The Spider Posted February 11, 2017 Report Share Posted February 11, 2017 So this is my third challenge, and last challenge (2 challenges ago, December) was such a flop that this challenge is going to be a super challenge. I chose the quote specifically because much like when Captain Reynolds said the same line in Serenity, we had exactly no time for games. For those of you who might be following me for the first time, last time I did a challenge I was in a car accident right after it started. No severe injuries, but the acute PTSD that caused a LOT of driving anxiety didn't put me in the mood to go to the gym ever, and the irrational fear of hurting myself while working out at home was too great to do anything. So I did have wins, but I was definitely set back on my workout and fitness goals. But this time I'm set for savagery. I just got over a nasty 3-day stomach flu that caused a lot of stomach muscle pain, but I have no abs to show for it. I always get sick in February, and now that it's over, I've got nothing holding me back. Goal 1: Gym 3 days a week This was one of my goals last time, and the main one I failed at, like I said. As of right now, my usual routine has been running to work my way up to running 5k. I want to do a Spartan Race in September with my friends and the thing I need to work on the most is my long distance running and endurance. I've always been decently flexible and good at climbing, etc, but the plain running has always been a problem for me. Probably because it's boring. But besides running I plan to do a routine of bench, squat/leg press, dead-lift, or bench, row, pull down, and always finish with trying to do chin ups since I used to be able to do multiple and now I can't do any. Long term goal is to be able to run at least 5k with minimal breaks by September, but as of now my plan for each gym visit is: Minimum 1 mile on elliptical arms or legs depending on day chin up attempts optional: group fitness class with wife or swimming If I make an excuse that I don't know what to do when I get to the gym or I'm bored of what I've been doing, I'll do a routine based on Spartan Race websites "wod" or the list of workouts for your first race that they posted. 0-4 failings = 3 str, 3 con, 5-7 failings = 2 str, 2 con, 8+ failings = 2 str, 1 con. Goal 2: Minimize sugar intake I've been making leaps and bounds in this part of my life. From nearly gallons of soda a week to only a bottle a day, I'm now going to chisel it down to even less. I can't even tell you how bad of an addiction soda is, if you've never had it. I can have a water bottle in my hand and still buy a soda. I can have a stomach ache, tooth aches, and a headache, and I'll know that soda will make it worse, and I'll still happily drink down the addicting garbage. My primary goal is no more than a single 20oz bottle of soda a week and all random candies and chocolate coated things be portioned in serving sizes based on the package and are only to be consumed after having a proper meal. Snacks haven't been as bad, but at my work there's a counter that's always covered in chocolates and potato chips and other useless food. 0-4 failings = 3 con, 5-7 failings = 2 con, 8+ failings = 1 con Goal 3: Body weight workout one time weekly This is where I'm going to get serious. Based on my gym goals, I'll be whipped, but I'm going to push myself beyond my limits here and do a minimal equipment workout one time a week. Even if it's just a mess of push ups and sit ups, or squats and prolonged stretching, or whatever, on a day that I don't go to the gym, I'm going to do something to get my body going. The purpose of this is to keep the metabolism high and to keep the mindset there. I can forget things on a dime; usually I go to the gym regularly for about 2 weeks before forgetting. This is how I'm going to remind myself: by working out at home once a week to keep the workout on the front of my mind more often. I have a kettle bell and small hand weights, and I think I'll go get some heavier hand weights and a smaller kettle bell for other exercises, too. 0-4 failings = 2str, 1 agi, 5-7 failings = 1 str, 1 agi = 8+ failings = 1 agi Quote "Impossible is not a fact, it's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration, it's a dare. Impossible is potential, impossible is temporary, impossible is NOTHING." -Muhammad Ali "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." -Hellen Keller 3 Ferocity (2), 2 Becoming Capable, 1 Becoming a Ranger Link to comment
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