LastGirlStanding Posted July 17, 2016 Report Share Posted July 17, 2016 Hey there fellow Rebels! My first challenge, so let me know if I'm doing it wrong. My introduction thread In brief: horror/zombie fan, goals: lose body fat, improve flexibility, master my own bodyweight! Challenge 1 (fitness): Complete strength training (either bodyweight or weight based) 3 x weekly. I'm starting from a relatively good position of having done this either 2 or 3 x weekly for the last 3 weeks... but before then... NOTHING for the last 2 years! So I'm hoping to instill some good habits and hopefully progress my workout a little so I can see some measurable improvement either in the number of reps or weights used. Challenge 2 (fitness): Attend Pilates class 1 x weekly. (Stretch challenge: 2 x weekly) Ugh, I suck at Pilates. I used to think I was flexible - now I know I'm essentially made of bricks. This needs to change. I'd love to improve my core strength over time, and at the moment I'm not really getting the benefit of my gym's Pilates classes because I have to "sit out" too many of the exercises. If I attend regularly - particularly at the smaller and paid-for classes with more individual instruction - I think I'll improve my technique and be able to participate more. Challenge 3 (diet): Practice Intermittent Fasting on weekdays. (Stretch challenge: weekends too!) I used to be really good at the 5:2 diet, and see both a measurable reduction in appetite and the tightness of my jeans, but the long long fasting days were terrible when I started a more office-based role and could no longer rely on distraction to keep hunger at bay. I'd like to return to fasting by omitting breakfast - I'm never very hungry in the mornings, and used to skip it without thinking for 5 or so years. I've completed 1 week so far. Challenge 4 (diet): hungry? drink water! (Stretch challenge: 1 litre per day) I don't drink enough water, so this is self explanatory. It should work in conjunction with the fasting above. Challenge 5 (lifestyle): 30 min of active work on my novel daily. (Stretch challenge: 60 min!) Again, self explanatory. I'm pretty good at doing an 8 hour day at work, and then spending time in the gym, coming home and cooking dinner, and then using the excuse that "I'm too tired" to work on my novel. Nonsense - it's my life goal to become a published novelist, and that takes time, not just 3 hours at my writing group every weekend! I'd love to hear any tips or suggestions re the above. The "stretch goals" are to give myself something to feel super-good about if I manage to achieve it - with a view to these maybe becoming the next challenge's goals, WHEN I succeed in completing these ones (positive thinking). I didn't realise it was the start of the challenge today, but looking back, I've adhered to the goals by accident (phew): morning Pilates class, no food before 1pm, plenty of non-caffeinated beverages, and 2 hours of editing work. 6 Quote Link to comment
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