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Hey All!

 

So this is my 4th (?) challenge, first in quite some time! I have been MIA for a while, life has been a bit of a roller coaster in my time away.

 

BUT I'm back at it, looking to get the ball rolling on my journey again and see some real, lasting and meaningful changes!

 

The Ultimate Goals:

The ultimate goal is to hit 155-160#

Be a solid "Top 10" local crossfit competitor

Find some way to make money with Crossfit and photography/creative media; eventually open up my own Crossfit gym

Pay off all debt within next 7-8 years

 

Challenge Goals: Honestly to ease myself back into challenges and keeping accountable, I'm probably going to keep this super short and focused on my main goal of losing weight

  • Lose 5-10# over 5 weeks of challenge
    • Track my food accurately every day; stick to ~2300 cal with a 35/40/25 (c/p/f) split
      • Log back into MFP and start logging every bit of food and drink that has calories. At the end of every day, send screenshot of my day to my accountability partner
    • Drink more water; less empty calories
      • Aim to drink at least 2L of water a day (more if possible)
      • Cut down on liquid calories aside from 1 coffee/tea and possibly a smoothie/protein shake per day
    • Attend Crossfit at least 4x per week
      • Preferably M/T/Th/F
      • 1 activity outside of gym per week

 

Ultimately I'd like to update this at least 1-2x per week but I do tend to forget so it may not be quite that often, we will see!

 

Starting Stats:

CW: 237#

Neck: 16.5

Chest: 43

Waist: 47

Hips: 42

Thigh: 26

Calf: 17.25

Bicep: 15.5

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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On 10/26/2019 at 7:38 PM, Elastigirl said:

Nice challenge

 

Thanks! Here's to hoping I stick with it this time!

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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Update: 

  • Log food: 90% there; I've still got dinner to log and send it off to my accountability partner but I'm happy with this one for today. Started out the day at 239# (water weight from the crap I ate over the weekend) but I'm sure once I'm in the swing of things this will come down!
  • Drink H2O: so far this one might be the hardest one.. I tend towards not really drinking anything at all these days so remembering to drink water is a bit of a challenge. Maybe set some alarms on my watch to remind me to drink??
  • Crossfit: well I went this morning so there's that.. only 3 more days left this week. I've been in this weird head space lately about Crossfit and just kinda falling out of love with it but I've got goals and I miss CF when I'm not actually doing it so for now just keep plugging along. Maybe once my competition is over in November I will re-evaluate and see where I'm at.

Overall, I know it's technically only day 1 but I'm doing it and I'm happy with how today is going.

Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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Did show up to the gym this morning despite the call of laziness from my nice warm bed. Workout did not go as well as I would have liked but 1 bad workout > no workout at all so I'll take it. My water consumption is a bit better today. I ended the day at 1.5L yesterday, not quite enough but not terrible either. Food is also logged 90% again today. Just have to find something that will work with my remaining macros and go from there.

 

Another successful day I think!

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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The week overall went fairly well, I drank 2L the rest of the work week (weekends are always a struggle for me), I did get to Crossfit all 4 days I planned to and my food was logged during the week as well. 

 

Weekends... They have always been the area that I struggle the most with. I've got a pretty good week day routine and it's pretty mindless these days but the weekends tend to be a free for all and I end up going overboard with both laziness and food intake so it's become this perfect storm that derails all the work I'd done during the week.

 

I'm not sure how to tackle this or make real, sustainable change here but it's something I'd really like to work on.

Last night I prepped some chicken for the week, I did my grocery shopping and picked up some stuff so I can make smoothies and prep some other meats. I'm hoping to tackle this week in all aspects of my life, mind, body and spirit. 

 

Week 1 review:

2L of water every day: 4/7 days

Crossfit 4 days: 4/4

Track food on MFP: 5/7

 

Overall: 13/18 = 72%

 

I can live with that for the first week back at challenging myself and not letting my lazy self win as much. Also, halloween candy definitely threw a wrench in my goals for the week.

