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I totally want to add this to my signature - if this isn't an endorsement for teamwork and support, I don't know what is!

 

Also, have you tried carrots & peanut butter? The sweet/salty/creamy/crunchy combo really works for me sometimes (and its another way to get in that fat)

 

Lol! Feel free. ;) I haven't tried carrots and peanut butter, but I will today! Thanks!

 

W2, D4 (yesterday)

  • sleep - check
  • workout - off day (Thank goodness. Everything hurt!)
  • calories - off day
  • chores - done
  • points - 4

Tonight is girls night, and I plan on doing some drinking, so in order to stick to my challenge I will be avoiding carbs and getting in some extra time at the gym so I can fit in some beer! ;) We're over the hump for the second week everyone! Keep at it!

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Maybe you could start by getting one thing ready, and when that's a habit start doing another thing!

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Thanks for the advice! Definitely going to implement this plan. So simple and yet I never thought of that. I tend towards "all or nothing" mentality.

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Thanks for the advice! Definitely going to implement this plan. So simple and yet I never thought of that. I tend towards "all or nothing" mentality.

 

I am so an all or nothing sort of person. I totally understand that.

 

W2, D5

  • sleep - check
  • workout - double check. I got in the gym workout and a run because I planned on drinking that night
  • calories - no check. :( I'm so disappointed in myself for not sticking to the plan that day. I was totally fine until my husband suggested my favorite Mexican place instead of the Chipotle salad I'd already put into my calorie counter. I resisted the margaritas, but it was all downhill from there
  • chores - no check
  • points - 2

W2, D6

  • sleep - check
  • workout - check. I got a really good run in yesterday. :) I was determined to get right back on track after the night before.
  • calories - check
  • chores - check
  • points - 4

W2, D7

  • sleep - check. I'm finding that I'm doing just fine on seven - eight hours lately, unlike the first week when I was always exhausted.
  • workout - check. I did a few plank intervals, but most of the time was spent stretching. I've been lifting weights for almost two years and I hardly ever stretch. I'm planning on adding it to the next challenge, but for now I'm just trying to help my legs heal from the workout schedule I've been putting them through. I always hated my legs - they're pretty thick, especially compared to the rest of me. But these past couple of weeks they've done sprints, 185 lb squats, burpies, three difficult hikes, a few long distance runs, and many long contemplative walks in the woods, all while keeping up at a job that has me on my feet for eight hours a day. Day after day, even when they're sore, they perform. I'm really proud of them. :)
  • calories - check
  • chores - check. This one is getting a little easier.
  • points - 4

Congratulations everyone on getting through the second week!

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Sounds like you're doing really well, especially by not being put off if you aren't perfect! And a big round of applause for your legs! (Aren't legs and feet the most unappreciated things?)

 

Glad that the chores are getting a bit easier. I hate being surrounded by mess too - I find that having stuff hanging around puts me in a bad mood for doing anything else, so if you can get that to be a habit it will make the rest of your life much smoother.

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Hey everybody, we made it to week three! This is almost halfway done already!

 

 

Glad that the chores are getting a bit easier. I hate being surrounded by mess too - I find that having stuff hanging around puts me in a bad mood for doing anything else, so if you can get that to be a habit it will make the rest of your life much smoother.

 

I agree! If it stays bad enough for long enough, my husband and I will start fighting more.

 

W3, D1

  • sleep - check. I even woke up two hours before my alarm pretty well rested. I went back to sleep, but I'm taking it as a good sign.
  • workout - check. I benched 115 today by myself! (Meaning no spotter. I figured there were enough people in the gym that if I dropped it on myself it would be more embarrassing than dangerous. :P )
  • calories - check, and a huge victory. I was in a really, really melancholy mood today. I don't know if it was the cloudy weather, or the fact that I've hardly seen my husband this week because of work, or just a personality quirk - I was just intensely sad. Instead of drowning the feeling in a binge, I bought some new music, went for a drive, and came home to a cup of hot chocolate (which still fit in my calorie goal). Maybe I'll lose this battle the next time, but this time I'm taking it.
  • chores - check, and I mopped the kitchen floor. You don't even want to know the last time that happened.

