Chris-Tien Jinn Posted May 28, 2015 Report Share Posted May 28, 2015 I was going to have a great theme for this challenge, and then ..... SUMMER hit!!! I realized that I didn't want to spend a lot of time writing a story or fussing over making my goals fit into a theme. So, in honor of the lazy days of summer, here's a simple challenge. I'm focusing on good habits that will support my mojo when I find it, support growing healthy muscle (for OCR races), prevent injuries, and keep my mood sunnier than a clear day at the Lake!!! Goal #1 - Eat Real Food (+3 CON) When Luke Skywalker met Yoda for the first time, the wise old Jedi commented on the processed foods Luke had brought with him on this journey. While the emergency rations probably would sustain life, they certainly would not help him thrive during his training!!! Same thing applies to each and every one of us. We've all heard it - 80% of your training success happens in the kitchen. Well, it is time for me to spend more time in my kitchen!!!! For this first half of the summer, I am going to focus on eating meals with lots of protein, fruits, and veggies. Veggies in particular are my nemesis!!! After my childhood experiences with salty, canned, limp, "vegetables" each night, I will probably always have to work at incorporating fresh vegetables, but I have a plan. I have eggs for breakfast almost every day. SO ...... I am adding vegetables to my eggs to make a scramble each morning. I've already started in my between challenge challenge, and I like the variety. I am also going to have a nice "green" smoothie for a snack or lunch each day. By "green" smoothie, I mean that it incorporates at least some spinach or young kale along with fruit and protein powder. And, I'm going to build on the salad habit that I'm developing during the break. I have an info graphic on Pinterest that has recipes for vinaigrettes and suggestions for salad combinations. I usually have to add chicken or fish to make it a full meal, but I like the approach and will try to eat one most days. Score will be a percentage of successes over 108 opportunities (36 days x 3). If I end up working, I may need to make some adjustments, but I do have my bento box still and can find ways to bring a salad or a premixed smoothie. I HOPE I have this kind of "problem" this summer. I'm giving myself some leeway on this one, since there are a lot of weekend events that can wreck havoc on plans. Happily so. Goal #2 - Stretch Like a Cat (+3 DEX) Nagging hip pain and tightness have been reminding me that I am not 20 anymore ..... and even when I was 20, I couldn't skip stretching after a workout for long before I got injured. So .... it's time to work on that habit. I'm going to get the Supple Leopard book and commit to mobility work and stretching DAILY. Grading will be by a simple percentage of the number of successes over the 42 days. Goal #3 - Be 10% More Awesome (+3 STA) I've been averaging at least 10K steps per day, and I am going to increase my goal to 11K steps per day average. That's 462,000 steps during the challenge!!! I use my FitBit to track, and the steps can come from any activity. I might settle into a good running schedule again. Or I might just walk alot while playing Ingress after work. Who knows???? My life is still so unsettled that I am building in as much flexibility as I can while still pushing limits. Goal #4 - Get Out There (+ 3 CHA) I might have a job in an office. I might have a remote job. I might spend the summer gardening and taking my PT prep class. But I do know that I MUST talk to people. I don't do well alone, and hubby is still working down in the Twin Cities. So .... simple goal is to get out and talk to someone, face to face. Daily. Family does not count. Grading will be by a simple percentage of the number of successes over the 42 days. Goal #5 - Get 1/2 Done with PT Prep Class (+3 WIS) This will be a pass/fail grade. I've been wanting to get my personal trainer certification for YEARS, and I plan to focus on senior fitness. In part, because I am heading into the "golden years" and want to remain as active as possible. But I also think that a LOT of people at the gym and in the community could benefit from fitness advice tailored to the needs of older people ..... from an older person. So, I'm taking this lull period to study and hopefully pass the test at the end of the summer. 8 Quote Level 4 Human Ranger/Paladin "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: 9 | DEX: 10 | CON: 14 | INT: 13 | WIS: 14 | CHA: 13 Link to comment
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