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  1. This challenge I'll move on. Quite literally: we're going to move in with my MIL Not forever, just until we'll get the key to our new house at the end of December. We'll stay with my MIL for 6 weeks. Which will be a challenge on its own Not that I don't like my MIL, she is great and sweet and amazing. And it is beyond kind that she'll let us stay with her for so long. But still, it won't be my house. I'll have to adjust. Last challenges I've been working on "food freedom". Not letting my life be determined by food or my weight. And I've succeeded. Finally! But now it's time to take better care of myself. Give myself permission to eat healthy. Even if it's inconvenient at times. My sons almost always eat healthy. I just make the time to feed them right. I should do the same for myself. I'm worth taking care of. I won't need to make a challenge fitness wise: I'm still addicted to zumba and I'm loving the dancehall/hiphop/urban fusion classes I've been taking. I'm actually sad when I'm not able to go The plan Moving Week 0: nothing. The boys have the week off from school, so I'm just going to be doing stuff with them. Week 1: Decide on a new school for the boys (they'll start after their Christmas break in January), announce to the world when we're moving where Week 2: Sort through toys and clothes. Donate/sell stuff we won't be taking with us. Go through the shed if I'm feeling brave... (it is the biggest mess you've ever seen ). Buy boxes/wrapping paper and such. Week 3: Start packing. We'll be moving to my MIL at the end of this week Week 4: Settle in at MIL's house. Clean old house. We'll turn over our keys at the end of this week. Eating Clean Week 0: Find clean recipes that won't take up too much time to make, or can be made in bulk. Find pre packaged clean stuff. Also: I need to be able to make it at MIL's house, where I don't have my own kitchen stuff. Week 1: Focus on eating clean lunches (breakfast and dinner are pretty clean as is). Week 2: Focus on eating clean snacks Week 3: Is there any way I can clean up my food somehow? When is it difficult for me to eat clean, and how can I fix it? Week 4: Clean pepernoten, is there such a thing? And how can I get some?
  2. It occured to me that I haven't been paying much attention to my 2017 Roadmap. With only 2 challenges left in this year, its time to take stock of the rest of my goals for the year and make as much progress as possible. I haven't necessarily been neglecting the Roadmap as most of my goals have been aligned with the goals I set out for the year but some goals are further along than others. The purpose of this challenge is to get out that map and follow it to my selected destination. I've taken stock here and come up with a list of goals that still need work. The two goals that still require the most work are sleep and achieving Onederland status (weight below 200). Sleep Not only am I addicted to my snooze button but I perpetually get too little sleep. I made the goal to work on my sleep habits so that I could wake up on a weekday, at least once, without the use of an alarm clock. What was I thinking? I've only got 2 challenges left to achieve this. I'm going to spend this challenge working on getting enough sleep and then next challenge I can work on timing. Goal: Get at least 7-1/2 hours of sleep every single night. This entails going to sleep by 11:30 on weeknights. I'll also keep track of how many times I hit the snooze button. Currently, the max is 8 times! Bonus points for reducing. However, this could work against the other goal if I wake up sooner than normal. To do these effectively, I'll aim for a 11:15 bed time and try to start the alarm later in the morning. Onederland I have no intentions of losing enough to get to Onederland in the next two challenges but I need to keep my focus on this. More importantly, I need to focus on doing things that bring me joy and keep me fit and losing fat as a means to enjoy those other activities. This has two components: training focused on activites I enjoy or preparing me to be able to do whatever I want, and eating to fuel those activities and to learn to eat smart in a sustainable way so that my weight doesn't keep me from doing any of those activities. I am still pursuing a way to incorporate the benefits of Whole30 in a sustainable way. I go back and forth between the desire to not have to track food by eating compliantly and being able to accommodate variances in a smart way. Goal 1: Continue eating Paleo Plus (Paleo plus moderate dairy and limited whole grains). Rather than counting variances, if I want to accommodate non-compliant foods, I just need to track calories for that day and make it work byn staying under 1600 calories. This has the benefits of eating mostly compliant food and not needing to track everything but also being able to work in other foods while being aware of calorie intake. Eating non compliant foods over the calorie limit count as a variance. Since this goal is more lenient than before, I'll only allow 1 variance per week. I've been thinking a lot about the right training to prep for the HammerRace next year and there is no reason to wait until next year to start. So I've really stepped up my training. I will continue lifting according to my 5/3/1 program twice a week. I need to be better about accessory work and getting the most from my gym days. Each lift day will have 3 accessory movements, 2 push/pull, and 1 ab. I am woefully weak in the cardio area so I need to stick to cardio 3 times a week. This will mostly be at home so walking still counts, as will running, rucking, dancing, etc... I am being deliberately open about this as long as I get the 3 cardio workouts in each week. In addition to this, I'll be doing a kettlebell swing 30 day challenge. This is a daily challenge that rotates 4 kettlebell workouts, hopefully improving time. The 4 workouts revolve around goblet squats and KB swings. But wait, there's more. On one of those cardio days, I'll also throw in a bodyweight workout. I wanted to lift three days a week but I don't really want to drive to the gym 3 days a week so this is the compromise. This workout will include donkey kicks, clamshells, squats, sideleg raises, and this darebee workout Goal 2: Stick to the workout schedule. This may seem like there is a lot going on but I have already edited for RangerBrain. I did schedule 2 rests day each week. Also, the schedule worked out well to stick to the 30 days of the KB challenge. So my challenge will start on Wednesday during 0 week and end on the final Thursday of the challenge. Tidbits I still want to keep track of decluttering/house projects as well as being more present and spending time with family. I'll continue to report on it in my updates though there aren't any goals attached to it.
