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The Pokemon Go craze just seems to be hitting Austria this week so I expect to see hundreds of people walking around looking at their phones and not where they are going anytime soon.... hmm, maybe it will be hard to tell the difference afterall ;)

 

Good to hear that Pokemon Go is getting you about and about though and concentrated enough that extra cigarettes are not required - good work there!

 

When can we expect to see your next challenge popping up?

 

Good luck finishing this one off strongly.

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On 15/07/2016 at 1:20 PM, Balsquith said:

The Pokemon Go craze just seems to be hitting Austria this week so I expect to see hundreds of people walking around looking at their phones and not where they are going anytime soon.... hmm, maybe it will be hard to tell the difference afterall ;)

 

Good to hear that Pokemon Go is getting you about and about though and concentrated enough that extra cigarettes are not required - good work there!

 

When can we expect to see your next challenge popping up?

 

Good luck finishing this one off strongly.

 

Cheers man! Should get the next challenge written soon, so will stick it up tomorrow or Monday to start on Monday.

 

 

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Gym yesterday felt rubbish, for some reason I felt really weak and shaky, so I pretty soon gave up and called it a day. Here's what I did manage:

 

5min 4min row warm-up - 1,034m

Incline bench - 30kg x 4 x 10

Squats - 40kg x 4 x 10

50 "dead bugs" for the Darebee PvP

DB side raise/front raise/curl/press - about two, before I decided I felt too crap and gave up.

 

The evening was a barbeque at a friend's house - a couple we've only met recently were hosting, but we met them through other friends who were also there. It was a really funny, silly night; lots of meat was eaten, plenty of beer was drunk (plus some coffee liqueur and some Polish vodka). Really enjoyed myself.

 

Came home with the Mrs (back about 23:30) and watched TV for a bit. Then decided at around 00:15 to Pokémon GO out for a bit. Wandered around between the local gym and the two nearest pokéstops, met a random bloke who had just got out of a lock-in at my local who was also playing Pokémon and had a chat to him for a while. Seemed like a nice chap!

 

Not sure how to grade that on the sleep front; technically when I got back from Pokémon GOing out I went straight to bed, but it was a late night (about half 1). I'm going to give myself the technicality I think.

 

Smoking was rubbish - stuck to all my rules except for the count, think I had 15/8! Going to switch to more binary rules and less counting in the next challenge.

 

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This morning got up at 08:00, dropped the Mrs at work and went for a run. Runkeeper called for 2 miles slow. I did this:

 

NAME
PACE
CLIMB
1 mi
10:12
-17
2 mi
9:46
13
3 mi
15:49
3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total distance including cool down 2.41mi in 26:35. I may have extended my cool-down walk to detour via the nearest pokéstop...

 

Starting to realise how long this update's getting. I have been busy!

 

Anyway, after my run I went to a mate's house to write some music. He's written the start of a really great song which we've got recorded now, and starting on the chorus at the moment. Rant out time for that though, because we were off to go Bouldering!

 

Bouldering was good today, though my hips and ankle don't seem to agree now I'm done. They've reset the grey holds, so I had a go and completed a few of them, defeated a green/grey one I was stuck on last time I went with ease, and generally climbed a load of things!

 

That just gives me time to make this update and maybe catch up on a few threads before I go an get Mrs from work. Hopefully going on a Pokémon pub crawl tonight with her! A pokécrawl maybe?

 

Week 4 Stats at W4D5

Down with the Sickness - 3/7

Until It Sleeps - 5/7

Iron Man - 1/2

The River - 0 swim, 2 runs = 2/3

Kuss Mich - 5/7

Wasted Years - 0/1:00

I Can Only Count to 4 - (weekend goal) 0/4

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 2min star jumps (EC), 100 marching twists (EC), 1min push-up plank (EC), 50 Dead Bugs (EC)

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Great challenge!!  I'm looking forward to the next one.  

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22 hours ago, Chris-Tien Jinn said:

Great challenge!!  I'm looking forward to the next one.  

 

Thank you. It's all planned out; going to get it up at some point today :) .

