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Tia Elle's First Challenge


Tia Elle

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Hello everyone! This is my first challenge, so please bear with the newbie and feel free to offer advice and support :)

 

My stats:
Gender: female
Class: Ranger
Height: 5'11
Weight: about 165
Exercise plan: running and bodyweight lifting
Way of Eating: Nutritional Ketosis (fat, meat, nuts, high-fat dairy, low GI fruits and veggies)
 
Goal 1: Finish the local 4th of July 5k in 40 minutes or less [sTA 2, DEX 2, STR 1]
My aim here is to do less than 14 minutes per mile.  I'm actually doing around 13 minute miles right now, but due to various circumstances I won't be able to do much training before the 4th of July. So this is more of maintaining what I've already worked up to.  I haven't been running very long, only about a month and a half.  I was never the runner growing up, I got winded quickly and was very uncoordinated.  Since I've lost my extra weight however I've found that I actually have a pretty good runner's build! This will be my first official run and I'm very excited but nervous as well, I haven't quite gotten over the mentality that "I'm not a runner and that's that". But seeing as I've also signed up for a 10 mile run this October, I don't have much choice but to become one at this point :tongue:

Goal 2: Stick to my diet and get down to 159 pounds [CON 2, WIS 1]
I'm not sure exactly what my weight is right now, though I know it's probably a bit high from water retention - I've been on antibiotics for the past 2 weeks and those always make me hold a ton of water :( My best guess is that I'm in the high 160s right now, though my true weight is probably around 165.  I just started my safest, standby 'get the water off' diet - low carbers know  it as the fat fast/nutritional ketosis, paleos probably know it as fat adapting.  It's a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet that has always done wonders for me - I look and feel great while eating this way, and I really need to eat like this for maintenance and not just weight loss. The reason I often start eating more carbs is that eating this way can get boring, but this time I'm going to make it a priority to find good food and recipes that fit the diet and keep it interesting!
 
Goal 3: Do 3 body-weight lifting workouts per week [sTR 3]
I'm not such a newbie to weight lifting as I've done it before and gotten great results.  I just have trouble doing it consistently.  It's also difficult when doing weight bench exercises because you need a spotter and I don't enjoy spending an hour or so pumping iron. However, I've been meaning for a very long time to start doing the body weight exercises that Mark Sisson outlines in the Primal Blueprint - it's just four exercises, no weights required! So that's what I'm going to do - push ups, pull ups, plank and squats.  Squats I've already more or less mastered, plank and push ups are decent, and pull ups laugh in my face as I strain to do anything that remotely resembles one.  I'll probably be doing these workouts on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 
 
Goal 4: Finish sewing 25 more dolls for the children in Haiti [WIS 2, CHA 2]

July 19th I am going to Haiti on a missions trip with a team of 8 others, where we will be working with two schools and an orphanage.  The orphanage has about 50 children, and I decided to sew 50 dolls to bring for them. I have 25 done but need to finish the rest as soon as possible.  Some of my dolls:


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Mini Goals:
These are extra small goals I'd like to accomplish - no stat upgrades for these, just personal extra bonuses :)

  • Finish reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary by Gary Taubes (just started it)
  • Sew 5 extra dolls for a total of 55 dolls, just in case
  • Do 1 full pull up

[ Level: 1 ][ Class: Ranger ][ Race: Weretiger ]

 [ STR: 2 ][ DEX: 2 ][ STA: 3 ][ CON: 2 ][  WIS: 4 ][ CHA: 2 ]

Challenges: Tia Elle's First Challenge

 

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." ~Darth Vader

 

Fat. It's what's for dinner.

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I did my first body weight workout! Little surprised at how weak I am, I haven't done weightlifting in nearly a year but I didn't think I'd have reverted so much lol. But I did it, and will keep doing it :)

[ Level: 1 ][ Class: Ranger ][ Race: Weretiger ]

 [ STR: 2 ][ DEX: 2 ][ STA: 3 ][ CON: 2 ][  WIS: 4 ][ CHA: 2 ]

Challenges: Tia Elle's First Challenge

 

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." ~Darth Vader

 

Fat. It's what's for dinner.

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Got 4 dolls done today, for a total of 29 done :D Also super tired today for some reason, I keep wanting to over eat to make up for it, need to keep myself on track :/  Looking forwards to dinner though, tuna salad, mmmmm.

[ Level: 1 ][ Class: Ranger ][ Race: Weretiger ]

 [ STR: 2 ][ DEX: 2 ][ STA: 3 ][ CON: 2 ][  WIS: 4 ][ CHA: 2 ]

Challenges: Tia Elle's First Challenge

 

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." ~Darth Vader

 

Fat. It's what's for dinner.

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Sticking with my workouts! Also been working on more dolls and reading Good Calories, Bad Calories.  And, today is my birthday so I got a glucometer from my parents as a gift, lol (best gift EVER).  My blood sugar levels are a little off so I'm going to be researching and testing that.  Just have to keep working at it.

[ Level: 1 ][ Class: Ranger ][ Race: Weretiger ]

 [ STR: 2 ][ DEX: 2 ][ STA: 3 ][ CON: 2 ][  WIS: 4 ][ CHA: 2 ]

Challenges: Tia Elle's First Challenge

 

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." ~Darth Vader

 

Fat. It's what's for dinner.

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Happy birthday!

 

Love your goals and the dolls are just so so so so so adorable. I think that's awesome that you're going on a mission trip to really help people, those are always very rewarding. At least all the ones I've been on have!

 

Keep it up! If you have the ability to, I would suggest buying some measuring tape if you feel like tracking your progress in a different way. I hate scales. Mine said I gained 4lbs overnight. Bullcrap.

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Thanks for the encouragement! :) And yes, doing the measuring tape too - but the best measure of progress is how you feel, that's how I can tell if I'm eating good for my body or not.  If I eat bad, I feel bad :)

 

Doing well on most of my goals except my weightlifting, I've got lots of good excuses (like the fact we are pretty much gutting and remodeling our home right now) but the fact of the matter is I'm not keeping it up.  Going to keep working at it though.  Diet is going really well, lost 5 pounds! :triumphant:

[ Level: 1 ][ Class: Ranger ][ Race: Weretiger ]

 [ STR: 2 ][ DEX: 2 ][ STA: 3 ][ CON: 2 ][  WIS: 4 ][ CHA: 2 ]

Challenges: Tia Elle's First Challenge

 

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." ~Darth Vader

 

Fat. It's what's for dinner.

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