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Challenge 2: Get on a damn schedule

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I did my first challenge in the newbie forum since I'd been gone so long. After much thought about what I'm trying to accomplish physically and mentally, I decided to join the Rangers. I've been working through the NF Academy mindset quests, and my big why (at the age of 42, when "look good naked" is nice but not necessary) is that I want to play hockey again. I got a taste of a sport I really enjoy, that didn't feel like exercise even though I was dripping with sweat afterward, and I want more. At this point, though, my body is not in a place where that's a good idea - I'm carrying too much weight, it's hard to find gear that fits me properly, and my feet hurt when I skate. So now it's time to work on getting a body that can play rec league hockey without being in pain or being winded after a 1-2 minute shift.

 

My goals last challenge were designed to ease myself back into accountability. I succeeded at walking 50 miles over the course of the challenge, and I also packed up a bag of clothes to donate (3 bags, one of which went to my neighbor for her son), but the "make better food choices" kind of fell by the wayside after the second week. I want to focus more on that this time around.

 

I'm still working on my final list of goals for my challenge, but so far what I have is:

- Track food daily, no excuses

- Exercise at least 5 days a week

 

I got my bike fixed a couple weeks ago, yaay! I'm looking forward to working some biking into my exercise plans. I still plan to walk a few days a week, but I really do want to get back on my bike, which is my favorite form of outdoor exercise. Waaay back before my youngest was born, I would do a 10 mile round trip ride every morning before work and it was wonderful.

 

School starts in a few weeks, hence the title of my challenge. Both my kids are moving up to new schools (middle school and high school) and in our school district, that means school starts about an hour earlier for both of them - which also means I need to get up earlier. I've been sleeping in a bit this summer, and I need to get back to a point where I'm getting up early, both to help them get out the door in the morning, and to get myself to work earlier. Which also means going to bed earlier. So the LUYL goal this challenge is definitely going to be schedule related, i.e. go to bed earlier/get up earlier type thing. When I figure out how to phrase it, I'll post it here.

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Sounds like a great set of motivations. Since your schedule will be changing so much, it will probably take some experimenting, but you can totally do it.

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Admittedly I am not off to the BEST start for this challenge. Sunday night I went to bed late and thus slept in Monday morning, then most of Monday was spent working and running various errands. I didn't get my walk in at all. I did eat...ok? but forgot to track (will go back and put my food in MFP for completeness). Then LAST night I stupidly stayed up to watch the Nats lose on a walk-off in the bottom of the 9th after battling back to tie the game, and overslept AGAIN today, but because I had to come to the office today I also did not get my walk in! UGH. Will walk this evening, that's a PROMISE.

 

So without further ado, here are my challenge goals:

- Track food daily, no excuses

- Exercise at least 5 days a week

- Go to bed by 10pm and get up by 6am on weekdays; in bed by 12am on Friday/Saturday and up by 8am Saturday/Sunday.

 

Let's see if I can improve on my bad start!

 

There is a new Lifetime gym opening near my house. Like, less than a mile away and completely walkable/bikeable. I am seriously considering getting a membership. There will come a time very soon when it will be too cold/dark outside to walk in the early mornings OR in the evenings (even though that seems REALLY FAR AWAY right now with the constant heat and humidity), and I also want to be able to switch up my exercise now and then. I even ordered an ACTUAL one-piece athletic swimsuit recently (it was on SALE). So even though the monthly dues are pricey, maybe that's what I need to hold me accountable, since I loathe wasting money. And, it'll give me the opportunity to get up early to exercise, or go to the gym late, because the hours will be 4am-midnight daily. No excuses!

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Welcome to the Rangers. Something that helps me with walks, is telling myself that even if I don't have time for a long walk, I can walk for 10 minutes. I'll check back tomorrow to see how your walk went.

 

I like your big why. @Starpuck is a hockey player too

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Hockey! Woooo! It is most definitely an addictive game. My goalie pads have been sitting in the garage unused for the last 9 years (Mini-Browncoat just turned 8...) but I still miss it.  Sadly the roller rink where I used to play just closed down. You've got this!

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I did my walk! 1.8 miles this evening. Hatched a few Poké eggs, earned a candy for my buddy Eevee, and burned 339 calories according to my Garmin. Now I need to log my food, clean up the kitchen, and go to bed.

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Getting up on time is HARD, y'all. I've never been particularly good at it unless there was somewhere I HAD to be at a certain time or I'd miss it (like, say, catching the commuter train downtown). But working from home, with two kids who are still on summer break, man - it's way too easy to hit snooze. Need to think of a better strategy.

 

That being said, I did accomplish my walk this morning, albeit an hour later than I planned. And I did go to bed last night at 10, but didn't actually go to sleep until closer to 11. Gotta work on that.

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Slightly better success today. I set my alarm for 5:30 and got up at 6:10, and out the door at 6:30 for my walk. Got home around 7:30, showered, and now I'm working on breakfast. Woohoo!

Food tracking is still not great. I need to put in my food for last night. But I'm working on it, as always.

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Kinda fell off the wagon this weekend. I missed my walk on Saturday and Sunday and I didn't track food all weekend. Starting fresh today. I got up before 6AM and was out the door at 6 for my walk and home before 7am, so that's an improvement. Need to log my food.

