Jump to content

Lean & Strong 6.0: DFG updates the firmware


Recommended Posts

Ah, it feels good to be back.  As usual my major regret is not returning sooner, but I also know that coming back before I was ready would've been worse than waiting.  At any rate, that's all behind with nothing but good times (DOMS notwithstanding) ahead.

 

If you're at all curious about where I went when I fell off Planet NF then please check out the post in my log: https://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/107485-whats-great-for-a-snack-and-fits-on-your-back/&do=findComment&comment=2688089.  tl;dr is that life is hard and I only had enough energy for non-fitnessy stuff for a while.

 

So for my first challenge back after a long break I'm actually picking up pretty much right where I left off.  I want to be Lean and Strong.  At my peak (L&S 2.0) that meant <12% bodyfat and >1,000# combined PL total (boy, that seems like a long time ago).    These days it means size 34 jeans and able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded.  :D  Nobody ever chided me for being ambitious.

 

In terms of what I want out of the next 5 weeks, I'm aiming to lose 10 lbs and at least one belt notch; plus I want to find something physical I can enjoy doing a few days per week to keep my body from becoming optimized for my office chair.  Starting weight for this challenge is 245.0 lbs.  Goals are the usual big 3:

 

  1. Eat:  counting calories in MFP; daily target set to 8 kcal per pound of bodyweight for 5 days a week, and the other 2 days will be zig-zag days with higher targets.  These will be revised after Week 3 to accommodate any changes.  I'm not setting any quality standards, but the guiding principles of nutrition in conjunction with the things I've eliminated because my system no longer tolerates them well (wheat, beans, etc.) should help to improve my intake.  Generally I'll be 85% paleo-ish.
  2. Move:  30 minutes per day, three days per week (M-W-F).  Lots of various things might qualify (it is after all the Ranger way), I'm going to play it by ear at first to see what works and what doesn't feel too awful.  I'm hoping to get a couple rounds of golf in, too, so that likely be weekend bonus stuff.
  3. Sleep:  8 hours per night, every night.  If I wake up before my alarm goes off then that's an automatic win regardless of how many hours I actually spend in bed.

 

Bonus personal goal is to hit 80% completion on my 2021 Great Guitar Build-Off entry.  It needs to be entirely done by the end of June, and the formal entry is a 15-minute Youtube video detailing the design, construction, and a demo of the finished instrument.  80% by the end of this challenge would give me three weeks to finish it up (paint, assembly, whatever) and edit a video (ugh).  Some of my evenings spent in the garage shop will no doubt count as my exercise goal, even if I have to do burpees while glue is drying.

 

lol, y'all know I'm not doing any burpees.

 

Simple stuff, and if done well then it should yield the results I'm looking for.  Dropping the bodyfat percentage is priority one before I even consider anything else fitnessy like weightlifting or progress photos.  We'll get there--I just gotta keep my eye on the ball.

 

And if  this looks familiar to you then it's because I lifted it almost verbatim from my last successful (March 2019) challenge thread.  :lol:  Glad to have you back on board.

 

cevwHuL.gif

  • Like 8

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! So so so glad to see you back here. 


And not just for the spreadsheet pr0n

 

Fans Self GIFs | Tenor

  • Like 2

I'm more than adequate. Leave Kanye out of this. 

Profile picture credit : NF's resident super artist - NinjaKitten

Link to post

Dang!  Those are some nice spreadsheets!  I've missed that and following your challenges.  Welcome back!

  • Like 1

Race: Amazonian Ogre Princess | Class: Ranger | Profession: SuperHero

Level: 19 Ranger | STR 36 | DEX 29 | STA  35 | CON  43 | WIS 35 | CHA 23|

 

Spoiler

 

Epic Quest Avatar Lifting profile | D&D Character Sheet

Accountibillibuddies: Doodlies setting the world alight

Roadmaps: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

Link to post
2 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

These days it means size 34 jeans and able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. 

On the stairs part:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Burgess GIF by NETFLIX

  • Like 3

Current Challenge Original 1,2,3, R 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51

52,53,54

"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

Link to post

Nice to see so many familiar faces!  Thanks all for following along. :)

 

W0D1 - Figured I'd go ahead and jump right in since I'm already coming off a prolonged Week Zero.  Yesterday's eating was really good, I had a small sausage biscuit and some orange juice between church services, then for lunch I made a 3-egg omelet with ham, cheese, and tomatoes.  I snacked on a handful of cashews throughout the afternoon, then for dinner I grilled steaks and made baked potatoes while MFG put together some mixed veggies.  Dessert was pound cake with strawberries.  MFP says 2316, and I'm inclined to believe that number.

