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Hey! I have a race coming up! In June, but that’s coming up, right???  I need to increase my distance and I want to improve my speed and I figure three months is a good length of time to do both without injuring myself. 

 

Snacks continue to be a problem for me. I made my goals last challenge but it was hard, especially keeping it modest at Board Games Night and Friday D&D. Oh and that Tuesday D&D where our host provided popsicles and also my sweetie brought cookies??? Whoops. But I can keep working on it. Even if I fail, I’m likely to do better than if I don’t try at all. 

 

In life stuff, something I want to work on more consistently is improving my ASL vocabulary. I do 1:1 support with a nearly non-verbal preschooler - although he doesn’t sign much either? But he will supplement some words where he just uses one word for several things (e.g. “blue” for all colours) with a sign? Also I’m enrolled in a Community Support/Educational Assistant program in the fall and I feel like studying ASL is a pretty good career move. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a course sometime but for now building my vocabulary is a good start. 

 

Fitness 

  • Strength training 2x/week, 5% bonus for workouts 25 minutes + rides again. 
  • Running 2x/week gets the added goal of increasing distance on my long run by 1km/week. If I make it to 10k+, that’s a pass, but my goal is 13 by the end of the challenge.
  • For this month I’m just gonna keep on with my plan of “don’t be a lazy runner” and trust that to bring some improvements to my speed. 

 

Diet 

  • Sticking with 6 snack points for the work week and 15 for evening fun stuff over the whole challenge (3-6 events, depending on whether I make it out to knit night at all and whether anyone at Tuesday D&D, overall a snack-light group, does a dessert). 

 

Life

  • Learn 2 signs a week. I’ll score myself up to 4 points for each: one for learning it, up to 2 for using it (any time during the challenge), and one for being able to remember it by the end of the next week. 
  • Book my road test.
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17 hours ago, Radost said:

keeping it modest

 

For me this is so incredibly hard. My go to plan for these occasions is try to delay as long as possible. Sometimes this goes better than other times. I just need the on/off part, modest doesn't work for me.

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5 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

For me this is so incredibly hard. My go to plan for these occasions is try to delay as long as possible. Sometimes this goes better than other times. I just need the on/off part, modest doesn't work for me.

 

Yeah, the other strategy I tried and might go back to was allowing myself a “snack break” every hour. There’s a limit to how much I can carry back to the table, haha. But I’d really like to get better at having *a couple* cookies, in the name of “making sustainable life changes instead of temporarily restricting.”  If I’m gonna learn, I gotta practice. It does mean expecting a certain level of failure and being prepared to cheer myself on for the tiniest wins, haha. 

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I think my own version would be something like (with beer as an example)

 

Do not drink till it's 10 pm

 

(or to make it applyable to different situations)

 

Only start drinking 2 hours from the end.

 

Something like that, just delay till the end, with bonuspoints for that extra 10 minutes or so

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On 3/13/2019 at 11:55 PM, Mr_Willes said:

I think my own version would be something like (with beer as an example)

 

Do not drink till it's 10 pm

 

(or to make it applyable to different situations)

 

Only start drinking 2 hours from the end.

 

Something like that, just delay till the end, with bonuspoints for that extra 10 minutes or so

 

Hmm, that's an interesting strategy.  It would definitely work for some events!  Or I could do the reverse, snack freely during the first hour, and then stop for the rest of the evening.

 

 

8 hours ago, Atrytone said:

Awesome challenge Radost! Following. :)

 

*waves* Glad to have you back!

 

Zero week was pretty sweet!  I had the chillest work week ever...the kid I support is away, so no preschool, just before and after-school care and about eight or ten hours of housework and meal prep to split between the remaining days.  And.  Two out of five days both kids were out of the house on play dates with friends, a situation I typically try to avoid (especially when one of my bosses is working from home, awkward..."don't mind me, I'm just gonna be down here organizing your kids' clothes and watching D&D live plays...") but due to friends' schedules and the kids saying "pretty please, we were at our house last time..." I let it happen.  Actually, one day, the parent said he was going to drive kid + friend by his place so they could feed the cat and then drop them at home, and I was like "sweet," but he still hadn't arrived by the time parents came home, so I guess the kids talked him into staying where they were?  I could have used a text.  Whoo, that was a lot of work update, please excuse.

 

All that is to say, I got in two strength workouts, including one that was bonus-point ready!  And both my runs!  I signed up last minute for British Science Week's Run With the Ancestors, a virtual 10k interspersed with informative tidbits about prehistoric humans in the British Isles.  It was fun, although it took a bit of tweaking to make sure I didn't overshoot my distance for the week - walked the first km and then started another tracker going for the next nine.  The weather was beautiful...can't tell if it was too warm already or if I'm just not used to two-digit temperatures yet this spring, but it was lovely to get out in the sun and the crocuses sprouting and the cherry blossoms hanging low overhead.  I had a tough time getting into it, kept having to stop for a walk break.  Evidently I was really pushing the pace, but by about km 4 I'd settled in to something fast (for me) but manageable.  Need to work on pacing, I guess.  Although with all that I didn't burn out and maintained my faster-than-my-average pace pretty much the whole rest of the run without burning out.

