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Hi! I couldn't wait to post this. Despite thinking that I didn't like 3 continuous months of challenge, it turns out it actually really worked better than the old format to establish habits. I woke up this morning and wanted to carry on as usual. So, here I am. I hope Celebrate gets stuck in your head every time you visit my thread, since it is stuck in mine forever now.

 

For those of you who don't know me, hello! I am NeverThatBored. My current goal is to lose the last 10-12 pounds I have left, though lately I've been more focused on fitness stuff than making progress on that goal. My biggest challenge struggle is food. Some of my favorite things are cats, training montages, and sitting outside next to running water. I am nerdiest about anime, fantasy novels, and rpg / indie games.

 

Now I feel like that should be an icebreaker where everyone says their goals, struggles, favorite things, and favorite nerdy things. (I hate icebreakers in real life.)

 

Goal 1: Maintain Fitness

As usual, this goal involves maintaining my existing fitness routine (and continuing to progress during regular workouts, etc.)

  • 3 workouts/week (usually 1 bootcamp class and 2 bodyweight workouts at home)
  • 1 Pushup AMRAP/week to maintain pushup strength
  • Walk 16 miles/week (64 total)
  • Practice holding a deep squat daily (42 total)
  • 1 run / week (either 5K, slower paced run with coworkers, or sprinting) 

 

Goal 2: Movement Focus – Long Walks

During the past few challenges, I’ve been focusing my secondary fitness goal on specific movements (pushups, squats). This time around, I want to focus on walking longer distances with the goal of eventually working up to a 35 mile walk on the local bike path. I will mainly be able to do this on weekends, although theoretically I might be able to do it after work now that the light is nice. We’ll see. My goal is to do this once per week, going a bit further each time. I don’t think I’ll have time to do this on travel weekends, however. My recent max is 7 miles. I’d like to work up to at least 20 in preparation before attempting the full distance. 

 

Goal 3: Food 

I tried the minimalist approach last time and it was an epic failure, so this time I’m trying the maximalist approach.

 

Part A: Maintain things that work

Last challenge I stopped counting these things for a week, and immediately stopped doing them. So, even if I’m focusing on macros this challenge, I need to hold myself accountable for this stuff too. 

  • Don’t eat after 8pm (or within 3 hours of bedtime) (-1 point for failure)
  • Don’t eat more than 1 bad food/meal in a day. Desserts are counted separately from meals in most cases. (-1 point for failure)
  • Eat primalish most of the time (19 meals / week allows for 2 variance meals) (-1 point per failure, +1 point for extra primal meal)
  • NEW Aim for primal snacks on 4 days/week and then non-primal snacks ok 3 days per week
  • Aim for at least 1 primal meal and 1 50% meal per day when travelling or hosting (-1 point per failure, +1 per success)
  • Plan/prep meals over the weekend and prep/freeze meals for weeks when this doesn’t happen (+3 points when done successfully)
  • Write down bad reactions to food choices in an ongoing spreadsheet to dissuade myself from making that choice a second time. 
  • Out of 23 points per week

 

Part B: Measure macros 

  • Week 1 – measure protein intake, but no need to try to hit a certain goal
  • Week 2 – start aiming for 75-106g of protein per day (more is ok) and start measuring carbs without aiming for a certain goal
  • Weeks 3 and 4 – start aiming for 75g or so of carbs / day (anywhere below 100g ok) and continue working on protein

 

Part C: Continue to practice conscious eating

  • Think about what I’m about to do before eating something. Ideally, pause and take a few deep breaths. At the least, recognize and acknowledge when I’m about to sell out my future self. (4 points per day – 3 meals and snacks)

 

Goal 4: Life Goal – Deep Work

I would like to spend 30 minutes / day (except travelling/hosting days) focused on work I care about. I’ve also been neglecting adulting lately, so there are two parts to this.

 

Part 1: I have a list of about 14 things so far that I’ve been putting off or need to take care of. I’m going to work on one of these per day until they’re done. 

 

Part 2: Once my list is finished, I’ll spend 30 minutes per day on any activity of my choice (reading, writing, drawing, whittling, career stuff, etc.). 

 

Bonus Quests

These are all things that are nice to have, but I do not get points for them if I do them at the expense of any of my main goals. 

  • Meditate daily (1 bonus point for every 7 days)
  • Ankle alphabets daily (2 set minimum – 1 bonus point for every 7 days)
  • Knees in pose / child’s pose / another internal hip rotation stretch daily (1 bonus point for every 7 days)
  • NEW Clean kitchen sink before bed 4 days/week. I’ve heard good things about what this does for you mentally in the morning, so I’m interested in trying it.
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So, for week 0 I'm tracking but not scoring. I'm working most of my goals, except for these ones. Because reasons. 

  • Weekly AMRAP
  • Macros
  • Conscious eating (at least I'm not bothering to track it)

I'm going to kind of start doing some of the other goals, but maybe not the full quantity I'm aiming for in the main challenge:

  • Kitchen sink
  • General food goal
  • Walking 
  • Knees in / internal rotation stretches
  • I lied I might actually start tracking protein this week too

I AM going to do these ones in full:

  • Workout 3 times / week
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Running - I already did it today! Which I regret because my shins needed longer to recover, but it's done now.
  • Squats
  • Deep work
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5 minutes ago, NeverThatBored said:

I hope Celebrate gets stuck in your head every time you visit my thread, since it is stuck in mine forever now.

