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Intro and Long-Term Goals

I’m Presea, and this is my second 6WC.  I am a 25 y/o 5’ 7’’ female, currently weighing 183.6 pounds (4/7/15).  My over-arching quest is to lose weight, with an initial goal of 160 pounds, at which point I’ll reassess.  For this 6WC, my goal is to lose 5 pounds.  I live in the Midwest region of the US, and I have a desk job (actuarial work).  I enjoy many types of exercise and feel better when I work at least some activity into every day.

 

Edit: Starting weight morning of 4/13 was 182.5, so my goal for the end of the 6 weeks will be 177.5.  Need to take measurements, as I haven't done so since the start of the last challenge (oops).

 

Subquests (SMART goals that will help me complete my overall quest):

 

Subquest #1: Control food intake.  Last challenge, my focus was breaking my binge eating cycle, so I had a calorie limit of 2500.  Although I went over that a few times, it was never a full-on binge (no secret trips to the grocery store to buy donuts or ice cream to later eat alone in hiding in my car).  I believe I succeeded in breaking my binge eating cycle, however, I was not eating at enough of a deficit to actually lose any weight.  I track food using MyFitnessPal and activity using a FitBit Zip.  Over the course of the entire previous challenge, I ate 98,370 calories and burned 99,495 calories, meaning my total deficit was only around 1,000 calories for the whole 6 weeks.  No wonder I hardly lost any weight.  This time around, my quest each week will be to have a cumulative deficit of 1,750 calories = a total deficit of 10,500 for the whole challenge. 

 

Possible points: +3 CON +4 CON

 

Subquest #1b: I believe protein and fat are keys to satiety.  While I tracked my macronutrients during the prior challenge, I didn’t really have any goals for them.  My averages per day were 180g carbs, 125g fat, and 143g protein.  I’m going to aim for some small improvements this time around:  >=150 grams protein/day, <=150 grams carbohydrate/day, fill in the rest with fat.

 

Possible points: +1 CON

I decided to remove my macro goals, because I'm honestly not sure I know what works best for me yet.  I'm going to keep reporting them, but I'm only going to score myself on the calorie deficit since that's what counts in the long run.  I'm going to try to include notes on energy levels to see if that reveals what the optimal macro balance is for me and my lifestyle.

 

Subquest #2a: I’ve been tracking my daily step counts from my FitBit, and I feel that I have small habits like taking the stairs and parking further away down pat.  However, I want to push myself to dedicate more time to go on walks.  I’m a huge Tolkien nerd, so I’ll be tracking my walks against Frodo’s journey with the Eowyn Challenge.  My goal is to make it to Crickhollow (73 miles – counting dedicated walks only, not other daily activity) by the end of the challenge.

 

Possible points: +1 STA, +1 DEX

 

Subquest #2b: The past two summers, I have ridden my 15 year old mountain bike to work (14.2 miles each way).  Even though I take mostly trails to get there, they are all paved, so I feel riding a mountain bike is really slowing me down (I think my average time was around 1hr 30mins).  Therefore, I am in the market for buying a road bike soon.  I’m such a Tolkien nerd, in fact, that I’m going to have a second save file in my Eowyn Challenge game in which I will be trying to ride to Weathertop by the end of the challenge (241 miles). 

 

Possible points: +1 STA, +1 STR

 

Subquest #3: I often have a hard time getting up in the morning, and I seem to be getting to work later and later.  I used to get there around 7, but that has slowly crept up over the past 6 months to the point where now I’m getting there around 8:30.  I have flexible work hours, so it’s not a big deal, just means I need to stay later – but I don’t like it.  I think bettering my sleep habits will help, but I haven’t really been tracking my sleep.  My quest is to track my sleep every day, so that I can set some good goals for next challenge.

 

Possible points: +1 WIS

 

Subquest #4: I got an A+ on my goal of playing tennis an average of 2x/week.  I’m going to up my goal this challenge to an average of 3x/week.

 

Possible points: +1 STR, +1 DEX

 

Life Quest #1 – I have recently completed all my requirements for my ASA, so now I’m on to the FSA requirements.  My goal is to complete one FSA module during this 6WC.