  3. My City of Ruins: A select few of you may remember me. I came, I did some challenges, I dropped some weight, and then life started life-ing me and I disappeared. In early 2015, I weighed 255 lbs. I joined a gym, started eating better, found NF, and in around 18 months, I'd just about scraped under 200 lbs, got myself a nice suit, and life was going... better. But interest started to flag, and a combination of work-related stress, family dramas, injuries, illness and dark depression took hold, and I went under the ice for a while. It started with some niggling aches and pains, which, after an extended period of doctor and hospital visits, were diagnosed as calcific tendonitis in the rotator cuff, and bone spurs in the neck. As I attempted to get those under control, my wife lost her mother, and my own mother's dementia gradually progressed. She suffered a series of falls and spent a large chunk of the early part of this year in and out of hospital for weeks at a time. We're getting some support with her care now, which is helping greatly, but the dementia is only going to worsen as time passes. With all of this in the background, I completely neglected my own well-being, quit exercising, ate like crap, didn't look after myself mentally, and spiraled into a dark place. I could feel my health worsening as my weight increased, to the point where everything was becoming uncomfortable, and I felt constantly sick, tired, and sore. At the end of July, I made the decision to rejoin the gym and go completely cold turkey from my arch nemeses, chocolate, cakes and fizzy/energy drinks. On my first visit back to the gym on August 1st, I weighed myself. 257 lbs. Back to square one, literally. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $100. The Rising: There have been two weigh-ins since I rose from the ashes. September was 248, October 244, meaning 13 lbs lost, against a backdrop of having my car smashed and written off, and picking up some bumps and bruises and a mild case of whiplash in the process. Gym attendance hasn't been quite as consistent as I would have liked, but forcing myself to go even inconsistently is better than where I've been. Other than a two-day spell where two of my kids had back-to-back birthdays, the food choices have been pretty solid. I managed the best part of ten weeks completely cold turkey, had a treat around the birthday bashes, and resumed progress afterwards. The goal is to get back to completely cutting off chocolate, cakes and fizzy drinks between now and Christmas, and then take it from there. Further On (Up the Road): And so, we beat on, boats against the current. There's no grand theme, no complex strategies, no delightfully colourful spreadsheets (this time, but they're itching to make a return), just some simple goals. Get to the gym, three times a week. This goal should now be a little more attainable for me, given that a couple of changes to my regular schedule are in the process of happening. As of Sunday, my church has switched to Saturday evening/Sunday morning services, which means not having to rush home on Sunday afternoon and do a quick turnaround to get back at it on Sunday evenings. Gym goal is to keep pushing the cross trainer level up, notch by notch. It's currently sitting at 20 mins at level 12/13. I'd like to get that up to level 15, and start working on building up a second run to end each session. During my first run on NF, I was starting and ending with 20 minute runs. I can get back there. Food goals, see above. My only restrictions are cutting out the chocolate, cakes and fizzy drinks. Other than that, I generally can be trusted to eat sensibly. Mental goals: stay positive, stay connected to my friends here, stick to my daily bible reading plan. The rest will take care of itself. What's coming up in this period? We're entering a busy new season in church again as we prepare for our annual giveaway, which of course means the return of the panto. SGFS regulars will know that I regularly get roped into performing in the shows, and this year will, I've been informed, be no different. Over the past couple of years, I've played (off the top of my head), a hyena sidekick in the Lion King, Augustus Gloop (Willy Wonka), the Tin Man (Wizard of Oz), Anger (Inside Out), Shere Khan (Jungle Book), Cogsworth (Beauty & the Beast), Mr. Potato Head (Toy Story), a couple of World War 2 soldiers, a Jersey Boy doo-wop singer, and a granny tranny in a Queen "I Want to Break Free" tribute. This year's panto has just been announced, and it's Shrek. No idea who I'm playing yet. Secretly, I'm hoping Fiona... Now, as a wise man once said, "Let's go to woik."
  4. This challenge will be a continuation of my challenge last week with a few new additions Part 1 Strenght training I have to go to the gym 2 times a week to focus on general body strentgh Part 2 Monday, wednesday and friday are mandatory running days Part 3 Nutrition will be reporting my total KCAL count here everyday Part 4 Training a new superhero. My girlfriend decided to join me in a viking run next year. This means training together and the emergence of a new super hero in our home.
  5. We are The Doodlies - aka Accountabiddlydoodlies - aka Miscellaneous Beings Intent on Losing Weight* *This is a Closed Group and only open to current and former Doodlies - you know who you are. Please PM for interest The Doodlies are a bunch of people who together for a while now. We have had our ups, we have had our downs. But the main thing is we stuck together for all that time. At this point it feels like we are in a bit of a slump lately. It is time we do something that helps us have a look into the daily grind we go to. To help us bond and better understand each other. With this idea in mind i had a bolt of inspiration yesterday. IN order to better understand each other every doodlie designs a workout challenge for the others. This workout will lst for a week and is meant to be a view into the routine of the doodlie who designed the workout routine. Every doodlie gets a number assigned. The workout of the week will be decided by a die roll. The workout routine you design has to be a routine where you need as little equipment as possible to make sure everyone can participate. If there are excercises that you can not do just ask the designer if there is an alternative you can do. If you run into any difficulties post them here to discuss them and help each other out. Try to keep you workout secret until you are rolled. We will roll for a new workout every sunday. Signup sheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LKN8iMALJ_olVKYXzihpJZwVDtLnu9RsLKJZ7sAqGKA/edit?usp=sharing
  6. We are The Doodlies - aka Accountabiddlydoodlies - aka Miscellaneous Beings Intent on Losing Weight* *This is a Closed Group and only open to current and former Doodlies - you know who you are. Please PM for interest. We Doodlies have experienced a lot of change over the years, yes plural, that we have been together. In the absence of a clear PVP challenge this time around, and the fact that I encountered the Great Yak on my recent travels, I was struck by a bolt of inspiration... It's time to return to our roots. I dug around and found the original accountabiddlydoodlies thread for your reading pleasure. We Doodlies haven't been as active recently so let's start with our original credo: I intend to lose some weight in a healthy, sensible way this challenge. Do you also intend to lose some weight in a healthy, sensible way this challenge? Then let us kick each other's rear ends for the next six weeks so that we stay on track! I think we can forego the introductions so instead of the original questions let's start out with some new ones: 1.) What is your main goal this challenge? We started off joining this group as beings intent on losing weight. Some of our goals have changed. Where are you now? 2.) What do you most want accountability for and what type of accountability would benefit you the most? How can we do to help you achieve your goals? 3.) Are you interested in a PVP this challenge and if so, what type? This, as always, is optional in addition to our regular merry band of supporters. Want to sit this challenge out or do you have a great idea for some competition? Or should we do something completely different?
