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Hello!

 

I just joined this community and I´ve been encouraged in my introducton post by @Raxie to join the 4 week challenge.

 

This is my first challenge and I'm trying to get out of a really dark period of my life, so the goals are not going to be too ambitious, just small steps to start managing my life again.

 

EDIT: After IAmInfinite's comment I decided to update my challenge with a reward system. I'll level up every 100 XP (experience points), and this challenge allows me to score a maximum of 200 XP (it's my first challenge so I decided to double the points, but next challenges will probably be 100-120 XP).

 

1) START RUNNING: I just started with C25K and I intend to keep exercising 3 times a week.

Total points for this goal: 40 XP (10 XP per week)

  • Running 3 times: 10 XP
  • Running 2 times: 5 XP
  • Running 1 times: 2 XP

 

2) FRESH AIR: I work 3 days a week and lately I'm avoiding going out of the house on my off days (art thou there, depression?). I want to get out, even if it's just for a 30 minute walk, at least 5 times a week.

Total points for this goal: 28 XP (7 XP per week)

  • Going out >5 times: 7 XP
  • Going out 4-5 times: 5 XP
  • Going out 3 times: 2 XP (this would be the 3 times a week I go to work. I walk 30 min to work and 30 minutes back those days, so I though that I deserve 2 points even if I only go out these 3 days).

 

3) QUITTING DRUGS: And by drugs I mean sugar, the most addictive drug I've ever tried. I don´t feel like totally quitting, but I am going to avoid chocolates and sweets as much as I can. I'm only allowed to cheat one day a week (I've already cheated this week, so no more sugar for me).

Total points for this goal: 40 XP (10 XP per week)

  • 1 Day of sugar: 10 XP
  • 2 Days of sugar: 7 XP
  • 3 Days of sugar: 5 XP
  • 4 Days of sugar: 3 XP
  • >4 Days of sugar: 0 XP

 

4) NOT SKIPPING MEALS: I'm skipping a lot of meals lately, so my goal is to have real Breakfast-Lunch-Tea every day. Just eat like normal people do.

Total points for this goal: 28 XP (7 XP per week)

  • 1 XP for every day I don´t skip my meals.

 

5) AVOID PROCRASTINATION: I find it easier to restrict procrastination hours (i.e. Netflix, browsing, movies, videogames) in order to use that time for more useful things (reading, walking, studying, finishing this SuperMario pixel blanket I started months ago). I'm only allowed 3 hours a day -well, when I'm working I don't have time for procrastination but the rest of the days it gets out of control-. I think trying to force me to do the things that I mentioned is not going to work for me right now.

Total points for this goal: 40 XP (10 XP per week)

  • 7 days procrastination-free: 10 XP
  • 5-6 days procrastination-free: 6 XP
  • 3-4 days procrastination-free: 3 XP
  • <3 days procrastination-free:  0 XP

 

6) MEDITATION: God, I really need this. I'm struggling with anxiety/depression and I numb my brain with sugar and procrastination almost every day. Thirty minutes of meditation at least 3 times a week will probably do. I know it's not too much but I've never done it before and I don't know how to do it properly yet.

Total points for this goal: 24 XP (6 XP per week)

  • 3 days of meditation: 6 XP
  • 2 days of meditation: 4 XP
  • 1 day of meditation: 2 XP

 

That's it. Easy, huh? Not for me! But winter is coming, you know, and it gets dark and cold here during winter, oh, it does... And you know what they say, the night is dark and full of terrors. I better prepare for the long winter and darkness. OK, maybe I'm over reacting, but I come from a warm and sunny country and North England is too cold and dark for us, sweet summer children. It can get (moar) depressing.

 

Feel free to post some suggestions, as this is my first challenge and anything that may help me to improve is welcomed.

 

Cheers!

Lady Gx

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Welcome to the Rebellion! Those are some solid goals, but that's quite a lot to put on your plate all at one time! It might be easier to focus on one fitness goal, and one diet goal, and that way you can slowly build more sustainable goals. However, you can certainly try out doing all of them now and seeing how you hold up? There's no shame in experimenting and seeing what you can do.

Also, are you providing any accountability or rewards for yourself? Is the pleasure of success enough, or do you need to give yourself some loot for the end of a successful challenge?

 

But these goals look really good! Winter is coming (with its darkness and SAD), and I will happily stand at your side on the wall! 