 

Possible points: +2 WIS

 

Life Quest #2 – Last challenge I completed the Pimsleur series for Japanese around week 4.  Since then, I’ve studied zero Japanese and I’m not proud of it.  My goal for this challenge is consistent practice – 30 minutes a day, every day.

 

Possible points: +2 CHA

 

I will attach an image of my grading spreadsheet later.

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Waaaa! I love your goals and I totally know you can do it Presea, totally subbing right now!

Also, way cool on the Japanese bit, I took it for nearly 3 years in college and haven't touched it since.

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Presea,

 

Nice challenge!

 

I'm super impressed by how detailed you were last challenge, knowing exactly how many cumulative calories you consumed and burned. Wow!

 

I think your goals are great, should be realistic and fun.

 

And you're right, your bike is likely slowing you down. Other mechanics aside, road bikes have much less friction with the road with narrower tires.

 

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Awesome challenge!  I'm no stranger to secret grocery trips and car-eating.  Breaking the binge cycle is so hard!  It's good that you started with a higher calorie limit at first to build in that habit.  Good luck for the first week! 

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STR: 0 | DEX: 0 | STA: 0 | CON: 6.5 | WIS: 7 | CHA: 1

 

Current Challenge:  2.2  Past Challenges:  2.1  1        A little about me . . .

 

 

 

 

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love your questschallenges, and i'm with ya on the tolkien love.

LEVEL: 7 Furyan Ranger - Battle Log - in lieu of this challenge

don't look back, we aren't going that way:

Rebirth - Wrestlemania Dark Raider vs KZacher

From Tartarus with Love - Wrath of the Furyan - it's a secret! - FIGHT! - You can go your own way - The Rational Gaze - Rise from Death to Knife this Beast(part 3-the agony) - Demonized(part 2) -  By Demons Be Driven(part 1) -

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I'm coming off a rough weekend eating-wise, so the 6WC starting today is perfect timing to get myself back on track RIGHT NOW. 

 

Planning a long walk after work as the weather is continuing to be beautiful here. 

 

Finally bought a road bike yesterday (used, but w/almost all new parts except for the frame of course), so I also want to work on transfering accessories (lights, water bottle holder, etc.) from my old bike to my new bike tonight.  Should be ready to start riding later this week.

 

I just purchased the FSA module I'm planning to complete over the course of the challenge.  I get some study hours at work, so I am going to plan those out and get them approved by my manager today.

 

I spent some time yesterday getting all of the Pimsleur Japanese lessons on my ipod (with the exception of a couple that I appear to have missed copying from the library CDs, so I'll have to check that one out again :/).  I plan to put it on random and see how well my memory has retained everything I learned going through it the first time.  That will likely be my Japanese practice for the first couple of weeks or so.

 

I have tennis plans for Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week.  If I want to get 3 times in this week, I need to set up a match with someone for the weekend.

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Day 1:

 

Subquest #1: Food

Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, green beans, mixed greens, onion, brie cheese); coffee w/milk: 521 calories

Lunch - White bean w/ham soup; fresh strawberries: 242 calories

Dinner - 2 chicken drumsticks, roasted normandy vegetable blend, dubliner cheese: 1010 calories

 

Total - 1773 calories - wasn't super hungry today because I ate SO MUCH yesterday

Fitbit calories burned - 2650 calories

Deficit - 877 calories

 

Subquest #1b: Macros

79g carbs, 114g fat, 113g protein

 

Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow

Google mapped my route: 5.7 miles

 

Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop

Didn't bike today

 

Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking

Went to bed at 10pm, got up at 6:20pm -> 8h 20m

 

Subquest #4: Play Tennis

Didn't play tennis today

 

Life Quest #1: FSA module

downloaded module and made study plan

 

Life Quest #2: Study Japanese

Did my studying in the car (all Pimsleur lessons on shuffle).

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Strong start, Presea! Way to go!