 

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Pokécrawl Saturday night was good fun - took a massive detour back from the pub to visit a lot of Pokéstops, and was nice just to spend a night drinking with Mrs without a group of our friends for once.

 

Smoking wasn't too bad but still over-budget at 10/8. This is much less than I would usually smoke on a Saturday night, so the counting is doing something at lest even if I'm failing the challenge.

 

Also missed another tooth brushing - was distracted for good reason though, so I'm not too fussed about it.

 

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Sunday morning Runkeeper called for a 5mi slow run. It went a little like this:

 

NAME
PACE
CLIMB
1 mi
10:58
-15
2 mi
11:30
4
3 mi
11:05
33
4 mi
9:45
10
5 mi
9:52
-62
6 mi
18:04
32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd how I sped up on the last two miles - guess I really wanted to get it over with! It was seriously hot (for England). Not sure exactly what it was when I was out running, but by lunchtime it was 30C (86F) and 75% humidity. I felt like I was going to die by about mile 3, and I was so red in the face an pouring with sweat. Still, I got through it, so that's something.

 

After that grabbed some breakfast in town, played a tiny bit of Pokémon, and went to my dad's. I mowed his lawn and he took a look at my car, then we had a family roast which was nice.

 

Very little in the way of adulting done all weekend, it was far too hot! Did manage a couple of loads of washing and some egg boiling for breakfasts.

 

Smoking again badish, 11/8.

 

Challenge round up coming soon, and then the new challenge - much writing needed today!

 

 

Week 4 Stats at W4D7

Down with the Sickness - 3/7

Until It Sleeps - 7/7

Iron Man - 2/2

The River - 0 swim, 4 runs = 4/3

Kuss Mich - 6/7

Wasted Years - 0/1:00

I Can Only Count to 4 - (weekend goal) 3/4

Darebee PvP - MTWTFSS - 2min star jumps (EC), 100 marching twists (EC), 1min push-up plank (EC), 50 Dead Bugs (EC), 20 "Deadlifts" (EC), 20 Commandos (No EC)

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Final Challenge Round-Up

 

Down with the Sickness - 0/4 weeks - 15/28 days - 15XP 5XP

On 6/7/2016 at 1:27 PM, Jarric said:

What? As with my last challenge I'm cutting back on smoking, with the intention of quitting over the next couple of challenges.

Why? Because I'm starting to notice it hampering my fitness. I exercise more or less every day, I'm pretty lean, but I still get out of breath a lot quicker than my non-smoker friends. Particularly I want to be able to improve my swimming times and not get so puffed out when hiking.

How? Follow these rules:

  • I do not smoke in my car
  • I do not smoke at home
  • I do not smoke at the gym
  • Maximum 8 cigarettes per day, any day.

 

This is designed to allow me the occasional cigarette break at work, and the occasional one when out drinking, but to break the habits of smoking when I'm bored or hungry

So technically I failed badly at this one, barely getting a pass on half the days. However, I did build some strong habits - no smoking in the car or at the gym are set in stone now. Pretty much there with smoking at home too, although I'm occasionally making excuses to go for a walk and have one, but it's still better than smoking in my own garden.

 

Next challenge I'm going to build on this, exclude more places, and drop the number limit as hopefully I'll be smoking so little I won't need it.

 

 

Until It Sleeps - 1/4 weeks - 25/28 days - 10XP 5XP

What? Get better/longer nights sleep.

Why? My body needs sleep to recover from workouts, my mind needs sleep to recover from life, and I found that this was getting easier and I was getting up to swim more last challenge out of this.

How? In bed every night by 11pm or within 1 hour of getting home, whichever later.

 

No too bad at this - had about 1 night per week I didn't hit it. Going to keep this plus imposing a wake-up time goal for the next challenge. Plus punishments for failure.

 

 

Iron Man - 4/4 weeks - 10 sessions in total - 10XP

On 6/7/2016 at 1:27 PM, Jarric said:

What? Keep going to the gym to become strong like iron man.

Why? Because I want to be strong enough that I never have to turn down an activity I want to do, or be unable to help my friends. Also I'm discovering some new muscles I didn't know I had, and it looks awesome.

How? Go to the gym minimum 2x per week, sticking to my current plan.

