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I'm new to Nerd Fitness and have never participated in a challenge before, though I've been reading all of the Nerdfitness articles and blog posts for the past year or so. I've tried to implement some changes; some have stuck (yay to black coffee!), most have not (bread, you tempting devil...). So I figure posting here and getting a little accountability might help me sustain some changes and give me some momentum. 

 

For the next four weeks, my challenge quests are:

 

  • lose 5lbs
  • be able to do 3 pull-ups
  • finish writing my latest book.

 

In order to make this happen, I plan on:

 

  • strength training at least 2x/week
  • run or walk 2x/week
  • start intermittent fasting
  • write at least 5k words a week

 

Current Weight: 136

Current # of pull-ups: 1

 

So far this week I completed both my workouts and ran twice, so that's a win! I've only slipped up one day this week in terms of intermittent fasting. I really need to start meal prepping on the weekends to help keep me from grabbing processed crap when I don't have the time to cook something. In terms of writing, I got NOTHING written all week, so fail on that. I've been trying to get up earlier in the mornings to get a little writing done (my son is up by 5:30 every morning, so I would like to get up by 4:30) but since this is the first time in months that I have started strength training again, I have been way too exhausted this week to get up that early. Hopefully, by next week my body will have adjusted somewhat and I'll be able to get an hour in the morning for writing. 

 

 

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Welcome!

Looks like you've got some good goals and a path to get you there. 

 

What type of writing to do you do? 

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I love barbell weight lifting, though I'm  only doing the body weight beginner routine for this month. I tend to injure myself with weight lifting by doing too much too fast, then I'm forced to take a month or more off to heal, which screws up any momentum I build. I would like to focus on getting better with pull-ups and push-ups first, before starting again with heavy weights, though I do have a set of rings I've been trying to improve on, but it is HARD. I haven't been able to make any head way with the rings, though it remains a goal of mine to do a muscle up eventually.

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On 5/25/2019 at 9:36 AM, RebelWithaCause53 said:

I would like to focus on getting better with pull-ups and push-ups first, before starting again with heavy weights, though I do have a set of rings I've been trying to improve on, but it is HARD. I haven't been able to make any head way with the rings, though it remains a goal of mine to do a muscle up eventually.

Getting a solid foundation of pushups and pullups will put you in a good position to move forward with heavier weights and progressing towards that muscle up

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On 5/26/2019 at 6:40 PM, Devlin said:

Looks like a great challenge to me. I've found great success with intermittent fasting. How do you track your Windows?

The pull up goals good too. How often are you doing them?

Yeah, I've heard good things about intermittent fasting. I'm hoping to see some results from it. At the very least, it will keep me from snacking at night while watching tv. I've only been eating between the hours of 10am and 6pm,  and I try to get my jog or workout done early, before 10am, because I read that working out in a fasted state was better for weight loss. I have a daily tracking sheet to mark off to keep track. For pull ups, I am doing them twice a week along with the body weight workout 2a/b. 

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I use the bodyfast app currently but pen and paper makes sense if your keeping the same window. I struggle to do that with shift work.

And yeah pull ups are funny things, if you struggle with that pavel tsatsouline methods for building up are quite handy.

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Rebel!! Hello and welcome - I love your avatar!  :D 

 

Your goals look solid and working toward 3 pull-ups is awesome! I totally agree that strength training makes it a lot harder to get up early - I've found the same thing.  :)  I'm glad you're giving yourself the extra sleep you need. Although 5:30AM is still really freaking early!!

 

How did your weekend go?

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On 6/2/2019 at 7:22 PM, SkyGirl said:

Although 5:30AM is still really freaking early!!

agreed!!

 

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Hey all, sorry I haven't updated yet. My kids got sick on Saturday - one caught a cold and bad cough and the other had a really high fever, then after a few days they switched; the one with the cold got the high fever, and the one with the fever caught the cold and cough. I don't think I got more than 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night since last weekend. It has been a long week! They are both better now, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to get my Tuesday workout in or any walks this week for that matter, though I did complete both workouts and all walks last week. I am hoping to get my workout in later today because I really don't want to miss 2 in a row. At least I have been sticking with intermittent fasting and I have been working on my pull-ups, even though I haven't been able to get a full workout in. Luckily I prepped a week's worth of lunches over the weekend before everyone got sick, so I have been pretty good on my food intake and have lost a couple of pounds, even with missing my walks and workout this week. I am down to 134 from 136, and though I know its probably just water weight, it is nice to see something move in the right direction.

