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RuthixCube and the Dirty 30

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Well I’ve officially entered my 30s, so that’s pretty cool. New chapter of life and all that - so far, so good haha. In honour of this transition, I’m giving myself a challenge that will test my discipline. Some of these goals are carried over from the previous challenge(s), others are new. This challenge is going to be a little longer than the average challenge - 30 days total in fact ;) 

 

On a semi-related note, my depressive episode seems to have waned in the last week or so. I think the nicer weather we’ve been having is partially responsible for brightening my mood - I’m so happy spring is finally coming into bloom and the temperatures have warmed up a little. On top of that, everything that was stressing me out is slowly falling into place (apartment, brother’s car, etc). I should hear yay/nay about an apartment today, so I’m a little anxious, but most signs are pointing to ‘yay’. Fingers crossed…

 

Anyway, on to the goals ~

 

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Goal 1: Journal

Continued from the last 2 challenges - keep writing in my journal 3-4x per week for stress level reasons.

 

Goal 2: Financial Log

Continued from last challenge - keep tracking my spending and income. Instead of using a notebook as I was before, I now have an app that I’ve been using and it’s waaaaay more convenient. I always have my phone on me, so I can add an entry as soon as I make a purchase/get paid. This will be performed on a daily basis.

 

Goal 3: Intermittent Fasting

IF is what I used last year to help me lose some weight, and it really helped me be more conscious about what/how much I was eating. Thanks to emotions, I’ve been overeating a lot recently. I figured it’s a good time to get back on track and that IF would help with that as it did last time around. The aim is to do IF Mon-Fri; eating only between the hours of 12p and 10p. Prior to noon, only coffee, tea, and water are allowed. Weekends are not strict, other than to continue being conscious of what’s on my plate.

 

Goal 4: 30 Days o’ Fitness

This is the spicy one haha. The aim is to do something everyday that gets my heart rate up and the blood pumping - a brisk walk, running, strength training, a hike, yoga, skating, etc. Especially now that the weather is warming up, I want to get outside more and take in the fresh air and spring sun. I can’t say I’ve ever done 30 days in a row of exercise; while it sounds simple enough, I know it’s not going to be easy and there will be days where I just want to sit on my ass and do nothing. My motto for this challenge: NO ZERO DAYS.

 

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That’s about all. Tracker is below, as usual. I’ll aim to keep posting 1-2 updates a week, and actually start following other’s threads (because I’ve been terrible about that...). Lets get it done! :D 

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Week Quest Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Wk Total
1: 4/22-4/28
Journal - - X X X - - 3
Finance Log X X X X X X X 7
IF X X - X X - X 5
30 Days o' Fitness - - X X X X X 5
2: 4/29-5/5
Journal - - X - X X X 4
Finance Log X X X X X X X 7
IF X X X X X - - 5
30 Days o' Fitness X X X X - X X 6
3: 5/6-5/12
Journal X   X X X - - 4
Finance Log X X X X X - - 5
IF X - - X X - X 4
30 Days o' Fitness X X X - X X X 6
4: 5/13-5/19
Journal   X   X X - - 3
Finance Log - X X X X X X 6
IF X X X - - X X 5
30 Days o' Fitness X - X X X X X 6
Zero Week
Journal X              
Finance Log X X            
IF X -            
30 Days o' Fitness X              

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33 minutes ago, Terra said:

How was week 0?  

 

Happy Monday!  

 

I didn't do anything for zero week, at least not challenge wise (other than planning this one). Today is day 1 of the challenge for me, and so far 2/4 goals are complete :) Got some life stuff done - officially got myself an apartment, my bother's car got (mostly) fixed, my car got some work done to it, and I did Easter things with the family. 

Happy Monday!!

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12 hours ago, Xena said:

Sounds like a very productive day. LOVE the 30 days o'fitness. Good luck!!

 

Thank you! I figured it could be a fun little spicy challenge to give myself. A little warm up of sorts to things I'm planning for the next couple of months. 

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9 hours ago, RuthixCube said:

things I'm planning for the next couple of months

looking forward to seeing how they unfold :-)

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The last two days have gone all right, though not as well as I'd have liked. I was pretty mentally drained on Monday after doing allthethings over the weekend. I was looking forward to coming home for a nice quiet Monday night recharge when my roommate springs on me that he's having guests over. Awesome. Normally I don't have a problem with people over, last minute or not, but I was not about it at all that night. It put me in a bad mood and I ended up holing myself up in my room binge watching 'This is Us'. I absolutely could have done some yoga, body weight exercises, etc, but I definitely didn't. I should have journaled too, but that didn't happen either. Wash and repeat for Tuesday as far as not getting these two goals done again. Meh, I'm not happy with myself for letting it slip the first two days of the challenge. No zero days going forward. Period.

 

Last night I met up with my bestie, L, for dinner - we hadn't seen each other in months and it was a much overdue catch up session. We've both been in a bit of a rut life-wise lately, which has made it hard for us to hang out. She told me she is planning to start up game night again on Saturdays, which is something we used to do weekly with a few other friends before she moved into Boston. I'm pretty excited for it to start, and it should be the perfect setting to introduce everyone to BF (henceforth known as Fish, based on a gaming name of his). Plus, I think he'd really enjoy it - he's just as nerdy as we are. L ended up surprising me and paid for dinner as a belated bday treat, which was super sweet of her. After I got home I hopped on the PS4 and played Blackout with Fish, CoD's version of a battle royal like PUBG or Fortnite. We've both become addicted to the game mode, and usually switch off playing solo games when I'm at his place. Once a week or so, we have a virtual 'date night' where we play Blackout as a team in duos. Time always ends up flying by when we do this, and before I knew it the clock read 10:30p. That was that for the night, and I went to bed shortly after. 

