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SomeGuyFromScotland III: ...And You Will Know Me By the Trail of Sweat

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Getting straight back into it, since the downtime is cut to one week this time around. Whoooo!
Introduction: I joined NF a week before the April 6WC started. At that point, I was five weeks into a new workout routine, and nine weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction/origin story and my first two challenges in my sig below. Feel free to go rummage around in there. Anyway, my first two challenges went well, and now I'm ready to push on. I’ve gone from 255lbs at the end of January, to 232 at the start of my first 6WC, 223 at the start of my second, and 211 as of right now. It’s a work in progress. There's no specific weight number in mind (yet - this might change as the challenges go on), but I suspect it might be somewhere around the 170-180 range.

Life Quest
: I'll lift this straight from challenge 1, it still hasn't changed. Dress like a proper grown-up adult man, in clothes which actually look good on me, and make my wife proud to be seen with me when I take her out. The general aim is to overhaul my entire wardrobe by the end of 2015, getting rid of anything which falls into one of the following categories: baggy, sagging or ragged. My specific aim is to get properly fitted for one good quality, tailored, (possibly three-piece) suit, and get a good photograph taken wearing it. I'm sick of being disgusted when I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. The wardrobe goal has been progressing slowly. There’s been one mass cull already, and another one will follow.

Quest 1: …the Trail of Sweat

As with my first two challenges, the metric used will be Calories Burned in exercise, only this time with a slight modification. No daily targets as such, just achieve a minimum of 20000 over the 42 days (last challenge was 10000.)  How I achieve this will also be a little more flexible than before. It won’t just be limited to the cross trainer in the gym. I can also use the exercise bikes, the steppers, treadmills or even go outside and walk/run, using my phone app to track. This will hopefully prevent cross trainer boredom, which has been a potential issue.

Again, going with the Spezzy Sliding Scale, rather than straight pass/fail.

Achievable Points on offer: +2 STA, +2 DEX

A - 20000+ (Points x 1) - Completed Aug 31

B - 18000-20000 (Points x 0.75)
C - 16000-18000 (Points x 0.5)

D - 14000-16000 (Points x 0.25)
F - < 14000 (Fail. 0 Points.)

Quest 2: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

The body hitting the floor will be mine. I will do 1000 burpees within the 42 days of the challenge. No daily targets, just get the 1000 done. Find a way, not an excuse.

Achievable Points on offer: +2 STR, +2 DEX, +1 STA

A - 1000+ (Points x 1) - Completed Sep 4
B - 870-1000 (Points x 0.75)
C - 750-870 (Points x 0.5)
D - 630-750 (Points x 0.25)
F - < 630 (Fail. 0 Points.)

Quest 3: Get the Fork Outta Here

A repeat of last time. Let's stay mindful of CI-CO, get a consistent deficit happening, and keep getting the body fat down. Ideally looking to have an average daily deficit of 500 or more by Day 42. The official metric here will be Days in Deficit, and tools used will be my assorted phone apps (for tracking my calorie intake and daily walking), the displays on the gym equipment, and my Mifflin-St.Jeor magic number.

Achievable Points on offer: +2 CON, +2 CHA

A - 40-42 Days in Deficit (Points x 1) - Final Grade
B - 39 Days (Points x 0.75)

C - 38 Days (Points x 0.5)
D - 37 Days (Points x 0.25)
F - <37 Days (Fail. 0 Points.)

Quest 4: Read ‘Em and Weep

Continuing the effort to spend less time on pointless nonsense and become a better person, I will complete the following FOUR books during this challenge:

1. The Road to Character - David Brooks - Completed Aug 12
2. More Than Ordinary - Doug Sherman - Completed Aug 7
3. Love as a Way of Life - Gary Chapman - Completed Sep 1
4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head - Dan Harris - Completed Aug 21
Achievable Points on Offer: +2 WIS.

A - Completed 4 books (Points x 1) - Completed Sep 1
B - Completed 3 books (Points x 0.75)
C - Completed 2 books (Points x 0.5)
D - Completed 1 book (Points x 0.25)
F - Complete none (Fail. 0 Points.)

Untargeted Mystery Quest: The Rabbit
No scoring against this, but I’m going to log all of the mileage I accumulate from walking/running/cycling/gym, for use as a baseline as part of “SomeGuyFromScotland IV: I’m the Rabbitâ€.
Sssshh. It’s a secret.


#1: Thinking Deep - Done! +1 CHA
#2: Be Brave - Done! +1 CHA
#3: Leapin' Lizards! - Done +1 STA
#4: Morale Boost - Done +1 CHA
#5: Dining Hall - Done +1 WIS
#6: Finish Strong - Done +1 STR

As before, new clothes. I started this year as a 42" waist on my work trousers, a 19" collar shirt, and all of my t-shirts were XXL and even those could feel tight. Progress has been made, and slowly the fat clothes are being shed. If sufficient progress is made by the end of this challenge, I may head to the tailor and take the first step towards the main goal, by getting measured for my suit. If I'm still a little short of where I want to be in terms of measurements (probably looking to get to 34" waist, 15/16" shirt collar, 40/42" chest, around there somewhere) , I'll get some new jeans and shirts instead.

Progress (Completed September 6):

As always, feel free to tag along for the ride. Your supports will be gratefully received.

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YEAH SCOTTY! I'm here to holla at ma boi (as you often request we do, I don't like to disappoint). 



Untargeted Mystery Quest: The Rabbit
No scoring against this, but I’m going to log all of the mileage I accumulate from walking/running/cycling/gym, for use as a baseline as part of “SomeGuyFromScotland IV: I’m the Rabbitâ€.
Sssshh. It’s a secret.


Also, do I know what this is? Is this something we discussed? Should I be tracking my mileage too?

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I mentioned this during the last challenge, but I'm off work on holiday for what will now be the first two weeks of this 6WC, so this might work out even better for me in regards to getting a jump on the fitness goals. I'm planning on being as active as possible with The Wolverine (AKA my 7-year-old son, Logan) for the two weeks, since I won't be at work and tied to my desk for 8 hours per day. Downside is, I'll have to be more vigilant and disciplined with what I'm eating as well, since I won't have that workday structure. It's all good, though.


Okay, couple of things scheduled for my two week "holiday".


Project "Where the Magic Happens".


For the first time, I will attempt to please a lady in the bedroom. Sadly, this is less saucy than it sounds. I'll be decorating SomeWifeFromScotland and I's bedroom, including turning a good-sized cupboard (currently a junk store) into a little study area. Most of the decluttering was done on Saturday, when I was on a monster caffeine buzz. Thank you, Dolce Gusto. Your pods please me.


Tinto Hill




If the weather co-operates, I'll be blocking off one day to climb Tinto Hill in the Scottish southern uplands. It's not a steep climb, but it's a good, long slow ascent to an elevation of 2333 feet.


S'gunna be gud!

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Following along!  I love your character chard - now I totally want to make my own!  *schemes*


Have a good holiday from work - hope you get a lot done on the bedroom.  Those home improvements always tend to be tricky and take forever whenever I do them, so taking off work to focus is a great idea.

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Hey Scotty! I will be following you again. I also wanted to give you proper credit as I stole your spreadsheet and goal concepts from last challege to use this time around. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope I do half as well this challenge as you did last time. I look forward to being motivated by you again this time.

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"Burpees" is a fun word to say. Do you remember Burples? I totally thought that's what burpees were at first, and then I realized it was a super duper effective exercise that gets you in great shape while destroying your soul.  Now that I think about it, Burples were pretty soul destructive too, but for different reasons :)

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