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  1. Been a little while since I've posted, probably because not much has changed. I've been having egg and banana based meals for breakfast, and vege based meals in the evening. Apart from one slip up night, I've been going to bed as planned. I've been getting lazy about getting out of bed in the morning though. I need to nip that in the bud. No bakery food. I'm thinking about it as an option for food less and less. As for exercise... It's still not as much as I feel I should be doing, but I'm at least getting outside for a walk each day. Usually with some purpose (like today I went and bought myself some bathroom scales and a measuring tape from the local store), so I don't really consider it "exercise" because I'm not doing it with the purpose of "getting fit".
  2. Day 10 progress report (though it's a bit early to account for the whole day) Today is going superbly ^^ I only went to sleep at 11:30 last night, but I was up and out of bed this morning at 7:30. Not only that, but I then went for my third zombie walk/jog, came home and had a shower, put a load of laundry on, and it's only 9:45! The zombie walk was a pretty good pace too. I traveled 5.13 km (3.19 miles) in 44:26, giving me a pace of 8 minutes 40 seconds per km. That's 20 seconds under my 9 minute goal It was still the walk-run drills, but in the free form run I walked three minutes, then jogged for 2, walked for 3, jogged for about 30 seconds before I couldn't do much more and walked the rest of the way home. I've got a serving of stir fry with my name on it, so vege goal will be successful today. And no money (or desire, really) to go to the bakery, so that's a successful day all around! Most of the time, I struggle to think of things that I enjoy. I enjoy things in the moment, but when I reflect/analyse them, any enjoyment is drowned in a feeling of apathy. The things I remember fondly (indoor rock climbing and archery are the first things that come to mind) cost quite a bit of money to participate in. That won't be a problem when I get a job (after completing my course/s), but while I'm on social welfare (government payments) I don't think I'll be able to do those sorts of things. Similarly, treating myself with a new game, or book, or other things, is pretty restricted at the moment. Your advice is super welcomed. I feel like I'm not contributing to the rebels, just taking all the support people are willing to give me. I'm not supporting others the way I feel I should be. For that, I apologise.
  3. Hmm. I'm getting slack with my progress reports. This is my second one in four days... I know it's not essential to do them daily, but I feel it's important to keep posting or I throw away all my accountability Let's see... Yesterday, my day 8, went alright. I woke up at 8, which is getting normal for me now. I went to bed at close to 10pm, which is a huge step forward. It took me quite a while to get to sleep, but I'm pleased with myself. Still no bakery food, and I had my serving of stir fry to count as vegetables. My IF was a little rough, as I ate when I woke up, which meant that I had to stop eating at 4pm. I was getting rather hungry about 9pm, but after sleeping, I wasn't hungry anymore. Strange. My exercise/fitness goals seem to have gone completely out the window, as it's been about 4 days since I last went for a zombies walk or did any bodyweight exercising. Today I walked to an appointment and back, which was roughly 3km/1.8 miles each way, so I am doing something active. As for the rest of today, day 9, I woke up nice and early around 7:30. I took longer than I'd like to actually get out bed, but it's a start. For my course starting in a month I'll need to be up and out the door by 7. I haven't eaten my vegetables yet, but they are warming up in the microwave for dinner now. I had some good news today, and had a little bit of money that I could use to celebrate/treat myself. I was seriously tempted by sweet slices/other bakery food that are my usual downfall, but I decided to get a can of fruit salad instead. Planning on another 10pm bedtime tonight, get used to it early then move that time back as necessary in order to get up before 7am.
  4. @SailorV Thanks for the suggestion, when I buy vegetables, I usually do so based on a variety of colours. Carrots and leafy greens are almost always on the shopping list. It's always nice to meet someone that understands through experience, though it's not something I would wish on anyone. I hope you are managing your challenges as well as, or better than, myself Day 6 and 7 progress report Both days have been very similar, in that both diet goals and my sleep goal have been on track, successfully sleeping on time and eating vegetables instead of bakery food or other junk. I'm still having troubles starting exercising on a given day. It still feels like something I have to do, rather than something I get to do. My stirfry from last week lasted longer than I anticipated, and with that combined with me eating less than usual, I only just cooked up my vegetables in another batch of stirfry tonight. Regrettably, the spinach had wilted and gone slimy, and I didn't want to risk eating it. Everything else seemed to be alright, so into the wok it went. The sweet potato (which we call kumara here in NZ), carrots, and swedes are still sitting in the bottom of my cupboard, I forgot I had them until after everything was cooked.