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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The week so far has been pretty good. I've been more on top of my calories this week than I have in a while. Gym wise, I've been 3 days in a row, tomorrow is Open WOD 20.5 so I definitely have to go to finish the Open out strong. The gym hasn't been as consistent for me in the last year or so but as a whole it's definitely been the better half of this journey towards weight loss. Nutrition has always been my struggle. I've always been on this constant hamster wheel trying to out run my fork and it's finally gotten to a point where without reeling it all in I can't make progress anymore.

 

I've been drinking my water, I've been up and down on my calories this week so far, I was over last night but under the night before that so I think I'm doing okay there. I did weigh myself yesterday, 233# so I'm down a little bit. At this point I'm just going to keep plugging along, try not to get stuck analysing and planning but instead just do work.

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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Way to go on tracking your calories and drinking water! Weekends are hard for me too.  Not really sure what the best answer is. I do try and make good choices when I am at home.So if I know I am going to be with friends on Saturday evening, I will try and eat a sensible breakfast and lunch. And hopefully get in a walk. Also finding a good balance during the week. Eating reasonably to fit my goals, but not being so strict that once I let loose on the weekend, I have no will power left to reign it in.

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On 11/7/2019 at 12:43 PM, Elastigirl said:

Way to go on tracking your calories and drinking water! Weekends are hard for me too.  Not really sure what the best answer is. I do try and make good choices when I am at home.So if I know I am going to be with friends on Saturday evening, I will try and eat a sensible breakfast and lunch. And hopefully get in a walk. Also finding a good balance during the week. Eating reasonably to fit my goals, but not being so strict that once I let loose on the weekend, I have no will power left to reign it in.

 

Thanks! It's been one of those things that I keep telling myself I will do better at, or just do in general, but it never seems to happen. This time it seems to be a bit better, I've definitely had my off days but overall the trend is heading the right way and that's all I really want right now.

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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Update: The weekend fell apart on me again. Not only that but all the work that I had done during the week wasn't as good as I would have liked. I have a sense of renewed strength this week so far and I'm going to run with it for as long as I can. I don't need every day to be perfect but if I can move the needle even minutely in the right direction I'm happy with that. I've been reading a few different ways to be more consistent and one of them is the old "red X on the calendar". I'm thinking I may try that for a bit, that way it's a visual representation of whether or not I've hit my daily goals and it *hopefully* pushes me towards stopping multi-day fall offs. That and it helps me to not rely so much on my memory of the day(s) before which isn't always accurate

 

I also made the decision yesterday to stop smoking weed. I've been an on again, off again smoker for years and I've decided it's time to get off this ride. I'm tired of riding this never ending roller coaster with all it's twists and turns, ups and downs. Right now smoking doesn't align with the person that I want to be and I haven't yet (I may not ever) figured out how to smoke and still move towards my goals.

 

Anyways, the week so far has been good, I'm hoping it continues to go well and that the needle continues to move in the right direction.

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Starting Stats:                  Current Stats:

BW: 275lbs                        BW: 235lbs

Chest: 54"                            Chest: 43"

Waist: 52"                             Waist: 47"

Arm: 16"                               Arm: 15"

Thigh: 25"                            Thigh: 26.5"

BF%: 45                               BF%: 32

Challenges:

1 2 3 4 Current

My Character

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9 hours ago, Saphros said:

I also made the decision yesterday to stop smoking weed. I've been an on again, off again smoker for years and I've decided it's time to get off this ride. I'm tired of riding this never ending roller coaster with all it's twists and turns, ups and downs. Right now smoking doesn't align with the person that I want to be and I haven't yet (I may not ever) figured out how to smoke and still move towards my goals.

 

 Well done for having the courage to make that sacrifice. It's difficult to prioritise long-term gains over short-term pleasure and you should be congratulated for it. Here's to being the people we want to be.

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