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I know this isn't the most popular opinion, but I think your own knowledge and awareness of your body trumps a dismissive doctor, hands down. The last time I had my disc slip out of place my pain management specialist told me I'd never lift more than 25 lbs again. She also said I was so active that PT wouldn't help me, but to come back when I could no longer walk and we'd discuss surgery. Pretty nice, huh? Especially considering my toddler already weighed more than 25 lbs at the time.

 

I was hurt at first. My body had let me down, and I was going to be the inactive mother, watching my daughter's life from the sidelines. But then I got angry. There was no way I was going to accept that kind of restriction. I started doing research on my own, joined NF, and started exercising in earnest. WIthin a few months the pain diminished, and my strength and confidence grew. I routinely deadlift 110 lbs, and can get it up to 140 lbs if I'm pushing it. I still have tweaks of pain to remind me when I'm over doing it, like on the Russian chair the other day doing leg lifts. I respect my body, listen to it's feedback, and change what I'm doing.

 

You are SUPER careful with what you do. You are a healthy and active adult, which is kind of a rare things these days. Doctors aren't used to seeing people like us who are willing to put in the time and effort to fix and improve our injuries. They are used to the fast-track, PT skipping, drug reliant patient, who would baulk at the schedule we keep.

 

You are doing great.

 

full stop. You graduated PT. He made sure you had good form. If you want to squat and lunge, girl do it. Listen to YOUR body, and if you feel like those movements are helping, please don't feel like one grumpy doctor should stop you. Now, I am in no way advocating ignoring professional medical help - but they are human, too. At some point, people need to take some personal responsibility for their health, and you have done that. Recovering from a major injury SUCKS. It's hard work. It takes dedication and a mental fortitude that most people don't have. Not only have you been rocking it, you are a stronger and better person because of it.

 

I'm sorry he made you feel sad about your progress. That's his bad. Surgeons really need to work on their damn bedside manner, it's infuriating. Mine told me to pretty much do whatever I felt like after my appendectomy. He didn't give me any good guidance or help for my recovery. It was a blessing in the end, because I didn't have to listen to anything but my own body. I am actually grateful for that. If you need validation that you are doing the right thing, and you are doing right by your body, I am giving it to you :D keep rocking it, sister. You are doing amazing things <3

I need a like x1 000 000 button here (and super sorry your pain management specialist is such a downer :( )

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Dears, I need a full keyboard to fully express how much your support means to me. ï¸ï¸ï¸

Sent from my iPhone while riding a unicorn through the cosmos.

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oh hai,

so, challenge over?

but I need to do a week 5 and 6 recap still!

oh and I kind of accidentally took week 5 and 6 off! kinda!

but this week, I am so totally jazzed about staying active, wtf, brain, don't you know the challenge is over? maybe you should chill?

 

lemme get my weeks 5 and 6 recapped.

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WEEK 5 RECAP

(remember grading = NOT SO HOT / GOOD / BETTER / BEST)

GOAL 1: MAKE A LIST / CHECK IT TWICE: write up a weekly exercise calender, track it here, and check off the boxes. bonus bump! do a bunch of extra exercises in a day, like, 100 sit-ups or something torturous.

SO. I didn't post my schedule. I wrote it up! but didn't post it. and then, I also didn't really do it, either.

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I hit the gym 2x - legs 2x and arms 1x.

I DID do all the tkd, thought - I knew I couldn't on tuesday, but I went thursday and for a super awesome long time on sat.

NOT SO HOT PLUS, is what I'd give myself. Or a GOOD MINUS. I should have built in a JUST OK to my scale.

GOAL 2: PLAY WITH ALL MY TOYS: make a special point to schedule in toy time and hit that goal.

NOPE.

I didn't do ANY toys (though tkd on sat. had a bunch of toys).

NOT SO HOT

GOAL 3: USE MY OWN DATA TOOLS / TAKE THAT UGLY SAD PANDAS: Continue to track calories every day AND ALSO stay under my calories goal for the week.. bonus bump! for tracking caffeine too, using the jawbone coffee app.

erm....

