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Hey Scouts.

The fall/spring season is here and we would all love to share in your observations of your challenge. I think it's handy to be able to look back on the last 6 weeks and put it all together. I believe we are capable of self-compassion and accurate judgment in regards to our goals. Let's see what it tells us about where to go next!

So let us know how you did.

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Physical Fitness Training (27/36) +2.5 Strength 

75%
75%

Strength = 2.5 * 0.75 = 1.875

 

Exit Stage Left (24/36) + 1 Sinisterity

66%
66%

Sinisterity = 1 * 0.66 = 0.66

 

Foam Roll (22/36) +1 Dexterity

61%
61%

Dexterity = 1 * 0.61 = 0.61

 

Scoutyness (26/36) +2.5 Stamina

72%
72%

Stamina = 2.5 * 0.72 = 1.8

 

0% Soda (20/35) +1 Constitution

55%
55%

Constitution = 1 * 0.55 = 0.55

 

Study Experimental Design (24/36) +2.5 Wisdom

66%
66%

Wisdom = 2.5 * 0.66 = 1.65

 

Proper Brushing of the Teeth and Flossing (34/42) +2.5 Charisma

82%
82%

Charisma = 2.5 * 0.82 = 2.05

 

My challenge seemed to evolve as I went through it and I did not adjust my numbers accordingly. It did take me a while to get into the challenge, so my numbers reflect my slow start. The last half of the challenge is where I felt like I started kicking butt. I fell into a sustainable rhythm for the most part, so I am going to definitely keep up with it during the break.

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I wrote my writeup in my thread, but in short: despite some setbacks, my challenge was generally successful. I broke 30 mins on my 5 km run for the first time while keeping track of my time (and then I did it a few more times), I worked out, I yoga-ed it up and I studied a lot more Japanese than I would have otherwise. I also lost a bit more pudge.

 

Overall, it was pretty good. :D

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Also wrote my wrap-up in my challenge, but the summary is: 100% across the board, even with how much I struggled in the last couple of weeks not to overeat and such. Also taper week sucks. As do hormones. Welp!

 

Next challenge I'm going to have to work on finding a balance on my eating so that I neither undereat nor overeat. I also want to work on increasing my speed. These are the two major driving forces for how I'll proceed with the next challenge. But my two biggest victories are 1) I ran a half marathon and PRed!!!!!! and 2) I no longer have crap body image issues. I like my body now. There's still work to do -- there's always work to do -- but I feel great about how I look and most importantly what I can do all the same. :D

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Main Challenge: Complete Two Triathlons - Success! In fact, I did better than planed and completed THREE Triathlons instead of two.  :D +2 STA, +1 DEX.


Quest One: Bicycle Three Hours a Week - Averaged 2 hours a week +2 STA


Quest Two: Log Food - Failure - Didn't log hardly anything 


Quest Three: Relax - Success - I managed to find time everyday to relax a little.  It was nice. +2 CON +1 WIS


Life Quest: Grey Skies - Failure.  I cleaned out my savings to buy a new bicycle. 


Scout Mini Challenges - Week 1 complete +1 CHA; Week 2 complete + 1 WIS; Week Three complete +1 STR; Week Four complete +1 STA; Week Five - Six - Did not complete.


CutLass Challenges - Did not do well here at all, didn't complete any challenges.


 


As a whole, this challenge was difficult for me.  I met some, but not all of my goals.  I ended up taking on more than I could handle, and between my goals, work, and class things got a bit out of hand at a few points.  However, in spite of not meeting my goals, I actually did fairly well this challenge.  I completed three triathlons (My first triathlon which went awesome, my second which was in open water for the first time ever, and my third I finished even though I had a flat tire) I made a life changing decision when I decided that I would stick with my current job instead of going back to a job I enjoyed because my current job allows me the time and money to continue with my fitness goals, I ordered my new bicycle (which will be put together this week!) and I learnt the importance of logging food and following the training plan my trainer gives me.  I did have a few set backs with my weight, I ate from stress and reached 299 lbs again, but I eventually got things under control and am now back down to 294. I am now planning my goals for next challenge and will consider the lessons I learnt during this one. 


