Zaphine Posted December 30, 2019 Report Share Posted December 30, 2019 My cover identity is as a project manager for a university. So lots of desk time, time in meetings, classic computer user shoulder tension. I also just turned 50 this past year, so my self-image has taken a beating. I need to be able to see myself differently, to tap into the awesome inside. But that's just what the mundanes see. My name around these parts is Zaphine. I've been lurking in the forums off and on for a few years now, and I'm working with NF Coaching, but having a hard time getting it to stick. It's just so easy NOT to, to be cynical and see all the reasons to quit. I've had my "first challenge" here once before, but ... well, there was a shiny squirrel, and I didn't have much to say about my challenge and so stopped coming by the forums, and ... I never finished that challenge. So I'm saying it didn't count. So there. This one does. FIRST CHALLENGE! My Big Quest these days is just rebuilding the fitness habit, making this a part of my life, a thing I actually do. Lay the foundation of discipline and habit so that I can build on it in future challenges. And so I name this my BABY STEP challenge -- relatively easy goals that will make a big difference in getting me unstuck and moving in the right direction. They're mostly nutrition-focused (because ye gods, that part of stuff is hard for me). Challenge Goals: 1) Get back on the food tracking habit -- start tracking EVERYTHING I eat and drink in the NF app and sending to my coach, even if that means sending her a picture of my booze at the club. wince All data is good data, and truth is important for planning purposes. After two weeks of solid tracking, consider this goal checked off (but keep tracking)! Once it's checked off, I'll start working my way through NF nutrition levels, see what I can do. 2) No Diet Coke (or other sodas) after lunch. I'm not going to try to go cold turkey (yet?), but keeping Diet Coke to AM hours will reduce my intake and cut down on caffeine consumption. Fizzy waters (like La Croix) are a fine substitute. 3) Improve breakfast! Experiment with homemade protein breakfasts to find something that's easy enough for me to eat while still groggy. Reduce the number of protein bars I eat for breakfast significantly. (Have a great smoothie or egg recipe that's mostly make ahead? Please point me toward it!) 4) Do SOMETHING active every day, for at least 15 minutes. A walk, strength workout, stretching routine, class, dancing, whatever! It has to be not in my normal routine (walking to my car from work doesn't count), and I have to say some form of fitness designating codephrase before starting (like a mage shouting MAGIC MISSILE before letting off a spell). I'm still working with @spezzy to better define what does and doesn't count for this. (Codephrase suggestions gratefully accepted!) 5) Be in bed, lights out by 11 on weeknights. 8 Quote Current challenge: A New Sprout Peeks Up RULES OF ENGAGEMENT If you aren't making mistakes, you're not adventuring hard enough. The journey has to be innately worth it; achieving the goal is a bonus. My perfect weight is the one I achieve when I live the healthiest life I can truly enjoy. Link to comment
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