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Hi all, It's been a while since I have done one of these challenges, and the first time doing one with the Rangers. 

Here's a bit of background about me. I just turned 34, am married, and have an 8-year old Mini-Browncoat. The wife and I have decided that we need to get healthy. I did a handful of challenges with the Monks, did one with the Assassins, and now thought I would give the Rangers a try. 

 

Major Goal: Lose 60 Pounds
Right now I'm tipping the scales at 245. Not the heaviest I've ever been, but getting close. My goal weight is 185. I was active throughout high school and college (swam, played water polo, roller hockey, and was a gym rat at the climbing gym), but after college, life got in the way and sports and activities have dwindled to nothing and the weight crept on. No better time than now to change this. Here is how I'm planning on doing this...

 

Since you can't outrun your fork: The wife and I are going to start Whole30. This isn't going to be easy. Early preparation is going to be key for us to complete this. The plan will be to break this out by week and have a full meal plan done. That way we can prep everything in advance. We aren't starting Whole30 today, but it will be during this challenge. I'll let you all know when it does begin.

 

Declutter the house:
We have too much crap around the house. We finally made a space to exercise, but we really need to get rid of all the extra crud. Finish Cleaning the Office, Bedroom. Also, come up with a good cleaning schedule for the house and stick to it.

 

Exercise: Simple and sinister — I got a 16kg kettlebell for Christmas, but haven't done a whole lot with it yet. I am going to do the Simple and Sinister routine three times a week. I jumped in a little too enthusiastically a couple months back and tweaked my shoulder doing Turkish Get Ups. This time around I am going to approach these more cautiously. I am thinking that instead of doing all 10 getups with the 16kg, I should start with a lighter weight; a 1-gallon water jug (~4kg) to start, then a 3 gallon (~11kg), then the 16kg kettlebell once everything feels good.
 
Miscellaneous Life Goals:
Get better at brushing and flossing. Brush twice a day, floss once a day. I've been avoiding going to the dentist because I know I will get scolded for not brushing and flossing as well as I should. 

 

Thanks for having me here. 


TLDR:
GOAL: Lose 60 pounds
STEPS:
*Whole30 Meal Plans/Start Whole30
*Simple and Sinister 3x per week
*Finish Cleaning the Office
*Finish Cleaning the Bedroom
*Create Cleaning Schedule
*Brush 2x and Floss 1x per day


 

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Placeholder for Whole30 Meal Plans

Breakfast

*Eggs over chard and mushrooms with bacon

 

Lunch

*Hard-boiled eggs with bacon (lazy deviled eggs)

 

Dinner

*Roasted broccoli/cauliflower/carrots with roasted chicken thighs

*Grilled salmon with asparagus

 

Snacks

*Unsalted mixed nuts

*Sugar snap peas

 

WhiteBeltBrowncoat | Four-week Challenge 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Current

Goal: Weigh 238 lbs by 10/14/2018 SW(201809112):245.9 / CW(201800917):244.2

Think Progress, Not Perfection

 

 

 

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Welcome! You're in good company because we (Rangers) are the best! :D

 

And you're a man after my own heart, I see - I was *just* talking to a couple friends about doing my 4th Whole30 in October if this current round of 'shit I am doing in an attempt to kick my ass into gear' is not 100% successful -- tbh, I'll probably do it anyway for funsies, since I'm weird like that. If you need meal suggestions, let me know - I'm a hella food nerd and documented my meals (for my Nerds) with each round. 

 

And minimalism! I've been down that journey too and absolutely loved it - played the Minimalism Game a few (years?!) ago with some of my Nerd Herd, and have been on a downsizing track since then. Any questions? Let me know! 

 

Following along - and can't wait to see where you go from here! 

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Thanks for the welcome. I am definitely going to have to look at some of your past challenges to get some inspiration for recipes. So far I was planning on using the 1 week meal plan from the keto subreddit. Being able to batch prep stuff is very desireable for us. But beyond that was a big question mark. I know NomNom Paleo has a ton of Whole30 recipes, but I was hoping to find a similar batch meal prep solution. 

 

Hmmm, Minimalism game. Sounds like that would be useful. We are drowning in old crap that we've moved from 3 different houses now. It is time to just get rid of it. 

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The Keto subreddit is great; I would imagine there’s a W30 one as well.

Meals - some batch cookable, some one-offs: https://gastography.com/?s=Whole30+wrapup&submit=Search

I think Nom Nom Paleo did a meal roundup as well, and I’d hazard a guess someone on the forums has addressed batch cooking.

I’d say most things I batch cook at home are naturally W30-compliant: roasted veggies, chicken, salmon, big meats in the pressure cooker - you may also find luck with paleo batch cookers. I know there are a few on Instagram and I seem to see lists pop up quite frequently.


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I like Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed Weeknights https://www.amazon.com/Well-Fed-Weeknights-Complete-Minutes/

She gives specific step by step instructions for some a  mini cook up,.

