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Happy New Year Nerds! I'm so excited to be getting going with this challenge.  I took a break from NF over the holidays because I hurt my back and I was just generally stressing out over too many things.  But I didn't fall off the wagon tooooo hard and my back is all better and I had a lot of time to think about how I wanted to start off the new year.  I'm honestly looking forward to this year more than any past years I can remember basically since I was in high school. After a year and a half I am finally starting to not be constantly depressed about my grandfather's death, I am much more financially stable than I have ever been in my adult life, and I got a new long term project at work that I am really excited about.

 

Also things happening this year that will make this year even more awesome:

 

1) The boyfriend and I are going to Alaska in July

2) I'm going to Camp Nerd Fitness!!! Squeeeeeeeee

3) My roommates are moving out in February and the boyfriend and I will finally have our very own apartment for the first time ever!

4) We're getting a new cat!

 

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In the break I took over the holidays I had a lot of time to think, and I realized a few things about myself and my goals that I think will help make this a really successful year. 

 

Firstly, I am constantly getting frustrated with my cleaning goals because I feel like I never make any progress.  I've come to the realization that our apartment is completely at capacity with 2 couples and a cat and A LOT OF STUFF. So I'm going to stop beating myself up about this situation, do my best to make sure everything doesn't go to hell, and once the roommates move out stick to a cleaning schedule I've been dying to do forever, but it will then be 100% under my control, instead of trying to do stuff and having it completely negated by other people's doings.

 

I also realized I absolutely need a morning and evening routine.  I feel so much better throughout the day when I didn't get up and rush out the door like a mad woman, and I imagine an evening routine will help me deal with my sleep issues.

 

Finally, I realized that I've been saying I'm going to start Stronglifts for over 6 months now.  It's freakin' time!  I've been resisting because I have always absolutely hated gyms.  But... I'm going to just do it.  I've been wanting this for so long.  So I will start with super super low KB weights (like I'm talking 5lb) and increase by 2.5lbs (because those are the fractional weights I have), and then once I hit 40lb I'll suck it up join a gym and start using barbells, at that point I'd be increasing by 2lbs each workout, as this is what the Stronglifts program reccommends for women.

 

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And, without further ado, my challenge:

 

MISSIONS

Grading on all 3 of these are pure percentage of completed out of possible, rounded to the nearest 0.5 point.

 

1. Routines

 

Do my morning and evening routines 5x/week each minimum.

Possible Stat Points: 5 CHA

 

Morning

  • Meditate
  • Journaling (I've made my own that's basically a version of the Five Minute Journal tailored more for me. It includes an area for dream journaling and an area to write about my meditation experience that day, it actually seems like a fantastic idea and I highly recommend checking it out)

 

Evening:

  • No electronics the hour before I have to go to bed
  • Pick Out Clothes for the Next Day (I find this usually gives me so much stress in the AM)
  • Sleep by 7 hours before I have to wake up
  • Journaling 

 

2. Morning Workouts

Possible Stat Points: 5 DEX

 

I will either run or do yoga in before meditating in the morning, 5x/week.  I have a feeling I will probably lean towards yoga most of the time, but maybe I'll get ambitious.

 

3. Evening Workouts

Possible Stat Points: 3 STR/2 STA

 

Stronglifts 3x/week

Foam Rolling 2x/week

 

 

DIET CHALLENGE

Cook More Food

Possible Stat Points: 5 CON

 

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I need to go back to basics with this.  I always struggle with my food, and in general I do eat healthy when I cook for myself but when I am with my family or eating out it's just basically an all cheese all the time show.  Which is bad in so many ways.  So instead of restricting myself from eating things, I am going to look at it in a different way. 

 

4 dinners a week will be a home cooked meal!  This includes leftovers and batch cooking, so if I just want to make one meal enough for 4 dinners that's fine too.

 

Grading will be pure percentage of completed cooked meals out of a possible 24, rounded to the nearest 0.5 points.

 

 

LIFE CHALLENGE

No More Beer! All the Scotch

Possible Stat Points: 5 CON

 

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So this method may sound a little nuts, but I've done it before and it works.  I drink so many extra empty calories from beer.  I drink beer on board game night with friends, I drink beer or wine when I come home from work to unwind, and all that adds up to a lot of carbs for no reason.  I also do it a little mechanically, like oh I'm at my friends and everyone is having beer I'll have one too.  I love drinking and relaxing, so I'm not saying I want to stop drinking completely, I don't see a need for that right now at all.  What I'm going to do is restrict myself to only drinking scotch.  I LOVE scotch.  Like a lot. But, I am not going to pound back 4 of them just for the hell of it like beer.  I can't drink scotch without drinking it slowly and with intent, and enjoying every sip.  Plus one teeny glass packs the same punch as a whole beer with a lot less calories. And since scotch is on the pricier side I'll be much more likely not to drink it just because.  I'll allow myself one beer every two weeks.  This way if someone comes along with a ridiculously awesome new microbrew I'll never get to try again I can try it guilt free.

