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Weight Plates and Wheely Shoes [Rolling Stoney]

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Jumping straight into this so I don't lose all the good progress I made with my respawn last challenge. I feel like the warriors are a good fit for me at the moment as I play a full contact sport and am lifting once more. No other class is really ringing my bell right now ;) 

 

Respawn Recap:

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Hi, my name is Stoney and I’m a serial quitter and shiny-thing chaser.

 

This is my umpteenth respawn here in the forums but fuck it, why not try again? 

 

I play roller derby* for my local team in a southern western Australian country town and while that’s been great for my general physical and mental health, I’ve hit a bit of a plateau.

 

And I’m a total perfectionist so I always want to be the best at everything I do. Yay self improvement!

 

That does mean however that I get unmotivated much too quickly and get distracted trying the Cool New Thing™️ that I think is going to help me reach my goals.

 

Nerd Fitness has proven itself to me many times over to be a great place to sort my shit out and get back on track with the things I want to improve on so here I am! *jazz hands*

 

I also fucking love food. That is a problem that is clashing with my new office job.

 

So I’m back. Wheely shoes on and weight plates loaded. I’m gonna be skating and lifting and tracking some food and trying not to blow all my money on Cool New Things™️ - and I would really appreciate the support of this amazing forum. 

 

*full contact sport on roller skates, bit like rugby on skates with a human as the ball

 

TL;DR - I play roller derby, weight train as cross training, have some anxiety/depression Motivation issues, and really like food. New office job clashing with old brain habits. 

 

Previous Challenge Recap;

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Last challenge I successfully got myself to the gym and lifting weights again, (5x5 plus signing up for the Beach Bod comp here on NF) which played a big part in creating momentum for the other quests I had. 

 

I worked on picking up a new skill called Jam Skating as a supplement to my usual derby training, hoping that practising the fancy footwork would help me trust my ankles again after breaking one 1.5 years ago, and also make me look good on skates. Cos dancing on skates is pretty neat. So far it appears to be working? Any time on skates is a good time. 

 

I also kept a closer eye on both my money budget and diet "sugar" budget -- the money budget worked quite well. Forcing myself to be mindful of my spending habits stopped a lot of frivolous spending from happening (unsurprising.) I gave up tracking how much sugar I was eating but I was definitely more mindful of how often I craved it, where it could be hidden, and what I could eat instead. I'm definitely resisting the incessant cake & chocolate bombardment at work a lot better then I was. 

 

This challenge I will just be following on from the last, working on some 6-month goals and making some new ones. 

 

6-month goals:

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weightlifting

DL 65kgs // 70kgs // 75kgs // 80kgs // 90kgs // 100 // 110 // 120 // 130 // 140 // 150 // 160 // 170 // 180kgs

Squat 60kgs // 65kgs // 70kgs // 75kgs // 80 // 90 // 100 // 110 // 120 // 130 // 140kgs 

Pull up 35kgs assisted // 25kgs // 15kgs // 5kgs // 0kgs

 

jam skating

dace moves combined into a routine x2 // x3 // x4 // x5

 

body fat

lost 1% // 2% // 3% // 4% // 5% // 6% // 7% // 8%

 

money gain

save $500 // $1000 // $1500 // $2000 // $2500 // $3000

Spend less then $300 // $250 // $200 per month

 

My goals this challenge are divided into pre-18th of August and post-18th of August as we have a derby bout on that night. Once it's over I don't have as many big derby things coming up, and I can focus more on other things. Like lifting, and jam skating. 

 

1. WEIGHTLIFTING

(Aim: get swole. Beat Bunbury. Squat an actual human. do a real pull up.)

2X week.

0 week will be the virtual comp. I'll smash that out probably tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday. 

After that I'll be sticking with 5x5 because it's working for me and I don't have to think hard to do it. 

Pre-18th of Aug -- lift a little lighter and do some Sumo squats and Deadlifts to work on my inner thigh strength. Better inner thighs - better derby plow stops.

