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For the last several months I've been thinking that my belly is not quite what I want it to be.

For the last several months I've been trying not to focus too much on diet, because it's really important to me that I don't feel like I have to diet for the rest of my life.

at some time I want to make sure that I can eat normally while maintaining.

Last 2 challenges I bumped my food intake to about 2000 cal/day, with the hope that my metabolism wasn't totally screwed up, and I would say it's not, it seems to be ok.

with all that understood: 

 

This challenge here is my terrifying goal:

 

Do all the things I was going to do anyway, but cut by NOT EATING BACK CALORIES.

exception is dojo sat. only if I do full crazy dojo workout.

--> implications of this will be some kind of a cut, kinda, but not a crazy intense one.

at the same time experiment with macros a little. try to fine tune diet a little more healthily

--> implications of this: will be less beer during the week, for sure. less sweets. so, that's kind of a cut.

NOTE that I'm not reducing from that 2000ish calories range, which is automagically calculated for me based on my daily weight by loseit.

--> implications of this: I'm not really seriously cutting, not hard, anyway. just a little drop down.

how will I tell it's working? UM I DON'T KNOW YET.

--> implications of this: need to collect regular measurements. weight is weight. also tape measure 1-2x a week. photos weekly.

 

so it's cut month, but, like, without the cut. um. I'm already doing it wrong THE KARINAJEAN WAY.

 

challenge rationale:

I've been doing this serious fitness lifestyle with various levels of seriousness for.... nearly 3 years now. I dropped a lot of weight and improved my fitness like WHOA. my weight and bodyshape changes have been stagnant for about 6-8 months, though, with the weight kind of creeping back up again by a few lbs. you know how you lose weight, and you are like WHOA, I look AMAZING, even though you're still not quite at goal? well, I have been kind of working through that spot and non-thinking about where I want my body to be, and I want to lose a little more weight and see if my belly goes away. it's sticking out still, a little more than I like. SO: July is a good month. It will be business as usual for most of the time. no vacations, no crazy travel, just home and family maintenance. this is a good time to have a nice routine month, and just focus on BODY CHANGES.

 

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what was I doing anyway?

oh, you know, the regular. I'm not counting this, but I will write it down and share with you because, well. if I can't talk about overcommitting and overexerting here, then where can I?

* TKD 2-3x a week

* running - I have a 5-mile run scheduled for August 7th. so, need to run 3x a week to get to that distance more comfortably

* yoga - I did this last challenge and it was really helpful. try to do more.

* Hula Hooping - there's weekly hooping in a park that is not strictly near me, but would be amazing to attend

* OH and there's this new thing called PokemonGO that is kind of awesome.

 

ok and also backstory!

I'm karinajean, 39, live in NY state, commute to NJ about an hour each way (so lots of time in the car). I joined the NFA in October 2013 and over the last 2 years I've gone from 206 to around 183. I practice tae kwon do several times a week, take weapons and boxing classes in addition, and have an overarching fitness goal of doing good form push- and pull-ups. I have a crazy mean (yet super sweet) cat and live with my husband full time and my stepdudes 1/2 time. I motorcycle, knit and spin, and am endlessly ignoring how messy the house AND YARD is. I'm an ASSASSIN because I like doing all the things, and because I want to be able to do push-ups and pull-ups -- these seem like very efficient movements that will exercise my upper body and core, and  if I can do those and run and do martial arts (NINJA) I will feel totally strong and fit and capable. The MERMAID comes in because I saw it in a dream when I was a very young child and I believe it.

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Thanks for stopping by me challenge!  You checkin in on me over the last few months has made a huge difference.  I'm gonna set up daily notifications so I can follow ya better this time around.  (hopefully they will work, I'm getting emails this week)  I need to do something similar, but this might not be my month...  I'm gonna follow you so I know what to do when I catch a break!   

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BUCKLING UP FOR THIS BUCKLING DOWN. <3 

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I'm in exactly the same place belly-wise, but taking a different approach, at least for now.  When I was tracking, I never ate back calories, and it seemed to be a good approach, but I wasn't as busy as you either!  Good luck!

 

 

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Hello my beautiful internet twin!    Here to cheer you on and support you all of the ways!

 

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You got this, KJ!!

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Following along for the cut, I mean THE KARINAJEAN WAY!

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Kudos to your brave decision! Am excited for you already. Go the KARINAJEAN WAY :cheerful:

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GO TEAM FRIENDS!

 

yo so happy to have a nice shiny challenge starting with you peeps. :)

 

SOOOO last week I was kind of all over the place. I felt very much like I had a driving hangover from my 10 DAYS IN THE CAR. I didn't get very much exercise in BUT you know: pokemon go totally saved me. I had a long pokewalk on wednesday with my husband, and then another long one on Friday with my husband and Twelve.

because it was zero week, I didn't mind. though it did make me a little stressed out about the 5 mile run I was planning to train for and run on August 7... so, we are revising to a 5K, also partly b/c it's a cheaper run, and because my husband hasn't started any of his pre-run training either.

