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Growing up, I wasn't very active. I never understood the rules well enough to actually play well in ballgames, I have a lazy eye so my depth perception was bad, I wasn't on a sports team like a lot of other kids, and I was terrible at running. Those were the stories I told myself.

 

I would DREAD the "1 mile run" fitness test in school for WEEKS leading up to the event. And it wasn't just baseless dread - after the mile, I would have crazy DOMS for days afterwards, because running a mile was just so much more exertion than I was used to. I would always finish late and miserable, and any time anyone tried to encourage me I was certain they were making fun of me. All in all, not a fun experience. 

 

It was a great relief when high school Fitness class came around, because it meant strength training on machines instead of ballgames. 4 days a week, we would work 2 muscle groups + abs and cardio. But even then, the cardio was up to us so I got cozy with the stairclimber. Soon I found myself proudly walking up hills and stairs next to people who were out of breath. But that mile run still happened, and I still dreaded it even as my times improved. I was still not passing the test by any means.

 

One day as the mile was approaching, I was out on the track with a few of my friends during Fitness, and I whined to my soccer-playing friend that I was "just not very athletic." She scrunched up her face at me and said something like "Of course you're athletic! You work harder than almost anyone else in this class. Everyone else is always trying to find ways to slack off. And you're really strong. Just because you're not that fast doesn't mean you're not athletic."

 

!?!?!?!?

 

Just like that, my story changed. It was obvious that she was right. Suddenly, my bad mile time didn't mean that I was unathletic. It just meant that I didn't do a lot of running. My lack of success in sports didn't mean I was unathletic; it just meant that I didn't play a lot of sports. 

 

It didn't mean I suddenly became a workout machine or anything, but that comment from my friend set me on a different path. As a person who was athletic, I chose to voluntarily take Fitness after I had filled the requirements, even waking up an hour early to go to school. As a person who was athletic, I got to do workout videos with my school principal when he showed up on those mornings. As a person who was athletic, I continued finding ways to exercise as I entered college, doing things like going on 45 minute walks around the hilly campus, taking pilates classes, doing 45 consecutive pushups, and trying different workout videos. 

 

I'm not sure that I would have done ANY of those things if my friend hadn't made that comment that day in high school. Slowly but surely, she set me on the path to where I am today, doing so much athletic stuff that I'm running out of time to do it all! I wasn't always working out super consistently or anything, but I was always trying to do SOMETHING to work on that athletic side of me. Slowly but surely, that road let me here. 

 

And so I need to remind myself that if I'm patient and I stay on the road, I will get to where I'm heading. If I can't do every single thing I want to do right now, it doesn't mean I won't get there. If I can't fit everything into the week, it's ok because I'm still on the road. It's all about the story you tell yourself. 

 

Challenge Details

A lot of this will be continued from my last challenge. Or at least to be expected based on my last challenge. I'll be traveling for a lot of this week, and maybe even next week, so some of it might not launch fully until Week 2.

 

PILLAR 1: Flexibility 

If I do yoga or other flexibility work, I feel about 60% better even if I do nothing else. I feel good in my body. I don't feel stiff. I feel more in tune with my needs.

  • GST stretch sessions - 3 sessions, 45 minutes each.
  • NEW Mobility mornings - every morning, I want to do some sort of movement. It can be yoga, MWOD, GST-based, or something else entirely. If I hit at least 14 sessions over the course of the challenge, I can pick up some kind of cool mobility tool or yoga classes or comfy pants or something like that as a reward. Ideally I also want to do some stretching before bed too, but I'm not making that a goal this time.
  • NEW Standing - I got myself a standing desk a while back to try to force myself to stand while I work, but now I just end up working on the couch. Which is murdering my back much worse than a sitting desk would. So my goal is to just try to accumulate a measly 3 hours at the standing desk each day. 

 

PILLAR 2: Walking

I work from home and don't have a very active social life. If I don't deliberately take the time to walk, I do not walk. Ever. And I really like walking and hiking. It's also just really important for basic health because people are meant to walk.

  • Walk 16 miles per week (2 miles weekdays, 3 miles weekends) - this only counts deliberate walks and not overall steps/distance, although TBH there's not a huge difference.
  • PASS: 12 miles. EXTRA CREDIT: 20 miles. For each week I do extra credit, I can put $10 towards hiking/backpacking gear goals.
  • ROADMAP: Start rucking again now that I have a better backpack for it, begin exploring local hiking trails more.

 

PILLAR 3: Strength

Pretty self explanatory. I seem to naturally be pretty strong and I like doing strength work, but I have a lot of recovery to do after wrist surgery set me back.

  • 3-4 sessions/week - 2 Crossfit and 1-2 Startbodyweight (I'll be joining the Crossfit box I visited last challenge once I'm done traveling) 

 

PILLAR 4: Food

Kind of a mess, tbh. I don't even know where to begin here. But my belly is doing things that I do not like. Paleo-ish works, but it sends me into that diet mindset that eventually backfires?? But also it really works?? Last challenge I tried aiming for 5 freggies/day and didn't do so well at it. 

