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Alright guys, here we are again. I've done a few challenges over the last couple of months and while I stick to them IRL, I always have a hard time updating my posts. So we are going to take another crack at this and hopefully this time you all actually get to follow along with me :)

 

Main Goal: Get lean.

- I need to lose weight.

I know that while cardio helps, muscle helps more. I've built muscle and I've crushed all of my strength goals over the last few months. I've lost 25lbs (started at 250 and am currently between 225 and 228), but I have at least 25-30 more to lose. My ultimate goal weight is to be around 165lbs. My current predicament is that I am on a wait list for a major surgery. This surgery usually has a wait list of 2 to 3 years, I've been told I have at most 9 months. Here's the problem, the surgeons require that I be at a 32 BMI or less. At my height (short as fuck [5'3"]) that is right in the neighbourhood of 180lbs. I have between 4 to 8 more months to lose this weight. So here's the plan:

 

Goal 1: Track EVERYTHING I put into my mouth.

- This is where I sorely lack in both truth and dedication. I love food. More than I should clearly or I wouldn't be on the end of needing to lose weight.

- To do this I am using an app called Nutritionist - what I like about this app so far (I've only been using it a couple of days) is that it breaks down what I macros I need to eat per meal and lets me choose how many meals I eat per day (currently 5, sometimes 6). If I end up not liking this app, I will go back to MFP.

- I am also using a food scale to make sure that the portions I say I am eating, I am actually eating.

 

Rewards:

If I honestly track all of my food and liquid calories for the entire challenge [save one day a week (progress not perfection)], I will get 50xp and put $50 towards a tattoo.

If I miss more than 2 days a week or more than 4 meals per week, I will get 25xp.

Anything less than this and I get nothing.

 

Goal 2: Drink my weight in WATER.

- I love to drink, however it usually isn't water. Instead it is coffee or tea or something with flavour.

- I really enjoy my apps, I need reminders of when to drink water and how much of it I need to drink, so I am using an app called Plant Nanny, It reminds me every couple of hours that I need to drink and if I forget to drink water, my plant dies. This has worked for me in the past but again, consistently is sorely lacking in my life and my diligence ends up falling by the wayside.

- I have a 700ml water bottle that I will use every day and I know that I need to drink 4200ml (approx. 6 full bottles) per day.

 

Rewards:

If I drink at least 5 bottles per day, my plant shouldn't die, and I will receive 25xp.

 

Goal 3: Put in the work, GRIND it out.

- While I have been doing this for months, have lost 25lbs and have crushed some pretty hefty (for me) goals, the last month or so has been less than ideal. I've been half assing it both in and out of the gym and have come to a grinding halt both passion wise and results wise.

- I train with a personal trainer 4x a week currently and will continue to do so. This is more about being actually present during my time with my PT and not off in lala land waiting for results to drop out of the sky.

- I also do 2.5 - 3 hours of cardio per week, either steady state or HIIT depending on what muscle group I am training that day (if heavy leg day, steady state and usually only 15 to 20 min).

- Goal here is to keep on keeping on and getting excited about anything and everything I can. Find little things I have done better or faster and focus on those instead of finding the negative things to focus on.

 

Rewards:

At this point the biggest reward of all will be a better outlook on my health and where I am headed. Still, as a tool for motivation, I will reward myself 25xp if at the end my PT and I determine that I was actively present each and every session.

 

 

Starting Stats:

Weight - 228lbs

BF % - 28% (as tested on the TANITA scale at my gym - no guarantees its remotely accurate)

Chest - 48"

Waist - 49"

Hips - 43.5"

Thigh (L) - 26.5"

Calf (L) - 17"

Bicep (L) - 14"

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Hi! I love how detailed your challenge is, especially the reward system. I think I'll borrow it try something like that with my

challenge.

Do you have a tattoo design in mind for what you are saving up for?

 

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Goal 2: Drink my weight in WATER.

- I love to drink, however it usually isn't water. Instead it is coffee or tea or something with flavour.

- I really enjoy my apps, I need reminders of when to drink water and how much of it I need to drink, so I am using an app called Plant Nanny, It reminds me every couple of hours that I need to drink and if I forget to drink water, my plant dies. This has worked for me in the past but again, consistently is sorely lacking in my life and my diligence ends up falling by the wayside.

- I have a 700ml water bottle that I will use every day and I know that I need to drink 4200ml (approx. 6 full bottles) per day.

 

Rewards:

If I drink at least 5 bottles per day, my plant shouldn't die, and I will receive 25xp.

 

I adore Plant Nanny!! I grew a Devil's Ivy and am currently working on a Dandelion. I feel so guilty when that lil chibi plant starts to wither that I am sure to drink my water. So, I concur with your excellent strategy! 

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Hi! I love how detailed your challenge is, especially the reward system. I think I'll borrow it try something like that with my

challenge.

Do you have a tattoo design in mind for what you are saving up for?

 

 

I adore Plant Nanny!! I grew a Devil's Ivy and am currently working on a Dandelion. I feel so guilty when that lil chibi plant starts to wither that I am sure to drink my water. So, I concur with your excellent strategy! 

