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Happy New Year!

 

For the first time in a long time, all I want to do is rewrite my life. It's overwhelming! So, in keeping with a kaizen mentality, I’m going to take baby steps to work towards where I want to be.

 

My main quest is updated for Phase 2 of my weight loss goal - lose 8.2kg by Dec. 31st.
SMART goals: I will stop snacking (incremental change). I will drink at least 1 glass of water before each meal. I will continue measuring portions, eating greens every day, eating at the dining table. I have stopped buying pasta, bread, cookies and other empty calories (except butter, cheese, and the occasional dark chocolate) when grocery shopping.
 
Quest 2: lose body fat by getting stronger
SMART goals: I will train to defeat The Widowmaker (level 2 boss battle). I will continue rowing 3 days on/1 off per week, and walking 20 minutes/day.
 
Quest 3: learn the ukulele
SMART goals: I will set a weekly goal, and cycle through my tasks 3 times for 30-45 minutes/day
 
Quest 4: Plan Portugal trip
SMART goals: start making bookings to finalize my itinerary

 

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On 1/2/2019 at 10:47 PM, Ambera Wave said:

Quest 3: learn the ukulele

This is something I have been doing on and off (mostly off...) for the last few years.  What resources do you use?

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Welcome! Your challenge looks awesome, and it is inspiring to see you taking steps in the right direction. Let me know if I can help in any way.

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Returns to Middle Earth

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has Hope

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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On 1/4/2019 at 5:15 AM, WhiteGhost said:

This is something I have been doing on and off (mostly off...) for the last few years.  What resources do you use?

Funny, I used to say the same thing about my meditation practice :)I have checked out a lot of the resources online, but I felt it best to do it "old school".  I've done 2 rounds of private lessons, and now that I'm on a break from that, I'm using a book my teacher recommended.

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This week's stats:

Walks: 0:26:22 outdoors, 0:21:43 treadmill, 0:20:44 treadmill, 0:25:51 outdoors, 0:26:32 outdoors (was really hoping there would be enough snow to try out my new snowshoes, but alas, no)

Rowing: 3 x 5 min/2 min easy, 7 x 1 min/30 sec easy, 4 x 750m/2 min easy, day off, 2 x 2000m with bursts/4 min easy

Bodyweight: worked out 3 times this week doing my Christmas routine (1 set doing as many as I can of Squats 50-41-40, Knee pushups 15-15-15, bodyweight deadlifts 20-20-20, doorway bodyweight rows 50-50-50). Boss Battle training begins tomorrow!

Ukulele: practiced 7 days, 40-45 min/session

Eating: Although I didn't intend to start this part of my Challenge this week, I only logged 2 snacks that weren't water/coffee/tea

Travel: Booked accommodation for my 1st week in Portugal

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Today's stats:

ROWING - 12 x 250m/45 sec easy

WALKING - 0:24:37 outdoors

BODYWEIGHT - Lunges 3/3; Knee pushups 5/3; Side planks 5 sec/side

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

UKE - practiced 45 min

TRAVEL - Another booking done

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You're doing really well @Ambera Wave. Keep it up!

 

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Returns to Middle Earth

Past Challenges: 

Spoiler

Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has Hope

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

"...wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17b

 

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Today's stats:

ROWING - 8 x 2 min/1 min easy

WALKING - 0:21:39 on treadmill

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

UKE - practiced 45 min

TRAVEL - Itinerary isn't finalized, but my destinations are set and room bookings made. Just waiting for the train schedules to be posted. Yippee!

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Today's stats:

BODYWEIGHT - Lunges 4/1, 3/2; Knee pushups 5/3; Side planks: 5 sec/3 each side

ROWING - day off

UKE - practiced 45 min

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

WALKING - 0:27:49 snowshoeing :)

 

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:24:32 outdoors

ROWING - 3 x 5 min/3 min easy

UKE - practiced 45 min

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:25:17 outdoors

ROWING - 20 x 30 sec/30 sec easy

BODYWEIGHT - Lunges 4/1, 3/2; Knee pushups 6/1, 5/2; Side planks 5 sec/3 each side

UKE - 45 min practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - checked train schedules - it's still too early for my dates to be posted

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:22:52 outdoors :cold: (they need to make a blue-faced smiley - it was a glorious walk!)

ROWING - high intensity interval pyramid starting at 250m

UKE - 45 min. practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals. I'm pleased with my snacking progress so far, but I have noticed that I've been having GF mug cakes for dessert more often

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:35:37 outdoors

ROWING - day off

UKE - 45 min. practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - browsed through my research

 

I read a good article on the side plank yesterday and decided that I need to practice the easier kneeling side plank on my weaker side daily so I can build strength and correct the imbalance. So,

KNEELING SIDE PLANKS - 25/1, 15/1

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Today's stats:

ROWING - 3 x 6 min/3 min easy

WALKING - 0:23:41 outdoors

BODYWEIGHT - Lunges 4/1, 3/2; Knee pushups 6/1, 5/2; Kneeling side planks (weak side) 35 sec/3; Side planks 6 sec/1, 5 sec/2 each side (weak side needed support to get hips off the ground :dispirited:)

UKE - 45 min. practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - checked train schedules - #fail

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Today's stats:

ROWING - 1000m time trial -> 0:04:56.1

WALKING - 0:33:01 treadmill & outdoors

KNEELING SIDE PLANKS - 25 sec/3 & PELVIC TILT 5/3 (added to address other imbalances when doing unilateral exercises)

UKE - 50 min. practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

ROWING - 6 x 20 sec intensity intervals

WALKING - 0:24:19 outdoors

BODYWEIGHT - Pelvic tilt 5/3; Lunges 4/2, 3/1; Knee pushups 6/1, 5/2; Kneeling side planks (weak side) 25 sec/3; Side planks 6 sec/1, 5 sec/2 each side

UKE - 45 min. practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:26:36 outdoors

ROWING - day off

PELVIC TILT 5/3; KNEELING SIDE PLANK (weak side) 25 sec/3

UKE - 45 min practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

WALKING - 0:36:42 treadmill & outdoors

ROWING - 9 x 1 min 40 sec/20 sec easy

BODYWEIGHT - after doing some more reading, I've tweaked the routine for this challenge as follows:

  • daily warm-up (stats) - pelvic tilt (5/3) - kneeling side plank on weak side (25 sec/3) - knee to chest stretch (10 sec/3) - reclined pigeon pose (10 sec/3)
  • 3x/week - lunges (4/2, 3/1) - knee pushups (6/2, 5/1) - side plank (6 sec/1, 5 sec/2)

UKE - 45 min practice

DIET - no snacks; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - train schedules #fail

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Today's stats:

DAILY WARM-UP - pelvic tilt 5/3; knee to chest stretch 15 sec/3; reclined pigeon 15 sec/3; kneeling side plank (weak side) 25 sec/3

ROWING - 5 x 500m/2 min easy

WALKING - 0:28:25 treadmill & outdoors

UKE - no practice today

DIET - no snacks (glad I have no snack foods at home, because I really really wanted some today); drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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Today's stats:

WARM-UP - Pelvic tilt 6/3; Knee to Chest 20 sec/3; Reclined Pigeon 15 sec/3; Kneeling side plank (weak side) 25 sec/3

BODYWEIGHT - Lunges 4/2, 3/1; Knee pushups 6/2, 5/1; Side planks 6 sec/2, 5 sec/1

They were still digging out my street today, so no rowing nor walking, and I took another day off from the ukulele.

DIET - I had a snack this afternoon; drank water before meals

TRAVEL - no action today

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