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My current life quest is preparing for Ragnar Trail: North Cascades. I  started my quest going There and Back Again, and it’s time for the second chapter: the Fellowship of the Ring (Shire to Falls of Rauros).

I was inspired by several other folks' challenges last time 'round, and have included a meditation/mindfulness practice in this edition. Other elements are less of a surprise - running and eating :) Notes on my accountability system to be posted shortly!

 

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  1. Gandalf’s wisdom - Mindfulness is something I struggle with. I can chow down redonkulous volumes of junk food - as long as I don’t think about what I’m doing. Likewise, I can eat healthy pretty easily… as long as I don’t lose focus and *start* the munchies. When I’m staring down the barrel of a stressful situation, it’s like my mind puts my body in “stress mode†and then disconnects. My body doesn't do anything, consumes trash till it’s in pain, and my mind is in a fog somewhere else.

SO, I’m going to implement daily meditation, either in the form of meditation or yoga (with a meditation element). Focusing on my breathing, letting go of negative thoughts, and washing myself in positive energy. Every day. (+WIS)

 

Thanks to Darger, Roxy, and Terra for the inspiration - their last challenges were great!

 

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2. Hobbits have to eat if they’re going to walk across middle earth! I’m always tinkering with my eating to build my own bulletproof system :) Of course I want to eat good stuff that makes me feel great, but I tend to throw away the day if it starts out with some junk food. What if, this challenge, I just set a threshold to stay under. Based on personal observation, FitBit, and other estimators, I think that 2000 kCal/day should be just a little below my average energy output. I’ll log what I’m eating daily using MFP. (+CONS)

 

On über-active days, I’ll up my intake, which will support…

 

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3. ...Milage! I’m going to reach a 12 mile long run at the end of the challenge. (that’s scary to read!) That means adding roughly a mile to each long run. A couple weeks I won’t do a long run, but instead a couple of middle-distance runs.

My weekly FitBit average will stay above 10k steps/day (averaged weekly), which isn’t as good as the Fellowship but at least gets me roughly half way from the Shire to Rivendell (which the Hobbits walked in roughly a month). (+STA)

 

 

I do have a couple bonus projects that might receive points if they're successful :)

Battle Training (CrossFit) 3x/wk (+STR)

Push Ups, 100/day (nominally 20 every hour on the hour in the morning)... Thanks, Starbuck! (+STR)

No Bejeweled Blitz... it's a bad habit and a complete waste of time that insidiously etches its patterns into your brain. 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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I like the Hobbit theme. These things are really important. Good luck in this challenge!

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Thanks, all!! Good to see y'all even though we don't start for a week :)

 

So, accountability. I'm going to use Seinfeld's productivity method. Here's the gist: Get a calendar. Cross off, in an obvious way, every day that you meet the minimum requirement. You just keep adding on, building a chain of X's on the calendar. After you get a few days down, it gets addicting... don't break the chain. Just one more day, add on to the chain... I got through the Burpee Challenge of a few years ago by the same method. If I can do 100 days of +1 burpee daily, this should be a breeze ;)

 

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I have a handy calendar next to my desk where I will cross off in fat, coloured marker every day that I do my daily activities (meditation routine and don't over-eat (and log my intake!)). I have a digital version on Google Docs for anyone who wants to keep me honest!

 

 

Los geht's!

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Welp, I forgot about my meditation goal yesterday. What a way to start out! I need to figure out a way to do penance... should getting up an hour early this morning for a meditative longboard/walk on the waterfront count? 

 

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I would have hit my eating goal but somebody brought a steak to bed (quite literally) and it smelled so good... the bites I ate put me just a little over. I didn't eat super well earlier in the day. We were slow on support, I was bored-munching (could have used some mindfulness!), and I didn't do my mid-day walk because of the nasty sideways  drizzle. Instead I binged on sweet potato fries and got into the chocolate. Breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea... I ate them all. I think those carbs contributed to my super WOD at crossfit, followed by gym cardio... It wasn't enough to counter my inactivity from earlier in the day, but I was pretty close to my goal at the end of the day. Net +100

 

FTW, I did lots of push-ups yesterday!

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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That meditative walk sounds lovely :) If you think it should count you should totally count it!

 

I've had a rough start with my nutrition goals this challenge already too... we've totally got this moving forward though :D Sounds like you had a great work out though.  Overall a good Day 1 I think!

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Day 2 = success! 

 

Meditation - right before bed. I need to adjust it to mid-day... at least before dinner, I think. 

 

Eating -  I came in a hundred low after a day of early morning longboarding, several walks, kicking a soccer ball around. Not bad for a rest day!

 

I don't know how I managed to eat pizza for dinner 3 days out of 6, but I think it has something to do with the quality time I've been spending with my bf's family. They really like the Papa Murphy's deals... the cost of relationship? Whenever there's a group of them, they're eating junk food. 

 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Day 2 = success! 

 

Meditation - right before bed. I need to adjust it to mid-day... at least before dinner, I think. 

 

Eating -  I came in a hundred low after a day of early morning longboarding, several walks, kicking a soccer ball around. Not bad for a rest day!

