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Epic Quest: To feel better in my own skin. To be able to do more and move more easily. To be happier and more confident with my body regardless of where I am in my journey.
 
I am pretty bummed. I really wanted this challenge to be a major push but I am currently working 3:30 pm to midnight which creates some major challenges. The first major challenge is adequate sleep to fuel the workout and recovery, and the second is scheduling time to workout. 
 
The upside is that I hopefully have a new job. I have to finish negotiations and then if we come to an agreement workout a notice at my current job. My challenge is structured to scale what I'm doing based on the job I'm working.
 
Mission one: Mindful Eating
This is broken down into 5 action steps, each worth 20%
  • Continue the food photo journal. (Start at 100 points each week, -3 points for each missed meal/snack)
  • Primal Breakfast 5 days a week. (A: 0 missed, B: 1 missed, C: 2 missed, D: 3 missed, F: 4 missed)
  • Pack a meal and snacks for work. (A: no missed lunches, 1 missed snack, B: 1 missed lunch, 2 missed snacks, C: 1 missed lunch, 3 missed snacks, D: 2 missed lunches, 4 missed snacks, F: 3 missed lunches, 5 missed snacks)
  • Limit alcohol. Wine and beer only. I may make an exception once a week. (A: 0-1 exceptions, B: 2 exceptions, C: 3 exceptions, D: 4 exceptions, F: 5 exceptions)
  • Eat snacks mindfully and portion them out before eating them. Goal: to not mindlessly stuff food in my face in an emotional fog. (A: 0-1 unmindful, B: 2 unmindful, C: 3 unmindful, D: 4 unmindful, F: 5 or more unmindful)
Mission 2: Move it
My overall exercise goal I am working towards is strength training, some HIIT, and a little bit of steady state cardio. I plan to use sprinting for my main HIIT exercise, and running as my main little bit of steady state cardio. I need more practice at running to be able to sprint successfully.
 
Current job: I will walk, or walk/run three times a week, and practice my deadlift form twice a week. (Walk/Run: 80%, deadlift form 20%)
 
New job: Run/Walk 3 times a week (20%), Strength training routine 3 times a week (70%), practice my deadlift form (10%). 
 
The strength training will be a specific planned out routine (TBD) followed by stretching or foam rolling
 
Mission 3: Internet reduction
This is broken down based on what job I'm working
 
Current Job
  • Stop obsessively playing on internet in the mornings when I should be playing with my son. (40%)
  • Limit nap time internet use on Thursday and Friday. Monday and Wednesday are limited to nerdfitness. (60%)
 
Work days (new job):
  • Stop obsessively playing on the internet after work when I should be playing with my son. (40%)
  • No internet after 9:30pm with the exception of Mondays and Wednesdays. The Monday/Wednesday internet time is specifically for nerdfitness interactions and updates (60%)
Life Quest: Creating Spaces
Clearing physical and mental spaces so that things work for me instead of against me.
 

Daily tidy up - 15 minutes of chores.

 

Scoring: 80% of weekly grade. Weekly breakdown. 0-1 missed: A, 2 missed: B, 3 missed: C, 4 missed: D, 5 missed: F.

 

Creating spaces - spend 30 minutes a week on fixing up a space to make it more enjoyable and usable. Spaces to work on: garage gym, my bedroom, the yard, living room (desk/corner/top of crate)

 

Scoring: 20% of weekly grade. A: 25 to 30 minutes, B: 20 to 25 minutes, C: 15 to 20 minutes, D: 10 to 15 minutes, F: 0 to 10 minutes.

 

Knock out 5 nagging tasks that are taking up way too much space in my head and causing unnecessary stress. 

  1. Send in insurance appeal.
  2. Put up Zachary's bookshelf.
  3. Clean out escort
  4. Pay off gym and cancel membership
  5. Finish project and mail the box
  6. Wash and strip diapers

Scoring: end of challenge % of tasks completed.

 

End of challenge scoring: 90% weekly grades, 10% nagging tasks.

