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Is "get my life together" a valid challenge goal

 

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JK.

 

Things in my life are good. I bought a house less than a month ago so actually things are better than great! However, I'm still getting used to the house, trying to unpack, figure out my new routine etc. I'm also finishing up a 12 week program (that has taken significantly longer than 12 weeks because LIFE) here in the next weekish so I would like to figure out what I will be doing after that is completed. 

 

ZERO WEEK GOALS: 

1) Figure out goals for weeks 1-5

2) Play ultimate frisbee x1, play softball x1, do other workouts x3 minimum

3) Select a new book to read

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I've found new houses are a good chance to change situational habits because the cues are all slightly different now.  Good launching point for you to smash this challenge!

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On 7/29/2019 at 2:24 PM, miss_marissa said:

Is "get my life together" a valid challenge goal

Pretty sure I've done it at least once!

 

Here to root you on through all the new house craziness!

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On 7/29/2019 at 2:47 PM, CourtnieMarie said:

here to wallow and revel in new house glory :D 

new homeowner solidarity! <3

 

On 7/29/2019 at 3:34 PM, Big_Show said:

I've found new houses are a good chance to change situational habits because the cues are all slightly different now.  Good launching point for you to smash this challenge!

Yes! Part of the struggle for me right now has been adjusting to the new house and figuring out what those cues SHOULD be to optimize my life (maybe a challenge goal here?) also, I MISS YOUR FACE

 

On 7/29/2019 at 4:56 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following along. When do we get to see house pics? Also, have you already thought of redesigning the bathrooms based on things you learned at work?

HA! We aren't doing much renovations and we are also sorely lacking in furniture so there isn't much to see just yet! Our bathrooms are actually CUTE AF so I can take some pictures of those I suppose :) 

 

On 7/30/2019 at 3:24 PM, raptron said:

Yaaay! New house shiny-ness. :D 

\o/

 

On 7/30/2019 at 8:17 PM, Curl Brogo said:

You still in the Madison Area?

Yessir! Madison proper now

 

On 7/31/2019 at 10:56 AM, Mike Wazowski said:

Pretty sure I've done it at least once!

 

Here to root you on through all the new house craziness!

haha! Thanks!

 

42 minutes ago, Raxie said:

Lol that is totally a valid challenge goal. Here to follow along!

<3 Welcome friend!

 

ZERO WEEK PROGRESS: 

1) Figure out goals for weeks 1-5

Thinking I will likely have 1 routine based, 1 nutrition based and then probably some more undecided  :) I plan to take time over the weekend to brainstorm.

 

2) Play ultimate frisbee x1, play softball x1, do other workouts x3 minimum

My frisbee game was cancelled Tuesday, but four of us got together and did some throwing and drills and I made a lot of improvement. I also have done 2 workouts at home. Softball game this evening. This goal is progressing very well.

 

3) Select a new book to read

I've been doing the Book riot 2019 Read Harder Challenge (play along here!) and just finished Legend of the Stone Keepers which I honestly thought was great! Highly recommend. I want to select another from the list to tackle, but I also have a GIANT stack of comics that I need to catch up on and kind of want to prioritize those? I'll be at the library for comics club on Saturday so maybe I'll pick something up then :) 

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18 hours ago, miss_marissa said:

Yessir! Madison proper now

 

Howdy neighbor! I'm right down the road in Milwaukee. I have a number of fellow homeowner friends out that way, and they all love Madison. I hope you love it too!

 

Oh, I highly recommend taking a drive out our way and going to the new Ikea they just built here if you need furniture ideas...

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On 8/2/2019 at 10:23 AM, Deckard Gainz said:

 

Howdy neighbor! I'm right down the road in Milwaukee. I have a number of fellow homeowner friends out that way, and they all love Madison. I hope you love it too!

 

Oh, I highly recommend taking a drive out our way and going to the new Ikea they just built here if you need furniture ideas...

Oh Hi there!!! Are you in the NF Wisconsin facebook group? We are not as active as we used to be, but you should join still :) 

I've been in the area for about 3.5 years now, but just moving from an apartment to a house. I do love it.

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On 7/29/2019 at 2:24 PM, miss_marissa said:

ZERO WEEK GOALS: 

1) Figure out goals for weeks 1-5

2) Play ultimate frisbee x1, play softball x1, do other workouts x3 minimum

3) Select a new book to read

 

ZERO week progress

 

1) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2) I practiced frisbee x1, played softball x1, and did either 4 or 5 other workouts.

