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K's First Challenge...In a While

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Greetings and salutations,

 

This isn't my first challenge, but it is the first one I've made in a while, so I'm labelling myself as a newb and a filthy casual this go-round. I'm a recent returner to NF (there's some about me at the bottom here, if you're interested), and I'm looking forward to getting back on track with my fitness journey. All encouragement is appreciated!

 

Cheers!

 

— K.

 

 

MAIN QUEST: to build a sustainable habit of healthful activities that will assist me in reaching my longterm goal of ~100 lb weight loss, better cardiovascular health, eventual Ranger membership

 

SIDE QUESTS:

  • Get at least 30 active minutes in every day
    • Days Achieved: 21/28
    • Days Failed: 4/28
  • Drink at least 3L of water every day
    • Days Achieved: 20/28
    • Days Failed: 5/28
  • Log food in MyFitnessPal every day
    • Days Achieved: 22/28
    • Days Failed: 3/28
  • Finish up my last semester of grad school
    • ACHIEVED

 

ADDITIONAL INFO: 

I'm not setting up any hard weight loss goals for this challenge, but I do want to track myself and stay accountable.

  • HW: 237.2
  • CW: 228.8 (13 May)
  • GW: 135

I'll add measurements on 4-week challenge #2!

 

For more info, check out my NF character: https://www.nerdfitness.com/character/97420/

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Welcome... back to the rebellion!

 

These are really good reboot goals. Do you have any plans for the active time or just get groovy in general?

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Holy Crap!  I just checked out your character and goals and all that stuff and I think we're goal twinsies.  Good luck on your goals this challenge and here's to that Spartan race we're both eyeing.   :) 

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5 hours ago, Grumble said:

Welcome... back to the rebellion!

 

These are really good reboot goals. Do you have any plans for the active time or just get groovy in general?

 

Thank you! I'm using a combination of my old Richard Simmons tapes (upgraded recently to the less-old Richard Simmons DVDs) and "work exercise" (walking instead of taking the bus, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.) for now. After this challenge is over, I'll start incorporating some more dedicated strength training. 

 

2 hours ago, fitbyforty said:

Holy Crap!  I just checked out your character and goals and all that stuff and I think we're goal twinsies.  Good luck on your goals this challenge and here's to that Spartan race we're both eyeing.   :) 

 

Right? When I read your goals, I was convinced we were on the same wavelength, haha. Good luck to you as well! :D 

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Day 4 Update: Today was fantastic, because I met all of my goals and got to see the new Avengers movie. (No spoilers, but please go see it.)

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9 hours ago, kidschala said:

Day 4 Update: Today was fantastic, because I met all of my goals and got to see the new Avengers movie. (No spoilers, but please go see it.)

yay! I can't wait, I'm booked in for week today to see it. It's my reward for all the sticking to my plan I'm doing :chuncky: Imdb score of 9.2 is veeery encouraging!

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4 hours ago, StillStar said:

yay! I can't wait, I'm booked in for week today to see it. It's my reward for all the sticking to my plan I'm doing :chuncky: Imdb score of 9.2 is veeery encouraging!

 

That's a fantastic reward! How's meeting your goals going?

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Day 5 update: Day 5 is pretty much in the bag. My partner and I caught up on GoT, I decided on a new haircut for graduation, and now I'm working on one of the two papers I have left to write as a student. Drinking my last liter of water now, as well.

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20 hours ago, kidschala said:

 

That's a fantastic reward! How's meeting your goals going?

I honestly don't know how I'll top it. Maybe just re-watch every single film AGAIN haha. Goals are going well. I'm expecting a crash any day, but hasn't happened yet, so I'm just going with it for as long as I can. I know I'll fall short sooner or later. Not sure if you can bag these kind of things ahead, but hey.

 

How are you managing all that water? I find I just about manage 2L on days that I work out and/or fast...?

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What counts as active minutes? Specific workouts or activities?

 

I find it easier to workout or be active when it's something I really enjoy doing e.g I hate running but I'll do hours of aerial circus.