  5. Thank you everyone for your wonderful recipe suggestions <3 I look forward to trying them all out at one point or another. @Mab I'd like that sweet potato and spinach curry recipe, it sounds delicious. My biggest trouble with cooking and roasting is my kitchen set-up. I live in a single bedroom apartment where the kitchenette consists of a minifridge, microwave, and kettle. I also have my own rice cooker and electric wok. There is a communal kitchen in the building that has an oven and stovetop, but I've avoided it for pretty much the entirety of my time in this place. A bit of social anxiety makes me feel super awkward cooking in a room that strangers could walk into at any time. Technically, they are neighbours, but I've barely spoken with them before. Day 5 progress report Back on track today I was in bed at 11:30pm, so I'm ahead of schedule with that. I was up and active a little after 8am this morning. I went for run 2 of week 1 of the Zombies Run 5k yesterday morning. It was raining, and the wind was pretty strong, so I'm pleased with myself for overcoming that challenge. I figured out the timing for the 15 second run/1 minute jog cycle is about 20 steps/60 steps, which allowed me to maintain that cycle through the "free roam" running section. A new problem popped up though... I struggle to keep a regular breathing cycle and count steps at the same time Probably a lack of practice multitasking. I didn't go to the bakery, and I had a couple of servings of vegetables, including spinach with scrambled eggs and a bowl of stir fry.
  6. I can appreciate that. I just don't have the spare money to invest in a gym membership or other similar training aids. As for why I started? It's a disgust with myself for being larger than I was. In day to day life, I constantly fight myself about it, weighing up the effort vs the reward. With weight loss and fitness in particular, the seemingly massive, extended effort required for a positive change far outweighs the perceived benefit of "I can look at myself in the mirror with pride" and "I can jog everywhere". I'm just complaining I know that I keep coming back to this same goal over and over again, so it must mean something to me. I just need to fully commit. It doesn't help that the past three days have been strong winds and rain here. Far from ideal running conditions, but I suppose I'll just have to suck it up and go for it anyway. Progress report for day 4 Seems that I'm writing these on the morning after now, so I'll roll with it. Yesterday was a bit of a slip from my goals. Fitness goal: Surprise surprise, I didn't do a bodyweight workout or go for a walk (for the sake of walking). Doesn't mean I didn't get some form of exercise. I walked about 2.1 km to the fruit and vege store and back, with the trip back carrying what felt to be about 10kg, farmers walk style. Diet goals: I only had one meal yesterday, consisting of 2 eggs, bacon, toast, a sausage, some chips (fries), a meat pie, and a custard slice. So no vegetables, and that was a trip to the bakery. I'm not entirely sure what else to research regarding vegetables. I don't think there's anything else I need to know, other than recipes, perhaps? Sleep goal: Suffered from an "I've just got to finish this" series of events last night, leading me to only get to bed at 2am. On the plus side, I was still awake and out of bed just after 8am. As I said, I slipped up a bit yesterday. I'm very appreciative of the wisdom of this community, because I can still achieve at least 85% on all my goals. With the sleep goals, I allowed myself one day a week grace (I've taken two this week). My fitness goals are similar. I said walk 3x a week and bodyweight 2 a week. If, starting today, I do zombies, startbodyweight, zombies over the next couple of days, I can still achieve that goal for the week. Diet-wise, yesterday was my "once per week at most" at the bakery. I don't count fries as a vegetable though, so that was one day of that goal missed. Ahh well. I'm gonna keep going. "It is acceptable to fail, as long as you don't give up." Below is my haul from the vege shop, and is all my food for the week. Recipe suggestions would be grand <3
  7. Day 3 progress report (on day 4's morning ) Technically still completed the IF, just the time shifted on it. I didn't eat breakfast until about 2-3pm (one bowl of rolled oats with milk), then had a bowl of stir fry about 6:30. Still, had a serving of vegetables, so check. Was in bed trying to sleep at midnight, but only got up at about 9am this morning. Kind of check? Still no bakery food, still a check. Today is payday, so I'll have to be a bit more disciplined than I have been in the previous days. I didn't do any exercise yesterday, another whole day of sitting in front of my computer. That fails the "never 2 in a row" rule. No check for this one today. Overall, day 3 was a success, with 3/4 goals checked off. Yet I still feel like a failure, my motivation is waning, and I haven't been going for long enough to develop discipline with these things.