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19 hours ago, IAmInfinite said:

Those are some solid goals, but that's quite a lot to put on your plate all at one time!

I don't think it's too much.

 

On 27.9.2016 at 7:00 PM, Lady Godgifu said:

1) START RUNNING: I just started with C25K and I intend to keep exercising 3 times a week.

 

2) FRESH AIR: I work 3 days a week and lately I'm avoiding going out of the house on my off days (art thou there, depression?). I want to get out, even if it's just for a 30 walk, at least 5 times a week.

Combine this too. Make a plan when u want to go running. For example: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Running and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday just a walk. To go for an walk gives u a day rest after a day of running. I know how hard it is to start with running. Trying it curently myself.

 

On 27.9.2016 at 7:00 PM, Lady Godgifu said:

AVOID PROCRASTINATION

Join the "Monkey Tamers" xD http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/89005-monkey-tamers-united/

 

On 27.9.2016 at 7:00 PM, Lady Godgifu said:

NOT SKIPPING MEALS

How can people skipp meals? Especially Lunch o.o I always look forward to lunch break, because I can't concentrate with nothing in my stomach.

 

 

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On 9/27/2016 at 1:00 PM, Lady Godgifu said:

This is my first challenge and I'm trying to get out of a really dark period of my life, so the goals are not going to be too ambitious, just small steps to start managing my life again.

 

 

WELCOME!!!! You've taken the first step - and that is by far the scariest. This is a crazy great group of Nerds and we're all behind you on your journey!

 

You've got a lot of goals, but I think with a little attention (and comboing)! You'll do great. 

 

I know a lot of people here are big on the Mindfulness app for meditation - but I see you have a running goal, and a bunch of runners use that as meditation time. I know I did when I did my Zombies, Run! C25K program.

 

And I need pics of this blanket - that sounds amazing. 

 

 

 

 

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On 27/9/2016 at 10:50 PM, IAmInfinite said:

Welcome to the Rebellion! Those are some solid goals, but that's quite a lot to put on your plate all at one time! It might be easier to focus on one fitness goal, and one diet goal, and that way you can slowly build more sustainable goals. However, you can certainly try out doing all of them now and seeing how you hold up? There's no shame in experimenting and seeing what you can do.

Also, are you providing any accountability or rewards for yourself? Is the pleasure of success enough, or do you need to give yourself some loot for the end of a successful challenge?

 

But these goals look really good! Winter is coming (with its darkness and SAD), and I will happily stand at your side on the wall! 


Yep, you're right, maybe I aimed too high but, as I said, it was my first challenge so I am just experimenting. I'll see how easy or hard is to keep up with the goals and I'll change it if I need to next time. Thanks for the advise =)

About  rewards... I´ve been reading different challenges and I think a reward for goal that I acomplish would be encouraging. At first I thought about giving myself marks (A-F) depending on how I do but I then rule it out, as I think the bad connotations of giving myseld an F and saying that I failed could discourage me in the future. Then I thought: oh, this is my challenge, this is my own game, so I can tailor it the way I feel more comfortable with. So my second choice, which I am going to stick to for now, is a point system with the opportunity of leveling up after 100 points. I think it's a more possitive way of facing my challenges, because by doing this I am always getting rewarded with points and never punished (negative connotations -> loss of faith in myself --> giving up the challenge) besides the fact of obviously getting less points if I do less things. Does this make any sense? I'll edit my original post with the "rules" of my own challenge.

 

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On 28/9/2016 at 7:00 PM, Akari said:

Combine this too. Make a plan when u want to go running. For example: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Running and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday just a walk. To go for an walk gives u a day rest after a day of running. I know how hard it is to start with running. Trying it curently myself.

 

That is actually a great idea and I will do it next week for sure. Thanks for the advice.

 

On 28/9/2016 at 7:00 PM, Akari said:

 

How can people skipp meals? Especially Lunch o.o I always look forward to lunch break, because I can't concentrate with nothing in my stomach.

 

Well, I think it may be related with an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) I suffered for years and since then my appetite hasn't been the same. I'm sometimes just too bored/lazy to eat, sometimes the opposite. I do enjoy food, though, a lot, but I tend to eat less than the average people do.

 

On 28/9/2016 at 8:41 PM, darkfoxx said:

You've got a lot of goals, but I think with a little attention (and comboing)! You'll do great. 