 

After dinner was chilled-out family time, then I played some games before signing everything off at 11pm.  I woke up this morning 10 minutes before my alarm, so that's an automatic win.  I think the 8-hour metric isn't quite going to work since a full night's sleep for me is typically less than that.  I might go back to a bedtime metric.

 

Gotta think of something active to do for 30 minutes today after work.

  • Like 7

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post

Dem spreadsheets tho.

 

20 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

lol, y'all know I'm not doing any burpees.

 

Tried incorporating burpees into my regimen once: My downstairs area has a ceiling that's too low and I've got too many foreign objects on the floor of my garage.

 

...could always sweep the floor, I guess, but...why?

  • Like 1

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

Link to post
37 minutes ago, DrFeelgood said:

After dinner was chilled-out family time, then I played some games before signing everything off at 11pm.  I woke up this morning 10 minutes before my alarm, so that's an automatic win.  I think the 8-hour metric isn't quite going to work since a full night's sleep for me is typically less than that.  I might go back to a bedtime metric.

Why doesn't it work?  If you wake up naturally is it a safe assumption you got 'enough' sleep?  Do you feel rested?  

 

Great job starting that spreadsheet off with all green! 

  • Like 1

Race: Amazonian Ogre Princess | Class: Ranger | Profession: SuperHero

Level: 19 Ranger | STR 36 | DEX 29 | STA  35 | CON  43 | WIS 35 | CHA 23|

 

Spoiler

 

Epic Quest Avatar Lifting profile | D&D Character Sheet

Accountibillibuddies: Doodlies setting the world alight

Roadmaps: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

Link to post
16 minutes ago, theflyingaccountant said:

Dem spreadsheets tho.

 

 

Tried incorporating burpees into my regimen once: My downstairs area has a ceiling that's too low and I've got too many foreign objects on the floor of my garage.

 

...could always sweep the floor, I guess, but...why?

I hate burpees. The only thing worse are lunges. The only thing worse than lunges are burpees. 

  • Like 5

Current Challenge Original 1,2,3, R 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51

52,53,54

"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

Link to post
On 5/3/2021 at 12:36 PM, theflyingaccountant said:

Tried incorporating burpees into my regimen once: My downstairs area has a ceiling that's too low and I've got too many foreign objects on the floor of my garage.

 

...could always sweep the floor, I guess, but...why?

I haven't done a single burpee since basic training (1996), and I won't ever do another one.  There's plenty of better ways to spend my time and energy.

 

On 5/3/2021 at 12:41 PM, Shello said:

Why doesn't it work?  If you wake up naturally is it a safe assumption you got 'enough' sleep?  Do you feel rested?  

 

Great job starting that spreadsheet off with all green! 

It works okay as a sleep goal, but it doesn't work so well as a pass/fail metric since I'll hardly ever actually "pass" it.  A full night's sleep that's less than 8 hours is a good thing, whereas getting 8+ but yanked out early by an alarm (not likely, but possible) is counter-productive yet technically a pass.  I also can't really measure or control the amount of sleep I get, which makes it less S.M.A.R.T. than a simple bedtime goal.  11pm seems like a good finish line except for Fridays since I can generally sleep in on Saturdays.  Spreadsheet updated accordingly.

 

On 5/3/2021 at 12:53 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I hate burpees. The only thing worse are lunges. The only thing worse than lunges are burpees. 

Neither bother me, but that's because I don't do them.  :D

__________________________

 

W0D2 - Eating was a bit enthusiastic--I'm tracking in MFP, but I'm not being super precise with my portions yet so everything is getting the "eyeball" treatment.  I had a dentist appointment at 10am so I didn't eat prior to, and afterward I didn't trust my numb face to not bite through my lip so I held off on lunch for an extra hour.  Even then I didn't want to eat anything that required work, and I didn't think I'd really get to enjoy anything good, so I punted and drove thru McDonalds for a couple of cheeseburgers.  That wouldn't have been so bad, but I added a large Fanta and took the lunch total over 1000 kcal.  That's way too much for a single meal that I didn't even want in the first place.  For dinner MFG made peanut chicken curry and rice, so I ate a sensible portion of that and closed the day just under target.  But then we rented WW84 (oof, what a waste of an evening) and I mixed some nuts and raisins for a movie snack.  When that was gone I made a bowl of nachos.  Both of those got counted toward the following day's breakfast to try and keep my streak going with a Passterisk™.  

