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  1. For this challenge, I am focusing on getting myself into a strong routine so that many of my good habits become automatic and consistent. I am also reading Aubrey Marcus's new book Own the Day, Own Your Life as well as going through the Youtube videos that partner well with the book, so as I progress I will probably be modifying my challenge a bit. Goals: develop and practice consistent morning and evening routines that build on the following: prayer/meditation study scripture bodyweight exercises make the bed drink more water cold shower brush/floss shave read more journal prepare for Spartan Daily: at least 30 burpees Mon: Sprints; interval training Tues: Strength -- WOD, HIIT, bodyweight training Wed: Sprints; interval training Thurs: Rest (yoga, meditation, brain training) Fri: Strength -- WOD, HIIT, bodyweight training Sat: Endurance -- distance/trail run Sun: Rest (yoga, meditation, brain training)
  2. Hi Everyone You won't have seen me around the challenge boards for a while. My life gets very insane during the middle of soccer season. Plus I go into winter hibernation and have no desire to do anything beyond my normal routine. The other things is that most of my goals become about not conceding goals and winning game which is very much out of my control and are therefore hard to stick to and very depressing when I'm being strict with myself. (I'll put some background at the bottom of this post) I've managed to keep up my soccer training (with a bit of time out for a cold; managed not to miss a single game); and I did join a gym and have been pretty consistent with going at least 2-3 times a week (apart from during the aforementioned cold). So I'm back (a little late because I forgot to check the timings) to try for some non-exercise related health goals and one continuous life goal witha couple of small ones tacked on Health With this challenge my fitness commitments are pretty much set so I will be focussing on the things in my life I need to fix to make those show more (food; organisation; cleanliness). I will be aiming to have a giant cook up this weekend that should give me 2-3 weeks worth of pre-cooked mains (assuming that 2 days a week I will have some time to cook) and I will either cook some frozen veges or make a salad to supplement this. I'm not aiming for specific food groups or amounts of carbs/fat/protein; rather more of the good stuff. I moved back home for about 6 months when I was about 20/21 and eating all the good food my parents and I were cooking for 3 of us and I noticed I did lose a bit of weight with no exercise (it would have been better if I wasn't eating junk at work even when I worked with them). Now I'm noticing a real difference with the amount of exercise I do so I think trying to get back to that diet would be great. I'm also really disorganised around the house for a number of reasons. Partly because My house is small and gets cluttered easily; partly because I'm so busy I don't always have the time; mostly because I'm just disorganised. So I will be focussed on spending weekends throughout this challenge decluttering and cleaning out of each area of my house (Kitchen; Bedroom; Bathroom; Study area; Living Area). I have a one bedroom apartment so there is significant overlap between the areas so what happens is I clean one and just move the clutter to the other part of the area. That cleaning is the big part; but I also need to focus on daily routine (including the cleaning part). I will focus on Opening the curtains; making my bed; remembering to take medications/vitamins; having enough time to do things like hair and make up rather than throwing on a beanie and some moisturiser (remembering to brush my teeth before I go to work; I usually do it there); hanging my towels and stuff; having breakfast/pre training snack as a morning routine; taking my lunch/snacks for work. As an evening routine I want to focus on: sorting my clothes into needs to be washed and has another more wear in it; making sure I have food for tomorrow and that all the dishes are washed and in the drying rack; that all the mail is sorted into things I need or into the bin. I also need the weekly tasks; doing my washing and putting it away; taking out the rubbish and (mainly) recycling on a regular basis; cleaning floors. The one extra fitness thing I want to focus on is getting my step count up. Due to the fact the in the gym I mostly focus on weights and in soccer training/games I don't run that much because I focus on the stopping of goals rather than the scoring of them; my step count drops off. this time last year I was consistently doing arounf 15k a day but some days barely scrape 10k this year. So I want to focus for this challenge on meeting my goal of 13k 6/7 days (the one day off is because on game day I don't want to do too much extra stuff and if I pull my sleeves up because its hot I have to take my fitbit off because it counts at jewelery; if I have them down the refs can't see and I am allowed to wear it). I will have home cooked meals for 4/5 workdays and 1/2 weekend days and not consume the processed 'bad foods' on those days. I will not order takeaway because I am bored or lazy. I will declutter and clean all areas of my apartment over the weekends in the challenge so that my apartment is more manageable I will complete my morning and evening routines 6/7 days a week. And all the weekly tasks in timely manner. Reach step goal of 13k steps 6/7 days a week Life I have a consistent problem with saving. I focus a lot on the big purchases I need to make/comit myself too and completely forget about my day to day purchases. I have a number of big expenses coming up in the next 2-3 months but I also really need to save so I will be focusing on cutting down my food budget (because I spend too much on junk food) I want to spend no more than $150 a week on food with a + $30 if its also sort of entertainment like going to the pub with a friend and getting a meal there. I know this weekend I will likely spend more because I will be trying to cook for 3 weeks. But the next week will be less because I will be eating from the freezer a lot so it will average out. (I will also be spending a few days visting my parents at their beach house in week so no food spending but I will need to spend some on a cab home from the airport). I also want to make no purchases beyond the ones I have planned over this challenge (beyond the obvious food ones). I have a big event I am going to in early Sept and I would like to be able to be a little more girly and have nice nails - which means I have to stop biting them in the next 6 weeks. My current plan for that is to make sure they're painted. Keep within my food budget No unplanned purchases Stop biting nails. Some background about my soccer team is that we cannot get off the bottom of the ladder. Even though I have greatly improved - we have a new coach that thought it might be a good idea to teach the goal keeper (who was making it up a she[me] went along what the basics were. As a result I have developed a certain style which works really well with out defence and with my personality. Our defence has gotten really awesome and I work really well with them - our problem is now that we can't score and lose the ball far to often at the halfway point and the defenders and I get run ragged and our opposition get too many shots on goal. They shoot enough and they're going to score. I have some definite areas I personally need to work on (such as my vertical jump) that I can work on in the offseason that will be help. But honestly we're in the lowest division - no one should expect me to be able to save top of the pocket goals and nor should there we this many teams in our division that consitently score there. Anyway that's my challenge; feedback welcome. I'm halfway through this week and most of my goals aren't going well right now apart from my steps but I'm using the weekend where I am mostly free to get my house and fridge ready for it.
