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  1. I have literally one goal this whole challenge… Be in a deficit every day!* I need to learn how to get through holidays and special events without using them as an excuse to go nuts and fall off the wagon sleigh. * I have a 150cal forgiveness and Dec 3, 24 & 25 are freebie days
  2. Keepin tight... Well, i might've gotten myself into some trouble with some obscure members of the NF. Taking out loans so to speak. Which means i have to deliver. In NF terms this means i got to keep it tight. Forfeits are in place, and since i don't want to be virtually raped i got to keep tight, to keep "it" tight. I'm almost done with watching Sons of Anarchy, and for you who also seen this show, it all made perfect sense. Trying to live the good life, but you have got some juggling to do. People expect shit, and you need to deliver. Consequences could potentially be pretty ugly. (and not in a good way...) Sons of Anarchy: NF Chapter @Grumble@Br0din@Laghail@MikeWazowski @mr_willes@Oramac@WildWolf@SeanP So how to make sure i keep my Sons happy Daily payments 1. Get that junkie body (Weekdays <2000 KCAL / Weekend 1 day <2000 KCAL) 2. Stick to the plan (No false KCAL, soda/cookies/candy/etc) 3. Fuel the inner junkie (2 protein shakes a day) 4. Be always alert (in bed before 11 PM, sun / mon / tue / wed) Weekly payments 1. Don't succumb to the booze (Free pass for 1 day of drinking alcohol each week) 2. Get the job done (Payment of 5 FULL workouts a week) Monthly payments 1. Get a new health insurance (with these hazardous new "friends") So i better make sure my payments will be made or some bad decisions will be taken at: and like and i don't want any of that!
  3. Grinding; Small Stones (Stones: a few KCAL a day / that extra microplate or rep / ingraining solid habits) Longterm goals / Main-quest / The Mountain What: Drop in BF% Why: Walk around comfortably without clothes What: Get “bodyweight-fit” Why: Be OCR-ready / Satisfy RangerBrain™ What: Drop below 74 kg (163 lbs) Why: Be ready for PL-beginners-meet Remember the past: track to be able to see progress. Plan for the future: Think up and work out solid long term and short term goals Live for today: Have fun, to keep going Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come: : (What will tomorrow-you say about this?) Challenge goals: DIET: (If i have to decide whether i should eat/drink it, than i shouldn't) Primary objectives Daily KCAL limit: 2000 made up of: 30% Carb / 35% Fat / 35% Prot Clean eating, which means, No: deepfried / candy / cookies / dessert Clean drinking, which means, No: beer / soda / diet soda But to “live for today” if the occasion requires it, adapt, but make it a conscious decision Secondary Objectives Tracking, by doing daily weigh-ins and plan with MFP before major meals For accountability, keep the spreadsheet and your challenge updated (If choice is needed think about the long-term-goal) EXERCISE: (Growth = Pain + Recovery) Primary objectives Juggernaut based training: 3 times a week according to *schedule Running: 3 times a week according to the *rules Secondary Objectives Tracking, on paper during workout and/or digital on the challenge For accountability, keep the spreadsheet and your challenge updated Organize all the previous lifting data in a new spreadsheet *Schedule Juggernaut Days Mo We Sa Mo We Sa Deadlifts/Lower Back LB DL LB DL LB DL Squats/Pull- or Chinups PU SQ SQ PU SQ SQ Benchpress/Overheadpress OHP BP BP OHP BP BP *Rules for Running Before DST (March 26) Run every Tuesday / Friday / Sunday Add ½ KM every week After DST (March 26) Run every Sunday / Thursday Add 1 KM every week Add bodyweight specific workout on Friday I know this means i will be running for the whole of this challenge, just putting it here for future reference, but as always will adjust as needed. (every (even small) step(s) gets you closer to your goal) I have laser-focus at the moment. So i’m taking this opportunity to engrave it in stone. All the quotes mentioned are something i need to be reminded of every once in a while to keep focus. The last week of the previous challenge and 0-week have been a beta, for this concept, and have gone extremely well. This major “fix RangerBrain™” has also awakened my “join Crossift-box feeling”. But the boxes are all far out, and i cannot prioritize to the extra money at this time. But i aim for a WOD on friday when i adhere to my running rules and go from 3 to 2 sessions a week after DST. Next to all this i have this creeping feeling, that doing the juggernaut workout and running 3 times a week just isn’t enough, i mean doing only 0.5-1 hour (running) or 1-1.5 hour (lifting) for a total of 6 days a week feels a bit like trying to become an olympic athlete without doing the work. Anyone relate? I know this is basically like asking if any of you Rangers has RangerBrain™. Still i’m curious if someone has the same issue. Everybody have a kickass challenge!!! !!! SHOWTIME !!!
