TimovieMan Posted April 18, 2021 Report Share Posted April 18, 2021 TimovieMan respawns! (with half a challenge) Hey guys, I'm back, needing to respawn. Who am I again? Well, three years ago I wanted to lose weight and get fitter. Soon after I started, I found this place (because whenever I did ANY dieting or exercising research, Steve's blog was the one that made the most sense). This place did wonders for my lifestyle and motivation, and after several months I felt I was ready to keep going on my own. And I was right! This was September 2018, when I started, weighing 112 kg: When I quit the forums and went "my own way" in February 2019, I was at 95 kg. I got that down to 90-92 kg and remained there for pretty much an entire year, even "peaking" at 88 kg just before Christmas 2019. This was me in March last year, at 92 kg: The idea three years ago was to go all the way down to 78 kg, but frankly, the 90-92 kg was easily maintainable without requiring "extra effort", and I was *really* happy with how I looked so I didn't really feel the need to "do more". So why am I here? What happened? Well, Covid-19 happened. We had a first lockdown here in the middle of March last year, and everything's gone to hell since then. Suddenly I was working from home instead of going to the office, and that was disastrous for me. Why, you ask? Because I often bike to work, and I work at a pretty big place with regular meetings at different far-off meeting rooms, and my lunch break mostly consisted of going for a walk with a couple of colleagues. While an average of 8000-9000 steps each day isn't all that much, it's actually pretty good for someone whose work consists of sitting at a desk with a computer all day. Working from home? Well, no more bike rides, no walks to far-off meeting rooms, and even my lunch break walk got replaced with sitting in front of the TV to watch the news. My average steps dropped to 2000-3000 each day. Couple that with the fact that during the first two months of the lockdown the schools were closed here. So both me and the missus were working from home with a 5 and 6-year old running around needing help with online classes or just needing to be kept busy. This felt like a full-time job on top of a full-time job, which rendered me without energy to do any exercising at night. So that got cut too. Add to that a cupboard with sweets and whatnot within reach and tempting me all day long, and I was on a slippery slope that saw me regain a good portion of the 20+ kg I had previously lost. But why didn't I respawn on my own? Well, I tried... All I managed was to stop the upwards trend of my weight, but I wasn't lowering it. I needed more accountability. I needed this place again. Since I have no desire to wait until the next challenge starts, I'm respawning here now with half a challenge... Main goal At the end of July, I'm taking a two-week vacation with the family to Spain (if the Covid-measures allow it by then). The plan is to be back at 95 kg by then. 90-92 kg would be perfect, of course, but since it's only three months away and I'm at around 106 at the moment, I want to be realistic, so 95 is the main goal. Challenge goals Week 1: April 19th - April 25th Sugar detox! Avoid sweets and chocolate for an entire week. Get the sugar out of my system so the cravings go away. There's very little Easter chocolate left in the house, so just endure this for a week. Intermittent fasting AND caloric deficit! Get a 16-hour fast period each day. Average under 2000 calories/day. Wednesday and the weekend should be the only ones where I have to pay attention for the fast period. I also won't be doing strict calorie counting, just ballpark figures rounded up. Should be close enough. Move more! My average step count has been dismal. So get off that chair, go outside and purposely go for walks again. Specifically: average more than 8000 steps each day again. Week 2: April 26th - May 2nd Turn up the intermittent fasting! Get a 16-hour fast period each day. Get at least one 24-hour fast period this week. Start burpeeing! Two 15-minute burpee workouts* this week. (*) 5 x 2 minutes of burpees and 1 minute of rest. Finish with a plank hold. With my current shape, those two minutes will be pitiful AMRAPs and rest. But the idea is to build this up again. Even if I have never once been able to do an AMRAP that lasted two minutes... 😋 4 Quote Active challenges: Balancing sleep and gaming | Walk to Mordor - (spreadsheet) | DailyDare 2023 threads: Challenge VIII | IX 2018-19 & 2021 threads: Battle log | Challenge I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII Link to comment
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