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closer. I guess I'll say GOOD MINUS? again, this is really a JUST OK.

LIFE QUEST: NO REALLY BECOME THE NEON SIGN.

CROW POSTS

* bumped running up to faster and longer

* amazing sat. at tkd!

* also I saved the day on the parenting front!

* awesome pics of myself from our fancy bathroom with the fainting chair!

BUT THEN I DECLARED FITNESS BANKRUPTCY.

so maybe just a GOOD on this.

OF GENERAL INTEREST:

weight trend:

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WEEK 6 RECAP

(remember grading = NOT SO HOT / GOOD / BETTER / BEST)

GOAL 1: MAKE A LIST / CHECK IT TWICE: write up a weekly exercise calender, track it here, and check off the boxes. bonus bump! do a bunch of extra exercises in a day, like, 100 sit-ups or something torturous.

NOPE. NOPE NOPE NOPE.

didn't make a schedule. I wrote in after the fact what I did. NOTICE THE NOPES. ^^^ this is up above.

I only went to the gym once, on friday. I didn't so any extra exercises. I hit the regular tkd schedule, but that's nothing fancy. I had kind of a normal person week who isn't all jocked out on NF.

NOT SO HOT

GOAL 2: PLAY WITH ALL MY TOYS: make a special point to schedule in toy time and hit that goal.

again, NOPE.

I didn't do ANY toys.

NOT SO HOT

GOAL 3: USE MY OWN DATA TOOLS / TAKE THAT UGLY SAD PANDAS: Continue to track calories every day AND ALSO stay under my calories goal for the week.. bonus bump! for tracking caffeine too, using the jawbone coffee app.

This went the best of the 3 goals, actually.

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I was really careful towards the end of the week and made sure to come in under target.

so, because I was so careful about it I'm going to give myself a BEST.

LIFE QUEST: NO REALLY BECOME THE NEON SIGN.

CROW POSTS

I feel like I totally did horrible on this.

I mean, I didn't eat an extra cookie. in the week of non-stop cookies.

and then I went to the doctors and had an existential crisis because he didn't fluff my ego enough.

ugh

NOT SO HOT.

BUT. BUT. you all deserve a BEST in this category, because you are all such good friends and supportive fellow nerds. thank you all SO MUCH last week. you really helped me out a lot.

OF GENERAL INTEREST:

weight trend:

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FIRST! | WK 1 | WK 2 | WK 3 | WK 4 | WK 5 | WK 6

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aaaaand full challenge results.
(remember grading = NOT SO HOT / GOOD / BETTER / BEST)

 

SO WHO'S BRIGHT IDEA WAS IT ANYWAY TO RUN A CHALLENGE OVER THE HOLIDAYS?!

GOAL 1: MAKE A LIST / CHECK IT TWICE --> GOOD MINUS. JUST OK if that were a thing.
Wk 1 BEST
Wk 2 BEST
Wk 3 GOOD
Wk 4 NOT SO HOT
Wk 5 GOOD MINUS
Wk 6 NOT SO HOT

GOAL 2: PLAY WITH ALL MY TOYS --> NOT SO HOT! man, I started so strong and really dropped the ball.
Wk 1 BEST
Wk 2 GOOD
Wk 3 NOT SO HOT
Wk 4 NOT SO HOT
Wk 5 NOT SO HOT
Wk 6 NOT SO HOT
GOAL 3: USE MY OWN DATA TOOLS --> GOOD! I did really good on this. I was under/at goal for most of these most of the time.
Wk 1 BEST
Wk 2 BEST
Wk 3 BETTER
Wk 4 NOT SO HOT
Wk 5 GOOD MINUS
Wk 6 BEST

LIFE QUEST: NO REALLY BECOME THE NEON SIGN. --> a solid good! once I started to focus on this, I realized I AM accomplishing a lot.
Wk 1 GOOD
Wk 2 BETTER
Wk 3 GOOD
Wk 4 BEST
Wk 5 GOOD
Wk 6 NOT SO HOT

MOAR STATS PLS

actual weight
190.8 --> 190.8 so holding pretty steady, against all holiday odds..

