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Hi all!

 

I'm Emma. I'm a uni student who looooves music, TV shows and movies (too much), and playing WoW with the husband. Fitness and healthy eating habits were never a priority for me or my family growing up; DH has been trying to encourage me to be healthier for a while, but it has taken me a few years to find my own reasons for wanting to make some changes to my lifestyle.

 

I joined NF for motivation/encouragement - DH and I will both be finishing school in the next few years, and plan to move home and settle down. We both want kids, and I am worried that my current state of fitness or lack thereof will make pregnancy and raising kids a lot more difficult. Apparently, kids have a lot of energy. :) I also want to teach my future children by example that eating right and exercising is really important. So...I'm starting now. Here goes!

 

Main Quest

I would love to eventually participate in a triathlon at some point in my life, but I'm going to start by working up to a 5K run in November. I am going to accomplish this by:

 

1) Being in bed, lights out, trying to sleep by 10:30 every night. This will allow me to get up earlier and have the time to exercise, meal plan, etc. This means I will have to be done dishes, tidying, and morning prep by 10pm. Dishes must be started by 9:00!! I am going to create some sort of calendar to put a check mark on the days when I do this, and keep it on my bedside table.

2) Stick with a walk/run program for the full 6 weeks. I've been trying to do this forever, and I'd like to actually accomplish it! The one I've picked is a 13-week program, but I think the Challenge will be helpful in setting me on a course for success. I will run Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8am, and I've already added this to my Google calendar. :) I usually stretch on either end on my run, so on alternate days, I will continue to stretch. Maybe I'll even watch some videos and learn a few new stretches...

3) I am already registered with the MyFitnessPal app, so I'm going to continue logging my calories on there and actually complete the entries at the end of the day so the app can track my progress. I want to stay within the calorie limits, and make sure I meet my calcium goals each day (lactose intolerance makes that hard sometimes). I will accomplish this by only eating dessert once per week, and limiting my snacking to a small, healthy snack like almonds, fruit or (lactose-free) yogurt once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

 

Side Quest

I want to level up my spiritual life, too, so I've finally got my hands on a book I want to read. It's pretty long, and I have to read it slowly to absorb the information, so I would like to be halfway through it in 6 weeks (done chapter 7). I will accomplish this by emailing my mentor with my progress (I'm going to share this post with her, too, which will also help with accountability) and reading it for 20 minutes a day. This shouldn't be hard to do because I'm so excited to read it!

 

Thanks for reading. I hope you all reach your goals, too!

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I understand the need to be healthy so you can have kids.  It's a desire we all have and a noble pursuit. 

 

You might notice that someone has added a tag to your post.  This is not to box you into a corner but rather because your goals or lifestyle have links to the guild you've been tagged and we'd like to bring you to the attention of one of their guild ambassadors. These ambassadors will be able to offer you advice, encouragement and support on your goals.  You don't even have to wait around for them to come introduce themselves to you, you are more than welcome to pop into the Scouts' board and introduce yourself to the guildies there. I am also around to answer any questions that you might have so do not hesitate to PM me.

 

Good Luck with your challenge

AB xx

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My challenge

 

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Great sounding challenge.  Like Blaidd mentioned stop on by the Scouts Tavern and say hi.  Many people there that will help motivate, answer questions, and have even struggled to finish programs.  Took me a couple years to finally complete a 5k program and I have not looked back.  I still have a ways to go but having a kiddo that is now 10, being healthier has certainly helped me be the mom I want to be.  I had a couple years of being sick and once we got that part of my health under control I was determined to not have to say "mommy can't do xyz tonight because I hurt too bad or am too tired".  That is wonderful you are taking control now.  

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Also stopping by from the Scouts Tavern to follow along on your journey - I'm Sarah, a 5K runner who's building up a fitness base like you're starting to do (also with a healthy lifestyle and possible kids in mind.) I jumped around from training program to training program for months. (ok, years) A few months ago, I challenged myself to stick with and finish one program. It was really tough but really rewarding! It took probably 3-4 months to finish the whole thing, but I progressed more in that time than I have in the past two years. You're going to feel so awesome when you're done with your challenge. I'm here for encouragement and whatever else you need! 

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On my way to Rivendell: 208.14 / 458 miles 

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Hey emineminator, how are your first few days going?

Currently Walking / Biking / Hiking to Mordor 

On my way to Rivendell: 208.14 / 458 miles 

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The Awesome Runner's Awesome Running Blog

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Hey, all! Thanks for your comments!