 

I know a lot of people here are big on the Mindfulness app for meditation - but I see you have a running goal, and a bunch of runners use that as meditation time. I know I did when I did my Zombies, Run! C25K program.

 

And I need pics of this blanket - that sounds amazing.

 

I'll check the app! Thanks. I thought meditation was going to be my easiest goal but it turned out to be the hardest.

The blanket is going really slowly (still >200 granny squares left) but I'll post a pic as soon as I finish it.

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First week UPDATE:

 

1) START RUNNING: I finished my first C25K week! Hurray! I thought I was going struggle a lot more -I'm in a really bad shape- but I found it really easy and satisfying.

Total points this week (1/4): 10 XP (running 3 times).

 

2) FRESH AIR: I stayed home on Saturday, I didn´t feel like going out because it was raining a lot, but the rest of the days I managed to go out for at least 30 minutes (I even met some friends that I hadn't seen for a while!!).

Total points this week (1/4): 7 XP (going out for 6 days).

 

3) QUITTING DRUGS: I could've done better. One day a friend offered me cake and I totally forgot about the challenge (it was a R2D2 cake, for God's sake). Or my boss just came back from Amsterdam and brought me some stroopwafels and I couldn't resist. I mean, stroopwafels! And other day I was just naughty I ate unecessary sugar (see 4). Plus the day I ate sugar before starting the challenge. Oh, man...

Total points this week (1/4): 3 (ate sugar 4 days)

 

4) NOT SKIPPING MEALS: I technically haven't skipped any meal, but yesterday I only had a cuppa tea with a gingerbread man (well, half; my girlfriend stole the other half) for dinner. That's definitely not a proper meal.

Total points this week (1/4): 6 (6 full breakfast-lunch-dinner days)

 

5) AVOID PROCRASTINATION: I stayed in on Saturday, as I said, and I procrastinated more than I should -I consider procrastination everything that I feel as wasting my time, basically pointless internet time like 9gag, youtube, gaming, facebook...

 

The rest of the days I had time for continuing my blanket, going out, meeting friends and reading -this one is my greatest achievement, it's been a while since I read. I'm currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain; The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell; and I've been reading a lot about the first kings of England Alfred the Great, Edward the Elder and Æthelstan and the historical contex on Wikipedia. I am currently fascinated by the last two centuries of the anglo-saxon period, and I can't stop reading about it. English real history is better than Game of Thrones.

Total points this week (1/4): 6 (6 days procrastination-free)

 

6) MEDITATION: Ok, I've tried twice but my mind is so loud, I can't stop worrying and thinking, and it feels impossible to meditate. I just gave up both times. Any tips?

Total points for this goal: 0 XP (I tried but didn't stuck to the meditation, I don´t deserve any points) XP per week)

 

TOTAL XP WEEK 1: 32

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Meditation ... First: don't put so much pressure on yourself to get it right. I prefer what I call nonconformist meditation - I either focus on an internal flame and concentrate on my breathing (unless I'm in a space where that freaks my lungs out), let the thoughts come and immediately release them, or focus on something like a color or a feeling to relax. Mind blank yoga never happens for me - and it's not my style. I go for more conscious mindfulness -- or I spend time worldbuilding, which for me accomplishes the same goals of meditation.

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4 hours ago, Lady Godgifu said:

About  rewards... I´ve been reading different challenges and I think a reward for goal that I acomplish would be encouraging. At first I thought about giving myself marks (A-F) depending on how I do but I then rule it out, as I think the bad connotations of giving myseld an F and saying that I failed could discourage me in the future. Then I thought: oh, this is my challenge, this is my own game, so I can tailor it the way I feel more comfortable with. So my second choice, which I am going to stick to for now, is a point system with the opportunity of leveling up after 100 points. I think it's a more possitive way of facing my challenges, because by doing this I am always getting rewarded with points and never punished (negative connotations -> loss of faith in myself --> giving up the challenge) besides the fact of obviously getting less points if I do less things. Does this make any sense? I'll edit my original post with the "rules" of my own challenge.

No problemo! And that's a really sensible way of looking at it :P 

 

Those are some nice changes to your challenge, and I like the XP system you've got going on. 

