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Thursday - week 2 day 4

Yesterday was a good day. Got up at a reasonable time and went for my run. It was supposed to be 6 miles but I hadn't planned a route, so I just did my normal 5 instead. It all felt fine, so though it was fairly slow I'm still happy.

 

After I got back I procratinated for far too long, but I think I scraped getting to work on time? That's what I've written down anyway!

 

Work was ok - still busy and now tackling some big jobs that have been languishing for too long because they're each so time-consuming.

 

As soon as work was finished I started setting things up so that I could play Baulder's Gate over LAN rather than the internet, which I hope will increase stability when I play with WW. Then some of course I had to play a bit before she got home from work, which ended up with me playing a fair bit for the rest of the evening too. I'm playing on the hardest difficulty and man my party are screwed already! Might need to back away from some challenges if I want to get anywhere I think.

 

At lunch time I decided to have a cookie, as I've had a couple of days under calories and could afford to go a couple of hundred over. Then WW brought me home my favourite chocolate chunk shortbread, so I had to have some of that. Then I cooked ribs for dinner, with a sweet, slughtly spicy sauce, and my total guess at calories for that meal was well over 1,000. Basically, I was 803 calories over budget for the day, which isn't ideal. I've still got 1,360 left in the buffer, but I know I've got a heavy weekend ahead so not sure if that'll be enough.

 

6/6 goals hit for the day again.

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4 hours ago, Artemis Prime said:

I like how you calculate your weekly calories to give yourself a buffer. It's a smart system.

 

Thank you! It seems to work at least some of the time :) 

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Weekend 2

It's been a good weekend. On Friday we messed around with hand balancing at the gym, and now I really want to get down a side crow pose because it seems cool and relatively achievable. In the evening WW and I played some more Baldur's Gate together.

 

Because I stayed in this meant I had gone more than a week without drinking alcohol, probably for the first time in my adult life. Only from one Friday to the following Saturday, and it's not something I was particularly aiming for but rather a biproduct of trying to cut calories and not spend any money, but it's still nice.

 

Saturday morning I got up, went out for my run, and then met Hopalong for a cuppa at the bouldering gym. I didn't actually climb, because I had to be away early, but he isn't climbing at the moment either so it worked out well. Then I was off into town to have a meal and watch the England v Wales rugby match, which was bloody brilliant. It was a long day - I spent about 6-7 hours on the combined train journeys quite apart from the meal and the match - but I had a lot of fun. I also drank a bunch of beer and consumed almost over 5,000 calories in total (at my best guess), but that's why I was being so careful earlier in the week. I got home at about half 11, having somewhat sobered up from the 4+ hour journey home, and went to bed about midnight.

 

On Sunday I had a bit if a lie in. D&D was cancelled, which was a bit of a blessing as it gave me time to do my run without getting up super early. The plan was 16 miles (25.6km), but at 12 I was seriously flagging and I pretty much walked from 14 onwards. Still, I'm impressed I did as much as I did giving the preceding day. 

 

In the after we went to Tesco, played a little Baulder's Gate, I cook roast pork, and we chilled in front of the TV until bedtime.

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Week 2 stats

The chronologist - 3/5

I'm struggling with this one at the moment - I'm far too good at procrastinating and far too easily distracted in the mornings. At this stage I pretty much have to hit this goal perfectly for the rest of the challenge to earn those dice, and I want those dice dammit! I've got a strategy now of getting my work bag ready before I shower, which seems to help a little, but this is still a real struggle. When I am hitting this goal I'm practically running to the office some days, but at least if I hit it I then have 10 minutes to log in and make a cuppa before my actual start time.

 

The decisionist - 7/7

Still tracking calories, so all good there. Last week I ate 20,329kcal (2,904/day), which is a bit over my target of 18,928 (2,704/day), but I did still lose 1lb. I'm still not quite where I wanted to be weight-wise, as you'll see below, but I've now reached the point where I'm supposed to be maintaining weight so that I don't lose performance during race season. I think I'm going to split the difference, so that I'll increase my calorie target by accept a very gentle cut for a few more weeks. On that note, next week's target will be 20,104, which is 2,872/day, and I'll be splitting it as 2,513/day plus a 2,513 buffer.

