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CHOBLC is the Chaplain Officer's Basic Leadership Course. My epic quest is to enter and complete that school and become a Chaplain in the Texas National Guard. This is my second challenge with that goal in mind. The short version of my goals for this challenge are:

1. Stretch After Every Workout. +4 Dex

2. Run 80% of two miles by the end of the challenge. +4 STA

3. Log All Food and Exercise for each day of the Challenge (Except Thanksgiving Day, I'm just going for it). +2 Con +2 Wis

Life Goal: Keep my shoes organized and the dress shoes shined throughout the challenge. +3 Cha

The Long Version:

1. I'm not very flexible, and want to fix that. Therefore, my goal is to stretch after each run or workout. Even if I miss a workout (gasp, please no). I can do some jumping jacks to warm up then stretch. I'll keep track of stretching and base my grade on the percentage of workouts where I stretch. Sunday's are my rest day, they will not figure into the formula. The stretching routine I will do will be based on the pre-workout stretch from the P90 Sculpt Circuit 1-2 DVD I have, but I will stretch AFTER workouts or runs.

2. I have a half-mile course mapped out in my neighborhood and go back and forth for 2 miles. I currently run about 60% of it, up from 40% when I started the first challenge. I will increase that percentage each time I run for a total of 60% of the two miles run.

3. I have a LoseIt! account, I will log all food and exercise there. I do not generally get online on the weekend, so I will keep written records for periods where I don't get online and enter my data in the next time I am online. This is just to get into the habit of tracking my calories so I'm more aware of portion control; keeping calories down is not part of the goal, but I suspect it will happen anyway. Last year I went from 300lbs to 265lbs just tracking calories with virtually no exercise. However, the holidays hit and I went up to the 290 range. I have discovered that my weight hasn't changed much since I started working out 3 months ago; I'm only down to 281 as of this morning. However, I have much better muscle tone (it peeks out from under the flab) and my waist is smaller, so I'm not to concerned, but I know diet is a huge part of health, hence the goal.

Life: I don't have a lot of shoes, but they do tend to spend a lot of time on the floor and not the nice shoe rack my wife provided for me. Therefore, I will focus on keeping them organized, and on keeping my dress shoes shined. This will be like stretching, the grade will be based on a percentage of the number of days I keep the shoes organized and shined.

While not part of the goals, I want to post my workout plan for accountablity.

Mon. Wed Fri, Strength day. Following over from last challenge, this workout will consist of the 100 pushup plan, the 200 situp plan, and the do a pullup plan all in a circuit. When I do those three excersizes, I'll do another circuit of 5 deadlifts, 5 Military Presses, and 5 Squats, then repeat 3 times. Because where I workout has only a smith machine and not a true squat rack, I'll be using dumbells for weights. I'll be starting with 35lb dbs for a total of 70lbs, and when they get too easy I'll increase the size of the dumbells.

Tu, Thu, and Sat, run. Here I'll work on increasing the percentage fo 2 miles I run to 80%.

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

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Great goals Tank - esp the stretching. I was into the habit of doing that for a couple months and was amazed by how much my flexibility increased. Good luck with everything, I'll be cheering you on!

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Hey tanktimus, you're back! Yay! And we share a couple of goals this time - stretching and tracking all food/exercise. Do you have a smartphone? That's where I use Loseit! and it's really helpful to have it so immediately available. Looking forward to the challenge!

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No smartphone, but I didn't have one last time either. What happened was on the weekends I got pretty good at keeping a running tab of my calories. Back then I didn't enter weekend food on Monday's, but now I will. I have already noticed a reluctance to eat too much today lest I cut short my calories for dinner. Moderation for the win!

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Yay for logging! The more stuff I track, the more I like it. MOAR DATA = win!

I'm a big fan of the stretching goal too. When I stick to my stretching, I feel 73% more awesome.

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Ok, so yesterday, I logged my Calories (had a deficit, even with the exercise), rocked my workout, then forgot to stretch. I feel better than if I had considered stretching and decided not to, but to start the habit I need to START, so today after my run I WILL stretch. Also, I lost .2 lbs between yesterday and today, so the calorie tracking is already working, I know I'll flucuate, but still. My pushups were great, situps not so much. I can keep going with = crunches, but my hip flexors give out before the abs (military situps, so I have to do the old fashioned kind).

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

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Yesterday, ran and got my two miles in under 30 min. I remembered to stretch afterward [woot]. Kept my shoes organized and logged all my food and exercise. So far I've lost 1.7 lbs since Monday. I have found that a goal of tracking the calories has led to making sure I keep my calories down. I've also noticed my macro's are out of whack, so the next challenge goal might be tracking calories and making sure I get good calories. I had a realization last night, I like seeing my shoes organized, I can see the floor of my closet in front of the shoe rack. As I remember about making habit change, I need to keep at this goal and slowly (start small, one step at a time) spread out from that spot in my bedroom throughout the whole house. At my men's Bible study last night we talked about hard work and industriousness (I'm pretty sure that's a word) and I said that excersize is the one area in my life where I'm applying the principles of hard work and perserverance. My life goals can help me spread that character buidling to other areas of my life. If I can learn to keep my shoes organized, I can then learn to keep my bedstand organized, and like ripples in a pond spread that out to other areas of my life. I have to remember not to go too far too fast, but that slow and steady will over time lead to more gains than trying to do everythign at once.