 

This one will be graded by beers over the limit.  For a 6 week challenge I'll be allowed 3 beers total.  For every beer over this limit my grade will drop:

 

0 beers over: A (5 points)

> 3 beers over: B (3 points)

> 6 beers over: C (1 point)

< 6 beers over: F (0 points)

 

And that's that!

 

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CHALLENGE TRACKING


 


Morning Routine


+++++ || ++0+0 || +++++ || +++0+ || ++0++ || +++++


 


Evening Routine


+++++ || +0++0 || +++++ || +++++ || +++++ || +++++


 


Morning Workout


+++++ || ++0+0 || +++++ || +++++ || +++++ || ++000


 


Evening Workout


+++++ || +++++ || +++++ || +++++ || +++++ || ++000


 


Cooked Meals


++++ || +++0 || +0+0 || +++0 || ++++ || +0++


 


Beers


1 || 2 || 0 || 1 || 0 || 0


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Week 1 Summary: I hit all my goals!  It's been a really long time since I've done that in a challenge and it feels great.  One beer down for the 3 I am allowed this challenge. A+

 

Week 2 Summary: I was on travel for work all week, so I wasn't able to hit a lot of my goals.  I could have.  It was just a bit more difficult to and I slacked.  Still hit a lot of them though.  B-

 

Week 3 Summary: Went on another, much shorter, work trip.  But totally rocked out on it.  Hit all of my goals except for cooking, only got 2 home cooked meals in.  For no good reason, just feeling lazy.  But my biceps are starting to look all bicep-y!  B+

 

Week 4 Summary: Had a super successful week!  I missed a few things here and there, but overall did everything I needed to.  I also volunteered all weekend at HRC and feel so amazing for it. A-

 

Week 5 Summary: Trucking along, doing really well.  Starting to feel a real difference in my lifestyle.  A

 

Week 6 Summary: Got bit by my cat and had to get a tetanus shot.  This put most of my training on hold.  My best friend also got married which made food not so great either. Still going strong on no beers though.  B-

 

 

Overall Summary: This challenge was a big win for me.  I started feeling the benefits of everything I've been working towards for over a year and really found a routine that works for me. Despite a few hurdles, I still managed to do really well.  My weekly grades average out to a boarderline A-/B+ depending on how you assign numbers to each grade, but since I went over my beer limite for the challeng I'll knock it down to an overall B+.

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YAY! Welcome back! I can see why you are excited about the new year -- that is quite a list. I can't wait to see your kitty pics when you get the new cat, and really, having your own apartment is so, so nice when you're in a couple. Those cleaning efforts must have been pretty frustrating with additional housemates, oh man.

 

Lift all the things. :D

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Woo Raxie continues to kill it with organization and logic and it just ... makes me squee!

Love the format girl.   Following along as always.

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So many exciting things happening! I gotta say, I really really love your beer solution. 

 

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*double post* *pour me another*

 

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yay!  I'm excited your back and your excitement about the coming year is totally infectious.  All of your goals are awesome.  I am looking forward to watching your progress.. and the gifs.   :pirate:

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LOVE IT!!  I'm totally the same with beer, it's so social and relaxing and kind of automatic now... aauugghh

 

WE GOT THIS!! :D

 

Also, Alaska?!  AWESOME!!  (And also CAMP YEAH!!!!)

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word to the wise, get a full grown cat, not a kitten. Kittens are like rockets with teeth.

Oh yes, I was raised in a multi cat household and have been through a few iterations of kittens and do not want to go through that let alone put my current cat through that misery. We are getting a 4 year old one eyed kitty lol

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....distracted by thinking about kittens...gotta say, I loved having a kitten, I love now having an adult cat, and I think it's so great that you are adopting a cat that might have a harder time finding a home.

 

Raxie, the challenge looks great! I totally know what you mean about picking yoga over running. Sometimes the idea of running is frankly hard to face!

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YAY Camp!!  And your goals look awesome.  I like the idea of limiting yourself to one thing that you can drink with control.  I think I might also have to steal that idea.  ;) 

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YAY! Welcome back! I can see why you are excited about the new year -- that is quite a list. I can't wait to see your kitty pics when you get the new cat, and really, having your own apartment is so, so nice when you're in a couple. Those cleaning efforts must have been pretty frustrating with additional housemates, oh man.

 

Lift all the things. :D

 

I will definitely post pictures! I'm so excited about her :)  Also, yeah... I think my cleaning realization has taken a huge load off my back for the new year. It feels good.

 

Woo Raxie continues to kill it with organization and logic and it just ... makes me squee!

Love the format girl.   Following along as always.

 

:) Thanks!

 

Welcome back Racine, so excited for you finally starting strong Lifts! I can't wait for you to see what a difference it makes.

I do the beer substitute thing as well, with bourbon and it really does make a difference, I'll only have one or two instead of ALL THE BEER

 

I'm so excited! Still a little hesitant about working up the courage to join a gym, but I probably won't have to until later on in the challenge since I'm starting at low low KB weights.  I'm glad to hear the bourbon makes a difference for you! It makes me feel less crazy about my scotch plan.

 

So many exciting things happening! I gotta say, I really really love your beer solution. 

