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  1. I just completed my first 4-week challenge last month, so time to move on to #2! Some things from last challenge worked out, and some things did not, so I'm going to change up my goals a little bit. Challenge Goals: 1) Get down to 130 lbs. I'm currently at 134 (the lowest I've been able to get down to and maintain since I had my kids 2 years ago), so 4 pounds in 4 weeks should be doable. 2) Release my latest book (the one I aaaalmost finished during the last challenge) and write at least 50% (about 30k words) of my next one - July is CampNano month, so hopefully this will keep my wordcount on track! I'll complete these goals by: 1) Workout 2x a week - I had trouble with this last month, but am determined to get it in this time around! 2) Eat 'real food' at least 5/7 days a week with batch cooking! - I learned last month that if I do not have ready-made healthy food to grab quickly, I tend to reach for the snack closet when thing get hectic (and with 2 young kids, they get hectic quite often!) 3) Continue intermittent fasting, which has been going pretty well for the last month, and has definitely helped to limit the number of calories I eat a day. 4) Write 8k words a week on my new novel (book#2), while editing my one from last month (book#1) for release on July 7th. Between working out 2x a week, batch cooking healthy food, and intermittent fasting, I am hopeful that I will make my 130 mark : ) Current weight: 134 Current word count: 0
  2. Whelp, the challenge is over and I haven't quite met my goals, though I feel like I have had some improvements. This past week I've been really sick - I must have caught what my kids had 2 weeks ago - so no workouts were done. However, I did manage some batch cooking, so my diet didn't go completely to hell and I kept my weight steady at 134, so not bad. I am really struggling with the pullups, though not getting my workouts in every week definitely contributed to that. I'll get there, though. I just have to keep working on it. I am almost finished my book, though! Writing was one of the few things I've been able to do while sick last week, so I got plenty of that in! Release date will be a little later than I had hoped, but only by a week, so not terrible. I am just pretty dang happy to have kept my weight at 134. I started this challenge at 136, but my usual weight is 138, and anytime I lose any weight, I always rebound right back to 138 after a few weeks, so the fact that I have been staying at 134 for the past few weeks is encouraging. It means I'll have a new starting weight for beginning the next challenge and if all goes well, maybe I'll come out of that with an even lower starting weight. Small wins I think I will focus on the batch cooking and keeping my diet steady until it just becomes a habit, then I will start back in on my pullup goals. All in all, not bad for my first challenge, and I am getting excited for the next one! Current Weight: 134 Current Pullups: 1
  3. This week has been a bit better than last. I did not end up getting my workout in last Thursday, but I made sure to get a workout in Saturday to make up for it, even though I was away for the weekend. My diet went to crap over the weekend, but I made sure to batch cook for this week to help me stay on track. I also got my workout in yesterday, so I'm on track this week. I am still struggling with pull ups, but I'm still working on it. I went up slightly in weight, not surprising after how much crap I ate over the weekend, but I'm hoping to drop another pound this week. Oh, I've also finally started getting some writing in and made up for the first two weeks of not writing a word. I'm currently back on track to finish my book this month, so that's exciting! Current Weight: 134 Current Pullups: 1
  4. That's great! I love when things just fall into place like that. Good luck!
  5. Sounds like your doing well, keep it up! Do you have any upcoming competitions scheduled?
  6. Thanks <3 I love your avatar too! Yes, 5:30 is early, especially after working out! And this past week my sick kiddos have now been getting up by 4:30! Argh! What I wouldn't give to sleep in, just one morning! Heck, to be able to sleep until 7am would be incredible Wow, IF must be so hard with shift work! With the same windows, my stomach gets used to only having food at certain times so it makes it so much easier, but if your windows are constantly shifting, how do you ever adjust? I feel like I would be hungry all the time! I've never heard of the pavel tsatsouline method for pullups but I will definitely look into it. Thanks for the advice! I am soooo close to completing 2 in a row Thanks! I write mostly fiction (fantasy and romance) though I have written some nonfiction. I haven't written a word in a couple weeks now though - there has just been so much else going on. Sick kids, end of school year ceremonies and field trips. Hoping to change that next week. I really need to get this next book out
  7. Hey all, sorry I haven't updated yet. My kids got sick on Saturday - one caught a cold and bad cough and the other had a really high fever, then after a few days they switched; the one with the cold got the high fever, and the one with the fever caught the cold and cough. I don't think I got more than 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night since last weekend. It has been a long week! They are both better now, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to get my Tuesday workout in or any walks this week for that matter, though I did complete both workouts and all walks last week. I am hoping to get my workout in later today because I really don't want to miss 2 in a row. At least I have been sticking with intermittent fasting and I have been working on my pull-ups, even though I haven't been able to get a full workout in. Luckily I prepped a week's worth of lunches over the weekend before everyone got sick, so I have been pretty good on my food intake and have lost a couple of pounds, even with missing my walks and workout this week. I am down to 134 from 136, and though I know its probably just water weight, it is nice to see something move in the right direction. Hopefully, next week will go more smoothly and the kids don't get sick again. Thank you all for your encouragement Current weight: 133 # of pullups: 1 (but I'm soooo close to getting that second one!)
  8. Just wanted to pop in and say good luck! It's my first challenge too, and I am also motivated by checking things off! Lol, I think the gold stars idea is great
  9. Yeah, I've heard good things about intermittent fasting. I'm hoping to see some results from it. At the very least, it will keep me from snacking at night while watching tv. I've only been eating between the hours of 10am and 6pm, and I try to get my jog or workout done early, before 10am, because I read that working out in a fasted state was better for weight loss. I have a daily tracking sheet to mark off to keep track. For pull ups, I am doing them twice a week along with the body weight workout 2a/b.
  10. I love barbell weight lifting, though I'm only doing the body weight beginner routine for this month. I tend to injure myself with weight lifting by doing too much too fast, then I'm forced to take a month or more off to heal, which screws up any momentum I build. I would like to focus on getting better with pull-ups and push-ups first, before starting again with heavy weights, though I do have a set of rings I've been trying to improve on, but it is HARD. I haven't been able to make any head way with the rings, though it remains a goal of mine to do a muscle up eventually.
  11. I'm new to Nerd Fitness and have never participated in a challenge before, though I've been reading all of the Nerdfitness articles and blog posts for the past year or so. I've tried to implement some changes; some have stuck (yay to black coffee!), most have not (bread, you tempting devil...). So I figure posting here and getting a little accountability might help me sustain some changes and give me some momentum. For the next four weeks, my challenge quests are: lose 5lbs be able to do 3 pull-ups finish writing my latest book. In order to make this happen, I plan on: strength training at least 2x/week run or walk 2x/week start intermittent fasting write at least 5k words a week Current Weight: 136 Current # of pull-ups: 1 So far this week I completed both my workouts and ran twice, so that's a win! I've only slipped up one day this week in terms of intermittent fasting. I really need to start meal prepping on the weekends to help keep me from grabbing processed crap when I don't have the time to cook something. In terms of writing, I got NOTHING written all week, so fail on that. I've been trying to get up earlier in the mornings to get a little writing done (my son is up by 5:30 every morning, so I would like to get up by 4:30) but since this is the first time in months that I have started strength training again, I have been way too exhausted this week to get up that early. Hopefully, by next week my body will have adjusted somewhat and I'll be able to get an hour in the morning for writing.
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