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I'm back for another challenge and am hoping to shed more fat, build more muscle, and improve my diet! This time I will post before and after shots to help me with accountability. I didn't do this last time, but think that posting pictures will give me more motivation for sticking with my diet goals. I will also take measurements and record my weight at the beginning, middle, and end of this challenge.

 

For 3 weeks during this challenge, I will be doing the Superhero Challenge! The tagline is "Unleash Your Inner Superhero" which I think is awesome.  Totally goes with the NF tagline "Level Up Your Life"! I love the positive mentality of both and the mindset of becoming the best possible you. I've got a long list of fitness and life goals that I'd like to accomplish and see this challenge as one of a series of steps in making my goals a reality.

 

The Superhero Challenge starts September 21st and goes through October 11th. Basically, it's a 21-day paleo + exercise challenge. You must eat Paleo and exercise/stretch/move for at least 10 minutes every day.  When you sign up, you get access to a 3 week meal plan, some exercise videos, and an accountability forum. Seems like a pretty good deal to me! I also think it's pretty doable - everyone can spare 10 minutes every day for exercise. My mindset up till now has been that I need to set aside 1 hour 4-5 days a week for exercise. At the end of this challenge, I want to make being active a daily thing - whether its a full gym workout or 10 minutes of stretching and walking.

 

Although this Superhero Challenge is only for 3 weeks, I'd like to keep those diet and exercise habits going throughout my whole NF challenge.

 

The goals. . . .

 

1. DIET - PALEO

  • Dairy and Legumes are allowed in the Superhero Challenge (since they don't bother my digestive system)
  • No Grains - bread, crackers, flour, etc
  • Only paleo sweets. If you followed me last challenge - battling the sugar beast has been one of my struggles. Last time, I allowed myself to have (any type of) sweets on the weekends, now I will only allow paleo "sweets", which I must make. These recipes I make will have less sugar than what I was eating before that way I continue making progress

All Paleo Meals = A; 1-3 Non-paleo = B; 4-10 Non-paleo = C; 11-16 Non-paleo = D

 

2. MOVE - 10 MINUTES EVERYDAY

  • Movement = stretching, running, walking, HIIT, and/or strength training
  • 3-5 of these workouts must be solid gym workouts 30+ minutes
  • Run/HIIT sprints 3+ times per week. My goal over this challenge is to reduce my 5K time to 27-29 minutes. I'm running a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K in November and am hoping to beat my sister! My ultimate goal is to get my running time down to the 26-28 minute range by the time of the race. Yesterday, I ran a 5K in 34 minutes. To meet my goal, I've got to cut off a minute a week, roughly. That's a lot of progress to make, but I think it is doable! Edits can be made if necessary.

Exercise Everyday = A; Minus 1-5 workouts = B; Minus 6-12 workouts = C; Minus 13-20 = D

 

3. DRAW 

  • Sketch at least once a week. I enjoy drawing, but never make time for it. I'd like to get back in the habit of drawing so I can improve my skills

6 times = A; 4-5 times = B; 2-3 = C; 0-1 = D

 

SIDE QUEST: PUMP UP

  • This post is entitled: Becoming My Own Superhero. I want to have that mindset this challenge and see this challenge as training to reach superhero status. My ultimate fitness goal (several years down the road) is to do basic parkour. I want to keep that ultimate goal in sight this challenge. So each week I plan to watch one parkour youtube video to pump me up and get excited about where I'm going. Having this mindset will help keep up my energy and focus on my goals for this challenge.

 

Starting measurements and pics coming soon!

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Those are great goals, good luck!

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Nice goals! 

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Challenge looks good!! I love your paleo sweets goal. Please share recipes that you like. I'm always looking for new ways to satisfy my sweet tooth while staying a little healthy.

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Challenge looks good!! I love your paleo sweets goal. Please share recipes that you like. I'm always looking for new ways to satisfy my sweet tooth while staying a little healthy.

 Will do! One that I've made before that's pretty good is Nut Butter Mug Cake. It's super easy and pretty customizable. I found some dark chocolate almond butter at the store a couple weeks ago and it tasted pretty great in this. Chocolate cake without the guilt! lol.  Maple almond butter is my favorite type of nut butter though, so I'll have to try that as well. I like this recipe because it's a single serving and tastes better than some of the ones I've tried in the past.

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Starting Measurements:
 
Weight: 171.5 lbs
Height: 5' 6.5"
 
Waist: 33.25"
Hip: 39.75"
Chest: 38.75"
Butt: 41"
Thigh: 22.75"
Calf: 15.25"
Bicep: 12.5"
 
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9.13.15 | Front View

      
 

9.13.15 | Side View

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Wow sounds really like a fun way to work toward your goals, haven't heard of the superhero challenge before! Love your 10 minutes a day goal too, it always feels like you've achieved something that way, even if it's just a little. For me at least, it makes it much easier to stick with diet goals too, you almost don't want to "spoil" the activity you've done! :P

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I'll admit week one didn't go as well as I planned:

 

1. PALEO - I started out perfect, but then Wednesday I was craving chocolate and didn't feel like spending time cooking a paleo treat, so I bought some dark chocolate covered blueberries. I also had some chocolate chip cookies this weekend.:( It could have been worse I suppose. I'm gonna see how this week goes before tweeking this goal. I might limit it to one (non-paleo) dessert per week or keep it all paleo. If I keep it all paleo - I'll have to plan my cooking better and specify a paleo sweet making day. I did manage to drop a pound this week, so I guess I'm not too disappointed.