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Level 3: Wood Elf, Assassin


| STR: 5 | DEX: 6 | STA: 3 | CON: 7 | WIS: 2 | CHA: 3 |


 


“We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.† - Grant Morrison


 


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Day 2:

 

Subquest #1: Food

Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, green beans, mixed greens, onion, brie cheese); coffee w/milk: 502 calories

Lunch - White bean w/ham soup; fresh strawberries; cashews: 712 calories

Dinner - 1 chicken drumstick, roasted normandy vegetable blend, mushroom mascarpone sauce: 457 calories

 

Total - 1671 calories

Fitbit calories burned - 3093 calories

Deficit - 1422 calories - wasn't shooting for this much of a deficit, but some days I'm just hungrier than others.  I'm sure I'll make up for it later this week ;)

 

Subquest #1b: Macros

117g carbs, 101g fat, 91g protein

 

Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow

Google mapped my routes: 2 mile walk over lunch break + 7 miles walk in the evening (looped from home -> along Mississippi -> crossed at Lake St bridge -> along Mississippi on the other side -> Ford Parkway bridge -> home)

 

Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop

Didn't bike today

 

Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking

Went to bed at 11pm, got up at 6:20pm -> 7h 20m

 

Subquest #4: Play Tennis

Didn't play tennis today

 

Life Quest #1: FSA module

No progress today

 

Life Quest #2: Study Japanese

Did my studying in the car (all Pimsleur lessons on shuffle).

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Day 3:

 

Subquest #1: Food

Breakfast - Egg bake (eggs, green beans, mixed greens, onion, brie cheese); coffee w/milk: 502 calories

Lunch - Salad w/beef, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream; fresh strawberries: 611 calories

Dinner - White bean w/ham soup; Smoothie (blueberries, banana, protein powder, collagen, milk): 761 calories

Snack: Cashews - 240 calories

 

Total - 2114 calories

Fitbit calories burned - 2533 calories

Deficit - 419 calories

 

Subquest #1b: Macros

164g carbs, 106g fat, 138g protein

 

Subquest #2a: Walk to Crickhollow

Didn't go on a walk today

 

Subquest #2b: Bike to Weathertop

Didn't bike today

 

Subquest #3: Sleep Tracking

Went to bed at 10:30pm, got up at 6:30pm -> 8h 0m

 

Subquest #4: Play Tennis

Tennis drill - so much fun as always :)

 

Life Quest #1: FSA module

No progress today

 

Life Quest #2: Study Japanese

Did my studying in the car (all Pimsleur lessons on shuffle).

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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Congratulations on the bike! Post a picture?

 

Where do you bike? Have you found any good trails around the Cities? I've traditionally stuck to exploring residential neighborhoods. Not the best for fast riding, though.

 

Is it just me, or is your fat intake a little high? I eat 1760 calories a day, and I only get 49g of fat each day. Do you feel like you're getting enough carbs and protein?

Orc Warrior | LVL 4

Current Challenge: Milo Sustains

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Congratulations on the bike! Post a picture?

 

Where do you bike? Have you found any good trails around the Cities? I've traditionally stuck to exploring residential neighborhoods. Not the best for fast riding, though.

 

Is it just me, or is your fat intake a little high? I eat 1760 calories a day, and I only get 49g of fat each day. Do you feel like you're getting enough carbs and protein?

Most of my biking is just commuting to work.  Thankfully, Minneapolis has a ton of trails, so I hardly have to ride on the road at all.  Most of my route is on the Greenway/Cedar Lake Trail.  I've also ridden most of the Grand Rounds - I like the parts that go along Minnehaha Creeak and the Mississippi River (although last year Minnehaha Creek was a no-go because of the flooding).  I recently discovered (via the walking challenge Jenn set up) that I could walk or bike to the place where I usually play tennis, via the Fort Snelling Trail.

 

I've been trying to eat something like low-carb, which almost necessarily means high-fat.  However, I eat too many fruits and vegetables to ever actually get my carb intake that low, and I feel like I could use more carbs sometimes on days I play tennis.  And once I start biking to work I think I definitely will on those days.  On the other hand, I'm from Wisconsin, so cheese is not an optional part of my diet.  You'd have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers ;)  So long story short, yes, I have been thinking about upping carbs and lowering fat.

Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


Challenges and other threds: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4Current | Presea's Recipes


Long-Term Weight Loss Goal: 35 Pounds


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