 

Find what you love and it won't feel like a chore and it'll be easier to implement into your life as a healthy habit.

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10 hours ago, StillStar said:

I honestly don't know how I'll top it. Maybe just re-watch every single film AGAIN haha. Goals are going well. I'm expecting a crash any day, but hasn't happened yet, so I'm just going with it for as long as I can. I know I'll fall short sooner or later. Not sure if you can bag these kind of things ahead, but hey.

 

How are you managing all that water? I find I just about manage 2L on days that I work out and/or fast...?

 

Ugh, I know that feeling. I just want to watch it over and over again, haha. 

 

I feel the same way about my goals. Tomorrow is the most sedentary day of my week, and I'm trying to figure out when I'll have a spare hour to work out and shower. I think I'll be able to squeeze it in before my gaming group meets, but Idk yet. 

 

As for the water, I've always been the type to drink a lot. I almost always have a bit of a sore throat (chronic condition), so keeping my mouth and throat hydrated helps. I just sub in water for the tea and sodas I would normally drink. 

 

9 hours ago, JessRed said:

What counts as active minutes? Specific workouts or activities?

 

I find it easier to workout or be active when it's something I really enjoy doing e.g I hate running but I'll do hours of aerial circus.

 

Find what you love and it won't feel like a chore and it'll be easier to implement into your life as a healthy habit.

 

I'm using my fitbit to measure it. Basically, if I'm active for more than 10 minutes at a time, Fitbit registers that as "active minutes." Some days I can hit 30 active minutes just by living, but other days I have to work out to hit it. 

 

I love my Richard Simmons tapes, as I said above, and I also like getting out of the house sometimes. So yesterday, I did a tape. Today, I went for an hour-long hike. Tomorrow, I'll do another tape. 

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Week 1 Update: I'm so excited to have stuck with this for a week (AKA 5 days longer than any 4-week challenge I've ever done previously). My scale doesn't have batteries right now, so I can't update my weight, but I'm going to fix that tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me as I move into the final paper-writing and grading stages of my last semester of grad school. 

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14 hours ago, kidschala said:

Week 1 Update: I'm so excited to have stuck with this for a week (AKA 5 days longer than any 4-week challenge I've ever done previously).

Congrats! I’m feeling that, too. I don’t know if I’m more determined this time, whether it’s the different type of exercise at an achievable level or what, but for the first time in a looooong time it feels like I might actually be able to do this. Here’s to the next three weeks!

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8 hours ago, StillStar said:

Congrats! I’m feeling that, too. I don’t know if I’m more determined this time, whether it’s the different type of exercise at an achievable level or what, but for the first time in a looooong time it feels like I might actually be able to do this. Here’s to the next three weeks!

 

Yes! I'm so glad you're having a good time with it, too! This feels really manageable and sustainable to me right now, which is fantastic. :)

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On 4/30/2019 at 8:08 PM, fitbyforty said:

Good luck with grad school and congrats on your challenge so far.  Glad it's sticking this time  :)  Sometimes it takes a few tries. 

 

Thank you! I hope your challenge is going well, as well!

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Day 10 Update: Getting my 30 minutes in yesterday was tough, and involved a lot of weird speed-walking around Barnes & Noble. But I had a small win today: the arm-toning portion of my Richard Simmons tape is getting easier! I didn't have to stop nearly as early, I stopped fewer times than normal, and I kept the "weights" — cans of sparkling water — in my hands the entire time. I'm really excited. If all goes well tomorrow, I'll be starting a cheap gym membership in town, so cross your fingers for me!

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6 hours ago, kidschala said:

Day 10 Update: Getting my 30 minutes in yesterday was tough, and involved a lot of weird speed-walking around Barnes & Noble. But I had a small win today: the arm-toning portion of my Richard Simmons tape is getting easier! I didn't have to stop nearly as early, I stopped fewer times than normal, and I kept the "weights" — cans of sparkling water — in my hands the entire time. I'm really excited. If all goes well tomorrow, I'll be starting a cheap gym membership in town, so cross your fingers for me!

