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NOOB! Not sure I'm following the rules but... stuck in a respawn glitch

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I've been fit, heck I've been buff but over the last 20 years I've got fat, got less fat, go fatter etc and to be honest, I just feel like it's impossible to change now. So I'm really hoping coming out of the closet (so to speak) might help me get out of the doldrums and feel inspired to push on.

 

I'm not a couch potato exactly, I cycle every day and I was going to the gym 3 times a week, but I sit at a computer all day for work, then come home and sit at a computer all night to study and I'm a 5ft tall woman in my 40s, so my recommended calorie intake is so low that sometimes it feels impossible. I will be honest and say I get very angry over this sometimes. I also eat relatively healthily, I cook everything from scratch, no jar sauces or packets etc properly from scratch, but I have a really unhealthy relationship with food and have a tendency to binge, so will be doing great for 5 days and then in one day eat 3 days worth of calories.

 

So I'm really hoping you guys can help me get my head in a good place and be my cheer squad. (That was a lot more than I thought I was going to type so apologies.)

 

Some background info:

I'm 45

Female

Current weight: 163lbs

Goal weight: 120lbs (or to be in a healthy body fat range) It's been so long since I was at a healthy weight I'm not sure how my body will work now.

 

My Main Quest - long term Goal

  • Lose weight 
    • I aim to graduate in Aug 2020 - I do not want to be fat when I graduate so I would like to be in the healthy body fat range for my height when I graduate
  • Get fit
    • Running will be a normal activity for me - I may even learn to enjoy it
  • Mental health
    • I will learn to accept and be proud of achievements and not focus on where I failed.

 

My current quest - How am I going to get there? (Broken this down into tiny parts)

  1. From today focus on drinking water
  2. Go back to being aware of my calorie intake and not lying to myself
  3. Try to run at least twice a week (even if it's only for 5 mins until I can do more)
  4. Try to do a gym work out twice a week (even a small one which incorporates a run)
  5. A couple of times a week, go for a walk at lunchtime to get away from my desk

 

Side Quests

  1. Check in here every Friday and be accountable for that week's successes and failures 

Loot

  1. I am going to treat myself for the big goals... I am currently a size 16, when I comfortably wear a pair of size 14 jeans I am going to buy myself something nice that I wouldn't normally "waste" money on.

 

Sorry for the huge ramble but I do feel much better for just getting this out there. Please accept my apologies if I've done things wrong or don't follow the rules properly, just keep me right and I'll get there :) 

 

I forgot to mention, I'm on Garmin Connect if anyone is any good at linking our devices to challenges such as this etc: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/profile/Edonald774

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and week 1 has passed and I am so glad I took the time to post this, it really has been part of my better, more positive headspace this week.

So how is my quest record looking? Pretty good :)

 

  1. From today focus on drinking water
    • Been keeping up with my water intake and I'm feeling much better for it. Got a reusable bottle with me at work and it goes everywhere with me, reaching for the coffee less thanks to the water bottle.
       
  2. Go back to being aware of my calorie intake and not lying to myself
    • Been regularly tracking my food, even when I know I'm not sticking exactly to plan. It's been really helping me get a good grip on my habits and feel in control.
  3. Try to run at least twice a week (even if it's only for 5 mins until I can do more)
    • WOOT! 2 runs this week both were week 5 of the couch to 5k where I ran for 8 minutes and walked for 5 then ran for 8.
  4. Try to do a gym work out twice a week (even a small one which incorporates a run)
    • 2 gym workouts this week and I am super pleased that I managed to be sensible and not overdo it. Didn't go way back to Level 1, but I'm not level 80 anymore either so took a couple of workouts sticking to the isolation machines and finding a comfortable but challenging weight. Delts, chest, arms, lats, legs, and abs both days! Very pleased.
  5. A couple of times a week, go for a walk at lunchtime to get away from my desk

I am pleased not just because I have achieved by because this has helped me change my negativity which I think was a biggie - thanks guys.

 

Side Quests

  1. Check in here every Friday and be accountable for that week's successes and failures 
    • Oh... and I lost a pound!

So for next week, I am going to focus on keeping this going. I want to lose another pound, continue my walks, runs and gym and of course keep hydrated and eating proper portions.

 

Onwards dear friends!

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Well done. That's a great start. Watch out for the running - it is super-addictive :-)

I hope so. That would be a good habit to develop.


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It's a very quick check in this week s things are mad but...

I'm still going. I'll reach Mordor eventually at this steady pace :)

 

Sticking with the two workouts and two runs a week... and runs are now 15 minutes - WOOT!

Still walking, in fact hitting my step goals every day! Getting badges ! Horah! I love a badge!

 

One downer though... arm is in a brace... RSI flare up so need to be careful, but I am not going to let it get me down or knock me off... just keep stepping, just keep stepping!

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