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fat mass
53.2 --> 52.4 YAY, this is great!

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lean mass
137.5 --> 138.4 because GUNS!

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fat percent
27.9 --> 27.4

challenge5 FatPER



But this is what I'm really excited about : shoulder! Arm!
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That is a fantastic looking shoulder and arm!! Much to be happy about there. Despite the holiday ughs, you have been doing great. You gave yourself a lot to focus on, and that is hard during the time of year where you just want to feel normal. BUT, the holidays are short lived, and in a week and a half everyone is going to be hopping on OUR health train. That's really the only thing I love about New Years - no more junk in the office, and everyone else wants to hit the gym as much as you do. Much less attitude received from others, until their enthusiasm dries up.

 

This is my third Christmas season on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon, and it never gets totally easier. You start to make better food choices out of habit, and you start to really enjoy the indulgences you do have more. My mother is making chocolate steamed pudding cake with homemade bourbon whip cream on Christmas and I'm practically beside myself with glee. I'll eat reasonably during the day, enjoy something I haven't had in eons, tolerate my family, and then it'll all be over with :) Back to normal life with your biggest concern being fighting over the gym equipment with some newbie for a couple months.

 

Bonus is you are almost back to normal after you injury. You can reattack life with normal-feeling vigor once the holidays are over. Just think of how much better you are doing now than if you had just blown off your goals completely. You certainly wouldn't have maintained your weight, or gained muscle mass. Sometimes you just have to remember how to live in the 'maintenance' mindset, and reattack your goals when you have recharged <3

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GUNS!

 

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You did amazing on your PT, improved in lots of areas (less on the pullup machines woo!) AAAAANNNNNDDD you were a busy. as. all. get. out.

2015 won't know what hit it ;)

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What a fantastic shoulder and arm that is!!!!!

 

Regardless of goal completion, you've done awesome despite various unexpected things... and PT.... and family insanity... and HOLIDAYS.  So I am sending you a virtual high five!

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Monday: got up for the gym. YAY. it was great to be back, I feel like I had taken weeks off! actually I sort of did take about 1 1/2 weeks off, kind of. what I HAD NOT done, and which is super obvious for me today - the squats and lunges. by evening on Monday my butt was screaming. it is so sore today. that is reason enough to disregard my surgeon's advice!

 

yesterday I worked, then had to drive into NYC for a meeting and I was also having day one of shark week, which is my HOLLOW DAY. at work I avoided eating a lot of junk but there was some granola/trail mix in the kitchen, which I normally NEVER eat because so much sugar, but I had a couple of handfuls of that. I'm ok with that, better than cookies. then I enticed my husband to join me for ramen while in the east village before we drove home together - I LOVE RAMEN MORE THAN ALMOST ANYTHING - and it was SO good, and overall I was totally cool on calories, all the raman and trail mix aside. good food day. home late, but good food day.

 

today I'm plowing through some network intensive work stuff while I'm here. I'm off the next two days for xmas, and then planning to take most of the day off on friday, then back in the office for a couple of days next week before we head out to western ohio for husband's extended fam's annual seafood new year bash. we missed it last year because of norovirus, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again.

HOWEVER I am not looking forward to the zillion mile drive.

but I'm thinking about how to program in some activities.

 

here's my plan for this week:

 

Monday - gym/leg day (done yay!)

Tuesday - I meant to go to the gym, but I was too tired after my meeting. I am going to try and do some abs.

Wednesday - gym - arms and legs - all the weights plus running

Thursday - no gym on xmas! but I am going to do abs, lunges, squats, and jumping.

Friday - gym - arms and legs - all the weights plus running.

Sat - we are in albany for more family xmas, so no structured exercise. HOWEVER I do want to do the abs, lunges, squats, and jumping that I'm skipping out on for Friday all-weights-extravaganza.

Sun - we wake up in albany for more family xmas, so no structured exercise.

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You did so well with PT and your goals this challenge. Look forward to you destroying it in the new year. :)

 

YEAAAA GUNS!

 

I'm super looking forward to the new year! like, I've got a reasonable path forward, and i don't have to stay in this PT holding pattern any more.