  4. "I'm Coming For Ya, BEAST!" QUEST 1 Maintain deficit: This KCAL range is proving to be a struggle, so i'm gonna keep it here and hopefully find somebody who will do a form of PvP with me for the added accountability. My weight is stabilizing while i think i need to lower it and lose some extra BF. For added accountability i'm gonna do a written report of what i ate the day(s) before. ***** QUEST 2 Keep up protein: Of course i will try to do my best to keep as much muscle as possible. I'm still doing lots of stuff to enhance my body and it needs the right kind of fuel, so protein is gonna be a big part of my diet. ***** QUEST 3 Minimize beer input: I thought about removing this quest since i'm doing quite nice, except, seasons are changing. And well, next two seasons it's gonna be: "'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel," So just to keep grinding-in this habit i'm gonna stick with it at least for the upcoming challenge(s). And this grinding definitely needs work, as weather is turning up and the occasions i would normally indulge on beer are lining up! Though i will have my occasional reward because it's just too damn good! ***** QUEST 4 MIndfully choose a meal: Just to keep as clean as possible i'm forcing myself to think (in advance) about every meal i eat. Easier to keep in line with the KCAL and better to fuel my body with the "best" option available. I'm gonna update it with a plan a (couple of) day(s) ahead, to keep up with the good eating and according KCAL deficit. ***** QUEST 5 Act like a MadCow: Lifting, it's my main thing at this moment, i love doing it, it's good for me, so i'm not planning on not doing it. It's here to stay in the foreseeable future. Maybe i'm gonna put a little more emphasize on doing more number of reps NEXT TO the heavy reps i'm doing now (just add some sort of cooldown sets after every workset, pyramid style workouts. If somebody has some ideas, please shoot! ***** QUEST 6 Find my Inner-Ape: I will be focusing on upperbody-bodyweight-exercises. Probably a lot of chin ups (no pull ups yet because of sore tendon on the outside of my elbow). Pushups and burpees will also be part of the program. (I'm slowly dreaming about doing the 300 workout). Next to this i'm focussing on deadhanging, but i'm gonna throw around the workout a little because it was getting a grind and i wasn't looking forward to it anymore. ***** QUEST 7 Stamina: Running is totally back in the game. After the run i did at work i just feel rejuvenated. If schedule allows i will be aiming for 2 runs a week, next to one workout at the gym. The workout at the gym really shakes up my workouts with stuff i normally don't train. ***** QUEST 8 Accountability: I need all of you beautiful people to keep me in line. I'm growing discipline by the day but it's a slow process. Every extra nudge is very welcome. This is the main reason for the existence of this thread, my sheet and all other aids i use. This quest is about the M in sMart, and the (first) S in kiSs (i've already got the the second S covered ). The Final Chapter
  5. QUEST 1 Maintain deficit: Adjusted a bit, removed an extra 100 KCAL/day. I gained a little weight during my vacation, and with summer season coming i'm preferring getting rid of the excess fat even it means i will lose some muscle in the progress. I want to get to that baseline! Plus i think it will benefit me greatly on the OCR, lowering my BW to maximize my efficiency on all those BW-exercises i will encounter there. QUEST 2 Keep up protein: Of course i will try to do my best to keep as much muscle as possible. I'm still doing lots of stuff to enhance my body and it needs the right kind of fuel, so protein is gonna be a big part of my diet. QUEST 3 Minimize beer input: I thought about removing this quest since i'm doing quite nice, except, seasons are changing. And well, next two seasons it's gonna be: "'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel," So just to keep grinding-in this habit i'm gonna stick with it at least for the upcoming challenge(s). QUEST 4 MIndfully choose a meal: Just to keep as clean as possible i'm forcing myself to think (in advance) about every meal i eat. Easier to keep in line with the KCAL and better to fuel my body with the "best" option available. QUEST 5 Act like a MadCow: Lifting, it's my main thing at this moment, i love doing it, it's good for me, so i'm not planning on not doing it. It's here to stay in the foreseeable future. QUEST 6 Find my Inner-Ape: I will be focusing on upperbody-bodyweight-exercises. Probably a lot of chin ups (no pull ups yet because of sore tendon on the outside of my elbow). Pushups and burpees will also be part of the program. (I'm slowly dreaming about doing the 300 workout) QUEST 7 Stamina: Running has lost it's interest. Though i have entered myself in a run within this challenge (2,5 weeks). I entered the 12K (7.5 miles) on April 20th. I need the stamina, because the OCR has a distance of 19K (12 miles). So besides all the obstacles we also got a shitload of ground to cover. I need my stamina back! DST has kicked in, evenings are getting longer, weather is getting better, less excuses not to run. I'm even gonna go to my gym, and tune my subscription down from unlimited to once a week. This is better for my wallet, it's easier on my schedule, and it gives me more room to go running. QUEST 8 Accountability: I need all of you beautiful people to keep me in line. I'm growing discipline by the day but it's a slow process. Every extra nudge is very welcome. This is the main reason for the existence of this thread, my sheet and all other aids i use. This quest is about the M in sMart, and the (first) S in kiSs (i've already got the the second S covered ). ... Vacation hit in the 0-week, this was very welcome. I needed a break. Even without admitting it, i really needed it. Vacation was an excuse to let go. I didn't run (though i brought my apparel and clothing), i didn't lift (though i brought my dumbbell and about 50 lbs worth of small plates). Rest week, vacation, that's what it was. I ate everything i wanted, i drank everything i wanted. I did the thing i wanted to do, and more important, i didn't do the things i didn't felt like. 3 consecutive challenges worth of creating habits, i needed to let go. Vacation and 0 week merging into one week of "Frozen" (let it go!). Funny thing now, when looking back. What did i do during my 0 week / vacation. Drink some beer, but also no KCAL drinks beside that. Eat what everybody was eating, but always choosing the best option. Still no desserts / pastrie etc.The only thing i would have should have could have done better was refrain from chips and salty nuts, but that was hell-a-hard when you are playing cards and your drinking a few beers, and someones places a few dishes of those under your nose. Even though i was nowhere near as good as i have been on the last challenge i was also doing a decent job on a "let-it-go-type of week". I haven't weighed myself the first day when i came back, and was a bit off. Probably the start of a cold, but i deployed Plague Protocols at the first hint of it. No lifting, no running, just, rest. Last day of the vacation, the one where we drove home in the morning, i wasn't feeling all that great. (I think one of the more chilly/windy hikes has gotten to me) So when we got back home we had some things we had to check off. My nephews birthday, seeing my mom to tell about vacation and eating with the inlaws, to officially close the vacation and tell my BIL how the vacation was. After that it was lights out. Couch time for about 36 hours straight, with only two 8-hour breaks for sleeping in my bed. No eating, just drinking. Friday after dinner till sundaymorning was very passive. Sunday was a slow day, with it's highlight being a nice family party and a small tour on my bike (which is gonna be an added lifequest probably). So now my willpower-porgressbar has been overcharged by a fantastic 0-week/Vacation. Ready to kick some butt this challenge!
