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I think I may have done a Harry Potter themed challenge semi-recently BUT I'm doing it again because I have a dance performance coming up and it's to Hedwigs Theme so I'm feeling pretty Hogwarts inspired right now However since I probably exhausted all the good old fashioned Potter gifs in my challenge a few months ago, this challenge will be hilarious and no-good HP gif themed. #sorrynotsorry Yeah we will see how long this lasts. Some background on me - my two main pursuits are powerlifting and ballroom dancing. Powerlifting I've been doing for a long while now and ballroom dancing I just got into back in December. I did ballet for 15 years when I was growing up so dance isn't super foreign to me but ballroom is SO FREAKIN' different and it's been 13 years since I've danced at all so it's definitely a challenge. I've actually got my first ever competition coming up in September (AHHHHHHHH), even though it's a super friendly not serious between some studios competition and not like... a real one. I did something similar with a performance team back in March but this one it will be just me doing a showcase (it's the Hedwig's theme dance I am basing this challenge around mentioned above). I'm ascared. But also still pretty darn excited. Lifting wise I've been more or less doing as a maintenance activity but the past 2 weeks I've been starting to step my game up again because I want to be stronger and I am finally feeling I am in a place where my body is used to how much dancing I am doing and it won't exhaust me. So far so good. As far as my challenge goes I usually end up using them kind of as a glorified battle log but I here are some goals anyway: Goal 1: Clean Fly Lady Daily Tasks 5x/week Last challenge I mostly focused on decluttering and making my apartment presentable and I succeeded! I have had people over semi-regularly and don't feel a wave of nausea inducing panic anymore at the thought of house guests. My first goal this challenge will be to maintain this as the status-quo. Honestly, I've been trying to do the Fly Lady thing for 3-ish years but I've never had a good baseline to go off of and it always just feels so overwhelming. Now that I've got a clean baseline apartment I feel like I can *gasp* actually do some maintenance cleaning?!?!?!? Should be interesting. Goal 2: Lift Strength workout 3x/week I have generally failed every darn time I tried to re-up my strength training from 2 to 3 days a week over the last few months and I think it was because I was still adjusting to my new dance schedule. The last few weeks I've been actually doing it super successfully and feeling pretty great about it so I want to keep this up. Goal 3: Dance Private lesson 1x/week I probably don't need to make this a goal because I'm going to do it anyway, but it's an easy win and I want an excuse to talk about it so there you go. So there you have it, a few days late but what are you gonna do. Time to do the thing!
<excuses> So I feel like I keep starting these challenges and dropping off the face of the earth half way through. I cant even count how many times I've had a re-spawn challenge. I'm getting tired of that. So for this challenge I actually already set up a spreadsheet that I can easily edit on the fly anytime, any day and not have to update this page. So even when i decide that trying to update my "blog" is too much of a hassle (which is 90% of what causes me to stop every time) I can still keep track and still keep myself accountable. I am also going to make the spreadsheet shareable so if anyone wants updates they can keep up. okay, now that I got that out of the way, here's the challenge! </excuses> YES I WANT SOME NEW FACE! Overall Goal: Lose 100 pounds (from 260 to 160) Steps: Clean up diet Exercises - bodyweight, dance, and eventually circus arts Control finances August 13-Sept 9 Specific Challenge: Kpop dance practice at least 2 times weekly (60 min practice sessions) Save $20 weekly No Fast Food (This time, restaurants are not included in this) Walk 30 minutes on weekdays (the equivalent of walking my son to school and walking back home, school starts on the 23rd) Details: So recently I started watching My ID is a Gangnam Beauty and was inspired by the main character. I want to really take control over my life and be happy in who I am regardless of what others may think of me. I want to be healthy for myself and also "to show them that I can also do well." There are many things I want to do right now, that my weight and health are getting in the way of. There have been so many times I have said I would do something and I bailed out. I have so many regrets and I'm tired of giving excuses. I want to show I can be a responsible, healthy, vibrant person. I want to show myself I can be loved and deserve to be loved, especially by myself. I want to show myself that many of the so called "limits" to what i can do, or what is acceptable for me to be, are really self set, and is really just fear. So while I am trying to lose weight, and it does have some very superficial seeming reasons, to me these are very deep laid issues I am seeking to fix. (here's a link to a clip from the first episode, some of the inspiration for this challenge: New Face Dance from My ID is a Gangnam Beauty) So I find dancing to kpop extremely fun and a really good full body workout without needing any equipment other than a tv and some room to move. I'm starting this week with TWICE's "Likey" dance I'm thinking next I'll do a boy band... Maybe BTS's "Mic Drop"? As for saving $20 weekly this is to better take control of my finances. How does this help in my weight loss journey? well most of what I spend my money on is food. Yeah it's as simple as that. I am also trying to start up my own Tea shop so saving money will help me with my dream of owning my own business and feeling like I've made a successful step in my life. Next, by not eating Fast Food I can kill two birds with one stone, fixing my diet, and saving money! I find it increasingly hard to not just run to McDonalds (the closest open food to my work at 2 in the morning, normally i wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole) on my break, or swing by Speedway on my way home for a quick snack, but each of these small stops tend to result in thousands of calories in one go, and money spent that could have been put to better use. Lastly, walking 30 minutes each (week)day is a huge multi-tasker in this challenge: i want to save money on gas (now that i own a big gas guzzling SUV) and also get a bit more of a workout, and also spend some quality time with my son. I'll be walking him to school each day; It's about a 15 min one-way walk, so until school actually starts (on the 23rd) I'll also be walking in preparation each day for 30 minutes. I'll skip doing so tomorrow though, since I have a 5k to run(ish... i'm terrible at running) later in the evening anyways . So that's all for today I guess. I'll give the update on how I've done the past few days of the challenge in the next post, but I really should get some sleep. I'll also post the spreadsheet after making a few final adjustments. So I'll see you all again very soon.
