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I'm jumping back on the bandwagon after a third child and the pandemic (dads gain weight with kids too!). I'm trying to write some kind of character to represent myself into this quest so thing stay fresh. It's my first time trying any roleplaying story/ fan fiction so I'm looking forward to it!

 

1. Nutrition-Eat clean as much as possible. I'll do my best to keep a log here.

2. Fitness-10k steps and at least one challenge from NF

3. Mindset-Remind myself each day that perfect is the enemy of good by working up to a full 1-2 pull ups from a dead hang by the end of this challenge by using the pull up workout on NF.  These have always been a challenge for me. I've been able to do around 4-5 in the past and I'd like to work up to that in the future.

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Hey PolishTiger, welcome to the rebellion. The role-playing part of the challenges is optional, if it's going to help  I encourage it, if it's in the way I'd suggest not worrying about it. You have three very good goals to start with. I would encourage you to flesh out the third one a bit more. Is there something specific you can do each day to remind you that perfect is the enemy of good? Something concrete and trackable you can turn into a habit (even if it's just the length of the challenge) can be very helpful in shifting your mindset.

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

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Hey PolishTiger, welcome to the rebellion. The role-playing part of the challenges is optional, if it's going to help  I encourage it, if it's in the way I'd suggest not worrying about it. You have three very good goals to start with. I would encourage you to flesh out the third one a bit more. Is there something specific you can do each day to remind you that perfect is the enemy of good? Something concrete and trackable you can turn into a habit (even if it's just the length of the challenge) can be very helpful in shifting your mindset.

Thanks for the encouragement! I shifted some things around to make it a bit more concrete.

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Weight: 220.6

Ate well yesterday. My dad brought me a large pumpkin spice latte at work ( yikes). I poured out about 3/4 of it and mixed the rest with black coffee. Boy that stuff is sweet! I thought that was a good way of enjoying a treat without sacrificing my goals. I need to keep in mind the lull period before supper. I'm normally ready to eat a snack by the time I get home and I want to make sure there is something I can grab that will be healthy. I did 3 sets/8 reps of assisted pullups with 30 seconds in between and that felt good. 2nd day streak of 10k steps. I'd like to work up to actually doing workouts on days that I can't get a run in. The biggest challenge is juggling responsibilities as a dad while I'm at home. I've been considering getting a membership somewhere because that puts me in a different environment, however, my work schedule can be so mixed that it makes it a challenge to get a free moment away until after 8PM or later depending on if we get the kids to bed on time. A day at work, being dad, and taking care of house projects doesn't always make room for an hour workout. I know a lot of it is mentality and not sitting down on the couch after my wife and I get the kids to bed. A more long term goal would be to add 30min-1hr workouts, though I'm not going for that quite yet. I'd like to keep the daily rhythm of what I have going right now and progress towards that. I love to run and I can take one of the kids with me if I need to. THAT certainly helps. There is a local 5k happening in late Nov that I have my eye on too. It would be great to run the whole thing . We'll see where I'm at at the end of the 5 week challenge before making that call.

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59 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I have a two year old, I hear you over. How daddi g can get in the way of a workout. Are there any somethings you can do in 15 minutes if an hour workout isn't an option? 

In the past I've been use to long workouts so anything less than 30min didn't seem worth it. "College me" vs "dad me" are two very different people and it has taken getting over some pride to realize that. Progress is the goal at this point. Perfect is the enemy of good!

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1 hour ago, PolishTiger67 said:

In the past I've been use to long workouts so anything less than 30min didn't seem worth it. "College me" vs "dad me" are two very different people and it has taken getting over some pride to realize that. Progress is the goal at this point. Perfect is the enemy of good!

At this stage consistency is way more important than anything else. 1 pushup you actually do is eleventy billion times better than a one hour workout you don't do.

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

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I've been doing fairly well that past few days. We had Chinese buffet tonight and I was happy with what I ate. One small serving of fried rice and the rest of the food was meat. Nothing fried. A small brownie with a little ice cream (no really, it was small). Water, not diet (the diet dr p was calling!). The hard thing about food is snacking on carbs. Nothing crazy like donuts or anything, just popcorn popped with olive oil. It normally is at night after the kids are in bed. I'm trying to find the best snack and the best TIME to eat it. I could stay up late to play xbox and get hungry but it would be better if I just hit the hay earlier. You can't eat if you're sleeping. I've done 10k steps for five consecutive days which is a win. I've had a hard time with the pull ups but I'm going to start 15 min workouts next week. I can run 2-3 days a week which is great. I just need to get something in on the days off (thanks for the suggestion Tank!). 