 

 

Date Target Actual Change Actual kg
26/06/2023 180 180   81.64
03/07/2023 178.65 180 0 81.64
10/07/2023 177.31 180 0 81.64
17/07/2023 175.98 182 2 82.55
24/07/2023 174.66 178 -4 80.73
31/07/2023 173.35 175 -3 79.37
07/08/2023 172.05 175 0 79.37
14/08/2023 170.75 174 -1 78.92

 

The muscle - 6/7

I thought I'd got 7/7 on this, until I looked back at my calories and realised I'd missed a shake on Sunday. Regardless, I feel strong right now, despite cutting calories, so I can only assume that the protein and recovery shakes and the creatine are working for me.

 

De vertaler - 7/7

All Dutch lessons done. Sometimes I'm only doing a tiny bit and rushing it before bed, which isn't ideal, but consistency trumps quality.

 

Le traducteur - 7/7

Same story with French here. I do really feel like my French is coming on - I sort of wish that I could commit a bit more time to it just to wizz through some of the easier lessons and get on to some more challenging stuff. Mind you, I'm still trying to process the continuous tense in both Dutch and French, so there's that at least.

 

The face - 7/7

This hasn't been easy with late nights last week, but it's enough between the habit and the accountability that I am getting my teeth brushed.

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Monday - Week 3, day 1

Monday was a good day. Crossfit was 60-second intervals of a 200m calorie ski followed by max reps handstand pressups. I got 3-4 handstand pressups each time, which I was really pretty happy with. I definitely could have got more too, just took too much time on the ski erg. Then we had some nice volume bench press paired with some l-sit practice.

 

In the evening WW made a lovely baked feta dish (well, it was 'white cheese' rather than feta), and we cleaned the house as we have one of WW's colleagues staying over this week.

 

6/6 goals for the day done. I totally forgot about physio, and ended up doing it after bedtime to get it ticked off. Similarly I did both languages very late in the evening.

 

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20 hours ago, sylph said:

Sometimes things are easy, sometimes they are difficult. Doing it in the tougher times makes doing it in the easier times even easier :)

 

This is very true. Thank you :)

 

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On 8/23/2023 at 10:01 AM, DarK_RaideR said:

Hello friend. It's been a while. How have you been?

 

Hey man, thanks for checking in, I've been good. Extremely bad at checking in on here, but otherwise good. Hopefully I should get a chance today or tomorrow to catch everyone up on the last 2 weeks.

 

How are you doing?

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Right, I've been AWOL for a while, so let's try and get caught up shall we?

 

Week 3

The chronologist - 4/5

The decisionist - 7/7

The muscle - 7/7

De vertaler - 6/7

Le traducteur - 7/7

The face - 6/7

 

Week 4

The chronologist - 2/5

The decisionist - 6/7

The muscle - 7/7

De vertaler - 5/7

Le traducteur - 6/7

The face - 5/7

 

So the timekeeping goal has gone out the window a bit, and I won't be able to get those lovely dice this month :( . Looks like they'll be going back on the list for next month.

 

Otherwise goals are going ok. I'm definitely a bit less strict with them without the accountability of updating here, and you can see the numbers are slipping slightly, but they're not as bad as they could be. All that's left is to finish strong in week 5.

 

The no spend challenge is going pretty well too - after 4 weeks I've had 22 days with no personal spending (excluding groceries, bills etc.). I did have a big spend though; TomTom are discontinuing the software for my running watch, so I decided to get a new one. I was looking at the Polar Grit X Pro, which would be £455 from Polar's website or about £370 on Amazon, and it just so happened to come up nearly new for £300 on ebay. So, obviously, I jumped on that, and I'm loving so far! Only 98 pages into the 152 page user manual, but I'll work out how it works eventually :lol: . It's really pretty too...

