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  1. Update: "Well hell" I have accomplished 0 things over the past 2 days. Well, that's not entirely true. Climbing 8 floors of stairs and Yoga has been going strong. My down dog has gotten better (this pose has been a struggle for me) and I have read. I walked all over the city yesterday looking at new places to live. I also started taking carefully portioned meals to work with me as well as logging my food! However, yesterday I also had 3 beers and like.... half a loaf of banana bread, which is like.... a cup of sugar. Oi. Bad Rai was bad again. But today is a new day. Back to working out, tracking and eating well.
  2. OK, now that I've gone back and put down what exactly I've been doing, I can talk about how I'm doing with my goals. As you can see in the previous post, I've been hitting my workouts really hard. My partner has been a huge HUGE support in pushing me to do my best. I dunno what I'd do without him. As for reading.... I've kinda been light on that. I've read for maybe 30 minutes, but that's not quite what I'm aiming for. Hopefully I'll make up for it by reading some extra in the next 2 days. Yoga is going well. It's becoming a habit. I look forward to it now (especially with how hard I've been attacking those workouts.... stretching feels soooo good). My form still is kind of blah, but there's consciousness with it. The same goes for my breathing (BREATHE RAIDHO!!!! BREEAAAATHE) which is good because.... passing out during yoga isn't good for the whole bad-ass adventurer look. Lastly, I've been talking with a few friends about the struggle of my work schedule and its impacts on my diet. I think I have an idea. I'm going to have to do A TON of prep and packaging and get creative with small snacks (my state doesn't require meal breaks *cries*), but I think I can do it. I know diet isn't in my goals for the challenge, but I can't outrun my diet. So yeah, that's it for now. I'm loving it. For the first time I feel like I belong in the fitness world. I don't have a debilitating case of imposter syndrome in the gym. I had an awesome mental breakthrough that I really want to put out there, but it's 02:36 and I'm wayyyy to tired to eloquently word all the thoughts. Plus I think it might do better in a different thread as it might help or inspire people or what have you. I just need to find the right thread.
  3. I realized that I haven't been posting what my workout is. I know that it's not necessary, but I like the idea of logging it here. I'll use that spoiler/hidden content thingy to make the post shorter. Day 1 - 7/27 Day 2 - 7/28 Rest Day 3 - 7/29 Rest Day 4 - 7/30 Day 5 - 7/31 Day 6 - 8/1 Rest
  4. Awesome to hear! It's great to have something like a challenge to help keep some routine/focus. Also, I'm interested to see how your move goes/affects your routine as I too have to move in a few weeks. Also, subbing is crazy fun, but literally one of the most exhausting things I've done. So keep strong! You can crush it dude!
  5. I'm going to be going to my first OCR on 9/24 at the Spartan Sprint at Citizens Bank Park in Philly.
  6. Thanks! Granted.... it would all be a lot easier if I weren't having to work out/get home at 2 or 3 in the morning.... which it is now. I haven't even had dinner! My work does not lend itself to living healthily. Haha.
  7. Today's update is: "Ow" So yesterday I completed my first full circuit workout. Man that things has left me sore in places I didn't know could be sore (curse you bear crawl holds)! It was intense and outside so it was hot and muggy, but I prefer working out outside. Plus I figured training in the summer heat was better for gearing up for my first OCR. Yoga is going well. On advice from a friend, I've started recording myself on my phone so that I can watch my form better. Apparently my yoga form is atrocious (then again in general my form is a weakness). So I'm focusing now on getting that down. I haven't gotten to walk with the dog and the boyfriend due to scheduling insanity, but I have been working out with the boyfriend, so I'll go ahead and check that as a success. Lastly, for my reading, I'm starting to re-read Watchmen. It's been 10 years since I've read that book and face it, high school Raidho had way less life experience at the time and most of the book probably flew over his head. I'm getting there. Step by step. I'm honestly flabbergasted at how motivating keeping a thread about my progress is. It's weirdly addicting. I think I might buy a notebook to keep as a fitness journal as well.
  8. The Bad News: So, my seminar/luncheon thing with my boss's boss went well. I enjoyed myself. I think I made a good impression. However, I got home at 2am (having not eaten dinner) and, in order to make the class on time, I had to get up at 7am so I could leave on time. So yesterday I was running on about 4 hours of sleep. By the time I had gotten home at 8, I was so tired that I made the call that it would be unsafe for me to try to do anything strenuous. So no progress on the workouts. The Good News: Yoga/stretching is going well. It's encouraging to already see some small changes in my flexibility. I haven't missed that yet! I also finished my first book! I know that my biggest focus is getting stronger and faster for the Spartan Race, but I'm proud of the small victories. I'm seeing a change in the way I feel and my general outlook. I'm much happier. Also, fuck yeah for 2 updates. New record! Lol. And that's a start, right? As long as I keep pushing the envelope, it's laying down the strong foundation for the grand life changes, right?