  7. Sometimes, a network gets it completely wrong and cancels an incredible show because ratings are beginning to falter. As time passes, interest slowly renews in the darkest recesses of the internet, growing into a clamour, and eventually Netflix cobbles together a reboot. In the grand tradition of these shoddy and shameless rehashings... The Arrested Development of SomeGuyFromScotland A select few of you may remember me. I came, I did some challenges, I dropped some weight, and then life started life-ing me and I disappeared. In early 2015, I weighed 255 lbs. I joined a gym, started eating better, found NF, and in around 18 months, I'd just about scraped under 200 lbs, got myself a nice suit, and life was going... better. But interest started to flag, and a combination of work-related stress, family dramas, injuries, illness and dark depression took hold, and I went under the ice for a while. It started with some niggling aches and pains, which, after an extended period of doctor and hospital visits, were diagnosed as calcific tendonitis in the rotator cuff, and bone spurs in the neck. As I attempted to get those under control, my wife lost her mother as my own's dementia gradually progressed. She suffered a series of falls and spent a large chunk of the early part of this year in and out of hospital for weeks at a time. We're getting some support with her care now, which is helping greatly, but the dementia is only going to worsen as time passes. With all of this in the background, I completely neglected my own well-being, quit exercising, ate like crap, didn't look after myself mentally, and spiraled into a dark place. I could feel my health worsening as my weight increased, to the point where everything was becoming uncomfortable, and I felt constantly sick, tired, and sore. A month ago, I made the decision to rejoin the gym and go completely cold turkey from my arch nemeses, chocolate, cakes and fizzy/energy drinks. On my first visit back to the gym on August 1st, I weighed myself. 257 lbs. Back to square one, literally. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $100. So tomorrow will be four weeks clean. I'm treating this like the addiction it is. One day at a time, one decision at a time. This is my life now. Still, though, one thing was missing. And I've known all along what it was. My support system here at NF. Let the reboot begin.
  8. Well, I'm bulky again. This year has been a serious yo-yo, and up here at the crest of this most recent "yo" I'm needing to re-focus on my continual stated goal of getting lean to start dropping again. Once again I'm going with four goals with some minor tweaks over last time: 1. Sleep. Still going to play it loosely, but I've recognized that I have a weakness for binge-watching TV late into the night. To address that I'm going to limit myself to two episodes of whatever I'm watching on Netflix. 2. Wake. In the previous challenge I attempted to get up and do a bodyweight circuit every weekday morning. I realize now that was super-ambitious. Plus, I kinda hated it so by the end of the challenge I had blown it off completely. This time around I'm going to throttle back and try something new to me: yoga. Three days per week I'm going to start my day with a 15-minute beginner's yoga routine I found somewhere on the webs. Hopefully this will be a more pleasant way to start my day so I'll actually look forward to doing it. 3. Eat. I'm going back to counting calories--it's always been the best way for me to manage my intake. Six days a week I'm aiming for 2000 kcal, then Sundays will be a relatively free day. Macros aren't important, but food quality is. I'm aiming for 80% Paleo/Primal during target days. Free days need to be mindful without being restrictive. I think I can drop 1 pound per week with this approach and keep it sustainable. 4. Lift. After getting back to lifting in the previous challenge I'm really enjoying being in the gym again, but I'm finding that I still need to be careful with my knee and that the 5/3/1 (modified) program I was using to build strength isn't necessarily optimal for fat burning. I'm going to go with a 3x10 program and count on the increased volume (with shorter rest periods) to keep my heart rate up while still preserving lean mass. Gym target is still just two days per week which makes for a pretty comfortable life balance right now. With school starting back up and nothing really on the horizon until Thanksgiving I think I'm primed for a good run over the next few months. A strong challenge would be the perfect way to kick that off. Time to get after it.
  9. I took a break from challenges for a while. It was a really great time away for me to really wallow in a fantastic existential crisis. I got swept up in trying to be perfect, and live perfectly, and SO MANY RULES. It wasn't fun. It became really unhealthy, self-destructive and it's hard to improve your life when you really hate the way you live it. Soo.... here's a baby Moana! OMIGOSH SHE'S SO ADORABLE!!!! I had to make new long-term goals, but also I realized that the weight of a BIG goal is too much, and that it's okay to have a challenge that is not really about those goals. I just want to remember that this isn't drudgery, or a quest to be perfect. I just want to live my life and be okay with who I am and love those near me. And laugh more. Basically, I want to be Moana's Grandmother someday So back to the challenge goals: Goal 1: Spend 15 minutes dancing every day. Doesn't matter what kind of dancing. Just dance. Goal 2. Spend 10 minutes stretching and quieting my mind. Goal 3. Don't try to be perfect. Missed days are okay. Just celebrate something good about that day and move forward. Here we go!!