 

Side quest: Primp, Preen, Pamper
This isn't about being more attractive, it is about feeling more attractive. I realize that taking the time and putting in some grooming effort creates a mental shift. It sends a message to me that I am worth the time and effort.
  • Primp - spend time making minor adjustments to (one's hair, makeup, or clothes). (33%)
Once a week I will:
Pluck my eyebrows
Trim, file, and paint my finger nail OR trim, file, and smooth/shine finger nails.
  • Preen - devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one's appearance. (34%)
Once a week I will:
Dress up in a skirt or dress.
Put on make
  • Pamper - indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil. (33%)
Once a week I will do something pampering for myself such as take a bath, paint my toe nails, or do a face mask.
 
Week 4 and Week 5 challenge booster:
On week 4 and week 5 I will update this thread on Wednesday and Friday with a status check on how the week is going. The hope is that checking in and taking a real look at what I have and haven't done so far will help keep me on track.
 
I'm a bit late to the challenge so I won't count what has already happened (or not happened) against myself.
 
Starting Measurements:
Waist: 37.25 inches
Belly: 41.38
Hips: 40.38
Weight: 166ish
 
I have removed bust measurements because they are always all over the place. Weight measurement is now done with a non-digital scale so less accurate reading, but should show a more accurate trend long term.
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I am having trouble keeping focus. Some of it is a lack of motivation and some of it is that these goals aren't ingrained in my mind yet. My previous challenges were much more simple set up wise, and I feel like this one has quite a few more pieces to keep track of.

 

I'm going to hang reminders of challenge goals in various places, and make a weekly checklist I can use to help me get the goals ingrained.

 

I've added starting measurements to my original post as well as additional scoring guidelines/organization to help with creating better focus.

 

Good news: My new job starts June 27th! So I only need to push through this crap schedule for two more weeks. 

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Congratulations on the new job.

 

And a good idea on the checklist. I've managed to completely forget about stuff for an entire challenge.

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Thanks Jakkals! I can see how you could forget something for a challenge. Sometimes I throw in things without realizing I did so, or think I included something I didn't. Too many ideas floating in my head.

 

Week 1 in review

 

Mission one: Mindful Eating

  • Continue the food photo journal. B
  • Primal Breakfast 5 days a week. B
  • Pack a meal and snacks for work.
  • Limit alcohol. Wine and beer only. A
  • Eat snacks mindfully and portion them out before eating them. C

Weekly grade: B

 

Mission two: Move it
 
I only went for one walk and only practiced my deadlift form once.
 
Weekly grade: F 
 
Mission 3: Internet reduction
  • Stop obsessively playing on internet in the mornings when I should be playing with my son. B
  • Limit nap time internet use on Thursday and Friday. Monday and Wednesday are limited to nerdfitness. C
Weekly grade: C
 
Life Quest: Creating Spaces
  • Daily tidy up - 15 minutes of chores. B
  • Creating spaces -
  • Nagging tasks: no progress

Weekly grade: B

 

Side quest: Primp, Preen, Pamper

  • Primp - (eyebrows, nails) 
  • Preen - (dress up, make up) A 
  • Pamper - (pamper yourself) A

Weekly grade: A

 

Thoughts:

Getting a late start this challenge made things for this first week difficult. I had already lost some days and because I hadn't spent as much time preparing and planning for this challenge as I usually do the goals weren't ingrained in my head. I also had a case of meh. 

 

I've spent some time this week adjusting the action steps, and clarifying more on how they should be scored. I also created a check list that I can use daily and weekly to help track what I have and haven't done for the week. As my challenges get more complicated systems like this will become more and more important.

 

One thing I need to remember to do is front load as much as possible. For example if I wait until the last 5 days of the week to eat a primal breakfast this can backfire when the husband makes french toast, or wants doughnuts for fathers day. Can't say I blame him. Who wouldn't want a double maple bacon doughnut for fathers day?

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Had a really productive day today. It was my Saturday but I sent Zachary to his sitters for awhile so that I could rest and get a few things done.

 

I didn't get quite as much resting done as I meant to. But boy was I productive!

