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As usual, forgive me for my habit of creating lame thread titles.

 

I've been evaluating my last challenge, and here's the result:

1. I want to have a quicker workout regimen because I'm getting busy.

My usual Blogilates (pilates/bodyweight/HIIT) routine took around 50 minutes to complete 6x/week, since I'm going to get busy, I need to reduce my workout time.

2. I want to do workout with friends because I feel lonely.

Anything. I don't care if it's running, pilates, swimming, tennis or whatever it is. I think I need a little change from my comfortable solo workout in my bedroom. Doing exercise with other people also kind of push me out of my comfort zone and great for making new friends.

3. I need to continue real food diet because it works.

I signed up for 10 Days of Real Food Challenge, I did it and lost 1 kg in 10 days. It's a good motivation to put me back on the good diet track for this current challenge.

 

The goal for this challenge is still the same: smaller me.

 

Action plan:

1. Diet

Continue the real food diet with 1 free day.

2. Workout 5x/week

Honestly, I still don't know what kind of exercise I'd do for the whole challenge, because there are so many things to try. Doing workout with friends is a new thing for me too. My idea is doing 3x cardio and 2x strength training or vice versa.

- Muay Thai

I usually train alone at the camp near my house, but last week I asked my friends who also want to lose weight to train with me. They like it, but since it's still not their priority, it's hard to get them do the second training. So I went back to my comfort zone, do the training alone.

- Running

There was an event at my college that requires all the graduate students from all department to do a fun walk together last week. The "do workout with friends" thought popped again in my head, so I asked several friends to join me at the fun walk. First, I'm not good at running. Second, it's full of strangers. As an introvert, this event sounded like an overkill to me. Third, from 30 students in my department, only 2 (including me) who want to do the fun walk. I almost went back into my comfort zone and cancel my plan to join the fun walk. But since I already contacted the student from other department, and at least my friend wanted to go with me, I went there anyway and totally had fun. Me and my friend already planned for our first 5k 2 weeks later. This event triggered the interest of my other classmates and we planned to do an exercise together, like running and tennis once a week. Hopefully this would happen soon.

- Freeletics

I just randomly downloaded the Freeletics app because it's one of the trending community now in my city. So I decided to test it out today with the Aphrodite (Endurance) workout. My PB time was 24'51", which I don't know whether it's good or bad, and I'm literally dead from soreness today. It was so difficult and my body is still in shock right now. I slept all day long and eat a lot today. It's hard to keep my diet, because I'm really hungry and feel like I want to eat anything. But I think Freeletics is perfect for me, because it's time-based and bodyweight-focused. Maybe I'll train a bit more before I join the community.

 

Well, I think I really push myself outside the comfort zone this time, especially the "doing workout with friends and strangers" part haha... For now, I can see that it's really hard to find friends to do a routine exercise together.

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WEEK 1
Achievements:
- Body measurements: thigh -1 cm
- Bread-free for 6 days.
- Managed to complete free version of Freeletics Week 1. (50 burpees, squats and sit ups; Methis and Aphrodite)
Got extreme DOMS for 3 days after Aphrodite, but now I'm able to do the star version of Freeletics's burpee.
- Did my first 5k run training
I ran1.5 km nonstop on my first try. I never ran that long and that far ever before in my life. 
 
Minus points:
I gained 2 kg. LOL. After all the diet and exercises, this is extremely discouraging.  

 

To do:
- Avoid crackers at lunch.
- Prepare healthy breakfast.

 

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Somehow I can't use Google Chrome browser to post :( I'm using IE now.

 

WEEK 2

- Even though I feel extremely tired after Freeletics workouts, my stamina greatly improved!

- Improved sleeping time and duration, and felt energized after waking up.

- Despite the change of season from summer to rainy, and people around me mostly suffered from common cold, my boosted immune system from exercise and healthy eating prevented me from getting sick.

- Food intake increased greatly for 2 weeks, especially in the morning post-workout.

- I realized my healthy eating willpower ran out quickly after heavy workout session. I need to carefully plan and prepare healthy snacks because I tend to grab anything that's available due to extreme hunger.

 

Achievements:

- Lost 2 kilograms.

- Started to feel tired after 30 burpees nonstop, last week my nonstop limit was 15. And I finished almost 1 minute earlier on doing 50 burpees.

 

To do:

- Continue with the free Week 3 Freeletics program.

- Oatmeal breakfast is strictly for workout days only. On the other days I'm going to eat protein + vegetables for breakfast. I already stock up on hardboiled eggs and mixed vegetables.

- Find that pudding bowl ASAP and make some jelly or konyaku for late night snacks.

- Lunch leftovers or yogurt + fruit for dinner.

- Try the "once in a week" rule for my favorite unhealthy food: cake, bread and ice cream.

Last week, I ate bread 3x, cakes 5x (small - medium slices), ice cream 2x.

Based on that data (about how much I LOVELOVELOVE cakes and I own a bakery/cake shop at home), next week I'll start slow and allow myself to eat 3x cakes, 2x breads, 1x ice cream in a week... so it's "3-2-1 in a week" LOL.

And by "once" I mean literally "one time" only, NOT "one day" haha.... sounds very tempting though.

