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Well, I am a day late, so first off I'll ask you to forgive my tardiness. Quite appalling, to be sure. I am a freshly minted recruit who falls somewhere between Ranger, Monk and Druid in my goals (Sage, anyone?) I don't know much about my body, beyond my extraordinary ability to put on muscle with relative ease (and the difficulty I have losing/cutting weight) but a bout with C25k has raised jogging in my estimation--from odious to doable and sometimes even enjoyable. 

 

Being ambitious, 25 and female, among other things, I have some measure of control over every other element in my life. If I'm not on my way to a solution, at the very least I have a plan. My weight/health has rarely had the pleasure. In my senior year of high school, I dropped about twenty pounds--after a summer of hard work. The following year, I experienced a freshmen - 30 for a whopping fifty pounds lost. I wasn't at my goal weight, but I was happy to have the situation under control. In the following years (college into grad school) I lost the knack of it and am now 10 pounds heavier than I've ever been at 250 lbs (5' 10/11). 

 

The cause? I imagine not having the advantage of a hilly campus to walk about on (though my systematic weight loss did patter off before I left college so perhaps not?) has something to do with it. I believe I eat rather well all things considered, but I may in fact be living in a fools paradise. So my challenge will be as follows:

 

Goal 1: Track my food intake everyday with the TwoGrand app. Some, if not most, of the food I eat isn't easily tracked or scanned on myfitnesspal (mostly old Nigerian recipes) and attempting to do so makes me anxious and occasionally irritable. 

 

Goal 2: Do at least one "Zombies, run!" Jog/walk a week (be that story mode or an infinite run)

 

Goal 3: Drink One water jug a day (about 72 oz)

 

Extra Goal: Green Tea before each meal

 

It would be lovely to have others join me on TwoGrand so that we can evaluate each others meals! You would certainly have my sword, though as I have no bow or axe you would have to settle for whatever aid I could offer as the ruler of men in training. 

 

Well, that's all I suppose! 

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Shrilaraune

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Why yes it is!! I'm a huge fan! C25K is a wonderful app and it really leveled up my cardio, but Zombies, Run! might just be my favorite? And when they add interval running I'll die of happiness!

Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

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Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

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Don't worry about starting a day late! People will be wandering up most of the way through the challenge.  You're fine!

 

What style of sword work do you practice?  I am officially jealous of your muscle gaining capacity :-) 

 

Any chance you'll share some recipes?  Does your tracker have the capability to enter recipes?

 

There's no need to pick a single guild.  Many people pick the most appropriate guild for what they want to focus on each challenge.  If you'd like, please feel welcome to drop by the Courtyard.  It's the Monks' main chat thread.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

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Omigosh! I didn't think anyone would be interested in my posting! Wow! Thank you!!!

 

Well, I fence (Epee) and also do Kendo! My tracker (Two Grand) does let you enter comments with the pictures, kind of like Instagram. You can put recipes there definitely! And I'd love to share some recipes! Oh my gosh are you going to join? Having a friend on Two Grand would be huge!!

 

I'm doing pretty well, though I fell off the bandwagon this weekend. I'm trying to get back into drinking the right about of water. Thanks for checking on me!

Don't worry about starting a day late! People will be wandering up most of the way through the challenge.  You're fine!

 

What style of sword work do you practice?  I am officially jealous of your muscle gaining capacity :-) 

 

Any chance you'll share some recipes?  Does your tracker have the capability to enter recipes?

 

There's no need to pick a single guild.  Many people pick the most appropriate guild for what they want to focus on each challenge.  If you'd like, please feel welcome to drop by the Courtyard.  It's the Monks' main chat thread.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

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"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

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Ah Sword styles!  Very cool and looks like lots of fun.

 

No, I'm not familiar with Two Grand.  I use cronometer.com to track when I am tracking (not right now).  It certainly sounds good.  This thread may be a good place to post it and see if anyone else is using it.  It's a new thread on the topic.

 

Good!  It's not about falling down, it's about getting back to it when you can :-) 

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Good!  It's not about falling down, it's about getting back to it when you can :-) 

 

Ahhh, needed this. Any tips on breaking a vicious cycle of self sabotage? 

Shrilaraune

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"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

|| My Story || Battle Log || Epic Quest ||

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What kind of self-sabotage are you prone to engage in?  There's a lot out there to choose from. 

 

In general, just remind yourself that you don't have to be perfect.  The end game is living a long and healthy life.  That doesn't require perfection just general maintenace. 

 

Having people around to be positive with you also helps.  Try checking out some of the other beginner threads and commenting there.  Get to know some people with similar goals.  Provide positive feedback to each other.

 

One of the Guild Leaders has a bulletin board that he posts printouts of positive messages he's received. 

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I think most of my problems stem from my weird perspective on effort? Some part of me doesn't see the point in trying so hard if I won't get the results I want? I'm a sprinter and weight loss/getting in shape is a marathon right? One of consistent effort. I guess I've shown myself one too many times that consistent effort is something I'm unable to maintain/do? So I feel like I'm careening from health kick to health kick, losing hope and falling back into doing nothing. A distant part of me knows that if I could do the things I know I should do in my head, I would/should reach my goal. For whatever reason, perhaps all the ones I mentioned above, I don't.