 

2. MOVE - 10 MINUTES EVERY DAY - Success!! Last Sunday, I created a 10 minute workout to do on days I know I won't have time to go to the gym. So on those days I wake up 10 minutes earlier than usual and do it first thing.

 

1 minute per exercise:

1.Arm Circles 2. Rows 3. Squats 4. Kicks 5. Lunges 6. Tricep Dips 7. Situps 8. Leg lifts 9. Mountain Climbers 10. Plank

 

Got my running and strength training workouts in as well. I did a 5k in 33 minutes this week - so dropped a minute from last week. Making progress!

 

3. DRAW - Haven't done it yet, but am planning to do it this evening!

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Good job on week 1. I have a paleo goal, but allow myself 3 variances per week. I'm still making progress and allowing myself some fun.

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Good job on week 1. I have a paleo goal, but allow myself 3 variances per week. I'm still making progress and allowing myself some fun.

 

I allowed myself two variances of whatever I wanted last challenge, but was thinking about upping it this challenge. Seeing how week 1 went though, staying in the same place this challenge paleo-wise might be a better choice. I'll see how this next week goes first!

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Good job on week 1! Even though you weren't completely paleo, at least it was only some dark chocolate blueberries and not a massive slice of cake or anything. Congrats on dropping a pound too, it's always a great feeling to see results on the scale. :)

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I like your straightforward goals, and the idea of being your own superhero! Way cool.

 

One thing you could try for the sweets is making a batch of something that keeps well (chocolate nut butter cups, maybe?) and storing them in the fridge/freezer. Then when the temptation arises to eat something else, combat with the promise of a pre-made treat waiting at home! 

Also, chocolate nut butter on fruit is bomb.

 

Sibling rivalry is a good motivator  :rapture:

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I like your straightforward goals, and the idea of being your own superhero! Way cool.

 

One thing you could try for the sweets is making a batch of something that keeps well (chocolate nut butter cups, maybe?) and storing them in the fridge/freezer. Then when the temptation arises to eat something else, combat with the promise of a pre-made treat waiting at home! 

Also, chocolate nut butter on fruit is bomb.

 

Sibling rivalry is a good motivator  :rapture:

 

Those chocolate nut butter cups sound delicious! I might have to try those! I think I'm gonna try and make a paleo treat on the weekends that I can keep on hand during the week like you suggested. Weekdays are tough and busy so giving myself a paleo sweet option would help. That first week of the challenge, I didn't think to make any paleo sweets ahead of time and I think that's why I caved.

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This week was my first week of the Superhero Challenge. So far, I've stayed on target and met all the goals. I haven't gotten my fat content up to where it's supposed to be yet, but I'm getting there. I'm going to the grocery store tomorrow, so I'll be buying a lot of fat for the week. For this challenge, we're supposed to aim for  45-50% fat, 30% Protein, and 20-25% Carbs. Is it just me or is that a lot of fat? I normally eat about 30% fat, 30% protein, and 40% carbs. Thoughts? What's NF's view?

 

Goals:

 

I've managed to stay on target with all of them this week! I think that the fact that I paid to do the superhero challenge, is the reason I haven't caved. I feel like it would be pretty lame and a waste of money to cave on the first week.

 

1. PALEO - Stayed on target this week! I was SUPER tired Wednesday from the sugar withdrawal, but I'm doing better now. I am going to be making a paleo treat this weekend though! I need me some chocolate!

 

2. MOVE - 10 minutes + every day! Each day Emily (Trainer for the SH Challenge) sends us a video with a nutrition tip or a workout. You have to complete the video challenge in addition to your 10 minutes of movement each day to earn full points. So several days this week I have actually done 2 workouts.

 

I haven't made a lot of progress with the running this week. I tried running Wednesday, but was getting some major stomach cramps at mile 2. Today, I ran on the treadmill at a 10 minute/mile pace, but was exhausted at 2 miles. 10 minute/mile pace is faster than what I've been doing on the track, so I still think I'm making progress. I might try to run a full 5k again on Sunday.

 

3. DRAW - Technically, i haven't completed this goal yet, but I intend to do it tomorrow morning. Also, I didn't complete this goal last week like I said I would - got too busy with homework:(. So I'll be doing 2 drawings tomorrow. I'm excited about it cuz I love quiet mornings and drawing.

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The only advice I have to offer on Macros is it depends what kinds of carbs you are getting. If they are paleo friendly carbs it's not as big a deal. Part of the point of Paleo is supposed to be that you shouldn't have to track your macros, FWIW.