Bonus: 12 gyms visits throughout the challenge - bonus 5XP (providing main goal is hit)

 

RANGERED this one. Didn't quite hit my stretch goal, but that's ok, life sometimes gets in the way. Hopin to climb weekly now, so more than likely two gym and 1 climb going forward.

 

 

The River - 2/4 weeks - 2 swims but 8 runs - 15XP 0XP

What? Swim in the mornings before work

Why? Because I want to hit some new PRs. And it wakes me up in the morning. And it makes me feel fitter in general. And it makes my shoulders look awesome :) 

How? Swim at least 3 days per week (expected to be mornings before work, but can be any time).

Rewards: New prescription goggles.

Bonus: +3 XP for any week where I swim 5 times (cumulative) (providing main goal is hit).

 

Total fail on this one. Apparently the fact that I really enjoy swimming was not enough to make me actually get up and go swimming! Whereas signing up for an OCR certainly appears to have motivated me to get up and run!

 

Will be dropping the swimming goal for now until after the OCR, although hopefully I will still get in the pool occasionally I don't want to force it because running won't be negotiable!

 

 

Kuss Mich - 2/4 weeks - 26/28 days - 54/56 brushes - 10XP

What? Keep brushing my teeth like an adult.

Why? Because otherwise they'll all fall out. And at 27 years old it's ridiculous that this even needs to be a goal.

How? Brush my teeth at least twice per day, at least once with sonic brush. Floss at least once each day.

 

I'm happy with this. I missed two brushes but both times for very good reasons, and I consciously missed them. Think this habit is sufficiently sticky for me to drop as a goal for the time being, but if it starts to slip I'll have to bring it back.

 

 

Wasted Years - 2/4 weeks - 10XP 0XP

What? Make some time for myself to do stuff I really enjoy.

Why? I seem to spend a lot of my spare time watching re-runs of old TV shows on the sofa, rather than making the effort to spend that time on something new or more interesting. I'm actually too lazy to enjoy myself at home! I also burned out a bit last challenge, so want some along time where I feel like I'm really recharging.

How? At least 1 hour per week doing something alone that I actually enjoy. Could be playing computer games, watching a new show, reading etc.

 

I set this goal because I thought I might need it, but honestly I just didn't feel like doing it. I have actually spent less time watching junk and more time with stuff I'm interested in, so maybe it just came naturally?

 

 

I Can Only Count to 4 - 2/4 weeks - 14/16 things done - 15XP 7XP

What? Do at least 4 adult tasks every weekend.

Why? Tidy house, tidy mind. I feel better in a nicer environment. Also, these things need to be done anyway, and procrastination does not help.

How? Pick any 4 things to do. Sample list in spoiler

 

Not great on this one to be honest. I think I need to approach this differently - maybe a more specific list of tasks rather than just "do some things". A lot of clothes were washed this challenge certainly, and many breakfasts were prepped, but I didn't do much else to improve my environment!

 

 

 

Will get my new challenge posted this evening, and stick a link here for you all!

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Well done on a great challenge, you improved in a lot of areas and learned that some other things weren't that important to you and that's a valuable lesson too. 

 

I feel you on the smoking thing. I am not sure if you're trying to quit or just cut down (I was a Johnny-Come-Lately to this challenge and just jumped right in without reading back) but I used to smoke 30 a day before I quit in 2012. It's the hardest thing I have ever done but it really is worth it so good luck to you. 

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9 hours ago, deftona said:

Well done on a great challenge, you improved in a lot of areas and learned that some other things weren't that important to you and that's a valuable lesson too. 

 

I feel you on the smoking thing. I am not sure if you're trying to quit or just cut down (I was a Johnny-Come-Lately to this challenge and just jumped right in without reading back) but I used to smoke 30 a day before I quit in 2012. It's the hardest thing I have ever done but it really is worth it so good luck to you. 

 

Thank you! With smoking I'm pretty much trying to quit, but I'm trying to do it by removing places I smoke in stages and breaking that association with smoking at a particular time/place if that makes sense? It's a bit of an experiment, but if it doesn't work I've lost nothing and I can always try something else.

 

 

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New challenge is UP!

 

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