 

This week was really tough. I had my first 4th year paper due on Tuesday, and I participated in my best friend's graduation festivities on Wednesday, so I don't feel that I did very well this week...but I did make some progress! I am hoping that once I am partway into this challenge when my next paper is due, I will have established a bit more of a daily rhythm in terms of reaching my goals, so sticking to the program will be easier next time life happens. Anyway, here's my progress report:

 

First of all, I'm finding my bedtime goal to be really difficult to reach...I didn't meet my 10:30 goal at all this week. I think it's because my husband works the closing shift at a coffee shop, and doesn't get home before 11 a few nights a week. What's the policy on slightly modifying goals??

 

On a happier note, I completed my first run on Thursday (instead of Monday, thanks to my paper). My feet and leg muscles were pretty stiff. I'm about to head out on my second one in a few minutes, and surprisingly I'm really looking forward to it! I've put a checklist of each run I'm supposed to do on the fridge, and it felt SO good to put that first check mark on there! :) This week, I will work on the daily stretching...I forgot that I had included that in my running goal. I also need to remember to take my inhaler before I go - I think that might help lol.

 

I managed to log my calories each day (except Wednesday), and even thought I was unable to keep it below my limit, I was less than 200 calories over. This was a huge improvement from 400-500 over. I'm going to work harder on that this week...and running will help! To improve on that this week, I'm going to look up some articles on portion control. I'm getting better at that, but I know I can improve, and I think doing some research on it might help.

 

For my side quest, I made it to chapter 2 of my book. The introduction was really long!

 

Thanks again for the help...hope things are going well for you all!

 

E

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Policy for modifying goal?  Just do it anytime if it is not working.  No worries.  Love your week 1 recap.  Onward to week 2!

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Agree with awesomesue- your goals are for you, so if you need to change them, go for it. So glad you're enjoying running! Stretching is definitely important - it's different for everyone, but I really like more dynamic stretching before running (walking lunges, jumping jacks) and static stretching after the run to work out everything that's tightened up. Great first week! 

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Currently Walking / Biking / Hiking to Mordor 

On my way to Rivendell: 208.14 / 458 miles 

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The Awesome Runner's Awesome Running Blog

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Thanks for the input, awesomesue and AgentSpiderMonkey!

 

To be honest, I'm feeling a bit defeated. I think I'm in need of a respawn already...and we are only 2 weeks in!

 

- Even after I changed by bedtime to midnight, I still only met that goal once.

- I logged my calories every day, but I think my weight/activity level are out of whack because I can't stay under my limit.

- And I've completed one week of my running program, but it took me 2 weeks to do.

 

But...I can also look at it this way:

 

- I met my bedtime goal once this week.

- I have been faithfully logging my calories, and I learned more about how to use the MyFitnessPal app this week. I also learned that I need to weigh myself somehow, and re-enter my starting weight and activity level in order to make it easier to stay under my calorie limit without being starving ALL THE TIME! I am also continuing to learn which foods are danger foods for me (TONS of calories/sugars, as well as which ones I tend to eat too much of in one sitting).

- And I have FINALLY completed week one of my running program, and each time I run, it is getting easier. I'm still really enjoying putting check marks on the sheet to signify why I complete a run, and on the days I do run, I notice an improvement in my energy level and my mood.

 

I am DETERMINED not to give up!! I think I may have made my goals too complex/detailed for my first ever challenge. So this week, I am going to run 3 times, eat smaller (which also usually means healthier) breakfasts, and meet my bedtime goal more than once this time :) I also have another 2000-word paper to write before Friday, and I'm starting a new job this week...silly life, getting in the way of this challenge! Don't give up, guys!!!

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Good! That is the spirit you can do this! And we will kick your virtual behind to get you to your goals.

 

On the bedtime thingie: What helps for me is, that i cut all use of electronics an hour prior to bed time. I just get in bed. read a book. Or write some stuff down. But no electronics. When she, would (yes she is in the past) come home I would be like hi I am in bed. And she would be all grumpy. But I did not get out of bed. And when it was time to sleep, I just went poof and slept. :/ Maybe selfish. But it made me a happy person.

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Trying to get back on the forums and back in exercising in life any help motivation is welcome

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Good for you! Another week down!

Way to turn the tables and see things in a positive light. Most running plans are designed so you can go at your own pace (even if they don't say so)- it's better for you to take your time, repeat some workouts before moving on, or repeat entire weeks altogether so you don't jump ahead too quickly and hurt yourself. It's definitely hard to take on a lot of new things at once - I like that you kept your goals but made them a bit more do-able. 

