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Hi Rangers!

Anticipation of the new Arrested D season about to drop (it’s going to be good again, right? RIGHT?) inspired the title. If I come up with something epic, I’ll weave the Bluths into my 4-week goals ... although they are not exactly role models for what I want to accomplish. Regardless, here on the challenge forums is definitely where I need to be! I am about 10 pounds of fat over my happy body comp, so some good old ranger accountability and support is just what Dr Funke ordered.

 

Scoring, and starting measures, will come later. For now, posting my plan to initiate accountability.

 

Strength: 3x/week. Kettlebells, or gym weights if I fire up my membership there. Likely candidates are:

  • kettlebell swings
  • deadlifts
  • chest presses
  • upright rows.
  • Plus something booty building!! I have knee issues and squats give me grief, but I shall creep on people’s old booty thread for alterna-butt exercises.

 

Other movey stuff

  • Continue with hot yoga 3x/week 
  • Continue with 12000 steps/day (6 days a week, anyway) - walking to work, walking dogs, maybe C25K, hikes as opportunities present
  • Long bike ride or swim, at least 4x (likely once/week)

 

Ingestey stuff

  • Track food! Every day I start out strong (easy cause I always eat the same brekkie) then the wheels come off around lunch or later. In the past, after a few days of full tracking I start hitting the appropriate deficits ... something tracked is something controlled. Gotta build up that habit again.
  • Don’t be like Lucille! I’ve gotten back into drinking nearly every day (not much per day, but even one or two drinks messes with my sleep and realistically, is not helping weight loss goal). New limit = 2 in a week.

 

WHEE! Here we go!

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Following. I was really glad when I realized you were self-aware about that title...

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Mid-day lightning update!

 

  • Lifty: 3 sets of 15 swings, deadlifts, rows, chest presses with 20# kettlebell. Can confirm, the first two exercises do in fact work the ol’ glutes. Planning on additional alterna-butt moves, on lift days, may have been somewhat delusional. Anyway, knocked these off by 7 am BEFORE MY FIRST COFFEE, Y’ALL!
  • Movey: Started C25K with my daughter. Week 1, day 1... no excessive pride here, haha. But we did it, before the day got crazy hot! And ended each running interval with the Wakanda salute cause we’re so badass. Up to about 9600 steps now, so with a dog walk after dinner should hit the daily step goal. Then hauled my sweaty self to hot yoga.
  • Ingestey: well, brekkie and lunch tracked and looking good! Going out for family dinner so fingers crossed I can remember and keep track of things.

 

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OK, worked out my scoring system! I had to tweak the goals a lil bit to get the math to work out nicely, LOL, but the scoring system still correspond pretty well to how personally challenging I find each of them. Meeting my step goal is NEVER a problem, but running a caloric deficit I always find super tough. Just in awe of the people here who can tick along well below 1800 kcal/day!!

  • Lifting: 3 points per day completed. Goal is now 4 days/week, so a perfect week = 12 points
  • Yoga: 4 points per day completed. Goal is 3 days/week, so a perfect week = 12 points
  • Steps: 1 point per day completed. Perfect week = 7 points
  • Bike or swim workout: 6 points. Successful week = 6 points
  • Tracking: 2 points per day. Perfect week = 14 points
  • 500 cal deficit: extra 7 points per day. Perfect week = 49 points
  • Drinks: 2 freebies per week, -5 points for each one over.

that should take me to 100 points/week given perfect compliance (HAHAHAHAHAHA) so can score using some variant of the academic system, eg under 50 = F, 50-59 = D, 60-74 = C, 75-89 = B, 90+ = A.

 

So, rewards... Honestly, I treat myself pretty well as it is. And if I adhere well to this set of goals, I should look and feel seriously good, which is rewarding in itself. But I could hold out the prospects of a microdermabrasion session at my favourite spa, NF tank top, additional hot yoga wear to avoid the laundry bottleneck, and/or stocking up on my summer bath supplies at LUSH. Any of those would be rewarding too! I will creep around other threads for more rewards type ideas!

 

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Following! 