  6. Intro: The end of this challenge marks the first anniversary of me joining NF. At the end of January 2015, I weighed 255 lbs, hated myself, and constantly felt sick and tired. I started watching what I was eating, and then at the end of February took the plunge and joined a gym. I came across NF a week before the April 2015 6WC started. By that point, I was five weeks into attempting to establish a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first seven challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. I’ve made steady progress through the challenges over the last 12 months, with just the occasional setback. In October, I was invited (and thrilled) to become an Ambassador for the Adventurers guild. Life Quest: There is an ongoing life goal to dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to continue to overhaul my entire wardrobe, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. Over my first four challenges, I set a specific goal of getting properly fitted for a good quality, tailored, three-piece suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it, because I was sick of being disgusted when I looked in the mirror or saw a photo of myself. Having hit that goal, I kind of lost focus towards the end of 2015, so for now the focus is on getting back to basics, keeping it simple, and shooting for a fixed target weight of 180. With that in mind, the targets are almost identical to the last challenge. Once again, there’s no theme as such, so the quest titles are purely for my own juvenile amusement. Quest 1: “The Cleveland Steamer†7,000 calories burned on the cross trainer at my gym. Achievable Points on offer: +4 STA A - 7000+ (Points x 1) B - 6500-7000 (Points x 0.75) C - 6000-6500 (Points x 0.5) D - 5500-6000 (Points x 0.25) F - < 5500 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: “The Alabama Hot Pocket†500 burpees within the 26 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +4 DEX A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: “The Hoboken Squat Cobbler†500 bodyweight squats within the 26 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +4 STR A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: “The Hangry Pirate†Log food, stay mindful of CI-CO, and stay within my calorie target. Achievable Points on offer: +1 CON, +1 CHA A – 25-26 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) B - 24 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 23 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 22 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <22 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: “The Mississippi Mud Pie†No chocolate. Achievable Points on Offer: +1 WIS. A – No chocolate. (Points x 1) F – Had chocolate. (Fail. 0 Points.)
  7. Intro: This challenge marks the first anniversary of me attempting to get my health on track. At the end of January 2015, I weighed 255 lbs, hated myself, and constantly felt sick and tired. I started watching what I was eating, and then at the end of February took the plunge and joined a gym. I came across NF a week before the April 2015 6WC started. By that point, I was five weeks into attempting to establish a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first six challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. I’ve made steady progress through the challenges over the last 12 months, with just the occasional setback, and currently weigh in at 207. In October, I was invited (and thrilled) to become an Ambassador for the Adventurers guild. Life Quest: There is an ongoing life goal to dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to continue to overhaul my entire wardrobe, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. Over my first four challenges, I set a specific goal of getting properly fitted for a good quality, tailored, three-piece suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it, because I was sick of being disgusted when I looked in the mirror or saw a photo of myself. Having hit that goal, I kind of lost focus towards the end of 2015, so for now the focus is on getting back to basics, keeping it simple, and shooting for a fixed target weight of 180. With that in mind, the targets are almost identical to the last challenge. Once again, there’s no theme as such, so the quest titles are purely for my own amusement. Quest 1: “Faster than Walt Flanagan’s dog.†Back to where it all began. 7,000 calories burned on the cross trainer at my gym. Headphones on, and go to the Happy Place. Achievable Points on offer: +4 STA (v2: 25XP) A - 7000+ (Points x 1) B - 6500-7000 (Points x 0.75) C - 6000-6500 (Points x 0.5) D - 5500-6000 (Points x 0.25) F - < 5500 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: “I feel a hate crime coming on!†I will do 500 burpees within the 26 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +4 DEX (v2: 25XP) A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: “I hope his pants get caught and a bloodbath ensues!†I will do 500 squats within the 26 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +4 STR (v2: 25XP) A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: “Nothin’ worse than watching a fat man weep.†Log food, stay mindful of CI-CO, get a consistent deficit happening, and keep getting the body fat down. The official metric here will be Days in Deficit, and tools used will be my Fatsecret phone app and my Mifflin-St.Jeor magic number. I’m applying the Manquivalent™ of “Shark Week Rules†this time around, and only monitoring 25 of the 26 days. I get a free pass on Superbowl Sunday (Feb 7), because food and beer. I regret nothing. Achievable Points on offer: +1 CON, +1 CHA (v2: 15XP) A – 24-25 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) B - 23 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 22 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 21 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <21 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: “Say, would you like a chocolate-covered pretzel?†No, I would not! I desperately need to shake off the post-Christmas chocolate addiction. It’s all or nothing on this one, moderation hasn’t been working. Achievable Points on Offer: +1 WIS. (v2: 10XP) A – Completed 26 Days. (Points x 1) F – Had chocolate. (Fail. 0 Points.) Things 'boutta get a little hardcore up in this. I've been meandering for the last couple of challenges, not logging food as diligently as I used to, guesstimating, sailing close to calorie limits, and generally slacking. Going to get some discipline in place this month, and log EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. I weighed in at 207 on Saturday (before taking the family to the buffet, I might add - let's never speak of it again.) By the end of February, I want to be closing in on 200 again. This is achievable.
  8. Intro: I joined NF a week before the April 2015 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first five challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. I’ve gone from 255lbs at the end of January 2015 to 209 as of right now, getting as low as 196 by challenge 4 before backsliding after a horrible flu and then cake season. It’s a work in progress. Life Quest: There is an ongoing life goal to dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to continue to overhaul my entire wardrobe, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. Over my first four challenges, I set a specific goal of getting properly fitted for a good quality, tailored, three-piece suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it, because I was sick of being disgusted when I looked in the mirror or saw a photo of myself. Having hit that goal, I kind of lost focus over the last couple of months, so for now the focus is on getting back to basics, keeping it simple, and shooting for a fixed target weight of 180. Quest 1: Roots Bloody Roots Back to where it all began. 7,000 calories burned on the cross trainer at my gym. Headphones on, and go to the Happy Place. Achievable Points on offer: +5 STA (v2: 40XP) A - 7000+ (Points x 1) B - 6500-7000 (Points x 0.75) C - 6000-6500 (Points x 0.5) D - 5500-6000 (Points x 0.25) F - < 5500 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: Arise I will do 500 burpees within the 28 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +4 DEX (v2: 20XP) A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: Beneath the Remains I will do 500 squats within the 28 days of the challenge. Achievable Points on offer: +3 STR (v2: 20XP) A - 500+ (Points x 1) B - 450-500 (Points x 0.75) C - 400-450 (Points x 0.5) D - 350-400 (Points x 0.25) F - < 350 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: Refuse/Resist Log food, stay mindful of CI-CO, get a consistent deficit happening, and keep getting the body fat down. Ideally looking to have an average daily deficit of 500 or more by Day 28. The official metric here will be Days in Deficit, and tools used will be my FatSecret phone app and my Mifflin-St.Jeor magic number. Achievable Points on offer: +1 CON, +1 CHA (v2: 10XP) A - 27-28 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) B - 26 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 25 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 24 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <24 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: Inner Self Since I’m looking to get writing as well as reading this year, it’ll be read one book per challenge (for now, anyway.) This challenge: The Road We Must Travel by Francis Chan & Others Achievable Points on Offer: +1 WIS. (v2: 10XP) A - Completed 1 book (Points x 1) F - Complete none (Fail. 0 Points.)