Post-18 of Aug -- 5x5 as usual.

Bonus: Try out Simple & Sinister 1xweek. I am intrigued. This may happen, may not. Definitely not before 18th Aug.

what? why?

I have found the best success with lifting weights for my self-confidence and general fitness levels, especially relating to hitting and being hit on roller skates. 

 

2. SKATING

(Aim: be fancy. Beat bunbury. chain some dance moves together)

2x week.

Pre-18th of Aug -- backwards skating footwork practice. Backwards crossovers, lateral movement on toestops, smarty-pants footwork, d-cuts, backwards plows. 

Post-18 of Aug -- Jam skating. 1 new move weekly. 

why?

I can't always make training due to my whack work schedule so getting more time on skates helps me think less about my feet when trying to do the strategy thing playing a derby game. 

 

3. FOOD

(AIm: drop body fat. Feel physically better by not eating crap)

5/7 days compliance. (1x total cheat day, one day's leeway in case of fuck-ups.)

a. Slow Carb food (no white carbs, sugar, dairy or fruit)

b. Eat mindfully during meals (no playing on phones, computers, etc. Bonus points for finishing after partner!)

what? why?

I am a guts. eating mindlessly no doubt hinders my attempts at shedding some fat and if I slow down and eat then I should feel fuller and eat less. And my partner mocks me for it xD

Dairy makes me a bit ill so cutting that out has had to happen sooner rather then later. I just overindulge in carbs and don't feel full so eating less should help. Fruit and sugar are just a follow-on from last challenge's low-sugar quest. I read Tim Ferriss' 4 hour body and like the idea of doing less for maximal results. Good thing I like beans and eggs. 

 

4. SCHEDULE-FU

(Aim: Be a functional human being despite mental health problems. Thanks for the quest-name inspiration Juni0r83!)

Schedule your week in advance. Also called time-blocking.1x a week spend some time looking at work roster and work around it. 

Schedule these things weekly:

      3x15 minutes of decluttering

      2x loads of laundry, washed dried & put away

      1x load of dishes

      2x Gym Days

      1x food shopping day

      1x food prep day

      2x jam skating days

      1x side hustle / marketable skills practice

 

Schedule these things in to be done at some point in the next month:

      Get yo' boobies checked (Who has two thumbs and is at high risk for breast cancer?)

      Book car service (my handbrake went twang the other day. I would be more worried if it had been working beforehand! Also my suspension is shocking and my brakes need some love.)

      Fix your full iCloud problem

      Bathe the dog and trim her fur and claws. 

      Chiro appointment

The points are scored for actually scheduling this stuff. Do it or don't. Whatevs. 

What? why?

I have a nasty habit of putting crap off when my mood gets low. if I can make more things ingrained habits I will do them even when depressed. 

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Definitely Wednesday for lifting comp attempt. The winter SADs took up all my mental bandwidth yesterday so I just trudged through work, then couldn't sleep / get comfy till 2am. Yay for late work starts at least. Also there will definitely be cake at work today (it's an ongoing problem) so I must take snacks with me.

 

Also note to self - don't be afraid of red on MFP. Green numbers on my calories means I haven't even eaten my cutting calories and that DEFINITELY isn't enough. It's set for 500cal under my tdee. I can eat a bit over it. stop panicking.

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I SUPER hear you on the scheduling front. Planning ahead keeps my anxiety much more manageable! I dig all your systems! Much thoughtful! So zero week!!

 

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4 hours ago, RedStone said:

I SUPER hear you on the scheduling front. Planning ahead keeps my anxiety much more manageable! I dig all your systems! Much thoughtful! So zero week!!

 

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The best luck I've had at getting anything done so far is just plugging everything into reminders on my phone. The constant notifications can tend to stress me out a bit though. Hopefully putting it into the calendar once a week gives me a good visual of what I can expect my week to be like before I get to it and where I'll have time to fit things in with my whack work schedule. And I'll be less surprised when my phone dings.