 

Tomorrow's my dad's birthday, and today I finished baking and made Kahlua/coffee/chocolate frosting for his birthday cake. It tasted super perfect and I use chocolate frosting on homemade whole wheat toast my breakfast. This means I'll only have 2x chances left for eating cakes within Week 3.

Not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
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WEEK 3 DAY 1

- As expected, I ate my dad's birthday cake. That's 1 out of 3 times of my cake allowance.

- Unexpectedly, I saw a brand new cake shop around my lunch area, and of course, being super curious of everything new, I bought the cheese cake. That's 2 out of 3. I didn't expect that at the first day of the week I only got 1 chance left to eat cake!

- For workout, I got a new PB (personal best) time for Aphrodite Standard on Freeletics (45:19) My goal is under 30 minutes, but I'm happy because my time is getting better and better!

Plan:

1. Avoid eating out.

2. If #2 is unavoidable, go to places that I'm familiar with, in order to avoid the sight of yet another brand new cake shop.

3. I'm planning to try another butter cake recipe to improve the previous one, but I'm confused. Should I count testing my cakes as 3 out of 3, or not? I think it will be fair if I count it though.

Not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
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Awesome week 2.Congrats on the 30 burpees and weightloss. 30 burpees in a row is super hero!

 

Thanks! Burpees are crazy. Reaaally crazy.

 

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WEEK 3 DAY 2

- I finished up the rest of the pound cake. (cake 3/3)

Lesson learned: bake only a quarter of the recipe to avoid overeating.

 

WEEK 3 DAY 3

- The famous bread chain store Rotiboy released a new variant and I bought it. Too sweet though. (bread 1/2)

- I ate Kahlua Cake leftovers. (cake 4/3)

Lesson learned:

1. Instantly log my meals. Once delayed, I ate too much.

2. Do not restock on oats. The calories are crazy. Better eat no-fat scrambled egg with a cup of vegetables.

3. Eat in moderation. The Freeletics-hunger effect is fading now, I can feel it, so I must stop using it as an excuse for eating too much.

4. Only eat half of those fancy sweet breads.

Not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
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WEEK 3 DAY 4

- My super tight pants now almost fit perfectly on me. Yay!

- I've tried. I've tried with all my might. I ate sauteed broccoli and scrambled egg with oil and oregano seasoning for breakfast. Somehow I quickly felt hungry again and got cranky because apparently I don't like the food. The rest of the day I ate sweet breads and I realized that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I've tried skipping my breakfast before and then I turned into a monster for a day. For me, breakfast must be the best meal of the day to stabilize my all-day mood. I'm fine with oily and salty food for lunch, and I don't mind skipping dinner. I also feel unsatisfied without my favorite dairy and butter for breakfast. This is where everything turned out to be super complicated.

Is it wrong if I prefer dairy and butter for breakfast? Is it wrong for me to like sweet and creamy food more than the sour, oily and salty ones? Which one is more important, my happy feeling of having dairy, or healthy food -no dairy no sweets- that makes me upset the whole day? 

And my temporary solution is, I think I should be more creative with my breakfast. Maybe change the usual full cream milk into soy milk. Adding that milk into my sauteed vegetables. Grate some cheese on top of my spinach. That classic tomato, mushroom and yogurt omelette. Yogurt and oatmeal. Anything. As healthy as possible, but I must include my favorite element of food, so I can be happy and healthy at the same time. Eat what I like, healthy style. I think it's more sustainable that way. Time to find more breakfast recipes!

 

WEEK 3 DAY 5

- My favorite workout shorts felt a bit loose now. Another yay!

- I had sauteed tempeh with sweet soy sauce for breakfast. I love soy sauce. My breakfast was nice, so my mood is great today. I think breakfast is indeed very important to me.

- I ran 5k today (30'36") without my friends. To be honest, I never thought I can run 5K for around 30 minutes, I thought I have to spend an hour or so. And maybe I can even do it under 30 minutes. The thing is, I think this type of running is not suitable for me. I kept thinking that this is boring, I'd rather do burpees, I want to run faster but my target is distance, not speed, so I don't want to waste my energy rightaway. I wanted it to be done ASAP, I didn't enjoy it and it felt like a torture. I think I prefer sprints, interval running, some obstacles, or any other types that is more dynamic. So maybe I'll do 5K with friends only. I don't hate running, but maybe 1K combined with other workouts is perfect for me. I'll research more about running because I'm a total newbie at this. Maybe I can find more fun ways to do it. And I still want to try 5K run under 30 minutes.

Not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
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WEEK 3 DAY 6

I planned for another Freeletics session but then something happened with my shoes and I ended up doing Tai Chi for the first time. It's fun and relaxing!

 

WEEK 3 DAY 7

I found out about Metabolic Typing Diet and got good answers about my diet there. It seems that as a Mixed Type, my food choice is right on track (balance between carbs and protein), the problem is I snacked too much LOL

 

Achievement: 30 seconds faster on doing 50 burpees and my body is getting more toned.

Even though I developed more stamina due to the new workout regimen, I didn't see much progress on my goal. I think I really need to fix my diet if I really want to get smaller. Exercise won't help much.

 

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WEEK 4 DAY 1

I got a sore throat and a little fever. I think I'm going to skip tomorrow's workout and maybe take a rest for a few days. Now's a good chance to eat healthy nutritious food.

Not a spirit of cowardice, but of power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7
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