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Hi. I'm Richard, a 44-year-old father of toddler twins who is learning that their physicality already far outstrips my own. As their main carer (my wife runs her own business), I have become concerned that my lack of fitness could impact their lives. So, I am looking to lose a little weight and gain a little strength. Baby steps, essentially. 

 

Obviously, this is my first 4-week challenge and I have used the NF suggested goals as my base while I work out what I want to do and how I might achieve it while also raising two small children. As such, I am concerned that I've not set myself much of a challenge first time out. The dietary goals are very attainable, for instance. However... baby steps.

 

1. Reduce fast food consumption by 50%.

2. Eat a vegetable with one meal every day.

3. Complete the NF bodyweight workout at least 3x a week

4. Restore daily interdental hygiene program.

 

Aside from parenting and fretting about my physical condition, I have a full nerd CV - I read SFF, play videogames, follow sport (before fatherhood, I even played) - you name it; I never met an nerdy/geeky obsession I didn't love. My reading preferences are towards space opera and low fantasy (eg, Iain M Banks and Joe Abercrombie) and I do enjoy an RPG or SF shooter on the PlayStation.

 

Anyway, best of luck to everyone taking part.

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On 1/6/2018 at 11:52 AM, Jick Hambleton said:

Hi. I'm Richard, a 44-year-old father of toddler twins who is learning that their physicality already far outstrips my own. As their main carer (my wife runs her own business), I have become concerned that my lack of fitness could impact their lives. So, I am looking to lose a little weight and gain a little strength. Baby steps, essentially. 

 

Hey there and welcome ^_^ Sounds like you've got a great reason to show up for your goals! I mean yeah, being a good influence for your kids is great and all, but two... TWO toddlers? Anyone would need a whole lot of endurance just to keep up! :D And they're only gonna get faster...

 

On 1/6/2018 at 11:52 AM, Jick Hambleton said:

I am concerned that I've not set myself much of a challenge first time out. The dietary goals are very attainable, for instance. However... baby steps.

 

Common thoughts, but nothing wins the race more than consistency. I can't tell you how often I see people over shoot goals because they seem too easy at first. It helps to remember that this is round one, and in round two you're gonna have all the things you did in round 1 + all the new things. Then there's round 3. And 4. Take the easy win, do it well and add to it! If you have any questions or uncertainties you have a big resource of knowledgable folks here and in the meantime, good luck and rock on!

 

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On 1/6/2018 at 11:52 AM, Jick Hambleton said:

1. Reduce fast food consumption by 50%.

2. Eat a vegetable with one meal every day.

3. Complete the NF bodyweight workout at least 3x a week

4. Restore daily interdental hygiene program.

 

I don't know, these sound like decent goals to me! You might be surprised how challenging it is just to add the thinking about "oh yeah, I'm supposed to eat a vegetable now" or "oops, I need to do my third bodyweight workout" into your daily routines. Your goals look solid and your motivation is the best - my youngest brothers are twins, and I vividly remember the days of twin toddlers!!

 

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You've got this!! I'm excited to follow your progress and so glad you found your way here!

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Thank you, Redstone and SkyGirl, for your encouraging words. My concern about appearing to cheat myself with a few simple goals are allayed. I'm still going to self-limit on some easy wins, however. For instance, I'll not sneak any alcohol-related goals into my challenges as I've never really acquired a taste for booze. It's been years since I last took a sip. To claim, for example, a 50% cut in my weekly alcohol intake would be fooling only myself.

 

In update news, I've been preparing a proper breakfast since joining (I know, only on Saturday!) of scrambled eggs and avocado. I've not been shopping yet this week so I'm still a bit limited by our post-Christmas larder but I'll fix that soon. Also, I did my first bodyweight workout on Saturday and managed two circuits. Felt awful yesterday and was worried that I'd overdone it at the first go. However, I feel much better today and am ready to try again once the full 48 hours has passed.

 

Thanks again.

