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DFTBAmanda: The 6 Labors, OR, Rejoining the JLA after a mysterious absence


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Hey fellow Rebels!!!

 

So I'm christening this the Grand Re-opening of Amanda's Nerd Fitness Challenge. I've been gone for much longer than I realized, with almost no memory of how this came to be. Last I remember I was working on close-hand pushups and gearing up for a Whole30.... and then I woke up and it was 4 months later.

 

In keeping with this phenomenon, I'm modeling my challenge after the Wonder Woman series "The Twelve Labors" (an oldie but a goodie!). In it, the champion of Paradise Island wakes up from a seemingly short nap with no memory of the last two years of her life. In order to regain her position on the Justice League, she must face 12 trials, much like her countryman Hercules back in the day. (BTW, if you haven't read the New 52 WW series by Brian Azarello, DOOOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIIIITTTT. What has your life even been up to now?!)

 

***End of interruption***

 

In all seriousness, I'm ready to get back to being me. I am not a person who blows off a workout to stare into space and brood about the shifty hand I've been dealt, but for the last quarter of a year I have been. Wow. It sounds like such a long time when you put it like that. I've also been the person that eats dessert everyday and tells herself she deserves it for making it through the day. And the person that doesn't even pick up fast food but orders delivery because going through a drive thru seems exhausting. I'm ashamed to say these things and let you all know just where I've been for awhile, but the first step is admitting, right?

 

The only reason I haven't undone EVERY SHRED of work I put into the last year on myself is that I'm still very much aware of how gluten kills me, and I stayed away from it for the most part. But I have climbed back on the sugar train and right now I'm having a swordfight on top of it with the conductor. And that goes double for caffeine. I haven't set out and done a workout since March, and I haven't lifted since I got laid off from being a flight attendant. I can't accurately remember the last time I broke a sweat....

 

All this changes now. My anniversary with Nerd Fitness was last month and I missed it. I have a lot to make up for. It's time to prove to myself that I have what it takes to see this through. It's time to take up my lasso and join the Rebels once again. It's time for The 6 Labors.

 

There are 6 weeks in the 6 week challenge (shocker, I know), hence 6 Labors. Six things I want to prove to the judge-y Justice Leaguers in my mind so that I can move past this setback and become the superhuman I was meant to be.

 

I want to prove that:

 

  • I am not ruled by caffeine
  • I am a morning person
  • I don't need sugar to lift my spirits
  • I am a person who eats real, whole food
  • I have time in my day to work out
  • I have the energy to accomplish fun things after work

There are three specific and reachable goals I've set for myself in order to prove these statements.

 

1. Bodyweight workout 3 times a week instead of (or while) watching Netflix with Nate

 

Nate and I have gotten into the habit of sitting on the couch as soon as I get home and then not moving from that spot until it's time to go to bed. We're both uncomfortable with it, I think both of our bodies are constantly screaming at us to go just DO something already, but I keep telling myself that I DESERVE it. That it's a reward to sit on the couch 6 nights a week doing nothing productive and watching Nate eat chez whiz (ew) and triscuits.

 

No more. I'm not going to try to make Nate do this with me, even though he's expressed interest, but I will make the decision for myself to make that time count for something. Even if I'm only moving for 2 hours a week, it's something I can build a foundation on. Now, it's already Thursday and I haven't done any workouts this week, but I can do one tonight and one on Saturday and that gives me a perfect start into next week, so I'll be ok with it.

 

2. Cut out the crap

 

I want to break the sugar/caffeine cycle that I've gotten myself into: coffee in the morning to start the day, candy in the afternoon to reward myself for not blowing up my office that day. Not even kidding. It's almost too tempting sometimes. I've actually taken big steps in curing this particular problem. For the last month I've been ratcheting my caffeine intake down from 3-4 shots of espresso to 1 cup of weak break room coffee. I have also stopped purchasing candy for myself. If I can keep it up, I'll be in business. My goal is that by the end of the challenge I will be drinking green tea in the morning at work and having maybe a cup of good coffee on Saturdays and NO candy. The only problem that could arise with this plan is my propensity for caffeine headaches and the general sluggishness that accompanies withdrawals from a stimulant drug (which is what caffeine is). I have every confidence that I can break the sugar cycle if I just stay committed to it for enough time for my tastebuds to change back to what they should be. I'll be compounding that by eating as much real food as possible, until I learn to love it again.

