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I’m the hero Gotham neither needs nor deserves, but they’re stuck with me. I don’t know what awaits me in the next dark alley or on the next rooftop, so I have to stay sharp and be ready for anything: scaling a wall, slugging a mook, making an escape. This is the city, and I’ve got to stay agile, fast and tough if I’m going to meet it head-on.

 

In a nutshell: 

 

  1. Exercise four times a week.

    1. Try a new workout or location once per week.

    2. Average 10k Fitbit steps per day.

  2. Write three hours per week.

  3. Meditate every day.

  4. Diet: No booze. Healthy snacks.

 

I. Exercise four times a week.

Simple. Flexible. Straightforward. What counts for this:

 

30 minutes of cardio. Running. Biking. Or something else. Gym machines if I must, but I’m going to try to get outdoors as much as I can. Walking isn’t enough, but a good-faith run/walk counts. I want to try some park trails and improve my running pace and endurance.

 

Strength: Climbing. A full bodyweight workout routine of some kind. Or something else. I’m a little vaguer on this one because I want to discover some new routines or activities. I’ll be working on upper body strength for climbing as much as I can.

 

Try something new: Every week I’m going to try either a new location or a new activity. This can be as simple as a new workout routine with exercises I haven’t tried before, but hopefully I’ll push myself into some bigger innovations. New parks? New climbing venues? Skating? Shovelglove? I DON’T KNOW. I want to discover some new stuff that I love doing.

 

Also: Weekly fitbit steps average 10k/day

 

II. Write three hours per week.

Still workin’ on the book. It’s coming along. I kind of blew this one last challenge, but let’s see if I can do better this time.

 

III. Daily meditation.

5-10 minutes is enough, just keeping it going daily.

 

IV. Diet.

No booze for the duration of the challenge. I’m drinking a lot less in general lately, but let’s make that official for four weeks.

Also, keep some healthy snacks handy at work. I got some soup packets last week, but I need to get in the habit of having fruit and other healthy stuff around.

I’ll keep track of my weight a couple times a week.

 

Bonus points for (I won’t do all these, but let’s keep a list of stuff I want to do, to keep me motivated):

  • Climbing a new/harder route that I haven’t tried yet
  • Get the bike out of the shed and ride it at least once
  • Finally take that belay class
  • Finish the next chapter of the book
  • Do a proper form pullup
  • Run for 30 minutes without a walk break
  • Participate in an Assassin guild mini-challenge
  • Participate in a walking/Fitbit challenge
  • Try a parkour class
  • Do a virtual 5k
  • Wear superhero-themed workout gear
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Following along! 

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This looks like a great challenge!

23 hours ago, RogueLibrarian said:

30 minutes of cardio. Running. Biking. Or something else. Gym machines if I must, but I’m going to try to get outdoors as much as I can. Walking isn’t enough, but a good-faith run/walk counts. I want to try some park trails and improve my running pace and endurance.

Do you have any good hills nearby? I've been really enjoying my hill climbs for cardio training, as a suggestion for something a little different.

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hello! your challenge looks much busier than you represented to me. :) in to see how great it goes!

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20 hours ago, tinkerer said:

Do you have any good hills nearby? I've been really enjoying my hill climbs for cardio training, as a suggestion for something a little different.

 

Not much at my usual outdoor venues, though the park near our house does have one end of the trail that can detour up a significant hill and even steps at the top, so there are options.

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Camp sounds like so much fun! 

I was looking at the prices and thought I could totally do the monthly payments, if I focused on saving up. Then I remembered I would need to buy an airplane ticket plus rent a car/buy a shuttle ticket. 

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1 minute ago, RogueLibrarian said:

Maybe if we weren't doing a bunch of home repairs this spring.

 

I'm thinking those come first. :)

 

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2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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So I'm ... not doing much during this off week. Life has gotten in the way, to put it mildly, and I'm just not going to sweat it, beyond doing some regular walking and continuing to eat reasonably well. I just had a cup of miso soup at my desk instead of venturing out to find a vending machine. 

