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TimovieMan - Work. Eat. Train. Sleep. Repeat.

 

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After successfully respawning, now we can focus on maintaining what works well, and improving what still needs work. For that, I'm gonna focus on 4 aspects:

 

 

1. WORK

 

Working from home has seriously dented my productivity. I'm easily distracted, less focused, not able to multitask as well (partly because my setup at home isn't as good as the one at the office), and I've been unable to get into a good work flow all year. This means that the two main workpiles I have (one with deadlines, one without), have become a workpile and a backlog instead. This needs to change! And the best way to do that is by challenging myself (and having you guys for accountability)...

If I can commit myself to do at least a certain number of tasks from the backlog, I'll get through it eventually - this challenge will get me more focused.

And because a good work flow for me involves listening to music, I'll force that flow and add a second challenge relating to my "all-time top 2000 songs" list I'm compiling, so that can become a second big task I'm slowly chipping away at!

 

"Cure procrastination! Just don't do it!!!"

 

This one will be progressive:

 

Week 0: do at least 8 things from the backlog each workday

Week 1: do at least 9 things from the backlog each workday

Week 2-4: do at least 10 things from the backlog each workday

 

Week 0-4: go through at least 1% from my music list each workweek

 

 

2. EAT

 

My diet is going well, so this one just needs to be maintained. And the best way to make sure, is by including it as something to follow up on here.

 

Week 0-4: at least 6 days of intermittent fasting, at least one 24-hour fast, average around 1000 calorie deficit per day

 

 

3. TRAIN

 

I was thinking of making this one progressive too, but really, just doing it will have improvements coming anyway. So I just need to do it!

Workouts can be either my burpee routine or my bodyweight routine.

My burpee routine is 5 sets of 2 minutes of burpees and 1 minute rest, and finishing with a plank hold.

My bodyweight routine is a circuit of chin-ups, pistol squats, dips, dip bar leg raises, one-leg Romanian deadlifts, scapular pull-ups and wall slides. Or easier variations while I build back up to these.

My mini-workout is a burpee AMRAP and a plank hold.

 

Week 0-4: at least two workouts per week, average at least 8000 steps per day, at least two mini-workouts on off-days

 

 

4. SLEEP

 

Rest is important, and it's always the first thing I neglect. I know how important this is, so I need this to be in the challenge. And I need it to be building up progressively throughout these weeks. For monitoring, I'll be using the amount of actual sleep indicated by my Fitbit.

 

Week 0: average at least 6 hours and 10 minutes of sleep per day

Week 1: average at least 6 hours and 15 minutes of sleep per day

Week 2: average at least 6 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per day

Week 3: average at least 6 hours and 25 minutes of sleep per day

Week 4: average at least 6 hours and 30 minutes of sleep per day

 

 

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The best way to begin is with a song.

Whether you're respawning, or continuing your journey, or falling down, the past is done, there is only now, and the best thing now is just being true to yourself. Remain optimistic. You do you!

Nobody captured this better than Chris Cornell in this song. Sadly, one of the greatest voices in rock history didn't always follow his own advice...

Here's Audioslave with "Be Yourself":

 

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1 hour ago, Mr_Willes said:

Just a simple old dude, having fun on stage!

Love the Norman Cook plug! 👍

 

Was a fan of The Housemartins way back when, and I loved his first two Fatboy Slim albums!

Dropped off my radar a bit after that. Glad to see he's back. 🙂

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Consistency is the key to many successes, some considered to be...

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Good plan!  Keep doing what works! 

 

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Good luck winning some consistency and flow in the work from home routine. It's hard. But you can do it.

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6 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

Week 0-4: at least 6 days of intermittent fasting, at least one 24-hour fast, average around 1000 calorie deficit per day

 

That is a seriously aggressive deficit.  No issues with hunger then?  I'm guessing the Intermittent Fasting helps.

