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  • Birthday 03/31/1986

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  1. Challenge is not going well. I am lacking on motivation and failing on discipline. Need to re-evaluate my goals (short / long term). On the plus side, the weight is down a couple pounds for the first time in a while.
  2. How is week 1 going for you buddy? Great to have you back. I am still struggling to climb out of the hole I buried myself in. As I read your first post, I swear that the entire time the song "The Boys are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy was going through my head, as a soundtrack. Good job on getting yourself back into the gym regularly and on the first 13 lbs lost!!! Congrats! Keep up the hard work. You're my hero Scotty!
  3. So as of writing this challenge up yesterday, I made a couple very difficult (for me) choices to forgo participating in some revelry. I was tempted to say, "Well... I'll start next week when the challenge actually starts up..." But I figured it would probably be a lot easier/better to draw a firm line in the sand. So... that was good. I have been under-sleeping the past few nights and need to work to continue to improve that (since getting my fitbit, it has been easier to track my actual sleep habits, also has been terrifying to realize how poor my habits are in practice). First thing first... diet. No drinks... That will not be easy, but I'm totally going to keep doing it. Hm... now I need to upload some pictures: Some StarCraft inspired Pylons (per the reference in the title & related to my name), then some sneaky snakes and maybe even some throwback Hulk. I keep fighting off Ranger-Brain (which is lurking in the background telling me I should sleep 9 hours EVERY night on top of my 12-ish that get allocated to work... that I should be cooking all my meals, doing an hour of yoga a day, doing some morning jogging and meditating, learning all the new things, working out every night, and of course working in a few extra burpees...) Last challenge I significantly increased my overall activity level (from nothing to something). Now I need to focus my willpower on keeping out the bad. Then I will slowly start rebuilding in the good.
  4. This title was long overdue, as is a refocus and re-spawn of my efforts. Last challenge I kept it simple, and I did... okay. This challenge I am going to keep it simple. Continue my good habits built last challenge and build new ones. My biggest weakness (to achieving my ends)... my largest source of excess calories is drinks. Disclaimer, I do not drink carbonated beverages ever (I cut those out completely a few years ago). However, wine and craft brew... sigh... I need to give up (while I am in a "cut" mindset). In a future endeavor, I will seek to add them back in when my goal is more "maintenance" aligned. This gives me a lot of heartache, fear, nervousness, anxiety; because I really enjoy drinking. I just struggle to do it in moderation, and it would be the easiest way for me to drop a TON of calories. Being a "heavyweight" is a curse. So the obvious solution, is to cut it out, cold turkey, 100%, no exceptions, starting today. That will be my only primary goal for this challenge. There is no grading; this is a pass/fail thing. I will prevail, but I know it will be hard. It will take all my focus, at least until I get over the first few weeks (where it will be VERY difficult). Especially considering I have stores laying around the house (that I don't necessarily want to just throw away either). Some of what I have on hand was actually a "gift"... sigh... so the debate will be to either re-gift (I will have to let my friend know), or to hold onto it for a few months and think of it as an incentive / reward. I have been stuck in the 250-255 lbs range for a long time now. I want to break out. I actually had my weight stable at 235 lbs for about 6 months last year, but then it started slowly climbing back up a half pound a week. I know I cannot outrun my poor eating habits and that they (specifically the liquid portion) need to change in order to align with my long-term goals. I also need to get back into the gym and lifting heavy things on a regular basis again. But first things first... improve diet... continue to be more active. Along the "activity" train of thought... I got a Fitbit Blaze a month & a half ago and have been using that to hold myself accountable. It gives me weekly summaries (as well as daily progress) through the app on my activity. I have been using that data as an incentive to increase my activity. Little-by-little, improving my health.
  5. Well... I stayed break-even on the weight. I actually hit 20 minutes a day of walking, as an average, though I did not get out every day to do it. But... I did not hit my goals on food. So next challenge is going to be about cleaning up my diet. 0 treats. My cardio points for the week goal was 4+ and the results were: 3, 4, 3, 6, 3, 2 with an average of 3.5 Overall I would grade myself a C+ on this challenge. I put in more effort than I had been for the past several months, but I need to up the ante. I will create my new challenge here shortly and update the links in my signature. I am going to give myself credit for this challenge by adding a level, but I am not going to award any bonus to stats.
  6. Better. Much better. The heat wave finally ended yesterday. Work is calming down. Thanks for checking in! Eating better. Started cooking at home. Went to the gym. Got in a few extra exercises already this week.
  7. Week 1 Summary: Bad news first Well there was some good mixed in with the bad, but if I was grading myself, a 60% would be generous (better than a 0% at least). I only got 3 cardio points, only walked 3 days, and ate 4 treats... I saw improvement in my sleep schedule. I got out the foam roller and used it on 2 different occasions and felt great thereafter. Must continue. Also got addicted to a great book and read 400 pages between Friday evening & Saturday afternoon (better IMHO than a weekend of Netflix at least). A minor disclaimer: mitigating my underwhelming week was the fact that it was balls hot here in Michigan last week. Like 90-96 degrees every day (32-35C)... and humid... and it did not cool down much in the evenings, for the past 9 or 10 days now. Guys... I am a polar bear / yeti... I do not do well in this extreme heat and am anxious for fall to start up in earnest. Action plan: Make week 2 less weak (I only just barely resisted the temptation to replace "less weak" with "great again") - No treats Week 2 (to make up for doubling my allowance in week 1) - Walking every day at lunch (until I start getting up in mornings to do this) - Going to do a BBWW tonight - Going to shop for groceries tonight (on my way home from work) to start cooking at home more - Continue improving sleep (stay away from video games) - I am contemplating / experimenting with some intermittent fasting techniques
  8. Weekend 0 summary: 2 weeks ago I got a Fitbit Blaze because I was interested in tracking my heart rate (during sleep, racquetball, etc). This past Saturday I think I blew its mind. I got in over 30,000 steps, over 14 miles of distance, and spent 4 hours with my heart rate over 130 bpm and another 4 hours between 100-130. It was like an all-day cardio-fest. Started with 2.5 hours of racquetball in the morning and then I went to a food-truck festival with a few buddies in the afternoon (lots of walking) and ended the day by going to an Irish Music Festival which meant more walking and some dancing / jumping around in the evening. Was a great weekend. Lots of sleep (as a data-nut, I really enjoy that it tracks sleep cycles too). Anyway, so today I still need to get out and so some walking this evening to hit goal 1. And I will keep goals 2 & 3 in mind as I go. I weighed in this morning at 253.8 lbs. and right around 27% body fat. Hope everyone is having a great Day 1!!!
  9. Awesome challenge DrFeelgood! Here to stalk & admire. Love the charts & data you rep.
  10. I read this as I am literally eating an apple covered in peanut butter. I didn't even realize how real the hive-mind is until just now.
  11. What the Doc said ^ ... #dreamjob
  12. I stumble into the bar with clothing wet, ragged and torn. Flop heavily down onto barstool and lament to the tune of yon folk song... "I've been a wild rover for many a year and spent all me money on whiskey and beer. And now I'm returning with gold in great store, I never will play the wild rover no more." * Barkeep, I'll take a dram o' whiskey. "If I stop drinking all at once, I'm afraid the cumulative hangover would kill me." Ha, wiser words ne'er spake *
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