  10. AKA - Wonder Woman Goes into Battle Welcome to the third installment of this summer's Wonder Woman blockbuster challenge series! There isn't much new here but I'm continuing with what works and tweaking the rest. I have two primary goals - to prepare for this fall's HammerRace and to defeat the nasty scale. Naturally, my focus is more on the former and less on the latter. Hopefully taking care of one will take care of the other by default. If that doesn't work I might just take my hammer to the scale and that will be the end of it. I am rolling Week 0 as well as the Week 0 from the end of the challenge into this challenge to make another proper 6 week challenge. This format works best for me and the last challenge reminded me of that. During this challenge I have a family vacation planned from August 9th - 14th. The kids and I will be camping in the Rocky's and the Badlands. Then another trip the 25th-29th for the Minnesota State Fair. Power I am currently at the beginning of week 3 for my 5/3/1 lifting program. I won't actually have any time during week 0 to get to the gym since my first vacation starts mid week. But my goal is to hit the gym twice per week. Workout A is DL and OHP, Workout B is Squats and Bench. Grace I need to get 3 other workout sessions in a week, ideally each and every one of these will involve a hammer. This 6 week challenge will go up to just a few weeks before the HammerRace. I need to get comfortable doing some running with the hammer as well as just building up strength wielding the hammer. This will likely come to fruition with 2 Sledgehammer Shenanigan TM workouts a week, and then supplement with a short hammer run or just some tire slams at home. I am allowing some non-hammer substitutions. I will still benefit from some running without the hammer or maybe some rucking. While on vacation there will be a lot less hammering and more substituting with non-hammer activities. Wisdom I basically stopped logging food sometime during the last challenge. I'm still logging into MFP but I'm not doing anything. I really liked not having to worry about logging food during my Whole30 and I'd like to recreate that. I still use MFP for meal planning purposes but with the right choices I don't have to worrry about the MFP drudgery day to day. So I'm going to try a modified Whole30/Paleo so that I don't have to log food. The following is my attempt at making this SMART but really these are just guidelines. Unlimited - Paleo approved foods are allowed in unlimited quantities - as determined by appetite of course Controlled - There are some exceptions to Paleo that I am allowing but they must be in controlled amounts to still allow for not logging.. This also includes some calorie dense paleo approved foods. These should be in controlled amounts only... approximately 1 serving of each daily although exceptions are allowed if I can make a case for the choice. nuts, dairy, peanut butter, even some low processed whole grains Limited - These are foods that, in general, aren't condusive to my goals but it's also not good to be that restrictive and these foods are not necessarily bad enough to be variances. They are like variance wannabes. Other grains... I guess that's the whole list. I'm sure I'll add to this as I go. Variances - Last challenge I limited sweets to one per day. I get that not being restrictive is good for the soul but this was jsut too much. 3 variances are allowed a week. ice cream, pizza, sweets, fries... the list is long and we all basically know what is on this list. Some exceptions and fine tuning: This is all about being able to make good choices day to day so these are really just guidelines. I'd like to stick to it closely enough to be successful without logging food and without being too restrictive and allowing for some indulgences. Wonder Wonder is going to look a bit different this time. My sanity no longer hinges on making the most of my summer. The end of August and into September is always the most hectic time of the year and the transition from summer into the school year always makes me a little bit crazy. Qbert starts high school this year as well as cross country and any number of other acedemic clubs. Peach is properly in middle school and dance classes start up soon too. The class I teach starts in a couple weeks as well. Although this semester I am back to just 1 class and it is my favorite and easiest class. So Wonder here is focused on being organized and prioritizing so that I have time to relax as well. I really really need to start up my bujo again as there are lots of important dates to keep track of and I need to keep up on the crochet so I can organize an auction in October. This goal isn't very SMART as is but I think it will become more concrete as I go.
  11. I reached full circle again, diet wise: First I restrict. I've tried intermittend fasting, kcal counting, restricting food groups, cutting out sugar, doing shakes. You know, the diet stuff everyone tries. Then I binge. I get hungry, tired and I just don't care anymore. I eat everything in sight, and it feels good. At that moment that is. Then my pants don't fit like they should, or I sneak a peek on the scale and scare myself. Then I purge: I go on a really strict diet, and exercise every free moment that I've got. (I'm not talking about vomiting or something like that. I've never gone there luckily.) And then I loosen up a little, and 'just' restrict. And binge again.... You get the picture. I've tried to break this circle a few times now with mindful eating. Making smart choices, and listen to what my body really wants. And the crazy thing is: if I do this really well, I loose weight without restricting anything. I still eat my favorite foods, just in moderation. And healthy foods dominate my diet. Last challenge I restricted again, in the form of Intermittend fasting combined with kcal counting. And not surprisingly it ended in a binge, and that ended in thoughts about purging. But I'm not going to purge this time. I'm not going to restrict again. I'm going to listen to my body. And treat it with the love it deserves. And that's going to be hard. So here are some tools that I will use to help me with this: Limit screen time during meals. I can eat maximal 3 meals with a screen (phone, laptop etc.) a week. Eat regular meals, stop when I'm full, not stuffed. And only eat snacks when I'm hungry. Pick the best available option at that moment. This doesn't have to be the perfect choice. Just the most healthy thing that will satisfy me in that moment. Move because I love it, not because I ate too much. I love, love, love dancing! And I'm feeling pretty good about the kettlebell workouts I've been trying. But I still got to listen to my body, before I'm going to do a workout and during. And take the time to recover after a workout. Find ways to deal with feelings. Like journaling or meditation. Or pick up my recorder again. I don't know yet. To summarize: I'm going to treat my body with love, not hate.
  12. It's that time again.... Doodlie PVP time. Doodlies are all about competition, being supportive, kicking butt, breakfast foods, a little bit of smut, and being competitive. Did I already say being competitive? In order to check all those boxes, the Doodlies are once again opening their PVP halls to all rebels, to play side by side. This time around Doodlies and rebels will fight not against each other, but with each other. In an epic battle, Light will be battling Darkness by competing in 4 categories, fitness, personal enrichment, self care, and general healthy behaviours. More details to come... Want to play along? Just pick Darkness or Light and sign up here!