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7 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

"all-time top 2000 songs"

 

I was wondering who I stole this idea off!! 

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3 hours ago, Rurik Harrgath said:

 

That is a seriously aggressive deficit.  No issues with hunger then?  I'm guessing the Intermittent Fasting helps.

Fasting for 16+ hours each day and occasionally 21+ hours makes sure that you're NEVER hungry. 🙂

Been at a higher deficit these past two weeks, as part of my respawn. Eating up to 2000 calories, spending over 3000.

The 1000 deficit now means that on active days (where I spend 4000 calories, for instance), I can go over 2000 without issues.

When eating, it's partly a carnivore diet. Not pure, of course, but very high in protein. Basically I steal all the ideas from different diets that seem like things I can keep doing indefinitely... 😅

 

2 hours ago, deftona said:

 

I was wondering who I stole this idea off!! 

I was the one with the top 300 last time. Made a top 100 in 2004, in 2005 and in 2006. In 2016 I made a top 300. And now I'm working my way through something that'll hopefully be a top 2000. 😋

Seems like a good thing to do if you have OCD. 🤣

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15 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

"Cure procrastination! Just don't do it!!!"

This "procrastinate on procrastinating" concept sounds intriguing and I'll be stealing it.

 

Looking forward to see how the backlog evolves. You've got this!

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17 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

The best way to begin is with a song.

Here for the music inspo

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8 hours ago, ninjakitten said:

I cannot believe there is something like a 'burpee routine'. Unless it is routinely avoiding them. BUT I absolutely want to see how you do with this challenge. 💚 More sleep is always great.

Well, I hate cardio, but I like burpees because they don't feel like cardio, and I'm knackered after a couple of minutes anyway, so they're a good alternative for me... 🤪

 

And more sleep is definitely going to help. 🙂

 

 

7 hours ago, Rebel Pilot Gar said:

 

2000 is a lot of songs to go through. Definitely interested to hear what makes the cut.

It's a long-term project. 😀

There's actually a list of 13.000  songs to go through. I collected that from top 100s/1000s/2000s I found online (from Belgian, Dutch, British or American radio stations) and from personal favourites and my older selection lists. Then I just sorted them alphabetically and removed all duplicates (some still remain, but I get rid of them as I go). Of course, I'm constantly adding new material whenever I hear something I like...

Then I go over them in order, and assign each song a number (1-6). 1 means top-20 material, 2 means top-50, 3 means top-200, 4 top-1000, 5 top-2000 and 6 "won't make the cut but not giving up on it for a future list". Unranked songs won't make the cut.

Almost done with 'D' now. Currently at Duran Duran. 🙂

And my Excel sheet says I'm at 23.64% completion.

 

But going over the list like this is just phase 1. Then I'll still need to sort them, and go over the selection again to see how they compare against each other, by assigning them another 1-5 score, and again and again until I have a top 2000. 🤣

I'm a glutton for self-punishment. But at least I know the music's great... 😅

 

My top-300 took me 4 full months back in 2016, but that was from a list of 1500 favourites.

This will probably take a couple of years. But I'll have a great track list to listen to in the car. 😎

 

It's a long-term project.

 

5 hours ago, Jean said:

This "procrastinate on procrastinating" concept sounds intriguing and I'll be stealing it.

 

Looking forward to see how the backlog evolves. You've got this!

Thanks!

 

Not off to a good start. Spent too much time setting up the new challenge and reading the forums and all, so sleep hasn't been great. And I've had a MASSIVE task at work that took almost all day yesterday, and I'm still not finished, so I'll have to catch up from the start.

Good thing it's still week 0. 😇

 

3 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Here for the music inspo

Welcome aboard!

There's going to be a very wide variety of songs and genres, but hopefully you like rock and metal as those'll come up the most...

 

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*follows back*

Bill Murray never fails!

 

 

 

Also, happy Star Wars day everybody! 👍

May the 4th be with you!

