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So these drive-by updates work much better for me right now, but next challenge I plan to get a bit more detailed. Broke down and bought a NF shirt (because yay donations toward a library! Speaks to the teacher in me like whoa), and the book recommended to me so I can begin working on strength. So excited! Best pay day ever.

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WooHoo on the run. It feels so good to break through those milestones.

 

And it looks like you are finishing much stringer this challenge, does it feel that way to you?

 

Just a few more days and then you can think about the next challenge muahhahaha

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Yes. I will be buying at least a t shirt. Perhaps a tank as well. Yay donations!

 

And I hate having a flat-as-pancake ass. It sucks.

 

Now I can rock something NF the next time I meet people, as opposed to Batman. :)

 

And it does suck.

 

WooHoo on the run. It feels so good to break through those milestones.

 

And it looks like you are finishing much stringer this challenge, does it feel that way to you?

 

Just a few more days and then you can think about the next challenge muahhahaha

 

It does, though I admit some of my goals are stronger than others. And just you wait - I'm heading over to the Rangers.

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Week 6 Check-In
Also known as the conclusion!
 
Goal 1: Cleaner Eating
1) Limit sugar to 31 grams a day (which is the amount calculated on MyFitnessPal. I originally thought that was high, but over the past week of food tracking I have yet to hit below that! ... I have an addiction.)
2) 3 Alcoholic Drinks for the week (ideally on the weekend or when the boy and are I both home to share some wine with dinner). I'm not giving up booze completely, but definitely feel there needs to be a cut back. Besides, the food tracking has made me realize how much booze so does not help!
 
Results:
Sugar Intake (Average) : 40 grams
Alcohol Intake: 7+ Drinks
 
Grades:
Going with a C. Did better with sugar, but again, not so much with drinks. This is what happens when college friends are in town and a baseball game is involved.

 

Overall I enjoyed the results I got when I cut off sugar. I'm already thinking of a broader goal for the next challenge with diet.

 
Goal 2: Back to Primal, 100%
 
Results: Hit somewhere between 70! Not bad considering the disaster my diet has been the past two weeks.

Grades:
C - 71.5%

 

Wasn't a priority this week, but still managed fairly nicely

 
Goal 3: Develop Exercise Habits That Work
 
Started
Completed
 
- Finish couch25k (On Day 2 of Week 9!)
- Get my bike to the repair shop
- Run 50 Miles (New total to 15.73. So I think 50 was a little ambitious...)
- Set up a weekly workout plan including cardio and strength-building (one to start with that will hopefully be improved as I use it)
- Get myself to the gym/exercise during week 1 - Did this yesterday when I got up. Ran for 25 minutes!
- Get myself to the gym/exercise twice during week 2 - Got two runs in!
- Get myself to the gym/exercise twice during week 3 (Started, only completed one run. So I'm one behind for this week)
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 4 (Yeeeeeeah....)
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 5 (Got three in! Still behind on 4 exercises, technically, so I have a lot of work to do this week. Too bad I'm in so much pain from the DC meetup. )
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 6
- Run a full practice 5k
- Go to a Sunday workout meetup with the DC Rebels (I'm counting SSS. Also, got to a DC meetup yesterday. DC rebels, where you at?!)
- Hike at least one of the trails in the NOVA area
- Put in at least 5 morning workouts this challenge (Got 4 so far)
- Walk across campus from the parking lot to work at least 25 times this challenge (Up to 27)
- Stretch after at least 14 exercises this challenge (Stretched after all my runs so far, so up to 9)
- Lift at least 300 lbs (adding any weight from workout altogether, not at the same time)
- Try an exercise class at the campus gym
 
Grades: N/A till end of challenge
 
Goal 4: Life Goal - Greeting the Day
 
Grade: A - No snooze!
 

Yay no snoozing!

