AthenaMM Posted May 5, 2016 Report Share Posted May 5, 2016 Last month I created new goals and refocused my efforts in order to begin making progress again. It has worked really well. I've gotten much stronger, I can run a mile and a half, my eating has improved and my weight is going down again instead of yo-yoing. I'm very pleased with the progress I've made and I'm going to continue with the plan I made last month. My parents are coming to visit for a week and a half at the end of this month which will complicate things. Because of that I'm going to make the goals monthly instead of weekly so that I can try to make up for anything I miss while they're here. Quest 1: I still want to exercise every day (including during the parents' visit) and I can still employ placeholder workouts. I also still want 4 of the workouts to be runs. This month I also want 8 of the workouts to be strength workouts. I have made a lot of progress with the Startbodyweight.com workout that I found through @Lightning so I plan to stick with that for the strength workouts. Measurement: A = 26-28 workouts, 8 strength workouts and 4 runs, B = 23-25 workouts, 6-7 strength workouts and 3 runs, C = 20-22 workouts, 4-5 strength workouts and 2 runs, D = 17-19 workouts, 2-3 strength workouts and 1 run Quest 2: The no bread rule from the last challenge went well and I'm choosing healthier carbs. I'm going to keep that up this month along with the allowed 2 variances. Another key part of the "core" program I discussed in the last challenge was to eat until "satisfied" not "stuffed". I actually think that was the most useful thing I learned from the program and I made that part of my very first challenge at NF. Unfortunately I've backslid from that, particularly in the last few months. I worked on this some last month, but not as part of the challenge. I did well most of the time, but it's definitely not a habit and needs more work. I used this scale in my first challenge and that's what I've been using for the past month. I'll rate my hunger before and after every meal and snack. I won't eat if my hunger is higher than 4 and I won't eat past a 5 or 6. I'll calculate the percentage of time that I stuck to these guidelines to grade my progress. Measurement: A = 8 or less variances, within my ratings 90-100% of the time, B = 9 variances, within my ratings 80-89% of the time, C = 10 variance, within my ratings 70-79% of the time, D = 11 variances, 60-69% of the time Quest 3: I've decided to up my average steps to 10,500 steps. It's not a big jump but since I shoot for an average I didn't want to do too big of a jump. Instead of trying to average 10,500 steps each week, I want to average 10,500 steps for the month. That will give me a little more leeway during the parents' visit. After this month I'll go back to a weekly average. Measurement: A = Average 10,500 steps for the 4 weeks of the challenge, B = Avg 9,500-10,499 for the 4 weeks of the challenge, C = Average 8,500-9,499 steps for the 4 weeks of the challenge, D = Average 7,500-8,499 steps for the 4 weeks of the challenge Life Quest: I'm continuing the produce goal for this challenge. It had a lot of benefits and I want to make sure this has become a habit before I start keeping up with it outside of a challenge. I'll continue to measure it the same as before. I'll make a note of each of the different types of fruit and veggies I buy and then decide how much of each type I throw away. For example let's say I bought 10 different types of fruits and veggies. Then I threw away half the broccoli, a quarter of the lettuce and all of the oranges. That would mean I threw out 17.5% of the produce. Freezing stuff (if it's freezable) before it goes bad is allowed. Measurement: A = Throw out 10% or less of the produce I buy, B = Throw out 10.1%-20% of the produce I buy, C = Throw out 20.1%-30% of the produce I buy, D = Throw out 30.1% - 40% of the produce I buy 7 Quote Battle Log Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Fitbit, Epic Quest Character Link to comment
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