  13. I wasn't particularly looking forward to this challenge until I realized I could start now and roll the 2 week break into a proper 6 week challenge. 6 week challenge activate! Power I'll be starting Cycle II of 5/3/1. Spreadsheet is here. I'll be lifting approximately twice a week with 2 big lifts each day plus some accessory work, usually determined on the fly. Grace I'll be continuing with Jeff Galloway's running principles. The theory is every 2 weeks I test my 1 mile pace and use that to determine the training walk/run pace. Each week consists of 2 short runs and 1 'long' run. Every 2 weeks that long run will include a retest of the 1 mile pace. As part of Galloway's program, there are also 3 walk or cross train days. 2 of those cross train days will be my lifting days, the 3rd will be a hammer day. That leaves 1 rest day per week. I just completed my 1 mile test run this past weekend so I'll do that again in 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and then on the last weekend. I am hoping for improvement each time. The hammer workout will be some combination of Shovelglove, tire swings, or a short hammer run but the hammer will be neglected no more. Here is the tentative workout schedule for the challenge: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday off run 15-20min lift run 15-20 min lift Hammer 1.5 mile off run 15-20min lift run 15-20 min lift Hammer 1.5 mile* off run 20-25 min lift run 20-25 min lift Hammer 2 miles off run 20-25 min lift run 20-25 min lift Hammer 2 miles* off run 25-30 min lift run 25-30 min lift Hammer 2.5 miles off run 25-30 min lift run 25-30 min lift Hammer 2.5 miles* Wisdom My current goal is to be somewhere between logging food on MFP and intuitive eating. I have been logging food, with a 'goal' in mind but I'm not that concerned about the goal as long as I am making decent choices and eating when I am hungry. I usually go most of the day eating primal, paleo + dairy, and then add some grains to dinner. I'd like to have grains a bit less with dinner, either by having it less often, choosing better grain choices, or just smaller portions. Restricting them altogether isn't ideal. I tried tracking variances last challenge but the line between a variance and making a choice was getting blurry so I'm abandoning that. I do have some guidelines to follow: Plan the week's menu ahead and batch cook. Meal planning must include some veggies with dinner Eat all the freggies! Ideally no more than 1 meal without freggies a day but overall just keep track and aim for at least 3-5 freggies a day Edit for SMART goal: Get at least 4 servings of freggies a day. limit sweets. A little ice cream is OK some nights, maybe some chocolate, but stay in control and just don't go overboard. Edit for SMART goal: No more than 1 sweet treat a day. Focus on how food choices will make me feel. Will it satisfy my hunger? Will it make me feel bloated and full? I don't know why I make goals like this. I never stop and think about this when I am deciding on foods. My intention was to integrate some intuitive eating so I am not relying as heavily on the rules but it's not working. Wonder Does anyone else feel suffocated by time? It just keeps moving and there is no stopping it, whether you have something to hold onto or not. The summer is quickly coming to an end. This challenge ends a week and a half before the kids start school again and during that time is our family vacation. So the 6 weeks of this challenge mark what's left of my summer. I just don't want to squander it. I have a lot of crochet projects to work on for an online auction fundraiser I am planning but I also need to be present for others and take some time to relax. I've started a list in my bujo of some summer projects and to-dos. I'd like to look back the summer and have something to show for it and have experiences we can remember. EDITED: This goal isn't very SMART either. Now that I am consumed by crocheting for this fundraiser, I am not making much time for anything else, fun or adulting. I need to get back to filling in my bujo and making plans. Goal: Cross 3 things off my list each week. Do at least 1 fun activity per week with family - with the exception for the 1 week I am on my own.
  14. I am ready to kick some ass! I'm not doing the whole summer break thing For those who don't know me: I've got the fitness thing down, and I'm going to keep on dancing. Starting next week I'll dance 4 hours a week (two hours zumba and 2 hours dancehall) with an other instructor. I'm really looking forward to this! My life goals are settled too. I've got a few different small jobs now, and looking for more while still trying to do a great job at the ones I have. It's settled in my routine right now, so no need to make this a challenge. So what am I going to do this round? This challenge I will focus on weight loss. I will combine IF (intermittent fasting) with kcal counting. Now I know I've said I hate kcal counting in the past. But I don't seem to get out of it if I want to lose weight. And in combination with IF it's not that bad. I only have to plan two meals and one snack a day. I'm going to eat 1200 kcal a day, 1500 on the days I have zumba practice. I know I can't outrun my fork, but I do need a little extra after such an intense workout. My eating window will be between 12:00 and 18:00 (lunch, snack and dinner). This way I'll still be able to eat big meals and feel satisfied and still lose weight And to be more accountable I've registered with DietBet. I've paid 35 dollars and if I lose 4% or more of my weight within 4 weeks I get my money back and probably a bonus. If I don't, I lose the money. I've always been motivated by money, so I'm sure this will help me lots.