  8. Day 2 report. Can't really call it a progress report today, I spent the whole day playing video games. Heck, I'm not even writing this report on day 2. However, positive focus. I stuck to the IF, eating one bowl of rolled oats with milk at 10:30am, then one bowl of 'stir fry put in sandwiches using about half a loaf of wholegrain bread finishing at a little after 6pm. Diet quest progress. No money means no bakery food, so another successful day there. I was in bed going to sleep by 12:30am last night, that's going the wrong way. Time to reign it back. But I was up at 8am, which is a good start. My calves are definitely feeling DOMS at the moment, and I missed my day 2 workout. I'll take yesterday as my 'rest day' then continue today as if nothing changed Day two of week one of Zombies Run 5k this evening. In regards to taxation of vegetables, wikipedia has this to say on the matter: In United States tax law, also known as the Mongrel Tariff Act, reduced high tariff rates only marginally, and left in place fairly strong protectionist barriers. The law exempts fruits but not vegetables, which caused tomato importers to sue, claiming that tomatoes are fruit. The unanimous U.S supreme court decision in Nix vs Hedden ruled that, for the purposes of this tariff, tomatoes are a vegetable. It doesn't affect me here in NZ, but I've heard the story about the topic before.
  9. Day 1 progress report I was in bed at midnight last night, and was up and out of bed at about 8:05 this morning, the earliest I've been up in months. It's a great start ^^ Gotta get up earlier still, cos my course starts at 8 And I've got travel time to think about too. But hey, progress already! I did a little bit of research into vegetables, and found that there are various definitions of 'vegetable' depending on whether you're talking in terms of botanics or culinary, or even legally. There's the 'famous' legal case of taxing tomato. The court ruled that it was correctly identified as, and therefore taxed as, a vegetable. However, the court did acknowledge that, botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. At least, that's what wikipedia has to say on the matter. As far as tracking what I've been eating, I had 2 bowls of muesli with milk and one bowl of 'stir fry' that I cooked up (more on that in a second). Still on the IF train, only ate between the hours of 10am and 6pm. I had a bunch of vegetables and some mince (ground beef) that I threw in a wok and batch cooked. Cooking doesn't really excite me, it's a means to an end. But at least I no longer have to worry about cooking anything for the next day or two. All in all, the batch contained (approximately) half a cabbage, two bell peppers/capsicum, eight carrots, four sticks of celery, 400 grams of mince, and a 560 gram jar of honey soy simmer sauce for flavour. The bowl I ate was about a quarter of the batch. So at least one serving of vegetables? I think that's a check ^^ I looked into the links that Karina posted, and I decided to cobble together the various progressions of the startbodyweight exercises into a workout using the easiest progression for each to find which level I was at. Started out with a good warm up, 5 minutes of jogging around my single bedroom apartment Assuming I was doing all the movements correctly (which I think I was) I was able to complete 8x3 of the lowest level progression of all with varying amounts of effort. Except the pull ups, which I could only do 5x3. (Is that the right way to notate that? 3 sets of 5 reps each?) I used the NF beginner cool down to stretch out and wind down. Finished with my first shower in... a week? I don't remember the last time I had one, which means it's been too long. Just another thing to add to the list of things to work on. Anyway, bodyweight workout decided on? Check. Started? Check. I forgot to mention that yesterday I spent more money than I should have on new underwear and shoes to be able to 'comfortably' go for jogs and other exercise based stuff. While that sucks, and means that I'll have to scrimp and save a little to pay my bills for the month, it has the upside that I have no spare money to buy food from the bakery or other unhealthy options. No bakery food today? Check. I've added a picture of what I cooked up, in case anyone is interested. I look forward to reading how everyone else has gone with their challenges
  10. I am constantly in danger of doing this myself. I recently came across the idea of "No zero days", which (when actually put into practice ) will keep me going. The concept is that each day, you achieve something. It could be doing housework. Cooking a meal for yourself. Going for a walk around the block. It doesn't have to be anything strenuous, just something so you don't lose momentum
  11. Absolutely! It's not the end of the world to miss a day. I think the NF way is 'Never two in a row'. Or, to borrow a quote from a Bennett Foddy game; 'This thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. - Mary Pickford'.