  9. Yeah.... that's the downside to running a movie theatre. You end up having to work out at strange times. It's vaguely problematic with getting decent rest as well (ie. Last night I got home at 2am and had to be up at 7am)
  10. Day 1 is complete! Woke up, had a really good yoga session. I can already notice slight differences in my flexibility (I'm on day 5 of a 30 day yoga thing). Which is nice. Stiffness has been a challenge for me. Work was brutal. There were some insanely severe storms that knocked out power in the area.... except for my movie theatre. So where did everyone go when all the resaturants and shopping places closed down? You guessed it. I didn't get out of work till 1:45am. After getting home at 2:15am, I was so worn (and starving. I hadn't eaten in 10 hours) and it was so tempting to just plop down on the couch and eat dinner. Instead I laced on my workout shoes, grabbed my partner and my dog and went on a 30 minute jog (10 minutes warming up with a brisk walk, 20 minutes of jogging). Sooooo sweaty, but good. Did some stretches and finally food and then bed. Now I'm off to do my yoga for today. Also, I'm meeting with my boss's boss today and tomorrow I have a luncheon seminar with said uber boss and the VP of operations for my company, So wish me all the luck.
  11. Ok, so I'm a week late on jumping into the challenge. My last challenge blew up in my face, well not so much blew up as underwhelmingly fizzled out. So, on some good advice from a certain ambassador, I'm trying this again and this time there will be updates even if the update is "oh crap... nothing wa accomplished today". Working on sticking to accountability will be a thing for me in this challenge. Since I'm late i'll make this simple. I'm focusing on pretty standard things for right now. GOAL ONE Yoga every morning & stretches every night GOAL TWO Successfully follow the Couch to Sprint training plan from Spartan everyday GOAL THREE Read for at least one hour everyday GOAL FOUR Go one a 10-15 minute walk with my boyfriend and the dog 3 or 4 times a week Bonus Meditate for 10-15 minutes everyday I have a spartan race coming up on September 24th, which means it's time to kick myself into gear and push. I'm focusing on making the hard choices: Walk up the 8 floors to my apartment, choose water of soda, do the things that push the boundaries and challenge me to live more and live better.
  12. I'm the king of unfinished health/workout goals. Life gets hectic, I have a bad week, something happens and I'm off the wagon. This time I'm back for good though.... and I started off by jumping off a cliff. Literally. OK, so it wasn't a HUGE cliff, it was like.... a 15-20 foot drop. But still, it was freaking terrifying. And that's what's been my motivation. Doing things I'm scarred of. This includes sucking it up and signing up for something I've always wanted to do, but always backed out of... a Spartan Race. Now, to be clear, it's a Spartan Sprint, not a full length race. However, it's still going to be the hardest physical challenge I've undergone. The best part is that it cost a lot of money and so now I can't back out. So from now on, I'm pushing myself to be uncomfortable. I'm choosing the harder route and doing the things that I was always too scared of doing. In fact I'm not looking at a trip to jump off a 28 foot cliff. Yay! *Asks the gods why he's doing this to himself*. The upshot is that I'm more sore that I've ever been, I'm more tired than I've ever been.... and oddly I've never felt this good. This time it will stick.
  13. Hey! So there's a Spartan Sprint coming up on 9/24/16 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philly. I was wondering if there were any rebels that might also be running it. This will be my very first run, so I'm a little intimidated. Hopefully I'll see y'all around! -Rai
  14. Is anyone planning on running the Spartan Sprint at Citizens Bank Park on 9.24?
  15. I'm in Wissahickon/Roxborough right up against the park.
  16. Hahah good! Being in over my head and dragged back places is what I need at first. *puts on face-kicking boots*
  17. *Takes a deep breath* Ok I got this.... Ok I'm back for my second challenge. Let's hope I can stick to it this time. Last time I let myself get derailed and then defeated not again. So, they say any good journey starts with the few first steps and theses are mine. So what Have we got? Goal 1: Keep a food log. I just re-upped my food supply, I have everything separated into portions. If I can log the things I eat, hopefully it'll get far more aware of my macros and help me control my tendency to snack endlessly. Goal 2: No more than 2 consecutive days out of the gym. I'm going to be following the workout plan I have, but for now I'm more interested on focusing on building the habit and getting into the gym. I'm good once I'm in there and working out. The problem is that I work long, late hours and run around a lot for my job. Consequently, I tend to be "too tired". Goal 3: Find at least one geocache a week. My partner and I love geocaching. We never go out any more. Too easy to be lazy when not adulting. It shouldn't be hard to go out and nab one geocache on a day off. BONUS GOAL: Learn one new ASL sign a day. So keep me on this folks, if I disappear, if I don't update once a week, come find me. Drag me back ok? One foot in front of the other. Keep on swimming. You can do this. Gird your loins everyone, Raidho's heading out into the world.
