week. This is to help both with culling and organising my book collection and with saving money for my big US trip in September/October Metric: books put on the internet to sell, and complete organisation of fiction collection of books Goal: 4/4 books up to sell additional goal: 4/4 sessions of organising books GOAL 5: WRITING Mostly my goal here is to finish my uni semester well, to finish off my assessments and to go to classes. I also want to spend at least one short session writing for fun every week. Metric: assessments completed, and fun writing sessions completed Goal: 4/4 assessments for university completed additional goal: 4/4 fun writing sessions completed
  13. So to sum up this challenge: Quests: Lift Yoga Write Declutter Save Food Week one: Lift 3/3 Yoga 0/1 Write 1/1 Declutter 1/1 Save 150/150 Food 10/10 Week 2: Lift 3/3 Yoga 1/1 Write 1/1 Declutter 1/1 Save 150/150 Food 8/10 Week 3: Lift 3/3 Yoga 1/1 Write 0/1 Declutter 1/1 Save 150/150 Food 10/10 Week 4: Lift 0/3 Yoga 0/1 Write 0/1 Declutter 0/1 Save 150/150 Food 0/10 Not the worst ever! Last week was off a little, as I've had issues with my mental health, but I'm back at the gym this week (hooray!) and I'm ready for the next challenge.
  14. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. The last week of the challenge, I missed my meal prep, missed my workouts (I dropped a weight on my finger and figured I'd give it a rest for a week) missed yoga, worked on alphabetising my books a little, did not do any yoga (so much for the plan) BUT I did save $150. Yay!
  15. Whoa, this past weekend was rough, so sorry for the late update. Last week I hit all my workouts and did yoga and ate well, saved money and started alpabetising my books. I missed a blog post, though, and this week is not going so well. I have anxiety and 'symptoms of low mood' and it's been playing up lately. I also went to a picnic the other day and the sitting on the ground for so long was not good for my lower back. I have also finished a six week block of workouts so I have to sit down and decide what I'm going to do next. So this week's focus will be on yoga and eating well for mental health. I'm also hoping to go for a run or a few walks, I'm not sure. I didn't manage to prep my meals on the weekend so I'm kinda playing it by ear. Trying not to let the weekend from hell derail me too much.
  16. Deadlifts: 5 sets x 3 reps at 42.5 kg Pull ups: 5 sets x 3 reps with only the second biggest assistance band! Plus 3 sets of 10 reps of weighted v-sits with an 8 kg kettlebell, in between sets of my main lifts.
  17. Yoga! Yesterday AND today. Going to see how much I can do this week because my back and neck have been playing up a bit. Today was also pull day: Deadlifts: 5 sets x 3 reps at 42.5 kg Pull ups: 5 sets x 3 reps with only the second biggest assistance band! Plus 3 sets of 10 reps of weighted v-sits with an 8 kg kettlebell, in between sets of my main lifts.
  18. Yesterday was my accessory day, working on shoulder strength so I can get to doing proper pull ups. 3 x 10 dumbbell rows at 10 kg supersetted with 3 x 10 russian twists at 10 kg 5 x reverse pull ups with middle assisstance band supersetted with 5 x plank 30 sec 3 x 5 TRX pull ups supersetted with 3 x 10 V sits
  19. Yesterday was my accessory day, working on shoulder strength so I can get to doing proper pull ups. 3 x 10 dumbbell rows at 10 kg supersetted with 3 x 10 russian twists at 10 kg 5 x reverse pull ups with middle assisstance band supersetted with 5 x plank 30 sec 3 x 5 TRX pull ups supersetted with 3 x 10 V sits In week 2 I: Hit all my scheduled workouts! Ate all my prepped breakfasts, and half my prepped lunches Did my yoga practice! Started organising my books! Posted a blog post! Saved $150! I have had an emotionally terrible few weeks, but I am clinging on to this challenge and it's working to ground me and give me something to work towards while my life is feeling pretty wonky. Thank you to everyone who stops by and has a read of what I'm doing, it really helps to see that other people are checking out my challenge.
  20. Thanks! That actually helps a lot. I know that most of the work I have to do is with my nutrition, because that's always been the hardest for me. But I'll get there. Baby steps. Tuesday went okay, I ate well and went to the gym. Squats day! Squats: 5 sets x 5 reps at 32.5 kg Push press: 5 sets x 5 reps at 20 kg Plank: 5 x 30 sec Wednesday I had a memorial service and it was just rough all over. Ate proper breakfast but the rest of the day was a wash. Got to meet up with friends I hadn't seen for too long though so that was good. Thursday was deadlift day: Deadlifts: 5 reps x 5 sets at 37.5 kg Pull ups: 5 reps x 5 sets using the second largest assistance band for at least the first rep of each set, and with the second smallest and second largest for a few reps of each set. I'm getting better! Plank: 5 x 30 sec I ate my prepped breakfast and two of my lunches, because I missed Wednesday. Friday I worked all day and forgot my lunch, so it wasn't great but I am getting this breakfast thing down! Today I ate a good breakfast (I don't prep for the weekend but I ate eggs and sweet potatoes anyway) and went to the gym. Squats again, my fave! Squats: 3 reps x 5 sets at 42.5 kg Push press: 3 reps x 5 sets at 22.5 kg Plank 5 x 30 sec I also saved $150 this week, and tomorrow is yoga and book sorting day. I have a blog post ready to go up tomorrow, too! Despite the really terrible week I had emotionally, I'm still hitting most of my goals which is pretty good! Now I just have to get on top of uni and my social life and I'll be set.
  21. I did 5 x 30 sec plank supersetted with my main workout on Thursday. (Which was 5 x 5 deadlifts at 37.5 kg, and 5 x 5 pull-ups using assistance bands). Am I abs of steel-ing yet? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I am a little confused as to levelling, but I did core work on Saturday and Sunday Saturday: plank hand to wrist 3 sets x 10 reps v sits 3 sets x 10 reps russian twists 3 sets x 10 reps at 4 kg Sunday: Lat pull downs 3 sets x 10 reps at 32 kg supersetted with: Plank hand to elbow 3 sets x 10 reps Cable rows 3 sets x 10 reps at 18 kg supersetted with V sits 3 sets x 10 reps TRX inverted rows 3 sets x 10 reps supersetted with Russian twists 3 sets x 10 reps at 8 kg
  23. Today I had a breakfast date with my family (it was my brother's birthday) so I ate my prepped breakfast for first lunch and my prepped lunch for second lunch so yay for eating the food I made! Tomorrow is squats day (my fave) and my plan is to do NF yoga straight after my weights session. I'm also slowly weaning myself off sugar. Having prepped meals is super great for this! I think next challenge will be mainly focussed on that. At the moment it's a crutch, which is not useful, plus I tried on a dress I'd bought a couple of years ago and it doesn't fit anymore which is terrible because I didn't even buy it when I was at my biggest so I guess I have a new biggest. I'm trying to focus on strength rather than weight loss but I also really don't want to buy a whole bunch of new clothes because I'm saving for my US trip.
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