Currently Walking / Biking / Hiking to Mordor 

On my way to Rivendell: 208.14 / 458 miles 

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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I love your attitude!  You know at the end of this week you can decide how you want to attempt your goals next week.  Just glad you are keeping at it and can see the good you have achieved.  Shoot it took me several tries with c25k and I would repeat a week or couple sessions as needed.  Those things are only guidelines in my view.  We all progress at our own pace.  Sometimes it will feel slow and sometimes zip right by but you never know which it will be and when.  :)  Either way look at the plan as a starting point that you can modify as needed.  

 

You got this!

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2015 - 22.5 bugs consumed

Chasing down the most awesome version of myself one step at a time.

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And so the setbacks continue...

 

- FINALLY went to the doc this week about some foot pain that's been happening on and off for about a year now. He poked and prodded pretty good, nothing on my X-Ray so he ordered a CT scan. So my foot was too sore to do my running this week. It's feeling better already, so I'll be starting again with gusto this coming week! Here I come, week 2 of my program! 2 minute intervals of running...I'm gonna be tiiiired! Might go back and do the previous run again, as it's been so long since my last run.

 

- Made it to bed on time once again this week. Yay! Aiming for more than once again next week.

 

- Paper writing sucks. Too many cookies consumed. Will do better next week on my calorie intake.

 

Question: I'm doing an overnight trip to visit some friends this week. Any tips on how to keep the calories down while eating out??

 

I also did a brief bit of browsing on other Scout challenge posts (while procrastinating hardcore about writing), and realized for my next challenge that I need to make my goals smaller. I was too ambitious, especially for my first challenge ever!

 

Thanks again for the encouragement and help, guys!

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No idea why your foot is hurting still?  Okay this may not be it but I had foot pain mostly in my right foot.  My doctor was stumped and so was I until I looked at how I was sitting.  I often would sit in a chair at work my my right leg bent and my right foot tucked under me.  It was in such a way that I was basically folding my foot.  

 

Glad you are keeping at it!  

 

Depends on where you are eating or the type of food.  Skipping soda and alcohol will definitely help.  Water with lemon or lime is wonderful or unsweetened tea.  Share deserts or skip those altogether.  Go for small fries or apple slices if at a fast food place.  Swap veggies for potato and skip the bread or just try and limit it to only one slice of good bread or half a slice if you really want it.  Once you decide where you are going make a pack with yourself that hey they have great special item but nothing too special of this other item and then just eat the item that is special.  Eat slowly and promising yourself you will stop when satisfied.  Relax, have fun, and only eat when hungry and stopping before full.  Go for fresh options.  Those are tricks I use anyway.  Mostly being able to think ahead of time and if I decide I want to indulge in something then I make the conscious decision not to have another item to balance it out.

Food Fight - current challenge

Yeary Bug Count 0... if you are out and about then you are probably eating bugs. :onthego:

2015 - 22.5 bugs consumed

Chasing down the most awesome version of myself one step at a time.

The Character Battle Log 1 Daily Mile

 

 

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Well.

 

I'm not sure where I should be posting this, but I figured here would do. I believe I'm supposed to grade my challenge, and as it was finished a month ago...

 

I feel that I deserve a D, meaning I accomplished a little bit, but did not develop enough growth during the challenge to achieve a passing grade. I did not meet any of my goals, nor did I stick with the program long enough to develop new habits and break old ones. My injury was a setback, but it did not have to mean that I give up entirely.

 

However, the challenge wasn't a total loss. I learned a few things along the way.

 

1. My husband and I are totally different fitness classes. This helps explain why the active things he wants to pursue seem totally boring and awful to me, and why he never wants to do the activities I want to do. This could pose a challenge as we both develop our fitness levels, so it is good for me to be aware of.

 

2. For next time, I need to start smaller and simpler with my goals. That will help me to feel like I am accomplishing something, and encourage me to keep going!

 

3. I need to have a backup plan for emergencies like injury or school stress. I'm thinking about looking into a monthly pool membership or something. I also think plucking up the courage to try another individual sport, like squash or Pilates, might do me some good.

 

4. Logging calories is time consuming until you enter enough recipes into the app to make it worthwhile! Perhaps that could be a goal for next time - enter one new recipe into the app per week, or something :) On a related note, I learned that the apps are more accurate and easier to follow if you enter the correct weight into them...must invest in a bathroom scale!

 

5. I probably wouldn't have been pushed to go see a doctor about my foot if I hadn't taken the challenge. I'm still waiting on a CT scan...probably will be for a while. At least I took the first step and got it checked out.

 

Anyway, thanks for all the encouraging messages and tips. I hope to see you all again soon!

 

E

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