  9. So, who is SomeGuyFromScotland?: I joined NF a week before the April 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first four challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. I’ve gone from 255lbs at the end of January, to 232 at the start of my first 6WC, 223 at the start of my second, 211 by the third, 203 by the fourth, and 196 as of right now. It’s a work in progress. There's no specific weight number in mind (yet - this might change as the challenges go on), but I suspect it might be somewhere around the 175-180 range. And what does he want?: There is an ongoing life goal to dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to continue to overhaul my entire wardrobe, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. Over my first four challenges, I set a specific goal of getting properly fitted for a good quality, tailored, three-piece suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it, because I was sick of being disgusted when I looked in the mirror or saw a photo of myself. This goal having now been achieved, I’m starting to think about the next level. There are two things I would quite like to do in 2016. One of them is write a novel and self-publish it on Amazon. I’ll probably hold off on starting that until the first challenge of next year, and make it an ongoing item in the 2016 challenges. The other, I’m going to start working towards in this challenge. So, without further ado, I bring you: Issue #5: SomeGuyFromScotland vs. The Cartel of Carnage Every good superhero comic needs one or more bad guys. Arch enemies, Supervillains, or just plain old Asshats. Spidey had his Sinister Six. Dredd had the Dark Judges. Every Avenger has his Dark Avenger, and SomeGuyFromScotland (with occasional comic relief from his exotic dancing alter ego Buff McSavoury and comedy sidekick Tartan Temptress) has… Mephistopheles – The self-styled Father of Lies, and the evil mastermind behind CoC. His true power lies not in his wisdom, but in convincing you that yours is false. Stronghold – The Cartel’s enforcer, he is brutality incarnate, a wrecking ball of strength, power and rage. Alluria – She is a succubus, the addiction who calls you like a siren. She looks good, but she is poison. Succumb to her, and your strength and willpower will be gone. Heisenburp – A former high school gym teacher who was driven to insanity by, oddly enough, the Insanity workout. Following his escape from the asylum, he was recruited by the Cartel to eliminate threats by forcing them to perform burpees until death from exhaustion. The Five Thousand – The terrifying result of genetic experimentation, The Five Thousand is a constantly regenerating being with a myriad of heads and arms. Chop one off, and more appear. The Five Thousand cannot be truly defeated, simply survived. Note: Targets adjusted on 30/11 to compensate for a complete bust of a phlegmy, sweaty, viral sick week. Quest 1: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (The Five Thousand) “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light†The last chapter ended with the line “And when the hand touched my shoulder again, I somehow found the strength to run.†Now begins the next stage in my journey. I have always hated running. It’s time to get over that. I’ve identified a six week beginner’s 5k training plan and this is the first step towards my next small life goal, to compete in and complete an actual 5k. Beyond that? Who knows. Maybe I’ll tackle a 10k. Maybe I’ll never run again. This training plan calls for 18 sessions, three per week. I’ll record my time taken to complete 5k on each run, and hopefully the walk : run ratio will change significantly over the 6 weeks. Achievable Points: +4 STA A: 15 sessions (Points x 1) - Current Progress B: 13 (Points x 0.75) C: 11 (Points x 0.5) D: 9 (Points x 0.25) F: < 9 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: Iron Sharpens Iron (Stronghold) “Never easy, never clean, to be a beast among human sheep.†This is a fight to the death. As iron sharpens iron, so I must get stronger by battling the epitome of strength. The focus of the last couple of challenges has been primarily weight loss and fat burning, so cardio has taken priority. Now that I’m getting more comfortable, it’s time to re-establish a good lifting regimen. Two workouts a week with a focus on weights. Workout plans will be detailed below, but it’s based loosely on Stronglifts 5x5. I have no idea what my baseline will be, but the targets will self-adjust as I progress. Achievable Points: +4 STR A: 10 sessions (Points x 1) - Current Progress B: 8 (Points x 0.75) C: 7 (Points x 0.5) D: 6 (Points x 0.25) F: < 6 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: He is the Danger (Heisenburp) “You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.†Trapped in the lunatic Heisenburp’s underground lair, the only way to escape is burpees. He may be the Danger… but I am the One who Rocks. Achievable Points: +1 STR, +3 DEX A - 830+ (Points x 1) - Current Progress B - 750-830 (Points x 0.75) C - 670-750 (Points x 0.5) D - 590-670 (Points x 0.25) F - < 590 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: Lead Me Not (Alluria) “We gain the strength of the temptation we resist†The power of the succubus is temptation. Alluria is beautiful and almost impossible to resist, but she is poison. Do not succumb to her. Eat mindfully and continue the good habit of maintaining a daily deficit. Tracking purely on food logged against a daily fixed calorie target this time, instead of including exercise calories. Achievable Points: +1 CON, +1 CHA A – 40+ Days on Target (Points x 1) - Current Progress B - 39 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 37 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <37 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: The Wisdom of Solomon (Mephistopheles) “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.†There is only one way to defeat the Father of Lies: with Truth. Slightly different reading challenge this time, with apologies to Doc Feelgood for completely ripping this idea off from his recent challenges. I’ll use my YouVersion bible app, choose some reading plans and begin each morning with 15 minutes to read and absorb that day’s word and get myself right for the day ahead. Ideally, it’ll be six 7-day plans, but we’ll see where it leads. Achievable Points: +1 WIS A - 42 Days (Points x 1) - Current Progress B - 40 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 36 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <36 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Minis: #1: Hoth Battle - Done! +1 STA #2: Yoga with Yoda - Done! +1 WIS #3: Combined Force #4: Recipe Book #5: Helping the Pilots #6: Blaze of Glory IRL Things: Following my triumphant performances as "Doo-Wop Backing Vocalist #4", Queen tribute Granny Tranny, Scar's Hyena Sidekick, and Augustus Gloop, I can now officially announce I will be making a return to the stage on the 7th and 8th November playing a WW2 soldier in our church's annual fundraising show, which this year is a seriously emotional musical named Hope & Glory. Thankfully, no speaking part this time. Just as a bit of background, every single penny raised at the shows, either from ticket sales, or the associated auction and raffle afterwards, goes to our Christmas giveaway where we give toys and food parcels to struggling families in our local community. At last count, the total given away over the last six or seven years is somewhere around £90,000. The Wolverine and I will be making a road trip to (not so) sunny Bradford, Yorkshire from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November for our annual church conference, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse to go off the rails, even though we will most likely be faceholing the world’s best curry at Akbar’s on the Saturday night, and if previous years are any indication, an outstanding fish and chips at Murgatroyds on the Friday. I do have two days’ wiggle room on the calorie challenge, but I’d rather not use both in the same weekend. I’ll be logging food as normal for those days, and attempting to make good decisions. In terms of workouts, I’ll just need to make sure I either have my schedule nailed, or get a slight cushion built up just in case. Oh, and this challenge ends right before my birthday. Pleasing.
