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  1. This is my fourth challenge, and I seem to be at a plateau. No weight loss, no significant gains in strength, and, most importantly, no further progress on getting into those shorts. And, it’s a really, really busy time of year and I have lots of stuff I need to get done. Most of which I have been avoiding the last few months. So. It’s time to kick things up a notch. Make some reach-for-it goals and get myself going again. I have 2 main goals for these 6 weeks: get into those shorts at long last dang it, and get sh!t done. I’m taking a cue from Chanda and using some nesting sub-goals that should push me towards the big ones. Here’s how I’m going to do it: Goal 1: Exercise. Weights: Nerd Fitness Barbell Battalion Rank 1B Workout. That’s lifting 4 times a week. I’ll be adding weight slowly to avoid injury. 24 possible points. A=24 points. B=22 points. C=20 points, D=18 points. I actually started this last week, and am supposed to take off every 6 weeks, so I’m giving myself 4 points to start. +2 STR, +1 DEXPark in the far lot 2x/week minimum – 12 points. A=12+, B=11, C=10, D=9. +1 STAGet in an “extra†walk (after dinner, weekend hike, etc) 3x/week minimum. 18 points. A=18+, B=16, C=14, D=12. +1 STAGoal 2: Mind the Diet The first two weeks of the challenge will be back to “induction†mode: <30g (net) carbohydrates per day. No grains, no sugar, no legumes, minimal dairy, minimal fruit and nuts. Veggies and meat, meat and veggies (and eggs). Hubby and I did this back in August. It helped. 14 days. 14 days=A, 13=B, 12=C, 11=D CONI will keep daily calories under 1800. 42 days. 40+=A, 38=B, 36=C, 34=D. +2 WIS +1 CONI will use a food-logging app (MyNetDiary) for everything I put in my mouth this 6 weeks to make sure I meet the other 2 goals. I hate measuring and keeping track of what I eat, but I find that I need to recalibrate my idea of what a serving size is a couple of times a year. It’s been over 6 months since I’ve logged regularly, so it’s time again. 42 days. 40+=A, 38=B, 36=C, 34=D. +2 WISGoal 3: Get Sh!t Done. Finish the Coursera class, do the required reading, lectures, tests and quizzes. Class finishes May 6. Finish the Woot! project and submit it to the AQI (by May 1) Finish the Plum Blossom Venn project (by May 27) Clean out shed (by April 28) Mulch garden paths (by May 5) Finish prepping garden beds (by May 10) Finish planting garden (by May 11) Cut back forsythia/red tip bushes (by May 27) Contact the retirement plan people from an old employer and make sure I’m still on their books (by May 1) Plan/execute younger daughter’s birthday party (by May 27) Plan summer trip (by May 15) Clear out closet (by May 6)That’s 12 items. 10+ done=A; 8 done=B, 6=C, 4=D. +3 CHA, +1 WIS, +1 DEX I probably won't be on the boards much, but I'll try to keep up with some of you anyway and participate in the guild challenges.
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