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Fireandlight takes on the Long Game

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I was all prepped and ready to go over a week ago, but life happened and so here I am now. In the car on the log ride home from a hockey game, I suddenly realized that tomorrow is the start of the challenge.

 

I’m just happy I remembered now instead of tomorrow or even later in the week.

 

Just as with the previous challenge - this challenge for me is about building on the foundation of the habits I started last challenge.

 

QUEST 1:  Love thyself, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Meditate for 5 minutes each day. Bonus points for meditating before 5pm.
  • LOOT QUALIFIER:
    • Small prize: End with a 7 minute average per day
    • Large prize: End with 7 minute average or more per day, and 25% or more sessions before 8pm
  • LOOT:
    • Small prize: 2 New items of clothing
    • Large prize: $200 Shopping Spree

 

QUEST 2: Round is not the shape I want to be, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Work out every Monday and Wednesday for a minimum of 20 minutes. Allowances are available on days where Monday or Wednesday are travel days
  • LOOT QUALIFIER:
    • Small prize: Complete 8 out of 8 workouts
    • Large prize: Complete 8 out of 8 workouts, +6 extra workouts from other days
  • LOOT:
    • Small prize: New workout outfit
    • Large prize: Personal Trainer

 

QUEST 3: Let’s get hitched, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Complete the following tasks by the end of the challenge
    • Schedule dress fittings
    • Design invitations
    • Send pictures of bouquet choices
    • Call wedding planner with questions
    • Finalize wedding favors
    • Confirm FOB attire
    • Confirm FG attire
    • Confirm RB attire
  • LOOT QUALIFIER: None
  • LOOT: None

 

QUEST 4: Better to bend than break, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Complete 3 yoga sessions per week (10-15 minutes per session)
  • LOOT QUALIFIER: Complete 12 yoga sessions total
  • LOOT: New Yoga mat

 

Challenge log is here.

 

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Hi, nice goals. Also I like that you put some thought into the loot (and extra loot :) ). The wedding in Quest 3 is yours I assume? Congratulations!   

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Hi, nice goals. Also I like that you put some thought into the loot (and extra loot  ). The wedding in Quest 3 is yours I assume? Congratulations!   

Yes, it is definitely mine ! And thank you!


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Day one went well. Started a new workout program with Asana Rebel (the yoga app I use - and got a subscription to after last challenge!). The first session was a little challenging, but that's the whole point, right?

 

It set me up with the program on Sunday, Tuesday, and a couple workouts later in the week, which doesn't line up well with my commitment to go to the gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. Will see about trying to do cardio on those days to stick with that goal, otherwise I may just adjust and go to doing Sunday's and Tuesday's to match up with the program.

 

I started in on the wedding invitations, but have already started to hit some snags. Have some thoughts on how to get around them, but it'll have to wait until the weekend. In the mean time I should probably get some of the other "one and done" tasks out of the way, but will have to find time to do them with all the crap going on at work right now.

 

Day two worked out. Got some cardio in at the gym after work, and finished my meditation around 7:15/7:30 (cutting it a little close to the 8pm deadline, but hey, I like to live on the edge). Not much else to comment on, other than I'm trying to keep the momentum going.

 

 

 

 

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Hey, glad to hear you're off to a good start! Getting exercise programs to line up with other exercise plans can be a bit of a pain, can't it? I hope you get everything figured out to your satisfaction soon! 

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Things are going okay.

I’m hitting my challenge goals, for the most part. I actually did 4?5? Workouts last week, even though I technically missed one of my actual required days.

Now the hard part. Work has decided to ship me off to another country for a week.

I found a hotel with a gym, but I’m really worried being off schedule is going to make it hard for me to get at least 3 days in.

I’m also discouraged by the fact that every time I start to get a good workout rhythm, the scale starts to go the opposite direction. I have one that measure Body Fat and Muscle percentages, and these gains don’t really seem to be muscle related.

Yet again I’m thinking about trying to keep myself from weighing for the remainder of the challenge and see where I come out at the end, but that typically doesn’t last more than a week.

We’ll see.


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Congratulations on missing just one workout and being so disciplined on the other ones. Good luck on keeping it that way when you're abroad. I know it can be extra tough then.

 

Don't worry about the scale. The body fat it measures is the one in the legs and I am not even sure that it does that correctly.

