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Be sure to let me know your findings for getting up! That's an area I need to work on as well. Looks like your overall challenge is going well.  Keep up the great work.

"Do what I do.  Hold tight and pretend it's a plan." -The Doctor

 

Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I'm Possible.

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UPDATE 3 (overdue, of course)

Can you believe we're almost 1/2 way through this challenge, fellow Rebels? Wow.

EVALUATION (quick version)

Workouts: 7 of 7 possible On track for an A
Diet: 13 healthy breakfasts eaten out of a possible 16 On track for an A
Water: got 2L in 13 days of a possible 16 On track for an A
Life: have awakened @ 0630 and stayed up exactly 2 days out of a possible 16 *blush* On track for an F Oh, dear.

So the battle continues to be that one goal which would be an awesome habit to have, one which I really want. I do have a secret weapon - about to be not so secret, since I'm going to post it here. I'll let the article speak for itself: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/how-to-get-up-right-away-when-your-alarm-goes-off/ A little weird, yes. But very logical.

Now, having the article and the knowledge is exactly like the Underpants Gnomes, I know. I've got to get the profit out of it. My schedule recently has been a problem for this, but this coming Saturday may be a possibility. I will report. :)

Other thoughts:
I like resistance bands, as I've mentioned before. I'm encountering a few hiccups w/the straight-leg dead lifts, though. This is because I'm all of 5'2". I'm having a hard time getting the Bodylastics bands short enough to hold tension on them all the way through the movement. Doubling the 8lb band over has worked the best so far but it's still not perfect. Today I tried knotting the bands about 3 times which worked slightly less well. *sigh* I like being short, most of the time. :)

I can see differences in how my body looks - a little more definition here, a little leaner there. I'm looking ahead at the future Rebel Fitness Guide workouts, and noticing more interval training. So far on my off days I've been walking hard for 30 minutes. I may try to incorporate some interval work, even if it's just walking and walking fast. I would love to try walking/running intervals... the fear of shin splints recurring keeps me from jumping in w/both feet, though. Still mulling that one over.

I'm mostly happy w/my progress. I'm garnering ideas for future challenges - both things to do and better grading scales. I will conquer this sleep thing- I'm mad and determined and it's not going to beat me.

Everybody I've been following is doing really well. Go, assassins! :)

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


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"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Great job with the challenge and don't let the waking up hold you back! 

I really like the article you found about wake up routines. I may actually give his idea a shot because I could certainly use a sub conscious routine.

 

Keep it up, I cannot wait to see how you progress

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Could you try a set up like this? I'm 5'2'' also, and my Bodylastics bands are a bit long for several movements, lol.

 

Thanks much! I'll try it out and let you know how it goes. :)

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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I really like the article you found about wake up routines. I may actually give his idea a shot because I could certainly use a sub conscious routine.

Let me know how it goes. I also like the idea of making it automatic, b/c you can't trust your conscious mind to do it.

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Let me know how it goes. I also like the idea of making it automatic, b/c you can't trust your conscious mind to do it.

Yea, I like how the blog pointed that out. Do not trust the morning groggy mind to actually do what you need to. lol. 

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Could you try a set up like this? I'm 5'2'' also, and my Bodylastics bands are a bit long for several movements, lol.

This is working! Thanks, lex. :)

This week is #5 of my workouts, so it's a rest week. I'm doing decreased reps on most of my exercises. I don't really like taking a rest week, but I better do it to be safe. *sigh*

Otherwise the challenge continues to go well. Still working on the getting up thing, though a couple life challenges have intervened and stolen my focus. I am overcoming them - they won't go away but I'm finding out how to navigate through them, which is a great feeling. So even though I'm not winning so much in one area of my 6-wk challenge, I am hugely winning in a completely unrelated area of my life. I will still fight for that waking up routine, b/c it's so worth it. But I'm pumped about this other battle, too. :)

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Rest week turned into stomach bug week, blech. I'm better this morning, but shaky and weak. Possible workout tomorrow... if I can get some decent fuel in me today. Saltine crackers don't work so well for powering up. :P

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Hope you feel better soon. And fuel is important (as long as it doesn't refuse to go down), take care of yourself :)

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Hope you feel better soon. And fuel is important (as long as it doesn't refuse to go down), take care of yourself :)

Better! Thanks, Emlily. Really concentrated on the fluids. Perrier helped (no sugar like w/pop, but you still get the fizz).

 

Back on track for my workouts! It took me a couple days to work back up to pre-rest week/pre-sick week levels. Today's workout felt challenging but doable. So I don't think I pushed it too far too fast. I'm going to back through Steve's Rebel Fitness Guide and ponder moving on to the next level up from Rookie. 

The other parts of my challenge are running the same. Had 2 healthy breakfast hiccups but I've been getting my water down like nobody's business. The waking-up habit is still in limbo. If I don't conquer it this challenge, it will show up next challenge. I'll get it mastered yet. 

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Getting up early is a real toughy. Especially with getting sick at the end and needing rest. I'm glad your feeling better! You did such a great job on this challenge, I can't wait to see your second one! I'm sure you'll be getting up at the crack of dawn like a boss. 

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I must control my THOUGHTS...
THOUGHTS become WORDS
WORDS become ACTIONS
ACTIONS define your CHARACTER
CHARACTER determines your DESTINY
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Challenge summary:

(I'll repost this in the proper thread when it becomes available, but I want to have something here, too.)

 

Recap of challenge w/results:

Establish a water-drinking habit by drinking at least 2L of water/day outside of meals CON 1

 

    A- I drank the full 2L 37 days of 40 possible

Establish an exercise routine by working out at least 3x/week STR3 DEX3

   A- I did 17 workouts of 18 possible (one missed b/c of illness)

Establish a healthy breakfast routine by eating AHB every morning CON3

    A- I ate a healthy breakfast 32 days of 40 possible

Establish a wake up routine by getting up @ 0630 every day CON0 CHA0

    F- I got up @ 0630 2 days out of 40 possible

 

Analysis:

I'm pretty excited about what I learned from this challenge. I am majorly disappointed about falling way short of my lifestyle goal but it's showing up next challenge. I have some ideas of how to go about it. I couldn't really see the "how" of reaching my wake-up goal; I just thought I'd do it. Oops. No map, can't reach the destination. So now I realize that some goals require a little more strategizing. In the last six weeks I did gain a tool I need to make this my habit, so I feel better equipped. The goal is more clearly defined now, and within my reach. Can't wait for next challenge to try it out!

 

I really like breakfast and hate having to skip one of the components. I need the egg for protein, I love an orange or berries or an apple for fiber, I like how oatmeal stays with me (especially steel-cut oats). This habit is staying.


The water habit is staying, too. Love my water. Miss it when I don't get it.

 

I feel committed to working out. It's just something I do now. I'd feel like I was cheating myself if I missed out on my workouts. I think (because I don't have a huge amount of control over my diet) it's going to take more effort and time to get as strong and lithe and fast as I want to be. That's okay, especially if it means my plateaus will be farther off than if I could eat the way I'd like to. I don't do well w/getting bored or hitting a plateau.


Thanks for your support and feedback, fellow Rebels! See you next challenge! :)

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self


Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2


"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet [person]." -Iain Duncan Smith


Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~DATALOG: E2O's transformation


"A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does." - Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior


wild Elven Adventurer Level 3

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Hey, great work this challenge! Three goals totally dominated, and a lot of good knowledge from the fourth. And you've made some awesome habits to keep for the future! That's an amazing first challenge, can't wait to see what you do for the next one!

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Well done. And you are right, now you have a map to get to your lifestyle goal so just attack it next challenge! I am sure you will get there.

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