 

I did manage to spend 30 minutes after work in my garage shop knocking out a couple of repairs, and even though it wasn't gym-active I felt good about counting it toward my Move goal.

 

By the time the movie ended it was already 10pm, and after getting kids squared away for the night I was down to just 30 minutes of Me time.  That wasn't enough, so I Me'd until just before midnight, and even after I was in bed I was restless until nearly 1am.  Six hours of sleep was barely adequate, and my alarm was very rude this morning.  Lesson learned--don't waste weeknight hours on craptastic movies, especially ones with 150-minute run times.  ;)

  • Like 7

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post
15 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

But then we rented WW84 (oof, what a waste of an evening)

Right!?  It sucks that not only did the movie suck but it messed up your goals.  That's the ultimate in rudeness.  Damn you DC! 

  • Like 3

Race: Amazonian Ogre Princess | Class: Ranger | Profession: SuperHero

Level: 19 Ranger | STR 36 | DEX 29 | STA  35 | CON  43 | WIS 35 | CHA 23|

 

Spoiler

 

Epic Quest Avatar Lifting profile | D&D Character Sheet

Accountibillibuddies: Doodlies setting the world alight

Roadmaps: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

Link to post
9 hours ago, Shello said:

Right!?  It sucks that not only did the movie suck but it messed up your goals.  That's the ultimate in rudeness.  Damn you DC! 

Nah, the movie didn't mess up my goals, I threw a tantrum because I didn't want to go to bed. :D

 

3 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

It looks soooooo bad.  I cant wait to watch it. Heeheehee

 

great to see you, DFG!

It's not even that kind of bad.  Terrible movies are a guilty pleasure because they can be off-axis entertaining.  This one just blows.

 

It's great to be seen!  I hope y'all get to see both more and less of me soon, whenever I get back to doing progress photos. :)

___________________________

 

W0D3 - Basically a copy of D2.  Going back to full-time in the office is a harder adjustment than I anticipated, but I'm getting there.  I'd gotten a little slack about personal hygiene and bedtime stuff at night because working from home a lot meant I could just take a break and knock it out the following day, and that let me burn the midnight oil pretty frequently.  Can't do that anymore.  Eh, this is what Week Zero is for anyway.

 

Eating was a little less enthusiastic, but I basically took a push on the D2 Passterisk™ calories by doing the same thing again late on D3.  "Breakfast" was the snacks from the night before.  Lunch was leftover steak with mixed veggies and a small baked potato with butter.  The afternoon wanted a snack, but the snack drawer in the office has been closed due to pandemic, and the quickie mart didn't have much that was useful.  I ended up grabbing a set of Little Debbie cupcakes that proved to be a terrible mistake in terms of both numbers and gut tolerance.  For dinner MFG made tortellini soup which was tasty, nutritious, and helpful with my numbers.  But it conspired with the snacky cakes to destroy me.  After recovering from Angry Tummy and working in my shop for a few hours I was hungry again (imagine that) so I repeated the nachos and nuts with raisins snack. That will count toward D4 breakfast (today has been right back on track, but that update will happen tomorrow) to eek out another Passterisk™ for D3's eating.

 

No move goal, but I was busy in the shop all evening.  Guitar project is coming along, helped in no small part by a herd of new power tools.  I'm sure I could've bought two guitars already with what I've spent on tools, but I think it'll be worth it.  After finishing up and coming in to relax with my snack I stayed up way too late again binge-watching Dead Like Me and playing some late-night Rocket League.  At least I didn't oversleep, so it's not a win but not exactly a loss either.  It seems the bumps were justified enough, and now I'm back on track.  Tomorrow's update should be all green, just gotta get to bed on time tonight.

  • Like 6

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post
6 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

Guitar project is coming along, helped in no small part by a herd of new power tools.

 

Do you make them for yourself or do you sell them? I've seen your work and they're excellent. 

  • Like 1

I'm more than adequate. Leave Kanye out of this. 

Profile picture credit : NF's resident super artist - NinjaKitten

Link to post
14 hours ago, deftona said:

Do you make them for yourself or do you sell them? I've seen your work and they're excellent. 