Thanks for reading everyone! Best of luck on the third week!

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Wow, great results! 

 

Benching 115 is well impressive, and beating the calorie monster in a positive way is great. Don't be so hard on yourself - you've beaten it once, that should make it easier to repeat the victory.

 

Thinking about it, I don't think I've mopped my kitchen floor since it was laid 3 years ago, so maybe you can pop round and do mine too?!

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Damn - I came on here to post something I read last night and that made me think of your challenge:

 

"I became more convinced than ever that what each of us really wants, deep down, is more life ... the experience of living a life unrestricted by self-image-imposed, artificial limits. ... When we experience expansive emotions of happiness, self-confidence, and success, we enjoy more life."

 

p.13, The New Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz. (Which if you haven't read I highly recommend, despite the slightly dubious sounding title.)

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Sorry everyone for falling off the map! I had a fantastic vacation! We didn't end up doing any ghost hunting - it requires a lot of advance planning and I just couldn't get people on board. But we did go camping in beautiful southern Indiana and I had a lot of time to think about the direction my life is headed.

 

I learned a lot of things. One of them is that this habit building community is one of my absolute best tools! The consistency it requires along with the comradery it provides has made habit changing so much more doable - not easy, but doable. This is the most success I've had at building multiple habits at once over this period of time.

 

Another thing is that if surrounding myself with motivated, successful people online (such as yourselves :P ) helps me change for the better, the same applies to people in real life. I'm not saying I've decided to drop all my old friends - that would be really shitty and arrogant! But I've decided to pay more attention to who I'm spending time with, and limit time with people who justify my immature, lazy, short-sighted actions (I do that well enough on my own). I know plenty of people who's idea of fun is an hour in the gym, cooking a healthy meal from scratch, or exploring a state park. They expect quite a lot from me and I return the favor.

 

Lastly, I need to get in better shape. It's not that I was limited over vacation because of my level of fitness. I actually was able to do so much more now that I'm consistently working out. I went horseback riding, and instead of walking funny the next day it just felt like I forgot to stretch after a run. The last day when my friends were tired, stiff, and sore, I was running around the campsite with more energy than I knew what to do with. I bet if I keep working on my fitness, I'll be able to do even more awesome things, like rock climbing and backpacking!

 

That being said, I'm having a hard time getting out of vacation mode. :P I've been consistent on my sleep and workouts, but only spotty on my chores and abysmal at watching my calories. So for the four days I didn't log before and after vacation, I got 10 total points. Not horrible, but not really great either. Eating habits continue to be my weakness, so that's the focus for the rest of this week.

 

@Sulinar: Thanks for the quote! That's exactly what I was trying to say!

 

@vikingbabe: Thanks for checking in on me! Love the signature. ;)

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Great to hear from you, Deerskin (I'd forgotten you were on holiday and was starting to worry!)

 

Sorry to hear that the ghost hunting didn't happen, but at least you got plenty of time to think about things. Finding space to do that can be really valuable, and it sounds like it's give you some useful insights that you can build on.

 

Now all you've got to do is get back on with the chores and calorie watching! (Warning: if you don't try hard enough with the latter, I'll send you dreams of bread, and then you'll be REALLY sorry. And hungry.)

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 I know plenty of people who's idea of fun is an hour in the gym, cooking a healthy meal from scratch, or exploring a state park. They expect quite a lot from me and I return the favor.

I wish SO badly that I, too, could say I knew more people like this (IRL, that is).

 

So great to hear from you again! I'm glad you had a fun-filled vacation full of useful reflection :) (Sorry to hear the ghost-hunt fell through, though. I will definitely be using the idea in the future!)