 

Final results coming shortly. :)

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Final Results
 
Goal 1: Cleaner Eating
Stats: +4 CON
 
Grades:
A - 31 and below grams of sugar | 3 or less alcoholic drinks
B - 31 to 36 grams of sugar | 4 alcoholic drinks
C - 37 to 41 grams of sugar | 5 alcoholic drinks
D - 42 to 45 grams of sugar | 6 alcoholic drinks
F - 45+ grams of sugar | 7+ alcoholic drinks
 
Final Grade: D+
Stats Awarded: +1 Con
 
Goal 2: Back to Primal, 100%
Stats: +2 STA | + 2 WIS
 
Grades:
A - 100% to 90% Primal
B - 89% to 80% Primal
C - 79% to 70% Primal
D - 69% to 60% Primal
F - 59% and below Primal
 
Final Grade: D+
Stats Awarded:+.5 STA; +.5 WIS
 
Goal 3: Develop Exercise Habits That Work
Stats: + 2 STR | + 2 DEX
- Finish couch25k (about to start week 7)
- Get my bike to the repair shop
- Set up a weekly workout plan including cardio and strength-building (one to start with that will hopefully be improved as I use it)
- Get myself to the gym/exercise during week 1
- Get myself to the gym/exercise twice during week 2
- Get myself to the gym/exercise twice during week 3
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 4
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 5
- Get myself to the gym/exercise three times during week 6
- Run a full practice 5k
- Go to a Sunday workout meetup with the DC Rebels
- Hike at least one of the trails in the NOVA area
- Put in at least 5 morning workouts this challenge
- Walk across campus from the parking lot to work at least 25 times this challenge (no being lazy with the bus/parking in the lot that costs money)
- Stretch after at least 14 exercises this challenge (ideally all of them.  ;) But that hits my number of exercises per week according to the other portion of the list)
- Lift at least 300 lbs (adding any weight from workout altogether, not at the same time)
- Try an exercise class at the campus gym
 
Grades:
A - 100% to 90% of items listed done
B - 89% to 80% items listed done
C - 79% to 70% items listed done
D - 69% to 60% of items listed done
F - 59% and below of items listed done
 
Final Grade: D (about 63%)
Stats Awarded: +.5 STR; +.5 DEX
 
Goal 4: Life Goal - Greeting the Day
Stats: + 1 INT | +2 CHA
 
Grades:
A - No snooze at all
B - Hitting snooze 2 times
C - Hitting snooze 4 times
D - Hitting snooze 5 times
F - Hitting snooze more than 5 times

 

Final Grade: B

Stats Awarded: +.75 INT; +1.5 CHA

 

Overall Report: Grade-wise I know I should be disappointed, but overall I still feel some major improvements happened - despite a few bad weeks that dragged my results down like whoa. Timing wasn't great, but my goal is to get to a place where timing isn't a concern, so I cannot let that be an excuse for my performance this challenge. I could have done much better. Soooo close to getting Cs on the three lower goals. It was nice to work towards primal again, and I hope this summer will be a good exercise in meal planning and cooking ahead of time (Definitely one of my next challenge goals - meal planning). I'm also super excited to start strength-training. Gotta take advantage of a quieter campus gym during the summer months. :D In other good news, I did break the snooze habit, so that's definitely a win this time around.

 

Stress is still my number one enemy. That and self-control, which generally goes hand in hand with the stress. Pre-planning meals and scheduling help with the stress, but it also stresses me out to be that rigid in my approach. Does that make sense? I'm most comfortable when being flexible and open with my day, yet it ends up stressing me out. This will definitely be a problem to tackle in the near future. If I didn't already have my goals ready for the next challenge I would probably think more about it. These next six weeks are going to be weird schedule-wise anyway - yay summer classes. It's going to be insanely busy, but good preparation for Fall 2013, because my schedule is going to approach ridiculous levels (20 hour internship + 20 hour GA + 12 class credit hours + homework = when am I going to sleep?)