 

3. Don't be a slave to the alarm

 

I wake up in the morning 5 minutes before I have to leave for work. I end up scrambling to throw on vaguely matching clothes without brushing my teeth, half the time I forget to grab the lunch I packed, and don't even think about putting on makeup or fixing my hair. This is because I have to be at work at 7am every morning but Sunday most weeks, so I leave my house at 6:15, and in order to get up in time to really get ready for the day I would need to wake up by 5:30. This seems an impossible task. BUT. I know that part of the reason I'm so sluggish is my sedentary state these days and that will be helped by the exercise I'm going to be getting, and my appearance will be helped by having the time to comb my hair and wash my face in the morning :-P My goal is to wake up the first time my alarm goes off in the morning, instead of the 5th. That Isn't even an exaggeration. I have to set 6 alarms. This from the girl who used to wake up at 3am just to get in a workout and a nap before getting on the plane.

 

I know these are really simplistic and elementary goals, but I need to make myself believe that I've still got what it takes. I reserve the right to level up my goals as the challenge progresses, sadly this is the level I'm at right this moment. But you know me, I could decide to take up kite flying tomorrow. You never know ;)

 

 

 

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Glad to see you back! Those look like great goals. 

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simple and elementary they might be, but sometimes it's totally necessary!  Good luck hun!

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Yey you're back! I have similarly simple goals this time around, sometimes you need to build yourself back up slowly :)

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Yey you're back! I have similarly simple goals this time around, sometimes you need to build yourself back up slowly :)

 

NB: I don't know why this has posted twice, I only wrote it once I swear! Double post alert!

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"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."

"Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them."

 

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Glad to see you back! Those look like great goals.

Thanks Elastigirl! I'm going to go find your challenge thread, can't wait to see what you've been up to :)

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Glad to see you back. One step at a time and you will be all on track and fighting Wonder Woman style :)

I hope so Tate! I'm so glad to be back, it just feels right. I'm disappointed that it's been a year since my first challenge and this is where I am, but I'm so happy that I get to see you doing it the right way!!!!

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simple and elementary they might be, but sometimes it's totally necessary! Good luck hun!

Thanks Blaidd! I'll probably throw in something spicy if I can keep up with this for a few weeks, I'm excited to see how it goes!

"I am the master of my fate,
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Yey you're back! I have similarly simple goals this time around, sometimes you need to build yourself back up slowly :)

I'll have to track down your thread! It's definitely good to be back. Keeping it simple for the win!

"I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul" -WEH

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So... multiquote isn't working on this tablet. Neither is linking in my signature. Come to think of it, neither is picture loading. This could just be another one of those fun little quirks that Windows 8 has, or... it could be fixable by adjusting the settings? Anyone know?

 

Aaaaanywho, This week has been full of both highs and lows. There have been great triumphs! And dismal, dismal failures.

 

Let's start with goal #1. I actually did both workouts that I set out to do, one on Thursday, and one just a few minutes ago. While my rep number was very very small compared to where I was once upon a time, I was able to scrounge up some lat pulldowns, and I pulled 100 lbs! I have no doubt that once I've stuck with it a few weeks, I will be 100 times better than I am now. Currently, my arms can best be described as "pillow". It's the first place I gain weight, and it's always a great indicator of when something's amiss. With any luck, in a few months that'll be a thing of the past again!

 

Cut out the crap: didn't do so hot on this one. I have actually gone entirely without coffee since Thursday. However. Friday, Nate had a late show, and we've just got the one car now, so it was up to me to hang around from the time I got off work at 4 until Nate was ready to leave the theatre, which was supposed to be around 7 but ended up being after 10. I did not have any food with me, and my avenue of salvation was a Target next to the theatre. I bought a bag of m&ms, because I was hungry and annoyed. And then Nate bought me dinner to make up for things, and it was Whataburger. And I got a soda. And then Saturday was completely awful.

