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I - *Deep breath* Ilham's first 6WC!

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I'm nervous as I am typing this because I don't know if I'm doing this right! Sorry, it's a long read, and disregard any weird sentence structures, I'm not a native English speaker. But hey, you have to get into the water sooner or later, so here we go! 

 

So my name is Ilham - I'm a female in case the name is too exotic for you to guess :tongue:. I'm a 25 yo French graphic designer who lives in Morocco, and have already come a long way when it comes weight and health, but NF just seemed to be that extra step I need to take to ensure the changes I've made are permanent.

 

Interested in some background info? Skip to the last part if this makes you go TLDR.

 

I have polycystic ovary syndrome, and a few years ago (starting January 2011) I took on  56 lbs in seven months. It was so fast I hardly had time to notice it or do anything against it. My doctor didn't quite believe me when I assured her my lifestyle hadn't changed and that I needed help understanding what was happening, and reverting back the process. I changed doctors three times, and despite very worrying bloodwork that showed high levels of triglycerides, hormones and sugar, the only advice I got was to exercise more a and change my already "normal" diet. 

 

After some research of my own, I understood that my body suddenly became insensitive to insulin because of a major hormonal disruption and that sugar was my enemy, so I started cutting on carbs all the time and went on with my workout routine (which I had never dropped, by the way). A couple of years later, thanks to an even stricter diet and a crazier workout plan, I managed to at least maintain my weight and drop a couple of pounds every now and then. At my worst, I was clinically obese at 183 lbs for 5 feet and a little more than 4 inches. I managed to bring it down to 167 lbs.

 

Until I started getting injured, repetitively. Instead of being rewarded by the hours of cardio and machine training at the gym, my metatarsal bones started to break because of the stress I put them under, and the unusual weight they had to carry. Four stress fractures later, I stopped exercising, and I was so sick of battling on my own something that could turn into diabetes and had already put me in two years of depression, I broke my piggybank, and travelled to see a doctor specialised in POS, who finally put me on the medication I needed to bring the hormonal mess to normal levels, and as a consequence, lose weight, stay away from diabetes, and give some rest to my exhausted skeleton. 

 

And it worked. Exactly a year ago, day for day, I weighed 167 lbs, I am now at 140 lbs with a "normal" bloodwork and hormone levels. Even if I am not yet back to that "ideal" weight I had before this bleak obesity episode (around 122 lbs), I intend to make the necessary changes so as to NEVER experience something similar to those three years. I felt as if I was robbed of some crucial years in my youth. I know I will always struggle more than the next person to stay healthy and keep my weight down. I've always had a tendency to put on easily, and knew I had POS since 14, but never was I warned that it could lead to such dramatic situations. I just never had any guidance to help me through with it. I never had a reliable source of knowledge and supportive people around me. Hell even my doctors couldn't believe I was doing my best to fight it, I could read the contempt in their eyes as I saw them thinking I was just a lazy blob. With NF, I believe I finally found what I was looking for (some articles to continue improve my low-carb diet, some workout plans and ideas that seem to fit me and my lifestyle), so here are my goals for May the 24th, the end of my first 6WC (I'm ten days late but who cares):

 

 

Main goal: losing just a bit of weight (8.8 kg / 19.3 lbs), stabilize, build solid diet habits and stay away from big bad diabeetuss. And then become strong.

 

 

3 Challenge goals: 

 

- Lose 6 pounds. Grading system: for every 1.2 pounds shed, I climb up a grade. Reward: 5 max points that will be split towards CON, STA, and CHA.

F = 0 pt = if weight lost is between 0 and 1.2 pounds

E = 1 pt = if weight lost is between 1.2 and 2.4 pounds

D = 2 pt = if weight lost is between 2.4 and 3.6 pounds

C = 3 pt = if weight lost is between 3.6 and 4.8 pounds

B = 4 pt = if weight lost is between 4.8 and 6 pounds

A = 5 pt = if weight lost is 6 pounds or higher

 

- Go a little more into paleo. No grading system, I give myself some wiggle room as it is the first time I go "full" paleo (I've been eating very low-carb for a couple of years now though). I do track my meals, at the end of the day, I write down how much of my food has been paleo (100% or 90%, etc). And if at the end of the 6WC I notice too many deviations that could have hindered my progress and weightloss, I'll consider this challenge failed. Reward: 5 points that will be split towards CON, WIS and CHA if the average of all the meals consumed during the challenge is above 80% paleo. 