 

I spent 30 minutes on my creating spaces project. I completed my 15 minutes of chores, and spent almost an hour cleaning out our escort (nagging task). It still needs a bit more work before we can sell it, but the biggest chunk of the work is done.

 

After picking up Zachary we went for a walk to the park (one walk down). And then played and had dinner.

 

Now that he's in bed I've started the process of getting the cloth diapers washed and stripped (another nagging task).

 

Phew!

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Congratulations on the new job! What a relief that must be to know that you will be able to have a sane schedule again soon!

 

God for jumping in and going for the challenge! You'll get it sorted. I'm impressed that you are doing it at all with the work schedule you have right now.

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Thank you Phenoix and Shadow! :)

 

Woot, congratulations on your new job!  I'm very happy for you.  What will your work schedule be like?

 

Day shift, Monday-Friday. I might eventually work some evenings/weekends. But probably nothing later than 7pm or 8pm, which works fine for me. How is your job hunt going? I went poking around earlier to see if you had a challenge thread and didn't see one. Are sticking with battle logs and such for now?

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Day shift, Monday-Friday. I might eventually work some evenings/weekends. But probably nothing later than 7pm or 8pm, which works fine for me. How is your job hunt going? I went poking around earlier to see if you had a challenge thread and didn't see one. Are sticking with battle logs and such for now?

That's good that your new schedule is better.  I haven't done any job searching but the office is expanding and my supervisor wants me to become a team lead.  I started lifting weights last week and am feeling very good.  

What are your plans for the weekend?

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That's good that your new schedule is better.  I haven't done any job searching but the office is expanding and my supervisor wants me to become a team lead.  I started lifting weights last week and am feeling very good.  

What are your plans for the weekend?

 

Team lead - do it! The worst that happens is you have new skills for your resume. That is great that you've been lifting weights and feeling good. :)

 

For my first weekend off (this weekend) we went and visited the in laws and my brother. We had a ton of fun.

 

While there I picked my bike up from my brothers. He'd taken it to the bike shop he frequents for me because it was a wreck and needed a lot of work. I bought it when I was pregnant because it was cute.  :redface: It's an old blue schwinn breeze.

 

I need to get a helmet and then I can ride it! 

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Week 2 in review

 

Mission one: Mindful Eating

  • Continue the food photo journal. C
  • Primal Breakfast 5 days a week. B
  • Pack a meal and snacks for work. 
  • Limit alcohol. Wine and beer only. A
  • Eat snacks mindfully and portion them out before eating them. B

Weekly grade: B

 

Mission two: Move it
 
I only went for one walk and only practiced my deadlift form once.
 
Weekly grade: F 
 
Mission 3: Internet reduction
  • Stop obsessively playing on internet in the mornings when I should be playing with my son. B
  • Limit nap time internet use on Thursday and Friday. Monday and Wednesday are limited to nerdfitness. C
Weekly grade: C
 
Life Quest: Creating Spaces
  • Daily tidy up - 15 minutes of chores. B
  • Creating spaces - A
  • Nagging tasks: partial progress on a few tasks

Weekly grade: B

 

Side quest: Primp, Preen, Pamper

  • Primp - (eyebrows, nails) 
  • Preen - (dress up, make up) A
  • Pamper - (pamper yourself) A

Weekly grade: A

 

Week 3 in review

 

Mission one: Mindful Eating

  • Continue the food photo journal. REMOVED
  • Primal Breakfast 5 days a week. B
  • Pack a meal and snacks for work.
  • Limit alcohol. Wine and beer only. A
  • Eat snacks mindfully and portion them out before eating them. C

Weekly grade: A

 

Mission two: Move it
 
I only went for one walk.
 
Weekly grade: F 
 
Mission 3: Internet reduction
  • Stop obsessively playing on internet in the mornings when I should be playing with my son. B
  • Limit nap time internet use on Thursday and Friday. Monday and Wednesday are limited to nerdfitness. C
Weekly grade: C
 
Life Quest: Creating Spaces
  • Daily tidy up - 15 minutes of chores. C
  • Creating spaces - 
  • Nagging tasks: small amount of progress, none completed.