 

Today didn’t start off completely on the right foot, but it’s not terrible either. I ended up having 3 munchkins from the box in the break room (Wednesday’s are Donut day at the office). I was SUPER hungry for whatever reason and caved. That was around 9a, and it’s the only thing I’ve had all day other than my usual morning cold brew. It’s just about noon now, so I have to start figuring out what I’m going to be having for lunch. After work I’m going to take a few laps around the community to get my fitness goal in, and then I’m headed to Fish’s for the night. We’re going to make chicken fajitas (I thank/blame @Tanktimus the Encourager for that one, I’ve been craving them since catching up on his thread yesterday lol) and then we usually end our nights playing Blackout or watching some TV until bed.

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On 5/6/2019 at 4:01 PM, Terra said:

Where did ya go???

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I'm here!

 

Didn't mean to disappear on everyone - I've been so busy packing and getting the new apt ready on top of all the other life things that I haven't had the chance to post. I'll have a full update later today, but just so everyone knows I have been sticking to my goals (for the most part) :) 

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1 hour ago, RuthixCube said:

I'm here!

 

Didn't mean to disappear on everyone - I've been so busy packing and getting the new apt ready on top of all the other life things that I haven't had the chance to post. I'll have a full update later today, but just so everyone knows I have been sticking to my goals (for the most part) :) 

When things settle down I'd love to hear how things are going.  Sounds like you are doing great!!!  

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Well I thought I'd be able to post last night, but apparently not - oops. 

 

Okay, so, the last few weeks have been freakin crazy. I feel like I haven't had a moment to rest. Week 2 I spent prepping the new apartment. Fish and I cleaned the shit out of the place, and it needed it. I was pretty disappointed in the way the landlord left it for me, but whatever. I was going to deep clean it first anyway. We also got a washing machine into the basement, but I'm still lacking a dryer. We also need a few plumbing pieces to hook up the washer, but i due time. I'll be able to use the washer/dryer in the old apt until almost the end of June when the lease is up. 

 

Weeks 3 and 4 were spent packing and moving some stuff over to the new place, as well as figuring out how I'm going to set it all up and organize. I have both less and more storage depending on where we're talking - bigger closet (a walk-in!) in my bedroom, less storage/cabinets in the kitchen & bathroom, etc. - so I have to get a little creative. This past Saturday my friend and I picked up a couch I found online and brought it to the new place, then I showed her around as she hadn't been there yet. Last night my current roommate helped me pack and bring some more stuff over including my entertainment unit. He hadn't been there yet either, so I showed him around, and then we went to his new place in the next town over and he gave me a tour as well. This Saturday is the big move, and I'm both dreading and excited for it. I'm so ready to just be in the new place already and to get everything set up and organized. There's still a fair bit I need to do or figure out, but in time. I'm trying not to overwhelm myself with too much right now. 

 

As far as challenge stuff goes, I've been following it pretty closely. Not 100%, but as best I can with everything I've been doing. My tracker is posted above in the original post, as well as below for those who don't want to scroll up lol. Today is the last challenge day for me, day 30. 

 

Journal: The goal was 3-4x/wk, which I've definitely done. This week isn't really going to count as it's only 2 days, but I did write last night so I call it a win. 100%

 

Finance Log: First two weeks were perfect, every day I logged my spending. Week 3 into week 4 got a little iffy, that's when I got really busy/overwhelmed with stuff and missed 3 days. I ended up going back and recording what I'd missed, but I didn't count it since it didn't happen the day of. I've been keeping up since then.  90%

 

Intermittent fasting: I had wanted to do weekdays while I was at work, but it ended up being just 5 days during the week which I'm fine with. Week 3 I missed a day, and I didn't do it today. Either way, not too shabby. I've also been craving much healthier foods - fruits, veggies, fresh meats and fish, healthier snacks instead of junk foods, water and aloe water (in moderation) instead of sodas and such. It's been weird, but awesome too. I'm excited for the better and more fresh options that come with the warmer weather.  95%

 

30 days o' fitness: Well, I haven't followed this to the letter, but I've done at least 6 days each week with everything I've has going on, so not a total loss. I've allowed myself a few breaks just because I've been going non stop, so whether I worked out or not, I was getting something done. It is what it is. 83%

 

Overall, I can't complain too much. I think this has been one of my most successful challenges since I started NF (if I remember correctly). Total average score for this round: 92%

 

Week Quest Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Wk Total
1: 4/22-4/28
Journal - - X X X - - 3
Finance Log X X X X X X X 7
IF X X - X X - X 5
30 Days o' Fitness - - X X X X X 5
2: 4/29-5/5
Journal - - X - X X X 4
Finance Log X X X X X X X 7
IF X X X X X - - 5
30 Days o' Fitness X X X X - X X 6
3: 5/6-5/12
Journal X   X X X - - 4
Finance Log X X X X X - - 5
IF X - - X X - X 4
30 Days o' Fitness X X X - X X X 6
4: 5/13-5/19
Journal   X   X X - - 3
Finance Log - X X X X X X 6
IF X X X - - X X 5
30 Days o' Fitness X - X X X X X 6
Zero Week
Journal X              
Finance Log X X            
IF X -            
30 Days o' Fitness X              

 

 

 

As for next challenge, I'm going to have a late start (Tuesday) due to my move this weekend. I want to take the long weekend to get settled and make sure I have everything in order without worrying about anything else. I'll post something up shortly, but I do still need to do some planning for it. 

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Great job, and glad you are getting settled into your new place. You'll have a fresh start for a new challenge!

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