 

- Complete the three sets of the beginner bodyweight circuits in full (that one I saw in an article by Steve) without compromises (you know, the "I'll do 15 instead of 20" compromise). I am not the kind to miss a workout, I will consider this failed or passed if the performance is / is not satisfactory at the end of the 6WC. Reward: 5 points that will be split towards STR, STA, DEX and CHA.

 

Side life quest:

- Update my portfolio, which I haven't done in almost a year. EDIT on Apr 28th: changing the side quest to writing 1 album review per remaining week in this challenge, because the old quest is already completed and was in fact too easy. I don't want to remain "sidequestless" for four weeks. So, writing 4 reviews by the end of the challenge it is. Reward: 2 points that will go towards WIS and CHA. I quit the reviewing position, censorship and I don't mix well. YOU CANT TAME ME  :devilish:

 

 

 

I'm extremely happy to post this, despite my nervousness. I'm a big forum person (I am an official contributor and reviewer on a music forum), and love the interactions. I hope I will find people here to boost me a little, as I am very isolated where I live. Thank you for reading!

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Hi, Ilham! That's terrible that it took you so long to find someone who could actually help you. Sometimes the professional medical field can be so frustrating. I'm glad you are on the right track now though and congrats for making so much progress since then. Best of luck to you!

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Ooh, good luck! 

I'm glad you were finally able to find a doctor who was actually good at what you needed. 

Do you think it might help to do some slower exercises?  Like yoga? 

I heard (in a Ted Talk) that sometimes running can trigger stress, which does not help weight loss.  While more relaxing exercises like tai chi will help a lot with de-stressing, which could help your body lose weight. 

 

This may not be the case for everyone.  But at the least, yoga and such may be easier if your bones are still sensitive. 

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Hi, Ilham! That's terrible that it took you so long to find someone who could actually help you. Sometimes the professional medical field can be so frustrating. I'm glad you are on the right track now though and congrats for making so much progress since then. Best of luck to you!

Thank you very much, indeed it feels so good to have the worst behind me now. I'm already seeing positive changes even just one week into this challenge so I believe I am indeed on the right track :D.

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Ooh, good luck! 

I'm glad you were finally able to find a doctor who was actually good at what you needed. 

Do you think it might help to do some slower exercises?  Like yoga? 

I heard (in a Ted Talk) that sometimes running can trigger stress, which does not help weight loss.  While more relaxing exercises like tai chi will help a lot with de-stressing, which could help your body lose weight. 

 

This may not be the case for everyone.  But at the least, yoga and such may be easier if your bones are still sensitive. 

Thanks a lot!

Yeah I kinda gave up running, I was too scared to get another fracture. I recently started reading many articles against "cardio/running-only" exercise regimens thanks to Steve's articles. I found MarksDailyApple who wrote a lot on that too, and it helped me understand why my body reacted so negatively to all the stress I used to put it through. I do a lot of walking and hiking now, and I feel much better. I haven't had a single fracture since a year and a half! I think the closest thing to cardio I practice now is dancing, with - feel free to laugh - the Just Dance series on Wii. I also do some yoga - you are allowed to laugh at me again - with the Wii Fit game that includes a yoga section. I joined NERDfitness for a reason :P.

 

What is "Ted Talk" by the way? Some kind of talk show? Excuse my euro-ignorance haha.

 

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Despite being on the road for three days, I managed to follow my almost full-paleo diet and NF bodyweight routine. I managed to complete two circuits of it, which is already some progress because last week I could hardly finish one. 

 

And I also lost 1.3 pound in four days, which makes me confident about completing my first goal for this challenge!

 

YAY PROGRESS§§

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This is a Ted Talk, and this particular video is extraordinary relevant to your life. Usually an expert in a field will come to a Ted Talk to have a session where they teach the viewer something, whether it be informational, and in this case ethical and emotional. They have so many videos of different subject, it's definitely worth a watch.

 

I'm going to follow this thread because I believe in you, friend. It sounds like you've got the knowledge to succeed, and knowledge is power. :)

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This is a Ted Talk, and this particular video is extraordinary relevant to your life. Usually an expert in a field will come to a Ted Talk to have a session where they teach the viewer something, whether it be informational, and in this case ethical and emotional. They have so many videos of different subject, it's definitely worth a watch.

