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Hiya!
So, this is my first challenge. Photos to come.(*Update!* Photos attached under Character Select!)
I'm a fairly healthy person, at least I think I am. I practice Goju Ryu karate twice a week (though recently with some family issues and grandmother recently committed to continuing care I haven't gone to class often) and may increase that to three times a week, and am very interested in Krav Maga (probably out of the picture until I rehab my shoulder a bit more).
My focus is on trying to lose fat while building muscle, agility and flexibility to improve my sparring. I'm a new brown belt and I want to learn to fight efficiently for my small stature and build explosive speed. A bikini bod by August isn't that bad, either - my long-term goal is to lower my BF% substantially (10%) by Aug 17, when my cousin gets married.
Please feel free to pop in, chat, offer me some advice, yell at me to get my ass in gear, offer to show me the business end of your fist if I'm whining like a little baby, etc. I'm not too sensitive, though loving is always appreciated - as well as corgis. I love me some corgis.

A little note on diet: I plan to follow the keto diet. I originally was intending to do Paleo, but I did more research on diet and nutrition and found that keto made the most sense to me for what I want to do. I plan to eat keto to change my body composition and use that as a tool to obtain my Aug 17 goal, then switch to Primal for maintenance.

Character Select: The Mouse!
Photos to come - here are the stats!

  • Female
  • 22 Years Old
  • 5' 1/4"
  • 145lbs (already down 5 since mid-March!)
  • BF: 38%
  • Bust: 40"
  • Waist: 37"
  • Hips: 38"
  • Thigh: 22.5"
  • Bicep: 11.5"

Yikes! I had calculated my BF% wrong! I'm at 38%! Wow... That's a bit scary. I don't look it, I don't think, but hey! It gives me something to measure, something to beat.

 

Update!

Progress Photos, up!

(Also, not sure if it's working - had to do some creative online photo editing + loading to various services.)

***PLEASE NOTE! The waist measurement on the bottom is incorrect! It should be 38"!***

April 15 - Front, Side, Back photos!

 

 

Diet Select: Keto!
According to keto-calculator found through /r/keto.

  • 1660 calories
  • 25g carbohydrates
  • 90g protein
  • 133g fat

Round One: versus Carbs!
(+3 CON)
I have lost 5lbs since March 14th just loosely following Paleo/Keto guidelines - and by loose, I mean loose. So I have yet to see what a full keto diet would do to me. I am really excited and I'm hoping that having cut down sharply on carbs this past month will help to lessen the effects of keto flu. 'Cause, y'know, finals and keto flu don't sound like they'll mix too well.

I plan to buy groceries every Saturday after karate (hopefully buy some from the city market or my local farmer's market [before they, sadly] close down in July), and spend Sunday cooking lunches for the week and maybe dinners as well. I will also boil some extra hard boiled eggs to put in the fridge at work in case I need a snack.

My Goal for this round is:

  • Eat keto every breakfast, lunch and dinner for 6 weeks, with 3 possible cheat meals during the challenge duration.
  • Snacks must all be keto/paleo!
  • A: 3 or less cheats
  • B: 4 cheats
  • C: 5 cheats
  • D: 6 cheats
  • F: more than 6 cheats

Round Two: versus Barbell!
(+4 STR, +2 STA)
Staci is a major inspiration to me - so is Athena. I'm a short gal, and I'm tired of being rotund and weak. I tried those calorie cutting dieting things, but that really didn't work. I could barely lift 10lbs for a pathetic, shaky curl the last time I tried it. And you know what - I don't want that. I want to be strong at sparring, I want to be strong at form, I want to do knuckle pushups, goddamit.
Hell, I want to be able to feel like a rock when someone lands a punch on me and I don't want to be in pain if I get kicked (at least, not the kinds of kicks my club uses in sparring - we're pretty control frenzied). I want to be swimming in my gi and be able to do several MFEs without any kind of break. Will I get through all that this challenge? Probably not. I hope not. But what I do want to do is conquer my fear of barbells and earn myself a pretty ass that can power a kick through a wall if need be.