 

I love the Simple and Sinister workout. Have you done the shoe drill? That is a good way to make sure you have good form.

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On 8/14/2018 at 8:58 PM, darkfoxx said:

Meals - some batch cookable, some one-offs: https://gastography.com/?s=Whole30+wrapup&submit=Search


Awesome, I like the layout of your site. I'm going to have to dig into it deeper once I have some time. 

 

14 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

I love the Simple and Sinister workout. Have you done the shoe drill? That is a good way to make sure you have good form.

I have tried the shoe drill. I should probably go back to it and really dial things in. It always feels hard though with no load to really tell if I am getting my shoulders right. I need to do a form check video soon to make sure I'm not going about things wrong.

 

So far things have been off to a slow start. We tore the house apart trying to get our office functional and it is taking way longer to put back together. I'm taking tomorrow off and am hoping to make a lot of progress on it tomorrow. The original plan had been to have a date day with Ms. Browncoat (Gasp!!! You mean to tell me that parents get to have a life separate from the kids?!?!?!?), but getting the house put back together is going to take precedence unfortunately. Such is life. 

 

Starting Whole30 hasn't happened yet, having absolutely zero counter/table/floor space saps the will to cook so we have been eating out way more than we like. Exercise hasn't happened for the same reason. So here's hoping that the marathon cleaning session tomorrow will help that happen. On the plus side I have been doing well with brushing and flossing. It's not much, but it is progress.

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Brushing and flossing is great progress. And date nights are important. One day those kids will grow up and it will be just the two of you again, and you want to have more in common than just your kids.

 

Taking form videos is super helpful

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Brushing & flossing is something!

And - I bet you can find a way to combo cleaning with a little fitness and date night vibes at least. Doesn’t have to be a totally lost cause!


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Hi All, here's a Monday morning update.

*We're making progress on cleaning/organizing the house. You can see ground in the office, and I was even able to exercise there this morning! The rest of the house is still a trainwreck, but the little bits are starting to come together. Hoping that we can keep the momentum moving forward and finish up by next Monday. 

*I got to exercise this morning! I was able to do a shortened Simple & Sinister. Shortened because I had to get Mini-Browncoat out the door on time and also wanted to ease back into things. I have had the tendency to over do things in the past. So 80 swings instead of the 100 proscribed and 6 get ups using a yoga block instead of the kettlebell. 

*Food is going less well than hoped. The kitchen is still a mess due to cleaning and we haven't been able to cook. I'm changing this month's food goal from starting Whole30 to eating two Whole30 compliant meals a day. Not the perfect solution, but it is progress. Plus it will let me start building up a good collection of recipes for when we do start Whole30.

*Flossing, hit or miss. Weekdays are easier for me to do this.

 

TLDR: making progress on the house; got an S&S session in; collect more recipes.

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I like how you are adjusting to what works for you. 

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Okay, Monday update time. The wheels have fallen off on the meals and exercising. So there is room for improvement there. I need to stop eating the junk food and carby crud. I definitely don't feel good after eating it. I noticed that after eating waffles this weekend there was a definite energy crash immediately afterwards. On the plus side, we need to go grocery shopping today or tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get some better food options into the house. 

 

Exercising has been slow. After the first S&S workout last week my knees were hurting something fierce. Ibuprofen to the rescue. I need more regular exercise to help strengthen the muscles that support the joint. More reason to get back into exercising.

 

On the positive side, the office has been staying clean and clutter free. We have managed to cull 2 medium moving boxes of paper junk to recycle, another moving box set aside to shred, 1 moving box of old clothes to donate, and one more moving box of stuff to try and sell. Progress! We also decided to finally get rid of all our clothes that were holey or didn't fit right. We kept holding on to them saying "oh we can just patch that..." or "one day I'll fit into these again..." So now we have a big impetus to update our wardrobe. 

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Wahoo for keeping your office clean- that is hard to do. And bonus points for noticing how what you eat effects you. How did the rest of the week go?

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Things have been going slow lately. The Whole30 is just a wash for this challenge round. Don't have the house clean/organized enough to really be able to make a respectable go at adding a new routine.

 

Last weekend I succumbed to the pestilence spawned from the pits of elementary school/daycare and spent most of the three-day weekend horizontal.

 

Exercise has been slow going. I started watching some basic tutorial videos for the get-up, got some new things to try. I finally got some video of me doing swings and getups, once I figure out what format I need to use I'll upload it to the form check sub and see what I can improve on.

 

I also started looking into what I would need to do to hang my rings. I've tried looping them off of the doorway pullup bar, but I always bump into the door frame. So I've been looking at what I can do to hang them inside. 

 

So far this looks to be one of the better ideas I've seen:

 

I feel like Rogue Fitness has a product that does something similar for ~$60. But any suggestions would be welcomed.

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