 

I'm going to follow this thread because I believe in you, friend. It sounds like you've got the knowledge to succeed, and knowledge is power. :)

You have no idea how that video touched me. Thank you for that. I am still working on "forgiving" myself for becoming fat, because that's how engrained that conventional wisdom is, despite knowing the process that had led me to obesity. Knowledge indeed is the key to getting cured, but it appears that emotional responses take much more time to control. I cried like a baby at the end of the video, it's truly moving. I hope we're at the dawn of a new "era". With so many people getting sick, getting diabetes or coming close to it, getting obese, (etc.), I hope more research will be conducted and that - most importantly - the image of the people stricken by metabolic syndrome will change. I hope that the knowledge won't be the privilege of those who have enough money to pay for it.

Very interesting concept, the Ted Talks. I am browsing youtube and jumping from video to video. OM NOM NOM NOM INFORMATION

 

Thank you again for the encouragements, it really does mean a lot.

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Update on the miniquests: 

 

MINIQUEST  #1 
 
1. Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? Yes and yes. My main goal is to come back to health and feeling good about myself. More specifically, I intend to lose 8.8 kg/ about 19 pounds to go back to my original weight in which I felt healthy and felt good about myself. 
2. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? Yes, the three quests all participate in helping towards the loss of that weight, I set 6 lbs as a goal for this challenge, already lost 1.3 in a week (I started the challenge two weeks late).
3. Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? Yes. I divided the main weightloss goal into smaller ones I will tackle during the 6WCs I intend to complete, so as to make it easier on me and my body.
4. Are your goals able to be measured and tracked? What will you use to track them? Yes. I have a huge excel sheet on which I detail everything I do and eat during the day, my sleep patterns, how long do I walk for, when and how I strength train and do intervals, how I perform and progress on those, how many calories burned according to my podometer, etc etc. Everything is tracked, and I take pictures of myself at least once a week, and only weigh myself twice a week (used to be every day).
5. How are you grading your goals? Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)? Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? I haven't put together a reward/grade system, as I feel I could get too focused on that and beat myself up if I don't perform well enough. Reaching my goals or close to reaching them is reward and motivation enough for me  :). EDIT: I might start grading myself with vague grades, so I don't get too caught up in it.
6. What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? I will scale down those goals, focus on getting better, and do everything that is still doable without harming myself during the illness to attain my goals.
7. Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge? What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? I actually did. Tomorrow is my mom's birthday, and if there is any cake-eating, I'll limit myself to one slice and one glass of alcohol. My plan is just to go back to my routine afterwards, as I understand now that one little misstep isn't going to ruin weeks of training.
8. Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? No.
9. Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set? If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? Yes, I'm am partly employed/unemployed. Plenty of time.
10. Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? Your mini quest: Make sure your goals are definitely SMART. All the multiple habits I'm trying to build will help me get to my main goal, so I think that's pretty smart!

MINIQUEST #2 

Followed a ton of people (okay, more something like 4/5 people) that had interesting challenges and I keep updating my signature. So I guess this one is complete.
 

MINIQUEST #3

 

1. Pinpoint the quest in your journey that is giving you the most uphill (or one that you're struggling to achieve) : 

- Maintaining good habits is hard for me, because every time I deviate ever so slightly from my goals I beat myself up for it for days and days, and my willpower goes down.

 

2. Search through NF (forums or articles) to find one that is able to offer some assistance

- I have found this: http://www.nerdfitne...16/get-over-it/ to be the most helpful artcifle on the subject. Because it doesn't pussyfoot around the problem. It tells you to GET THE BLEEP OVER IT.

 

3. Apply it to your challenge (no collecting underpants here).

- Yesterday I ate some dairy (two slices of cheese) with my omelette, and even if I know it's not THAT much of a drastic deviation from an almost full paleo diet, I was about to punish myself for it by confiscating the tiny touch of milk I add to my coffee in the morning. But I forgave myself and got me that cloud of milk, bleep that guilt. 

 

So I guess I'll add myself a CHA point at the end of the challenge.

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I updated my quests (changed my life quest), put some order in all that by improving the layout of the post, came up with a grading system for my weightloss goal (so allowing stat points and all that can be easier at the end of the challenge), and now getting pumped for my fourth go at the beginner bodyweight routine, let's see how it goes this time!

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I didn't know about the wii dancing game, but I have tried yoga on wii fit before.  ^-^

Now I want to see what the dancing one is like, because dancing's fun. 