 

So mainly that sort of self sabotage.

Shrilaraune

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"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

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I can't say that I have a lot to say that might help on that one.  You clearly want something to change but the consistency is exactly where the progress happens.  Have you tried looking at the smallest amounts of consistent effort to see if they're sustainable?  Are the things you're working on fun?  A lot of people self-sabotage through overly-ambitious goals.  Your goals look good to me but this is all based on your perception of effort.

 

Which health kicks have you tried?  Is there anything that attracts you to any given type of them?

 

I just started Zombies Run today :-)

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They do seem small enough to me--which is what's so frustrating! My goals are totally sustainable. But I think I've had a breakthrough! I think my problem is I'm expecting to gain the weight back--like I always do. What's the point in working so hard if it'll ultimately be pointless? Dark, I know. But it isn't a notion I can shake. I ALWAYS gain my weight back. It might take time, but that's the only thing that's been sure throughout my fitness journey. 

 

Isn't Zombies Run AMAZING???? If they could do something similar for walk to Mordor? I'd be dead with glee. And fit. But mostly dead. 

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Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

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"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

|| My Story || Battle Log || Epic Quest ||

|| Challenges: Current4, 32, 1 ||

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"Don't hate your body. It's just trying to keep you alive." - Starsapart

 

 

 

 

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In other news, I didn't totally trash my challenge. But I gave it a respectable go. 

Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

|| STR 8 || DEX 6 || STA 7 || CON 7 || WIS 10 || CHA 1 ||

"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

|| My Story || Battle Log || Epic Quest ||

|| Challenges: Current4, 32, 1 ||

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"Don't hate your body. It's just trying to keep you alive." - Starsapart

 

 

 

 

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Excellent, and you're still coming back :-)  The new one starts on Monday.  Going to join us? 

 

Aaahh, figuring out why is a big step.  It's easier to argue with that doubt once you've articulated it.

 

Zombies run is great.  I think I just about tripped when it dropped the volume on my playlist and announced "You've found pants!"  That was funny.  It indicates that it can be used while walking too.  Then a zombie catching up could be moving to a run briefly?

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That's right! Sometimes I'll use it on a walk, when I'm in recovery. I'm totally joining, though I am late...again! I'm still not sure where I belong, but I think I've discovered a framework that makes it all possible. We'll see!

Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

|| STR 8 || DEX 6 || STA 7 || CON 7 || WIS 10 || CHA 1 ||

"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

|| My Story || Battle Log || Epic Quest ||

|| Challenges: Current4, 32, 1 ||

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"Don't hate your body. It's just trying to keep you alive." - Starsapart

 

 

 

 

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Hi!!! 

So I figured I was too late to join this challenge, BUT, I have been following/developing a plan that has been working so far! 

 

Food: I've read through, almost entirely, a book called the End of Overeating, which has drastically changed my view on food, triggers and how to eat for weight loss (I eat pretty healthfully, as I mentioned in my first post, but almost mindlessly.). Right now I'm in the middle of collecting 30 or so recipes, and calculating their calories so I can swap them around without really thinking about it (smart mindlessness :redface-new: )

Exercise: First off, I've given up the scale entirely. I am measuring progress exclusively with a tape measure. I've found the measurements for a size 6/8 at my favorite stores and made them my goals. I'm also bribing myself to exercise/get out of the house. For every workout--usually bodyweight with some 10lbs weights for help--I get $10 to spend on things I don't need. I'm trying to earn at least $30 a week. I also get $10 for being outside my house for more than two hours, but it has to be a self directed activity. Most of my work involves working on my computer so I don't get out much.This helps! And I have a long list of things I want!

 

So far I've kept to the $30 a week thing (expensive!), and have outgrown the nerdfitness beginner's workout! I've moved on to the advanced--though I can't do a pull up so it's a noobier version. I think the 10lbs weights I use for pull up/chin up training might be too light for me now so I'll be moving up to 15 soon!

 

Thanks for checking in on me! I might start a log as well. 

Shrilaraune

Assassin + Monk + Druid= Sage | Level 4

|| STR 8 || DEX 6 || STA 7 || CON 7 || WIS 10 || CHA 1 ||

"The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place.

Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go." - Henry Rollins

|| My Story || Battle Log || Epic Quest ||

|| Challenges: Current4, 32, 1 ||

Affiliations:

|| Coming || Soon||

"Don't hate your body. It's just trying to keep you alive." - Starsapart

 

 

 

 

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Excellent planning.  Smart mindlessness is a good way of handling your food.

 

Neat incentive plan!  Hope that works out for you :-)  Congrats on upgrading to the next workout level!  That is a big step and you've stuck with it long enough to do so. 

 

Cool.  Logs are always an option.  If you do, post a link here (if you want to). 

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