Oh i have many ideas for tattoos lol i THINK the next one i am going to get is a quote from Doctor Who. It says "Great men are forged in fire; it is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame". It is one of my all time favorite quotes, reminds me to be great :)

Ive used plant nanny before and i enjoyed it, i just didnt remain consistent and didnt bother to download the app again after i got a new phone. So hopefully this time is different!

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Welcome, seems you came in right at the time when the planets did align! A few Warriors are on a tracking/food/don't eat like a jerk Challenge. 

 

Great Challenge write up! Good Luck! :encouragement:

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Plant nanny is a great idea!! I should give that a try for my water challenge this month. WORD!

Right?! I mean it does the job and its really about the only plants i dont (hopefully) kill haha and its more than just tracking, it gives my hydration purpose haha

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So for the purposes of accountability, ive decided that it will be worth it for me to screenshot MFP and post it in here, i tracked everything yesterday, including the 8 timbits i ate and i still came out under my daily calories. (I dont include my exercise calories in my calculations as im trying to lose weight)

Yesterday was great day! Crushed it at the gym, hit a huge PR. Did deadlifts, my old 1RM was 185lbs and yesterday i did a 5 rep set at 195lbs! I am so so happy with my progress and am off to a good start!

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And i decided to go back to MFP for ease of use. Nutritionist is great in some respects but its time consuming to use and i have a good history with MFP lol

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185 x 1 to 195 x 5 is a huge jump!  High five!

Thanks! I was super stoked on that! My next goal is to deadlift my bw which right now would be 225.

Its nice to see progress again, ive felt like i was stuck for the last 3 weeks or so, so progress is good 👍 lol

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Crushing all the goals! The last of my initial goals when I started going to the gym fell today. I wanted to be able to bench 150lbs for at least 1 rep. Today, I did 5 reps at 155lbs. Can't believe the week I have been having, I've noticed I am looking leaner, there's more definition, and I am crushing my lifting days. Cardio has been off this week, but I think I needed to step away from heavy cardio this week and just get my head back in the right place. Lifting is where my heart is at, its why I fell in love with the gym, and cardio kills that for me sometimes. It feels more like a chore when I have to do cardio, whereas lifting is always a pleasure. Not to say I won't continue my cardio, I think I just needed a break this week.

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Your challenge title is like the PG version of mine. ;)

 

Tattoos for motivation = win.  I just got round one of my latest piece done on Tuesday.  Been waiting/saving for a year.  Totally worth the wait!

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Your challenge title is like the PG version of mine.

 

Tattoos for motivation = win.  I just got round one of my latest piece done on Tuesday.  Been waiting/saving for a year.  Totally worth the wait!

Haha this is truth! Tattoos are wonderful rewards and im excited to crush this challenge and be that much closer to my reward lol

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10 hours ago, Saphros said:

Crushing all the goals! The last of my initial goals when I started going to the gym fell today. I wanted to be able to bench 150lbs for at least 1 rep. Today, I did 5 reps at 155lbs. Can't believe the week I have been having, I've noticed I am looking leaner, there's more definition, and I am crushing my lifting days. Cardio has been off this week, but I think I needed to step away from heavy cardio this week and just get my head back in the right place. Lifting is where my heart is at, its why I fell in love with the gym, and cardio kills that for me sometimes. It feels more like a chore when I have to do cardio, whereas lifting is always a pleasure. Not to say I won't continue my cardio, I think I just needed a break this week.

 

Who doesn't love weeks like that! Awesome to hear. So far as skipping cardio, you never need an excuse in my book ;) there's a big blank space on my log page today...

 

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17 hours ago, Wolverine said:

Tattoos for motivation = win.  I just got round one of my latest piece done on Tuesday.  Been waiting/saving for a year.  Totally worth the wait!

 

17 hours ago, Saphros said:

Haha this is truth! Tattoos are wonderful rewards and im excited to crush this challenge and be that much closer to my reward lol

 

 

Totally have my next one planned and ready to go. Just need my tax return cheque and at least 6 hours of free time!

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Totally have my next one planned and ready to go. Just need my tax return cheque and at least 6 hours of free time!

What are you planning? If you dont mind me asking of course haha

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27 minutes ago, Saphros said:

What are you planning? If you dont mind me asking of course haha

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I have a thing for skulls. On my left calf going to have three skulls from knee to ankle in grey scale/shading. I don't have a lot of colour in my tattoos. My Pride birds are really the only colourful things I have, oh and a touch of colour in my skull-apples.

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I have a thing for skulls. On my left calf going to have three skulls from knee to ankle in grey scale/shading. I don't have a lot of colour in my tattoos. My Pride birds are really the only colourful things I have, oh and a touch of colour in my skull-apples.

Thats awesome! I have many tattoo ideas, some i have had for a long time lol but my next is either going to be my Doctor Who quote or my "manniversary" date (when i started medically transitioning) lol

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I already started my other calf sleeve.  It should be done in.... Maybe 18 months.

I want more so bad haha its been 3 years since my last set so im craving a new one badly these days! What kind of a sleeve are you working on?

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7 hours ago, Grymm said:

This leg will be Nightmare Before Christmas.  My Invader Zim leg has some pictures on the front page of my challenge thread.

Love, love, love, Nightmare Before Christmas! That is so cool!

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