 

Ted Talks are a series of educational lectures by different experts of many subjects, all over the place (music, art, mushroom growing, ex).  There is some pretty cool stuff, and there are a lot of them. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector

 

(And now I just realized that someone already posted you a Ted Talk here  XD  Oops! )

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Hi Ilham,

Sounds like you're doing really well at weight loss and the beginner bodyweight routine! Congrats on your progress so far!

 

It's a real shame to hear about your experience with the medical profession, unfortunately doctors are often misinformed about the causes of fat gain, even though we rely on them for advice. If you enjoyed that Ted Talk you might also enjoy some of Gary Taubes' books and youtube clips. He's the author of 'Why We Get Fat' and 'Good Calories, Bad Calories', and has a similar argument to Peter Attia in that Ted Talk. Gary Taubes doesn't touch on PCOS but does cover the influence of hormones on weight gain, which would be relevant. It's his advice that I'm following currently to lose fat, so if I manage to not succumb to temptation, I think I'll succeed.

 

I know what you mean about beating yourself up when you deviate from your plan. I don't have any foolproof method of dealing with it, but it sounds like you've got the right advice. I've found that the more I beat myself up, the less sustainable the good 'habit' is, as I end up being too strict. So I'm glad you still got the splash of milk in your coffee. :-)

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I didn't know about the wii dancing game, but I have tried yoga on wii fit before.  ^-^

Now I want to see what the dancing one is like, because dancing's fun. 

 

Ted Talks are a series of educational lectures by different experts of many subjects, all over the place (music, art, mushroom growing, ex).  There is some pretty cool stuff, and there are a lot of them. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector

 

(And now I just realized that someone already posted you a Ted Talk here  XD  Oops! )

This is an example of what it looks like, you have the wii mote in one hand and have to do exactly all the moves. It's seriously addictive, teaches you new moves, REAAAALLY improves your coordination, and even if it doesn't look like it, after three/four songs, you start to break a light sweat (if you're really committing to the dance routines that is). I can tell you that after 10/12 songs I am knackered, and my arms are sore. Try it if you're into this sort of stuff!

Haha yeah someone ninja'd you for the Ted Talks. Thanks for bringing up the subject though, I learned some stuff thanks to them!

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Hi Ilham,

Sounds like you're doing really well at weight loss and the beginner bodyweight routine! Congrats on your progress so far!

 

It's a real shame to hear about your experience with the medical profession, unfortunately doctors are often misinformed about the causes of fat gain, even though we rely on them for advice. If you enjoyed that Ted Talk you might also enjoy some of Gary Taubes' books and youtube clips. He's the author of 'Why We Get Fat' and 'Good Calories, Bad Calories', and has a similar argument to Peter Attia in that Ted Talk. Gary Taubes doesn't touch on PCOS but does cover the influence of hormones on weight gain, which would be relevant. It's his advice that I'm following currently to lose fat, so if I manage to not succumb to temptation, I think I'll succeed.

 

I know what you mean about beating yourself up when you deviate from your plan. I don't have any foolproof method of dealing with it, but it sounds like you've got the right advice. I've found that the more I beat myself up, the less sustainable the good 'habit' is, as I end up being too strict. So I'm glad you still got the splash of milk in your coffee. :-)

 

Hey again Seikanz, thanks for the encouragements. 

 

Indeed, I would never have thought that going to a doctor for help would actually almost backfire, as each time it almost felt like a humiliation, to be so helpless and yet be judged for something you can't control. But I learned something out of it, if I now need a doctor, I don't hesitate to go to two or three different ones, even if it means bleeding the money I don't have. I compare how they listen to me, how they understand my situation and how they respond to it, before just mindlessly saying "okay that's how it is". It sounds obvious now, but I was merely 21 when those insulin problems started, and I guess I was still naively believing that all doctors have everything right and took their lack of sensitivity. 

I've heard of those two books, I often see them cited in articles dealing with insulin and metabolic syndrome. I once hesitated to buy "Why we get fat", but it was in French, and I force myself to read in English if the book was originally written in English, just to improve a little. I'll definitely check the YouTube videos, until I can get my hands on a copy of those two books in their original language. I didn't know there were any videos, thanks for the info. If it helps you lose weight, there's a big chance it might help me too, good luck on that!