  • I'm trying a nutrition program that gives you 1 task per week. If you do it 6 days in a row, you get the next task. If you don't, you have to repeat it and succeed before you move on. So I'll just focus on that for now. I miiiight still count freggies though. We'll see. Each successful task = $10 towards a kitchen gadget. I've got a measly $10 accumulated from my goals last challenge.

 

Triathaloning

I can't really swim or ride a bike competently, and shin issues keep setting me back in my running. So I want to work on upskilling these three areas.

  • Run at least weekly - I'll be testing out a new custom orthotic as soon as I get the call saying it's ready, so I'm hoping that will help deal with some of my leg issues and let me increase my running towards a more standard program.
  • Swimming - Travel week(s) excluded, I'll continue trying to flail swim once/week while somehow also breathing. At the end of the challenge, I'll evaluate whether I should just sign up for lessons.
  • Cycling - I don't think the reclining bike work is doing me any good, so I'm thinking of dropping it. I still need to get my bike tuned up. After that, I just want to get out on it at least 2x this challenge. Simple.

 

Other

  • Do 1 thing/week to connect with my father. It has to require actual effort on my part.
  • Take 1 hr/week to work on some form of personal development (non-fitness skill, etc.)
  • I'll be starting up at the Aikido place I found last challenge, but it's not actually a goal

 

Prioritization

This is a lot of things and it's very likely I won't be able to do everything every week. Priority #1 will be the things I'm paying for - so, Crossfit and aikido. Beyond that, a lot of things are kind of equal. I think I'll generally prioritize hitting at least 3 strength sessions/week. Followed by getting in all of my GST sessions. Walking is easy right now because it's only 1x/week, but if (FINGERS CROSSED) I can start to increase my frequency, I'll probably prioritize above walking. And doing some sort of walking for the day is more important than covering a specific distance. But it's also about listening to my body, so if I feel stiff, I might prioritize flexibility above walking. Etc.

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You are patient and strong and super frickin' cool!!  If anyone can tackle all those goals, it's you!!  (Seriously your daily list of things you accomplish sometimes makes me go HOLYCATS IS SHE A WIZARD )

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1 minute ago, Sylvaa said:

I also would like to point out that you conveniently forgot to mention that at the end of the challenge, we will be doing another Terrain Race!

 

Oh well that's just what we do for fun, right?? :P

 

There's a 5K the weekend before that I've started considering too. 

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You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

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That is great that your friend's encouragement helped yo to see yourself in a new light.

 

For the standing desk, is the floor you are standing on hard? I  bought a fatigue mat from Amazon, and it is nice and cushy, and made standing while on the computer very pleasant as opposed to something I dreaded. Plus, just the getting used to it

 

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That is such an awesome story about your friend who said you were athletic. It's incredible how so often a comment that's so casual to the person who says it can mean so much to the person receiving it. I can also think of a few offhanded kind words or pieces of advice that completely changed my life. It's a good reminder to tell other people the truth because you never know when they might really need to hear it!

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10 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

 

Triathaloning

I can't really swim or ride a bike competently, and shin issues keep setting me back in my running. So I want to work on upskilling these three areas.

  • Run at least weekly - I'll be testing out a new custom orthotic as soon as I get the call saying it's ready, so I'm hoping that will help deal with some of my leg issues and let me increase my running towards a more standard program.
  • Swimming - Travel week(s) excluded, I'll continue trying to flail swim once/week while somehow also breathing. At the end of the challenge, I'll evaluate whether I should just sign up for lessons.
  • Cycling - I don't think the reclining bike work is doing me any good, so I'm thinking of dropping it. I still need to get my bike tuned up. After that, I just want to get out on it at least 2x this challenge. Simple.

Ha I love this. RangerBrain FTW! 

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11 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

I love that you can’t swim, bike, or run so you’re training for a triathlon.
 

 

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There's no need to train if you can already do the thing, right?? :P

 

But seriously, it's gonna be a long road before I get anywhere near serious training. I'm motivating myself by publicly confessing my triathlon fantasy here. 

 

9 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

 

For the standing desk, is the floor you are standing on hard? I  bought a fatigue mat from Amazon, and it is nice and cushy, and made standing while on the computer very pleasant as opposed to something I dreaded. Plus, just the getting used to it

 

 

I've got a comfy mat and a stool to lean on and a foot bar and everything! I read Deskbound before I set it up, after seeing you recommend it a few times. I think I just have trouble being productive on certain tasks while standing, so I started negotiating sitting for those tasks, but it turned into just straight up sitting.

 

Also, the room is kind of cold because my desk is right next to a glass door, but my natural state is to be wrapped in blankets. :P 

 

8 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

*Consider's Sylvaa's title*

 

HA! That was my first thought too! She should be careful what she wishes for with all that persuasive authority. 