 

I don't know how I managed to eat pizza for dinner 3 days out of 6, but I think it has something to do with the quality time I've been spending with my bf's family. They really like the Papa Murphy's deals... the cost of relationship? Whenever there's a group of them, they're eating junk food. 

 

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Longboarding sounds extremely fun!

 

I don't know how to help you about pizza, but I wonder if you fill yourself up before hand with veggies, then eat a small 'ceremonial' slice?

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I don't know how to help you about pizza, but I wonder if you fill yourself up before hand with veggies, then eat a small 'ceremonial' slice?

 

I  did have veggies before the pizza all 3 days, thanks for reminding me! Carrots, salad, and an almost-salad (mostly iceberg). I'll have to aim to actually fill up on them pre-pizza, instead of the nibbles I usually do :)

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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I  did have veggies before the pizza all 3 days, thanks for reminding me! Carrots, salad, and an almost-salad (mostly iceberg). I'll have to aim to actually fill up on them pre-pizza, instead of the nibbles I usually do :)

Try to eat the veggies about 10 minutes before.  Gives the fiber a chance to expand in your stomach. 

Sir Thalianost, Level 9 Human Knight (Training as a Warrior)

STR - 24.6 | DEX - 4.1 | STA - 1.7 | CON - 15.4 | WIS - 3.2 | CHA - 4.1

 

Those who live by the sword die by the sword... and wouldn't want it any other way.

 

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Yesterday was good, although I barely came in at goal for eating. Just a few minutes of meditation in the evening. I almost lost focus when we walked into M's parents' house and his sisters had left cookie dough on the counter... but I kept it together! Steps would have been great, but I was running late to CrossFit and jumped on a bike instead. Still, it shouldn't set my week back too much! 

 

Today I've already done my meditation, with a timer set so I wasn't thinking about time. Good stuff. Right now, my eating is on track with fat > protein > carbs. 

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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 fat > protein > carbs. 

 

Does this mean you're eating more fat than protein and more protein than carbs?

Long Term Goals:                                                                                                              

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200# 245# Snatch                                                                                                             

300# Clean and Jerk                                                                                                         

380# 465# Back Squat

450# 500# Deadlift

Planche

Human Flag

Front Lever

285# Log Clean and Press

1k Row under 3:20

Back Flip

Bodyweight Turkish Get-up

 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Never compromise.

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Does this mean you're eating more fat than protein and more protein than carbs?

 

That's what I shoot for on most low-ish activity days, although it usually turns out carbs>protein>fat. On higher activity days, I up my carb intake. I've tried a couple times to do extended workouts in ketosis, and it's usually a painful experience. 

 

Way to not eat that cookie dough. And you got on the bike. Doesn't sound like you set your week back at all... let alone not by much :)

 

Maybe I worded that badly... there was cookie dough eaten, but not to excess :) 

 

CF workout this morning, looks like a run this afternoon. This is going to be a higher intake day ;)

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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That's what I shoot for on most low-ish activity days, although it usually turns out carbs>protein>fat. On higher activity days, I up my carb intake. I've tried a couple times to do extended workouts in ketosis, and it's usually a painful experience.

 

Is that by mass or calories?

Long Term Goals:                                                                                                              

Spoiler

 

200# 245# Snatch                                                                                                             

300# Clean and Jerk                                                                                                         

380# 465# Back Squat

450# 500# Deadlift

Planche

Human Flag

Front Lever

285# Log Clean and Press

1k Row under 3:20

Back Flip

Bodyweight Turkish Get-up

 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Never compromise.

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Is that by mass or calories?

 

Myfitness pal breaks it down by calories. The frustrating thing about it is that it doesn't calculate net carbs (fiber = sugar?!?), and I track some of my targets (protien) in g. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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Oooh, right, updates!! The weather this weekend was so beautiful that I had a hard time sitting in front of my computer ;)

 

This last week has been a near-fail (after the first few  days) in the realm of meditation and mindfulness. I have been doing physical things that have focused my mind, no real mediation since mid-week. 

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I haven't kept my eating strictly under 2000kcal/day, but the days I have over-eaten or eaten über high-carb have been larger output days. For example...

 

Saturday I was supposed to go on a  long-ish run, maybe 8.5 miles. I rolled home after 9.7, mostly on trails, and spent the rest of the afternoon working outside. Sunday we went on adventure in Seattle, where we walked ~7 miles. In addition we rowed another 2-ish miles in a beautiful little lapstrake skiff on Lake Union!

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Arian, arian, zehetzen da burnia. -Basque proverb

Frisian Shieldmaiden level 12 (STR:16) (DEX:16) (STA:23) (CON:22) (WIS:17) (CHA:15)

 Challenges: 11/12.14 - 1/2.15 - 2/3.15 - 15.4/5 - 15.6/7 - 15.7/9 - 16.1 - 16.3 - 16.4 - 16.5 - 16.10 - 16.11 - 16.12 - 17.1 - 17.2

 2017 Goals: Maintain BW BS, 100kg DL - Muscle Up - 1/2 Marathon Condition - Abs

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10 miles in hilly Seattle *shudder*. I bet it's really beautiful. Glad you had a great time.

 

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