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  1. Hello everyone. I am back again, and again with a very easy going challenge. About 3-4 weeks ago I came down with the 'rona and it really took it out of me. I'm still having issues breathing, so what I was doing fitness-wise before I got sick is a bit out of the question for now. I did lose about 10 pounds over the 2 weeks I was sick, and while it was not the way to do so, I'm looking at the positive in that it helped get me closer to my goal, and this challenge I am going to focus on not gaining that weight back, and hopefully losing a little more in a safer and more productive way. Goals: 1. Follow my meal plan at least 75% (3 of 4 meals a day) I am currently using the Eat This Much App to plan my meal plans for the week and grocery lists, its really nice, and has taken a lot of the stress off of me in trying to figure out what to eat and how much to stay healthy. It also has been pretty good at giving me meals I actually don't mind eating and can actually afford which has made it better than the other meal plans I have tried to use in the past. 2. Continue doing water weights/water walking at least 3x's a week, but also end it with breathing exercises. I have been going to the pool 3x's a week and running on the off days, but I can't run yet, as I can't get full breath yet, especially after a full night of work. I will continue to do the pool work, as I can scale that down enough that I'm not dying, and spend the last 5 minutes or so just taking deep breaths with my chest underwater to help work on my breathing more. 3. Use my CPAP every day for at least 4 hours a day. I am trying to use my cpap more and improve my sleeping, as well as the last time I spoke with my sleep specialist we discussed switching to a biPAP instead as my CPAP has been giving me problems with air swallowing, but since I don't currently use it enough, my insurance might not pay for me to switch until it is shown that I'm using it consistently and that the therapy is not working properly for me. Stats for the beginning of this challenge: Weight: 261.2 CPAP usage in the past 30 days: 11/30 CPAP days used 4+ hours: 5/30 CPAP average hours used: 4.3
  2. Hello! I'm back! Also, I've been watching a lot of 30 Rock so bear with me... Last challenge was mostly successful but some of the big takeaways were these: Sleep is awesome. How did I forget that sleep is so great? Breakfast doesn't have to be a huge pain, inconvenient or packed with sugar. Movement is movement. I don't have to spend an hour at the gym to accomplish my exercise goals- I just need to be mindful about getting it in where I can. Meal planning is my friend: spending an hour or two at the beginning of the week to figure out my meals makes it much more likely that I'll have easy meals to make (or reheat), instead of picking up fast food or ordering pizza. Eating better = feeling better. Eating crap & drinking lots of alcohol = feeling sluggish and full of regret. My goals are mine alone. Some people will criticize, others will cheer me on, but at the end of the day, the only voice that's going to keep me going is my own. So onto the next one! My challenges this time around: Exercise/Move 4 times a week: Walk for 30+ minutes Weight Train with 15+ minutes cardio Attend a yoga class / Complete a yoga video Variety has become really important for this challenge. I despise routine and if I just pick one goal, I can excuse the heck out of it until I don't do it. Having options (or back up plans) is going to be crucial for my success. Eat 2 veggies or fruits (raw or steamed only) every day I don't eat near enough veggies or fruits as it is- maybe 7 servings of veggies in the whole week? And very little (if any) fruit. So I'm planning to work that into my meal planning. Some substitutions: Steamed cauliflower for rice roasted rutabaga (golden beets) for roasted potatoes spaghetti squash for noodles (I don't eat much pasta anyway, but I love me some ramen. I'm going to have to play with this recipe) The one substitution I can't seem to find anything for is sour cream or cheese or mayo. I am really not a fan of greek yogurt and I've been looking for something creamy for taco salad, chili, sandwiches, tuna/egg salad, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe this is just something I'll have to use sparingly when the mood strikes? Arrive at work on time 4 days a week This one is pretty shameful. About a year ago, when my health was declining, I started showing up late to work. Eventually this became a regular thing and my boss stopped commenting on it. Now, it's just accepted, that this is the way that it is and other people have ended up covering for me for the first ~30 minutes of the morning until I get here. This is definitely not putting my best foot forward and I'd like to get back on the right path. Habits created from my last challenge, including going to bed at a more reasonable time, will be really helpful for this challenge. I've spent too long waiting for the right time to take control of my life. It was always "when I meet the right guy", "when I find my true calling", "next year", "next month", "when I'm feeling better", or "when I find the motivation". But waiting for those days is just preventing me from reaching my goals, my potential, and the life that I want! I'm so excited to continue on this journey.