  15. I failed spectacularly. I have gained almost ALL my weight back, and I've been sick for the last 7 months with colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, and then COLDS. A nurse kindly said to me "It's very easy to neglect your health." and I realized being sick had become normal. I didn't think I was neglecting my health, I thought I was taking care of my loved ones and being a good family member. Just because I gained all my weight back and couldn't breathe without coughing, I mean... Yeah okay. I neglected my health BIG time. I knew I should be working out, I knew I needed to eat better, and I knew that I wasn't working. I was depressed, and all the things I was working towards seemed pointless and impossible. I lacked purpose, I lacked meaning, and I lacked a sense of self and life. Then I went to Ireland. Where I got an airplane cold (laughs bitterly) but it was an amazing experience! I drank beer! I had Guinness and Beef Stew! I had the best vegetable soup in the world! I climbed steep hills (coughing along the way) and I saw amazing views. I met people who were kind, grouchy, silly, and quiet. I saw ruins, I saw SO MANY SHEEP, and I had a wonderful time going somewhere with just my mom. And while I was REALLY happy to come home and recover in my bed and finally sleep, I finally understood why I failed so completely: My "Big Why" was not good enough. I mean, it's a good "Why" but it's not the "why" I need at this point in my life. My "Big Why" was someday I was going to have kids and get married and I wanted to be in great shape for all the life we were going to live together. I was saving for a down payment on a house, so I could move out of my parents' house. I was so excited to get ready for this life that I didn't have. I wasn't even dating. I'm NOT even dating right now. I have no interest in dating right now. The idea of moving out and living alone feels really sad and lonely to me if we're being completely honest. I LIKE having someone to say hello to in the morning. Eventually I know I'll move out and probably live too close to my parents, but right now, this is okay. So how can I work for a goal when it's not really what I want RIGHT NOW? What do I want? I want to travel and see the world! I am willing to work, to lose weight, to save, to live well and healthy for the end goal of traveling somewhere new. I want to climb up hills without the additional 100 pounds. I want to pack smaller clothes in my suitcase so I can pack more clothes I want to be strong and have the endurance to keep up with 4 hour walks seeing beautiful sights without melting into a pile of sweaty goo at the end of the day. I want to feel healthy and stop getting sick. I want to stop buying frivolous things and save my money, and I want to work and REALLY be successful so I can earn enough to travel more. Because I can say "Someday I want a family." but what really works for me is saying "The fall of 2018, I want to go to tour Tuscany and take a cooking class about making pasta and tiramisu." OH HECK YES. THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. A concrete goal, a firm deadline, and something I am almost guaranteed to do (provided they don't cancel the tour two times ) Having changed my Big Why for now, I feel motivated to really take care of my life, to stop hiding from the world, and LIVE. I have a reasonable weight loss plan. Eat 3 meals a day and drink lots of water. Alternate workout intensity every other day. So maybe one day is strength training and hiking, and the next day is yoga. Or one day is yard work and swimming, and then the next day is going for a walk. YOU GET IT. Sundays are my day off. No working out. Still three meals, but this is where dessert and fried chicken can have a spot. Or Irish coffee, RIGHT? Eating healthy meals, working out, and getting enough sleep. All important parts to losing weight and staying healthy. Working more. I work freelance, and I've let my business SLIDE. So now I'm back to work with renewed energy and motivation. I have something to earn money for that is in the near future, not just some "Wouldn't it be nice" dream. I might get a part time job to help save money when I'm between clients. I can do this! Getting out of the house and having a life between traveling. Spending more time with friends, going out to the movies, festivals. Climbing out from under my laptop to DO things. Take a class, join the local YMCA, explore the local museums. Lots of things to do by myself and with good company. It's funny, because a lot of what my plan is looks very similar to past plans. But it feels like it's purposeful now. I feel like there's a point. I have my Travel Wishlist, and I'm going to take the next few years and fulfill it. I'll come back about once a week or so to keep you updated on how the Respawning is going Have a wonderful day, and thanks for listening!
  16. This challenge is for doodlies only! If you've been a doodlie in the past you are welcome. Don't know what a doodlies is? Than I'm sorry but you're not one of us. We're going to play "Never have I ever..." If you want to join, sign up here. Please do so before Sunday, so I have time to make the schedule. Depending on the number of people playing I'll make a schedule for everyone to ask their question. If you did the thing that is asked you get the choice: a random darebee workout on your level. You can click here to generate your own random workout. OR you can do a workout of your choice for at least 30 minutes. OR you can eat 5 portions of freggies that day. The last option is only for people on a tight workout schedule or with injuries/illnesses/hangovers. If you have done the thing that is asked, we would like a detailed description of that occasion. But if it's too personal you don't have too off course (maybe just leave a few hints so we can work our imagination )
  17. Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. Guess who's back........!!! . . . No, not Slim Shady! Wonder Woman is back. The semester is over (or will be as soon as I finish grading) so it's time to pick myself up and get this year started properly. Is it coincidence or destiny that this coincides with the Wonder Woman movie release right at the beginning of this challenge? I will be taking an actual Week 0 this time around. I stil have a week of grading to finish up and I could really use a week off after my Whole30 last challenge. Power It's time to get back in that gym and lift some heavy shit and put it back down. I'll be starting up my 5/3/1 program again. I have a spreadsheet I developed the last time around on 5/3/1. I'll repopulate with my new numbers and share it here. The plan is to hit the gym 2 days a week and do 2 lifts each gym day. Day1: DL and OHP. Day 2: Squat and bench. I will use Week 0 to test 1RM. Grace Time to run. I didn't make the cut off to register for the 5k at the MN State Fair but we'll find some substitute plus I need to build some stamina for the HammerRace. I'll be using Jeff Galloway's running principles. The theory is every 2 weeks I test my 1 mile pace and use that to determine the training walk/run pace. I'll test my 1 mile pace during Week 0 so I can start in Week 1. Each week consists of 2 short runs and 1 'long' run. Every 2 weeks that long run will include a retest of the 1 mile pace. As part of Galloway's program, there are also 3 walk or cross train days. 2 of those cross train days will be my lifting days, the 3rd will be a ruck day. That leaves 1 rest day per week. Week 0 will consist of 1 ruck and the mile pace run. The schedule may change from week to week but basically the plan is something like this: M - Ruck T - Short run W - Lift R - Short Run F - Lift S - Rest S - 'long' run Wisdom This will be my food goal. It won't be that strict. I will use what I learned during Whole30 and find out what works best for me for a more sustainable paleo diet. This might be a certain number of variances a week, or counting freggies.. And I need to determine which Whole30 resticted foods I want to allow daily and which will be restricted. I'll likely just report my daily food log here and work it out as I go along. I will be logging food on MFP but I won't have a goal based on calories. Wonder Summer has arrived, at least according to the academic calendar. I have several weekends blocked off already to transport kids to grandparent's over the summer and all their various outings. I do not want to squander the remaining free summer weekends. I would like to plan something fun with the family each week and also spend some time on my hobbies that I have been neglecting. I think this summer I want to focus on some guitar practice and some crochet/quilting crafty stuff. Sims is a hobby too but I'd like to be able to produce something with my time other than a legendary Sim family.
