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First Challenge on NerdFitness-- Hi All!

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Hi, just coming here to introduce myself and share my goals for the January challenge! Every year around this time I get the urge to really get my shit together and get my life back into balance. I have a stressful job, a messy house, and probably drink a little more than is good for me due to anxiety. In the last year I've put on some weight and have gone into a stupid amount of credit card and medical debt due to a few random life occurrences. I think NF is a great place to make living up to these goals fun, make a  game out of it, and get some support along the way. I would love to sign up for one of the paid courses but it's not really feasible at the moment due to the aforementioned money stuff. Without further ado, here are my challenge goals! 

 

1) Fitness: 10 minute cardio 6x per week

                     Beginner bodyweight workout 3x per week

2) Nutrition: Reduce alcohol to 4 drinks per week

3) Organization: Spend 60 minutes per day on household tasks (broken into manageable small chunks)

4) Finances: Pay off $1000 in credit card/medical debt

5) Self-Care: Spend 15 minutes per day (this can include anything with grooming to meditation to putting on makeup/doing my hair) 

 

I am using my NF character to track my progress and will check in here hopefully often to check in!! 

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Hey Sygrid, welcome to Nerd Fitness! Sounds like you've got a great idea of what exactly you want to work on and how to make progress, so all that's left is to get out there and do it. That's great! 

 

You're totally welcome to hang out in Rebel if you want, and I know the Level Up Your Life book lists this guild as the one for newcomers, but there's actually a special guild just for first-time challengers. If you'd like, I can move your challenge thread there for you. The newcomer section is nice because it lets you get to know other people who are just finding their way around NF, but of course if you're happier here in Rebel that's no problem at all -- I know we're a very friendly bunch. 

 

Don't forget to check in regularly and keep us posted on your progress! Everyone here wants to see you succeed. Good luck!

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Day 1 was easy because I didn't have a ton of distractions or other things to get done today since I'm off work :) 

- Workout: 10 minutes cardio/1 beginner bodyweight circuit/10 minute yoga stretches

- I also sat down and made a budget for the month with my husband, which felt really good and I feel set up for success since we're both on the same page now

- Last night didn't go overboard with drinking so I didn't wake up hung over; we did go out for brunch where I had an apple cider mimosa which I guess that does it for me today! 

- I managed about 25 minutes of cleaning so far, will spend some time before going to bed tidying everything up! 

- Did a 5 minute meditation using a new app I downloaded (can't remember the name)... it was nice and I think I need to start out with guided meditations to stay focused until I really get the hang of it.

 

I am off again tomorrow and will keep posting here to track my progress. I might be reaching out for support if things get derailed later this week once I'm back at the office. 

 

Happy New Year! 

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Your challenge looks very solid. And by the looks of it you started off great!

 

Especially the budget made is a huge win. You need to know what you are working with before you can change something!

 

Kicking the alcohol habit can be hard. I always wanted to change my life around, except for drinking beer. I would never give up my beer. And here i am, drinking only on special occasions, and even then not that much. I even go without a drink for several weeks at a time. So all is doable, just be smart about it. Having that one mimosa won't harm the process (at least if that one doesn't lead to more).

 

I take my youngest kid to swimming school on thursday night and the cafeteria there serves several fantastic Belgium Abbey beers (i'm from Belgium) and i just have one, which is enough for the hour she has to swim, and really, that one beer a week won't make that much of a difference, and i do enjoy it immensely!

 

On the other hand, the half case i downed on new years eve probably wasn't the wisest decision, that was the example of a couple leading to a whole lot more. But like i said those things don't happen often. What i'm trying to tell is that, just be sensible, and you really don't have to deny yourself everything, we also need to enjoy life. 

 

Have a great challenge! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, you can do so with a post or by tagging (@ + username) like this @Mr_Willes

 

 

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welcome and happy new year!

 

On 1/1/2018 at 7:45 PM, Sygrid said:

 

- I also sat down and made a budget for the month with my husband, which felt really good and I feel set up for success since we're both on the same page now

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I am off again tomorrow and will keep posting here to track my progress. I might be reaching out for support if things get derailed later this week once I'm back at the office. 

 

 

color me exceptionally nerdy but I find budgeting with my husband to be a very romantic thing. something about planning for our future together is super dreamy to me. <3 

also! I am a huge geek about budgeting! so if you every want to wonk out let me know!

 

post here all the time, honestly. (I mean, don't get in trouble at work, but you know...) We are here to support you!

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Thanks for the support yall! 

 

@Mr_Willes my poison of choice is red wine, and I've found by just not keeping it in the house (along with other things I find tasty like Jameson) it's less tempting. There is still other alcohol in the cabinet but things like vodka, rum, and beer just don't taste as good to me so I'm more likely to go for a sparkling water or hot tea instead in the evening!  I'll probably treat myself to a bottle this weekend tho, and hopefully share it so I don't have extra just lying around next week!

 

@karinajean I'm very new to budgeting so I'm seriously just using a google sheet with a couple formulas. It didn't seem fun or romantic when we were figuring everything out but it sure felt satisfying to have it done! We have been good about entering all our expenses so far. 

 

I'm back at work today but here's a recap of day 2 and 3

 

Day 2

-Workout: 15 minute jog-- having the 10-minute goal in place felt very achievable, since it was a nice day I kept going (I live in Colorado where it's actually nice. Sorry to everyone who's in the deep freeze

- Nutrition: 1 beer with dinner, and we made homemade pierogi which is a starch and grease deathtrap (so not great) 

- Meditation - plum forgot

- Cleaning- I didn't time it but I am sure pierogi cleanup took at least an hour. 

 

For day 3 i haven't done any workout yet but will post again tonight!

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On 3-1-2018 at 6:42 PM, Sygrid said:

treat myself to a bottle this weekend tho, and hopefully share it so I don't have extra just lying around next week!

 

You are better than my wife, a bottle opened on the weekend doesn't make it into the next week, and i only drink beer.

 

Smart thinking about just not getting the alcohol. I know my wife sometimes buys these small bottles especially during the summer, so can just finish the bottle (2 glasses) and it doesn't have to go back to the fridge (white wine).

 

How did the rest of the week go?

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Wow I can't believe that week 1 is down already! I have stayed on track with workouts and savings, the other parts of the challenge have been hit and miss! I look forward to tracking some XP points in the quest I set up :)

 

 

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