 

As for mindfulness, I can only echo darkfoxx, and consider the different kinds? You have the ones where you focus only on counting numbers, or on your breath, or body awareness. Some actually focus only on your thoughts and processing them. There's more experimentation to do :D 

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Time flies! I just finished my second week of this challenge. Half way through already! I think I'm overall proud about how things went this week, even if I couldn't accomplish all the goals . Let's see:

 

1) START RUNNING: I only ran 2 days this week, but it was because I didn't have enough time. My mother-in-law is visiting this week and I've been busy with that and work (and a bit stressed). But I am proud of myself because I managed to run with a cold and my period kicking hard, while in other circumstances I would just stayed at home whining.

Total points this week (2/4): 5 XP (running 2 times).

 

2) FRESH AIR: I went out every day of the week! I ran, hiked, went to the city centre for a night light event, walked... I feel I have more energy now.

Total points this week (2/4): 7 XP (going out for 6 days).

 

3) QUITTING DRUGS: Two days of sugar -my cheating day, and an extra day because I was so stressed at work-. Anyway, I am happy because I didn't have many cravings for sugar and I can control myself when eating sweets now.

Total points this week (2/4): 7 (ate sugar 2 days)

 

4) NOT SKIPPING MEALS: Just one day when I didn't have my lunch -the day I ate chocolates because I was stressed-, yay!

Total points this week (2/4): 6 (6 full breakfast-lunch-dinner days)

 

5) AVOID PROCRASTINATION: Maybe it's because I didn't have time, maybe because I'm feeling a bit more active but I am procrastination free this week, and proud.

Total points this week (2/4): 7 (7 days procrastination-free)

 

6) MEDITATION: Meditated twice this week and I intend to do it today, so I'm giving myself 6 XP -and I hope I don't have to edit it later-. I tried an app for meditation as @darkfoxx suggested and it's going better, although I keep struggling (and learning!) a bit.

Total points this week (2/4): 6 XP (3 days of meditation)

 

TOTAL XP WEEK 2: 38 XP

TOTAL XP: 70 XP

 

That's been my week. It doesn't look like I accomplished much, as my goals are not THAT difficult, but for me is a huge step forward. Thanks for your tips and support, this forum is really helping me a lot so far.

 

Cheers!

Lady Gx

 

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It sounds like a really fantastic week! Practically 100% on every area, and sounds like a really productive week! 

 

You have a lot of goals, and sticking to and creating any habit is worthy of great recognition, and difficult is overrated :P Congrats on all the work you've managed to do! 

 

Let's go and smash Week 3! 

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16 hours ago, IAmInfinite said:

It sounds like a really fantastic week! Practically 100% on every area, and sounds like a really productive week! 

 

You have a lot of goals, and sticking to and creating any habit is worthy of great recognition, and difficult is overrated :P Congrats on all the work you've managed to do! 

 

Let's go and smash Week 3! 

 

Thank you, @IAmInfinite. Btw, in your challenge post you mentioned ParkRun. I didn't know it before and I checked it and there are 3 parks where I live where they run 5K every Saturday! It wasn't a direct recommendation but I discovered that thanks to you, so I'm thankful for that. I'll try it in a few weeks -as soon as I am able to run for at least 10 minutes straight without having to walk-.

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6 hours ago, Lady Godgifu said:

 

Thank you, @IAmInfinite. Btw, in your challenge post you mentioned ParkRun. I didn't know it before and I checked it and there are 3 parks where I live where they run 5K every Saturday! It wasn't a direct recommendation but I discovered that thanks to you, so I'm thankful for that. I'll try it in a few weeks -as soon as I am able to run for at least 10 minutes straight without having to walk-.

That's amazing, and I'm glad that it helps you! :D

 

Most ParkRuns are filled with people who can run in 15 minutes, and with people who do it in 50 minutes. Everyone is insanely supportive and I hope you enjoy it!

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Week 3 finished!!

 

1) START RUNNING: I ran 4 times this week! It's hard to put on my running clothes and go out when it's raining and cold but the feeling after that is sooooo good. I made a habit of going out for a run, stretching using a full body stretching video I found on YouTube that works for me and do some meditation before heading to the shower.

Total points this week (3/4): 10 XP (running 3 times).

 

2) FRESH AIR: Just as last week, I went out every day of the week. Compared to 3-4 straight days staying at home and doing NOTHING, this feels much better.

Total points this week (3/4): 7 XP (going out 7 days).