  10. Hi all!!! I have missed you and your banter the last month or so, and I am excited to be in a place where I can rejoin the fun! I am sure you have lots of questions about where I disappeared to last month. The simple answer is down a deep dark rabbit hole. The good news is that I am changing jobs next week! Wahoo! So that means no more deep dark rabbit hole of emotional despair. I am back, and I am happy, and I am ready to take on the world! Thus the challenge title...despite not being a gamer I thought it fit nicely. So what is the new plan? Well, the new epic quest is to be in the best shape of my life. How will I know when I have gotten there? I have metrics, to be discussed in a later post. But it ultimately means, I can say to someone, "I am in the best shape of my life," and mean it. This is going to be a long journey with many segments and challenges to accomplish. The first segment will end 1/29/2016 - aka my birthday. Why this point? well for one its approximately 90 days away which is a nice round number for goal setting, two I went and did a bodpod measurement and was told to come back in 90 days, three who doesnt want to celebrate another year by feeling great and knowing they are making progress towards being the person they want to be? Okay new quest, that means the first thing I have to do is reset and start developing healthy habits.This challenge is all about breaking the old bad habits and creating a foundation for new healthy habits. I have 4 challenges this time around, and they all play nicely on one another, so if I am successful in one, it will help me succeed in another. They also are not broken out by healthy and fitness and life they each have an element of both. Okay on to the plan... Deficit Daze Getting the bodpod assessment means I have an accurate estimate of what my BMR is, and a nutritionist's recommendation for caloric intake to accomplish my goals. As such for this challenge I shall strive to eat within the recommended range, 1100 cals on non active days, and 1300 cals on active days. (I use MFP to track food) Scores shall be awarded by how close I get to this recommendation each day. Since eating under will be nearly impossible for me, I know from previous CICO tracking experience, grades are going to be assessed by how far over I go. A - <10% over (1210/1430) B - <20% over (1320/1560) C - <30% over (1430/1690) D - <40% over (1540/1820) F - >40% over Sugar Slayer I am not going to hit my deficit goals if I keep consuming sugar at the rate I have been. I stress eat, and lord knows there has been way too much stress in my life the last month. As such my sugar consumption is through the roof, typical day is at least 1 soda and a candy bar. I must slay my sugar habit once and for all! For this challenge I am going to try gamification. We shall see how it works, my husband pointed out Im not into RPG games so why would it work in health and fitness land? But I am stoked about my plan and want to give it a go. I want a healthy relationship with sugar, not an all or nothing. My goal is to get to what I consider healthy sugar consumption, which is 2 sugar filled treats a week. Since this is a journey and probably my biggest weakness, I know this habit is going to take the longest to turn around. I have developed levels to indicate where I am on the path to becoming a master sugar slayer. These levels are based on how many consecutive days I have gone without an "overload", aka more than 2 sugar treats in a week. For this challenge the goal is to get to apprentice level....if I dont mess up once, I can get to master for my birthday... Initiate - fewer than 30 days Apprentice - fewer than 90 days Master - more than 90 days I have developed some other rules to make this successful. I get one overload every 28 consecutive days. Additional overloads send me back to the start of the level and I start over with no consecutive days carrying over from the previous level. So if I have too many overloads as an apprentice, I stay an apprentice, but I have to start over on building up to 90 days, the 30 days from the Initiate level dont count anymore. Money Manager Okay next goal, I need to curb my spending on food. Its silly. I have prepped meals sitting in my fridge and I choose to go buy breakfast and lunch out. This makes my budget ( and my husband) very unhappy. Instead of making this about taking the meals you have I am making this about how I spend my money, because I know I will do better, since money motivates me. We each get fun money in cash each month. With the idea being we can spend it how we want and the other person does not need to know where it was spent. For this challenge, I am laying down the law that if I want to eat food by myself, breakfast, lunch, snacking, SUGARY TREATS, I must buy this food with my fun money. There is a total of $140 in fun money on the table for these 6 weeks. I will come up with some awesome way to spend what is left at the end of the challenge. No grades or levels here, I will just report fun money amount, and what awesome thing I can buy with it at the end. Lazy Bones Last thing I want to work on is my activity level. I have been super lazy the last month and that needs to stop. For this challenge its is about changing my habits at home, so its a combination of 3 challenges into one. The goal, have 120 active minutes each day. This is not fitbit's definition of active either, active minutes to me is time spent not on my butt watching tv, crafting, reading, or otherwise being lazy. In order to achieve my goal each day, I must get so many active minutes from certain activities. 20 minutes yoga 30 minutes fitness 30 minutes house 10 minutes food prep Notice, that only adds up 90 minutes...which means I have 30 minutes to fill as a please. Some days maybe my workout will take longer, some days will be house intensive, some days will be a fun activity. I am also making a rule that if one activity type is not completed that day, I cannot get bonus minutes added on. For instance, if I spend 5 hours on a Saturday working on the house, but dont go work out, I only get to record 90 minutes of activity for that day instead of the full 5 hours. The goal for this challenge will be to record 5000 minutes of activity. Okay thats the plan...Im sticking to it! Good luck to everyone on this challenge. I know we face many difficulties ahead as the holidays approach.