 

A visit with a friend in in a medical crisis has knocked the wind out of my sails this week. I'm going to try to treat it as motivation to appreciate my health and take care of myself.

 

This weekend, weather permitting, we're going to try roller skating; if not, I'm at least going to try to get a gym trip in. I have some potential fun new stuff lined up to try this coming month.

 

Oh, and in more upbeat news, my new running shoes have been delivered today. Looking forward to trying them on when I get home and hopefully sparing my knees some pain in the coming weeks.

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Today's plan: the first new thing. Right after lunch we're going to a skate shop, kit both of us out with inline skates, pads and helmets, and go skating in the park! (Courtesy of a book royalty check that arrived a little earlier than expected. The rest is going toward paying down a credit card.)

 

Running shoes arrived yesterday and I wore them on about a mile walk to and from dinner last night. Haven't run in them other than a few steps jogging, but I think that having proper shoes is going to make a big difference in my attempts at running.

 

I'll report in after skating.

 

PS: Had one (1) beer with dinner last night -- my last taste for a month. My diet is mostly pretty good: I'm snacking on hummus, olives, nuts, berries, dried fruit.

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Achievement unlocked! We went to an awesome skate shop and got set up, then spent a while at an empty parking lot test-driving them. I am a lot more poised and confident in this picture than I was when I actually started skating. There was windmilling. There was a shriek or two. There was a spill or two. No injuries. There were brief, brief moments when I got the groove and could tell I was doing it right. Skating definitely uses some muscles I'm not used to using, and the balance involved is going to be good for other activities, if I can get the hang of it.

 

And here's a bonus picture, just for you. Enjoy.

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Okay, I can tell that one of the ... challenges ... of this challenge is going to be making time. Spring is busier than I expected.

 

One thing I'm going to start doing, thanks to inspiration from @karinajean's recent post, is planning my fitness week a little better on my calendar. I'm penciling in what days will work well for an after-work run, and what activities I can fit in on what days and so on -- at the beginning of the week rather than just letting them fall where they may.

 

Week 0 felt pretty productive despite not getting much in the way of actual workouts. New thing achieved, ate pretty well (last night's dinner was veg fajitas), maintained weight and closing in on dream weight goal. (I ran across some pictures of myself from a wedding last summer and I looked way doughier than I do today.) Daily meditation streak at 100%. Yesterday's fitbit total was over 20k thanks to lots of walking and skating -- I could not tell you when I last hit that.

 

Now picking up my Amanda Palmer nudie pen to get an hour or two of writing done.

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Glad the skating went pretty well and woohoo for looking less doughier. :) Awesome week 0!

 

I always give myself a weekly to do list. I've found that when I start adding more to my week I forget to do challenge stuff. 

 

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1 hour ago, RogueLibrarian said:

Okay, I can tell that one of the ... challenges ... of this challenge is going to be making time. Spring is busier than I expected.

 

One thing I'm going to start doing, thanks to inspiration from @karinajean's recent post, is planning my fitness week a little better on my calendar. I'm penciling in what days will work well for an after-work run, and what activities I can fit in on what days and so on -- at the beginning of the week rather than just letting them fall where they may.

 

Week 0 felt pretty productive despite not getting much in the way of actual workouts. New thing achieved, ate pretty well (last night's dinner was veg fajitas), maintained weight and closing in on dream weight goal. (I ran across some pictures of myself from a wedding last summer and I looked way doughier than I do today.) Daily meditation streak at 100%. Yesterday's fitbit total was over 20k thanks to lots of walking and skating -- I could not tell you when I last hit that.

 

Now picking up my Amanda Palmer nudie pen to get an hour or two of writing done.

 

I am jealous of your Amanda Palmer nudie pen. 

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So glad the goofy calendar idea works for you! If I don't write it down it doesn't exist.

That's a nice pen! And wow, nice skating outfit!

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