 

Don't beat yourself up about not having the best four days you could have (you were on vacation, after all!) Just push even harder next week! ;D

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“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.†John Roan

 

 
Don't know who John Roan is  but he's a clever guy. You definitely should spend time with the people that will motivate you. I totally agree about the online community, I think I seriously would've given up now 10x over if it weren't for everyone. With moving house and being a bit spotty it'd be so easy to just get out of the habit and forget. The pressure of writing on here every day really motivates you to keep going.

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Now all you've got to do is get back on with the chores and calorie watching! (Warning: if you don't try hard enough with the latter, I'll send you dreams of bread, and then you'll be REALLY sorry. And hungry.)

 

Nooooo! Well, I'm one up on you, because I threw out all the bread in the house today! Mwahaha. :tongue:

 

I wish SO badly that I, too, could say I knew more people like this (IRL, that is).

 

I can't tell you how valuable it is. It's so valuable that I decided over vacation to actively seek out people like this and actively limit time with people who aren't. This goes for other areas of life too, like finances.

 

Great to hear about the recharge you had with your vacation - and that you've seen immediate benefits from working out (more energy, less soreness)!

 

I had forgotten that the gym allowed you to do more than brag about your latest PR. :tongue:

 

Don't know who John Roan is  but he's a clever guy. You definitely should spend time with the people that will motivate you.

 

Not that I want to admit my mom was right when I was in high school, but she totally was right about watching who you spend time with.

 

W4, D3

  • sleep - check
  • workout - check. My sister asked to do the gym instead of intervals because she'd been falling behind on her workout schedule, so we did the gym.
  • calories - still sucky.
  • chores - check
  • total points - 3

 

W4, D4

  • sleep - 10.5 hours. Guess I needed it!
  • workout - off day
  • calories - off day (not that I earned it). I used the time to (finally) go grocery shopping so there's good food in the house!
  • chores - very productive! I also made a daily routine that will help make sure this stuff gets done.
  • total points - 4

Thanks everyone for the support! It's good to be back after vacation. I'm currently killing today's sleep goal by being up and typing this. :( I woke up after five hours with (of all things!) sore muscles and couldn't go back to sleep. I honestly think it's because I've been out of eggs and bacon since vacation and haven't been getting enough protein. I probably haven't been getting a lot of nutrients. But I went grocery shopping yesterday and prepared a lunch packed with fruit, veggies, and seeds so that should change! I'm also using the extra time this morning to boil some eggs to start making up the protein deficiency.

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I love boiled eggs, they're like little protein lifebuoys - you can just grab one when you really need something quick to save you from a bad choice!

 

I hear you on the sleep (10.5 for me too, last night, and I feel a siesta coming on later) AND the muscle soreness. Have you tried foam rolling? Here's a video showing why and how:

 

 

(I dunno whether that link will work, but it's the Runtastic Fitness video on foam rolling on YouTube, so you should be able to find it).

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I will definitely check out foam rolling, thanks! I should probably be using those fabulous Burt's Bees epsom salts for baths too.

 

W4, D5

  • sleep - no check. :( I woke up this morning at 1:20, laid in bed until 2:20, and finally got up out of frustration. That's only six hours in bed.
  • workout - check. I'm realizing that I need to be more efficient with my time at the gym, but maybe that's a focus for another challenge. I got everything done I wanted to get done, it just took me longer than it should have.
  • calories - finally, finally got my shit together today! I was feeling sick all day from the junk I've been eating, but I ate through it anyways. There were eggs, bacon, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, pumpkin seeds, ice cold coconut milk, celery, more eggs, a clementine, raspberries, a banana, almond butter, a homemade soup with chicken, snow peas, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, kale, more celery, onion, and garlic, and finally a cold, rich, Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. All of my breaks at work were spent eating to get it in and it was all within my calorie limit. So yay! :D
  • chores - double check
  • total points - 3

Thanks for reading! Let's finish week four with a bang!

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That looks like a great break-the-junk list of foods!

 

I'm interested in foam rolling (got one for Christmas,I manage to roll myself into furniture and scare the cats presently) let me know if that video is good - the one that came with my foam roller was...softcore pornographic. And disturbing.