 

Also working on getting the boy back on track with me. He wants to, and has asked me to push him, but it can be kind of stressful to push someone to do something, even if they want to. Still, it will make meal planning easier if he's on board again. Besides, can't be too mad at him - we're taking swing dancing lessons for the month of June every Tuesday night. We're going tonight for the open lesson and the dance, just to check things out. :)

 

This is a little scatter-brained at the moment, since I'm revving up from a long weekend and getting used to the new wake-up time. I'm looking forward to using this week to promote good habits and get some things in order to make the next challenge more successful. I've already been running and have pre-cooked a few meals, so doing well thus far.

 

Finally, with the ending of this challenge I bid adieu to the Adventurers. I'm Ranger-bound. I may be back sometime in the future - I tend to wander from place to place.

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looks good!  congrats!

 

I'm considering making No Snooze a Goal for this next Challenge, m'self.

 

I didn't do so well with my alcohol Goal either, lol.

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Congratulations, and best of luck with the rangering!

 Level 4 Human Adventurer / Level 4 Scout, couch to 5k graduate, six time marathon finisher.

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Current 5k Personal Best: 22:00 / 21:23 / 21:13 / 21:09 / 20:55 / 20:25 (4th July 17)

Current 5 mile PB: 36:41 35:27 34:52 (10th May 17)

Current 10k PB: 44:58 44:27 44:07 44:06 43:50 (29th June 17)

Current Half Marathon PB: 1:41:54 1:38:24 1:37:47 1:37:41 (14th June 15)

Current Marathon PB: 3:39:34 3:29:49 (10th April 16)

 

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looks good!  congrats!

 

I'm considering making No Snooze a Goal for this next Challenge, m'self.

 

I didn't do so well with my alcohol Goal either, lol.

 

Yeeeeeah... Silly beer being so delicious. And the no snooze goal was actually kind of fun. Definitely challenging - but you feel great when you realize you managed to stop it.

 

Congratulations, and best of luck with the rangering!

 

Thank you kindly!

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I'm surprised by the grades calculated. I think you did a lot better than what the marks say.

 

I second everything MirGSS says, you definitely did well and good luck becoming a ranger! =D

Adventurer | Level 1

CON: 0 | STR: 0 | STA: 0 | DEX: 0 | WIS: 0 | CHA: 0

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"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life — It goes on" -- Robert Frost

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I think you did a great job :) You definitely tackled a LOT of difficult goals this challenge, so kudos to you for stepping up like that!

 

I'll be sure to find you in the rangers next go 'round :)

 

Thank you! And I've already found your thread. :D Expect questions, because I'm starting SS today!

 

I'm surprised by the grades calculated. I think you did a lot better than what the marks say.

 

I second everything MirGSS says, you definitely did well and good luck becoming a ranger! =D

 

Yeeeah, averages are silly sometimes. I feel like I did better than what the grades show, so I'm still pleased despite the Ds. Just gotta shake off that gut-reaction I have to bad grades (imsuchanerdkthx).

 

And thank you! I'm excited to be a Ranger.

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Yes yes yes SS!!!! *jumps around excitedly*

 

I think, as nerds, we tend to almost be married to numbers, instead of looking at stuff holistically and saying, "okay, what did I learn from this?" etc. I did this with my first few challenges - graded myself SUPER harshly - even though I ended up with a TON of takeaways. So, up until this challenge that we're about to start, I've really gotten away from being 100% objective, and graded myself more subjectively. It was way better for my mental health - and as long as I was still improving and learning, I counted that as a win.

 

Now that I have some of the basics down, I'm trying to dial it in/up and make the challenges actually, you know, really challenging. Pushing myself to be even better than I was before and really tackling some hard stuff. Like my life goal. Still have no idea. Haha.

Level ? Half-Dwarf/Half-Amazon Warrior

STR:21.25 STA:15 DEX: 10.95 CON: 14 WIS:15.5 CHA:17

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