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Silmarilliane's Eleventh Challenge


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Hi there, hope you're all well :)

 

I'm Silmarilliane and this is my first challenge as a Ranger, having been an Adventurer for my last bunch of challenges. I passed my last challenge and levelled up to Level 10.

 

My last few challenges have been pretty samey, and I've really struggled to keep motivation up to the end. I like spreadsheets and they tend to help, though I also tend to go overboard on eating if I have a slight glitch.

 

So my goals in this challenge, which I'll try to run up to Christmas:

 

Goal 1: Walking

I've been increasing this lately as I have a new walking buddy in my office. My normal commute involves about 5 miles of walking, so this challenge I need to do at least 30 miles a week, which should get me walking more at the weekends.

 

Goal 2: Eating

I tend to count calories and have recently been reading Michael Pollan's In Defence of Food which I can highly recommend. I'm trying to move much more to eating as naturally as possible, and have been making my own bread, chocolate, peanut protein bars and the like. I don't think I'm there yet to go fully Pollan rules, but I'm going to try and focus as much on a few key points: avoid artificial, try to finish feeling a little hungry and don't eat anything my grandad would refer to as 'poison'. OK that last one has artistic license - my grandad always used to say that when I drank anything like coke or dr pepper.

For the most part I'll be logging calories and trying to stay under, but won't beat myself up if I go over occasionally.

 

Goal 3: Weights and the like

I have dumbbells at home, but I'm an activity person (in two choirs at the mo, another for Christmas and various other bits take up other weeknight evenings) so any evening I don't have something else on, or a weekend I have more than a couple of hours at home, I have to do a workout of at least three types (e.g. bicep curls, military press and bench press)

 

I generally try and do 20 pressups each morning, and I'll carry on keeping count, but won't have this as part of my challenge.

I've also recently started doing what probably looks utterly ridiculous - squat while brushing teeth in the evenings. My toothbrush has a two-minute timer, so I try and do as long as I can in a held squat, with occasional stand-up-back-down's when needed. I'm hoping that if I continue this I'll be able to do the full two minutes in a held squat, and then that will just become habit and something I do FOREVER.

Any more suggestions of things like this I can fit in my life to turn into habits, please let me know!

 

Thanks y'all

Silmarilliane

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So this challenge hasn't really worked out. I've had days logging but mostly not. I've got the dumbells out when I could but not nearly as much as I should have.
I've probably stayed on track with the walking, and have recently started doing a short (10 min) run in the mornings before getting ready for work.
Eating well has been hard with all the Christmas stuff, and all the food in the office.

So I'm going to carry on as I've been doing until the new challenge starts in the new year and kick some butt with that one!

Xxx

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