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Pumpkin Pi

Pumpkin is rerolling

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I started on this journey before. I was doing quite well, levelled up a few times (outside of the challenges and NF), then ...

 

"You have been waylaid by bandits."

 

I got lost along the way, fought off some monsters but then got trapped in an evil wizard's dungeon where I kept reliving my greatest moments of achievement. But I couldn't move or get out of the spell I was under. Finally, I managed to free myself from the shackles and escape the clutches of my captor. And I discovered who my nemesis was: None other than a mirror image of myself! But I had lost a lot. All my gear was gone and I was low on health.

 

I didn't know how to continue the game, didn't know how to beat myself ... I stopped playing. It has been a while. Now, I can't remember where I left off. My progress had stalled and I had regressed. Picking up where I left off is just not an option now. Nothing for it ... I am rerolling my character.

 

So ... what is it I want to achieve? Well, let's see ... before I got waylaid, I trained up to the point where I was able to do 2 strict pull-ups in one go, and I could run 5K in just under 40 min. It took me nearly 2 years of training *hard* to get to that point, but my work suffered a fair bit. I want to get back to being able to do at least 1 pull-up and run 5K in about 40 min again. But I can't commit as much time to it as I did before, otherwise I just won't get any work done. So ... small steps. Don't overdo it. And the important thing is to be able to stick to it!

 

Right, here goes. My first respawn challenge! Cannibalising my first ever challenge and grading myself like I did back then. Also gonna assign a total of 10 attributes - because, you know, RPG :) Let's see how it goes!

 

General main fitness quest. Be badass again!

 

Main fitness quest: Be able to do one strict pull-up again and back to running 5K in around 40 min by the end of the year (2019).

 

So, here are my 5-week challenge quests:
Quest 1: Get strong Strength train 2x per week.
Measurement: A = trained 9/10 days, B = 8/10, C = 7/10
Attribute: 4 STR

 

Quest 2: Get fit Do cardio 1x per week (either run non-stop for 30 min OR swim 30 lengths of the gym's 20 m pool)
Measurement: A = 5 times, B = 4 times, C = 3 times
Attribute: 3 STA

 

Quest 3: Eat better Eat 5 portions of fruit/veg a day & drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Measurement: A = 32/35 days, B = 30/35 days, C = 27/35 days
Attribute: 3 CON

 

As for logging the quests, I keep a notebook, so will post photos of that as I remember struggling to keep up with finding the time to post in the forums.

Yikes, it's Monday already! Better get started!

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15 hours ago, Pumpkin Pi said:

Quest 1: Get strong Strength train 2x per week.

 

Whatcha gonna be doing for strength training?

 

 

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On 9/15/2019 at 6:45 PM, Pumpkin Pi said:

 Nothing for it ... I am rerolling my character.


Welcome back and good luck! Strength, cardio, veg and water all sound wonderfully wholesome and will surely contribute to your might.  

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17 hours ago, Hazard said:

 

Whatcha gonna be doing for strength training?

 

 

I’m doing the NF Academy level 4 gym workout which is a 2x-a-week one, so I’m thinking I’ll do that for a couple of weeks then do the Boss Battle. If I kill it, then I might move onto the level 5 gym or body weight one, possibly upping it to 3x a week.

 

I’m actually not too bad at keeping at the strength workouts when I get going. It’s the cardio that I keep finding an excuse not to do! I find running on the treadmill such a slog but running outside is just too hot most of the time (I live in Bangkok). I’d have to get up earlier than I’m prepared to or run later in the evening than I’d like. I do see people out jogging in the middle of the day, though. Christ knows how they manage! I’d really like to get my running up to scratch though as I’d love to try a spartan one day. 

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On 9/23/2019 at 8:23 PM, jarlaxetherogue said:

How did things go last week?  I'm curious if you got a cardio workout into your schedule.

Yes! Thanks! Though surprisingly I was behind on the strength training. I guess it was because I knew I was gonna be busy later on in the week, so I made myself get the thing I liked least out of the way. Progress report to follow. 

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Progress report (weeks 1-3)

Yikes! Where did the time go? I am so bad at updating!

 

So, let’s see it is now nearing the end of week 3: What have I managed to achieve in my challenge?

 

Week 1:

Q1: Strength training

Only managed 1 of 2 sessions :(

 

Q2: 30-min run

Did it but didn’t manage to run non-stop.

  • Ran for 24 min (3K) @ 7.5 kph
  • Fast walked to the 30-min mark (total 3.6K)

 

Q3: 2L water & 5 f/v daily

Check! :)

 

Week 2:

Q1: Strength training

Managed the 2 plus made up the 1 missing from week 1 for a total of 3 :)

 

Q2: 30-min run

Again, did it but with a stint of fast walk in between

  • Ran 20 min (2.5K) @ 7.5 kph
  • Fast walked @ 6.5 kph for 5 min
  • Ran @ 7.5 kph up to the 30-min mark (total 3.6K)

 

Q3: 2L water & 5 f/v daily

Check!

Note: on many days, struggled to space out my drinking throughout the day so had to down 3-4 glasses of water not long before bed. Not a great strategy (meant getting up multiple times in the middle of the night to go to the loo, disrupting sleep). Don’t like reminder apps, so just gonna have to try to remember to drink more water during the day.

 

Week 3 (writing this on day 5):

At a conference all week, so struggling to get any workouts in. :( However, there’s a small park near where I’m staying, so forced myself out of bed early to go for a run. So, ...

 

Q1: Strength training

Haven’t managed any yet :(

 

Q2: 30-min run

Still haven’t managed to run without slowing to a walk for the full 30 min 

  • Ran 2K in 15’47” (just under 8 min to the km)
  • Km 3: Fast walked ~500 m then sprinted ~300 m then fast walked to 3K (8 min 18 s) (so 3K in 24’5”)
  • Walked to 4K (9’25”)
  • Total distance of run/fast-walk/sprint/walk: 4 km
  • Total time: 34:20
  • Avg. pace 8’34” to the km

Not too bad for me, though I really want to get to not having to slowdown to walks in between 

 

Q3: nutrition 

Looking good so far

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