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  1. I'm keeping things really simple this challenge. I've had a problem with overthinking everything, making things too complicated, and then becoming overwhelmed by the complexity. So, the action plan is to simplify everything and stop getting in my head so much. 1. Jogging or rucking 3 times/week. I've spent too much time trying to come up with perfect workout circuits, and then the whole thing becomes so complicated that I end up not actually working out. So, instead, I'll be jogging. I still don't love jogging, but there's something appealingly simple about just firing up Zombies, Run, putting on music, and going. If I don't feel up to a run, then I can always toss 10 lb in a backpack for a nice walk. I also pass 4 sets of pull up bars on my jogging route, so I will intersperse 10+ pull ups into my jogging sessions. 2. Batch cooking: Rather than having to think each day about all of my meals and then feeling too lazy or overwhelmed to cook something, I'll make sure I always have plenty of healthy leftovers. The goal is that whenever I run out of or am too bored with my leftovers, I need to fire up the crock pot and make another batch meal within a day. 3. Piano: I still need to record songs, and I still tend to be too perfectionistic about everything. In order to relax a bit more about being a perfectionist, I'm going to post at least 3 piano videos before the challenge is over. It doesn't matter if the songs are a mess. I just have to post something. To be fair, I do need things to be fairly polished, but I also record my "real stuff" on Garage Band, and thus can fix minor mistakes. So, there's no reason to aim for 100% perfection on everything. 4. Procrastination stuff: I've been dragging my feet and coming up with every excuse not to finish a few things. And I need to stop. I have a list in my head of maybe 6 things that I have been failing to finish. By the end of the challenge, I will tackle and complete at least 3 of those tasks. 5. Cleaning: I need to clean more. But telling myself to just clean means it doesn't happen. In the spirit of keeping things simple, I will once again return to Flylady and just follow her plans, with substitutions if I don't find the daily task relevant for my house. I'll still hopefully get into the parkour gym a couple times over the course of the challenge. I'm in a bit of a holding pattern with the parkour, since the gym I prefer is temporarily closed (they're moving to a new location), and I just don't overly care for the other gym.
  2. So, true story - I chose the name Starpuck because... Well it started with an RPG game. (Shocking, I know.) We were just about to start playing Rogue Trader; a FFG set in the Warhammer 40k Universe, and I had chosen the career of Voidmaster. Basically, the ship's pilot. Now I had not seen BSG at this point (and I think we played this game back in 2012) and I was asking friends for suggestions on strong female sci-fi characters. Kara Thrace came up as one of them and I checked out this awesome video of her. I fell in love instantly and realized this was the perfect inspiration. Fast forward a few months and I come across Nerd Fitness. [After one of my hockey teammates wouldn't stop forcing the Cross-fit Koolaid down our throats, I looked up 'nerd fitness' just as a random google search and found one of the stories Steve shared about a nerd just getting healthy. I quickly countered her 'only Cross-fit works' propaganda with, "Or ya know, anything that helps you eat healthy, move more and focus on life long maintainable routines."] I decided then and there that this Nerd Fitness site was like MADE FOR ME! But, I needed a name! A cool name... one that was equally nerdy and sporty, and totally bad ass... And thus... Starpuck was born! As you can see in this picture, I was much 'softer' at this photo shoot, so I recognize I've made lasting changes. (Also, this is my girl, Amanda, AKA Egypt - who also is a nerd/hockey player!) To note; this picture was taken March 3, 2013. The same month as my first challenge with NF. I don't know what I weighed here, or any of my measurements, but you'll see the difference... In this shot (taken) August 2013. Five months. That's all it took to go from ^ to v. I didn't feel deprived of anything, nor tired. Nothing. I just ate super clean, strength trained 3x a week and ran or played hockey 3x a week. I was in the best shape of my life, and I felt great. Oh... and btw, that pic below... I weighed 140lb. But man, it was some lean muscled 140lb! Don't trust scales! (I'm the one on the left) ((Er, I mean the girl on the left. The one on the right is my teammate Poodle.)) And so we go back to the beginning. Largely a recopy from last challenge, which was a throwback to my most successful challenge on Nerd Fitness, just with some added tweaks to goals. Fitness Goals Strength Train: 3X / WEEK Sweat!!! 3X / WEEK Eating Healthy No honeybadger moments. (Might track to get an idea of what I am usually eating, but not track to reach certain cals/macros) Life Goals Budget Related: Keep track of ALL purchases in BuJo. Collect data, find trends. Keep up with the art: Do some art 3-4x a week. Boom. That's it! And it starts on Week Zero (because Old Challenges were 6 weeks, so I gotta go apples to apples here.) Also - if when this works? It will be the first time in the history of ever, that Starpuck achieves weight loss and body changing during the winter months. Today's starting weight sucks. But I had to face the facts: 157lb *waiting for sharks, and kind of splurgy weekend do not help
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