Weekly grade: C

 

Side quest: Primp, Preen, Pamper

  • Primp - (eyebrows, nails) 
  • Preen - (dress up, make up) A
  • Pamper - (pamper yourself) A

 

Weekly grade: A

 

Thoughts:

I was avoiding challenge threads because I felt like I had lost control of my challenge and had fallen off the challenge horse. I came back today to get back on and now that I've taken a look it isn't as bad as I thought.

 

I've removed the portion of taking a picture of my food. I feel I learned what I needed from this exercise last challenge. New things aren't being learned this time around. It might be useful again later after I've implemented more changes. I also don't like feeling the need to have my phone with me every time I eat. It goes against my other goals of disconnecting from obsessive phone fiddling.

 

Clothes shopped today. At the beginning of this year I was a size 18 for pants. Last challenge I bought new jeans (size 14). When trying on new clothes today I noticed that some size 12 bottoms are starting to fit. And for the first time in god knows how long I had to put a size large skirt back and pick up a size medium. I am shocked! And happy!

 

My husband has started mentioning wanting to lose some weight. We might give up alcohol together one challenge, or at least greatly reduce it.

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Week four brings my extra check ins for extra accountability.

 

+ I had a primal breakfast.

 

 - I did not pack my lunch.

 

+ I dressed up in a skirt

 

I tried to exercise after work but I couldn't find my ipod. Used my time up searching for it. :( If I can't find it I'll just have to do my strength routine and a walk instead of a walk/run.

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I didn't pack lunch for work today so I missed one packed lunch. I've also missed one day of chores.

Did a strength routine yesterday.

Did 10 minutes of creating spaces today.

I've had primal breakfast all 3 days this week

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Elastigirl - thank you for checking on me!

 

My week 4 went OKish.

 

Week 5 was a complete fail.

 

Now I'm spending week 6 on a business trip.

 

This challenge has completely gotten away from me so I'm just going to admit that it wasn't successful. So now I'm brushing myself off and regrouping for the next challenge.

 

All my previous challenges had simple goals that worked well with what I had going on, which set me up for success.

 

This challenge I had a ton of little goals that were hard (for me) to track, with little to no system set up to keep track. 

 

This challenge I didn't really have an understanding what would work for me (time-wise). So my time per an exercise day was too long. I wanted to run and strength train on the same days, but that was about an hour long workout. I'm maybe limited to 30-40 minutes each day, and I want to stay down to 3-4 days. Preferably three. So I need a new workout plan.

 

Many of my goals were "I'd like this to happen" with no plan of action to make it happen. Which doesn't work.

 

So next challenge I need to simple, clear, high impact goals that are set up as action plans instead of wishes.

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Elastigirl - thank you for checking on me!

 

My week 4 went OKish.

 

Week 5 was a complete fail.

 

Now I'm spending week 6 on a business trip.

 

This challenge has completely gotten away from me so I'm just going to admit that it wasn't successful. So now I'm brushing myself off and regrouping for the next challenge.

 

All my previous challenges had simple goals that worked well with what I had going on, which set me up for success.

 

This challenge I had a ton of little goals that were hard (for me) to track, with little to no system set up to keep track. 

 

This challenge I didn't really have an understanding what would work for me (time-wise). So my time per an exercise day was too long. I wanted to run and strength train on the same days, but that was about an hour long workout. I'm maybe limited to 30-40 minutes each day, and I want to stay down to 3-4 days. Preferably three. So I need a new workout plan.

 

Many of my goals were "I'd like this to happen" with no plan of action to make it happen. Which doesn't work.

 

So next challenge I need to simple, clear, high impact goals that are set up as action plans instead of wishes.

Great plan. It seems like the longer I do the challenges, the easier it is to get what works. Even when a challenge doesn't work, if it teaches you how to improve  next time it is a win

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Good assessment and good plan for the next one. You had a lot of unknowns to deal with when planning this one. It may not have been a "success," but it sounds like you are succeeding at learning what works for you and how structure future challenges. Just doing anything at all under the circumstances was a move forward.

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