My plan for this goal is to hit the gym on campus with my boyfriend every Monday and Wednesday and potentially Friday to do lifts. I may switch to bodyweight on Friday or omit the workout if I end up taking up the third karate day with our sister club (which is apparently much more intense).

My Goal for this round is:

  • Begin Starting Strength (with a bit of alternations, as I'm not sure that I should be doing presses with a shoulder impingement)
  • M, W, F lift schedule - one day may be replaced with bodyweight training, see next point.
  • If I go to karate on F, then W would be a second lift day. If I don't do karate on F, then F would be second lift day and W would be BW.
  • EDIT (May 13): As I won't be doing F karate nights at least until summer semester, the third point is null. However, see Round Three.
  • A: 6/6 weeks completed (18 workouts)
  • B: 5/6 weeks completed (15 workouts)
  • C: 4/6 weeks completed (12 workouts)
  • D: 3/6 weeks completed (9 workouts)
  • F: 2/6 weeks completed (6 workouts)

Round Three: versus Jennifer!
(+2 STA, +1 AGI*)
Jen's my cousin - mother of three (one just new and sooo cute~!) - and she has recently challenged me to run a 5k with her in July. I walked into W3 of the C25k program without too much issue. I want to be able to run 5k without stopping. I want to run it in 30min. I may run it with zombies chasing me, but I'm really really scared to buy the Zombies, Run! app because even the most benign little horror thing will give me nightmares for months.

I plan to run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - T, S being two of my karate workouts. As a brown belt, I don't always get a good workout because I sometimes have to help teach classes, so it will be good to get some activity in regardless. I also plan to text Jennifer every time I run and report after the run on how it went. She does this to me as well, so it gives us both a big boost.

My Goal for this round is:

  • Run C25K training program every T, R, S (in the morning if possible, or anytime during the day - lunch hour is not sacred)
  • Run 5k without stopping at the end of 6 weeks*
  • EDIT (May 13): After some really terrible leg pains and a bit of a hard realization that karate + running = can't walk, I'm revising this goal so that I can replace my T/S runs with karate if the karate session is appropriately hard or taxing. Also, legit, shiko for 20-30mins a class is about equal to running and equal amount of time in my books... Or should I say quads?
  • A: 6/6 weeks completed (18 runs)
  • B: 5/6 weeks completed (15 runs)
  • C: 3-4/6 weeks completed (9-12 runs)
  • D: 1-2/6 weeks completed (3-6 runs)
  • F: 0/6 weeks completed (0 runs)

*running 5k without stopping will unlock +1AGI and the title "Mouse the Speedy"



Round Four: versus Clutter!
(+2 WIS, + 1 CON)
My room is a terrible mess. My desk is horrid. I have no system for laundry, I'm worse than a frat boy (okay, I'm not that bad, I still do laundry on my own) when it comes to picking out clean clothes from a pile and I just don't like cleaning.
But I'm done with that. It scares me to think of all the work I'll have to put into cleaning and keeping it clean, but my room and my desk are reflections of myself. I am not a slob, I am not disorganized, I am not careless. I am prim, I am proper, I am clean and I am classy. I want to be able to get my business cards (student cards) printed and sit them on a little organizer on the corner of my desk and know that a kick-ass awesome future-HR executive is sitting in the cleanest, most organized, most conducive to Tera Online dungeon runs and business case analyses desk ever. I want my room to be so clean I don't have to apologize to my boyfriend when he comes over.

And I could use a fucking lot of help with this. Any tips, favourite strategies, etc?

