mediaguy99 Posted January 4, 2016 Report Share Posted January 4, 2016 Since I last posted an Assassins challenge, I spent a brief stint as a ranger, and also went whole-hog off the paleo diet. That wasn't such a great idea, as my reflux disease has been completely out of control for several months now. I've gained weight (though not a whole lot), and it's mostly of the non-muscle variety. SO, this challenge I want to focus on my diet, as my workouts are still pretty strong, and got stronger over winter break. As is often the case, Garret (from the Thief franchise) will be my inspiration! Goal One: Clean up the diet, and mindful eating. I've gotten heavy! Time to get ghostlike. During week one, I will eat only one serving of sweets. This is going to be a tough one as I've eaten a LOT of sweet baked goods over the break. During the second week, I'll cut out the grains and dairy (at least 90% no dairy or grains), and during the third week, I'll expect to be at least 90% paleo. Assuming I'm eating 21 meals/week, that means I get to "cheat" twice per week during the last two weeks. I'm still going to eat potatoes, but not french fries or chips. Furthermore, most of the time when I'm eating, I'm looking at some kind of screen. As much as it pains me to do so, I need to keep my mind on what I'm eating, and the people I'm eating with (OK, nobody's eating with me at 5:45 AM). So, no screens during breakfast and dinner. Lunch is pretty much required since I eat lunch at my desk during work hours. +3 WIS for keeping off screens while eating breakfast and dinner; +3 CHR for sticking to the meal plan. Goal Two: Pull Ups. Right now, my recent AMRAP record for pull ups is 7. I'd like to get to 10. I'll be doing pull ups at least three times per week. +1 STR, and +1 STR for every additional chin-up I can do beyond my PR, for a possible total of +3 STR. Goal Three: Make a plan, and stick to the plan. Improvise when necessary. It's a real bummer when work gets in the way of my workouts. So, I'm going to make a plan on Monday mornings, put it on the calendar, and stick to the plan. I've got a world-class gym 400 yards from my office and there's no reason I shouldn't take advantage of it. Generally speaking, my weekly plan should include two yoga classes, three weights workouts, three endurance sessions, and one day skiing. I'll post my plan here in the forums too, for accountability's sake. +3 CON for making a plan and sticking to it. Goal Four: Flexibility! I'm the least flexible person I know. All those years of distance running have made my hamstrings the most unhappy hamstrings in Boulder. So, I'm going to stretch them. At least once a day for five minutes. Follow youtube videos, use the foam roller, go to a dance class, or just lie on the floor with a strap and a dog licking my face... every day, I'll stretch. +3 DEX I'll also compare my weight and body fat % from this morning every Monday morning until the challenge ends. Today I was 169.8 pounds and 15.1% BF. 4 Quote Level 21 Wild Elf Ranger/Assassin Spoiler I'm not really sure these stats are relevant anymore... STR: 31 DEX: 26 STA: 30 CON: 24 WIS: 30 CHA: 26 Current Challenge Link to comment
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