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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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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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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 - 0:25:17 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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