 

Thanks!  I enjoy it, and I'm glad they're getting better.  So far I've only built one from scratch, and that's my daily player.  The current build is for the competition, but it's one that I've wanted for a long time so I'll probably keep it unless someone makes an insane offer on it.  The other projects you've seen were rehabs and kits.  A couple of those were for my son, and one of them I gave to my brother.  The dragon mermaid guitar was part of a trade deal this morning in exchange for a brand new acoustic guitar.  The other two are still on my rack waiting for more upgrades.

_______________________________

 

W0D4 - That's more like it--all three green with all calorie debts paid off.  Now I can do D5 straight up in peace.

 

Eating was good.  "Breakfast" was the bumped snack from the night before.  Lunch at work was leftover chicken peanut curry over rice.  Dinner was homemade tacos.  I eschewed all snacking and calorie-laden beverages to close out the day at 1948 kcal.  I'm not completely convinced that's accurate because I'm eyeballing portions, but it felt like a good day.

 

Move was accomplished in the workshop again, this time for 90 minutes while I continued shaping the guitar body.  Things are coming along nicely with this build.

 

I did a little gaming after the kids were in bed, then I shut everything down and did my rituals.  Bedtime was a little bit after 11pm, but I'm counting it because this morning I got to sleep later, and I woke up before my alarm anyway.

  • Like 5

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post
16 hours ago, DrFeelgood said:

W0D4 - That's more like it--all three green with all calorie debts paid off.  Now I can do D5 straight up in peace.

Nice recovery!  Just in time for the weekend! 

  • Like 1

Race: Amazonian Ogre Princess | Class: Ranger | Profession: SuperHero

Level: 19 Ranger | STR 36 | DEX 29 | STA  35 | CON  43 | WIS 35 | CHA 23|

 

Spoiler

 

Epic Quest Avatar Lifting profile | D&D Character Sheet

Accountibillibuddies: Doodlies setting the world alight

Roadmaps: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

Link to post
7 hours ago, Shello said:

Nice recovery!  Just in time for the weekend! 

Thanks!  Weekend might be a skosh tougher to keep buttoned down, but I think I'll work it out.

__________________________

 

W0D5 - All green again.  Eating was good enough even though it wasn't entirely according to plan.  I was on the road all day since I had to be up in The City for the neurosurgery consultation.  While I was in the city I did some business with Guitar Center and converted two electric guitars I don't play anymore in to a single acoustic-electric plus a couple hundred bucks cash.  But that meant I now had an acoustic guitar in my car on a hot OK day, so I wasn't about to park it anywhere for a proper meal.  Instead I drove thru Raising Cane's, which is a favorite, and I ordered the smallest of the available meals which still clocked in at a whopping 1,256 kcal.  No wonder I'd gotten so big again: my usual order from that place is at least 30% larger.  After that I made a quick trip by Trader Joe's to pick up some stuff for MFG then headed back home.  For dinner the family was having spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm dodging pasta now so I opted for a decent garden salad (no dressing) and a simple bowl of meatballs in tomato sauce with some grated parmesan.  After that I added a string cheese to close out the day well under target--I actually forgot it was a zig day and didn't get anywhere near it, but I was satisfied.

 

Bedtime was good, and last night proved the utility of switching to a clock-based goal instead of a sleep-hours goal.  I powered everything down at 11 sharp and did my rituals before hopping in to bed and dozing off.  Around 2:30 am I was awakened by a noise in the master bath (en suite) and rose to find MFG suffering from some kind of illness that was causing her a lot of pain and distress.  I immediately went in to caregiver mode and started checking her over.  It took some time, but after an OTC painkiller and a lot of comforting (in between prepping a go bag in case we needed to head to the hospital) her symptoms let up and her condition improved.  I kept an eye on her blood pressure, and it eventually started coming back down to normal, so I was content to respect her wishes and not drag her to the ER.   She finally drifted off to sleep again around 4:30, and when I could tell she was breathing okay and resting comfortably I was able to get back to sleep myself.  All that to say, a sleep-hours goal would not have met the standard, and that would've been totally beyond my control.  The bedtime goal works much better, even when curveballs subvert my efforts.