 

That is a fantastic looking shoulder and arm!! Much to be happy about there. Despite the holiday ughs, you have been doing great. You gave yourself a lot to focus on, and that is hard during the time of year where you just want to feel normal. BUT, the holidays are short lived, and in a week and a half everyone is going to be hopping on OUR health train. That's really the only thing I love about New Years - no more junk in the office, and everyone else wants to hit the gym as much as you do. Much less attitude received from others, until their enthusiasm dries up.

 

This is my third Christmas season on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon, and it never gets totally easier. You start to make better food choices out of habit, and you start to really enjoy the indulgences you do have more. My mother is making chocolate steamed pudding cake with homemade bourbon whip cream on Christmas and I'm practically beside myself with glee. I'll eat reasonably during the day, enjoy something I haven't had in eons, tolerate my family, and then it'll all be over with :) Back to normal life with your biggest concern being fighting over the gym equipment with some newbie for a couple months.

 

Bonus is you are almost back to normal after you injury. You can reattack life with normal-feeling vigor once the holidays are over. Just think of how much better you are doing now than if you had just blown off your goals completely. You certainly wouldn't have maintained your weight, or gained muscle mass. Sometimes you just have to remember how to live in the 'maintenance' mindset, and reattack your goals when you have recharged <3

 

what an amazing perspective on the holiday season... I'd never thought of it before, thank you for writing that out for me here! :)

 

I'm stupid excited about next challenge, because I can program it around me, with added leg work, as opposed to programming it around legs, with added me work.

 

GUNS!

 

200.gif (sorry couldn't help myself when i saw this one... look at that secondary action on the jaw!)

 

You did amazing on your PT, improved in lots of areas (less on the pullup machines woo!) AAAAANNNNNDDD you were a busy. as. all. get. out.

2015 won't know what hit it ;)

 

SAVE ME BEFORE I AM SMACKED WITH THE NOSE OF DOOM!

 

and! thanks :)

 

W00t!!!  Being able to look in the mirror and SEE CHANGE - priceless!!

 

that shoulder was such a great surprise, and at exactly the right time!

 

What a fantastic shoulder and arm that is!!!!!

 

Regardless of goal completion, you've done awesome despite various unexpected things... and PT.... and family insanity... and HOLIDAYS.  So I am sending you a virtual high five!

 

virtual high five right back atcha!

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happy holidays everyone!

 

* xmas was actually amazing.

we are 1/2 way through our xmas week, and this afternoon we're driving north for family xmas #5 of 5.

 

* kids are happy, husband is happy, mom is happy, his parents are happy, my dad seems to be happy and he's xmas #5 of 5.

and I am happy!

 

* gym on tuesday was awesome. I did 4 assisted pull-ups with only 55 lbs assist! yay!

* dressed in gym clothes now for gym after lunch time.

* didn't do any exercises yesterday (abs/jumping/high knees/lunges)

* will do them tomorrow for sure though.

 

* food on xmas was a disaster. I ate so much, but in totally reasonable quantities each time. I haven't put it all in to loseit yet... but going to start doing that now.

///ok that's in. wow. I mean, not terribly done, I was at 3500 calories for the day and honestly? about 1000 of that was booze. THERE YOU GO. shouldn'ta drank so much/at all. I knew that! but i did it anyway. maybe I can learn my lesson for 5th xmas this weekend.

 

* I'm working from home today ... don't have a lot of vacation time accrued and we're talking about a 2 week trip on the motorcycles next spring, so I have to hoard it.

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Way to go!!!  I bailed on logging yesterday (back at it today).  I will have to exert much discipline for Christmas the Second tomorrow (daughter and her fiance), but I have to say that I really did enjoy the break from measuring and counting for one day. 

 

AWESOME job on the pullups. 

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oh man my logging! it was good that I did, but WHOA.

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something I need to do: not drink during holiday celebrations.

that's almost exactly the amount I was over calorie limits every day! that I was over budget! that's nuts!

 

More details:

Xmas eve I had my mom and my husband's parents over to my house, and I cooked really nice healthy things - butternut squash and leek risotto, sauteed broccoli rabe, and a garlic ginger chicken soup with quinoa in it. ALSO we went to the gym that morning.