  11. Introduction: I joined NF a week before the April 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first three challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. I’ve gone from 255 lbs at the end of January, to 232 at the start of my first 6WC, 223 at the start of my second, 211 by the third, and 203 as of right now. It’s a work in progress. There's no specific weight number in mind (yet - this might change as the challenges go on), but I suspect it might be somewhere around the 170-180 range. Life Quest: I'll lift this straight from challenge 1, it still hasn't changed. Dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to overhaul my entire wardrobe by the end of 2015, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. My specific aim is to get properly fitted for one good quality, tailored, (possibly three-piece) suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it. I'm sick of being disgusted when I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. The wardrobe goal is progressing nicely. There’s been two mass culls already. Okay, down to business. My fourth challenge, and my first attempt at a “themed†challenge. It’s my variation on the Walk to Mordor, adapted for one of my favourite books. I read it for the first time in 1988, when I was 15, and I’ve probably re-read it every 2-3 years since then. It speaks to everything I believe about determination and mental strength, and inspires me every time. It’s really just a loose wrap-around theme for my latest set of exercise goals, but hopefully it’ll help keep me inspired and focused when things get tough. I won’t spoil the plot, unless you open this: In the book, the Walk starts at the Canadian border in northern Maine and works south towards Boston, covering a distance of over 400 miles. I’m nerdy and obsessive enough that I’ve plotted out an approximate route using some of the landmarks mentioned in the book, and I’ll use that as a mapping to the mileage I cover in Quest 2 of this challenge and reflect it in my daily/whateverly updates. Really, it’s all just an elaborate excuse to allow me to roleplay and play make-pretend for a few weeks. So, the Quests… Quest 1: “Picking Them Up and Putting Them Down…†As with my first three challenges, the metric used will be Calories Burned in exercise. No daily targets as such, just achieve a minimum of 20000 over the 42 days. To achieve this, I can use the elliptical, exercise bikes, steppers, treadmills or go outside and walk/run, using my phone app to track. Achievable Points on offer: +2 STA, +1 STR, +1 DEX The Prize: A - 20000+ (Points x 1) - Completed Oct 20! Warning 1: B - 18000-20000 (Points x 0.75) Warning 2: C - 16000-18000 (Points x 0.5) Warning 3: D - 14000-16000 (Points x 0.25) Ticket: F - < 14000 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: “I’m the Rabbit.†Tied into the exercise I do in Quest 1, I’ll also be tracking the distance I cover in miles. I’m splitting this out because it’ll force me to vary my exercise in order to hit the mileage targets. The elliptical burn I generally use in Quest 1, although great for racking up the calorie count (I do it at a high resistance level), oddly generates a comparatively small amount of mileage. If I want to hit targets for Q1 AND Q2, I’m going to have to up my game and do other things as well. There’s also a little formula in place for “outlasting†other competitors – every complete mile over 10 miles I cover each day will cause one Walker to drop out of the race, as will days with a burn of over 500 calories, and days with a deficit of over 500. That part isn’t scored, it’s just a fun little addition to my spreadsheet below. These are all just motivational tools to keep me going. Editing to add: I mentioned this during my last challenge, but the mileage count won't just be limited to walking, despite the theme. 400+ miles walking over one challenge won't be do-able for me, so I'm allowing myself cycling miles as well. Driving isn't allowed, though. Achievable Points on offer: +2 STA, +1 DEX The Prize: A - 400+ (Points x 1) - Current Progress Warning 1: B - 350-400 (Points x 0.75) Warning 2: C - 300-350 (Points x 0.5) Warning 3: D - 250-300 (Points x 0.25) Ticket: F - < 250 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: “I’ll Dance on Your Grave, Scarface!†I will do 1000 bastardos within the 42 days of the challenge. No daily targets, just get the 1000 done Achievable Points on offer: +2 STR, +2 DEX The Prize: A - 1000+ (Points x 1) - Current Progress Warning 1: B - 870-1000 (Points x 0.75) Warning 2: C - 750-870 (Points x 0.5) Warning 3: D - 630-750 (Points x 0.25) Ticket: F - < 630 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: “Dom L’Antio Loves You All!†A repeat of last time. Let's stay mindful of CI-CO, get a consistent deficit happening, and keep getting the body fat down. Ideally looking to have an average daily deficit of 500 or more by Day 42. The official metric here will be Days in Deficit, and tools used will be my assorted phone apps (for tracking my calorie intake and daily walking), the displays on the gym equipment, and my Mifflin-St.Jeor magic number. Achievable Points on offer: +2 CON The Prize: A - 40-42 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) - Current Progress Warning 1: B - 39 Days (Points x 0.75) Warning 2: C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5) Warning 3: D - 37 Days (Points x 0.25) Ticket: F - <37 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 5: “God’s Garden… is Full… of Weeds…†Continuing the effort to spend less time on pointless nonsense and become a better person, I will complete four books during this challenge. 