 

49 minutes ago, Grumble said:

August 18th is my birthday! I would like your win over Bunbury as a birthday present. KTHX.

 

Consider it done! 

 

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I lost the fight against the cake at work. But still only ended up 200 cals over my fat loss calorie goal. Not a total fail. Well, a small fail because cake sure isn't slow carb compliant xD but it's okay. It was a co-worker's last day. Worth it.

 

Scheduling was done this morning. I'm just using iCal because it's already synced to everything else. 

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My weekend looks full. I may not have the spoons for wrangling a swap meet then food shopping and food prep so that can probs wait until Monday. 

 

I also made a spreadsheet for this challenge, because this one actually involves tracking things.

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track all the things!!

 

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, RollingStoney said:

Also note to self - don't be afraid of red on MFP. Green numbers on my calories means I haven't even eaten my cutting calories and that DEFINITELY isn't enough. It's set for 500cal under my tdee. I can eat a bit over it. stop panicking.

 

I've given up MFP for this reason. I've found I can put myself at a deficit without counting if I need to and it's way less stressful without it.

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1 minute ago, calanthrophy said:

 

I've given up MFP for this reason. I've found I can put myself at a deficit without counting if I need to and it's way less stressful without it.

 

Same. I didn't even look at MFP when I was doing my weight loss challenge and the level of stress was SO MUCH LESS.

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7 hours ago, Grumble said:

 

Same. I didn't even look at MFP when I was doing my weight loss challenge and the level of stress was SO MUCH LESS.

 

I like MFP, but I just put in my whole day of what I’m going to eat in the morning and don’t change anything most of the time. Not wanting to fiddle with it helps me stick to the plan, and having my workout already logged in the morning gives me extra incentive to stick to it. I do get a little tired of putting mostly the same thing everyday, since I stick to a fairly limited plan and only vary my dinner choice each day. 

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9 minutes ago, MaD MaLKaV said:

 

I like MFP, but I just put in my whole day of what I’m going to eat in the morning and don’t change anything most of the time. Not wanting to fiddle with it helps me stick to the plan, and having my workout already logged in the morning gives me extra incentive to stick to it. I do get a little tired of putting mostly the same thing everyday, since I stick to a fairly limited plan and only vary my dinner choice each day. 

 

This is pretty much how I’m running it :) I’m just not adapted enough to my new lower calorie needs to be able to eat without going over constantly If I’m not accountable to something. I just don’t normally have it set to fat loss so my brain aint used to it yet X’D

 I do like having the same thing most days though cos it makes logging a hell of a lot easier.

 

Going from waitress to admin clerk has been a massive change in activity levels and my want for food hasn’t adjusted yet - even though it’s been a year. I think I was probably in denial about how much less food I needed to consume because eating and not gaining weight was a little facet of my life I liked XD  

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Gym day actually did go well. I attempted my lifts for the virtual comp and hit two new PRs and impressed a random GymBro™ as well. 

 

Squat: 70kg / 72.5kg / 75kg

Bench: 40kg / 42.5kg / 42.5kg

Deadlift: 80kg / 87.5kg / 90kg

 

So yay! I can now squat my own bodyweight and deadlift my partner if I wanted to. xD

 

Also there is no cake left at work so I am not tempted by it. 

 

edit:

Also also added a few new things to schedule in. 1 session p/week of working on a way to create a productive side hustle. I appreciate the money my job brings in but dayum it is soul sucking. I knew this job would burn me down eventually but thought I might keep my optimism longer then a year xD

And realistically I would like to do something not office-jobby. Something creative. And I never seem to put aside time to work on... whatever it is I want to do. I don't know what that is so I should schedule in time to work on finding out.