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||Char/RPG||
STR: 57 || DEX: 59 || STA: 52 || CON: 47 || WIS: 59 || CHA: 59

 

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Kept it going strong for Day 2. Not a planned lifting or yoga day, but did the next part of C25K. Probably, well let’s be real, certainly would have blown that off had not my kid been waiting by the door, tricked out in running gear, when I got home :)

  • Steps — oh heck yeah (+1)
  • Track (+2) <— can’t believe I’m staying on top of this!
  • Deficit (+7) <— likewise!
  • No ride or swim
  • No drinks

DAAAAMN girl! Feeling smug! Next bump in the road is to keep up with today’s lifting in the face of good ol’ DOMS. Not sure if it’s from kettlebells or C25K, as it’s pretty much all over my bod!

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OH! I thought of the perfect challenge reward! I love love love my bike (it’s been with me for 20 years and on many adventures) and we could spend even more time together on the day to day, if I tricked it out with a rack and panniers.

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Hang on, baby bag! I’m coming for you!!! Just gotta ace this challenge....

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3 hours ago, TiogaGirl said:

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The Texan in me just wants to call those Saddlebags. They look great.

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5 hours ago, TiogaGirl said:

NOOOOOO Tank, saddlebags are what I need to get rid of!!! :D

NOOOOOOOO TiogaGirl, saddlebags are this ;) 

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Day 3 update!

  • Lifted (+3)
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Deficit (+7)
  • but did NOT make my step goal, eek. Had the chance to work at home, which is awesome, but without my walking commute it’s more challenging to get up to 12K. But between dog walking, errands and such I did make 10K, so not beating myself up too bad.

Running a 500 cal deficit is, like, a Herculean challenge for me, so I’m super swaggery over my brand new 3 day streak :) And as extra positive feedback, I’m down 3 lb from Monday! Probably mostly water, either dehydration from our current heatwave or changing up my water balance from cutting out late night potato chips. But man, it’s nice to have some early successes to help build up confidence!

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Whoo hoo!


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Level 77 Wood Elf Druid

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||Char/RPG||
STR: 57 || DEX: 59 || STA: 52 || CON: 47 || WIS: 59 || CHA: 59

 

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Day 4 is in the books, whew!

  • Stepped (+1) <— had meetings all over campus so this was closer to 18K than 12K, woohoo
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Deficit (+7)

That’s it, no scheduled lifting, yoga or cycling. Somehow they all got planned for today, LOL, as well as C25K!!  We’ll see if I survive the day. If I do, checking out Solo with the fam to celebrate!

In other news I got to see The Americans finale last night with (other) fam and I am WRUNG OUT! That was an intense wrap up!

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Mini-update for Day 5, as we careen into the weekend,

  • Lifted (+3)
  • Bike ride (+6)
  • Still planning on C25K after kiddo gets home from school, yoga after that. Between C25K and the trek to the yoga studio, should hit my step goal handily. Done! Sweaty flow class (+4), 15K steps including polishing off week 1 of C25K (+1)
  • Tracked (+2) <— yeah, even the movie popcorn and candy
  • Deficit (+4/7) <— still ~300 cals under maintenance, so part marks
  • Oh yeah, had one of this week’s two drinks, last night. NO REGRETS
  • I boasted too soon about my early-days weight loss — back up a couple pounds today. Somewhat vexed but expect to be back down by the weekend.
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Doing the math, I’m at 69 points for the week with Sat and Sun still up in the air. Going to head out with the dogs soon to make some headway against the step goal, then out to a bird observatory for the day. Still some cool migrants coming through, and should be fun scrambling around trying to spot them! I’ll feel very rangery, no doubt. Have a great weekend, all!

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Saturday is in the books!

  • Stepped (+1) <— birding walk PLUS beach walk! LOVE walking barefoot on the hard-packed sand, so clocked up ~18K steps :)
  • Tracked (+2) <— had to spitball some of the portion sizes and rely on memory, but pretty sure it’s all accounted for
  • Deficit (+7) <— realized after returning to civilization that I still had ‘space’ to fit in a bunch of kettle corn and still hit deficit! YES!
  • Dranks: nope! :) stuck with iced tea, so still one in the bank for this evening if I am so moved
  • One day left in challenge week 1 and 79 points so far!

All in all, it was a great day in the field and the sunshine. SUPER TIRED last night, and slept like a rock. I am pretty sure I’m on tap to do C25K, yoga *and* lifting today since yesterday’s activities precluded any of that, so I’ll be drawing upon all my innate badassery. 

