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  1. Like the title says. I'm doing this 40 day "bootcamp" thing, that consists of 2x per week bootcamp classes, unlimited access to other fitness classes (zumba, bikram yoga, kettlebells) and a meal plan. Unfortunately having seen the meal plan, I'm pretty disappointed. Not that the meals themselves are bad, but it's so poorly put together that it would be a total pain in the butt to follow (no batch cooking, lacking portion sizes on many meals, no indication of how many servings a recipe makes, no guide for substitutions or explanations of overall philosophy or targets on anything.) I'm going to follow the basic nutritional schema for it - Paleo + non-gluten grains and legumes + minimal dairy (basically just a little cheese here and there), but use my own recipes and planning. I'm playing with using 21 day fix portions, so we'll see how that part goes. As for the workouts, I am aiming to hit a minimum of 4 classes per week. My sister is gunning for 5-6/week although I'm not sure if that's sustainable. We can dream though. So I'm going to do this as a 5-week challenge starting on Oct 24th, since the bootcamp will then run for the whole length of the challenge. The food part: I'm going to track macros, and report meals and data here. Since I'm playing around with things right now, I'm not going to make a really specific food goal, but I will lose a point for each variance to the above plan (Gluten, alcohol, sweets, junk food, excessive dairy, carbs over 120g) 1 pt/day for reporting here. Aiming for 6 points per week after subtractions. A : 30 B : 25 C : 20 D : 15 F : <15 The workout part: This is easy. Go to at least 4 classes per week. Bonus points if I do any of the at-home body weight workouts they've given us. If I do 10 at home workouts, as well as meet my overall class goal, I get to buy some new workout clothes! I pt per class workout: A : 20 B : 16 C : 12 D : 8 F : <8 The drinking part: I really cut back on alcohol consumption last challenge, which was good. I am aiming to completely cut it out for this challenge though! Exciting. It's unnecessary, expensive and totally contrary to my goals. A : 0 alcoholic beverages B : 2 C: 4 D : 6 F : >6 And I'm leaving it at that. I'm not adding a life goal, because I really want to put my full effort into nailing this, and I don't want another goal distracting me, or giving me a false sense of success.
  2. Hello Rangers! This will be my first challenge not as a Warrior. Last challenge, I completed my first Powerlifting competition with a 1045lb total and then decided I wanted to pull a complete 180 and changed my training to focus on building endurance capabilities and functional strength. End goal is to cut weight, improve endurance ability, and prepare to run my first Spartan Race and/or GoRuck event within the next year. About me for those I don't know, I recently moved to the city(Boston) from the suburbs and loving it(besides having a longer commute to work). This past year and a half or so, I ran many different powerlifting templates(SL 5x5, 5/3/1) and focused on competing in that sport, which I did successfully, and managed to drop my weight from 362lbs down to 315lbs as of this morning. I am now close to the gym my powerlifting coach owned and that my friend from high school teaches classes at. They support any and all goals that involve moving heavy things or lasting through the longest of endurance events. The gym is sponsored by GoRuck and Spartan Race so a great deal of their classes focus on prepping for events like that and it feels assuring to me that the coaches have run through some of the longer endurance events out there(GoRuck HCLs, Winter Death Race, Spartan Summer and Winter Agoge, etc). Last challenge I started working out before work on Wednesday and Friday mornings and then once or twice on the weekends. The Warriors noted that the workouts sounded an awful lot like Crossfit and I resisted the fact that they were similar. But, now I suppose I am drinking the Kool-aid even though it isn't officially a Crossfit gym. I am really liking the change from strict powerlifting to a variation of lifting and conditioning work. With all that being said, this brings me over here to the Rangers!! Challenge Goals - All centered around focusing and settling into a better rhythm Goal 1 - Gym time - Workout 3 days a week minimum I really like the Wednesday and Friday schedule in the mornings and Saturday for a weekend workout. Would like to add in a class on Monday mornings as well but the coach is different and honestly scares me a bit more. My coach teaches classes on Wed and Fri and they are more strength based conditioning while Monday classes Ive been told have much more running style conditioning. Likely going to stick with the WF schedule for now and look at adding in Mondays once the next cycle of classes rolls around somewhere in the middle of the challenge. Saturday classes are called Spartan RX and they are specific to training for spartan races. Lots of varied work and we have all sorts of mock spartan obstacles at the gym that can be used. Goal 2 - Reign in the diet - No more than 3 cheat meals a week Purchased the Renaissance Periodization diet templates last challenge. Now two weeks into a cut where I have dropped from 320 to 316. Been having some issue keeping to the template so need to refocus so I get the maximum benefit from them. I purchased these and currently feel like I am wasting my money...I know its in my best health interest...its only a few months for a much longer period of better health...templates end just before holidays aka holiday cookie bulk! Goal 3 - Bring back the swole and flexy - ROMWOD 4 days a week I was doing ROMWOD for the longest time pretty regularly to help improve flexibility and range of motion. Its only 20min a day and I keep making crappy excuses for not doing it. I started seeing improvement with it but then started falling off to only once or twice per week and I can tell those improved spots are starting to return to previous issues. Zero Week Goal - Remain blissfully ignorant to the fact that a lot of people are going to Camp this week and I am not. I'm certainly not jealous or anything like that....nope not even a little bit.