My Goal for this round is:

  • Come up with a plan to do laundry.
    • How do I store/sort the laundry?
    • When do I do the wash? When do I dry it?
    • When do I fold and put away?
  • Clean my desk and put away all the shit I don't use.
  • Get two large boxes and fill them with shit I don't need or use from closets and bookshelves - empty them after 3 weeks (2x in the challenge)
    • A: 3/3 Done, room is clean 5/6 weeks
    • B: 3/3 Done, room is clean 4/6 weeks
    • C: 2/3 Done, room is clean 3/6 weeks
    • D: 2/3 Done, room is clean 2/6 weeks
    • F: 1/3 Done, room is clean 1/6 weeks

My major concern with this challenge is that I will have 6 days of activity a week - 3 heavy lifting, 3 short-term endurance running - and 2 days of "doubles" if I get lucky (tuesdays and saturdays with karate). However, I can easily skip the run on Saturdays if karate is hard core. I don't doubt that activity is good for you, but it's a bit much to jump right into. But I'm game.
The concern about over-activity ties into what I want to do with keto. It's my first time doing something like that, so I'm a bit scared that I might be severely undercutting my calories. However, I'll go by feel and if I feel hungry, I'll eat protein and moderate fat. If anyone's got tips, I'm more than open for 'em.

And without further ado...
 

Game Start...

FIGHT!

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Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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Super well-thought-out goals! I'm really excited to keep cheering you on, you're gonna do great. I can see how with all the activity you've got planned you might be a bit worried about cutting so many carbs so quickly... But just take it step by step, and I'm sure you'll adjust whatever needs tweaking, if it does! 

 

Also, snack win; hard boiled eggs are the best. :9 Good luck to ya!

Level 5 Dryad Druid + Adventurer

STR 7 | DEX 10 | STA 9 | CON 8 | WIS 13 | CHA 10.5

 

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Thanks so much, Leonine! >w<

I'm really excited for this and I'm hoping to continue. I'll for sure keep an eye out on how I'm feeling during my lifting days and how any doubles with lifting/karate might feel.

Thank you for your support - and definitely hard boiled eggs FTW! Do you happen to know how long they keep?

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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TAKING OFF THE HAND WRAPS


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Huzzah! We shall conquer the Canadian winter!

 

Oh, hey~! Ranger-Monk! I'm thinking of doing that rather than Monk/Assassin in the future, and come back to Assassin once I've cut down on a lot of fat so I can do Parkour without all the extra weight.

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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CHALLENGE


TAKING OFF THE HAND WRAPS


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Huzzah! We shall conquer the Canadian winter!

 

Oh, hey~! Ranger-Monk! I'm thinking of doing that rather than Monk/Assassin in the future, and come back to Assassin once I've cut down on a lot of fat so I can do Parkour without all the extra weight.

Soon it will die!!

And yeah! :) I was ranger last challenge but still need to change my signature -- back to monk this time! I also was thinking between ranger and assassin, but either way, assassin could just encompass BBW rather than parkour. Monk's a good choice for now though, I think. ;)

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Thank you for your support - and definitely hard boiled eggs FTW! Do you happen to know how long they keep?

 

Of course, I can't wait to keep seeing how you're doing! And I do; hard-boiled eggs in their shells will last up to a week (but I always eat them sooner, just in case), and shelled will last only a day or two. So, eat 'em up quick! (I grew up with chickens; after all those years you'd think I'd be over eggs. HAHANEVER.)

Level 5 Dryad Druid + Adventurer

STR 7 | DEX 10 | STA 9 | CON 8 | WIS 13 | CHA 10.5

 

Leo's Dawn of Dragons Challenge

 

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Yes! Soon! But not soon enough... It's apparently going to snow on me again this weekend - 15cm. TAT

I'll burn it with the heat of my lifting intensity. D<

I see, awesome! I might do that next challenge, depending on where I'm at for strength.

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


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Jebus, my phone doesn't realize when there's new posts.

 

LittleWings:

I can defs get behind BW - I've been completely taken by some of the more advanced bodyweight stuff I've seen on Youtube. Plus, if you can do a workout anywhere, it gets rid of my excuses of "oh, well it takes too long to get there" or "I'd have to lug a pack over there with my stuff". 

 

Seven Foot Geek:

Thanks!