 

3) QUITTING DRUGS: I had my cheat day -some sweet popcorn and nerds watching a movie- and one palmier at work another day -couldn't resist-. But yesterday, oh man, the cravings were so bad and I ate a lot of Cadbury chocolates and peanut butter brownies... The good thing is I didn't feel guilty after that. I have a history of eating disorders and can help but going from one extreme to the other. It just happened, I enjoyed it, and there's no shame in that nor I need to over-compensate it.

Total points this week (3/4): 5 (ate sugar 3 days)

 

4) NOT SKIPPING MEALS: Obviously, after my chocolate feast I was so full to have a proper dinner later, so I skipped that one. However, I feel I am doing great with this because I am more hungry lately because of the exercise and being active -my problems with skipping meals are not because eating too much shit but because I started being so depressed that I wasn't even hungry. I am a bit underweight and want to put on some healthy weight in the future.

Total points this week (3/4): 6 (6 full breakfast-lunch-dinner days)

 

5) AVOID PROCRASTINATION: Procrastination is gone! Going out and being active is killing it. :)

Total points this week (3/4): 7 (7 days procrastination-free)

 

6) MEDITATION: With the running-stretching-meditating routine I seems like I am doing much better with meditation and I am starting to feel what you are supposed to feel when you do it.

Total points this week (3/4): 6 XP (3 days of meditation)

 

TOTAL XP WEEK 3: 43 XP

TOTAL XP: 113 XP, LEVEL UP

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My challenge comes to an end today. I thought it was going to be a bit more difficult to follow, as even though my goals were not that hard I had 6 separate goals to follow (and to remember to follow). I'm more aware now of what I need, what makes me feel better and what I have to improve for my next challenge. I braced myself for this coming winter, and now everybody is going to hear me roar. So, here we go for the last time:

 

1) START RUNNING: I ran only twice this week. I was supposed to run today but I try to accommodate my schedule so I can run with my partner at least once a week -I realised running with her improves my performance- and if I had ran today that'd meant running 3 days in a row. I'm still not doing too much effort while running with C25K because it implies walking too, but I've always had knee problems and I don't want to take any unnecessary risks. I really enjoy the stretching after running, so I added this to my next challenge.

Total points this week (4/4): 5 XP (running 2 times).

 

2) FRESH AIR: I confess I have a lazy Sunday today, and I'm staying home in my new, comfy and scary kigurumi my partner bought me for Halloween. The rest of the days I had at least a 30 minute walk, so that's good. I think I made an habit of this now and I don't need to force myself using challenges to go out when I'm not working, so I won't include it in my next challenge.

Total points this week (4/4): 7 XP (going out 6 days).

 

3) QUITTING DRUGS: I don't have too much sugar cravings anymore. I needed chocolate or sweets every single day before I started my challenge, and I feel clean for the first time in my life. This week I had my cheat day on Wednesday -my office is a bad influence, they keep offering me cake-. On Friday it was coffee morning at work, and they were raising money for a charity so I bought me some cake with my cuppa (hey, I did it for the children, not for me. :D). Nah, the truth is I ate some cake but I wasn't really craving for it, so even if I ate when I wasn't supposed to I'm happy. I'm still not sure about including this in my next challenge; I feel I'm in control now but maybe it can get out of hand if I don't restrict it. Drug addicts are unpredictable.

Total points this week (4/4):  7 XP (ate sugar 2 days)

 

4) NOT SKIPPING MEALS: 6 out of 7 days I had breakfast-lunch-dinner. There was one day where I just wasn't hungry for dinner and I didn't want to force myself into eating. I've learnt to eat healthier -when you think of a vegetarian you expect them to eat really healthy with all the vegetables, but my meals were too messy and lacked proteins- and it's not difficult to me anymore to have 3 meals a day.

Total points this week (4/4): 6 (6 full breakfast-lunch-dinner days)

 

5) AVOID PROCRASTINATION: I think I got rid of the procrastination virus!! I don't have much more to add, just to enjoy the successful feeling of making the most of my days!!!

Total points this week (4/4): 7 (7 days procrastination-free)

 

6) MEDITATION: Three days of meditation. I'm finding really useful to 'meditate' while walking or running ( @darkfoxx gave me the idea and it works!) so I think I won't include this on my next challenge, or at least not as a goal by itself.

Total points this week (4/4): 6 XP (3 days of meditation)

 

TOTAL XP WEEK 4: 38 XP

TOTAL XP: 151 XP

 

That's all guys. Thank you for following this challenge, for the comments and hope to see you in my next one.

 

 

 

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