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I'm interested in foam rolling (got one for Christmas,I manage to roll myself into furniture and scare the cats presently) let me know if that video is good - the one that came with my foam roller was...softcore pornographic. And disturbing.

 

Ew... sounds nasty! Yes, this video is fine - it's only quite short and although she's very cheery it comes across as genuine. (Says me grumpily.) Funny, the first thing I did with my roller was to scare the cat!

 

@Deerskin - Hope you manage to sleep better tonight, that "lying there hoping you'll go back to sleep" feeling is horrible. But that's a brilliant list of food, so go you for squeezing it all in. It's surprising how much time you have to spend eating if you want to get all your calories using lots of veggies.  :orange:

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I'm interested in foam rolling (got one for Christmas,I manage to roll myself into furniture and scare the cats presently) let me know if that video is good - the one that came with my foam roller was...softcore pornographic. And disturbing.

 

Haha, but those are my favorite ones! :P

 

But that's a brilliant list of food, so go you for squeezing it all in. It's surprising how much time you have to spend eating if you want to get all your calories using lots of veggies.  :orange:

 

I know! That's why I had to revise my calorie goal. If you factor in eight hours sleep, eight hours work, two hours to work out and shower, and throw in a social engagement, there's just no way to get in all the food!

 

W4, D6 and D7

  • sleep - check
  • workout - check
  • calories - failed both days again. :( I'm thinking the next challenge will need to focus almost exclusively on food. I haven't missed a single workout day. Not one. Some of them totally sucked, but I showed up to the workout. So that's my strength I guess. My weakness is food, and I need to work on it with a little more focus.
  • chores - check. My house actually looks pretty good right now. :)
  • total points - 6

W5, D1

  • sleep - check
  • workout - check. I focused a little more and got my weight set through a little faster.
  • calories - check, actually. I didn't really have time to eat in the morning, so my husband and I loaded up on calories in the afternoon at Chipotle. It was delicious, but I should have gotten the salad instead of the burrito. I'm not doing that great on my primal diet, but apparently I'm doing good enough that rice and tortillas upset my stomach. :(
  • chores - check
  • total points - 4

W5, D2

  • sleep - check, no thanks to upset Chipotle tummy :P
  • workout - check. It's really hot out, and I thought my run would suck a lot more than it did, but I guess I'm more heat-adapted than I thought. It helps that I run mostly in the woods.
  • calories - the day isn't done yet, but I'm going to go ahead and say check. I'm winding down with a beer (never had Dos Equis XX Amber but it is delicious) and heating up some of the chicken vegetable soup I made earlier last week and froze. Unless I somehow get more than 550 calories in after that, I'm golden.
  • chores - check
  • total points - 4

I know I said I wouldn't check my weight or bodyfat % until the end of the challenge, but tomorrow will be the first chance I've gotten to do it early in the morning and I'm not counting on getting another one until well after this challenge is finished, so I am going to do it. I have an 8 am appointment with one of the trainers at my gym to work on my squat and deadlift form, and I'm just going to use their bodyfat calculator while I'm there. I know I've seen really positive changes in this challenge, but I'm so nervous that the number won't have gone down! I tend to get discouraged by the numbers even though I tell myself I don't. That's why it's been so productive to ignore the scale this whole time. Wish me luck rebels!

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Fingers crossed for the bodyfat reading. Look at it this way - if the BF calculator says you've dropped a few percentage points, that's great! And if the BF calculator says you haven't, the stupid thing isn't working properly. 

 

Otherwise, sounds like excellent progress to me. It's nice that you are noticing where your weaknesses are so you can plan to work on them next time. I'm like - "Is that what this whole continuous feedback thing is all about?! NOW I get it!"

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More Life! More Life!  I love it! That's exactly what I'm try to do with my less screen time!  

Best of luck on the sleep aspect of your challenge, outside of maybe drinking more water, I can't think of a more important (or more difficult) change.  It's hard, but SO worth it.  I've come to acknowledge that I love sleep more than anything. ANYTHING. <3 :-) 

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