 

Still trying to figure out the best way to tackle the exercise thing once school starts. Walking in the dark isn't really my thing, but neither is walking at lunchtime when it's still hot and humid in this part of the world. I could walk in the evenings, maybe, but I like getting my exercise out of the way first thing in the morning. And the new gym isn't open until later this fall. The way the school schedule works, I need to be home between 5:45am and 7:45am to make sure both of my kids get out the door on time. I can walk after 7:45 but that pushes the start of my work day back; I'd like to start work at 8am so that I'm done earlier in the day. Maybe I just need to plan to take my walk after I finish my work day and before we have supper. Ugh, why does scheduling need to be so hard...

 

I still need to see about that gym membership, but once the gym opens I can go over there before I start getting the kids ready for school. Years ago, I used to get up extremely early to go to the gym, and it was very peaceful. There was something relaxing about starting my day so early. Idk, have to give it some more thought.

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Weekends are so tough. Good for you for getting right back at in On Monday.  As for scheduling, is it possible for you to have an early bedtime so you could do the  4 am (yikes I couldn't) gym.  Or have your dinners prep prepped so you can do gym and then come home for supper.

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12 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

How did week 2 go? 

Heh...heh heh heh yeah it didn't go so well from a schedule or tracking perspective. I exercised pretty much every other day, even went for a bike ride on Saturday! but tracking food seems to fall by the wayside after lunch, and actually eating properly has not been a thing that's happened much this week. But as of today, the kids are back in school, I'm in between projects at work (so I'm working on some training stuff), and I'm getting back on the wagon.

 

One thing I know I'm going to have to adjust, until it gets much cooler outside, is when I exercise. Morning walks are no longer a really viable thing, and by 8am (the point at which both kids have left for school) it is positively gross around here (and probably will continue to be until around October). So I'm going to postpone my daily walks to the evening, between 7-8pm, and focus on starting my work day as soon as my youngest gets on the bus. Once it gets cooler in the mornings (like, 50s-60s F), I can do my daily walks in the morning again, or even at lunch once it gets very cold. But starting my day with borderline heat exhaustion and dripping with sweat is just not pleasant at all.

 

So today, I'm refocusing on my eating, trying to stay on task re: my work, and making sure that I end my workday no later than 6pm.

 

Oh! I did sign up for the gym membership at the new gym this weekend. It's not scheduled to open until late November, though, so until then I'll be doing the walking/bodyweight thing.

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It's taken me most of this week to find a routine that works AND gets me to my desk to work at the appropriate time. The last few days I've been so tired after I put my youngest on the bus that I've crawled back into bed for a couple more hours of sleep. Not good. And then I'm not taking my shower until late morning or early afternoon. Really not good. Part of this was going to bed late, but another part was that I was taking my antidepressant too late in the evening for its soporific effects to wear off by morning. So starting last night, I took my antidepressant at 9 (8 would be better, though, as I was still groggy when I got up), and went to bed around 10. This morning, I made sure to bathe in the time between sending my oldest to school and getting my youngest up for school. And now I'm at my desk before 8:30, which is a marked improvement.

 

The weather this week has been miserable, so I haven't been walking. I may try to take a walk this evening if the heat and humidity let up a bit. I also need to sit down and review the beginner bodyweight workout and see if I can do that in the mornings before my shower.

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Whoo, the challenge ends this Sunday. My how time flies...

Today I made myself take a short walk just before sunrise. It was still miserable but at least the sun wasn't up yet to make it MORE miserable. I walked a little over a mile. I'm hoping I can stick with that trend. I'm also hoping this oppressive heat and humidity go away soon.

The schedule thing is getting a little better. Still not doing great tracking food, and I'm fighting a lot of fatigue lately. This weather has really sapped my reserves.

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End of challenge review:

 

- Get on a damn schedule: I finally did accomplish this, pretty much at the end of the challenge. I get up, help older son get out the door, then I take a short walk around the neighborhood (~1.3 miles), come home, bathe, get younger son ready for school, eat breakfast, start work. I also found an app for my phone, called Offtime, which allows me to selectively block apps based on a schedule and profiles. I have two profiles set up: Work, which allows me to get to email and work related apps, and Sleep, which blocks almost everything. The app also blocks notifications. So now I can actually concentrate on work when I'm working, and go to bed at a reasonable hour instead of staying up on my phone. I feel like it's also helping my low-level anxiety, too. (I guess this counts toward my level up my life goals, in the sense that I'm putting impediments in the way of bad habits.)

 

- Track my food: Yeah, pretty much failed to do this. I need to keep working on this. I've been trying to just eat healthy, eat only when I'm hungry, and make better food choices as a rule. I've had issues in the past with hyperfocusing on food - how much I can have, when I can have it, obsessing over calorie counts - and it's generally not a great way to live. Maybe for my next challenge I should just check myself periodically to make sure I'm on track, but not to the point where I obsess about it.

 

- Exercise at least 5 days a week: I wasn't great about this either, and the week that school started I hardly exercised at all, but since I've reconfigured my walk in the morning to be shorter, I can fit it in while it's still dark, so I'm not walking in oppressive heat.

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