 

 

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This last week was terrible on many fronts. I've been failing to prioritize, partially because I haven't been willing to stand up for my own sanity and well being. Work is figuratively yelling at me from all sides, and I was off in another country, away from my normal routine and normal food schedule for a week adding to my stress. I did poorly whilst actually in transit - missing a number of meditation days. I'm exhausted and feeling defeated on so many fronts.

 

Now, having gotten the general woes out of the way, a recap of my actual performance since I left...

 

I missed a total of 5 days of meditation while on travel, which is not good. I probably could have used it to help with stress management too. I'm doing well enough at keeping the sessions to before 8pm, but I would like to refocus on getting back on track now that the travel is over.  As a part of the learning experience, I've sorted out that I really max out at about 15-17 minutes for the sessions. Anything longer I start to get really distracted and it's less useful. In the future I'd like to get better at extending the sessions, but with all that's going on right now I need to get back to remembering my actual goal which is still only a minimum of 5 minutes.

 

Allowing adjustments for travel I met my minimum commitment of 2 days a week for the workout goal, but I fell behind on my 3 days a week for Yoga. There wasn't much space to do it in the room, I never bothered to check out the space in the workout center, and (queue the excuse) I felt so worn out from everything and had already reached my "exercise goal" for my fitness tracker that I simply didn't have the motivation to get up and do more at the end of the day.

 

Being back home will help, but I have clearly gotten off track with my plans this challenge. Time to get back on the wagon.

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Still having a hard time getting back on track, but doing my best not to just consider the challenge a wash. Getting back into the swing of daily meditation, but workouts (yoga or otherwise) are still difficult to find the time for. Realizing now how far behind I've gotten on wedding planning tasks. I've made some progress , but there's still plenty left to do. Not sure that I'll be able to get it all done before the end of the challenge.

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And so... here's how it all ended:

 

QUEST 1:  Love thyself, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Meditate for 5 minutes each day. Bonus points for meditating before 8pm.
  • RESULT: I ended up only meditating just over half of the days of the challenge. In the process, I realized I've since lost sight of what this goal was really about. It's not about becoming a person who meditates every day, but rather someone who is comfortable in her own skin and can be proud of who she is. Meditation was merely a tool by which to give my mind the space to find that confidence. I'm looking at how I can approach this goal in new ways for the next challenge that is really getting at the heart of where I want to be. The way I built my loot goals, I still qualify - given that I was actually doing a lot of extended sessions (10-15 minutes), which is nice. I also managed roughly 43% of the sessions before 8pm.
  • GRADE: C
  • LOOT EARNED: Large prize | $200 Shopping Spree

 

QUEST 2: Round is not the shape I want to be, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Work out every Monday and Wednesday for a minimum of 20 minutes. Allowances are available on days where Monday or Wednesday are travel days
  • RESULT: Completed only 7/8 workouts, and 3 extra workouts near the beginning. Not enough to really qualify for my loot, but I recognize it was partially due to lack of effort. I've had a large number of personal and work related issues come up in these 4 weeks, and it's derailed me a great deal. Life happens, and I need to get back on track with the next challenge. 
  • LOOT EARNED: None

 

QUEST 3: Let’s get hitched, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Complete specific tasks by the end of the challenge
  • RESULT: Completed 5/8 tasks. Again - other things in life got in the way, but I'm at least happy with the progress I was able ot make, I just need to start picking up the slack and getting things done at a faster pace.

 

QUEST 4: Better to bend than break, Part II

  • CRITERIA: Complete 3 yoga sessions per week (10-15 minutes per session)
  • RESULT: Completed 6/12 sessions. I've been pleasantly surprised to learn that I'm actually starting to enjoy Yoga now... I used to hate it. That said, I've been trying to capture 2 goals under one umbrella, which is getting in shape and becoming more flexible, and it's getting too complicated. I feel like I'm not making the progress I want to in terms of "getting in shape", so I'm feeling more and more pressure to separate these out, which means either 30-45 minutes at the gym (when I don't really have the time to with work and everything else) or drumming up the willpower to "be at the gym" essentially 5 days a week - which I recognize I don't have the willpower to do. I'll be looking at ways to make this a bit more flexible (pun intended) for next challenge.
  • LOOT EARNED: None
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Life happens, but it sounds like you have a few ideas about how to get back on track. And you still made some progress, good job! :)

 

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