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PolishTiger67

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  1. Yes! Pullups aren't as common on their daily workouts, but they have monthly plans to address exercises that use a pullup bar. Those will be the ones I'll have the most "fun" with.
  2. One of the main parts of my last challenge was to come up with some long-term goals. I found an old WWII fitness test that sets some great mile markers. I need the following to achieve the lowest GOOD score: 10 Pullups 31 Pushups 39 Jump squats 52 Sit-ups 31 Squat thrusts My long-term goal would be to finish this test with the above results by the first day of Summer, June 21st. In order to achieve this, I am going to incorporate each of these moves into workouts that I'm already doing. I also have the goal of eating one cheat meal per week. That would be a challenge right now so I am going to give myself two cheats per week. For the Thanksgiving Gauntlet, I have the following goals: 1. Limit cheat meals to 2 per week 2. Do the Darbee workout of the day 6 days out of the week
  3. This weekend wasn't terrible. Much better than weekends past. I'm realizing that I need to get short bursts of workouts done during the work day, 45 min of work then a break to get a quick 5ish min workout in. I can do this about 5 times a day. Darbee is a great resource for those kinds of workouts. A long term goal I'm considering is physical feats such as amount of push ups, pull ups, crunches, etc. I need to boil down what that will be for the coming challenges and put a goal date to have things done, possibly Summer?
  4. Big family deal this weekend. I let myself enjoy it. It's funny how celebrations always have food that isn't good for you. I need to remind myself that it's not about the food, rather, it's about the company. I need to try and get into that mindset before the holidays arrive. That would be another long-term goal to flesh out. Biking to work isn't going to pan out. There is enough going on at home that I need to be around at lunch time. I'm going to try working out at work prior to going home or come in early. It's hard to get my mind in workout mode when I'm at home. The darbee workouts seem simple yet they have the ability to amp things up from the beginner workouts. I will start the Pathfinder RPG workout routine TONIGHT even though I'm probably going to get home late. I need to stop making excuses for not getting even a small workout in.
  5. I ended up getting COVID last week and it had it's own agenda. I'm back to normal now and I can focus back on my 3 goals. I considered my 3rd goal which is to journal about possible long term goals. I ended up wearing a shirt from years ago and it was a little more snug than I like. One long term goal would be to comfortably fit into a size large instead of XL. I've switched to XL in recent years which isn't that bad, I'd just like to know that I met the challenge of fitting back into shirts that I use to wear in college!
  6. I've been on and off with many aspects of life this past Spring/Summer. We are having another baby next year and at this rate I am keeping up with my historical reevaluation of my existence as a human being after learning of a new family addition (cue EPIC DAD music). I do well when I start slow with tangible, short-term goals, however, long-term goals tend to escape me. Our family lives a marathon lifestyle that makes adjustments in the middle of the race when needed. Perhaps this is a tipping point for one of those adjustments, especially when considering the long term. Here's what I have for this challenge: 1. Prevent myself from tanking after the kids go to bed by having a protein shake made up and ready to go prior to their bedtime 2. Ride bike to work 2 days a week (8 miles round trip). I've been doing this for a few weeks. I'm putting this on the list to achieve consistency. 3. Journal weekly (at least) with the purpose of focusing on bettering myself and nobody else (other parents will understand). Power to the players!
  7. I've been on and off the wheel horse this past year. The last challenge was in the Fall. Since then I've gained, lost, did a Whole 30, worked out less, and everything else in between. I'm a dad of multiple children so I have to remember to give myself grace. I simply don't have the mind space to handle what I use to in college. The whole 30 I did was a real eye opener for what my body needs and what it doesn't. I've done a good job of making substitutes for wheat based carbs when they are available. The way I ate on the whole 30 legitimately made my body feel good, inside and out. Is it sustainable? I'm not sure it is during this season. Can I take learned lessons and apply them to post whole 3o life? Boom baby I can! I have trouble tanking at the end of the day when the kids are down. I could have a good day of eating right but sometimes it just hits me after they are in bed. I'd like to try some kind of activity directly after their bedtime to set me straight for the rest of the evening. 1. Get at least 10k steps a day 2. Schedule a cheat meal one meal per week (will take some discipline) 3. Spend time doing some artwork directly after the kids are in bed
  8. Started Ezra last night. I'm going through the OT and trying to cover the books that I haven't given much attention to in the past.
  9. I felt great about the last challenge. I lost two pounds and got 10k steps or more each day. I learned to take things slow and to rejoice in the small victories. The past two weeks at work have been crazy and I've been pulling my load and my supervisors because of covid. It did a number on me and I tanked on Halloween candy repeatedly. This month I'm going to start planning out a large scale goal, whether it is a goal weight, number of reps, etc. and see what I can do to get there. This month I just need to get back on it. Here are my three: 1. Get AT LEAST 10k steps a day 2. Keep a food journal and assess how certain food choices could be substituted for a healthier option 3. Read the Bible every day I may be starting late but I'm ready to jump back on it!
  10. Weight: 219.2 This week has been pretty packed but I didn't let that get to me. I only ran once and did not do any other workouts. What I lacked in workouts I made up in labor. We've been doing work on the house and I've spent a good amount of time digging. This has put me way over on my 10k steps with almost 20k today. I'll take it in place of the lost exercise. Eating was decent this week (I even turned down popcorn at the movies). I had a good amount of pizza today which was the only major cheat this week. I'm good with that! My weight hasn't moved much which I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I've kept up my steps and I'm making a conscious effort to pull back on my eating. Weight isn't really a goal during this challenge. Maybe next time.
  11. Whew boy! I tanked on my eating big time. We had a big family celebration this weekend and I didn't hold back. I'm so ready to not eat junk food today (Monday). The food was good but I had to eat a lot of it to really make me feel full. Just goes to show how much nutritional value is in that stuff. It's a new week this week and a get together like that rarely happens. I'm considering making a defined cheat meal per challenge period. Nothing quite like this weekend though...that was too much to do even on a 5 week basis. I did get my 10k both days which is a win. I need to keep up my off day workouts in check this week. I need to get use to doing 15 min. I thought I'd jump in and start 30 min but I ended up not doing it because I wasn't looking forward to it. 15 is more than doable and I want to build from there. Small steps!
  12. 10k steps before lunch! Had a 25 minute run this morning and it was a straight up win. I need to find a more substantial morning snack. I also need to keep an eye on the carbs. I'm not eating donuts or the like. I just need to make sure I get an ample amount of other foods in, especially veggies and protein. I want to make sure to do well the rest of today and tomorrow because we're celebrating a big day Saturday.
  13. 10k steps. Decent eating. I’m going to plan out my food for tomorrow this evening. 15 min card workout. Rough night with the kids last night so I’m running on fumes. Overall, a good day.
  14. I didn't keep quite a much momentum this weekend. I ate what I said for Friday but I made a few blunders along the way. I keep telling myself I need to start planning out my meals. It's not impossible but it takes some work. I've still hit 10k each day which is a win. I didn't workout this weekend, tackled some big house projects. I'm ready to be back on track this week.
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