  18. There was a nerd. She had everything her heart desired: true love, healthy children, wifi. But something was missing. She wanted more. She wanted to be stronger, healthier, independent, in control of her own life story. Than she met others like her: true nerds, wanting to better themselves. They too wanted to make their life stories epic. She made friends among them and created an alliance where they would help each other to stay on the path of health and happiness. They called themselves the Doodlies. Her ultimate life goal is: To raise her children and be there for her loved ones And what is a story without some good side quests? Quest 1: Eating and fitness habits I'm at week 7 of the "slow down diet". We like to think our personality is in a solid state, but it's fluid. Sometimes you're a mom, a daughter, a teacher, a clown, a superhero, a crook, a queen, an evil which, the list goes on and on. Every time you sit at the dinner table, or go to the gym, one of your personalities is at the wheel. The quest for this week is to identify what personality has the upper hand, and what it's motive is. If that personality is not helpful, you can invite an other one to join you. But: never judge or try to alter one of your personalities. Accept them for who they are and meet their needs when you can without hurting yourself or others. Quest 2: Work, live, laugh Each day has to be filled with work, but also with pleasure and some downtime. Housekeeping: one our each day (except for the weekend) Work: every hour the boys are at school, except for: Downtime: 30 minutes at the beginning of the afternoon, after I dropped the boys back at school, I take a nap, meditate or read something relaxing
  19. The War on Sugar continues. I've lost a few battles here and there but I'm slowly winning the war, and this challenge is dedicated to keeping up recent momentum to continue gaining ground. My strategy has always been to control what I put in the (largest) hole in my face, to beat my body into submission with copious strength and cardio exercise, and to recover properly with nightly sleep and timely breaks in the program. I see no reason for drastic changes right now. I'm still in the final third of my previous six-week program which will wrap up at the end of challenge week 1, and at that time I'll prepare a new program with minor tweaks to the individual goals. Unless it proves too confusing, that is. We'll see how this all pans out. Drink. I'm only drinking water, all day every day. I don't do coffee or tea, so if I let myself get mindless about beverages then I'll be completely undisciplined with sodas, which are my favorite alternative to water. Until I reach a sustainable body composition I'm keeping it strictly to H2O. Club sodas are permitted, but anything with calories and anything with artificial sweeteners is forbidden. Eat. I'll be programming my usual zig-zag calorie regimen of 80% Paleo-ish eating. The keep track of my overall nutrition I'll continue to measure my portions and log everything in MyFitnessPal. Daily calorie targets are set based on my current composition and activity levels, and I've populated them in to my usual spreadsheet for tracking challenge goals. Exercise. M-W-F are strength days wherein I'm currently doing a tweaked version of 5x5 with barbells after a prolonged warm-up of BBWW circuits. T-Th I've been walking and running respectively. Sat-Sun are rest days and could flex to absorb a slipped workout if I decide to take a mid-week rest day. Rest. Go to bed on time with all lights and devices off so I can get a full night's sleep. I haven't been as strict with this one, so I'm making it a point of emphasis for this challenge. I'm dropping "guitar" as an ancillary goal after Week 1, and I'm just going to focus on the four targets above. I will continue with my practice regimen since I'm still part of the worship team at church, but I'm not making it a rigid thing this time. I'm retaining the c-c-combo breaker concept as a way to get out of a failure spiral, but I'll be more flexible about what qualifies since it ends up being a largely reactionary event. Progress will continue to be tracked on the spreadsheet(s); and weekly check-ins will consist of scale weight, waist measurements (at the navel and the belt-line), and progress photos. At the end of this challenge I will go have my composition measured in the BODPOD for the first time since last summer so I'll know where I stand with respect to my goal line of 15% body fat. That's it, clean and simple. Let's (keep) do(ing) this thing.
  20. It has been a while since i have been here. I will explain why below. First of all i want to appoligize to all people who were depending on me one way or another for dissapearing all of a sudden. And now what happend. I have hit a financial low. I hada huge stack of bills that had to be paid. This led to the point where i was working 3 jobs next to my internship, study and excercising. I had to cut something out and not posting on Nerdfitness sort of happened on its own. The good news is that i got almost everything paid off, tomorow i am working my last shift on one of the jobs. The second job stops in 3 weeks. After that no more morning paper round but Weekend and nights paintball, airsoft, quad and archery tag. All in all a good deal. My internship is almost over. I started at a new gym and i completed2 more strongman runs. i will not start a new challenge yet, first get back into the habit of checking this site.
  21. Welcome my fellow Nerds, to this historic event! In the past Doodlies have battled against each other, but now, for the first time we will measure our skills against non-doodlies. If you want to join, you're in for the entire challenge. You can pick an easy challenge for a week when you have a busy schedule, or when you're not feeling well. But you must participate all 4 weeks. Sign up here. So, what are we going to do? If you have any questions you can ask here We start Tuesday. Week 1: 25 April - 30 April Week 2: 1 May - 7 May Week 3: 8 May - 14 May Week 4: 15 May - 19 May
  22. Last year was a rough year. This year I had planned to make a comeback, then I overcommitted and my schedule has been really busy. I've been waiting for too long and I don't want to do it anymore. I've tried a few different ways of working on my 2017 Roadmap despite my schedule with varied success. This time it is going to work. This is the last challenge with the crazy schedule and I want to position myself for an epic challenge next time around. I'll be working on 2 things and 2 things only - Food and Fitness Food - Whole30 I'm taking the plunge. I've been curious about trying it before but wasn't sure I could do it. I know I can do it now. I eat close to paleo already but my habits are littered with too many small variances that I don't even notice anymore. My habits are my worst enemies. They add up to barely maintaining my weight. I am hoping to kickstart some weight loss but most importantly I am hoping to get a refresh on my food habits so that I can get back to 80-90% paleo next challenge. This will start Wednesday of Week 0 so that the last day will be the last Thursday of the challenge. Fitness - Athena's Playbook I've struggled to find and make the time for fitness. I've managed to find small pockets of time but with no clear direction or schedule for fitness I haven't been able to use it well. Darebee to the rescue. Athena's playbook is a general fitness 30 day challenge that seems to fit the bill perfectly. It incorporates upper body, lower body, abs, cardio, and yoga. I can schedule the easier days around my schedule and as long as I at least do level 1 each day, it's a pass. I can do more if I have the time but it's not required. I will be taking Tuesdays as a rest day since it is the busiest day. I will start immediately on Monday and should finish at the very end of the challenge. Skipping a day is allowed if necessary but it will have to be made up to pass.