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I had a very much up and down Challenge, but ended well. My main thing was getting distracted and not checking in. So next time, I'm going to make "daily check-in" one of my rewardable goals. I'm counting this a success, though not a well documented one in my thread with the getting distracted and all . . . I also start marathon training for the Oakland Marathon in March in mid December, so that'll be a good solid thing to shape my next one. But hope we do something in between. two weeks is a long time!

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Challenge Report
1) One long run each week.

  Got in several long runs including a 50k day and two 30k days.

  A, +5 STA
2) 3.5 hours of exercise each week not including long run.

  All As except a B week, averaged 3.9 hours of strict exercise (not including yard work and such).

  A, +2 STR +2 DEX

3) Log all food (MyFitnessPal)

  Logged.

  A, +2 CON
4) Don't sweat the small stuff

  Went very well and got better as the challenge progressed.  Almost an A.

  B, +1.5 WIS
5) Play outside with the boys

  Didn't go as well as planned.

  D, +0.5 CHA

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As promised...

 

CON: +1 I think I did well this challenge.  I increased my distance, ran a 5K race the whole way.  Achieved 100 miles ran this year.  I am now training at 3 miles instead of just a race distance.  My muscles are still adapting to it. 

 

STR: 0  I didn't touch my strength goal... oh well.  

 

DEX: +1 I met my DEX goal though. It's a lot smoother than It used to be.  I went to a juggling festival and leveled up in general. I "crossed over" to advanced level in contact juggling, as declared by one of the masters in the trade. :)

 

 

 

 

Weight: 210 lbs   -1 lb

Waist:   34 inches

Hip: 46 in

Arm: 14 in

Thigh 24 in -1 in

Calf: 17.5  -0.5in

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***CHALLENGE REPORT***

I set reasonable goals with conservative grading this challenge and I did pretty well. I started off strong but backed off the last two weeks where I didn't end up tracking anything and as usual, my story telling fell off the radar. Overall I'd say I got an A-.

Mission #1 - Power up, power down

(quick stretching or movement before and after sleep)

I did the worst on this one. It never really felt like a habit, and usually ended up being a very quick (possibly worthless) stretch, however, I did enough of it to get a B.

Mission #2 - Energize the elevator

(push-ups and squats when I go up stairs)

Okay, this one I am really excited about. For the most part I kept it up until the end, and it felt like a solid habit. The best part is that it did what I was hoping. It rehabed my shoulder from 50% to about 80%. Way more improvement than I had seen in the last 3 months. A!

Mission #3 - Multi-threaded maintenance

(no couch sitting while watching TV)

This also felt like a solid habit and I intend to keep it up. A.

Mission #4 - Autopilot anomaly

(be productive when I walk in the house)

This turned so muh into a habit that it felt like cheating. I realized that I had been doing this during week 6 even though I forgot to do it :tongue:

A

I learned that easy habit oriented goals work well for me! (this is the first challenge in a while that I didn't bomb out of the last 2 weeks)

I also learned that easy movement (like counter top push-ups when I'm capable of one armed) can have a very useful part of training.

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My week 1 was about being prepared for a 5k race, which I was hoping to do under 30 minutes, and I surprised myself by actually doing it, I was kinda expecting that I'd just miss it and be working hard for another race around now.

After week 1, my goals were:

At least 2 strength, aim for 3 some weeks: Yes, and I got in 3 strength 3/5 weeks.

At least 5 workouts, aim for 6 weeks: Got 5 every week except week 5, when my foot was sore and I still got 3 workouts in. But I got in 6 3 weeks so overall I averaged slightly over 5 :)

At least one yoga class per week: Missed 2 weeks. I've definitely come to the conclusion that I am more of a once per week-ish yoga person.

Try at least one Ashtanga and Flow class: Yep, did one of each.

Active commute once per week: Yep, I even did one week where I ran and biked.

Overall distance goal: Missed it by less than 5km, because I did 0 running in week 5 and couldn't entirely make it up in week 6. Completed it as of Monday.

Morning streamlining (aka getting out the door earlier and with a lunch)

I petered off on tracking it. I have some mornings where I do well and others not so well.

Overall feeling pretty good, though I really don't know what my next goals will be yet!

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Looks as though a lot of people found themselves working on their consistency expectations. I applaud your courage in this. We are a desirable bunch of nerds doing what needs to be done! Congratulations to everyone!

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