  12. Day 0 progress report Over these next few weeks, I'm sure you will all get to know me. One of the things you will learn is that I get impatient fairly quickly. Every minute of every day has to be occupied with something, every movement has to have a purpose. I hate waiting around for plans to come into play. So... I didn't want to wait any longer to start. No time like the present, right? I know I have a problem with portion control when it comes to eating, both at mealtimes and snacking, so I'm giving the intermittent fasting thing a go. I can eat as much as I like between the hours of 10am and 6pm, but outside those hours I can only have water. As far as what I ate today, in total I had 2 bowls of muesli with milk, most of a loaf of wholegrain bread with coleslaw to make some sandwiches, and some amount of water Forgot to track that. The coleslaw had green cabbage and carrot in it, so I think that counts as a serving of vegetables? Haven't done the research yet. Hmm. Suddenly feeling the urge to eat, but it's not because I'm hungry. It is currently 10:30ish pm here, so my bedtime goal is still on target for today. I think I will play video games for an hour, then I'll be "in bed" around 11:30. I haven't yet decided on which bodyweight routine I'm going to go with, I would love advice from someone more experienced about that. However, I did get the Zombies Run 5K app, and I went on my first 'run' with it this evening. I ran/walked around my local rugby fields, I didn't want to look silly putting on random bursts of speed running along the footpath (sidewalk ). According to the app, I covered 4.77 km in 43 minutes 33 seconds, a little over 9 minutes per kilometer. I think I know what my goal pace is for the end of the month: sub 9 min/km ^^ Oh, and my other goal, the no bakery/takeout food? I succeeded at that today I hope y'all's first days go as well as mine has, and long may the success continue ^^
  13. I love these ideas! I binge watch (is it still binging if it's an everyday occurrence?) Youtube a lot, so perhaps I could come up with a "every time a new video loads, do this" or "for as long as there is an ad on screen, do this (no skipping ads)" type of thing. Though I wonder if that would be too much too soon. I had a brief nosey at what geocaching is all about, and I like the adventurous side of it, just exploring and finding something that passers-by wouldn't typically notice. Exciting! I looked into a variation of it called letterboxing, which seems to be very much the same thing, except you use a notebook and stamp like a visa instead of finding and replacing items in the boxes. Not sure why, but that appeals to me slightly more
  14. Great suggestion, thanks I have played Pokemon Go in the past, but (excuses incoming) I don't have enough storage on my phone for that and other healthy apps, and I rarely have enough credit on my phone to pay for the amount of data I chew through playing Go. That being said, there are other options. I've intermittently played a decent chunk of season one Zombies Run main game, walking for the most part, and picking up the pace to a fairly fast run when the zombie alert beeps at me. I'm planning to go back to that, but I think I might do the Zombies Run equivalent of the couch to 5k challenge. I've heard the term podcasts before, but I know very little about what they are. Where do you find them, and what sort of options are there? It's a six month course called "My Career Pathway" at my local polytechnic. Along with general trade skills like using and maintaining tools and learning how to work with different materials, it also gives me a taste of automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. Once that course is completed successfully, I can then go into a 12 month course that specialises in one of those trades, and after that I feel I will be able to comfortably enter the workforce again. I've been unemployed for five years now, after being diagnosed with mild depression in December 2012. Thank you everyone for your advice and support <3 I look forward to going on this journey with you all!
  15. Hey, good luck for your goals! What a clever use of your spare time
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