  18. You are now my inspiration for updating. I'm bad at posting updates to my challenge, meanwhile you're on it every day. My ex always wanted me to go caving with him, but I wouldn't go. Honestly, it's because I wasn't sure I'd have the strength and stamina to keep up or take care of myself if we ended up in a tight spot. However, as I've been getting back into shape, I've become way more interested in hiking and things. I'm thinking maybe I should give caving a shot. You certainly made it seem obnoxiously cool. Also, way to go with the push up progress. I know people in amazing shape that still avoid doing push ups. To work on achieving even 50 is badass!
  19. I think it's a perfectly reasonable goal to lift a man over your head. So when you talk about tightness in the thighs and knees, are you talking in the sense of stretching/flexibility? I can handle the burn of the work out, but ask me to sit down and touch my toes.... nope. I just keep stretching a little further by further and I've made progress. I used to have the same problems like Meesa, where squats used to hurt my knees (actually lunges were the worst) but keep at it and it'll get better. It seems like your Cardiac Hill might help with that while still being low impact.
  20. Hey hopefully it isn't too late for me to poke my face around here. If I could be any assassin-y type character... as tempting ans awesome Ezio Auditore would be to pick..... I would have to say I'd want to be Deadpool. I mean look at those sweet moves! But I like some wit with my anti-heroes. My first challenge got off to a little bit of a rough start, but that's on me, no excuses. I've gotten into the rhythm and have been attacking those goal every day since.
  21. Welcome (though I'm new as well)! It sounds like you've got a pretty awesome set up as far as available equipment, though I certainly understand scheduling being an issue. I've also had to deal with less than enthusiastic co-workers. Every one thinks I'm crazy getting out of the gym at 5 am at the end of a 12 hour shift. It's also crazy de-motivating (I'm not sure if that's a word) to have co-workers that seem to make you feel outcast for wanting to be in shape. What I do is just focus on my goals and stay enthusiastic about my progress. Usually they either catch the bug or I end up using their lack of enthusiasm to fuel my fire and remind me of my old mentality/the mentality I don't want to have. I look forward to hearing about your adventures in getting back into routine!
  22. UPDATE TIME! So I won't lie... my challenge got off to a rocky start.... ok so it didn't start at all at first. However, I finally pushed myself to get going. I stopped saying that I didn't have the time and energy because of work, and started looking at working out as an energy boost and as something I wanted to do, even if it would mean less free time. So, technically, it's been a week. Thus far I have been working out. I'm trying to stick to one day on one day off, but my schedule has made it look more like.... two days on, one day off. But I figure as long as I'm not overworking myself, and getting recovery time, while still actually making it to the gym.So far I'm just happy that I'm getting there regularly. I forgot how addicting the gym can be. As far as fast food, I've been able to avoid it. Though, I've had to alter my definition slightly. As much as I'd love to be able to meal plan and lay out food to ensure I'd be able to eat right, my living situation isn't really conducive to that (though that should be changed in the next month). Thus, I've realized that, on occasion I'm stuck eating Wawa hoagies, or chipotle every now and then, but I have sworn off all the fried, greasy chains. It's not perfect, but it's a start and I'm always trying to make the best decision, even if it's the lesser of 2 evils. Yoga, however, is a bit of a struggle. Flexibility is something that I'm lacking. While I know that yoga will help improve that (and I am stretching a lot), it just has been farther down on my priority list. Hopefully NerdFitness yoga will roll out soon and give me something to hold onto. In other news..... apparently I don't totally hate running. It's hard... .and not necessarily my favorite, but I've been having nice 20 minutes jog. I have a friend who's worked a ton on their body and through talking with him, I discovered the fact that I need ankle wraps. These have helped SOOOOOO much. I just need to get a torso wrap or a compression shirt because my belly fat starts to get a lil painful after running a while. And yes, I've been reading an hour every day.
  23. Greenjasper - Currently I'm re-reading The Complete Hitchiker (faux)Trilogy. I'll read about anything you set in front of me. I'm terrible at picking out a good book to read, though. Jaex- Thank you! I thought hard and realized that I wanted to kinda cover all my basis since this is challenge one for me. I figure I can always focus in more with each other challenge.
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