Weird speed walking around Barnes &Noble for the win! :)  Keep stopping to notice the "small" wins because in the end a bunch of these suckers are not small at all.  Sending you good vibes for the gym.  If it doesn't feel quite right to start with, just keep at it and it will become a home away from home.  

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Day 12 Update: I failed my water goal yesterday (only 2L out of 3), but I took a 70+ minute hike and passed out when I got home. I feel kind of bad about not reaching my calorie intake yesterday, but I ate intuitively and I just didn't want anything. I'm worried that this (plus the fact that I've only lose 3 lbs) means my metabolism might be slowing down. So I'm going to try to eat a bit over my suggested calorie intake for the next two weeks and see if that does better. 

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Week 2 Update: Things got a lot harder for me this weekend. My body was screaming for a rest, so I took a cheat day on Friday. I did some mindful eating (without counting calories) and didn't work out at all. I am losing weight, however, so we're moving right along on that front. I'm just trying to listen to my body to avoid overtraining.

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On 5/4/2019 at 1:01 PM, kidschala said:

I feel kind of bad about not reaching my calorie intake yesterday, but I ate intuitively and I just didn't want anything. I'm worried that this (plus the fact that I've only lose 3 lbs) means my metabolism might be slowing down. So I'm going to try to eat a bit over my suggested calorie intake for the next two weeks and see if that does better. 

 

What do you have your current calorie intake set to? How long have you been at that intake goal? 3 lbs over 12 days is really good (and probably a bit more than you'll be able to do over the course of the long haul). There is nothing wrong with adjusting your calorie intake as long as it is also done mindfully.

 

30 active minutes daily is actually a pretty lofty goal - have you given any thought into incorporating a rest day into your schedule instead of putting it down as a failure? I do love the fact that you aren't necessarily "working out" every day, but it can still be a bit hard to keep up.

 

Good luck in your challenge!

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On 5/9/2019 at 4:54 PM, Sylvaa said:

 

What do you have your current calorie intake set to? How long have you been at that intake goal? 3 lbs over 12 days is really good (and probably a bit more than you'll be able to do over the course of the long haul). There is nothing wrong with adjusting your calorie intake as long as it is also done mindfully.

 

30 active minutes daily is actually a pretty lofty goal - have you given any thought into incorporating a rest day into your schedule instead of putting it down as a failure? I do love the fact that you aren't necessarily "working out" every day, but it can still be a bit hard to keep up.

 

Good luck in your challenge!

 

Ack, so sorry to be so late responding to this. Life got in the way, in a big way.

My base calorie intake is 1290, plus whatever I burn off in exercise. I started tracking food intake when the challenge began, but it was a bit lower (around 1200 or 1230, I can't remember which) for the first week or so. I think I was getting ahead of myself in terms of weight loss, because I'm down 7.6 lbs as of May 13. However, having my metabolism slow down due to undereating was a legitimate concern (and still is). I've been trying to eat the 1290 + exercise + ~100 calories every day, just to make sure it doesn't slow down. I'm also trying to work out earlier in the day, as opposed to 10 PM, to try to get all the afterburn effects I can.

 

The total lack of rest day planning was a failure on my part. I've had to take several total rest days over the last few weeks, simply because I felt like my body was about to give out. Moving into next week and the start of the next challenge, I'm going to be more lenient about incorporating rest into my workout schedule.

 

Thanks so much for this thoughtful response! I'm sorry I didn't get to it sooner.

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18 minutes ago, kidschala said:

Thanks so much for this thoughtful response! I'm sorry I didn't get to it sooner.

 

Life gets rough for all of us, coming back is the important thing! Hope everything has calmed down for you. 

 

21 minutes ago, kidschala said:

However, having my metabolism slow down due to undereating was a legitimate concern (and still is). I've been trying to eat the 1290 + exercise + ~100 calories every day, just to make sure it doesn't slow down.