3) I will be reading Everfair by Nisi Shawl which I picked up from the library after comics club (along with entirely too many comics because LOL dat me)

 

I am still struggling with what my goals should be moving forward. I really need like an hour to talk through them with someone and try to figure it out

  • Part of it is, I don't have a gym situation I am happy with, but putting together a home gym situation is not in the cards right now either. Gymnastics situation is also unlikely in the future because adult classes have been postponed indefinitely. Thinking of maybe doing some SAQ stuff (speed, agility, quickness) because I've been doing more sports stuff and white girl don't got hops or speed (but also, that would be a better winter program because then I'm ready for spring sports outside). thinking about maybe a yoga studio membership? (lol wild) or just getting a million drop in passes to a million different types of things because apparently I have rangerbrain (shh don't tell tank)
  • Thinking about doing a lil cut, but counting anything stresses me TF out and I am not sure I am mentally ready for that. But also I'm fine with not doing that too? Maybe cook more, eat more veggies and less oreos? But it is SUMMERTIME and I like patio drinking.
  • Should probably add some house projects to this
  • Maybe another selfie challenge because it's been a while for one of those, but I've also been off insta for a while and don't wish to rejoin at this moment so that would complicate this a lot
  • sleep goal/bedtime routine/morning routine goal should probably be on here.

I guess I mostly just content? in a good way. So I think that is why I am having a hard time.

 

So maybe taking this one week at a time

Week 1:

1) play frisbee x1 time, play softball x1 time, other workouts x3 times minimum

2) plan out some meals and go grocery shopping

3) I have 3 tubs of stuff from my parent's house. unpack or consolidate to 2. some of it is probably trash, but I need to go through it all to know for sure. (stuff from high school and before)

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Eating less oreos and trying to get more wholesome stuff in your diet is not mutually exclusive with patio drinking, just saying. :D

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1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

shh don't tell tank

What do you mean don't tell me? I'm the one who told you!

 

1 hour ago, miss_marissa said:

but putting together a home gym situation is not in the cards right now either.

As someone who also just bought a house, man do I feel you on this. Have you considered a Kettlebell routine? KBs are relatively inexpensive compared to home gyms, and the Free beginner KB workout NF put together is a great strength/cardio combo routine.

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ONE WEEK AT A TIME FOR SURE. You know what goes well with patio drinking? Some like crudité. 

 

I'm still so upset about your gymnastics situation. UGH. Does your city have one of those class pass style programs? You could try a bunch of stuff! 

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1 hour ago, raptron said:

Does your city have one of those class pass style programs? You could try a bunch of stuff! 

 

Oh yes! Class pass is awesome! I've tried a bunch of different stuff with it. And Mind Body. Definitely check it out if it's available to you!

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On 8/7/2019 at 2:56 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

What do you mean don't tell me? I'm the one who told you!

 

As someone who also just bought a house, man do I feel you on this. Have you considered a Kettlebell routine? KBs are relatively inexpensive compared to home gyms, and the Free beginner KB workout NF put together is a great strength/cardio combo routine.

Solidarity. Kettlebells actually are one thing I have been looking at. I was thinking a pair of 8s, and then one of each 12, 16, and 20 kg would be good if I can't get something worked out over the next week or so. That would be enough for me to do some double overhead movements and then enough to do single arm movements of many others including pressing, pulling, lifting, squatting and carries. I've got a pullup bar, a set of rings, lots of bands, yoga blocks etc But some heavy ass weights are definitely missing.

 

5 hours ago, raptron said:

ONE WEEK AT A TIME FOR SURE. You know what goes well with patio drinking? Some like crudité. 

 

I'm still so upset about your gymnastics situation. UGH. Does your city have one of those class pass style programs? You could try a bunch of stuff! 

UGH ME TOO

I am not sure? Something to look into! 

 

5 hours ago, Harriet said:

Or patio olive nibbling while waiting for dinner?

nom nom nom

 

3 hours ago, Raxie said:

 

Oh yes! Class pass is awesome! I've tried a bunch of different stuff with it. And Mind Body. Definitely check it out if it's available to you!

Probably much easier for you in your location, but I'll look!

 

