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Well last challenge I had my parents staying with us for 4 of the 6 weeks and most of the challenge was based around just staying on track whilst they were here.  I was pretty happy with how it all went, but now its time to knuckle down and hopefully see some results.  There are now a full 6 weeks in which we will have no visitors, no holidays (well one day off for the state fair but that's OK I can handle one day), nothing to distract me from knuckling down and working hard so that's what I'm going to do.  My goals are going to be a lot more strict than usual but hopefully I can keep up with it.

 

goal 1 - exercise
I was pretty happy with my 4 workouts a week last challenge but now I want to kick things up a bit.  I really need to get back to lifting and want to do that at least twice a week, There's a bootcamp class at the gym that I want to do every week, and then I want to do something else two days a week, either running, cardio, yoga or anything else I can find.

 

scoring will be in two parts.
Lifting +2 STR
A - 12+ workouts
B - 9-11 workouts
C - 6-8 workouts
D - 3-5 workouts
F - <3 workouts

 

Other workouts +2 STA

A - 18+ workouts
B - 15-17 workouts
C - 11-14 workouts
D - 7-10 workouts
F - <6 workouts

 

goal 2 - specific exercise goals.
2a - Do 3 pull ups in a row  STR +2

well I finally did it last challenge - I di my first full pull up.  I still can't do it every time, but I'm getting there so I'm going to continue working on it and try to string together at least two in a row, and hopefully 3.  Again, scoring will be based on how much I try as well as the actual goal.  1 point for each full pull up I do in a day (with a maximum of 5 per day).

A -  >126 attepmts
B -  95 - 125 attepmts
C -  65 - 94 attepmts
D -  42 - 64 attepmts
F -  < 42 attepmts

 

2b - do a 10 sec handstand. DEX +2

I ignored this last challenge but really want to give it another try.  Again I'll score on attempts. 1 point for each day that I spend some time practicing, an additional point available if I spend more than 0.5hour on my practice.

A - 42-84 points
B - 30-41 points
c - 20-29 points
D - 10-19 points
F - <10 points

 

Goal 3 - Make sure I'm eating right +3 CON

So my last couple of challenges I've really just focused on getting my snacking under control and I think I've done a pretty good job, but if I'm going to go all out for this challenge I may as well do it properly.  I'm going to try and track every day on myfitnesspal and I'm going to try and keep within the following macro and calorie limits.

Workout days - 2000 cal
non workout days - 1300 cal
protein 120g
fat 55g

1 point for each day that I track, an additional point for days when I meet the 4 goals specified.

A - 42-84 points
B - 30-41 points
c - 20-29 points
D - 10-19 points
F - <10 points

 

goal 4 - lifestyle

These may get a bit onerous and I'm not sure I can keep them up but I'll give it a go.

4a - sewing.  The seasons are changing and the kids and I need new clothes.  I want to try and make as many of our clothes as possible myself so I want to set aside at least 6 hours per week.  either clothes for us or stuff for the store. +2 WIS

4b - sleep.  With all the additional workouts I will need the extra sleep for I'm going to try and be in bed lights out by 10:30 each night. +1 CON

 

Made a few changes to my goals, mainly the way I score the pull up attempts, I'm only getting points for full pull ups now, not assisted pull ups, so I lowered the scoring criteria.  I also changed the sewing goal to 6 hours per week, rather than 1 hour every day to allow me to not sew some days.  I realized that if I make myself sew every day I'm going to start hating it.

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Good luck with your sewing! It would be so fantastic to make all of your kid's clothes, especially when they grow so fast!

I used to think so too, but now seeing all these beautiful clothes that I've made, being grown out of and having nothing to do with them is killing me - I can't sell them or give them away and they're too small to make into anything else, it's a pain.

 

Nice goals! Looking forward to seeing you be awesome. :)

 

That's some lofty workout goals! Good luck :)

Thanks guys, Hopefully I can keep it up.

 

Rooting for you on the pull ups! I still do assisted. You can do this!!

Am really going to have to pull myself together on this and get back to practicing regularly.  I really want to hit that one.

 

Well I'm enjoying my final guilt free night, doing a load of emotional eating.  I took my folks to the airport the morning, plus my husband's out of town so I'm feeling a bit lost tonight.   So I decided to just run with it, red wine, M&M's, Anna Karenina on the TV and my hair in the process of turning blue, pink, purple and green again (MyLittlePony returns).  By tomorrow I should be ready to pick myself up and throw myself into this challenge.  Bring it on.

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OK, adding in my starting stats

 

starting stats:

Gender: Female
Height: 5'1"
Weight:  ??? kg

 

measurements
wasit (at belly button): 34.5 in
Belly: 36 in
Hips: 37 in
Bust (in purple bra): 35.5 in

Underbust: 31 in
Thighs: 21 in
Upper arms: 11.5 in

neck 13 in

 

Strength
Squats: 90lb
bench press: 65lb
deadlift 150lb

 

Spent some time this morning setting up my numbers in MyFitnessPal.  For anyone who wants to friend me I'm 4hunter

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/4hunter

Now lets see how day 1 goes.  Have plans to hit the gym after dropping my daughter at school.

 

OAR: 45lb

chest press: 45 lb

barbell row: 75lb

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Awesome goals!  Let's get this thing started!

 

OK Started!  got my first workout in this morning

 

15 mins warmup on the treadmill

 

Squats

1x10xBW

2x5x45

2x5x65

3x3x90

3x5x75

 

Bench Press

2x5x45

1x1x70 (totally failed on the second rep - had to do the roll of shame)

1x3x65

1x2x65 (I couldn't even do these this morning)

5x5x55

 

Pull ups (1 full about 7 assisted)

 

Deadlifts

2x155

3x145

3x135 I think I need to deload on these could feel the form really slipping and now have a sore lower back so may just go back to 135s next time, work with my form again and work back up.