 

Actual Xmas we started at my house (breakfast was baked oatmeal and bacon), then had Xmas at our friends' house (big blended family with the kids and their mom's family and our family) and after that we went to my in-laws for 2nd Xmas dinner with my husband's brother and his partner. So many big meals.

 

This weekend we were up at my dad's for another Xmas, and I did practice some holiday mitigation strategies - I brought lots of extra eggs so I could for sure have fried eggs for breakfast instead of pancakes/etc. I exercised on sat. - about 25 min. of abs and squats and lunges and jumping. I was over by 1200 calories, and 900 of those were beers.

 

This morning it was up and to work via the gym. I did just a quick warm-up on the elliptical, then arms and legs weight machines and stretching. Tomorrow we'll go back and I'll do running and my squats/lunges/hopefully abs.

 

All in all, I saw a big weight jump the day after xmas, and it's not entirely receded today. (big as in 2 lbs. which is actually kind of awesome in general. at or below average weight gain over the holidays!) I have slight hopes it will drop a little more today also, as all the extra bloating from the beers and the salt leaves my body.

 

we are traveling on Tuesday night through probably sat., and it's always hard to manage weight fluctuations while on the road. I'd like to keep doing my jumping/lunges/squats/abs while traveling, but likely I will only be able to fit in 1x while we're away. I will try and get in some walks, but they're probably going to be slow walks with my in-laws instead of faster ones. all this means: I will need to really focus on my food, and stay within reasonable calorie limits, and avoid drinking.

 

I'm also thinking pretty hard about my next challenge. I want to start to work in more of the movements that I've traditionally done a lot of, and I need to do them sustainably. I've also got a big list of movements I want to do, in general, and it's hard to fit things in a targeted way that won't overload me. As I saw with the toys thing - I was really big into this to start, but absolutely fizzled when the going got tough. Considering that this challenge was designed to make me feel better about myself and my ability to stay fit, well, I didn't much like having a not so great on this one goal at the end of the day.

 

I'm also thinking a lot about what I need to do in order to shape my body into the form I want it to be in. I know that I need to drop more fat mass. I have been working out really hard and I have been consistently losing 1 - 1 1/2 lb of fat mass over the last two challenges, and building lean mass at the same time. I don't know what my magic weight number will be, but my belly is still more jiggly than I'd like it to be. I know that I need to be more consistent about working out 5-6 days a week, and also, to be more consistent about eating at my calorie goal and not going over. I was on the right track for that this challenge, but the holidays are a bear. I'd like to add in a simple veg requirement, and will continue to keep eating at my calories. In the past I've tried to increase protein, and that was a lot of pre-planning and work. maybe challenge after next.

 

all in all, though, I'm gearing myself up to the fact that in order to actually lose the extra weight I'm going to have to get more consistent about my intake. I really do see myself slightly dropping weight during the week, and then seeing it bounce up again over the weekend. I think that I'll focus on that for the Feb-April challenge.

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I'm also thinking pretty hard about my next challenge. I want to start to work in more of the movements that I've traditionally done a lot of, and I need to do them sustainably. I've also got a big list of movements I want to do, in general, and it's hard to fit things in a targeted way that won't overload me. As I saw with the toys thing - I was really big into this to start, but absolutely fizzled when the going got tough. Considering that this challenge was designed to make me feel better about myself and my ability to stay fit, well, I didn't much like having a not so great on this one goal at the end of the day.

 

Logging must be rough over the holidays.  I'm sure a lot of it is just bloat that will go away soon enough.

 

Trying to do a lot of specific movements sounds like a recipe for setting yourself up for failure.  You might have more luck if you either focus on a much smaller number of specific movements, or if you keep the full list, let yourself dabble, but then use some sort of time or point based goal.  It's tough, but wanting to do all of the things is a much better problem than not wanting to do any of the things.  At least you have plenty of motivation.  :)

 

I hope 2015 is much less frustrating for you than 2014 (so don't get injured again).  ;)

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You did great.  Keep doing what you're doing!