 

Snacking this week was not super.  I enjoyed more than my six points of weekday snacks, and more than a reasonable number of those points were donuts (I usually allow myself 0-1 large baked goods of the sort, other snacks have to be much more modest).  And Board Games Night fell on Pi Day, and we had two pies, so I'm currently sitting at 3/15 points for evening fun times snacks.  That said, snacking was also not terrible?  I will do better the next two weeks, since it's spring break and I'm pretty good at keeping my food intake healthy when little eyes are watching.  In fact, one day last week I was feeling a little light headed and asked one of the kids if I could have a slice of her apple and she was like "...are YOU HUNGRY? You're NEVER hungry!"  Oh child, how little you know.  Also you've clearly forgotten all the times I've told you about how hungry I am for lunch, haha.  "OMG GUYS I'M STARVING ARE YOU HUNGRY TOO I AM SO HUNGRY." *cooks grilled cheese sandwich* "NO YOU CAN'T HAVE A BITE OF MY LUNCH I AM TOOOOOO HUNGRY TO SHARE."

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It’s the first day of spring and I have already had too much of this sun and hot weather. I should be grateful for this sudden nice snap  (on spring break, no less!) but instead I’m dyyyyyying. And sunburnt. 

 

It’s going to be a big challenge to get my strength workouts in this week. Stuff every evening and with my work kids home from school I am bagged by the end of the day, hard enough to get my butt out the door, or tidy up for company, before I try to factor in twenty minutes of personal time. 

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Week 1 roundup, a little behind...

 

Running - I kicked ass. Did a 5k and a 10k, and I kept them pretty fast. I need to work a little on pacing for my long runs - my average time was about what it has been all month, but there was over a minute difference between my fastest and my slowest km...and the first half of my run was much faster than the second. It gives me a good target for my short runs, though! 

 

Strength - 50% womp-womp 

I’m feeling pretty fired up to work on this harder right now...I bought some really cool locally made pants that I think are going to make an awesome and comfortable statement in my summer wardrobe, but they’re definitely unusual. I think my best bet at pulling them off is to pair them with a fitted tank top, and man, would it be awesome to show off some muscle when I do. So push ups will now be added to any workout I’m doing, and I’ll redouble my pulling activities when at the playground. 

 

Diet

keeping within the parameters, 7/15 points for evening snacks. 

 

Life

So far so fail. I haven’t taken the time to learn a single new word. I think since I’m not at the preschool last week or this one, I’ll let myself make up the difference later, as long as I learn 8 signs this challenge, I’ll call that a success. 

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I got a pair of these in a similar pattern...they are a fusion of Japanese, Thai, and western fashion in traditional Japanese fabrics. They had vintage Japanese jackets at their booth too but I didn’t want to look too hard ‘cause I’m not actually made of money, haha. 

 

Eta: siamuraipants.com is better for browsing than their tumblr, if you’re curious. I loooooove their skirts too but as a daily cyclist I thought I’d get more wear out of the pants. 

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Right????? And they seemed comfy, although I just tried them on over my jeans, haven’t worn them properly yet. 

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Nice! And funny enough - I was just planning on hitting the fabric store to see pants almost exactly like that!


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On 3/28/2019 at 8:58 AM, darkfoxx said:

Nice! And funny enough - I was just planning on hitting the fabric store to see pants almost exactly like that!
 

Ooh, awesome! I have yet to sew pants or shorts that I’m happy with, I stick pretty much to dresses and tops. Post pics if you make them!

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Week 2/3 update

 

Running - I kicked ass on the 3/4 runs I actually did. 11km last Sunday after a long recording session nourished my soul but was so. hard. by km 9, which was incidentally where I think I saw my ex, because what's better than being all "omg dying" and then seeing someone you really don't want to see???  But if it was him, he didn't say hi or text me with a "saw u running" so okay.  Now, perhaps because of the run, or new shoes, or perhaps because of the basketball I played with the 8-yo I look after, my knee was in rough shape all week, so I skipped my mid-week run.  I was really apprehensive setting out today, since I was still only feeling like my knees and ankles were at 90%, but within the first block of running I was feeling better than I had all week (still am in the ankle department...knees are still around 90%).  I had been planning to stick with 11k again, since I was so challenged last time and also knees, but I ended up feeling inspired to go for 12.  My pace was a lot more moderate, which probably contributed to the fact that I was tired but not dying by the end. 

 

Strength - 75%

Last week I only made one workout, but this week my work kids are back in school, I'm back to doing short bodyweight workouts on my lunch break twice a week, and all's right with the world.

 

Diet

Keeping within the parameters, almost stayed below my allotted snacks this week but then caved and ate three points worth of cookies on Friday, whoops. 11/15 points for evening snacks. 

 

Life

Uhhhhh still failing here.  But I got a new phone clicky game, that's almost like actual productive work, right?  (I don't know how long I will let myself keep Merge Dragons on my phone.  But if you want a friend who will soon disappear forever, hmu, CVBXQGPI )
 

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