I know that my weight might not change much as my body composition changes, so I plan to use my measurements as more of an indication. A lot of 'em are more for vanity than for BF% measurement, but that's what I do it for - to look and feel good. It pays to have some kind of measure you can use to confirm that or use to adjust.

 

Leonine:

>w<

Feels so good to have some concrete support! Thank you!

Oh ho ho - up to a week, eh? That sounds uber amazing. I'll have to have at least three of four that I cook up extra on Monday to bring to the office and stash. :3

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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RisenPhoenix:

Thank you! >w<

 

Day One, Complete!

 

So today was alright - definitely not the best, but certainly not the worst.

 

Goal One: vs Carbs!

Today's menu consisted of:

  • Breakfast
    • 2 medium boiled eggs
    • 2 servings goat cheese
    • 1 cup sugar free jello
    • 3 tbsp whipping cream
  • Lunch
    • N/A, unfortunately
  • Dinner
    • ~125g taco beef
    • 4 Butter Lettuce Leafs
    • 1 can Diet Coke, Caffine Free
    • 1/4c grated aged cheese
    • 1c milk
    • 1 scoop Powerbar Proteinplus Chocolate protein powder
  • Snacks
    • 2 Amooza! Cheese Twists
    • 1.5 Hot Rods
    • 42.5g Cambert cheese
    • .5 Cracker Barrel Cheese Single

Stats:

1466cal

25g carbs

111g protein

98g fat

 

 

Goal Two: vs Barbell!

So today I tried barbell training. Fucking hell - I can do bench press and deadlift, but I cannot squat worth shit. I can't get the hang of the bar and I felt fairly intimidated by all the other folks. I do feel that I had the bar too low on my shoulders, though. I'll try again on Wednesday. I didn't complete day one of SS, though - I have to alter the numbers, 'cause I can barely lift that goddamn bar. How much does it weigh?!

  • Squat
    • Pathetic, can barely squat the bar
    • 2x5 Warm ups with bar
  • Bench Press
    • 2x5 Warm ups with bar
    • 1x5 @ 10lbs
    • 1x5 @ 15lbs
  • Deadlift
    • 2x5 @ 40lbs
    • Easy, but there wasn't much space and a crowd was gathering trying to use the weights, so we cut it short. We had done some rowing earlier, so our backs had already been slightly worked.

 

Goal Three: vs Jennifer!

I did the last day of W3 today, but my heart rate was abnormally high. I think it's 'cause I hadn't eaten enough. Either way, I'll be sticking to W3 for this next week to try to work my heart and ankles into an easier progression.

 

Goal Four: vs Clutter!

Utter defeat - haven't done anything yet.

 

All in all, not the worst first day!

I'm pretty stoked, guys!

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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Goal Two: vs Barbell!

So today I tried barbell training. Fucking hell - I can do bench press and deadlift, but I cannot squat worth shit. I can't get the hang of the bar and I felt fairly intimidated by all the other folks. I do feel that I had the bar too low on my shoulders, though. I'll try again on Wednesday. I didn't complete day one of SS, though - I have to alter the numbers, 'cause I can barely lift that goddamn bar. How much does it weigh?!

 

 

If you're using a standard Olympic bar, they're 45 lbs and 7.2 ft long.  All of the barbell exercises are super intimidating, so I get you there.  I would highly recommend taking a video of your form and posting it on the Form Check board.  The lifters that frequent that area are super helpful and very kind even when your form is terrible.  After the response I got, my wife did the same thing and found it just as helpful as I did.

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For the record, it wouldn't hurt you none to have some vegetables up in there too. I know you're in keto, and I know you're going to jump start the fat loss, but that means you only get an allowance of 25 carbs to work with. You really, really owe it to yourself to make each one count and do something for you.

 

Not the best first day, but a lot better than someone who never even started. Shake it out and hit it again!

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Geek:

That explains it, then. 

I think I'm using a standard Olympic bar - I'll try to get someone to take a video of me in the next few weeks to post in form check. 

 

Kishi:

Yeah, I'm gonna have to put some more broccoli and all in there.