  3. So the timing isn't ideal on this one - I'm starting a 40 day bootcamp dealio a little over half way through the challenge, so my goals are going to shift to align with that. I'll try to make it as uncomplicated as possible though Goal One: Work outs! 2x per week: I'll be doing kettlebell classes for the first 2.5 weeks (my old instructor is no longer on the schedule! I'm very very sad. They've also taken away the day/time we were going at, and are now only doing 2 KB sessions per week instead of four. So it's also going to be crowded. Might be looking for something different to do after the bootcamp is over.) Once the bootcamp starts (which officially is the 7th, but the first actual bootcamp class isn't until the 12th. But I'm assuming we can utilise the free unlimited drop in classes (kettlebells, zumba and hot yoga, I believe) as of the 7th. So yeah. A = 8 B = 6 C = 4 D = 2 Goal Two: Eat well! Pre-bootcamp: Macros! Calories <1800Kcal/day Protein >80g per day Carbs <100g per day = 3 possible points per day Bootcamp: I'll update this once I actually have the meal plan. (It's low GI, concerned with having a good omega 3:6 ratio and almost paleoish) First 17 days: 40 point target. Goal Three: Walk a bunch! This should be pretty easy, with our new addition - we just got a dog! *happy dance* 70,000 steps a week. A = 280,000 B = 260,000 C = 240,000 D = 220,000 Goal Four: Clean up! One point per project completed: 1. Front Hall Closet 2. Linen Closet 3. Spare bedroom 4. Basement windows 5. Laundry room Target is 4 points, mega bonus awesome winning if I do all 5. A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 So excited! It's time to punch this challenge in the ovaries!
  4. So, it has been a while my Friends. I have battled with some dark demons in the deep ocean rifts during my time away, but overcame them and am ready to re-emerge! Mission: Lose 5 lbs. Despite the constant battling, the stress (and some chemical issues) caused me to gain weight. Quest 1: Keep up with the Strong Inside Out bootcamp workout schedule. Despite putting down the demons, I know they will returns and I need to steel myself for the future. (Note: Ok to personalize, but must complete all workouts for each week). (3 pts. Strength) Quest 2: Limit added sugar intake to 25 grams/day. (Natural sugars, ok). Not only will this help with mental clarity, but it should assist with the overall mission. (3 pts. Constitution) Quest 3: Increase weekly run mileage to 6 miles. All that time underwater, now to build my land endurance! (3 pts. Endurance) Side-Quest: Practice mindfulness every day. (Could be meditation, could be taking a few moments to choose my action rather than reacting to stressful/bad news). Constant battling makes it hard to be present, time to re-focus. (3 pts. Charisma).
  5. Hiya This is the second time I'm trying to do a challenge. I didn't complete the last one. Quest: Work out more than once a week Challenge 1: Go to the gym for one hour, 3 times a week Success: 3 hours of exercise a week for 4 weeks Challenge 2: Eat 5 servings of unicorn veggies per day Success: 5 days a week fro 4 weeks Challenge 3: Drink water instead of sugar drinks Success: <2 sugar drinks in 4 weeks
  6. Summer Challenge [ July 27th - September 6th ] Backstory "...." Challenger Overall Goal: Finish an OCR the weekend after this challenge ends (September 12th or 13th) and conquer every obstacle. Explanation: I've wanted to do one for ages, but there was always something that preventet it. Not this time! Last weekend I found out that there will be two races in September close enough to where I live and I decided that I'm gonna finally do it (either a Tough Mudder in Bavaria or a Spartan Race in Austria). There is enough time to prepare (I'm not starting from scratch!), I've got the financial means and the time to do it and there is nothing else on my mind right now that could distract me. After that decision was made, I sat down today to plan my preparation for it and since it is almost exactly 6 weeks away, it crossed my mind that a NF challenge would be a perfect preparation option if one started right about now.... And thank god, this one actually did. Okay, I'm three days late, but what the heck. I've had good experiences with challenges, although not the last couple of them. But that was probably because my overall goals were to broad; and you can't get much more specific than "finish that race". Since my last challenge try I've been working out more or less consistently. Short recap of the last year: I did standard calisthenics mixed with some crossfit-type bodyweight workouts, finished GMB P1 at the novice level last winter, started kettlebel training a couple of months ago (I actually did a beginner class with my mom, which was pretty awesome for her and me) and I started GMB F1 (also novice) a couple of weeks ago. On to the SUB-GOALS 1) Continue with GMB F1 also known as my Star Wars Goal: Jedi Training Stats: DEX 2 I CON 1 I STR 1 Grading: 4 workouts and 2 mobility sessions per week are 100% (=A). 