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I'm back.

 

It's hard to believe it's been more than a year since I've been here. 

 

Let's go.

 

 

I: Gain Strength

  • Bodyweight workout at least twice a week.
    • Particularly, I want to focus on improving my overhead pulling and pushing. These are areas where I'm pretty weak. Pull-ups and shoulder presses/wall walks will be a part of my workouts.

 

II: Walk

  • Do my three-mile walk at least once a week.
    • This should be simple. I have a three-mile route that I can walk to work, or I can take a loop around my neighborhood. Poor weather and short days may limit the frequency of this walk, so I only put once a week. 
    • For Christmas, I bought myself a GoRuck pack. I may get a ruck plate as well so I can carry weight easily. I want to incorporate this into my hiking.

 

III: Eat Right

  • Intermittent Fasting (calorie input between 11:00 and 19:00) six days a week. (Saturday breakfast may be permitted!) I've been doing IF on occasional days over the last month or so, and my weight has moved from hovering around 190 to hovering around 180. I know the scale isn't the best tool to measure, but I do feel better, too.
    • I'll drink tea and water when I wake up.
    • For l lunch, I'll pack stuff like salad, fruit, nuts, veggies, boiled egg, green smoothie, etc.
    • Good dinners with veg and protein. 
    • Limit breads and empty sugars.

 

IV: Read

  • Read one book during the challenge.
    • I've set up a Goodreads reading challenge this year of 15 books. I want to start and finish one book during this challenge.

 

Bonus: 

  • Keep daily Standard Memorandum entries
    • I bought a Standard Memorandum book this year. I've seen old notebooks like this at my mother's house, and I think it's a great way to document a year simply. There's only room to write a couple sentences, so it's easy to write an entry each day.
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Great goals! Any idea what book you are going to read first? Also, you could always combine an audiobook with your 3 mile walk

and knock em out at the same time. Also, welcome back! I just came back after a break 6ms break with a half-finished 4WC in between. Has it really been a year you have been gone?!

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Really digging the MegaMan theme. I look forward to hearing more about your challenges. I'm in a very similar boat as you; returning after more than a year and a half and trying IF as well. Super jealous of the GoRuck pack. I've been coveting one of those for years. Let us know if you come across any good reads! 

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22 hours ago, raptron said:

Yay, new goals!! Welcome back into the fray.

 

17 hours ago, WhiteBeltBrowncoat said:

Really digging the MegaMan theme. I look forward to hearing more about your challenges. I'm in a very similar boat as you; returning after more than a year and a half and trying IF as well. Super jealous of the GoRuck pack. I've been coveting one of those for years. Let us know if you come across any good reads! 

 

Thanks! Glad to be back. Got in BW workouts with pull-ups on New Year's Day and yesterday. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but I feel better when I don't have breakfast in the morning. Maybe I'm just feel better because I'm doing better and eating better? Who knows. Regardless, I feel better, and that's the good thing.

 

Last night, I got a start on The Joy of Missing Out

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Today I was out of the office and away from my lunch, so I ended up 19 hours from dinner last night till lunch today! Intermittent Fasting! It was good though. When I got home, I played around for about 10 minutes of QM and had some salad and chili, along with some plain yogurt with homemade applesauce in it. Yum.

 

I've put a lot more vegetables in my latest chili recipes. I used bison meat, left out the beans, and added zucchini, sweet potatoes, red pepper, and corn this time around. Any other good chili vegetable suggestions?

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DUDE!!!

Loving that you’re back! IF FTW! Homemade applesauce?? *drool*

Maybe sweat in some onions with the meat (so they are cooked down) but other than that, I applaud your veggie choices :). You could also replace sweet potato with butternut squash.

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That chili sounds great. I know people are a fan of pumpkin/butternut squash. Mushrooms could also be good. I love fennel in stews/soups but it would probably make it decidedly less like chili if you were to include it. 

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14 hours ago, Sea Level said:

Any other good chili vegetable suggestions?

 

Mushrooms! All the mushrooms! I'd advise you on what types, but I have trouble with those kinds of morel dilemmas. <sorrysorrysorrynotactuallysorry:rolleyes:>

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One week down. How'd we do?

 

I: Gain Strength

  • Bodyweight workout at least twice a week.
    • Success. I did two bodyweight workouts last week. Practiced my pull-ups, did some divebomber pushups to help with my overhead pressing.

 

II: Walk

  • Do my three-mile walk at least once a week.
    • Success. I did my three-mile route on New Year's Day and again yesterday.
    • My GoRuck pack should arrive tomorrow. I'm excited. :-D

 

III: Eat Right

  • Intermittent Fasting (calorie input between 11:00 and 19:00) six days a week. (Saturday breakfast may be permitted!)
    • Success I ate in the window between 1100 and 1900 every day except Saturday, which was also the day I ate bread (toast for breakfast). I'm enjoying eating more vegetables and trying out new recipes.

 

IV: Read

  • Read one book during the challenge.
    • I also started Desert Solitaire over the weekend, and I'm about 31 percent through it.

 

Week Two: Let's Go!

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What are you doing for your QM? I am doing it this challenge as well, but so far have been doing stuff based on the Animal Flow program.  Definitely fun, and much more of a workout than I expected :)

 

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3 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

What are you doing for your QM? I am doing it this challenge as well, but so far have been doing stuff based on the Animal Flow program.  Definitely fun, and much more of a workout than I expected :)

 

 

Yeah, agreed! Animal Flow, like Global Bodyweight Training's stuff? That's what I learned, but I got their DVD quite a while ago. I'm not doing a program, but playing around with their stuff.

 

 

51 minutes ago, Elastigirl said:

I did the GMB Elements Program, which is the monkey, frogger and bear combo. I really loved it. 

 

Nice. I was actually thinking about you trying to remember which you did, Elements or Vitamin. Did you ever do Vitamin? I'm trying to decide which to do. (Maybe both?) :D

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3 hours ago, Sea Level said:

Yeah, agreed! Animal Flow, like Global Bodyweight Training's stuff? That's what I learned, but I got their DVD quite a while ago. I'm not doing a program, but playing around with their stuff.

Yeah, I think so. I'm not doing a program either but for now and playing around with their animals (ape, beast, crab) and the transitions between them. At some point soon I will start including some of the other QMs out there like bear, lizard, frog, etc.

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3 hours ago, Sea Level said:

 

Yeah, agreed! Animal Flow, like Global Bodyweight Training's stuff? That's what I learned, but I got their DVD quite a while ago. I'm not doing a program, but playing around with their stuff.

 

 

 

Nice. I was actually thinking about you trying to remember which you did, Elements or Vitamin. Did you ever do Vitamin? I'm trying to decide which to do. (Maybe both?) :D

I've done both! I did Vitamin before they had Elelments. VItamins was really fun. It's a new movement each day. It really helped my body awareness, and just my adaptability. Plus, the new skill a day is fun. Elements is  great too. It's more focus on certain movements, and their variations. It really helped my  body awareness too, but in a different way. I learned to slow down and thing about how much weight I was placing on my hands, and how the way I moved affected the movement. It was fun too

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