 

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Other than that it's been a fairly chilled couple of weeks I think. Had a couple of physio sessions before deciding that I'm fine and probably don't need them as long as I take care of myself (and to be honest I didn't really get on well with the guy; it didn't really feel like he was interested in me beyond getting paid for my session). Should probably stick with the exercises for a bit though; that might have to become a challenge goal. 

 

We had a couple of nights of people staying with us, one of WW's colleagues one week and WW's mother and brother the following week. It was nice having people here, but that's another reason why I've not made time to catch up on here.

 

And the final exciting thing, I worked my last 5-day week at work! This week will be 3 days because today's a bank holiday and I've got Friday off to drive up for Saturday's mountain run in Wales, and then I'll officially be part time on 4 days per week :D . At some point this week I'll have to write my next forum challenge, a big part of which will be using my extra day off productively.

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Hey @Jarric, no pressure but enquiring minds are eager for that race report! :D 

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On 9/4/2023 at 7:56 AM, Rhovaniel said:

Hey @Jarric, no pressure but enquiring minds are eager for that race report! :D 

 

Entirely fair, I must get on that! Expect it in my next challenge (when I get round to writing it!), and feel free to bug me if I don't get it written up soon.

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Week 5

The chronologist - 1/3

The decisionist - 3/7

The muscle - 5/7

De vertaler - 6/7

Le traducteur - 6/7

The face - 4.5/7

 

My goals dropped off slightly last week. Some of that's to be expected, with the run on Saturday and the whole weekend of travelling for it. Other stuff there's no excuse for, particularly not getting to work at my goal time, which shouldn't really have been affected by the other stuff.

 

It was a busy week at work, what with Minday being a bank holiday and having Friday off to travel to Wales for the race. In the latter half of the week I just sort of gave up keeping track of calories, and made an effort to feel fuelled for the run, and that inconsistency in nutrition also extended to protein and recovery shakes so it hit two goals.

 

On Friday we took the 8 hour drive up to North Wales to check in for the race, check into our appartment, and have a last pre-race meal. I'll do a proper race report later, but I had tons of fun at the race on Saturday, which took almost the entire day. Sunday was mostly turned over to the drive back (8.5 hours including breakfast), but I did get a roast dinner from WW and some time to collapse on the sofa in the evening.

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Challenge wrap-up

 

The chronologist [+2 SAN]

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Get to work (either physically in the office, or sat at my desk at home) by 08:35 on work days.

 

This is goal went very poorly last challenge in one way, and really quite well in another. I'd been late for work a couple of times, and really wanted to nip that in the bud before it becomes something that I become known for. I start work at 08:45, so the goal of being ready 10 minutes early allows me to get sorted, log in, and actually be working by that time.

 

What actually happened is I barely ever hit my goal time of 08:35, but I always got in by 08:45, so it sort of worked? I want to do better this month, and so I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to set a reward for a goal. If I achieve at least 80% success on this challenge goal, I get to buy these:

 

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Aren't they pretty? My elven cleric of Aphrodite, Psyche, has a lot of rose-themed weapons thanks to a visit to a temple to Aphrodite, and these would be perfect for her.

 

Score: 18/28 = 64.3% = +1 SAN

 

Not a great result really, and definitely something I need to work on some more. As I didn't earn the dice I'll be rolling that reward over to next challenge too, providing that my cleric survives that long!

 

Next month I'll only be working 4 days per week, so this goal will be both more important and more difficult to get a high percentage on.

 

The decisionist [+2 CON]

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I started cutting last challenge, looking to lose 0.75% of my total body weight each week. The plan is simple; I'll track calories every day, weigh myself weekly, and adjust my weekly calorie target based on the week's results. I've also refined an old method I used to have - each week I'll divide my weekly calorie target by 8, giving me 7 daily targets and then a buffer that I can spend throughout the week. Each day I'll write down how much I used from my buffer, and try to keep enough buffer left to finish on track for the week.