  3. Please read here first! http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/91888-new-attitude-new-screen-name/#comment-2059265 I am a couple of months away from 30. I want to be healthy and fit throughout the rest of my life, I don't want to end up old and unable to do anything because I did not take good care of myself. Starting tomorrow evening I will be posting 1. food log 2. workout 3. walking 4. cpap use 5. water consumption
  4. After a long bout of depression really weighed be down for several years I am ready to commit 100% to getting in the best shape I can be, especially since I am inching toward 30 years old! I would not say the depression is cured but I know getting in shape will finish off the amount that is left.I will go ahead and start this challenge on the 22nd! 1. Walking 30 minutes a day 2. Body stretches every morning and night I have a list of stretches for arms, legs,neck, and body 3. Workout, each morning. I will have 2 separate sets of workouts Life Goal: Cpap use each night, I have really slacked on this so I will do better!
  5. The summer is the perfect time to really get going and make progress in achieving better health. The main thing that has always held me back is how my body feels, I genetically have lower muscle tone and I believe I have hypothyroidism even though no test has came up positive. I have many symptoms plus all my parents, aunts, and uncles have it. 1. Fasting; no food or drink till 8:00 pm. I will be able to eat something for breakfast by waking up just before 4:00 am. I will log what I eat as well 2. Workout every other night 3. Cpap; wear cpap each night
  6. My main goal is to have a more healthy & productive lifestyle. I have failed challenges in the past, mostly because I am so "entrenched/addicted" to the internet....that I never get anything done. and of course my body is not going to feel like doing anything if I have spent so long being sedentary. 1. Limit time spent on the computer(during the week...weekends are free days) For a long time I have spent way too much time on the computer; computer/internet use has become the center of my life, for too long Keep track of time used online using chrome app. One thing the app changed that I like is you can now see when you last reset the timer. I will post the top 5 sites each night. Will also keep track of/limit tv time(& any online gaming like lotro). It will not mean anything if I simply switch out the internet time with tv/gaming. Daily grade for computer use A. 3 hours or less B. 4 hours C. 5 hours D. 6 hours F. 7 or more hours 2. Exercise. I need to be more active, so walking every day and/or workout A. 1 hour or more B. 30 minutes C. 20 minutes D. 15 minutes F. none 3. Food log; will post food each night 4. Cpap use; wear cpap each night
  7. Stats Weight: 152 Waist: 41 inches Body fat %: 32% My biggest problem with getting the things done that I need to do are procrastination, laziness, & a lack of motivation. This challenge I am going to push myself to overcome my desires to be lazy & procrastinate. I understand what this blog is saying, though I myself cannot explain it. It has helped me realize that I need to push myself pass the laziness, pass the depression, pass whatever I was able to do yesterday. http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/10/30/is-motivation-useless/ There is a quote that I wanted to share, which I also put into my signature. The quote is from the book "Reclaim Your Heart" by Yasmin Mogahed. “But, this dark place is not the end. Remember that the darkness of night precedes the dawn. And as long as your heart still beats, this is not the death of it. You don’t have to die here. Sometimes, the ocean floor is only a stop on the journey. And it is when you are at this lowest point, that you are faced with a choice. You can stay there at the bottom, until you drown. Or you can gather pearls and rise back up—stronger from the swim, and richer from the jewels.†This battle with laziness,depression, & procrastination is a mental battle, a game of will. I have to beat the game, I have to BE the cerebral assassin against my own lesser "lazy" self. Triple H "The Cerebral Assassin" My main quest is to overcome my lesser lazy,procrastinating..lower self. To do that, I have to feel great physically. 1. Exercise Every other day I will do this workout. Calf raise 5x20 seconds Pushups 5x5 Plank 5x20 seconds Glute bridge 5x10 Dumbbell Rows 5x10 Bodyweight Squat 5x10 I also will attempt to walk 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. 2. Food log. I will watch what/how I eat & post it here on the thread. 3. Cpap; I need to get back in the habit of wearing my cpap(for sleep apnea) when I sleep. 4. Life goal is to not be on the computer too long each day. I will use my chrome app that tracks computer time. While it is fun to role play I want to preface this challenge with saying that the strength to complete this challenge for me, comes from God.
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