 

Hopefully, next week will go more smoothly and the kids don't get sick again. Thank you all for your encouragement :) 

 

Current weight: 133

# of pullups: 1 (but I'm soooo close to getting that second one!)

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On 6/2/2019 at 7:22 PM, SkyGirl said:

Rebel!! Hello and welcome - I love your avatar!  :D 

 

Your goals look solid and working toward 3 pull-ups is awesome! I totally agree that strength training makes it a lot harder to get up early - I've found the same thing.  :)  I'm glad you're giving yourself the extra sleep you need. Although 5:30AM is still really freaking early!!

 

How did your weekend go?

Thanks <3 I love your avatar too! 

 

Yes, 5:30 is early, especially after working out! And this past week my sick kiddos have now been getting up by 4:30! Argh! What I wouldn't give to sleep in, just one morning! Heck, to be able to sleep until 7am would be incredible :)   

 

 

On 5/30/2019 at 10:29 AM, Devlin said:

I use the bodyfast app currently but pen and paper makes sense if your keeping the same window. I struggle to do that with shift work.

And yeah pull ups are funny things, if you struggle with that pavel tsatsouline methods for building up are quite handy.

Wow, IF must be so hard with shift work! With the same windows, my stomach gets used to only having food at certain times so it makes it so much easier, but if your windows are constantly shifting, how do you ever adjust? I feel like I would be hungry all the time!

 

I've never heard of the pavel tsatsouline method for pullups but I will definitely look into it. Thanks for the advice! I am soooo close to completing 2 in a row :)

 

On 5/24/2019 at 9:19 PM, Whisper said:

Welcome!

Looks like you've got some good goals and a path to get you there. 

 

What type of writing to do you do? 

Thanks!

 

I write mostly fiction (fantasy and romance) though I have written some nonfiction. I haven't written a word in a couple weeks now though - there has just been so much else going on. Sick kids, end of school year ceremonies and field trips. Hoping to change that next week. I really need to get this next book out :)

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This week has been a bit better than last. I did not end up getting my workout in last Thursday, but I made sure to get a workout in Saturday to make up for it, even though I was away for the weekend. My diet went to crap over the weekend, but I made sure to batch cook for this week to help me stay on track. I also got my workout in yesterday, so I'm on track this week. I am still struggling with pull ups, but I'm still working on it. I went up slightly in weight, not surprising after how much crap I ate over the weekend, but I'm hoping to drop another pound this week. Oh, I've also finally started getting some writing in and made up for the first two weeks of not writing a word. I'm currently back on track to finish my book this month, so that's exciting!

 

Current Weight: 134

Current Pullups: 1

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On 6/12/2019 at 10:27 AM, RebelWithaCause53 said:

This week has been a bit better than last. I did not end up getting my workout in last Thursday, but I made sure to get a workout in Saturday to make up for it, even though I was away for the weekend. My diet went to crap over the weekend, but I made sure to batch cook for this week to help me stay on track. I also got my workout in yesterday, so I'm on track this week. I am still struggling with pull ups, but I'm still working on it. I went up slightly in weight, not surprising after how much crap I ate over the weekend, but I'm hoping to drop another pound this week. Oh, I've also finally started getting some writing in and made up for the first two weeks of not writing a word. I'm currently back on track to finish my book this month, so that's exciting!

 

Current Weight: 134

Current Pullups: 1

Look at all these positives!! :D Good job!!

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Whelp,  the challenge is over and I haven't quite met my goals, though I feel like I have had some improvements. This past week I've been really sick - I must have caught what my kids had 2 weeks ago - so no workouts were done. However,  I did manage some batch cooking, so my diet didn't go completely to hell and I kept my weight steady at 134, so not bad. I am really struggling with the pullups, though not getting my workouts in every week definitely contributed to that. I'll get there, though. I just have to keep working on it. I am almost finished my book, though! Writing was one of the few things I've been able to do while sick last week, so I got plenty of that in! Release date will be a little later than I had hoped, but only by a week, so not terrible. I am just pretty dang happy to have kept my weight at 134. I started this challenge at 136, but my usual weight is 138, and anytime I lose any weight, I always rebound right back to 138 after a few weeks, so the fact that I have been staying at 134 for the past few weeks is encouraging. It means I'll have a new starting weight for beginning the next challenge :) and if all goes well, maybe I'll come out of that with an even lower starting weight. Small wins ;) I think I will focus on the batch cooking and keeping my diet steady until it just becomes a habit, then I will start back in on my pullup goals. All in all, not bad for my first challenge, and I am getting excited for the next one!

 

Current Weight: 134

Current Pullups: 1

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