 

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Scotch is the bestttt

 

yay!  I'm excited your back and your excitement about the coming year is totally infectious.  All of your goals are awesome.  I am looking forward to watching your progress.. and the gifs.   :pirate:

 

Thanks! There will be gifs a plenty :D

 

LOVE IT!!  I'm totally the same with beer, it's so social and relaxing and kind of automatic now... aauugghh

 

WE GOT THIS!! :D

 

Also, Alaska?!  AWESOME!!  (And also CAMP YEAH!!!!)

 

We can do itttt!  Also yes, so excited about my travel plans this year!!!

 

....distracted by thinking about kittens...gotta say, I loved having a kitten, I love now having an adult cat, and I think it's so great that you are adopting a cat that might have a harder time finding a home.

 

Raxie, the challenge looks great! I totally know what you mean about picking yoga over running. Sometimes the idea of running is frankly hard to face!

 

I do enjoy kittens for sure, but they are so much work and they tend to destroy everything in my experience hahah. My other cat has anxiety so I think a kitten would drive him totally insane. 

 

YAY Camp!!  And your goals look awesome.  I like the idea of limiting yourself to one thing that you can drink with control.  I think I might also have to steal that idea.   ;)

 

Camppppp! Thanks :) Feel free to steal away!

 

Get it!!  Love those goals!

 

Thanks!

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This is very awesome. I'm excited for you for Alaska in July!

 

The challenges look exciting. I am following. :)

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So yesterday went really well! I actually wasn't sure if the new challenge started this week or next week, but I woke up yesterday morning and did yoga, meditated and journaled anyway just to start the new year off right. I was happy to see a new challenge was up anyway but would have done it regardless. The yoga felt so good, I did it all again this morning and I am already really noticing a difference in my morning mood these past 2 days.

I did stronglifts last night with 10lbs. Like I said I'm starting super low to get form right, and because I'm weak as hell right now. I know I can't squat 25lbs at this point with good form which is why I'm just starting way down there. Embarassingly, my arms are sore from the bench presses. My upper body is so weak! Gah. Glad I finally started this. Also did my evening routine. I'm liking my journal so far!

Oh and alsooo

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The cat I'm adopting went in for surgery yesterday for her eye (she has a partially developed eye that's totally blind and has the potential to get infected, so the shelter is removing it and closing the socket up before giving her to me), and I just got word she's in great shape and recovering well. Yay!

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I did stronglifts last night with 10lbs.  Like I said I'm starting super low to get form right, and because I'm weak as hell right now.  I know I can't squat 25lbs at this point with good form which is why I'm just starting way down there.  Embarassingly, my arms are sore from the bench presses.  My upper body is so weak! Gah.  Glad I finally started this. 

 

A lot of folks start out with just a broom handle to get the barbell movements right.  You are doing great. 

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Yeah, it doesn't matter how light your weights are . You're doing it and form is important so you'll be able to lift heavy things later.  Great start!

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YAY KITTY!!!  And yay beginning Stronglifts!!  Form is so important to keep yourself injury-free, you're rocking it out! :D

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Oooh you must name the kitteh Elle !  (Ellie) like as in Elle Driver!  Because it's a cute female name and it has clever reference hahahaha.  (I tried to get my hockey bestie to name her one eyed kitty Elle, but she passed on it.)   But yay that she's doing well.

 

Also, don't worry about the weights, and the being sore.    Muscles just do that.   Any little change in routine makes them wake up and think (scream) about what they're doing.     I am sore today after a very minimal workout myself!     (With it being my first work out in.... [oh wait] .... my first workout EVER in this new game!!)

 

We'll get there.

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A lot of folks start out with just a broom handle to get the barbell movements right. You are doing great.

 

Yeah, it doesn't matter how light your weights are . You're doing it and form is important so you'll be able to lift heavy things later.  Great start!

 

Thanks! Once I get up to a weight I'd feel comfortable using a barbell with, I might drop down to a broom handle on off/foam rolling days for that exact reason.

 

YAY KITTY!!!  And yay beginning Stronglifts!!  Form is so important to keep yourself injury-free, you're rocking it out! :D

 

Thanks! :D So Excited about both these thingsssss.

 

Oooh you must name the kitteh Elle !  (Ellie) like as in Elle Driver!  Because it's a cute female name and it has clever reference hahahaha.  (I tried to get my hockey bestie to name her one eyed kitty Elle, but she passed on it.)   But yay that she's doing well.

 

Also, don't worry about the weights, and the being sore.    Muscles just do that.   Any little change in routine makes them wake up and think (scream) about what they're doing.     I am sore today after a very minimal workout myself!     (With it being my first work out in.... [oh wait] .... my first workout EVER in this new game!!)

 

We'll get there.

 

You are like the 10th person to suggest that name!! I really had my heart set on Kairi (from Kingdom Hearts) but the more I think about it and the more people that suggest it the more I am starting to lean towards something more one eyed related. Haha.  And I do love the name Elle, and naming animals real people names.  My other cat's name is Thomas... as in Thomas O'Malley the Alley Cat.

 

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Also yes! First work out evarrrr!

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