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I was here awhile back and I am here again. I went off in search of the power lifter's philosopher stone, then the distance runner's elixir of life. I failed to find either. I found myself having fallen down yet again.  Today I stand and reorient.  I reorient to this community, its goofy nuance and amazing people.  Today I keep it super simple and clean and just bring back the basics: goals, points, and the desire to win at both.

 

 

1.     6 days a week – Run at least 2 miles a day and 20 miles a week, 3 sets pull-ups, 3 sets chin-ups, 3 sets push-ups, 3 sets air squats or lunges, 3x plank for time

2.     Track food and 1,800 or fewer calories a day, target 50% carbs, 20% protein, and 30% fat

3.     Weigh and record progress in exercise, calories, macros, weight, and body fat in daily tracking spreadsheet

 

1 point for each day, 5 points for reaching 20 miles per week, 44 points possible for exercise

28 points possible for food

28 points possible for tracking

100 possible points

95 points or higher reward = bench, barbell, or rack

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I think I am going to add a week 0 perk for myself. If I can hit all the goals this week I get 2 extra credit points.  Today was a success all the way around. I hit my exercise goals, stayed under my calorie limit, and tracked all my metrics.  I recently returned from a vacation where I apparently added 5 lbs. of fluff. It is funny how much that fluff adds to the difficulty of my pull-ups and my running speed.  More motivation to lean down to improve my stats more quickly.

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On 6/23/2019 at 10:20 PM, forkboy said:

1.     6 days a week – Run at least 2 miles a day and 20 miles a week, 3 sets pull-ups, 3 sets chin-ups, 3 sets push-ups, 3 sets air squats or lunges, 3x plank for time

 

 

Hi - following you back. :) 

 

This seems like it's pretty much the perfect workout! 

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I saw the avatar pic and had to come check out your challenge!

 

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You're goals look solid! I love a good point system focused challenge :). And, welcome back! Following along for all the -

 

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Wolf

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11 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

This seems like it's pretty much the perfect workout! 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

6 hours ago, Cheetah said:

Great goals!  Happy challenge!

 

And welcome back.  :-)

 

Thanks!!

 

7 hours ago, SheriffWolfpool said:

I saw the avatar pic and had to come check out your challenge!

 

Ha, appreciate it!  

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Day 2 of week 0 is a win. Workout in, logging data complete, and met my calorie goals.  Run was a bit of a slog this morning.  I think I need to hydrate better as it gets warmer.

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On 6/25/2019 at 9:14 PM, SkyGirl said:

Welcome home!! Your goals look great and we're here to watch you crush 'em!!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Ending week zero on solid footing for this challenge.  I got in 6 days of my body-weight workouts. I ran 20 miles. I have hit my calorie goals every day and tracked every day.  I still have today to defeat to ensure I get my full +2 extra credit.  Weekends are the hardest for me though actually.  It is really easy to snack or grab a beer.  My wife and kids have the type of metabolisms that allow them to eat whatever they want whenever they want without recourse, but I, alas, balloon rather quickly.  My best strategy for the weekends is housework.  I am going to get outside and tame both my front and back yards today as way to stay out of the kitchen.  Excited to start the challenge for realz tomorrow.

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7 hours ago, forkboy said:

I got in 6 days of my body-weight workouts. I ran 20 miles. I have hit my calorie goals every day and tracked every day.  I still have today to defeat to ensure I get my full +2 extra credit.

 

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No kidding you finished Week Zero solidly!! Good for you!

 

How did the yardwork go?

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On 6/30/2019 at 2:15 PM, SkyGirl said:

How did the yardwork go?

 

I got a lot done, but I think the heat and the length of work set me up for a bit of a dehydrating beginning to this week.  It definitely worked as a distraction from bored eating, so win there.  

 

12 hours ago, Curl Brogo said:

Damn. It's been a while. How ya been?

 

Hey man! Thanks for stopping by!  I've been okay, thanks.  My wife ended up quitting her job awhile back which meant budget reductions which meant I couldn't afford my fancy gym and power-lifting routine.  I made do for awhile on my own with just a running routine and some at home weights and body work, but alas not having the community of accountability did me in.  So, I am back here starting over for like the 80th time!  One day at a time.  You have a thread I can follow?

 

Anywho, busy week this week with work so haven't been keeping up with posts.  My dehydrating beginning meant I took my rest day a little earlier than planned.  So far I've gotten in 4 days of running and 4 days of body weight routines.  I've run 14 miles, so only 6 to go this weekend. I have been on point with calories and tracking, so overall pretty good week.  Lots more yardwork awaits me for distraction this weekend.  I have let it go for so long.  Also, my back yard can use some work for weeks if not months to come since it is so huge.

 

I think today I will try and get in 4 miles, so Sunday still feels a bit relaxing.

 

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!

Toodles

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Update: 4 miles in today.  Calling it "running" is a little disingenuous, it is more like a very slow jog, a slog in more ways than one.  I am shocked by how slow my times are these days.  I was consistently running 4-5 miles at 8:45-9:00 minute per mile pace in late May.  I took a two week vacation in the Canadian Rockies, was running everyday, but it was different running, more hills than anything, but still getting in 30-45 minutes each day.  Had a minor family crisis when my mom fell of a horse, ended up breaking a 162 day running streak helping take care of her.  It took me about a week to get back in the groove, meanwhile I had returned home to the desert. The temps climbed a lot between late May and late June and my runs are now plus 10:00 minutes per mile.  Yikes!  I don't feel like heat explains the whole thing, not sure.  My heart rate still gets into the 160s at that pace, so it's not like I am going too easy.  Strange.

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Week one complete, point tally as follows:

 

Week zero extra credit +2

Workouts +5

20 miles running +5

Calories +7

Tracking +7

Total 26/100

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On 7/6/2019 at 11:13 AM, forkboy said:

I don't feel like heat explains the whole thing, not sure.  My heart rate still gets into the 160s at that pace, so it's not like I am going too easy.  Strange.

 

That is strange. Endurance is so fickle. It's easy to obtain but easy to lose, so to speak. I would just keep getting after it and I think you'll be back down in your original numbers in no time :).

 

Wolf

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On 7/6/2019 at 10:08 AM, forkboy said:

I got a lot done, but I think the heat and the length of work set me up for a bit of a dehydrating beginning to this week.  It definitely worked as a distraction from bored eating, so win there.  

 

Dehydration will get ya, that's for sure. How are things going this week? I'm not an expert on running but I definitely have heard that heat is a tricky thing to manage with runs.  :P 

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Well, week 2 turned into a total bust, very sad.

 

Workouts +2

20 miles running +0

Calories +5

Tracking +7

Total 40/100

 

I've already ruined my shot at earning the home gym equipment.  Lots of things led to this poor performance, but almost seems pointless to recount the reasons why.  Today I must simply move on and focus on what's in front of me today/this week.

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You can refocus and do better this week. Maybe since you know you can't win the bigger  prize, set up a smaller reward for the last part of the challenge? For me, if I feel like I"ve already lost,it's really hard to motivate myself. Maybe a small piece of gym equipment or new workout clothes?

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