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You're doing a great job with your SH challenge, especially with the twice a day workouts! I don't have much advice on macros I'm afraid, my method is more about getting in enough protein and then the rest just being whatever I fancy. I think though that the key for a lot of these diets is the protein intake, so as long as that is up there then adjust your carb/fat ratio to whatever you feel best with. For the running cramps, I was having a similar problem a week or two ago with getting them about 1-2 miles in and realised it was because I had let myself get dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water 5-10 minutes before has really helped me preventing them, I don't know if it might work for you too.

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You're doing a great job with your SH challenge, especially with the twice a day workouts! I don't have much advice on macros I'm afraid, my method is more about getting in enough protein and then the rest just being whatever I fancy. I think though that the key for a lot of these diets is the protein intake, so as long as that is up there then adjust your carb/fat ratio to whatever you feel best with. For the running cramps, I was having a similar problem a week or two ago with getting them about 1-2 miles in and realised it was because I had let myself get dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water 5-10 minutes before has really helped me preventing them, I don't know if it might work for you too.

 

I often run first thing in the morning so getting a little water in the system after sleeping all night would probably be good for me. Thanks for the tip!

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Did fairly well this week as well!

 

GOALS

 

1. PALEO - Stayed paleo this week! It was a struggle, but I survived! I said no to chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and pasta salad on Monday, free Jimmy John's and candy corn on Tuesday, and free pizza today. I also didn't buy any processed garbage at the grocery store even though all the tailgate food and pumpkin cookies were super tempting. This week I made coconut flour mug brownies to help with my sugar craving. I was craving chocolate yesterday and today so those brownies hit the spot!

 

Also, I've discovered that eating fat is a great way to curb sugar cravings. Whether that's nuts, coconut flour, nut butter or something else, it all works wonders.

 

2. EXERCISE - Got my 10 minutes in everyday this week! Also, I ran a 5k in 31:15 which is great progress. I guess this week I'll aim to get it down to 30 minutes. We'll see how that goes.

 

3. DRAWING - Still epicly failing at this goal. I haven't done any drawing this challenge.:( I think I might change this goal to "make progress on my thesis" cuz that needs to be a high priority right now. I need to finish my literature review in the next week or two, but am struggling to get motivated.

 

Anyway, I've successfully made it to the halfway point! I'll post progress measurements tomorrow!

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Woot! Great job!

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Good job on your goals, I reccomend focusing on your thesis. There is a reason the plural, theses, rhymes with feces.

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Good job on your goals, I reccomend focusing on your thesis. There is a reason the plural, theses, rhymes with feces.

 

Oh my gosh YES! That is exactly how I feel about it.

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Time for mid-challenge measurements:

 

Starting Measurements:                Current Measurements:                       Change:
 
Weight: 171.5 lbs                               Weight: 169 lbs                                        Weight: -2.5 lbs
 
Waist: 33.25"                                     Waist: 32.5"                                               Waist: -0.75"
Hip: 39.75"                                         Hip: 38.5"                                                   Hip: -1.25"
Chest: 38.75"                                    Chest: 38"                                                  Chest: - .75"
Butt: 41"                                            Butt: 40.5"                                                  Butt: -0.5"
Thigh: 22.75"                                    Thigh: 22.25"                                             Thigh: -0.5"
Calf: 15.25"                                       Calf: 15.25"                                                Calf: 0
Bicep: 12.5"                                       Biscep: 12.25"                                           Biscep: -0.25"

 

Avg of 0.57" everywhere. Tracking measurements makes tracking weightloss more fun and rewarding. I have a hard time getting excited about " I lost 2.5 lb in 3 weeks". The measuring tape makes it real and you can literally see everywhere the weight loss is happening. I'm pumped and ready for week 4!

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Amazing progress, keep it up!

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Week 4 Update:

 

This past week was the last week of the superhero challenge. I didn't follow it perfectly (after day 18 I kinda caved. . .oops), but overall thought it was a good experience which I learned a lot from - nutrition wise and exercise wise.

 

PALEO - Failed it. I started off great, but then I went home for fall break and didn't eat paleo much at all. I feel kinda bad about it since it was my goal this challenge, but not too bad. I don't go home very often and enjoyed trying out the new sandwich shop, cupcake shop, etc. at home.  I DO need to work on portion control though and definitely ate more than I should have. That might be a good goal to consider for next challenge especially with the holidays coming.

 

EXERCISE - Got all my workouts in! My 5k time this week was 30:42. So shaved off 30 seconds from last week's time. If I can continue to cut my time by 30 seconds each week, I should be at 29:45 by the end of the challenge. That's not quite where I was hoping to be when I created this challenge, but that's ok cuz it's still progress! Plus, getting my time under 30 minutes is awesome!

 

THESIS - Did some research last week. Planning to do some writing this evening. Should have done the writing a week ago, but sometimes most of the time motivation is hard to come by. Impending deadlines are good motivation boosters though! haha

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