 

in other news last week, recall I'm participating in that fitness challenge at work? basically it's minutes based, and you have to log your time on endomondo (which is possibly one of the jankiest free interfaces I've ever used, totally a PITA). my office team has been slipping, so I nudged everyone to remember to log their time. Participating in this challenge has really reminded me what a unique and supportive community we have here...

 

WEEK 1 HAS BEGUN!

 

Here's my plan for the week. I also went through and revised my running to incorporate the 10Ks that I have coming up -- there are 2 in september and 1 in october, and an 8K in september as well. so I've planned that out over the next 2 challenges.

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DAY 1 - woke up at my dad's after a big family day on sat: we had 2 birthdays to celebrate (my dad's and my nephew's) and also to meet a 6-year old nephew who lives in LA and who hasn't traveled to NY yet. (my stepbrother lives out there and doesn't come home that frequently). So, I went out for a quick run (2 1/4 miles) and then got started on the day. about 1/2way through the day I remembered that I need to stay within regular calorie budget, but I managed to pull it out, I think - I chose my dinner wisely. it was a super good and busy weekend!

 

AND I am just up to level 12 in pokemon go. what with the day job, and living in the suburbs, I don't have as many opportunities as more urban and footloose/fancy free peeps to collect. but it's still super fun!

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On 7/13/2016 at 11:59 AM, RogueLibrarian said:

I am on your team! I salute your commitment to the tape measure. I've been avoiding my measuring session for like a week now.

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do it! DO IT! DOOOO EEEEEET!

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On 7/13/2016 at 0:05 PM, Terra said:

Thanks for stopping by me challenge!  You checkin in on me over the last few months has made a huge difference.  I'm gonna set up daily notifications so I can follow ya better this time around.  (hopefully they will work, I'm getting emails this week)  I need to do something similar, but this might not be my month...  I'm gonna follow you so I know what to do when I catch a break!   

 

hey! that's what this place is about and I'm glad I helped, although honestly I was so all over the place last challenge it was seriously hard to keep up. :)

 

On 7/13/2016 at 0:07 PM, raptron said:

BUCKLING UP FOR THIS BUCKLING DOWN. <3 

 

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On 7/13/2016 at 0:12 PM, MasterOfCows said:

I'm in exactly the same place belly-wise, but taking a different approach, at least for now.  When I was tracking, I never ate back calories, and it seemed to be a good approach, but I wasn't as busy as you either!  Good luck!

 

 

yeah, I remember one challenge that I didn't eat back exercise calories and it seemed to be super effective. boring, but effective. :P so I'll give it a shot again.

On 7/13/2016 at 0:57 PM, Happienumber said:

 

Whoohoo! Can't wait to see how this works out!

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On 7/13/2016 at 1:13 PM, sylph said:

I initially read this as "bulking up for this bulking down"

reading comprehension, yo

 

 

Anyway, I'll be silently puttering along here for a bit. :)

 

YAY! putter all you want, dude. glad to see you now and then. :)

 

On 7/13/2016 at 2:47 PM, Starpuck said:

Hello my beautiful internet twin!    Here to cheer you on and support you all of the ways!

 

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yaaas twinshugs!

 

On 7/13/2016 at 9:02 PM, Red1263 said:

You got this, KJ!!

 

yo thanks man!

 

On 7/13/2016 at 10:12 PM, Jonesy said:

Following along for the cut, I mean THE KARINAJEAN WAY!

 

I mean, maybe it will work, right? but no matter what it's worth the experiment. :)

 

On 7/15/2016 at 2:40 PM, Twilight said:

Heeeeey ... do you still have your motorcycle?

 

I DO but I haven't even gotten it on the road this summer, so super embarrassing. there's like, a tiny thing wrong with it. ugh. need to get it to the shop.

 

On 7/16/2016 at 8:12 AM, Lightning said:

Yup, yup.  Strength and physical ability keeps progressing by weight has stalled, maybe even snuck up a bit.  Here to support your cutting phase and hoping for some PokemonGo updates :).  

 

are you playing?! because it's so fun.

 

On 7/17/2016 at 3:08 AM, Mad Hatter said:

PokemonGo look awesome, I want to play too! 

 

Go KJ!

 

I KEEP THINKING ABOUT YOU, because this is the perfect game for you! it's super fun! it just launched there, right? did you get it?

 

23 hours ago, annyshay said:

Woooooooooo!

 

YAAAAAAAAY!

 

19 hours ago, lucky fire dragon said:

Kudos to your brave decision! Am excited for you already. Go the KARINAJEAN WAY :cheerful:

 

we will go forth and prosper!

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On 7/13/2016 at 11:40 AM, Ceasefire said:

I love that you're not tied down to your 'type' - rock that mermaid ninja assassin! =D

 

I am here to buck stereotypes :)

 

On 7/13/2016 at 11:58 AM, Manarelle said:

Following because a) you're fantastic, b ) I can sympathize with the "healthy but weight crawling back, and c) I'm curious what the results will be!

 

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Nice plan of attack KJ!    And I love looking at your calendars.  Makes me wanna post mine up!  But I need to make it more pretty first. ;)

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:D 

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