If you aren't familiar with this video game, this opening video from the original gives a pretty good idea of it's... ridiculousness: Come Roll Up Into My Life Hey all! If you're just tuning in I'm Raxie - this will be my 37th challenge here at Nerd Fitness. I took some time off a while back so I've actually been challenging since 2013! My 5 year nerdversay is going to be coming up this year which is super exciting! I am going to use it as a chance to start really reflecting on how I've grown and changed since joining here. Main things to know about me are I ballroom dance - I just started towards the end of 2017 and have been REALLY into it. Like it's kind of taken over my life and I haven't looked back. I also powerlift, focus on mobility, love to cook, and have a second unpaid job (in addition to my day job which is a standard 9-5) where I volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign on their steering committee. So my plate is pretty full - I love using these challenges as a place to ground myself, so for the most part I've kind of been using them as glorified battle logs/BuJo and I'll probably continue that for the most part this challenge. Background If you followed my last challenge you know it kinda derailed halfway through not because I stopped following my goals, but because I realized I was kind of having a bit of a mental breakdown in terms of all the clutter in my apartment and it was really frustrating for me. I am a SUPER busy person and I absolutely love it. I took stock of my priorities and there is nothing I am willing to give up at this time so I just have to figure out how to get my place in a state I can live with, not perfection, but just something livable. I think this will come way easier if I go in a decluttering journey. And what better way to declutter than with a katamari?! It's what they were basically made for, no? The Goals GOAL 1: ROLL IT UP I need to get rid of the clutter in my apartment! It's seriously out of control. Each week will focus on a different aspect: Week 0: My clothes & linens. Mercilessly, without emotion, brutally, collect clothes and linens to donate. I want to have leftover only 2 t-shirts per "category" of t-shirts that I have (thanks Starpuck for the idea), 3 sets of sheets for each bed, and only towels that have been purchased in the last 2 years. Send any laundry hanging around out to get done so I can reset the laundry beast for the challenge. See if once it's all done if I can stay on top of it. Week 0+: Guest Room. Attack the guest room closet. I have seriously no idea what's in there at this point. It's a disaster. Throw stuff away, donate stuff, find a new home, idc, but I haven't even opened the closet in a year so I'm pretty sure I can basically roll up all of the things that are in there. Week 1: Recycling. Figure out a system for recycling that WORKS and do it. Right now there is just cardboard boxes all strewn in the kitchen waiting to be broken down on recycling day, making it hard to get around the apartment. Week 2: Shoes & Coats. I have way too many shoes. I also have no where to put them. Figure this out. Also go through the monster pile of coats hanging on the back of the door in the kitchen because I literally only wear 2 coats what even are the rest of those things there?! Week 3: Cleaning. Start setting aside one hour per weekend to do some maintenance cleaning. This should be easier now that things are decluttered. Week 4: Pass the Katamari to Someone Else. Now that things are decluttered and I have an idea of how much effort once a week cleaning will take, do some research into how much a maid service might cost, and maybe use a trial offer to get a deep cleaning done so I can start fresh in the next challenge. Figure out if I want to keep doing this regularly (maybe once a month?). Take stock of the laundry situation and see if now that I have way less clothes if it's been manageable for the past 4 weeks or if I want to start sending that out regularly too. GOAL 2: MAKE SOME STARS Once a katamari is done, it is used to turn into constellations and planets! I need to use all my newfound clutter-free existence to have more stars in my life. By the end of the challenge Mr. Raxie and I will have people over (we DEFINITELY have can't-have-anyone-over [CHAOS] syndrome) and I want to be able to enjoy company! We really do have a lovely apartment and I want to enjoy it. All this decluttering will hopefully give us the confidence to be hosts, or maybe having to be hosts will give us the motivation to declutter. Who knows which way it will go but either way... we will do it! GOAL 3: DANCE I don't really need this to be a goal because I'm 100% definitely gonna do it anyway, but I really just wanted to use this gif hahah. Sometimes I do get imposter syndrome-y about taking private lessons though so I guess having this here will force my hand in case I start being weird again. During all 6 weeks of this challenge period (this includes week 0 and week 0+) I will have do a private dance lesson. 5/6 will still be passing if I have a good reason. Right now I'm taking lessons in Rumba, but I think I want to actually switch back to samba or maybe jive - so a light goal (ie I don't really have to do it but I'll think about it) will also be to switch it up and take a lesson in something else at some point this challenge. GOAL 4: BuJo I need lists, otherwise I lose my mind. Lists help avoid the King of the Cosmos's angry eye lasers of death. I will post my internetified BuJo stuffs here every Monday or Tuesday for the upcoming week and the results sometime before I post the next week's list.