Spoiler for rambly stuff about me complaining about fitness

Spoiler

So I was doing crossfit before I injured myself. This was for about 10 months. It was ok. I liked the people that I was usually in 6:30am class with. I thought the coaches were giving good feedback and liked them all as people. It is close to my work and home (a bit farther away since the move, but not far). I didn't like the programming, for many reasons that would take a lot to get into, but mostly I didn't think there was enough strength building movements, WODs were many times over the top, and there was no way to address individual weaknesses. A lot of times, there were also so many people in the gym, it is hard to get actionable feedback from coaches when their attention is split so many different ways. The final straw was me testing my 1RM deadlift 10 months after starting and it being the exact same number as the first week I stepped into that gym. I don't really want to go back to crossfit, but I think it would be rude if I asked to come back to the gym and do my own programming, as I clearly don't want to follow the programming laid out for me. I suppose I could ask for a personalized program, but I am not sure how well that will go over. There is also Olympic weightlifting club, but the class times available, Saturday is the only time I can make right now. And Saturdays are almost always go for a max effort or PR lift. If I do only that, I'm not really making any improvements on my technique or strength. I am also looking at a different crossfit gym, but I think I would run into a lot of the same problems regardless of the gym, and I don't think it makes sense to switch gyms if that would still be the case. I know each gym does different programming, but I don't think the core concerns I have will change. Not to mention, I just didn't really like crossfit that much.  If anyone wants to I would be willing to deep dive into a PM discussion about more of my reasons for leaving and why I believe it is not a great fit.

 

I was also doing gymnastics once a week. Adult gymnastics classes have been cancelled because of insurance reasons with the gym owner. Nowhere else in town does adult gymnastics classes. There is the university club team, which allows adult members, but I believe you have to have some affiliation with the University to get involved (be an alumnae, or staff or something).

 

A few of my friends have a membership at a rock climbing/bouldering gym. This seems like a fun thing, but they don't open early in the morning and they are on the OPPOSITE side of town, so it seems like more of a drop in situation for me. There is also a circus gym with the same situation. 

 

Before I started doing crossfit I had tried out two different gyms in town. One was a powerlifting/bodybuilding/etc focused gym that is basically just a warehouse with a TON of equipment. I liked the equipment, but the environment was super toxic. It's also a bit farther away than I'd like, but not super far. I've heard from some friends the environment has gotten a lot better, but I still don't think I am comfortable here. The other one was an expensive "health club" with a lot of amenities that I never used (pool, childcare, group classes, a million treadmills) and crappy kettlebells and bumper plates that I did use.  There is another commercial esque gym that I plan to check out within the next few days. It is close to home, but I am not sure what the rates are or the equipment situation looks like. This is probably the best looking option at the moment though. I am hesitant to sign anything but a month to month contract at this point though (v. difficult to find). Also, getting a gym membership comes with the added stress of finding a coach or doing my own programming. Which is fine, but just takes a bit more effort on my part as I need to be a little more intrinsically motivated. There is another small group training gym which might work, but is much more expensive. The premise is small group classes, but you have your individual program. So you walk in, grab your program for the day and the coach(es) just walk around helping everyone who is in the gym at that time. This helps solve many of my issues with crossfit, but this option may be prohibitively expensive for the frequency I am interested in.

 

I also have a call with the coach of the current program I've been running (that I am just about finished with) to see what some options could be for continuing in the future. That is on Monday. I honestly have no idea what he has in mind for me. I'm very grateful for this program I have been doing, and I plan to continue to incorporate aspects of it into my movement in the future. But it cannot sustain me fully moving forward.

 

A friend is a beachbody coach and is trying to get me to join one of her programs or coaching group or something idk. I'm honestly considering it (lol wut) just because I have analysis paralysis from all the other options at the moment. The nutrition support is attractive as well. This also involves investing in some sort of kettlebells or dumbbells for my home, a non-trivial expense.

 

I've signed up for 1x/week frisbee and 1x/week softball for the fall season so that is something at least. I could try to sign up for another night of either one of these too if I need. But I want to do more and I want to LIFT AGAIN in a place that makes me happy and that I will get stronger!

 

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May I suggest to you that you have lifted heavy for a long time, and KBs could be a good change of pace for a while? After a bit you can go back to lifting heavy, and KBs are not an expensive investment. Also, if you do find a gym with good equipment but lacking coaches, I hear rumors that NF has a pretty good coaching program.

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I really liked Capital Fitness while I was in Madison. I never had much trouble getting a power rack, and (at the time at least) yoga classes were included with membership. I think they also had other group classes like spin, and crosstraining and such. And they had massage sessions (not included with membership).

 

Also, their W. Washington Ave location had a bar beneath it... it was in fact a part of the gym...  and it was not a juice bar... yay Wisconsin.

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It does sound like you've got a bit of analysis paralysis buuut you keep coming back to and saying "i want to lift again" which option is going to get you what you want? you can probably cross a few options off the list just by that logic alone. there are also apps for programming if you end up going the closer, cheaper gym route. you'd be lifting again, could use a free app, and then decide if you wanted a coach to program for you.

 

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14 hours ago, Curl Brogo said:

 

Also, their W. Washington Ave location had a bar beneath it... it was in fact a part of the gym...  and it was not a juice bar... yay Wisconsin

If I ever live in or visit Wisconsin I will be excited about: Cheese, Brats, and Beer.

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