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Greater_Fishy

Life of a Ninja Fish

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Ah the life of a Ninja Fish, eating junk, lazing about and putting on the pounds... yeah that's gonna have to change. So I did my first challenge earlier in the year and I did ok, mostly stuck to my goals where it was possible but I learnt a few things about life getting in the way. Lets see if I can apply my lessons to my next challenge and keep up my momentum for the full 6 weeks.

I am a programmer so most of my day is spent sitting at a computer but I have a few active hobbies that get me moving every few weeks (Mostly Larping really) so I dont count myself as terribly unfit but there is always room for improvement.

 

Major Goal: This will be to work on my general fitness and diet so that I can get rid of my beer belly. Cant be too complicated really...

 

Quest 1: Diet

I can be incredibly lazy but now is the time to try carry over the good habits I was building in my last challenge, so my first quest will be to eat heathly lunches and dinners 5 days a week and to limit myself to at most 5 soft drinks a week.

 

Quest 2: Cardio

Remember when I claimed to be lazy, so to combat that I will be jogging at least once a week, At the end of week 4 (23rd of August) my girlfirend and I will be taking part in a Warrior Race, this is our third race and we will be attempting to beat the two hours it took us the last times. The running has been our weakness in previous races so I am hoping to improve it with this Quest.

 

Quest 3: Excercise

To promote physical excercise I will be adding to my pull-up challenge from last time, this time I will do at least 6 pullups every day as well as at least 10 squats and 10 pushups.

 

To measure my three goals each will start with a percentage of 100% and each week I will detuct from that for any missed days

  • Quest 1: Each week I will subtract 2% for every healthy meal missed and 5% for every additional softdrink (a heavy tax but I need the extra insentive here). If during the week I manage to eat more 6 or more healthy lunches and dinners I will add 2% and if I drink no soft drinks I will add 5%.
  • Quest 2: Each week I will subtract 20% for not jogging at all and add 5% for every additional run during that week.
  • Quest 3: Each week I will subtract 1% for every set missed each day and add 1% for each additional set.

You may notice that over the 6 weeks these could quickly slip down below 0 or climb above 100, hopefully the ability to correct any mistakes will help me keep motivated to keep these numbers up high.

 

So lets see if I can keep this up, I am looking forward to getting involved with the Assassin Mini Challenges too so bring it :D

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Welcome to the Assassins, Fishy! I like your method of scoring for this challenge - definitely good incentive to meet your goals. How did you like your first Warrior Race? I'm interested in them but just don't have the time. Good luck with the challenge!

 

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Thanks for the motivational Penguin! that's gonna come in handy :)

 

The Warrior Races are pretty awesome and worth trying out if you get the chance. The obstacles are awesome, some can be quite challenging, and you can take the race part at you own pace so you don't need to be super fit to get through the Rookie race. I am pretty hooked on them.

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Hey from a fellow OCR addict!   I did Spartan race a few weeks ago, and came back with a similar time to what you did.  My cardio is already better - it doesn't take long, does it? :)

I like you scoring method, too - I might just steal it for my own challenge.

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Status Update!!! Woot!!

 

So this week went pretty well, a few small missteps but overall a successful week I think.

I will be making a small change to my scoring system, in my exercise quest I will be subtracting 2% for missed sets instead of 1% to encourage myself to keep doing them on time, over the weekend I found myself thinking I can just do them tomorrow and that kinda procrastination will be my bane.

So without further ado my latest stats are...

 

  • Quest 1: I kept on target eating 5 healthy lunches and 5 healthy dinners. Success! Current Percentage: 100%
  • Quest 2: I left it for the very last minute but I did go jogging, Success! Current Percentage: 100%
  • Quest 3: I remembered my exercises every day except Friday, and then did a little to recover, Mostly Successful. Current Percentage: 95% (3 Missed Sets and 1 Extra)

 

So this weekend is OppiKoppi, a local weekend long music festival that is going to make my quests a little difficult, I should be able to keep everything going though I may not be able to find a place to do pull ups. I will have to see :)

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eish!  I feel you on the procrastination.  There are just so many other "awesome" things to do (like lie in bed watching series while it absolutely pours outside ;)).  Looks like you had a good start though. 

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Ooooh! You are doing a warrior race too! It has been a long time since I did one (last time was 1-2 years ago) If I read it correctly, you a running on Sunday? I would love to say hi, if we are there around the same time.

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Yeah the procrastination is strong with this one, but I am feeling good about my start :) Feeling positive about this challenge!

 

@rathlan sure we may be able to do that, I haven't booked my spot yet but once I do I'll let you know when I'll be there

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Status Update!!! Woot!!

 

Right so this weekend was Oppikoppi, an awesome music festival that was totally freaken awesome.