1. "The Road Less Travelled" - M. Scott Peck - Completed Oct 13 2. "You're Not Doing It Right" - Michael Ian Black. - Completed Oct 3 3. "The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers" - Mark D. White - Completed Oct 19 4. "Lost In My Own Backyard" - Tim Cahill. - Completed Sept 17 Achievable Points on Offer: +1 WIS, +1 CHA The Prize: A - Completed 4 books (Points x 1) - Completed Oct 19! Warning 1: B - Completed 3 books (Points x 0.75) Warning 2: C - Completed 2 book (Points x 0.5) Warning 3: D - Completed 1 book (Points x 0.25) Ticket: F - Complete none (Fail. 0 Points.) Minis: #1: Two Truths, One Lie - Done! +1 CHA #2: To Do? TA DA! - Done! +1 WIS #3: Climb That Mountain - Done! +1 STR #4: Fall Comfort Foods - Done! +1 CON #5: Brave Up! - Done! +1 CON #6: Push It! - Done! +1 CON Motivation: The Suit is now in sight. I started this year as a 42" waist on my work trousers, a 19" collar shirt, and all of my t-shirts were XXL and even those felt snug. During the last challenge, I got into a pair of 34†jeans for the first time in almost 5 years. I’d said before that I would be happy with 34 or less for the suit, so at the end of September, I’ll head to the tailor and get measured up for it. Beyond that, the goal will be to continue refreshing the wardrobe. The suit will mark the end of the first chapter of this adventure in a way. I’ve already started thinking about what the next level will be for me. When I reach a goal weight, or a number I’m comfortable with at least, I’ll set out some plans. You will notice from the Spreadsheet of Infinite Justice below, I'm running this challenge Saturday - Friday, rather than the standard Monday - Sunday. I have a family wedding to attend on October 24th, so pulling this forward by 48 hours means I'll finish right before the wedding. Because, you know, cake and beer. Don't you judge me!
  12. Getting straight back into it, since the downtime is cut to one week this time around. Whoooo! Introduction: I joined NF a week before the April 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first two challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. Anyway, my first two challenges went well, and now I'm ready to push on. I’ve gone from 255lbs at the end of January, to 232 at the start of my first 6WC, 223 at the start of my second, and 211 as of right now. It’s a work in progress. There's no specific weight number in mind (yet - this might change as the challenges go on), but I suspect it might be somewhere around the 170-180 range. Life Quest: I'll lift this straight from challenge 1, it still hasn't changed. Dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to overhaul my entire wardrobe by the end of 2015, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. My specific aim is to get properly fitted for one good quality, tailored, (possibly three-piece) suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it. I'm sick of being disgusted when I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. The wardrobe goal has been progressing slowly. There’s been one mass cull already, and another one will follow. Quest 1: …the Trail of Sweat As with my first two challenges, the metric used will be Calories Burned in exercise, only this time with a slight modification. No daily targets as such, just achieve a minimum of 20000 over the 42 days (last challenge was 10000.) How I achieve this will also be a little more flexible than before. It won’t just be limited to the cross trainer in the gym. I can also use the exercise bikes, the steppers, treadmills or even go outside and walk/run, using my phone app to track. This will hopefully prevent cross trainer boredom, which has been a potential issue. Again, going with the Spezzy Sliding Scale, rather than straight pass/fail. Achievable Points on offer: +2 STA, +2 DEX A - 20000+ (Points x 1) - Completed Aug 31 B - 18000-20000 (Points x 0.75) C - 16000-18000 (Points x 0.5) D - 14000-16000 (Points x 0.25) F - < 14000 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 2: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor The body hitting the floor will be mine. I will do 1000 burpees within the 42 days of the challenge. No daily targets, just get the 1000 done. Find a way, not an excuse. Achievable Points on offer: +2 STR, +2 DEX, +1 STA A - 1000+ (Points x 1) - Completed Sep 4 B - 870-1000 (Points x 0.75) C - 750-870 (Points x 0.5) D - 630-750 (Points x 0.25) F - < 630 (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 3: Get the Fork Outta Here A repeat of last time. Let's stay mindful of CI-CO, get a consistent deficit happening, and keep getting the body fat down. Ideally looking to have an average daily deficit of 500 or more by Day 42. The official metric here will be Days in Deficit, and tools used will be my assorted phone apps (for tracking my calorie intake and daily walking), the displays on the gym equipment, and my Mifflin-St.Jeor magic number. Achievable Points on offer: +2 CON, +2 CHA A - 40-42 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) - Final Grade B - 39 Days (Points x 0.75) C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5) D - 37 Days (Points x 0.25) F - <37 Days (Fail. 0 Points.) Quest 4: Read ‘Em and Weep Continuing the effort to spend less time on pointless nonsense and become a better person, I will complete the following FOUR books during this challenge: 1. The Road to Character - David Brooks - Completed Aug 12 2. More Than Ordinary - Doug Sherman - Completed Aug 7 3. Love as a Way of Life - Gary Chapman - Completed Sep 1 4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head - Dan Harris - Completed Aug 21 Achievable Points on Offer: +2 WIS. A - Completed 4 books (Points x 1) - Completed Sep 1 B - Completed 3 books (Points x 0.75) C - Completed 2 books (Points x 0.5) D - Completed 1 book (Points x 0.25) F - Complete none (Fail. 0 Points.) Untargeted Mystery Quest: The Rabbit No scoring against this, but I’m going to log all of the mileage I accumulate from walking/running/cycling/gym, for use as a baseline as part of “SomeGuyFromScotland IV: I’m the Rabbitâ€. Sssshh. It’s a secret. Minis: #1: Thinking Deep - Done! +1 CHA #2: Be Brave - Done! +1 CHA #3: Leapin' Lizards! - Done +1 STA #4: Morale Boost - Done +1 CHA #5: Dining Hall - Done +1 WIS #6: Finish Strong - Done +1 STR Motivation: As before, new clothes. I started this year as a 42" waist on my work trousers, a 19" collar shirt, and all of my t-shirts were XXL and even those could feel tight. Progress has been made, and slowly the fat clothes are being shed. If sufficient progress is made by the end of this challenge, I may head to the tailor and take the first step towards the main goal, by getting measured for my suit. If I'm still a little short of where I want to be in terms of measurements (probably looking to get to 34" waist, 15/16" shirt collar, 40/42" chest, around there somewhere) , I'll get some new jeans and shirts instead. Progress (Completed September 6): As always, feel free to tag along for the ride. Your supports will be gratefully received.
