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Orion.d

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  1. Thanks so much for the support guys, yes the past few months have been horrible... but what can I say, it only gets better from here? I didn't have as much luck on Day 2 and 3, I tried not taking sleeping pills on Day 2 but didn't fall asleep the entire night so ended up having to take them and ended up overeating.. although it was almost all protein. For day 3 I tried no sleeping pills but was very anxious , so I tried switching to another weaker sleeping pill and was only able to stay asleep for 3 hours. It's going to be tough but what I need to do if I can't sleep is just stay awake until the next day so I can tire myself out and get on a schedule. I can usually at least try to do this by doing more than 1 session of cardio (spinning, elliptical or tennis) but with gyms completely closed it's just getting very difficult to do cardio... The running is just dreadful...My bones and joints just can't take running easily. Currently at : 167 lbs, 18% bf (came down 3 lbs since start, but up 1% BF. Cause of BF% is likely overeating before sleeping due to sleeping pill munchies. Haven't been able to do any running but I did weight sessions at home on Monday and yesterday. A local park opened up, they are only taking visitors via reservation, and they are now charging for entry LOL , so I've bought a ticket and will try going on a hike today. Also am going to see if I can find a tennis instructor.
  2. thanks guys, Day 1 , I already did it! First time I've gone to sleep without sleeping pills in almost a year! I had been taking some 2+ sleeping pills per day but last night I ate 2 cans of tuna, a few glasses of milk and went to sleep by 11pm, I woke up at 3am unfortunately, but I just watched some TV and went back to sleep till about 9am. I felt f**king awesome when I woke up! Head so clear... and with knowing that I didn't destroy body with late night Uber eats! I'll update my weight, BF%, activities & diet daily.
  3. Hi guys, I'm late in joining this challenge but I need to get on this now. I"ve hit rock bottom. I'm 43, 170 lbs, 17% bf...Before this whole lockdown started I was in the midst of recovering my life.. i started playing tennis and working out with a trainer 4x a week and putting up decent weight, legs and upper body... and it was the 1st time I was able to play tennis in some 20 years. It took me almost 1.5 years of personal training with a trainer and eating healthy to get to that point and when the Covid lockdown started it all fell apart in just 1 month,, I blew up some 15 lbs, and went from 6% bf to 17% bf and even worse i ran into all types of health issues. I lost my job and had to get a jaw and a knee surgery, i fractured a few of my teeth, and even got bad skin infection. It's been a nightmare to say the least. I've had trouble managing to eat healthy and stay positive. I've been abusing Uber eats and lately eating things like ice cream at night. One big issue i've dealt with is the abuse of sleeping pills (ambien, lunesta). It was bad before but it's gotten horrible as of late. I really want to get off these completely but it's been insanely tough. When i've tried going cold turkey sometimes I don't sleep for days. So here we go, this may not be the most traditional challenge: My goal is to simply get on a low-carb diet and over the next 2 weeks and essentially get to the point where there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I don't annihilate my progress. The challenge is by June 13th: 1) Avoid sleeping pills completely 2) Drop from 17% bf to 12% BF 3) Run at least 4x a week for 20 mins, lift 4x a week (home workouts) 4) Get rid of late-night eating that is potentially causing a sleep disorder: eating between 1pm and 9pm and go to sleep without eating. For me discipline and consistency are the most important, I usually have a personal trainer and a nice gym membership, but I'll have to do this without that. Here are the positives I think I have now: 1) more stable living environment 2) realization that sleeping pills/addictions are fueling the issue 3) we're over the brunt of the Covid issues: gyms should open in the coming month 4) I've got dumbells and home workout stuff 5) I've got Drew from NF coaching me, who has created some great home workouts for me. 6) I've learned to make bone broth, i bought a pressure cooker, I need to take advantage of this 7) I'm now past the majority of my major health issues Wish me luck!
  4. Thanks for the support guys.. I've had trouble motivating due to Covid with all the gyms closed, it's been 3 months now and especially for cardio, the only thing I can do is run, which is painful for me..I used to love spinning classes but of course everything has been closed. After seeing some doctors and being told that my issues are potentially getting serious, I've decided that I really need to eliminate sleeping pills from my life. Today is day 1 of that, I am going to join a challenge and see if I can do it. Cold turkey won't be easy but here goes.
  5. what's up guys, I'd like to say hi and hopefully get a bit of motivation to lose weight and get in shape. I'm 43, 170 lbs, 15% bf...Before this whole lockdown started I was in the midst of recovering my life.. i started playing tennis and working out with a trainer... and it was the 1st time I was able to play tennis in some 20 years. Although I had spent nearly a year getting to that positive point when the lockdown started it all fell apart in a matter of weeks, I blew up some 15 lbs, and went from 8% bf to 16% and even worse i ran into all types of health issues. I lost my job and had to get a jaw and a knee surgery, i fractured a few of my teeth, and even got bad skin infection. I don't get it, i was so healthy just before all of this. I've had trouble managing to eat healthy and stay positive. I was abusing a lot of Uber eats and lately eating things like ice cream at night. One big issue i've dealt with is the abuse of sleeping pills (ambien, lunesta). It was bad before but it's gotten horrible as of late. I really want to get off these completely but it's been insanely tough. When i've tried going cold turkey sometimes I don't sleep for days. I've just about had it with this lockdown and all these side effects. It's time to get things back on track b/c no one is going to make things better for me other than myself. I'd like to start a pretty intense program of lifting and running every day. i signed up with Drew from NF as my coach. I've started cooking homemade bone broth, and I've almost eliminated ordering from Uber eats. I want to drop back to 8% body fat to fit in my clothes again and start putting on muscle again and start playing tennis again. It's really tough for me to work out at home. I have some tough injuries and really need machines to help isolate my muscles and avoid stress areas and I really enjoy the gym as a way of social exposure since i'm introverted ...but I got dumbells and other things now so there are no excuses. I'm going to try to do a basic home workout as designed by Drew and go for a 30 minute run 4 days a week. I'm hoping that this will fix a lot of the health issues i've had lately as well. I think it must be covid-related stress that is causing my body to break down. Wish me luck!
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