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  1. Life has been really busy now school has started again, and I'm having trouble keeping up and getting the stuff done that I want. To top that off, I got a nasty cold. It's getting better though My challenge this round will hopefully give me the structure I need to get everything running smoothly again. I love structure and schedules and lists. These things give me piece of mind, and help me "allow" myself to do things just for me. Update: I don't like my first challenge draft, and I'm going to completely change it. Quest 1: Eat healthy I've been logging all of my food in My Fitness Pal for over 5 months now. It has been good to get a sense of what I'm eating and how much I should be eating to create a deficit. But I'm starting to get obsessed by kcal and I'm not paying enough attention to food quality. Besides that: the binges have returned. I've been binge free for so long, and this feels like a real setback. I think the cause is that I don't eat enough nutrients and my body wants more. Stressing about staying within my kcal limit doesn't help either. So new plan: I'm going to eat 3 meals a day, one, maybe two snacks if I'm really hungry in between. But there are some rules: - The food has to be healthy (not heavily processed, made from scratch as much as possible, whole grains, fruit and veggies, that kind of stuff.) - I stop eating when I'm satisfied, not overly full, but not still hungry either - I can have a treat on special occasions like birthdays, parties etc. Quest 2: move Zumba and dancehall are still my workouts of choice. I want to get back to body weight training, but it has been proven hard to schedule that in. I've been making excuses not to have to workout. By the end of the challenge I want to have at least 1 body weight workout a week. But preferably 3 I was doing workouts in the morning, but my mornings are kind of full nowadays. So I'm thinking of doing them in the evening, see how that makes me feel. Quest 3: Adulting Back to lists! Lists make me feel in control and give me piece of mind. So I'm going to make lists with everything I need to do each day.
  2. 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.
  3. No, I'm not going to try to be a human this challenge. That would be asking too much I'm just using gifs from the show 'being human', because, well, it's a good show I've learned from my last challenge and made some minor adjustments, but nothing huge. Don't mess with a good thing, right? Food: Keep counting kcal I will aim for 1600 kcal a day on average. I didn't succeed last challenge, but I'll try again this one. In addition to this I can erase a bad day by eating no sugar or white flour for 3 days in a row. This to get me back on track if I fail. One sidenote: I have to eat no sugar/white flour AFTER the bad day (doens't need to be the day after, just not before). Average of 1600 1800 kcal or less: A Average of 1601 - 1800 1801-1900 kcal : B Average of 1801 1901 - 2000 kcal : C Average > 2000 Kcal: D Altered in week 1 Exercise: Just have fun Goal: 20 hours of exercise (4 hours a week) This can be anything. Dancing, biking, running, swimming, yoga, lifting. If I feel low on energy (like during shark week) walking is acceptable too. 16-20 hours: A 12-15 hours: B 10-12 hours: C < 10 hours: D Demolition: Do ALL the things Clearing all 3 goals will earn me 1 point. Completing 2 goals earns me 0.66 points, 1 goal 0.33 points. 22-33 points: A 17-21 points: B 11-16 points: C <11 points: D Extra goal: The scale is a bitch I'm going to weigh myself Monday at the start of the challenge, and Saturday when the challenge has ended. For each time I weigh myself in between I will put €5,- in the idiot jar (thanks for the inspiration Sarah!) The money in it will go to the kids savings accounts (where we put the money for collage, drivers license and a start fund when they get out of school) Cool spreadsheet Reward: Average = A Average = B Bodylotion Average = C Nice tea
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