 

I would like to get to the point where I don't need to log anymore.  But I don't think that point is quite here yet.  I'd like to get to my goal weight first.  Like you, I'm not sure what number is the right number, but I want my belly to be less jiggly too!  I also tend to fizzle when stuff gets in the way.  I've found that I can't really focus on too many things, or else everything suffers and I give up.  It's been challenging enough just focusing on diet/physio. 

 

Maybe just pick a couple things and nail them?  That would give a great ego boost for sure!!

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Logging must be rough over the holidays.  I'm sure a lot of it is just bloat that will go away soon enough.

 

Trying to do a lot of specific movements sounds like a recipe for setting yourself up for failure.  You might have more luck if you either focus on a much smaller number of specific movements, or if you keep the full list, let yourself dabble, but then use some sort of time or point based goal.  It's tough, but wanting to do all of the things is a much better problem than not wanting to do any of the things.  At least you have plenty of motivation.   :)

 

I hope 2015 is much less frustrating for you than 2014 (so don't get injured again).   ;)

to be honest, the only logging I'm ever successful with has a lot of estimates in it. I dropped my very reasonable calorie deficit by an additional 50 calories or something so I have some wiggle room and don't have to, like, log the half and half I put in my coffee at work.

 

I love the idea of points for doing stuff off of a list of things, I'm going to think through how that would work in my next challenge. I think I also need to focus on primary goals, which right now is really to be able to do a pull-up.

 

You did great.  Keep doing what you're doing!

 

I would like to get to the point where I don't need to log anymore.  But I don't think that point is quite here yet.  I'd like to get to my goal weight first.  Like you, I'm not sure what number is the right number, but I want my belly to be less jiggly too!  I also tend to fizzle when stuff gets in the way.  I've found that I can't really focus on too many things, or else everything suffers and I give up.  It's been challenging enough just focusing on diet/physio. 

 

Maybe just pick a couple things and nail them?  That would give a great ego boost for sure!!

 

thanks!

yeah I need to just have a couple of things to do, and a non-negotiable schedule to do them in. that super helps. Right now my primary movement goal is to do a pull-up -- I feel like that's the kind of exercise that is so good for every part of my middle and upper body - so I'll focus on that, but I also want to start to work on push-ups too... I can't do one of those at all. inclines are even rough.

 

one of my really big issues with setting up a challenge is that I hate committing myself to a hard goal! Like, I don't want to say "learn to do a pull-up by *date,* because for things I've never done before, I don't even know if that's enough time! I might feel comfortable enough to say something like "drop pull-up assist to 40 lbs by the end of the challenge," but it still feels a little weird.

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one of my really big issues with setting up a challenge is that I hate committing myself to a hard goal! Like, I don't want to say "learn to do a pull-up by *date,* because for things I've never done before, I don't even know if that's enough time! I might feel comfortable enough to say something like "drop pull-up assist to 40 lbs by the end of the challenge," but it still feels a little weird.

 

I feel you!  I hate progress-based goals, they stress me out.... I always try to make process-based goals instead (i.e. work pull-ups 3 days a week) and then I can improve at my natural pace.  Maybe that would help???  Because there's nothing more depressing than setting a goal, working hard, and still failing, ugh.

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I forgot to mention this before, but I can empathize a lot with your issues with overloading yourself with challenge goals considering that you're also doing TKD several times/week.  For a lot of the people who set bigger goals, keep in mind that it's their whole exercise program.  Anything you do that isn't TKD or PT really needs to be viewed as a small, supplemental thing.  I think you're on the right track with just focusing on pull-ups and maybe push-ups for physical stuff.  Or, maybe come up with a few things to work on that you'll be doing in the dojang.  If there's some kick or self defense move or something that needs polishing, flexibility that needs to be gained, or demo piece, or whatever, you could use that as a goal.   If you really want to do a lot of motions, maybe write them all on pieces of paper, put them in a jar, and draw one random thing to do for 5 minutes each day.  