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So, apparently it’s World Bicycling Day today! In honour of that, and to get my younger kid out of the house for some fresh air, I swapped out the planned yoga for a 2-hr easy group ride. BEAUTIFUL day here and the group ride was a lot of fun. I’ll count it as yoga-level points (4) rather than cycle-level points (6) since I already cycled once this week. 

 

In other news, lifted (+3) and started week 2 of C25K with the older kiddo. About 1700 steps left to hit goal — may need to wait til post nap! Whew!

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Well... post-ride hunger, plus family dinner shenanigans, blew my planned caloric deficit for Sunday (just up to maintenance level, so nothing catastrophic). Rundown for the day:

  • Lifted (+3)
  • Bike ride (+4)
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Stepped (+1)
  • 2nd of the week’s 2 drinks, no worries

Takes me to 89 for the week .... arghhh! JUST shy of an “A”!

That’s okay, I will be on my A game for week 2. Gotta have something to shoot for, right?

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Oh Monday. You did not cover yourself in glory...

  • Lifted (+3)
  • Tracked (+2)
  • No drinks

That’s all fine, but exercise and calories were both terrible! In a workshop all day, catered with all the sugary desserts, far enough away from my house and along busy enough roads that walking or cycling weren’t easily do-able, so I drove. Thus, didn’t even hit my step goal, and that’s basically only in this challenge to give myself some low hanging fruit!

 

A good reminder to appreciate the privilege of (normally) being close enough to work, to commute by foot or two wheels. I guess people who are forced to drive, have to be more resourceful to work in exercise. And people who are continually surrounded by coffee cakes and the like during the day need to develop stronger willpower or at least better hacks. I have many more such days coming up over the next 6 weeks, so I should start thinking up some tactics for how to deal with a changed-up routine!

 

Anyway — down a pound since the challenge started on the 28th. Onward!

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Post-Tuesday checkin!

  • Stepped (+1) <— back to my regularly scheduled walkaround lifestyle! Yes!!
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Deficit — partial, not 500 though. Giving myself (+3) for this one. I WOULD HAVE MADE IT IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR THAT MEDDLING CHICAGO MIX LURKING IN MY HOUSE
  • No drinks. No scheduled lifting, cycling or yoga... today was one of those days i just had to power through!

So 2 days into week 2, I’m at 11 points. Gonna step it up (literally)!

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Tough day Wednesday but trying to stay accountable—

The good:

  • Stepped (+1)
  • Tracked (+2)
  • No drinks

The bad:

  • No lifting, cycling, or yoga, and missed a C25K bout

And the ugly: cals well ABOVE, not below, maintenance! Thanks for nothing, free candy at work :P

 

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Thursday was pretty good, in a pulling-myself-out-of-downward spiral kind of way,

  • Lifted (+3)
  • Stepped (+1) <— over 21 000 including some C25K with the F1!
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Deficit (+7)
  • No drinks, despite catastrophic provincial election resulting in the win of our dead crackhead mayor’s less charismatic little hash-dealing brother. Eeeeeesh. It’s gonna be a long four years :’(

Working at home today, good from the perspective of working in yoga and cycling, and for re-establishing my zen aura! But it boosts up the challenge level of hitting the ol’ step goal!

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Friday turned out pretty great! I had career paper #50 accepted, got to work at home with the labs for companionship, hit the flow state in productivity, and walking home from the yoga studio I saw fliers for one of my all time favourite bands coming to my town on Monday!  Hubby snagged tickets and we had a lovely dry cider out in the backyard to celebrate. In terms of daily points,

  • Lifted (+2) <— partial points bc I only did 2 sets, not 3
  • Stepped (+1) <— didn’t walk to work obviously, but did a C25K bout with the offspring, so hit it nicely
  • Yoga (+4) <— tough class after a week of no yoga! But felt pretty amazing afterward.
  • Tracked (+2)
  • Deficit (+5) <— not quite 500 cals, but close
  • One of the week’s 2 drinks consumed

14 points for the day, and, uh, another 27 for MTWTh combined ... 41 points for the week so far with only the weekend left to redeem myself! *** cues The Final Countdown as montage music *****

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