 

My visit with the neurosurgeon was, I suspect, as close as you can get to a nothingburger in the context of neurosurgery.  MRI shows a small disc bulge that is entirely consistent with my symptoms, and doc wants me to try 6-8 weeks of cervical traction at home then come back for another visit.  He seems like he knows his stuff, and I appreciate that he doesn't want to jump right in with a surgery.  I hope he's right and that the traction will help the disc to heal.  Pretty much since the Wolverine pic (Fall 2015) I feel like I've been surfing from one orthopedic degradation (or injury) to the next, and since none of them are fully recovering the pile is starting to get a little high.  I'll manage, and dropping body mass while increasing strength and flexibility will have to help somewhat, even it's only to slow the march of time.

  • Like 7

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post
38 minutes ago, DrFeelgood said:

My visit with the neurosurgeon was, I suspect, as close as you can get to a nothingburger in the context of neurosurgery.  MRI shows a small disc bulge that is entirely consistent with my symptoms, and doc wants me to try 6-8 weeks of cervical traction at home then come back for another visit.  He seems like he knows his stuff, and I appreciate that he doesn't want to jump right in with a surgery.  I hope he's right and that the traction will help the disc to heal.  Pretty much since the Wolverine pic (Fall 2015) I feel like I've been surfing from one orthopedic degradation (or injury) to the next, and since none of them are fully recovering the pile is starting to get a little high.  I'll manage, and dropping body mass while increasing strength and flexibility will have to help somewhat, even it's only to slow the march of time.

 

Nothing even close to this, because all my knee problems didn't get even close to the need for surgery (yet), BUT while all the physio recommended exercises really helped, nothing had such an "immediate" impact on my knee as weight loss did this past year. Especially, when exercise is hard anyway because of pain and it seems like there's not much else you can do about it. I'll admit though that "immediate" is not exactly the right way to put it. 😅 Nothing immediate about losing weight.

  • Like 3

 

 

Link to post

I hope Mrs FG is ok! Fingers crossed the traction does the job and you get to avoid surgery 🤞

I'm more than adequate. Leave Kanye out of this. 

Profile picture credit : NF's resident super artist - NinjaKitten

Link to post
17 hours ago, deftona said:

I hope Mrs FG is ok! Fingers crossed the traction does the job and you get to avoid surgery 🤞

Thanks, she is feeling much better today.  That's a huge relief for me after a long scary night, then apart from work she pretty much slept all day yesterday, too.

 

My super-elite OT sister-in-law is going to help me out with some active recovery stuff (strengthening and stretching) for neck bones in addition to the traction, so I'm really optimistic about my chances for improvement without surgery.

______________________________

 

W0D6 - All green, and we're streaking!

pkZ69L8.gif

Eating was solid.  I had leftover meatballs in tomato sauce for lunch at work.  Later in the afternoon I needed a snack, so I went to the quickie mart and got a pack of trail mix.  Dinner was tacos (I had four) with the leftover ground beef from Wednesday, then for a small, slightly indulgent dessert I ate three of the cocoa truffles I bought at Trader Joe's as my reward for helping out MFG with her distant shopping list.  :D

 

Move was accomplished in two phases.  Phase 1 was a 15 minute walk during the latter half of my lunch break at work: partly to get some exercise, partly to get some sun (and a bit of Vitamin D), and partly to get the blood flowing again so I wouldn't fall asleep at my desk.  Phase 2 was an hour or so in the garage-shop working on my guitar project's neck.  It was a lot of hand tool work, so I got plenty sweaty.  Easy pass.

 

I've blocked out the Sleep goal for Fridays since I can usually sleep late on Saturday, but I went ahead and cashed it early last night since I had to be up this morning for golf day with my brother.

 

Fun stuff, friends!  It feels good to be making strides toward self care again.

  • Like 6

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post

W0D7 - All green, a very good day.

 

Eating was good, despite needing to do it on the fly.   When I can plan my meals ahead sticking to targets is dead simple, but when I'm out and about and going with the flow it's a little tougher.  Since this was the first of hopefully many golf-get-togethers with my Texas  brother I started the day with a Sausage McMuffin with Egg™ and a DDP from McD's on the way out of town for a 2-hour roadtrip.  We played 18 holes in a little less than four hours, during which I had a trail mix snack and a bunch of waters.  After golf we found a Mexican food place in the nearest town where I ordered the enchiladas platter with rice and stuck to only water, but while waiting for the plate I also annihilated half a basket of chips with various tasty salsas.  Hard to count with any real precision, but I pegged the whole lunch at around 1200 kcal.  Certainly I didn't want much else to eat for the rest of the day.  For dinner at home I made a nice garden salad (no dressing), and that let me eat a couple of the cocoa truffles again to hit 1941.

