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  1. Hey guys! I think it's about 3 years since my last ill-fated attempt at a challenge. But I shall embrace the spirit of resurrection embodied by this 10 Year Anniversary Challenge. I've been back on the fitness train, and the NF forums, for about a month or so, and it's going pretty well so far. I'm doing the things I want to do, and seeing the changes I want to see. So, the challenge is mostly going to be maintaining that momentum as I return to work in a few weeks. Looking back over the past decade... I'm in a very very different place. 10 years ago I was 28 and in my second year of specialist training. I was quite miserable and some point in 2010 I had my first stint on antidepressants. I was dancing once a week but otherwise not getting a lot of exercise, being pretty much consumed with work - that year I was regularly doing 100hr+ fortnights, with a lot of 14-hr days and night shifts thrown into the mix. My diet was terrible, we ate truckloads of takeaway - our local Indian takeaway literally sent us a Christmas card!!! Every lunch was from the hospital caf. (And I'm sure you know how bad those places are!!!). Even my "healthy" meals were basically carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Toast or cereal for breakfast, pastas and curries etc for lunch and dinner. I was also a total computer game junkie. In the intervening 10 years, I have finished my training and am now a consultant gynaecologist in a great private practice. I have control (to some extent) over what work I do and when I do it. I have wonderful colleagues. Haven't needed antidepressants since I left the hospital. I got a Masters degree last year. I have three gorgeous children, who are 8 (as of yesterday), 5 (as of today), and 5 months old. With each pregnancy and birth, my physical condition has taken a massive battering. But I am done having babies now. I have a diagnosed gluten allergy (not actually Coeliac but the same antibodies, and my brother is Coeliac, so in that vein I guess) and so for 2 years now have followed a strictly gluten-free diet, which eliminates about 90% of takeaway options (and dramatically improves my bowel function!). And for planet reasons I have recently transitioned to a low-meat diet. (Currently pescatarian, with aspirations of progressing to vegetarian. No plans to go vegan, I'd find it really restrictive when combined with the gluten avoidance). My nutrition is really pretty good - protein at almost every meal, minimally processed, lowish carb, loads of vegetables, only 1-2 meals/week are not prepared by myself or my husband. We have chickens in the backyard for our eggs, and a vegetable garden (which has produced bugger-all this year due to the bushfire smoke). Coffee is now black. I find that I function better if I snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and that's generally fruit or nuts. My biggest dietary problem is alcohol; I never get drunk, but I do drink most days, and I'd prefer not to. I certainly don't intend to go teetotal, got enough of that during pregnancy! But I'd like a few more alcohol-free days each week. Despite my diet being pretty much what I'd want... I'm still fat. Because I haven't exercised in two years (basically since I started trying for this last baby). And for me, exercise is ALWAYS the linchpin for my physical and mental health. So my goals this challenge will be largely based around exercise. It's the big change I need to consolidate. I finish maternity leave and go back to work on March 2nd so it'll be a big challenge to keep that physical activity rolling. Nutritionally I just want to focus on logging my intake, and limiting alcohol. As for life in general... Honestly, in the last 12 months I have basically achieved everything that I had as a long-term career goal. I want to take some time to enjoy that. Building my practice will certainly be a new challenge, but not the sort that lends itself to SMART goals! Some Domestic Rangering, on the other hand, is certainly in order. There are some things I've been procrastinating on so I'd best pop them in here to make my lazy butt do them! Fitness Goals: 1. Strength training at least 2x/wk (preferably 3, but Life has a habit of getting in the way, and this isn't a short term habit we're looking at here - my activity has to fit within the demands of a two-doctor, three-child family.) 2. Some other movement-focused activity at least 1x/wk (eg BodyJam, Sh'Bam, Yoga, hiking). Can accept third strength workout in this category. 3. Increase the difficulty of my strength workouts according to my longstanding self-imposed rules (All prescribed sets and reps completed in two consecutive workouts = mandatory increase in weight next time. Exceptions apply to activities which I know trigger my back, eg Pallof press, which past experience has taught me needs to go up very slowly!) Nutritional Goals: 1. >= 3 alcohol-free days per week. 2. Daily log of all food and caloric drinks consumed (Not going to log my coffee intake. It's embarrassingly high. I'm aware of this, and will reduce once the baby starts sleeping through!) - Criterion for success = 5/7 complete accurate days per week. Crafting Goals: 1. Finish my Rose Coloured Glasses socks. 2. Block at least TWO of the three projects currently sitting at 99% in my Ravelry notebook, which are done and just awaiting blocking! 3. One of these blocked projects must be my Annis, because I wish to wear it. 4. Work on the "Love Is..." mystery knit along (once it is released) at least 3 times per week. Hopefully this will be in my nice pleasant 5.30-6am radio listening time. Career Goals: 1. Spend at least one hour reading journal articles per week. Document what I've been reading, when and where in my Battle Log. I'm out of the habit and need to be back into it. 2. Arrange time off work to attend at least one conference this year. Preferably two - one fertility, one general gynae. Domestic Rangering Goals: 1. By the end of this challenge, COMPLETE CLEAN of Miss 8's bedroom, including a Wardrobe Purge 2. By the end of this challenge, the Shelf Of Doom in my wardrobe will have been cleared, cleaned, and reordered. Photos required. 3. By the end of this challenge, the floor of my wardrobe will have been cleared, cleaned, and reordered. Photos required. 4. I will count the challenge as nominally successful if two out of the above three are complete. Each of those tasks is actually pretty freaking huge, and I do have a very small human to look after. Sheesh. That is a lot of goals. But many of them are big-ticket one-shots so it's actually a manageable number of habit-building goals I think. Here's to gains that I can finally keep.
  2. So uh, man... lots of stuff happened last time and kind of threw me off. Basically it all comes back to a Sinus cyst I had to get surgically removed. Lots of limits, I couldn't even blow my nose for almost 2 weeks. Couldn't lift more than 15 lbs, no straining allowed, no breathing through nose, it was... a lot. I started back at work but I noticed that 2 weeks of being able to do p much nothin has not had a great effect on my str and sta stats. I feel like I got hit with an ability drain effect. So here we go in an effort to get back into shape! I'll be p much using the same rubric as last round. Starting Stats Age: 30 Height:5'4" Weight:222# The Goals: Log Foods Daily! I don't really know how many calories I should be eating anymore, but I definitely need to get back in the habit of keeping track! I'm on MyFitnessPal, my username is RoachRex! 7 days- A 6 days - B 5 days - C 4 days - D 3 or less - F Meal Prep! My goal is every week, to prep my meals for the entire week. I'm honestly A-ok with eating the same thing every day, I even was into Soylent for a while (but it messed with my gut too much). Honestly, the reason I eat junk is out of convenience. So if I can batch-cook and make all my meals in advance? Ain't nothing more convenient than that! 5 weeks - A 4 weeks - B 3 weeks - C 1-2 weeks - D 0 weeks - F Exercise 3xwk!! My plan is to do bodyweight training 3x a week. I'll incorporate things into my off days when I can but I'm not gonna stress too hard about it. 3x a week is more important. pass or fail Save up! I am planning to move in just a couple months and i need to save up for moving costs. Luckily I have a place to go already my main barrier is saving up. (I also need to find a job before I move but that's in process.) I certainly expect the meal prepping to come in handy here though! $1000 - A $800 - B $600 - C $400 - D $0 - F