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13k steps today. I've met that goal every day this week! We had pizza tonight for supper but  I kept it in check. Two pieces with mostly salad.  Purposely saved some room to have protein shake to fill me up. It wasn't the best food in the world but I tried to make the most of it. I'm making the best choices despite the circumstances which I'm happy with. 

I started doing a deck of cards workout during a movie. Spent 15 minutes going through the deck. Push ups, rows w 20lbs, squats, and leg lifts. Took me about half way through the deck. Would probably take about 30 min to make it through the whole deck. I'm going to try this out for now on my off running days.

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11k steps. I did the first Sunday night run in over 2 years which felt great. It was the first time in a while that I felt good about what I was doing. I had a good pace and wasn't keeling over after the last 8 minute interval,  just uncomfortable enough to make a slow burn.

Overall this week was a success. I was consistently more active than I have been in a long time and I truly kept an eye on what I was eating. I want next week to be just as good. I'll need to be careful about Friday night because of the way my weekend is happening. If I set some guard rails up to keep me in check I should be good.

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Reached 10k steps or more each day. Ran for 20 min straight yesterday. Did a fifteen min deck of cards workout Monday. Tonight i finished the whole deck and it felt great. Took 25ish minutes for the whole deal. I like not knowing what I'm doing until the next card. It could be 10 more of the push ups I just did (which is hard) or the squats. Still doing push ups, 20lb row, squats, and leg raises. I'm going to try and change things up each week. I'm trying to remind myself to go slow and steady, really focusing on form (unless they are push ups, then I've just gotta knock those puppies out!). Eating has been good, not perfect, but I'm happy so far. Had a very small scoop of superman ice cream with the kids. That is when a treat is worth it. Still thinking about Friday...my wife is leaving taco soup for me which actually is pretty clean. I just tend to go back for 3 bowls! I'm going to write down how much I can have tomorrow and the cut it there. I'll check my weight in the morn and update here too.

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Weight: 219.8

12k steps. Did great at supper. I've been choosing a salad every time we go out. Had a good run this afternoon. Tomorrow I'm limiting myself to two bowls of taco soup, no more than that. I'm also going to portion out the tortilla chips (those are the kickers). I wasn't surprised with the one pound weight loss. I'm use to losing weight quick when I did the hardcore programs but immediately bounced back. One pound is a win! Consistency leads to progress and progress leads to goals, not matter how small the progress. All I can control is CONSISTENCY.

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I didn't keep quite a much momentum this weekend. I ate what I said for Friday but I made a few blunders along the way. I keep telling myself I need to start planning out my meals. It's not impossible but it takes some work. I've still hit 10k each day which is a win. I didn't workout this weekend, tackled some big house projects. I'm ready to be back on track this week.

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10k steps before lunch! Had a 25 minute run this morning and it was a straight up win. I need to find a more substantial morning snack. I also need to keep an eye on the carbs. I'm not eating donuts or the like. I just need to make sure I get an ample amount of other foods in, especially veggies and protein. I want to make sure to do well the rest of today and tomorrow because we're celebrating a big day Saturday.

 

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Whew boy! I tanked on my eating big time. We had a big family celebration this weekend and I didn't hold back. I'm so ready to not eat junk food today (Monday). The food was good but I had to eat a lot of it to really make me feel full. Just goes to show how much nutritional value is in that stuff. It's a new week this week and a get together like that rarely happens. I'm considering making a defined cheat meal per challenge period. Nothing quite like this weekend though...that was too much to do even on a 5 week basis. I did get my 10k both days which is a win. I need to keep up my off day workouts in check this week. I need to get use to doing 15 min. I thought I'd jump in and start 30 min but I ended up not doing it because I wasn't looking forward to it. 15 is more than doable and I want to build from there. Small steps!

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Weight: 219.2

This week has been pretty packed but I didn't let that get to me. I only ran once and did not do any other workouts. What I lacked in workouts I made up in labor. We've been doing work on the house and I've spent a good amount of time digging. This has put me way over on my 10k steps with almost 20k today. I'll take it in place of the lost exercise. Eating was decent this week (I even turned down popcorn at the movies).  I had a good amount of pizza today which was the only major cheat this week. I'm good with that! My weight hasn't moved much which I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I've kept up my steps and I'm making a conscious effort to pull back on my eating. Weight isn't really a goal during this challenge. Maybe next time.   

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