  3. Like Thorunn from the series Vikings. Part 2 Background information: When I joined Nerd Fitness about one year ago I was struggling with health problems (probably due to an enormous lack of self-discipline). By discontinuing the birth control pill (instead golden spiral) and taking homeophatic pills for some weeks in order to put the hormone balance back in order I was able to step stairs again without being totally exhausted after only 10 steps. Damn, I was jumping up the stairs from the ground floor to the third floor at university (66 stairs) and felt so proud of it I still prefer to use the stairs instead of the elevator, there are only a few exceptions every now and then. At the end of September I did a 5 day fasting cure and this finally really dragged me out of my health issues. Feeling so awesome and loving life again after only holing up in my room being depressive for 2.5 years. That's an indescribable feeling Last week I did a second 5 day fasting cure but messed up the build-up days completely. Yesterday I gave in to cravings, ate all afternoon long and am still struggling with the consequences Another good thing nevertheless is that I started hitting the gym again with the start of this week. Have been there Monday and Wednesday and enjoyed it so extremely much. I like the feeling of the muscles burning and vibrating like hell - or better said, the feeling you get afterwards Last challenge: Well, I fulfilled only one quest and that's way my Earl Svakhet isn't giving me the permission to go yet but he saw that I am trying and is giving me another chance. Due to the last challenge now going for a walk regularly is something I don't wanna miss anymore. This challenge: Finally stop running away and adapt the new daily routine! Running away: I know I should stay at university and study there but instead I am driving home, eating all day long what is resulting in being overloaded and sick and because of that I can hardly study anything. New daily routine: 6 AM: alarm clock + get ready 7 AM: go to city, study + drink 1 liter water + go for a half hour walk at noon, go for a walk / visit the gym in the late afternoon and then have dinner (if the schedule allows this order) 7 PM: drive back home 8 PM: sleep 10 PM: study + drink 1 liter water and 1 liter tea 1 AM: sleep --> 7 hours sleeping --> 8+ hours studying --> 2+ hours doing sports --> 1 hour eating This is valid for the days Mon - Fri. On Saturday I am heading home at 4 PM and then spend the rest of the weekend doing housework and meeting friends but trying to be at home as little as possible. The Quests: If a quest is not fulfill-able on a day because of a good reason the day gets discarded. Main Quest: Adapt the new daily routine 1) Work out Hit the gym 3 times a week and go for a 5 km walk every "no-gym day". Haven't found any workout plan I want to follow yet anyway. Rather planless training therefore unfortunately. I am going to do this Workout #1 HIIT on the elliptical trainer and try some Crossfit also if that's possible at the gym but basically use this next six week to get used to training again and try out the different stations at the gym. 100% +3 STR, +2 STA + 1 DEX 90% +2 STR, +1 STA, +0.5 DEX 80% +1 STR, +0.5 STA 2) Stay hydrated Drink three two liters water or tea per day. 100% +3 CON 90% +2 CON 80% +1 CON 3) Do intermittent fasting Do a 16 h fast every day from Mon - Fri. 100% +3 CON 90% +2 CON 80% +1 CON Life Quest: Succeed at university 4) Study enough Study 8 hours per day from Mon - Fri. 100% +3 WIS 90% +2 WIS 80% +1 WIS
  4. So I moved recently and now I live like a 2 hour drive away from work. As part of my goal to level up my life.. I would like to start taking the train. How does this level up my life? Well actually it does this in 3 ways. *Saves money *Instead of spending 3-4 hours driving each day, I spend 3 on a train where I can read *The train station is 3 miles from work. Which means I am forced to do physical activity even when I don't want to Walking takes a long time due to stoplights and a lot of traffic so I am hoping I won't be doing it for long, between my work hours and the commute it doesn't leave much time to live. I started a funding campaign to try and buy a bike. Hoping to have one soon! http://www.gofundme.com/hgajm0
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