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Survived body pump. Per instructions, stayed only half the class since it was my first time. Next time, 45 min.

once in the class, it is not nearly as intimidating as the videos. I do have some concern about the pace not being well suited to good form. The instructor did make several form comments, but there just is not enough time to necessarily make adjustments between movements. It is interesting, & I believe I will go at least a few more times.

Overall, I do prefer stronglifts' self determined pace, but it is good to be challenged once in a while.

Battle Log    Challenges:  1, 2

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Master goal: conscious, deliberate, and enthusiastic participation in life. Also, being a BAMF.

Goal 1: movement - Body weight workout 3 days a week
Bonus - less ordinary workouts (swim, rock climb) twice during challenge cycle, to switch it up



4 weeks I had 3 workouts. 2 weeks I had 2 workouts (once due to laziness, once to DOMS.) Overall A- … However, I escalated from bodyweight workouts to dumbbell and finally barbell. So I'm upgrading that shit to an A. + 10 points.


Bonus stuff was easy, since our cruise was already planned. (I kind of stacked the deck in my own favor so I would have some easy successes.) Went ziplining, scuba diving 2x, ruin climbing, etc. And I'm going swimming today. So 5 occurrences + 15 bonus points.

Goal 2: intake - Stick within weight watchers points and improve quality of food in those points
Bonus - h2O consumption or tea, no soda

Result: I gave up weight watchers during this challenge. I want to focus less on what I lose and more on what I gain in terms of functional strength. I also would rather spend that money on activities! I am starting to look more at calories, with a future goal of learning about macros. I drank a couple of sodas, but started ordering hot tea when we go out. Minimal chocolate.  Overall I feel like I would deserve a B. +5 points

Goal 3: badassery - Learn to strip, clean, and reassemble my weapon without assistance
Bonus - range time once during challenge cycle

Although I did attempt this, I don't really have it down yet. So on a pass/fail basis, I would have to give myself a fail. But I don't think that a real attempt deserves a fail. So I'm gonna give myself a C. I now have a pretty good idea of how it all comes apart and goes together, but I need to continue to work on it. +1


Bonus: I did go to the range and do dryfire exercises and practice with a serts laser pistol. I've joined the Gunpowder Gals local chapter, and am thinking about working towards pistol competition in the future. So +3.

Goal 4: possibilities - Work towards standards (17 min 1.5 mile run, 14 pushups, 29 situps) for possible reenlistment. 
Bonus: research all necessary steps - do I have to repeat ASVAB, etc? Meet with recruiters. Line up ducks.

Result: Wow, no points for me.. not even bonus points because I showed up but the recruiter had a family emergency and I never rescheduled. Hubby and I talked about this, and the earliest I would reenlist would be 6 months or even a year, so I kind of gave up the standards and just focused on getting stronger through weight lifting. Then now I've started thinking about going in as an officer instead, which would give me a tad more delay but better pay. As long as we don't move to Germany, which we won't know till at least fall, etc. More about that thought process in the next challenge.. the situation is very much in flux. In the meantime, thoughts of reenlistment kept me motivated, but I didn't actually close any of the gaps. +0


Total - 34 points.  Yay, $34 bucks to spend on something silly!  Or, perhaps, put it towards some weights?!


Measurements and scale stuff:


I didn't weigh and measure right at the start of this. Start data is from 12/15. But I lost 2 inches off my waist, 2 off my hips, and am down 6.5 lbs as of this morning. The shape of my thighs, rear, and upper arms is changing.




I'm realizing how much my goals really change over just a month and a half. I found out how many cheap and free workout deals there are in town. I managed to be consistent while traveling. And I'm already thinking about my next set of goals. I really like this format! And appreciate all of you.

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So much awesome here!!!!!!!!!


I may be biased, but departing from WW points to macros is a wonderful choice.  If you ever want to talk macros with someone, hit me up.  I'm a huge proponent of IIFYM eating, and it's been a lifesaver for me..... plus super effective for weight loss and increased energy ^_^


I hope to see you rocking it out again in the next challenge!  Are you already planning it? ;)  Or am I the only freak who writes my challenges up weeks in advance.....? :D

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Yes, starts tomorrow (Monday).  Just seems like half the assassins are early!


Some people start on Sunday, since that's the beginning of the week in their mind.  Either way is fine!!

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"We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."  - Kurt Hahn

STR: 14 | DEX: 14| CON: 17 | INT: 17 | WIS: 17 | CHA: 14



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I started a week ago, as I have little use for the break between challenges… but of course, official tracking begins tomorrow for me. :D

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