I did struggle a bit with my challenges but I think I did far better that I could have :) So here are my stats from last week

 

  • Quest 1: I kept on target eating 7 healthy lunches and 5 healthy dinners. Success, my prepacked meals served me well! Current Percentage: 100%
  • Quest 2: Not Success :( I did a lot of walking but little to no running so I will have to catch this one up if I can. Current Percentage: 80%
  • Quest 3: I did ok, not amazing but I did do stuff so go me :P, Mostly Successful. Current Percentage: 88% (5 Missed Sets and 3 Extra, total -7%)

 

Now I need to settle back into normal life but I am feeling pretty proud of myself for sticking to the Diet challenge and not falling off the exercise wagon completely.

Also as a nice benefit I am pretty sure I walked at least 15km this weekend so hey that's a bonus.

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Right time for my regular Monday morning update.

This week was pretty rough for me as work took a pretty hectic turn and my schedule was thrown way off, but I did what I could and managed to not only compete in the Warrior Race but also beat my previous time by 40 minutes. Go me.

 

STATS!!

  • Quest 1: Not great here but I did what I could. Current Percentage: 85% (Missed 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner and drank an extra soft drink... booo)
  • Quest 2: Warrior Race totally counts as running so I did it :P Current Percentage: 60%
  • Quest 3: I did pretty poorly, mostly not Successful. Current Percentage: 64% (9 missed sets)

 

Also it only just occurred to me that I missed my update last week, it was a pretty crazy week but I have included the weeks stats above, it was an OK one.

I am going to have to up my game in the last two weeks here!

 

@rathlan Sorry I didn't get back to you about when my race was, it completely slipped my mind until after the race.

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@Greater_Fishy - I did exactly the same! ;-) How did yours go? My starting time was 9am (first non-elite batch) so the ice water was freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezing cold.

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Thanks guys :)

 

Yeah it went well, I started at 10:20 but that ice water was still pretty shocking when I got there. I definitely felt the difference between this one and my last race and I felt like a boss in most of the obstacles so go me :P

 

Also I have decided that for these last two weeks I am going to update more often to keep my motivation up and yesterday I felt pretty motivated and did two extra sets :) so stats!

  • Quest 1: No change here, though two healthy meals is a solid start to the week :). Current Percentage: 85%
  • Quest 2: No Change, hoping to do my first run for the week tomorrow evening. Current Percentage: 60%
  • Quest 3: Two extra sets lets me climb up a little, hoping to push this one up slowly but steadily. Current Percentage: 66

That is all for now

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And the motivation holds strong so here is a quick update :)

 

  • Quest 1: No change here, but I have had only one not healthy meal so far this week so yay :). Current Percentage: 85%
  • Quest 2: No Change, hoping to do a run tonight, tomorrow morning and Sunday. Current Percentage: 60%
  • Quest 3: Five extra sets already this week with another three coming tonight. Current Percentage: 71%

 

So Climbing back up, pretty proud of myself so far this week!

Lets see if I can keep it up

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Aaannnddd for my Monday update....

It was my birthday this weekend so I slipped a little but nothing major and I am hoping to carry on with the climbing again from tonight.

 

  • Quest 1: Birthday Meals are not really healthy so a small drop here :). Current Percentage: 83%
  • Quest 2: I did run once but my hangover was too powerful on Sunday for me to get going so no climb, but no fall either. Current Percentage: 60%
  • Quest 3: Three extra sets on Friday but nothing on Saturday and Sunday means I lose most of my gain from last week, lame. Current Percentage: 62%

Well I dont blame myself for dropping but I am hoping to climb back up again, 7 days left and I am hoping to get everything back up to at least 70% :) I must admit I am quite proud of myself so far though

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And now, for the Final update (dadada daaaa)

 

This week started out well but I must admit that towards the end I did slack a bit, A busy weekend with cold weather really made it difficult for me to keep on target.

I never did go on my run which is pretty disappointing and I missed a few sets for various reasons but otherwise it wasn't too bad if I may say so myself.

 

Stats!!

  • Quest 1: A small drop here but not too bad :). Final Percentage: 81%
  • Quest 2: Failure is lame, sadly no running for me this week... Final Percentage: 40%
  • Quest 3: A few missed sets means my final percentage dropped in the end. Final Percentage: 51%

 

Overall I didn't do too badly and I am pretty proud of what I accomplished, I ate healthy for most of the challenge which I I pretty dam happy with and while my exercise stat may seem low it actually says that I missed about 25 sets out of a total of 126 so that's pretty good. I am a little disappointing in my running, it was harder than I expected to find time to spend running and when I did have time I was pretty lazy about it.

 

I am looking forward to my next challenge where I plan to try get that running thing right and up my physical exercise challenges. For the next two weeks I am going to see how my diet holds up and hopefully I can keep up the healthy meals without deliberately counting them.

 

All in all I think the challenge was a success :) at least far better than my first and hopefully my next will be even better!!

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