 

When I was doing martial arts (and to some lesser extent now, with the climbing), that, in and of itself, mostly emptied my physical energy tank.  I think you should look closely at how much you reasonably have left in yourself after you work your tail off with the TKD and the PT, and then adjust your expectations a bit.

 

I also think that maybe a food-choices-based challenge might be more useful for you if you're mostly looking to shed a bit of extra flab (which is pretty much what I'm doing next time.  Ugh.. It's so not going to be fun).  

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starsapart has the right idea... I find her way to be much more useful.  That way I don't feel like I didn't make any progress if I didn't get 10 real pushups by the end of the challenge, when I really DID make tons of progress by going from high to low inclines and then 4 or 5 real pushups.

 

If it was me - I'd pick one of the exercise things (maybe pull ups b/c you've already come so far) and really focus on the diet part.  Easier said than done, as I well know!

Looks like all us girls with fixed knees are working on flab reduction :P

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I forgot to mention this before, but I can empathize a lot with your issues with overloading yourself with challenge goals considering that you're also doing TKD several times/week.  For a lot of the people who set bigger goals, keep in mind that it's their whole exercise program.  Anything you do that isn't TKD or PT really needs to be viewed as a small, supplemental thing.  I think you're on the right track with just focusing on pull-ups and maybe push-ups for physical stuff.  Or, maybe come up with a few things to work on that you'll be doing in the dojang.  If there's some kick or self defense move or something that needs polishing, flexibility that needs to be gained, or demo piece, or whatever, you could use that as a goal.   If you really want to do a lot of motions, maybe write them all on pieces of paper, put them in a jar, and draw one random thing to do for 5 minutes each day.  

 

When I was doing martial arts (and to some lesser extent now, with the climbing), that, in and of itself, mostly emptied my physical energy tank.  I think you should look closely at how much you reasonably have left in yourself after you work your tail off with the TKD and the PT, and then adjust your expectations a bit.

 

I also think that maybe a food-choices-based challenge might be more useful for you if you're mostly looking to shed a bit of extra flab (which is pretty much what I'm doing next time.  Ugh.. It's so not going to be fun).  

 

ha, you know, yeah. maybe because I'm not giving my tae kwon do the attention *I* would like to give it I don't see it as the full workout I'd like it to be? and with so many little kids in our tkd class, the actual strenuousness of the class varies widely. I can't consistently count on there being lots of calisthenics or even sparring every class. we don't do forms every class - and that's why I want to do more forms at home. the sat. classes are AMAZING, and the level of effort I'd like to be hitting in every class! but there's a reason they're just once a week, and that reason is that not everyone is a total fiend for martial arts and working towards fatigue like I am.

 

I like the idea of hitting the polish practice for a goal. just like every challenge I'm having a hard time sticking to 3 goals. I think if I restructure to make the life goal something like: knee health and pull-up practice, that will cover the regular weights/structured gym time. then my other 3 goals can be geared towards running, tkd forms, and staying on food budget.

 

WHICH IS STILL A HUGE TOTAL LOT FOR A CHALLENGE ZOMG. I am seriously an overcommitter.

 

starsapart has the right idea... I find her way to be much more useful.  That way I don't feel like I didn't make any progress if I didn't get 10 real pushups by the end of the challenge, when I really DID make tons of progress by going from high to low inclines and then 4 or 5 real pushups.

 

If it was me - I'd pick one of the exercise things (maybe pull ups b/c you've already come so far) and really focus on the diet part.  Easier said than done, as I well know!

Looks like all us girls with fixed knees are working on flab reduction :tongue:

 

ugh, I know I have to dial back in the diet thing but I'm really not ready to go farther than the tracking every day and honestly working to stay within budget. I know that I would see more results if I didn't have beers with dinner or on the weekend, or the occasional cookie, or did something like no grains outside of the house, but I'm just not ready for it. But I think I will be in mid-february! that's a totally different situation.

 

---- though like the tkd situation, I fully recognize that this is a place where I'm probably not giving myself enough credit. Tracking calories every day for over a year is kind of huge (and not for everyone!) and last challenge I did a really good job of staying close to goal budget. So sticking to that as another goal - being on budget - is totally reasonable.

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