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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Thank you for sharing your story! In many ways my childhood experience was almost the opposite. I was a thin sprinter who could go toe to toe with the  boys, so teachers assumed I was athletic and tried to get me to play All The Sports. But I was a runner who could go fast for like 12 seconds, otherwise I was completely out of shape, graceless, clumsy, and not to mention introverted so being part of a team caused me so much anxiety. I was that kid on the track team that got winded climbing the stairs. :P

 

13 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

I'm trying a nutrition program that gives you 1 task per week. If you do it 6 days in a row, you get the next task. If you don't, you have to repeat it and succeed before you move on. So I'll just focus on that for now.

This sounds intriguing!

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40 minutes ago, Plazmotic said:

This sounds intriguing!

 

Yeah, TBD on that one. I'm trying it because what I've been doing doesn't work so I don't have much to lose. But I'm wary. Since they don't tell you what's in the program until you unlock each week, all I know about the program is Task 1, which is hydrating. I'm on the last day of that though, so I'll find out the next task soon.

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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3 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

ve got a comfy mat and a stool to lean on and a foot bar and everything! I read Deskbound before I set it up, after seeing you recommend it a few times. I think I just have trouble being productive on certain tasks while standing, so I started negotiating sitting for those tasks, but it turned into just straight up sitting.

 

Also, the room is kind of cold because my desk is right next to a glass door, but my natural state is to be wrapped in blankets. :P 

:) Cozy blankets. Another option is to sit on the floor, and have the computer on a stool. Or sit on a stool without a back

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Love your story too! Elastigirl’s suggestions have me intrigued! Going to think about if there’s any way to work this into my office situation.

The only thing that struck me about your description of the standing desk is that you shouldn’t necessarily call 3 hours measly. That actually sounds like it could be a big change and something that takes getting used to.

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9 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

:) Cozy blankets. Another option is to sit on the floor, and have the computer on a stool. Or sit on a stool without a back

 

Yeah! I love sitting on the floor! You make a good point. I haven't found a great setup for placing my computer when I sit on the floor, but I really should work on that too.

 

1 hour ago, Xena said:

Love your story too! Elastigirl’s suggestions have me intrigued! Going to think about if there’s any way to work this into my office situation.

 

The only thing that struck me about your description of the standing desk is that you shouldn’t necessarily call 3 hours measly. That actually sounds like it could be a big change and something that takes getting used to.

 

 

Yeah, fair. It's "measly" in the sense that it's not physically taxing, but you're right that it's still something that takes a lot of getting used to.

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

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Week 0 Tuesday Update

 

I DID NOT want to work out today. I was toying with the idea of just taking a mobility week since I'm leaving tomorrow and I'm going to be traveling for the next week or so, making it much harder to work out. I did some yoga in the AM (only two more of the TRUE series left now!) for mobility mornings. A++. 

 

I managed to get 3 hours of standing time, BARELY. I got one in the morning and didn't get the other two until the last 2 hours of my workday. But I pulled it off! Phew!

 

I walked after work, but only did about a mile and change to the library. My calves are feeling the run from a few days ago. I kind of wanted to go back outside because it's light out so late now?? But I didn't actually have any ideas for things to do other than walking more, so I didn't. 

 

I rocked it on the veggies today! I'm working through misc. leftovers in the fridge, which is honestly my favorite way to eat because I end up eating such basic but tasty things?? I had two breakfast tacos with eggs, red onions, and kale for breakfast. I had leftover rice and black beans, with a bunch of green beans, for lunch. And then I had some frozen butterfly shrimp with sweet potato and asparagus for dinner. Omnomnom. The shrimp weren't the healthiest, but I needed a protein and they were there. I checked off Day 6 of Task 1 for the nutrition program, so I'm looking forward to seeing what Task 2 will be. 

 

I still did not feel like working out in the evening. I toyed with different ideas, including just getting in a stretch session. I started by doing a bunch of MWOD stuff while watching an episode of Jessica Jones. By the time it was done, it was 7:30 and I dragged myself into the beginning of my workout. The workout went great once I started! I hit all of my targets for the day. My pushups are looking solid again at 3x8 with my elbows in. I could advance at this point, but I'm considering trying to work them a bit more with my elbows brushing my sides a little more before I move on. 

 

I also sent my dad an article about the Big Bang Theory, since he loves the show. 

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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27 minutes ago, Elastigirl said:

I found it really hard at first to keep my elbows at my sides.

 

Yeah, it's a lot of work! I FEEL like they're going to the side, but they look wider than they feel when I record it.  

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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Somehow it feels like we accomplished even more than usual, when we did a workout although we really didn't feel like it. It's good to be morivated sometimes, but it's even better, when you can get your stuff done although you aren't motivated. Good job. You're an inspiration.

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9 minutes ago, Raxie said:

 

This struck me oddly deeply this morning. Much wow.

 

 

 

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My epic quest | MEATBALL WARS

You don't get better at anything unless you start doing it.

Being alive is heckn swell. 

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Hya.  What a great big challenge!  Looks great!

 

I always wanted to tell you - the little kitty in your profile pic is so cute.  Is it sneezing?

 

What is your work at home job? (I retyped that so many times, lol.  I couldn't figure out how to ask that!)  I'm looking at that option.

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