 

Yeah guilt and food had become two inseparable things, I am slowly succeeding in wedging a crow bar between the two to finally enjoy my food and even the little extras I allow from time to time. Indeed, being too strict finally uses up all the willpower, and we fall even lower than before. And could even lead to a food disorder. Boy I have a lot to thank NF and the NF community for :P.

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heya, just swinging by to see how your challenge is going?

 

Hey thanks for coming over! Indeed, time for a challenge update!

 

- Goal 1: Lose 6 pounds. It has been eight days since the start of this challenge, and I have already lost 2 pounds in total! I have a little more than four weeks left, I am confident I will get to shed the 4 remaining pounds in time, yay!

 

- Goal 2: Go a little more into paleo. All my meals have been at least 90% paleo. The 10 missing percents are usually the sprinkles of a couple grams of cheese over an omelette, a dash of milk in my coffee, or a piece of 10g of dark 79% chocolate (every two/three days). Digestion-wise, I have never felt better since switching to zero-grains (I started two weeks ago). It's crazy!

 

- Goal 3: Complete the three sets of the beginner bodyweight circuits in full without compromises. My first time doing this really showed me how out of shape I was and how little I pushed myself. At the end of this fifth go at it, I managed to complete the three circuits (yay!!!!). So here's what I can do now: 

 

- squats: 12+12+12 - should be 20+20+20 - when I started I could barely do 10+10

- push ups: 4+4+4 - should be 10+10+10 - when I started I could barely do 2+2

- lunges:  12+12+12 - should be 20+20+20 when I started I could barely do 10+10

- dumbbell rows: 10+10+10 - should be 10+10+10 never had a problem with these, I have 9lbs dumbbells, I'll up it to 11 lbs for the next session.  

- plank : 15+15+15 - should be 15+15+15, I will try to up it to 20+20+20

- jumping jacks: 30+30+30 -  should be 30+30+30 - never been too hard, I will up it to 35+35+35

 

- Life quest: I am currently writing my first review, so I'm on track with my schedule!

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I realised I never actually said what my workout routine was. It's quite simple really. There are two rules:

 

- Rule 1: never miss a workout - I haven't missed one since april 9th. (I started to track my efforts on March the 20th, I know I missed plenty before that, but I only missed two workouts since March the 20th - it was that time of the month)

- Rule 2: always go for a walk before breakfast, every day, 1 mile, even with DOMS, no matter the workout planned for the day - each time I try to walk a little faster or take a hillier route. Never missed a day since April the 20th, when I came up with this rule (after reading an article by Steve).

 

Workout schedule for a week:

 

day 1: BBWW

day 2: long slow walk of at least 5 kms - acts as a buffer between the BBWW and the intervals, kinda like an active rest day.

day 3: intervals (warmup + sprint + rest + sprint + rest + ... + cool down + stretch) - I started with 4 sprints going from 6 mph to 11.5 mph, I'm now doing 5 sprints going from 7 mph to 13 mph.

 

And I repeat this process.

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Not sure if you've read this post about willpower 

I should print this, frame it, hang it over my bed, and read it when I go to and get up from bed. Thanks!

 

Thankfully, with all the success I am seeing in this challenge, I can feel my willpower gauge replenish. But I should give myself a rest indeed.

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In my effort in trying to do daily updates, here's the first detailed UPDATE FOR DAY 3 OF WEEK 2:

 

The negative side: 

 

- Yay I pulled a muscle or something:

Warmed up as usual (brisk 5 min walk and then 3 min jog on treadmill + motion movements to loosen up), started the BBWW, and right at the first squat I felt something snap in my right thigh. I moved on to other exercises, thinking it was just a ... thing that would pass, but no. Every squat and ever lunge was impossible. Weirdly the jumping jacks posed no problem, so I understood it had to do with the heavy weight those muscles have to carry on the way up from the squat and lunge. Out of curiosity I went and tried to correct my form in front of a mirror, but it either was too late, or it had nothing to do with proper form. I tried other exercises that would put less strain on my thigh muscles and that were less of a compound movement. I did sideraises, glute kickbacks and glute kneeups. 

- Yay I felt like the laziest blob today. I did my morning walk right as I woke up, but after that, energy seemed hard to find, even after a good night sleep and an afternoon nap, I kept pushing back that bodyweight workout. I should have listened to my body and taken a long walk instead of forcing myself to do it - BUT NO THAT SCUMBAG THIGH HAD TO BE A PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE BITCH AND GIVE UP ON ME THAT WAY.

- I made diner too late, which means I'll go to bed even later.

