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I hope it's okay that I started this late, I only just discovered this forum and didn't want to wait for the December challenge to get started :) Consider this a 4.5 week challenge

 

Since the pandemic started, I have been working from home full time with 3 kids, and not much time for myself. The forced lifestyle changes  actually caused me to lose about 30 lbs over the first 6 months. That weight loss has since plateaued, so now I need to make active changes to make progress there.

 

The first active change my family has made is adventuring on the weekends. We hit trails, parks, basically anything outdoors. However, with the coming winter in MN, it will be more challenging to get out.

 

BIG VISION

* Teach my children how to live a healthy, active lifestyle by modeling good habits

* Organize my time and house to allow space for working out

* Gain strength and endurance so I can keep up with 3 growing children

 

DIET QUEST

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have fallen into the habit of sneaking snacks anytime I find myself running a solo errand. I will usually run to a gas station and buy a bag of chips, a candy bar, and/or even a bottle of soda. Then I snack on it while I am completing the errand. My first diet quest is going to be to attempt to break this habit.

1. Stop sneaking snacks while out of the house by myself

 

We plan family meals every week, although most weeks we end up breaking down at the end of the day and ordering takeout, where it ends up that we only eat 1 or 2 of the meals planned out in advance. I'd like to bring this number up.

2. Eat at least 3 planned meals per week during the challenge

 

FITNESS QUEST

I have zero equipment in my house, except for an elliptical machine that I do not enjoy using in the slightest. I feel like I need to explore to discover something I can do inside the house. My main fitness goal will be to actually schedule time each night to explore different beginner body-weight/no equipment exercises. Suggestions are welcome, by the end of the 5 weeks, I would like to have an exercise I know I can do and keep up with. My goal is to build strength all over, but especially in my back, arms, and shoulders since I do a lot of the pack and child carrying while out on hikes.

3. Explore body-weight/zero equipment strength exercises at the same time at least 3 times a week

 

LEVEL UP QUEST

I am trying to get myself and my life organized, and to start that journey I want to keep a journal so I have a record of what has been happening in my life. My hope is that seeing how far I progress in a journal by reviewing it at regular intervals, it will help me build the motivation to keep going.

4. Keep a journal at the end of every day

 

So to summarize, for my level 1 5 week challenge:

1. Stop sneaking snacks while out of the house by myself

2. Eat at least 3 planned meals per week during the challenge

3. Explore body-weight/zero equipment strength exercises at the same time at least 3 times a week

4. Keep a journal at the end of every day

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Welcome to the challenge forum! I think your goals are very much achievable, and I love that you are trying to push yourself to be a better role model for your kids especially in terms of self-care. 

 

For body-weight workouts. I am returning to fitness after a scarily long haiatus and started with the nerd fitness beginner body-weight workouts. I have done it about three times. I couldn't get through three circuits the first time, but I am definitely feeling improvement really quickly.  https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/

 

I am also a big fan of journaling, I found that when starting out I liked a prompt to get me going.

 

Best of luck on your quests!

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Good choice to just jump in right now :) welcome to the forums! 

Love your big vision and great reasonable choice of challenge goals to go with that. Seeing my progress through journaling has definitely helped me a lot, I hope it will do the same for you. 

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Thank you both!  I will look at that beginner bodyweight course. I think the more challenging thing with that goal will be finding a consistent time I can schedule it with my other obligations.

 

I will definitely post updates about my progress. And I'll read the other level 1 challenges and try to offer encouragement where I can.

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Always okay to start "late!". The best time to start is now :)

 

Great goals overall! Like Guinness mentioned the beginner bw workout is a great place to start - even if you do one round, or some of one round, that's better than nothing and it gets easier every time :) 

 

There are a couple of other full workouts here (under spoiler to not blow out your thread):

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Most are older, but are a good place to start!

 

Do you know what types of bodyweight you're interested in? Yoga at home can be a great route to go, too, especially to help with stress :)

 

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So in retrospect two days before Halloween was not the best time  to start this :D

 

The good is: I kept the journal every night and I didn't sneak any snacks on solo errands, but there was plenty of snacking.

Bad news: I definitely slipped on the planned meals, and didn't try any workouts on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

 

However, I did make it through one circuit of the beginner bodyweight program tonight after putting the kids to bed! It was a challenge but I felt good about making it through. I am going to look into some of the other ones to see if I want to try something else, but if all else fails, on Tuesday I will do it again. Hopefully it will help me keep my mind of the U.S. Election 😬

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12 hours ago, doctor_okay said:

So in retrospect two days before Halloween was not the best time  to start this :D

 

The implication that I am not the only person who purchased my favorite candy with the intention of not handing any of it out to kids because COVID, makes me feel a bit better about eating two full chocolate bars for dinner last night. 😛 

 

Hi and welcome to the Rebellion!

 

 

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On 10/29/2020 at 7:26 PM, spezzy said:

 

Do you know what types of bodyweight you're interested in? Yoga at home can be a great route to go, too, especially to help with stress :)

 

 

I don't, really. I have found Yoga really frustrating in the past because I am so inflexible. That is probably more of a mental block that I need to get through to actually make improvement there. I'd like to be able to do chin-ups/pull-ups, but the two problems there are I definitely do not have the muscle strength to do them, and I have nowhere in my house I can actually do them 🤷‍♂️

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On 11/1/2020 at 11:33 PM, doctor_okay said:

The good is: I kept the journal every night and I didn't sneak any snacks on solo errands, but there was plenty of snacking.

Would it help at all to plan for the snacking? So that instead of having to break the snacking habit (which sounds like a reward to yourself for running errands?), have a bit of trail mix or other suitable treat that would satisfy the urge but still be healthy?

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