 

I've put together a spreadsheet with my goal weights, and here's where we'll be up the the end of the challenge:

 

Date Target Actual Change Actual kg

26/06/2023 180 180 81.65

03/07/2023 178.65 180 0 81.65

10/07/2023 177.310125 180 0 81.65

17/07/2023 175.9802991 182 2 82.55

24/07/2023 174.6604468 178 -4 80.74

31/07/2023 173.3504935      

07/08/2023 172.0503648      

14/08/2023 170.759987      

21/08/2023 170.759987      

28/08/2023 170.759987      

 

As you can see, I'm planning to stop cutting just before Man vs Mountain, to make sure it doesn't interfere with the race too much. Having said that, I'm also behind on the weight target, so we'll see how that goes.

 

Scoring for this goal will just be based on whether or not I tracked every day, regardless of whether I manage to hit my calories perfectly or not.

 

Score: 37/42 = 88.1% = +2 CON

 

I dropped this in week 5 when I was gearing up for the mountain, more because of the mental load of preparing for it than anything external. 

 

I finished the challenge at 173lbs (12 stone 5, or about 78.5kg). That's still a bit behind the curve of the plan, but I've lost 5lbs in 6 weeks so that's fine. Going to keep gently cutting for the rest of the year, as it stands, though I want to still make sure I'm sufficiently fuelled for the rest of race season.

 

The muscle [+1 CON]

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2 shakes per day, every day.

 

Over the last 2 challenges I've been experimenting with a recovery shake after my workouts, and last challenge I also added in creatine to my routine. Both seem to be working a bit, though it's really hard to tell. I'm going to stick with them, and try to be mindful of how/if they're helping.

 

Score: 37/42 = 88.1% = +1 CON

 

I stayed relatively consistent with this, and I'm happy with that. I'm not convinced that the creatine is doing much, so I'm going to drop that for a bit and see how I feel after a few weeks without it.

 

De vertaler [+1 INT]

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I'm cloning the translator this challenge, and splitting him into two goals. The first is to work on Dutch, using Duolingo, every day.

 

I really liked being able to speak a little Dutch in The Netherlands this year, but it would be nice if I understood a whole lot more. I may very well be going back for another Strong Viking next year (or maybe an Iron Viking), so I want to build on this.

 

Score: 37/42 = 88.1% = +1 INT

 

37 seems to be the number of the month... Anyway, it's a pretty pleasing level of consistency. There were a few days where I only did one token lesson, and I'm in the part of learning where things are feeling really quite hard, but there's no rush as long as I'm moving forward.

 

Le traducteur [+1 INT]

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I'm cloning the translator this challenge, and splitting him into two goals. The second is to work on French, using Duolingo, every day.

 

Next year I'll be going to Paris for a week to see a bit of the Olympics (which I believe starts 1 year today), so I want to get as good as possible at French before then. My French is already a lot better than my Dutch, so it'll be interesting to see how far I can take it.

 

Score: 40/42 = 95.2% = +1 INT

 

French is definitely going well - I feel like I'm understanding more when I listen to podcasts and read newspaper articles in French. I'm also keen to keep pushing through Duolingo, which probably shows in the high score for this one.

 

The face [+1 SAN]

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Brush my teeth, twice every day.

 

I did excellently on this last challenge, and I had a very positive dentist visit towards the end of the month, so I want to make sure I keep it up.

 

Score: 35.5/42 = 84.5% = +1 SAN

 

I'd like this to be a little higher, but it's far from being bad. I'll keep it on the agenda - I think the accountability helps.

 

Overall it's been a pretty successful challenge. Most of the stuff above will come back, though I may amalgamte and simplify some of it, as I really want to being back a drawing goal. I also want to put a big focus on what I do on my Wednesdays off, now that I'm officially working part time!

 

The main thing for this challenge really was to get through Man vs Mountain, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing that. I'll get a proper race report together, maybe with a couple of pictures, once I've posted my next challenge.

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STR: 16  -  CON: 22  -  CHA: 9  -  SAN: 19 -  INT: 17

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