 

We just had a state fair here as well! Luckily there is a lot of walking involved, so if you can stay away from funnel cakes I'm sure you'll be fine. ;)

We allow ourselves one cream puff (shared between the 4 of us) as they are the fairs speciality and one other of those horrible foods again shared betwee 4 - the last couple of years have been deep fried kool aid, and deep fried jelly beans, not sure what we'll try this year, but I figure as long as I'm only have a small amount one day it won't ruin me!

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Love your goals, especially the sewing one! I totally get the pain of seeing them outgrow the stuff you made; I guess fortunately for me my kids have always had so very many hand-me-downs that I've never had a reason to sew regular clothes for them (although I do sew Renaissance Faire costumes, etc.). 

 

Good start for your challenge! If your form is slipping on the deadlifts, it's probably a good idea to deload, although even if form is perfect, too many deadlifts can end in an aching back (I did 100 deadlifts last Wednesday; ask me how I know!)

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Day 1 summary

 

goal 1 - exercise (lift 2x per week, other exercises 3x per week)

Did a lifting workout today - see pervious post
Lifting  - 1 out of 2 complete

Other workouts  - 0 out of 3 complete

 

goal 2 - specific exercise goals.
2a - Do 3 pull ups in a row  - 1 point for each actual pull up (with a maximum of 5 per day).

only managed 1 full pull up today - 1 point

2b - do a 10 sec handstand - 1 point for each day that I spend some time practicing, an additional point available if I spend more than 0.5 hour on my practice.

Did 1.5 mins worth of handstands this evening - 1 point

 

Goal 3 - Make sure I'm eating right - 1 point for each day that I track, an additional point for days when I meet the 4 goals specified.

Workout days - 2000 cal - 1559 Cal
non workout days - 1300 cal -
protein 120g
- 116g
fat 55g - 87g

well under for calories, pretty much met the protein and almost doubled the fat...... only 1 point today.

 

goal 4 - lifestyle

4a - sewing.  Set aside at least 1 hour a day to sew.   I'm actually going to change this goal as I realized tonight that I don't want to be forced to sew every single day, so I'm going to change it to 6 hours per week, either way I got in 1.5 hours worth of sewing today.  Made my son a new pair of pants.

 

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4b - In bed lights out by 10:30 each night.

last night wasn't technically a challenge night so the fact that I didn't get to bed till 11:30 doesn't count!

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Subbing! Your lift numbers are great. I can't wait to see you up them and NAIL that pull up goal!

 

Thanks,  really need to get working on that goal - haven't had the greatest start to it this challenge.

 

Great start! And wise move changing the goal. Making yourself hate a (very cool and useful!) hobby would be terrible. Interested to hear how you handle the more protein/less fat issue with your eating. I've faced the same issue. 

 Yep, really don't want to make myself feel like sewing is a chore.  And as for the protein it looks like I need to eat more chicken and shrimp.

 

Those pants are super cute.  Way to go on Day 1!

Thanks, still working on the pattern for those, the pockets are a bit low but the next pair should be about right.

 

Awesome goals.  I totally thought of you when I was trying to sew a belt for cosplay..... I sat there wishing I was creative like you!  =)  I am jelly of you being able to sew such cute clothes!  Keep up the good work!

I'm really enjoying having the time and ability to learn more and more about my "hobbies", sewing, knitting, crocheting and I'm getting better.... slowly slowly.  One day I might actually be happy with my skills, you know how even if something looks great to everyone else you can still see all the little faults.

 

As others have said, cute pants, and good for you for changing the goal; burnout is never good! Great start to your challenge!!!

Thanks, definitely don't want any burnout happening.

 

 

So onto the Day 2 summary

 

goal 1 - exercise (lift 2x per week, other exercises 3x per week)

Did a pilates workout video this morning which was nice but didn't really feel like a workout as such so I then went and did 30 mins on the elliptical.

Lifting  - 1 out of 2 complete

Other workouts  - 1 out of 3 complete

 

goal 2 - specific exercise goals.

2a - Do 3 pull ups in a row  - 1 point for each actual pull up (with a maximum of 5 per day).

Managed 2 full pull ups today - 3 points

2b - do a 10 sec handstand - 1 point for each day that I spend some time practicing, an additional point available if I spend more than 0.5 hour on my practice.

Did 1 mins 50 sec worth of handstands this evening - 2 points

 

Goal 3 - Make sure I'm eating right - 1 point for each day that I track, an additional point for days when I meet the 4 goals specified.

Workout days - 2000 cal

non workout days - 1300 cal - 1300 cal

protein 120g - 89g

fat 55g - 55g

on target for calories and fat but under on protein...... only 1 point today. - 2 points total

 

goal 4 - lifestyle

4a - sewing.  Set aside at least 6 hour per week to sew.   Another 1.5 hours worth of sewing.  Made my daughter a pair of pants today.  Total of 3 hours this week.

 

4b - In bed lights out by 10:30 each night.

made it into bed at 10:36 last night - I'm taking it, close enough.

Level 6, Ranger

 

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So I have a question... how are you doing your pullups? Palms away or palms toward you? I always called the former "pullups" and the latter "chinups".

 

That's the way I was taught.  In airborne school (a long long time ago) we had to do 8 chins everyday before we could start training.  Man, it was SO easy back then.

 

MLP - You. ROCK!  Keep up working so hard.

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STR: 2 | DEX: 2 | CON: 3 | STA: 5 | WIS: 2 | CHA: 3

 

Excellence is born of preparation, dedication, focus and tenacity; compromise on any of these and you become average and being average sucks.

 

 

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