 

Also gotta get to the chiro. my neck is crunchy and the bowen therapy appointment I had only helped for a week or so :(

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Rest of the day was Uneventful. Technically broke my slow carb compliance because my partner crumbed our steak for dinner but I was still in a good calorie limit. Did have a few moments of "let's try not scoffing our food shall we?" while eating dinner, but pretty sure I was playing on my phone while eating on break at work. /shrugs. Still a pretty good day.

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Yesterday went well. Complied with my slow carb meals so yay! Even when the chicken I pulled out for dinner didn't defrost so I had to wing it for dinner. Ended up with a bean / corn / bacon fried medley with salad and avocado. It was pretty tasty for a mash up dinner. And I remembered to stop and eat without doing other things at the same time.

 

Derby training was also last night for 3 hours and I spent most of that helping the newer skaters learn the basics of hitting and dodging. 

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no-restriction food day was great. Bulletproof coffee this morning. subway for lunch, pizza for dinner. a few cookies, one sweetened tea drink. Bailey's, Wine.

I think I'm ready to eat well for another week now though xD

 

Also set up our venue for the swap meet, did my meal planning and food shopping, went for a skate, hung out with my mum and the in-laws. productive AF. especially considering I slept in. 

 

Tomorrow I'll spend all morning running the swap meet then I'll hit the gym and do some food prep. I am missing cheese a bit during the week (despite it not sitting well in my stomach normally) so I have plans to try a recipe for vegan cheese using coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Should be interesting? And I also have a good plan for my lunch burritos for this week too which I'm excited to try. It involves cauliflower rice.

...Never thought I'd be excited about cauliflower rice. 

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Why do people gotta make me get up early? I hate it. 

 

Swap meet went well. Just had a nap and trying to convince myself to go to

the gym for a bit. If I didn’t have to get up at 5:45am this morning this convincing wouldn’t be as hard.

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Last day of week 0 was a good one, despite my terrible sleeping pattern >.> I did make it to the gym, but there were a surprising amount of people there for a Sunday arvo and no squat racks available. So I gave that Simple and Sinister workout a try - and actually didn't hate it! I started out with the "average lady" starting weights (16kg swing and 8kg get up) and should have gone for the '"strong lady" starting weights (12kg get up weight instead) because it was probably a bit easy xD but it was also my first time doing a Turkish Get Up so I wanted to make sure I could do one without dropping it on my face. I rather like my face the way it is. 


After we play Bunno this weekend I'll probably add it into my workout schedule. 

Speaking of schedules, I planned the next week into my calendar: 

 

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This week looks manageable. Only 4 shifts at work (for now) and 3 of them are late starts. I was planning on going to our league family dinner night on Friday but I'm working :( so I might just dash there on my dinner break because one of our players is leaving the state and also it's carb-loading night before the game xD

 

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A huge part of me just wanted to park myself on the couch and play Ultra Sun all day, until I went to declutter part of the house and got stuck into proper house cleaning mode. Got through 2 loads of laundry, a load of dishes, vacuumed, and decluttered the kitchen, lounge room, and my walk-in wardrobe. Did my food prep (burritos again) and went to training for 3 hours. Oh! and I started learning to play a Ukulele that I bought for $5 at the swap meet yesterday. :) I taught myself to play the guitar when I was a youngin' in high school but uke's are just so much more portable xD

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19 hours ago, RollingStoney said:

I rather like my face the way it is. 

 

Probably for the best.

 

Good form on the get up, though! It's definitely somthing worth taking your time because it's got some potentially weird body mechanics to deal with.

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6 hours ago, Grumble said:

 

Probably for the best.

 

Good form on the get up, though! It's definitely somthing worth taking your time because it's got some potentially weird body mechanics to deal with.

 

Super weird body mechanics XD I really enjoyed it though so I may even go again tonight after work. I’m juggling my lunch break today so I can knock off early after I got seconded to a different position to the one I was rostered on for. :P

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Sounds like one hell of a challenge!

 

I purchased some now blades a few weeks ago, after not skating for 14+ years, I took to them pretty well. Forgot how much fun it was. But there isn't anywhere to practice where I live.

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