So, to recap on goals,

Stretching 1/2 workouts with a stretch.

Shoes 2/2 keeping them organized and clean.

Calories 2/2 tracking them

Run I ran more of the 2 miles yesterday than the last time, so I'm on track.

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

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I really like your idea of tackling organization in small steps. I keep trying to keep my whole apartment clean instead of focusing on one spot at a time. I think I will try your method. Keep up the good work!

Cait

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Thanks Cait, I'm going to take it slow on organization.

So, for yesterday, tracked my calories, I was under my limit. Ate a paleo lunch yesterday, and was waaay more full than the day before with half the calories of the previous lunch. Not planning on going full paleo any time soon, but I think I will use it as a guide on certain meals. Okra for the win! Weighed in this morning and was lost another .6 lbs, my body likes it when I work out and track calories. As I've mentioned, this is the first time in my life I've done both properly and at the same time. What really encourages me is knowing I'm losing net weight while building muscle. Stretched after I worked out last night (Strength) as well, shined another pair of shoes and kept everything organized. So:

Stretching 2/3

Shoes 3/3

Calories 3/3

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Sounds like you are doing awesome Tank. The whole house organization did not work for me last challenge. So like you, I too am focusing on one thing. Mine is the garage. Lots of organization to happen there. Reading your thread is definitely making me want to focus more on stretching.

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@emptyknight, It's not stealing if its free :)

Ran yesterday, was a little hard but I increased the amount I ran and I stretched afterward.

Goals Run, Good

Stretch 3/4

Shoes, 4/4

track calores 4/4

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I really need to get better about stretching. By the time I'm done running I'm usually ready to be done with exercise for the day altogether. I'm glad to hear you are doing better on your run.

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Ok, so I did my strength training on Friday and did pretty well. I'm going to repeat week one of the pushup and situp plan as I didn't finish the workout on day three of the pushup or day two and three of the situps. I'm confused about the situps, I can keep engaging my core for crunches, but my hip flexors won't let me come all the way up. Any suggestions? I did stretch after the workout.

Saturday and Sunday I went over on my calories but I did track them, which is the goal. So here are my results for week one.

Stretching, 4/5, forgot to stretch after the first workout but did after the other four, so 80%.

Track calories, 7/7, did it each day.

Run, haven't checked how much I've increased but I have each time I ran so I'm saying I'm succesful so far.

Shoes, 7/7, have kept them organized and shined each day of the week.

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

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Good job on the goals, tank! Keep it up.

If you're not able to keep doing situps because of your hip flexors but still want to keep doing a core workout, you could pull some of the exercises from the

. I used to do this daily and it's a great workout. You wouldn't need to do the whole thing right away but you would at least get some examples of other ab workouts.

And then maybe in time as you get in better all-around shape you can increase the number of pure situps you do. Pure situps are supposedly not that good for your back (so I typically do crunches or something like it) but if it's part of the workout for Chaplaincy you could keep working your abs for the time being and slowly add situps.

These pretzels are making me thirsty!

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As far as the situps go, I'd just keep working at it and doing some really good stretching, and you should eventually see your progress start jumping forward.

Good job with week 1!

Emptyknight - Level 4 Human Adventurer
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Highest Wt 301lbs - Challenge Start 270 lbs - Current 260 lbs | Highest BF% 38 - Current% 33
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Hey tanktimus, nice work so far! Quick situp question - are you anchoring your feet under something? That really makes a huge difference in how hard they are, and can be the difference between being able to do none and being able to crank out ten. Keep trying!

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So yesterday I did the strength routine, restarting week one on pushups and pullups, rocked them both, will do day two of both tommorrow. Going to run today.

Goals as of yesterday night,

Track calories, 8/8

Stretch after every workout, 5/6

Run, Will run today

Keep shoes organized, 8/8

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

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Ran yesterday, got a personal best on the two miles (btwn 27 and 28 min), increased the run portion as well, and remembered to stretch, then I impressed my wife with how high I could kick. It's really starting to make a difference. Run goal good, Stretch goal 7/8.

Kept my shoes organized, 9/9

Entered all my food for the day yesterday, 9/9. I have a woot, I was way under on my calories and got down to 278 this morning. That's the lowest I've been since I started on NF. Also the narrowest part of my waist was down to 44 1/2" I'm pretty sure the last time I was 278 my waist was not that small, I have way more muscle mass than last time.

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