 

No move goal, but golf was a ton of bonus exercise.  I only wish I'd played better. :)  After driving home I spent an hour or so in the shop working on my guitar neck, which has now been mostly profiled to final shape.  Getting close to gluing the fingerboard on, which is a significant milestone in the build.

 

Sleep was on time since I had to be up early for church-band duties.

_______________________________

 

Week Zero Check-in - 14 out of 16 for goals this week, and I lost 1-1/2 pounds to weigh-in at 243.5 lbs which is the lightest I've been in almost 2 years.  I will absolutely take that as a rolling start in to the proper challenge.

  • Eat:  I'm getting the hang of counting again, and I'm rediscovering the virtue of planning ahead.  A couple days worth of calorie debts weren't too difficult to pay back, but I really don't want to make a habit of that.  I need to have more good options in my fridge at home for when the kids are having pizza and such--MFG and I had a conversation about that earlier this evening, and she's going to add some things to the weekly grocery supply for my benefit.  I haven't really been taking full advantage of the zig-zag yet, but better fore-planning will help with that.
  • Move:  Staying active far more than just the 3x30 in my weekly plan.  Shop time isn't full exertion, but it isn't sitting on my butt either.  Add in a couple of brisk walks and a solid day of golf and I'm well ahead of where I hoped to be at this point.  As my weight continues down I'll be able to do more deliberate exercise-y things.  Who knows, if I drop enough early on I may even be willing to get back in a gym before this challenge ends.  Not likely though.
  • Sleep:  A couple of tantrums that kept me from a perfect week, but those gave enough negative feedback that I'm strongly (currently) disinclined to repeat them.  The bedtime goal is definitely working better than my initial sleep-hours goal as far as metrics are concerned.
  • GGBO2021:  I accomplished quite a bit this week and didn't make any mistakes--that in itself is a mega win!  I also got plenty of good video of the build process for my eventual contest entry and posted a couple of good updates on my Instagram.

All good things happening here.  Maybe I'll dust off the old mirror and resume my progress-photo series to help my brain stay on the rails.

  • Like 7

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post
20 hours ago, ninjakitten said:

That's basically a perfect week 0! I'd absolutely do progress photos. If you continue at this pace even in these relatively short challenges the progress will be amazing!

Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it.  Hopefully easing back in to things will help me get up to speed again without getting trounced back out by some kind of goofy injury or illness this time.

_______________________

 

W1D1 - All green to start this week.

 

Eating was good enough.  I got up early for church band duties and didn't have anything for breakfast.  That proved to be a mistake since I was ravenous by the time I got home for lunch and there wasn't really anything for me to eat--it was all leftover pizza, pasta, sandwiches,...that kind of thing.  That led to a conversation with MFG about maybe keeping some easy wheat-less foodstuffs on hand for me.  I need her help to both shop for those items and keep the kids from eating my stuff.  :)  Instead I grabbed a bag of corn chips and grated a bunch of cheese to make the world's saddest nachos in the microwave.  Adequate, but not worth the calories.  While watching a movie with the kids in the afternoon I had a trail mix snack and a few too many of the remaining truffles.  That led me to a nap until around 5, then I got up off the couch to make MFG's Mother's Day dinner.  I chopped up enough onions, peppers, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and Russet potatoes to cover two large sheet pans, then tossed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper before dividing them into even layers.  On top of those I set a dozen skin-on chicken thighs which were seasoned with just salt and pepper.  I roasted the whole kaboodle for an hour, rotating as needed; then I removed the chicken to a skillet to crisp the skins while I hit the veggies with a blast from the broiler to caramelize them.  Everything was ready at the same time, so we had a nice family dinner before presenting MFG with her gift and card.  The nutrition power-bomb at dinner hopefully compensated for that tragedy of a lunch.

 

No move; I took it easy and governed the younglings so MFG could do as she pleased.  No guitar work either, my brain needed a break.

 

Sleep was on time--I spent the rest of the evening after dinner deep-cleaning the kitchen, then I did some home-office computing before playing a couple of games prior to lights out.  And I was slowly waking up naturally this morning a few minutes before my alarm went off, so it looks like I'm getting my clock times dialed in well.

  • Like 7

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines