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(A little late posting this challenge thing, procrastination is one of my more developed skills...)

So this is my first official challenge! I did one in secret before this, as a kind of test, and since I didn't explode (or implode) I'm going to risk another one, publicly. Also I decided I really want to do a hike I've had my eye on for years so I need to amp up my fitness level a bit... New Zealand mountains are no joke! My hiking buddy runs marathons for fun, whereas I go for short, red-faced jogs at lunchtime to escape my desk and my co-workers, so there's a certain motivation to up my game, if only to save face! Plus, the fitter I am, the more energy I'll have to admire the beautiful scenery :peaceful:

So, here's my game plan... pretty similar to the last challenge I did but increasing the amount of walking I do and gradually making my bodyweight workouts more difficult. Also trying to be more disciplined with food, ugh.

Diet

  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything (dessert is my weakness, especially ice cream, so this will be the hard part)

Fitness

  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week

Level Up Your Life

  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge
  • Lights out before 11:45pm ( literally the thing I struggle with most)
  • 2x meditation daily, 30 minutes morning and evening (I'm a Buddhist so I'm pretty good at this but usually skip morning because I went to sleep too late and then slept in haha)

So there you have it... now I just have to hope that winter doesn't settle in too early and make the hike impossible, and that I can get time off work!

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Progress so far (since I started 3 days ago but took a while to post)

 

Day 1:

 

Walked to work, went for a run at lunchtime around the neighbourhood, walked home and got to see dolphins in the bay  :nevreness:

Dinner was neither carb-free nor meat-free... but it was home made and delicious.

Dessert was icecream  :numbness:

Bedtime and meditation success

 

Day 2:

 

Did bodyweight workout: increased squat and lunge reps to 25x3, and managed some very shaky full pushups before going back to knee-pushups. Increased milkjug rows to 20x3, planked 1minutex3. So sweaty.

Dinner was carb-free but not meat-free.

Dessert was icecream..

Bedtime and meditation success.

 

Day 3:

 

Walked to work, caught up with a friend so lunchtime run was replaced with cider and pizza oops (it was delicious). Walked home, no dolphins this time :(

Dinner carb-free and meat-free and rather late since I had to work late grr

Dessert was dark chocolate (finally ran out of ice cream, sob)

Meditation done for the day, time for bed

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It sounds like you are off to a good start with your first challenge.  I know how hard it is to kick the ice cream habit, I try not to have it in the house at all and if I do buy it I only get single servings so that it won't tempt me from day to day.  Keep up the good work.

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Ice cream is truly the devil's own. Resist the temptation to buy more! In fact, if you want it, then make it yourself with some rock salt and milk. Then you can [a] decide if you really want it that badly, determine how much sugar goes into it, and [c] not make much more than what you'll eat at once.

 

Good job on getting those workouts in. You live in a beautiful place that people like me dream about -- take advantage of it! 

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Ooooh New Zealand mountain hike sounds amazing!

 

It sounds like you have a good solid plan going for this challenge and don't fret too much about the occasional pizza and cider with friends!  Socializing is good for you too!

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Seem to be having trouble posting, so I'll try again with updating on today's progress...

 

I went to the supermarket and I DIDN'T BUY ICE CREAM! I'm shocked. I did eat some dark chocolate after dinner, but hey, baby steps right?

 

CJ mighty - single serves is a good idea, I'll keep it in mind for next time I bow to the cravings :)

 

jesslance - rock salt and milk you say? Intriguing... most things I'm happy to make from scratch but ice cream seems slightly too labour intensive even for me - a good thing!

 

dancezwithkittehz - I'm not losing sleep over the cider and pizza ;) like you say, socialising is important, and to be honest it improved my day no end.

 

Day 4:

 

Bodyweight workout with same reps as day 2, replaced milkjug rows with pseudo chin ups... I forget what Steve called them, where you lie under a desk and pull yourself up. Only managed a few, plenty of room for improvement. Pushups are sloooowly getting easier.

Dinner was meat-free but had some carbs

Meditation done and done

Two canvases prepped and ready start painting, hopefully tomorrow

 

 

Contemplating some sort of grading system on my goals but not sure how to go about it... tips?

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If you're going to eat candy, dark chocolate is definitely better than ice cream. And still delicious!

 

Just out of curiosity: if you plan on eating meat-free and carb-free, what is on your 'ok to eat' list?

 

For the grading:

 

Diet

  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 1 point per meal
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 1 point per meal
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything (dessert is my weakness, especially ice cream, so this will be the hard part) -> 1 point per day you forego dessert, 0.5 points when you only have dark chocolate

Total per week: Should be 12/12 if you stick to it perfectly. 9/12 is a pass.

 

Fitness

  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 1 point per walk (so walking to and from is 2 points)
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> 2 points per completed workout
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week -> 3 points if you run, 2 points if you only walk

Total per week: Should be 14/14 if you stick to it perfectly. 10/14 is a pass.

Level Up Your Life

  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> 1 point per day you work on the painting for at least 10 minutes
  • Lights out before 11:45pm ( literally the thing I struggle with most) -> 1 point per day you achieve this
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening (I'm a Buddhist so I'm pretty good at this but usually skip morning because I went to sleep too late and then slept in haha) -> 0.5 points per sessions, so 1 point per day

Total for challenge: Should be 84/84 if you stick to it perfectly, every day. But I'd consider 51/84 a pass, since these are complicated goals. If you count this weekly, it should be 21/21 (17/21 for a pass).

 

I hope this is usable?

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Dark chocolate is DEFINITELY better than indiscriminate amounts of ice cream. But everything in moderation, right? When we start outright denying ourselves stuff, that usually makes us want it even more, and then it's fighting an uphill battle in the middle of a monsoon with a gaggle of turkeys around you. I'd go as far to say that instead of pints, get those single servings that are meant for kiddos -- half pints? Quarter pints? They usually have a paper tearoff lid and a little wood spatula to eat it with. You can also have frozen yogurt instead -- much healthier, and the single servings are less than a pint too. Very calorie friendly while being super tasty and giving you the texture of ice cream so you don't end up binging one day. 

 

OH! And here is the recipe for ice cream in a bag that you make yourself =D http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scrumptious-science-making-ice-cream-in-a-bag/ 

It's actually super easy. I remember doing this in third grade with my class. Yum. 

 

Good luck with those paintings. Don't let perfectionism take over =)

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Dark chocolate is DEFINITELY better than indiscriminate amounts of ice cream. But everything in moderation, right? When we start outright denying ourselves stuff, that usually makes us want it even more, and then it's fighting an uphill battle in the middle of a monsoon with a gaggle of turkeys around you.

 

THIS. If I say I am absolutely not allowed to have something I will suddenly want that thing more than anything. I find for me it works much better to let myself have a treat (in moderation!!) and then I am like YAYS TREAT but maintain the rest of my healthy habits.

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@ dancezwithkittehz - "YAYS TREAT" hahaha oh so true. I usually find weekends end up being treat days for me, and monday 'cause my work supplies pastries etc to bribe people into turning up on mondays lol. 

 

@ jesslance - yeah moderation is key, and no one wants monsoon gaggle geese, my goodness! Lol the only thing measured in pints here is beer so I got a little confused there. Frozen yoghurt is great idea, thanks :) As for perfectionism... we shall see lol. I'll try

 

@ Marbres - Thanks for the awesome scoring system! Looks great, reckon I'll give it a go for sure.