 

I went into a sneaky hate spiral of melancholy and self loathing and ended up in the fetal position in bed for a few hours. After the obligatory full day of work on a Saturday. It's a long story that is mostly attributed to it being shark week and just hating my job with the white hot fury of 1000 suns. Nate was understandably a bit freaked out and rushed to the store and got at my insistent behest a pint of dairy free chocolate icecream and gluten free cookie dough that I then smooshed into a cake pan and made a giant cookie sundae from. So now I still have a slightly gooey half a pizza sized cookie sitting on my stove and over half a pint of icecream in the freezer. And a lot of humble pie on my plate. I should probably not have tried to go cold turkey and go from eating candy and processed food everyday to eating completely home prepared Paleo again. Especially if I'm not even going to be at home.

 

This week will be much better planned.

 

Overall, mixed bag. But hey, at least I'm doing something again, at least it's registering, and that's something.

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Overall, mixed bag. But hey, at least I'm doing something again, at least it's registering, and that's something.

 It is EVERYTHING!!

 

I cannot believe you returned and I did not catch it till the first week was already over, WONDER WOMAN is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am at work now so I will return to write more and catch up, but I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am to see you back!!  The old superhero squad is returning and I am behind on catching up..AAAhhhhhhhhhh!!

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Hey, like you said, success is starting to do something again, and it's registering. Sounds like you put your finger on something important, that is, making small changes. When I try to change too much at once I tend to crash and burn. Your goals are awesome, Amanda. Just accelerate slowly and you'll be back up to speed before you know it. Hang in there!

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just don't forget to be Amanda, ok?

 

There really is no need to go into a spiral of self loathing, Mands.  We aren't upset with you and the world didn't end and you didn't kill anyone - soooo what's there to be upset about, nothing bad happened.  Well nothing critically bad.  So pick yourself up and start over again and this time, walk it til you can jog it til you can run it.  AND throw that cookie away!!  You don't need it!

 

We still love you :D

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Hey Rebel Family!

So I've been off in a land with no Internet, a land called Moving Apartments. I haven't forgotten my challenge! It's just that time warner cable won't be setting up our internet until the first week of August. I have been trying to maintain healthy habits, it's just been a crazy month and no ability to catch up on here. I'm typing all this out on my phone and my hand's already cramping [emoji39]

So in the last month I have trained an entire new division at my job, left that job, moved 300 miles to Austin, and now we're unpacking everything and getting ready for me to start law school in a month. It's intense how different everything is here from Dallas, but more on that later.

I haven't been getting in body weight workouts in the traditional sense, but moving is a very physical endeavor. I actually had to take a few rest days after we loaded everything off the truck just because I agitated my sternum somehow. I woke up Sunday morning and it hurt to breathe. I couldn't even get my tshirt off by myself. I was utterly useless in the unpacking efforts, but luckily it's gotten better everyday since then and right now it just twinges a bit when I lift something over 70 lbs or so. Keeping that in mind, my book boxes are HEAVY. I'm definitely still getting a full body workout.

One thing I'm very excited about is my new complex's fitness center! There are barbells and hand weights and space to do push-ups and it looks utterly deserted. I've promised myself to finish unpacking before I start beating myself up with DOMS, but I'm excited for the prospect.

On the eating front, I've had candy probably once a week, which is much better than it was before the challenge, and I've been able to start cooking my own food again, which is awesome. You know how moving always inevitably leads to not being able to find the silverware, and ordering takeout for three days in a row while you marvel at the sheer magnitude of what you have to do? Well this time we made sure that everything was labeled and easily accessible in the kitchen boxes and the second day we were able to unpack that entire room, do a major grocery trip, and have a pork roast in the crockpot by 2 pm! And I have a small container of 80% dark chocolate covered almonds in the pantry, and everything else is wonderful fresh paleo fare. Well, except Nate's junk food shelf. But we're working on that.

I've also only had 2 small coffees since leaving my job. Booyah.

I'm going to be honest, I'm not even using an alarm clock these days, since I'm a jobless layabout, but I wake up around 9 am on average, which is soooooooo much more fun than 5:30. There's really no comparison.

"I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul" -WEH

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wow!!  it's been quite busy for you.  Congrats on the move.  There are tons of rebels in Austin, so you should watch out for those meetups (even Spezzy is there at the moment).

Half Faerie (Sidhe) Scout | Black Belt Kitchen Ninja
"A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort" - Herm Albright
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