  23. Welcome back doodlies! And what shell we do this time? A battle between the waffles and the pancakes? Or something with the whole group? Let us know your ideas. Even the bad ones, because they can inspire someone else
  24. Welcome back Doodlies! This thread is for doodlies only. If you're not a doodlie, or don't know what a doodlie is, this is not for you. Sorry. So, what are we going to do this challenge? I'm drawing a blank here, but I'm sure that a lot of you have great ideas. Even if your ideas aren't great, just post them here. Maybe it will give someone else the inspiration to make it great Sign in sheet Score sheet
  25. This marks my 20th challenge since joining NF at the beginning of 2015, and in that time I’ve done a lot of good things for my fitness. I’ve also suffered some backsliding and struggled to get the fires stoked again. My body chemistry is responding just as it should to the choices I’ve been making. The weak link has been my mental fortitude, specifically with resisting sugar. My goals have been continually subverted by sweets, especially at home where my lovely daughter has developed some talent for baking. I’ve been falling for the “just one” trick that the brain weasels like play, and before I know it I’ve consumed an entire platter of pants-expanding evil. Then I generally have two parallel responses: I blow off any remaining discipline since I’ve already “ruined” my day and I soothe my wounded feelings with additional sweets (this also happens when I have a “bad” weigh-in). In spite of all I’ve learned I still cannot cope with the shame spiral. So in addition to my usual cadre of fitness goals this challenge will have two main points of emphasis: 1. Sugar is prohibited without exception. The best way to avoid a shame spiral is to not trigger one in the first place. When my brain says “What harm could it do?” I will look at this picture: 2. I need a c-c-combo breaker if I do start sliding down the spiral. Ideally that would be “yoga” but that’s not unilaterally actionable, so instead I’ll appoint my new treadmill to the task. Whenever I recognize a spiral I will run or walk a mile. I’m hypothesizing that a little physical exercise will be effective at improving my mood and helping me put down the spoon. Body composition continues to be the focus of my fitness quest. The extra body fat I’ve been carrying is still threatening to push me entirely out of my new (as of late 2015, when I got down to 14% bf) wardrobe, and I really don’t want to buy larger stuff. And since this challenge kicks off another round of SOULCON I'm building my challenge goals around the same fundamentals as last time: Drink. I'm only drinking water, all day every day. I don't do coffee or tea, so if I let myself get mindless about beverages then I'll be completely undisciplined with sodas, which are my favorite alternative to water. Until I reach a sustainable body composition I'm keeping it strictly to H2O. I’ve also recently discovered that club soda with a twist of lime can be very refreshing, so that’s been added to the good list. Eat. I'll be running my usual zig-zag calorie regimen of 80% Paleo-ish with additional complex carbs on "zag" days. To keep track of my overall nutrition I'll continue to measure my portions and log everything in MyFitnessPal. Daily calorie targets have been calculated based on my current composition and activity levels, and I've populated them in my usual spreadsheet. I’ve adjusted my targets upward slightly since consistent moderate fat burning has to be more effective than losing the same 5 pounds over and over. Exercise. Every weekday morning I'll do 40 pushups before even getting dressed for the day. Then immediately after work Monday-thru-Friday I'll do at least 30 minutes of exercise. M/W/F are programmed as strength days at the gym--a strength workout consists of 3 BBWW circuits for warm-up followed by a barbell lift or two and accessory strength work. On T/Th I'll run 5K before dinner. When I have been able to stick with it I’ve really enjoyed this program. Rest. This goal is primarily focused on getting proper daily sleep: I have the best success when I focus on getting to bed on time for a full night's sleep, so my spreadsheet will track my success with following my prescribed schedule. To aid this goal in this challenge I’ve set a daily alarm at on my phone to tell me to drop everything and go upstairs for bed. I'll also concentrate on recovery from the week's exercise on Saturday and Sunday, with the caveat that Saturday could flex to absorb a slipped workout if I decide to take a mid-week rest day. Guitar. Practice my guitar for a minimum of 30 minutes every day: focus on building strength in all four fingers of my fretting hand, developing better left-right coordination, and improving my picking technique. Practice only counts if I use a metronome or there’s a drummer keeping time. Rehearsals with the worship team qualify, but those will naturally be focused on repertoire. I want to improve my current techniques and break out of the 'intermediate' plateau I've been hot-and-cold with for the last 15 years. This is going to be a quest for the entire year, and I'm excited to develop my playing by mastering more techniques. Spreadsheet this time around is only tracking my goals. I have a separate sheet that I’m using to program my workouts, but I’m not going to clutter the thread with daily updates of that one. Since my Patriots-themed sheet worked so well with their championship I’ve rebooted the new set in Blackhawks colors for the upcoming NHL playoff run. You’ve gotta admit they look good. And since I’m going to be SOULCON-adjacent again I’ve programmed the full six weeks. Maybe this will help recapture some of my 2015 success, too. One additional tweak for this challenge: I'm going to do my weekly weigh-ins on Saturday instead of Sunday. This should lend better consistency to the scale numbers, and it will give me time to take progress photos and implement a combo breaker as needed. Sunday mornings are just too busy now. The last thing I'm considering is a reward. I haven't really had anything to shoot for lately, and I tend to respond well to carrots. It needs to be something substantial that I really want but won't let myself buy, and I'd prefer if it was something I'd use often. I'm thinking about a new guitar, but I'm also awfully tempted by the prospect of a new suit in time for Tank's wedding. I'd love to have some input on what y'all think will get me moving again. For now let's say the finish line for collecting the prize is 15% bodyfat when measured in the BODPOD. Week Zero is already making positive gains. Let’s do this thing!
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