    As for food... you raise a good point, I think I really need to put more thought into what I'm eating. Traditionally I haven't eaten a whole lot of meat - partly for ethical and environmental reasons, plus it's expensive, and to be honest I just got out of the habit. I didn't used to need as much food, but the last couple of weeks I've noticed I'm definitely burning through more food, faster. Now that I'm trying to cut down on carbs (processed carbs that is, still eating sweet potato, and I'm not paleo since I eat beans and chickpeas, dairy etc) I'm finding it harder to make interesting vegetarian meals, but at the same time I still don't want to go all out on the meat. I can't even eat fish without feeling a little guilty since I hear so much about declining fish populations... So basically, I eat a lot of vegetables (good thing I like them!) Tonight I had leftover burrito mix (spinach, black bean and mushroom) with avocado, and baked sweet potato. Maybe I should get into tofu? Eggs are good too, can make a mean vege frittata type thing... 

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Ok, so now it's time to introduce a scoring system (thanks Marbres!)

 

Diet

  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 1 point per meal
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 1 point per meal
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything (dessert is my weakness, especially ice cream, so this will be the hard part) -> 1 point per day you forego dessert, 0.5 points when you only have dark chocolate

Total per week: Should be 12/12 if you stick to it perfectly. 9/12 is a pass.

 

Fitness

  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 1 point per walk (so walking to and from is 2 points)
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> 2 points per completed workout
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week -> 3 points if you run, 2 points if you only walk

Total per week: Should be 14/14 if you stick to it perfectly. 10/14 is a pass.

 

Level Up Your Life

  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> hard to score this one per day so I'll say 5 points upon completion
  • Lights out before 11:45pm ( literally the thing I struggle with most) -> 1 point per day you achieve this
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening -> 0.5 points per sessions, so 1 point per day

So on that note, here are today's results:

 

Diet:

Dinner carb-free and meat-free (2/2)

Dessert - dark choc (0.5/1)

 

Fitness:

Walked to and from work (2/2)

Lunchtime walk (2/2)

 

Life:

Bedtime don't know yet, yesterday was late so no points

Worked on painting

Meditation AM/PM (1/1)

 

Might do weekly totals of points, since some of the challenges aren't for every day. Made it through 1 working week huzzah! Thanks for the support everyone :)

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Congratulations on making it through the week.  Keep up the good work over the weekend!

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I've seen people suggest frozen bananas as a sub for ice cream? Not sure on the details of it, but maybe finding alternative options instead of making it all or nothing could help?

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OK, sunday night here so I guess that makes it time for Week 1 recap:

 

Diet

  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 3/3
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 2/2
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything 2/7

So that's 7/12 for diet. Not the greatest, and all thanks to dessert, hmm. Freezer is free of ice cream now though so hopefully next week will be better.

 

Fitness

  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 4/4
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> 4/4
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week ->  6/6

Total 16/16. Stoked with that :)

 

Level Up Your Life

  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> (score at end) made some progress
  • Lights out before 11:45pm -> 4/7
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening -> 6/7

Total 10/14 still struggling with the bedtime thing. 

 

 

So all up, 33/42 for Week 1.

 

Not as good as I'd been hoping but I guess that gives me room to improve eh :) Cheers for all the dessert tips guys, much appreciated! Onwards and upwards to week 2!

 

 

And here's Lil Sebastian to motivate me to greatness ;)

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I'm not going to lie, today was hard. And not in a good way.

 

Slept through my alarm and woke up 2 hours late, not the best way to start the week! Missed meditation and walking to work as I'd already lost enough time. Felt really tired all day, worst I've felt in a long time. Still managed to go for a walk/jog at lunchtime but the afternoon dragged badly. Skipped out of work early because I couldn't handle it any longer and walked home. The walk home was nice at least, the bay was - quite literally - jumping with fish. Will walk to work again tomorrow morning to make up for today (provided I don't sleep in again of course) Will have to work some longer days this week to make up for today :(

 

Monday:

 

Diet

  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 1/1
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 1/1
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything -> 1/1

Fitness

  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 1/2
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> NA
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week ->  2/2

Level Up Your Life

  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> (score at end) made some progress
  • Lights out before 11:45pm -> 1/1
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening -> 0.5/1

Here's hoping tuesday is less painful

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Tuesday was better! Phew. I even managed to not fall asleep through an intensely boring computer-techy-stuff tutorial lecture thing at work. Also managed to wake up more or less on time, meditate, and walk to work before the rain set in, yay :) Bodyweight workout for lunch, with the same reps as last time. Felt hard today but then when I checked my time realised I shaved a good 45 seconds off, so I guess there's that. Plus I felt good afterwards, that kind of happy exhausted. 