 

On the positive side of things:

 

- I did my morning walk as usual.

- I managed to do 3x20 sec planks. Yeayah. I even brofisted myself (my cat was acting like my accomplishment wasn't a big deal). I also added two pounds to those dumbbells and that posed no problem. I'm almost wondering if I'm going to have to buy new plates.  

- Still not doing any mistakes with the diet, so I've that going for me as well. 
 

 

EDIT: Oh yeah, forgot to say, I live on the seventh floor of a building, and I never ever take the elevator, that's one of the few habits that I have managed to make permanent a few years ago with the low-carb diet. Even with groceries, and multiple trips. And the building's garage is at the -2 level (so when going up that gives us 9 stories of stairs to climb). I had to go down to the garage twice today to bring up medium-heavy boxes, and then out another time to get some light groceries. Maybe that's what killed my thigh, rather than the bodyweight workout, since I usually I only have one trip or two max from the garage per day, with light groceries/bags.

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This is an example of what it looks like, you have the wii mote in one hand and have to do exactly all the moves. It's seriously addictive, teaches you new moves, REAAAALLY improves your coordination, and even if it doesn't look like it, after three/four songs, you start to break a light sweat (if you're really committing to the dance routines that is). I can tell you that after 10/12 songs I am knackered, and my arms are sore. Try it if you're into this sort of stuff!

Haha yeah someone ninja'd you for the Ted Talks. Thanks for bringing up the subject though, I learned some stuff thanks to them!

I know exactly what you mean about wii games breaking a sweat.  It's happened to me plenty. 

And one game left my arms sore for a couple days because of the motions I had to make with the remote  XD

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UPDATE FOR DAY 4 OF WEEK 2:

 

- Negative stuff first, to get it out of the way: 

 

- I ate a whole big yoghurt. On top of trying to commit to paleo, I have had some doubt about having a sensitivity to lactose, and I was trying to keep my daily intake of milk to that splash in my coffee, to see if there is improvement in my digestion over time. I kinda blew that today. Ah well, doesn't really matter, since I can't tell if the improvements are from just switching to a healthier diet in general (paleo) or to a diet specifically light on dairy. I guess I'll keep that for the next challenge, no dairy at all for 21 days and see what happens.

 

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- There was a wedding reception in my building and I haven't been able to sleep more than three consecutive hours. I'm tired, my thigh still hurts, I had to move boxes all day, I hate people who marry, I hate music, I hate love, I hate joy, I hate people who talk to each other, I hate everything. (I'm kidding).

 

- Positive stuff:

 

- I still managed to walk the 5 km I had planned for today. Yay. Such enthusiasm, very motivation, many success. Wow. 
 

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Thanks Daniel!

 

Time for some updates. 

 

UPDATE FOR DAY 5 OF WEEK 2:

 

- Negative stuff: EFFING NONE. Yay.

 

- Positive stuff: That pain in my thigh is gone, and I'm starting to kick the BBWW's ass as much as it kicks mine. I managed to up the difficulty on all the exercises of the routine. I just have to bring those squats and lunges to 20 x 3, I managed to do 14 x 3 for both, but I'm confident that by the end of the challenge I will have conquered the 6 remaining reps. I also had to climb the nine stories from my garage four times. Fortunately, that was before the workout.

 

UPDATE FOR DAY 6 OF WEEK 2:

- Naynay things: I was supposed to do interval training, but I was so sore from yesterday's BBWW that I switched the days between the intervals and my 5 km walk. So I still managed to be active and gave some rest to my muscles. Tomorrow I'll do intervals.

- Positive things: Being committed to paleo takes less and less efforts. That annoying moment when I start making plans for meals and then remember half of them aren't full paleo and feel bad and deprived of the stuff I like is no more.*inhaler* sorry for that sentence. Instead I immediately think about what I DO eat.

 

 

Also I forgot to say I lost an additional pound. I am having a hard time not switching to caps lock and filling the page with my digital yelling. That's almost three pounds in less than two full weeks. I never thought I'd be shedding fat this fast at this weight, since I'm close to my goal weight.


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Awesome to hear you're all healed up! Fab work on the paleo! Choice work on the workouts! Amazing progress on the weight loss!! Just awesome all round - I'm running out of adjectives! Great job Ilham! Sounds like you're absolutely acing it. With all that hard work and consistency there's no doubt you'll get those last 6 reps.

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