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Hi All - this challenge is both my first and a bit unconventional. My life is chock-full of stressors at the moment (let’s put it this way: the global pandemic doesn’t even make my top three of difficult things right now). I know from (painful) past experience that when I get stressed the first things to fall by the wayside are my diet and exercise, which is a crappy pattern because that’s when I need to take care of myself the most. So my big goal is to have a healthy diet and body movement pattern regardless of what life throws at me. For this challenge my specific goals are to do the Level 1 body weight routine at least twice a week (once for A, once for B), and to log everything that I eat, helpful and otherwise, to keep accountable for my choices. For this challenge I just want to maintain a baseline of healthy habits to see me through the hard times. 

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Welcome. I wish peace and resilience for all the things that you're facing. Maintaining a solid base is definitely welcome in the challenges. Good luck!

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Thanks all! So although the challenge hasn’t “officially” started yet I’m starting on the right foot! Tracking has been going well - the thing I’m working on is changing my mindset from bad foods or cheat foods to just choices. And I’m scaling up my workouts a little bit just to make them challenging enough to be fun - good healthy stress relief ;) 

Although not one of my primary goals I’m also trying to do other self-care in general, so putting in my contacts every morning, changing out my loungewear (because jeans are a step too far!) on a regular basis, basics 😅

Im looking forward to the next challenge when I have some solid, consistent habits under my belt. 
Stay well, all - physically AND mentally ❤️

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I'm new to the challenges too but I am right there with you on the tough life situations making exercise and accountability difficult. Was recommended to the forum by a good friend due to the support. Hope your tracking continues to go well!!! Best of luck!!!

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Hi HMac, I went through the same thought process earlier this year. Took one month to clean up my diet then the next month sorting my exercise. Even now it’s a work in progress but I’m happy with the baselines I’m setting. It was pretty slow going and lonely then, I only joined the forum recently and it’s nice seeing others working along side towards their goals. You made the right decision by coming to look for support :) Rooting for ya!

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Hey! I'm so sorry that you are going through that! I've been in very stressful situations and like you the first things that go are the healthy eating and exercises. Any small positive actions you take will be such a victory! I am rooting for you!  

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Update time:

Tracking everyday certainly helps identify patterns. I’m pretty good at getting veggies in with most meals, and most days I’m eating pretty healthy (I’ve also been batch cooking more - if I have healthy food ready to eat it reduces the odds of me just noshing on a bowl of cereal because I’m starving). I’m generally doing okay with balance (meaning I can build in room for a croissant some days and not have it derail me), but having both croissants and homemade pastry cream in the house is a no-no for my self-control 😅 
 

Over in exercise, I’ve been moving my body in my virtual martial arts classes and  the body weight workouts. My knees are a little grumpy at me the last couple days (I find I get knee pain when I have too much sugar or wheat) so I’m trying to find balance between preventing injury and losing momentum. 

 

I’m super appreciative of this group - I really struggle when I don’t have any accountability beyond myself, so updating here keeps me honest 😁

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Nice update! Great going on getting the veggies in! Which virtual martial arts classes are you doing? I'd love to find some :)

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10 hours ago, //Min said:

Nice update! Great going on getting the veggies in! Which virtual martial arts classes are you doing? I'd love to find some :)

My dojo has been doing virtual classes - if you happen to be in the Northern NJ / Hudson Valley / Brooklyn areas i can hook you up :D

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14 hours ago, Mudd said:

Do you still have to be in the area if the classes are virtual?

My understanding is yes, as they are a continuation of the existing in-person classes (with the goal of continuing our training and community until we can gather in person again); however, I can reach out to my teachers for more information. 

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Accountability Check:

As is usual for me, life got busy (just finished finals - I’m taking prereqs while working full-time to prepare for a career change) and diet/exercise slid for a couple days. 

 

But this time I am not letting that slide turn into a spiral. I’m trying to hold firm to the “never two in a row” principle, which means today will start with a healthy breakfast (with veg!). I also just got a basic TRX system so I’m excited to upgrade to that instead of using a doorway for rows! 
 

Time to refocus and take care of my body :)

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On 5/13/2020 at 10:29 PM, HMac said:

My dojo has been doing virtual classes - if you happen to be in the Northern NJ / Hudson Valley / Brooklyn areas i can hook you up :D

 

Shame, I'm on the other side of the world XD

 

16 hours ago, HMac said:

But this time I am not letting that slide turn into a spiral. I’m trying to hold firm to the “never two in a row” principle, which means today will start with a healthy breakfast (with veg!). I also just got a basic TRX system so I’m excited to upgrade to that instead of using a doorway for rows! 
 

Time to refocus and take care of my body :)

 

GREAT JOB!!! Your rule makes sense!! You can do it!!!!

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