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Monday, May 3rd

 

Work:

- only completed 2 tasks, because a third was so massive it took the rest of the day and then still wasn't completed. Way to start the challenge with yet another backlog... 😆

- went from 23.64% to 23.97% on the list, though

 

Eat:

- 21 hours of fasting

- +/- 2000 calories intake - 3009 calories spent

 

Train:

- long walk during my lunch break to go and get bread at a bakery 1.5 miles from my house (because the one nearby is closed on Mondays)

- 84 elbow clicks in 1 minute (DailyDare)

 

Sleep:

- 4h 48m 😱 (can I chalk it up to "preparing the new challenge" and the whole challenge-switching time??? 😇)

 

 

I've just started and I'm already catching up.

But at least it's Star Wars day, so the 4th is with me.

 

I had planned on playing a song by Mongolion folk rock band The HU anyway, but since it's Star Wars day, I'm picking their entry from the Jedi: Fallen Order game, Sugaan Essena. I played a little of that game, and right at the start I heard music that made me go "Is that The HU???". Turns out: yes, yes it was! And they get a "I know that band!" reference in the game when their music plays again, so they exist within the Star Wars universe! Naturally, that means I now dub them The Mongolorians. 🤣 

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Burpee routine has me tired just from thinking about it!

 

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13 hours ago, TimovieMan said:

Well, I hate cardio, but I like burpees because they don't feel like cardio, and I'm knackered after a couple of minutes anyway, so they're a good alternative for me... 🤪

 

 

Burpees don't feel like cardio because they feel like torture! 😂 A rude neighbour living downstairs is the only thing that could get me to do a burpee routine. Especially with less than 5h of sleep. That's more like a long nap.

 

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21 hours ago, Rookie said:

I like your challenge...except the burpees lol

17 hours ago, cn3wton said:

Burpee routine has me tired just from thinking about it!

13 hours ago, ninjakitten said:

Burpees don't feel like cardio because they feel like torture! 😂

 

I realize burpees are an acquired taste. 😅

I think of the routine as a 15-minute HIIT workout of cardio and strength training all in one.

30 minutes of running, now THAT sounds like torture to me. 😉

 

 

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Keep sharing musics! 

No worries! I have a list with more than 12000 songs to select from... 😇

 

 

13 hours ago, ninjakitten said:

Especially with less than 5h of sleep. That's more like a long nap.

My son has a tendency to get into our bed in the middle of the night. At which point we lack the energy to argue much about that (don't want to make a fuss at 2 am). That doesn't help matters.

But that also means I'm used to a lack of sleep, so meh....

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Tuesday, May 4th

 

Work:

- only completed 6 tasks, because the first half of the day was spent finishing that massive task that started on Monday. Good thing that's gone now, so I can finally begin making some progress...

- went from 23.97% to 24.23% on the list

 

Eat:

- 18 hours of fasting

- +/- 2600 calories intake - 3654 calories spent (I overestimated the amount of calories I'd expend during my walk - fortunately it was just enough for a *theoretical* 1000 calorie deficit

 

Train:

- long walk in the evening

- Steps: 16511 (almost double of the amount on Monday)

- 60 seconds of raised leg circles (DailyDare)

- Burpee workout: 12-8-6-6-5 burpees (37 total), 1'10" plank hold - that's 5 burpees and 6 seconds of planking more than last week

 

Sleep:

- 5h 50m - almost there but not quite. And definitely not on target after yesterday's poor night...

 

 

 

The following is probably the biggest omission in my current top-300. It really should have been there.

I wasn't really a fan when this was new, but I grew to like it more and more over the years, and its excellent use in the movie Fight Club gave it a massive bump (because I'm influenceable that way). It's The Pixies with "Where Is My Mind?"

 

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How are you calculating the calories in the eating section?

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Not only Bill Murray but also the Pixies. 💖

 

You're doing well with the exercise. Good job. Keep it up. 

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