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  1. Week 3 re-cap: Hit all my workouts. Feeling great about running lately. Not so great about stronglifts. I have no upper body strength and am not progressing much on anything but the squats. Eating was fairly good. Only over calories twice. This week is not going well so far. Went to the beach yesterday and got super sunburnt to the point I didn't run last night or lift today because my back is so red and sore. Hoping to do both tomorrow on my day off to make up for it. I am actually really annoyed and restless now when I can't work out. and obviously I ate over these two days because I didn't get to burn any calories Need to re-focus, remember what I am doing, get back on track. etc. etc.
  2. Thanks! But I am not sure it's true. Maybe it's better to accept I am bound to be a little chubby my whole life no matter how good of shape I am in. Just went for a run. Decided on a new goal. To keep up a fitness routine going all year. I always get really into fitness/healthy eating and keep it up maybe 3-4 months then fall of the wagon and forget about it and eat garbage and stop working out. So this year I started running and lifting again in February and have been doing it pretty consistently since (so 4 months so far) I want to be able to say next February that I kept it up all year. I am not sure if I will ever be able to get my eating under control/lose weight but the exercise part is definitely doable.
  3. Week 2 recap: Missed one stronglifts workout. It is much harder to motivate myself to get up early and go to the gym then to motivate myself to go running at night after work. Ate over twice. Frustrated by total lack of weight loss. I only seem to lose weight when I eat drastically under my calorie goals. I wrote down all of my workouts for the month of June on my calendar, and except for that one missed weight workout I have checked off everything so far, and still, my body looks no different. It really is all about food and it's shitty that a few days of eating over means no weight lost for the month. It is also 100x easier to stick to exercise stuff than diet stuff. Not sure why that is.
  4. A few times that week it was more like 400-600 over. Week one re-cap: Nailed all of my workouts. Progressing on weights, I feel like a new born baby giraffe half the time I walk now. Getting my runs in despite the sore legs. I ate over 3 days, but I am not obsessed with that anymore so whatever. I think I will use this month of June to get all of my fitness stuff in order then in July I will focus more on the diet.
  5. Already I think I am going to have to throw my "eating at a deficit 6 days a week" thing out the window. It is just not happening at the same time as trying to lift heavier weight. So I think my real goal #3 is more like: Experiment with my calorie needs for cardio and weight days and try to figure out what foods I actually need to feel good on both while still trying to eat 80% healthy food. Don't be too obsessed with calories and use this as a time for learning, so that by the next 6 week challenge I can focus on loosing weight/eating at a deficit again if I want to.
  6. So far I have hit all my workouts but have eaten a little over both days. In my defense the first day my aunts were in town and took us out to a fancy and delicious steakhouse, and the second day I went over to visit a friend whose mother just passed away and brought pizza because I thought that would be easy and convenient for her (plus I had leftover steak). I am trying to not feel TOO bad about eating over by 100-200 calories and telling myself that is how I am going to build muscle. Trying to focus more on that than weight loss, although I honestly feel like I still need to lose 15-20lbs of fat still.
  7. Main Quest Still want to lose 15 pounds, but now I also want to get strong and lift heavier weights. To achieve this, I have three specific goals: Stronglifts 5X5 three times a week, according to the training plan. This is my first time using the weight part of the gym so it is a little intimidating, I have been doing strength training 3X a week at home since February but it is all either body weight or with 15lb dumbbells, so I am excited to try out heavier weights and see if I get good results. A – Completed all 18 workouts B – Skipped 1-3 workouts C – Skipped 4-6 workouts D – Skipped 7-9 workouts F – Skipped more than 9 workouts Running 3X a week according to a simple plan I made myself. One 3 mile run a week. One faster 2 mile run, and one longer run that increases by 5 minutes each week (I just ran 40 minutes tonight for my long run, so by the end of the program I should be up to running an hour and ten minutes!) A – Completed all 18 runs B – Skipped 1-3 runs C – Skipped 4-6 runs D – Skipped 7-9 runs F – Skipped more than 9 runs Tracking my food daily and staying within my calorie range at least 6 days a week. Trying to eat 80% whole, unprocessed foods and trying to eat high fat and protein with relatively low carbs. A – Tracked every day and stayed within my goals! B – Missed tracking or ate over goal 1-3 days C – Missed tracking or ate over goal 3-6 days D – Missed tracking or ate over goal 6-9 days F – Missed tracking or ate over goal more than 9 days
  8. So I ended up getting B's in the fitness and eating categories, but still think I did damn well. Only messing up 4 times over the course of 6 weeks is still great. Already planning for the next challenge. Want to get into heavier weights, make up my own running plan, and eat cleaner. Very excited for this summer.
  9. I just wrote a long week five wrap-up then my computer deleted it... ugh. Anyway.. Missed one workout, so that's three in total (my excuse, giant fire in the desert that made going for a hike seem like not-such-a-great-idea, although I could have just gone to the gym, I just wasn't feeling it). Realized since this is the last week of my second challenge I have been working out and tracking calories for at least 3 months, and haven't made much progress weight-loss wise since the first month.
  10. So this week is the opposite, not hungry at all and hitting my calorie goals or below everyday, but not as motivated to work out. Why can I never be 100x in both? hmmm.. I still haven't missed any workouts, just delayed them a little, and I opted out of going swimming and went for a hike instead (my plan technically just says cross training) because I really wasn't feeling chlorine or the gym or any of that. Still haven't fixed my bike so I will probably go on another hike as my second cross training too. Just feeling lazy this week in general. I did better on the test then I expected, but I need to study a few things and take it again in order to not have to take a math class, so I was really hoping that stress would be gone from my life, but nope. I also decided last week to pay for this first year back at school out of my pocket instead of taking out loans (I have to do a year of Graduate Special classes in order to apply for the Master's program I want, which makes me a non-degree student that year, which means I get no funding and have to take out private loans or pay out of pocket) and now the thought of how broke I will be for a year is depressing me a little. My job isn't so good that paying like $6,500 out of pocket for school isn't a big deal. But I did pay $6,000 for a car this past year with the same job, so it's obviously possible. Just gotta budget better/never eat out or do anything fun. Excited about not having to take a class this summer though! (that was the original plan) so I will instead spend it working out, enjoying the sun, studying for the GRE and being super cheap.
  11. On the bright side, rocked all of my workouts for the week perfectly. I even got a flat tire on my bike I didn't have the time to fix so I went and did the cycling machine at the gym which was super boring. But I did it. It feels nice being in good shape and being able to run more than at any other point in my life, even if I am still chubby. I am finally going to take that math test on Thursday, so if I pass it I can stop stressing about that and spend my free time doing things I actually find interesting, if not I get another few weeks of stressing and worrying. We shall see. Re-did the practice test and did pretty well, so if all of the questions are EXACTLY LIKE THAT I will do great. haha. Oh on wait my free time will instead be spent studying for the GRE. I should be able to do fine on the math part after all of this studying, but I still need to prepare for the verbal section.
  12. Just read the 21 day challenge stuff. Good luck with the "getting 15 minutes of sunlight a day" one in Bellingham! Other than that it all sounds do-able. Good luck! If you like it/it works out I might give it a try for my next challenge.
  13. So this week is going pretty poorly food-wise. I had my cheat day and ate over two other days. I am just super hungry all the time. I am not making any progress in weight loss or inches lost for the past month or two, despite keeping strictly to my workouts and before this week strictly to my calorie goals, so that is annoying. I think I may look into starting an actual "diet". In the sense of having foods I should and shouldn't eat ie; no sugary sweets (I usually have at least one or two a day and just fit it in my calories), less wheat and carb heavy foods, more servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Its just I tend to get obsessive with that kind of thing and would prefer to just carry on the way I am eating, maybe I will continue calorie counting and wait to see if I get any results by my weigh in this month and if not I will go back to the drawing board.
  14. Followed my plan perfectly on week three. Got all my workouts in, ate within calories 6 days and had one cheat day. Studied a bunch of math too. Hoping this week will go just as well. It's only Monday and I have already went swimming and running. I feel like I am just talking to myself here but that's ok, it is nice to have all of this written down somewhere. I don't think this website is as social as I would like it to be though/I am using it incorrectly as a social medium.
  15. Week two update (a little late): I ate over one extra day, missed my bike ride, and missed one run. Not gonna beat myself up over it though because I couldn't do anything Monday and Tuesday because I was still in California, and I couldn't do anything Friday because I was at the hospital all day. So it would have been miraculous if I did manage to get all of my workouts in that week in only 4 days. This week is much better. It is Friday and all I have left is one weight session and one run. Doing well studying for the math test, I had a friend from work who tutors math on the side come over and help me study last night and now feel a lot better about it. My weight this morning was 164, so I guess my body just loses weight in the weirdest way possible. Like no change for 5 weeks and then bam I am down a few pounds. Just have to remember if I stick to my calories the weight will eventually come off. I took my measurement too, I meant to last month and even wrote down a spot for them but totally forgot to actually measure. As of now I am 37-31-42.5. When I was skinnier my stats were 37-28-38 so I am trying to get back to around that. So only a few inches to lose here and there to fit comfortably into my old pants again.
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