 


Meditated again this evening, then made delicious beef mince bolognese with zucchini noodles (not as good as pasta by a long shot).


 


Most exciting news though is that I booked my flights down south to do the hike! Well, I will be in the right part of the country to do it, and if the weather decides to behave then I'll be climbing the mountain! With a view of NZ's tallest mountain! That said, I'm worried about the fact that Winter Is Coming, and a lot of the track might be under snow. Here's hoping! And in other news I just bought tickets to go see Alien at the local observatory. Tuesday you are vastly superior to Monday, thanks.


 


Diet


  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 1/1
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything -> 1/1

Fitness


  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 1/2
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> 2/2
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week ->  

Level Up Your Life


  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> (score at end)
  • Lights out before 11:45pm -> 1/1
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening -> 1/1

 


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30 minutes of meditation. I still struggle with ten minutes, so what's your mistery. Any tips for an intrested person?

A lot of Monks and Druids have meditation as a goal. So perhaps you want to have a peak at these guilds. Good luck with your challenge.

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30 minutes of meditation. I still struggle with ten minutes, so what's your mistery. Any tips for an intrested person?

A lot of Monks and Druids have meditation as a goal. So perhaps you want to have a peak at these guilds. Good luck with your challenge.

Here's a secret, I struggle with 30 minutes ;) But also, I've been meditating about 2 years now, so as much as anything it's habit for me. I kind of think of it like exercise to be honest - it's always easier once you start, but it can be hard getting out of bed for it or whatever. I find I have to set a time each day when I'm going to do it, and then don't think just do it.

 

In terms of once you're there though, trying to stick at it and not get distracted... I guess it depends what kind of meditation you're doing. See the kind of Buddhism I practice (Nichiren) involves focusing on an idea or determination or even a question while you meditate, to strengthen your own conviction or muster courage/wisdom/compassion etc... it's quite broad which means you can use it any way you want to create value in your life, and I usually come away feeling quite invigorated and definitely more focused( therefore at peace). I think this is a little different to Mindful Meditation though which is a common meditation technique. I haven't done so much of that but I think the key is to ground yourself - pay attention to all the sensations in your body, your breath, concentrate on what is happening in each moment of time as it happens, and whenever thoughts pop into your head acknowledge them then go back to focusing on your breath. 

 

Sorry got a bit carried away there lol, hope some of that helps! 

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Quick update before bed:


 


Diet


  • Eat at least 3 carb-free meals a week -> 1/1
  • Eat at least 2 vegetarian meals a week -> 1/1
  • Only eat dark chocolate for dessert, if anything -> 1/1

Fitness


  • Walk to and from work (2.2 km each way) 2x a week -> 2/2
  • Complete the NF bodyweight workout 2x a week -> 
  • Go for 3 lunchtime runs/walks per week ->  2/2

Level Up Your Life


  • Complete at least 1 painting during this challenge -> (score at end)
  • Lights out before 11:45pm ->  1/1
  • 2x meditation daily, morning and evening -> 1/1

Over and out!


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Want dessert so bad :'( Trying to hold off but it's hard. I'm tired and just had a gross dinner (potentially the worst Thai curry I've ever had) and I thought I bought frozen yoghurt but it's actually sorbet so can't really eat that and still pass. Buuu

 

Not much to update today since i've already met my meal requirements for the week. Did my bodyweight workout today and felt good but wanted to sleep all afternoon. Rest day tomorrow I reckon. 

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