 

Have you used a TDEE calculator? https://tdeecalculator.net/ is a great one for a starting point. This does seem really low for right now (for reference, I put in some dummy numbers as I didn't know your age or height and it calculated a BMR around 1,700 calories and a TDEE of over 2,000. Personally, I'm less concerned about metabolic slowdown, but rather sustainability. Eating at a caloric deficit is hard enough without going into EXTRA HARDCORE mode, especially with having a lofty exercise goal.

 

With all that said, I'm not surprised you took some extra rest days and I am really glad you listened to your body and didn't push it. 

 

Now that I'm done sounding like I'm lecturing (sorry!), congrats on finishing Grad school! It looks like regardless of how it seems you did amazing over this challenge! Have you decided which guild you are moving to for the next challenge?

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1 hour ago, Sylvaa said:

 

Life gets rough for all of us, coming back is the important thing! Hope everything has calmed down for you. 

 

 

Have you used a TDEE calculator? https://tdeecalculator.net/ is a great one for a starting point. This does seem really low for right now (for reference, I put in some dummy numbers as I didn't know your age or height and it calculated a BMR around 1,700 calories and a TDEE of over 2,000. Personally, I'm less concerned about metabolic slowdown, but rather sustainability. Eating at a caloric deficit is hard enough without going into EXTRA HARDCORE mode, especially with having a lofty exercise goal.

 

With all that said, I'm not surprised you took some extra rest days and I am really glad you listened to your body and didn't push it. 

 

Now that I'm done sounding like I'm lecturing (sorry!), congrats on finishing Grad school! It looks like regardless of how it seems you did amazing over this challenge! Have you decided which guild you are moving to for the next challenge?

 

Thank you for the link and the congrats! Crunching my numbers, the site shows a BMR of 1812, with suggested "cutting" calories of 1675, figured for a sedentary lifestyle (which is what I pretty much have — desk job, lots of sitting hobbies, etc.). I'm eating somewhere between 1600 and 2000 calories every day, generally in the 1800 calorie range, and burning between 2100 and 3000, depending on my activity level for the day. I'm not feeling faint, hungry, or deprived (I also don't have a list of off-limits foods or anything like that), so that's a good thing, but I worry that that could suggest metabolic sluggishness. I'm also not hitting the macro counts I'd like, but I'm trying not to change everything all at once.

 

I also haven't decided on a guild for the next challenge. I'm not entirely sure what my goals will be just yet. I'm starting strength training again next week, so at least one of my goals will have to do with that, I'm sure, which could put me in ranger, monk, or warrior, I guess?  

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12 minutes ago, kidschala said:

I'm eating somewhere between 1600 and 2000 calories every day, generally in the 1800 calorie range, and burning between 2100 and 3000, depending on my activity level for the day. I'm not feeling faint, hungry, or deprived (I also don't have a list of off-limits foods or anything like that), so that's a good thing, but I worry that that could suggest metabolic sluggishness. I'm also not hitting the macro counts I'd like, but I'm trying not to change everything all at once.

 

Sounds good! When you said 1290, I was like, whoa! But the numbers you said make a lot more sense.

 

Honestly, most people who see metabolic slowdowns are people who significantly under-consume calories. (See this link for some meta-analysis - it's a bit old, but the studies that showed RMR decreases not related to lowered weight were for people eating <1200 daily). Also, not the most scholarly article, but here is a link with some additional information (this is related to The Biggest Loser articles that came out around those people's metabolic slowdown, but it says most of the same things). 

 

Not trying to say that metabolic slowdowns aren't real, they just aren't as common as people tend to make it sound. Unless their are other medical issues, as long as you are losing weight slowly and steadily, the metabolic slowdowns you will experience will be based on body mass, not any kind of lasting damage.

 

42 minutes ago, kidschala said:

I also haven't decided on a guild for the next challenge. I'm not entirely sure what my goals will be just yet. I'm starting strength training again next week, so at least one of my goals will have to do with that, I'm sure, which could put me in ranger, monk, or warrior, I guess? 

 

Truthfully, the guild you choose will be the one you think you will be most comfortable with. Your goals don't have to match up with the overall guild description if you don't want it to. But yes, Ranger and Warrior are the two main ones for strength training. Both are awesome places to go!

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