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On 1/7/2018 at 12:52 AM, Jick Hambleton said:

Obviously, this is my first 4-week challenge and I have used the NF suggested goals as my base while I work out what I want to do and how I might achieve it while also raising two small children. As such, I am concerned that I've not set myself much of a challenge first time out. The dietary goals are very attainable, for instance. However... baby steps.

 

It's never a bad thing to ease into things and NF suggested these goals as they are a great place to start. 

 

This is also my first challenge (although I've been around NF for a few years) and I have chosen quests I consider easy just so I can focus on becoming consistent. 

 

I hope your challenge is going well!

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So,  I've been here a little over a week and in that time I've joined the Academy. As such my third goal has changed slightly to reflect that I have switched from the beginner's bodyweight workout to the Academy version (level 3). I've maintained the suggested breakfast every day since joining and managed to avoid almost all fast food (there is a ton of chocolate in the house left over from Christmas. Even so, I've been rationing myself). Adding a vegetable to every meal was one of the easy goals as we were already doing that for most meals beforehand; I'm just cracking down on it now.

 

One of the other newbies here set themselves the goal of cutting down on bread, limiting themselves to once a day. That wasn't one of my goals but I've adopted it anyway as I think it's an excellent idea.

 

I even bought a pull-up bar (building it was a workout in itself!).

 

It's all good!

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Nice goals, Richard! Setting overly onerous targets is just a fast route to disappointment IME, and one of the best ways to pursuade yourself not to bother. Going for the low-hanging fruit gives you the confidence to push forward with your ambitions in future. And SkyGirl is so right - it really is a big deal mentally to be constantly aware of the thing you're trying to change.

 

As for the flossing... well, you're a better man than I!

 

Best of luck with your quest!

 

 

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Hey Jick/Richard! (Which do you prefer??) How are things going this week? I haven't been around for a while!

 

How is the Academy working for you so far? 

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Hi Skygirl (Richard is fine but I answer to Jick just fine on the Internet). It's been a good week for me. I switched to the Academy program on Monday and managed all three workouts (Mon, Weds, and Fri). In truth, they seemed a little easy in part so I may step up a few reps from tomorrow (not bodyweight push-ups though! They are killer!) The other goals remain on course, including my unofficial goal to restrict bread to once per day. Still feeling very motivated. Thanks for asking!

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On 1/21/2018 at 8:12 AM, Jick Hambleton said:

Hi Skygirl (Richard is fine but I answer to Jick just fine on the Internet). It's been a good week for me. I switched to the Academy program on Monday and managed all three workouts (Mon, Weds, and Fri). In truth, they seemed a little easy in part so I may step up a few reps from tomorrow (not bodyweight push-ups though! They are killer!) The other goals remain on course, including my unofficial goal to restrict bread to once per day. Still feeling very motivated. Thanks for asking!

 

Rude of me to forget to "like" your reply!  :P  I hope this week was just as good as the one before!

 

Bodyweight pushups are killer! That's something I'm working on myself!!

 

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Thanks, Skygirl. This week went well, too. I upped the reps of at least two movements in each workout and, once again, managed all three days. I hit a bit of a wall yesterday in bodyweight workout 3c, however. I found the Wall Slide very difficult last week and even harder this time; my arms just don't tilt back far enough to be able to get my hands to the wall. I persevered anyway, feeling this to be a flexibility issue that can only be overcome by doing the reps as best as I can (without touching the wall, but pushing backwards as much as possible). DOMS has set in today, however. Ah well, 'tis the price of progress.

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So, that's the end of my first 4-week challenge. And, by the letter of the law, I think I probably failed. I made my dietary goals with some ease (even the one added later about only eating bread once per day) and the dental one (which needed to be sorted anyway) but I tripped on the 3 workouts per week. Early last week, I picked up a cold and missed my Monday and Wednesday routine (although I did go for a long walk on the Wednesday instead).

I'm not happy about that but am pleased it didn't derail me. I got straight back on program on Friday and, again, today. 

So, while I failed one of my main goals, I feel I passed an unwritten one, implied probably by us all. I'm still here, still in the program, still going.

 

Onwards...

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