 

 

Not sure which is worse, since I posted Formation on mine and have been walking through the house singing it since....

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19 minutes ago, Cataleya said:

Following along again. Looks tough, but I know you're going to do so well and I look forward to watching that unfurl!

 

D'awww, thanks! We'll be macro buddies this time around. :)

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Great looking challenge.  I like you task goals to work on the to dos until they are done and THEN work on the other things.  In my case I might never get to the other things...  I'll be watching to see how it works for you. 

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4 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

My biggest challenge struggle is food. Some of my favorite things are cats

Guess who read this as one continuous thought and was hella confused. 

 

I won't lie, if I were somewhere where cat were culturally acceptable food, I would try it. But you're kinda in the US and that's kinda not a thing here. So. 

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Your challenge setup looks awesome, I especially like how you'll ease into counting macros. And yay for kitchen counter zero! I hope you'll love is as much as I did :)

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10 hours ago, LadyShello said:

Great looking challenge.  I like you task goals to work on the to dos until they are done and THEN work on the other things.  In my case I might never get to the other things...  I'll be watching to see how it works for you. 

 

Thanks! I was originally going to just do 30 minutes of working on random projects, but I figured building in the to dos was the only way to make myself actually get started on them.

 

7 hours ago, fleaball said:

Guess who read this as one continuous thought and was hella confused. 

 

I won't lie, if I were somewhere where cat were culturally acceptable food, I would try it. But you're kinda in the US and that's kinda not a thing here. So. 

 

Pahahaha. I think cat meat is pretty unappetizing, from what I've heard. 

 

6 hours ago, Briniel said:

Your challenge setup looks awesome, I especially like how you'll ease into counting macros. And yay for kitchen counter zero! I hope you'll love is as much as I did :)

 

It will be a challenge! My kitchen is tiny so dishes pile up really fast. But I was reading this article that made a strong case for it, and you seemed to be pretty happy with it, so we'll see how it goes. :) 

 

1 hour ago, Marauder said:

I can't believe no one has posted it yet...

 

 

 

Right when I got it out of my head, too! *dances*

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17 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

I tried the minimalist approach last time and it was an epic failure, so this time I’m trying the maximalist approach.

 

I read this and thought how delicious taking the maximalist approach to food would be but having read further it doesn't seem to be 'eat as much as you can' ;)

 

Following along! 

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17 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

For those of you who don't know me, hello! I am NeverThatBored. My current goal is to lose the last 10-12 pounds I have left, though lately I've been more focused on fitness stuff than making progress on that goal. My biggest challenge struggle is food. Some of my favorite things are cats, training montages, and sitting outside next to running water. I am nerdiest about anime, fantasy novels, and rpg / indie games.

 

Now I feel like that should be an icebreaker where everyone says their goals, struggles, favorite things, and favorite nerdy things. (I hate icebreakers in real life.)

 

I'll play!

 

I am Sylvaa! My goal is to complete my very first Trifecta this year - then start smashing racing times. My biggest struggle is not having enough family support. Some of my favorite things are, my family, music, my cat Pickles, and gifs. My favorite nerdy things include fantasy novels (R.A. Salvatore), two player hack & slash games (Gauntlet Legends!) and numbers. 

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34 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

 

I'll play!

 

I am Sylvaa! My goal is to complete my very first Trifecta this year - then start smashing racing times. My biggest struggle is not having enough family support. Some of my favorite things are, my family, music, my cat Pickles, and gifs. My favorite nerdy things include fantasy novels (R.A. Salvatore), two player hack & slash games (Gauntlet Legends!) and numbers. 

 

I feel so much closer to you now! I did not know most of these things! Ice BROKEN.

 

I don't think I've ever actually read any R.A. Salvatore. 

 

 

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Hey All - 

 

Is anyone interested in doing a PVP with the Darebee daily dares? I've been doing them for the past couple of days and I think that could be fun. (I should also probably check if this is a thing that already exists.)

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Following :)

 

Also I like your "deep work" goal in conjunction with the to-do list. It means you'll actually get things done rather than just putting them off until it's conveniently too late (because I totally never do that...)

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1 minute ago, SymphonicDan said:

Following :)

 

Also I like your "deep work" goal in conjunction with the to-do list. It means you'll actually get things done rather than just putting them off until it's conveniently too late (because I totally never do that...)

 

Yay, hi! I'm already dragging my feet on that to do list, so it was a very good idea to make it part of my challenge. :P

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8 hours ago, NeverThatBored said:

Hey All - 

 

Is anyone interested in doing a PVP with the Darebee daily dares? I've been doing them for the past couple of days and I think that could be fun. (I should also probably check if this is a thing that already exists.)

I'm in! I have done maybe 3 or 4 of them, so this will be great motivation. Do you have a system in mind on how this will work?

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Depending on what the darebee pvp entailed I might hop on! I've got a pretty packed schedule as it is but can always use an extra kick in the butt to get stuff done.

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