5 sessions equal a B 4 sessions equal a C 3 sessions in total (50%) equal a D 2) Calisthenics and kettlebell workouts also known as my Agents of Shield Goal: Operations Bootcamp There will be pull-ups, won't there? And push-ups, swings, snatches, running and what not more. To weed those out, who'd better stayed at communications or science. But not me.... There will be a big variety, some short, some medium and some long workouts, But they're all gonna be intensive. Stats: STR 2 I STA 2 Grading: 6 workouts per week are 100% (=A). 5 workouts equal a B 4 workouts equal a C 3 workouts in total (50%) equal a D 3) Supported by a good nutrition also known as my Teen Wolf Goal: Avoiding Mountain Ash This means a paleo-inspired way of eating, especially nothing with a label that has words like "sugar (no matter what alias)" or "askllksjhgs (also known as words I don't know the meaning of) or can't pronounce". Also no cakes and sweets, even if homemade, because they are my personal mountain ash. Stats: CON 2 I CHA 2 Grading: 6 clean days of eating a week = A 5 = B 4 = C 3 = D Complemented by LIFE GOAL 4) Study also known as my Old Kingdom Goal: Learning the Charter Although I'm working now, I'm still studying for two things: A] psychology, I'm finally gonna get my degree next summer B] languages, because I like learning them, this may include brushing up on my Spanish and Japanese but mostly concentrating on Czech, which I just started. Stats: WIS 3 Grading: 8 hours of studying a week = A 6 = B 3 = C 2 = D Because my challenge goal is a week after this challenge officially ends and because week 1 has already started, the rest of week 1 will be a transition period. Meaning I will do it as good as I can and I will also grade it, but it will not count for the overall grading (Instead week 7 will). Now, lets see if I can overcome those obstacles and finally leave these crazy woods.....
  7. You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself. This new Battle Log will have a daily post of the workouts I have done. It will also be a house for my journey of self-acceptance. My main goal is to change my body composition within the next 3-6 months by 5-10%. Looking to get into the 'fitness' range of bodyfat. Height: 5'3" Weight: 135lbs Stats: TBA Before Pictures: <INSERT PICTURES HERE>
  8. Hello! I'm Jamie and this is my first 6-week challenge. I'm a slower runner but I feel like I'm pretty agile, and have always been stronger than your average girl. I've always had to be active due to my love of food and my need for challenges, but when I moved in with my husband who pretty much works out throughout the day for his job, he didn't want to go to the gym once he got home and I wanted to spend time with him. Yup, that's right, I'm using the whole it's my husband's fault that I eat so much and stopped working out! So noticing that I was slowly gaining weight and I wasn't happy I started running. Then I jumped on the Weight Watchers band wagon. This helped me loose weight and get to a decent place for the wedding. But then the second that I came back from my honeymoon my eating habits went bad again and I worked out less due to a higher work load. I know excuses, excuses. Since then I have started eating Paleo with one cheat day (with the exception of the two weeks while I was packing, moving, and unpacking). But I have had the unfortunate case of bouncing up and down about ten pounds because I am having a hard time staying motivated. I have continued with signing up for 5Ks and 10Ks to keep challenges coming but I don't have any friends that live close enough to me to be a workout buddy or really keep me accountable. My husband tries but when he wants to eat crap food my will power is low and he's a push over when I ask to cheat again. It's so much easier to eat better during the work week when things are very structured and I don't have to eat every meal with him. So, now that we are moved in and unpacked I have been cooking and eating Paleo again with of course my one cheat day (more of a mental need than anything). I signed up for a six week boot camp starting June 3rd. I have two races a month through August and I am bound and determined to figure something out. My goals for this six weeks are: 1. Lose 10 pounds of fat (hard to measure I know) 2. Go to every single bootcamp class (1 hr/day, 3 days/wk, 6 weeks) 3. Drink 80 ounces of water a day 4. Create a more accurate monthly budget now that I will have a better grasp with the new house I am thinking about cross fit after this six week bootcamp, but it seems like all the places around me are a bit expensive and I'm not sure I will have it in the budget. I am also going to try my best to use this bootcamp to see if I can find a workout buddy closer to home, which I think will make a huge difference. I only have so much will power, I need an extra push. If any one has any ideas for me please share! I am willing to try anything!
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