I just made a weeks worth of lunches which include mushrooms and broccoli in 'em, so it'll become more balanced as I build up a more keto-friendly fridge and pantry.

 

Thank you for keeping me real, I appreciate it. 

 

And I'm looking forward to Wednesday, when I can take a look at lifting again. I've got a cousin and a friend who both want to work out together and another friend who knows exactly what to do for weightlifting, so I'm hoping that in the first half of the challenge, I'll be able to start building up my strength more.

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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CHALLENGE


TAKING OFF THE HAND WRAPS


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That's awesome that you'll be able to work out with some folks who've been there before; don't be shy about swamping them with questions, it's important to get your form right from the get-go! And don't worry about how much you can lift right now; you'll keep getting stronger as long as you build up to it, and before you know it, you'll be killin' it! Go Mouse!

Level 5 Dryad Druid + Adventurer

STR 7 | DEX 10 | STA 9 | CON 8 | WIS 13 | CHA 10.5

 

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Thanks, Leonine! I really appreciate that. :3

I just found out that one of the older guys at my karate club used to be an old-school personal trainer, and he gave me a few pointers on squats. I seem to have the right ankle mobility, so it's a matter of getting used to the bar. He also reinforced what I wanted to know about ATG squats. I'll have to see if I can bribe him with a steak and lobster dinner to train me on my form. Or hopefully my boyfriend's cousin comes through and she'll be able to work out with the both of us - we both need serious help. XD

 

I decided today to not worry about seeming like a total newbie at the gym - at least I'm starting to lift and have a focus on getting it right and doing it right. Is it bad gym etiquette to quietly and non-obtrusively (and sorta out of the corner of your eye) observe someone doing good form squats? 

 

 

And, here we go!

Day Two, Complete!

Today was still not the best of days, but the only goal I "missed" was a run (having done one yesterday knowing I have an exam tomorrow, I can at least switch that one in and still have done three runs this week). However, I think it's a good thing, as today's karate session was really really hard. But I have most of the major blank spots worked out of seipai

 

Goal One: vs Carbs!

Today's been the closest I've been to hitting my macros ever - and I ate close to my caloric target, too! Slowly, I'm getting the hang of this. Also, had some veg today - though I think I might be allergic to endives... TAT

Breakfast

  • Late, as I got my blood test today which required a 12hr fast
  • 3 egg farmer's omelette with about 40g bacon, 1/3cup onion, 1/3cup cheddar
  • Protein Powder in 1cup almond milk + 1 tbsp whipping cream

Lunch

  • Chicken Breast
  • 2/3c sauteed broccoli
  • 1/4c sauteed mushroom

Dinner

  • 2 endive leaves
  • 1oz wild skipjack tuna + 1tbsp paleo mayo

Snacks

  • 3tbsp whipping cream + 1/4c blueberries
  • 2 sheets of toasted nori strips
  • 1/4c almonds
  • 5g Brie

Breakdown

1526cal

17g carbs

108g fat

111g protein

 

Overdid the protein a bit, so we'll see what happens.

 

Goal Two: vs Barbell!

Today is rest day, and man did I need it.

 

Goal Three: vs Jennifer!

I didn't run today, but I did do a run yesterday. Also, today's karate session more than made up for it. We ran through all our fundamentals several times, plus kata several times. Good news is that I don't get as tired going through full-power fundamental sets, and I made significant progress on my new kata.

 

Goal Four: vs Clutter!

Bought two new laundry bins and cleared a good portion of laundry. I'll do more tomorrow as I can fold on Thursday while studying.

 

 

 

All in all, today wasn't that bad a day. I could've run, but my ankle has been giving me issues and I'd like to keep it in good enough shape to at least run the race with Jen come July. I will continue with W3 on Thursday.

Dwarf Monk


Level 5


STR 11 | STA 9 | DEX 5 | CON 11 | WIS 9 | CHA 5


ceterum censeo infirmitas esse delendam


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TAKING OFF THE HAND WRAPS


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