  13. MAIN QUEST I want to create and maintain habits that lead to a happy, healthy, and less stressful life. My job gets crazy around the holidays, so I'll need an island of calm - enter cycling! I discovered it about two months ago and we've had a whirlwind romance. I think it could be the one I do long rides on the weekends and I'm not about to give that up! However, one or two long weekend rides can't fix everything. This challenge is going to be about supplementing those long rides with other healthy behaviors. I'm going to be a bit harder on myself this challenge - my last (and first!) challenge was a great intro to the process, so now I'm going to step it up a bit. I want to get down to 130lbs, obviously not within the next six weeks, but that's where I'm aiming. A little about me, I started losing weight and getting healthy in June of this year. I've lost 27lbs so far, but I'm not done yet! I'm a photographer and I really, really love to ride my bike. I also enjoy weightlifting and Krav Maga (although I no longer attend the Krav classes at my gym - I'm trying to get my hands on some focus mitts and a kick shield so I can do the drills in my garage.) I'm working on commuting more by bike - I've been ditching the car for all trips under 3 miles, as long as it's not dark or shitty weather. FITNESS GOALS 1. Eat to lose (and win!) Eat at or under 1560 net calories/day, six days a week. Average at or under 1560 calories/day each week. This is a PASS/FAIL goal. I get either 100% or 0%. +5 CON 2. Ride, ride, ride. Do at least 3hrs of cycling per week. 3+ hours, 100%. 2-3 hours, 66%. 1-2 hours, 33%. 0-1 hours, 0%. +4 STA 3. Strong body, strong mind. I love cycling, but it can't be my only workout. I will supplement my cycling with two weightlifting workouts each week. I'll follow Starting Strength. 2 sessions, 100%. 1 session, 50%. No sessions, 0%. +4 STR LIFE GOAL Make the bed every morning. I hear that this is one of those "gateway habits" for a better morning. I'll make the bed every Monday-Friday. I suck at mornings, so let's give it a go! Scoring is percentage-based each week based on days completed. +2 CHA STARTING STATS Weight: 152.5lbs Neck: 12.9in Waist (cheated): 29.5in Hips: 40.5in Photos for comparison:
  14. Hey friends! I'm jumping into the challenge a few days late because I just got back from an impromptu vacation. I had all my challenge goals worked out a few weeks ago, and then last week, I broke up with the man I had been dating for 4 years and living with for 3. I've found myself suddenly in upheaval, and I'm going to use this challenge to aid me in this transition. I started my journey to fitness in June, and I'll be damned if I let my progress get away from me! A little about me, I'm a 27-year-old photographer living in New Mexico. I'm one of the lucky ones whose passion and profession line up I take a Krav Maga class twice a week, and I also enjoy weightlifting and riding my bike. (I don't call it "cycling" because it's more like "toodle around town for awhile".) These workouts, I have found, are enormously helpful in maintaining my sanity in this troubling time in my life. Onward! Nuribaby's Journey to Healthy and Happy MAIN QUEST My goal is to figure out what my life looks like post-breakup. As usual, the best way to discover is to do! I will establish a healthy and happy lifestyle by making it both a habit and a priority. MOTIVATION So what will my life look like? FULL. FITNESS GOALS Eat at a caloric deficit, averaging <1630 net calories/day. Each day will be worth 1 point, with a total of 39 possible. (I am cutting the first week in half due to my vacation.) I will be tracking this through Myfitnesspal (link in my signature) and checking in weekly.​​ A=35+, B=31-34, C=27-30, D=23-26, F=0-22Eat 1 home-cooked meal/day. Each day will be worth 1 point, with a total of 39 possible. (I am cutting the first week in half due to my vacation.) I will be tracking this through Myfitnesspal (link in my signature) and checking in weekly. A=35+, B=31-34, C=27-30, D=23-26, F=0-22Exercise 3x/week. Each workout will be worth 1 point, with a total of 16 possible. A=16+, B=13-15, C=11-12, D=9-10, F=0-8. UPDATED 9/23 to reflect main quest commitments.LIFE QUEST An important aspect of my main quest is a happy lifestyle. Right now, my bedroom still looks like a room for two where one has moved out. I want it to feel like mine, so I can get a restful night's sleep and feel at peace. I have until challenge end to accomplish these changes: Finish getting all of his things out. As it stands, his empty computer desk and chair, a few books, and some old computers are still hanging about. Half his clothes are still in the closet. I need to get these things out.Rearrange the furniture. I want it to look like a completely different room when I walk in.Paint a wall. I love color. I want tons of it.Hang up my favorite painting. Right across from the bed, so I can see it each morning. Editing to add...Get all his things back in. I completed #1, but then we got back together. Getting his things back in, while finding a place for everything, is his responsibility - but I'll lend a helping hand.I am making Monday my official reporting day. I'll still pop in each day with general progress notes, but on Mondays I will weigh myself, take measurements, and report my official grade for the week prior. LOOT! The rewards for my life quest are self-evident - a new and lovely bedroom! For my fitness quest, if I earn an A (90% or above) at challenge end, I get this freestanding punching bag. Onward and upward! Edited to add, STAT POINTS! If I complete three weeks successfully, I can potentially receive +4 CON (goals one and two), +1 WIS (goal two), +2 STA (goal three), +1 DEX (goal three), +1 STR (goal three), and +1 CHA (life goal). At challenge end, I can potentially add +1 CON (goal one), +1 WIS (goal two), +1 STA (goal three), and +1 CHA (life goal). These will be adjusted based on my letter grade.
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