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Erick the Red: Starting Over with My Life

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This makes the twentieth time I have started a challenge on the NerdFitness forums. They should all be linked below in my signature. Some of them went really well, some of them were total failures. Most were somewhere in the middle.

 

 

Current overall mission (admittedly a little fuzzy): Lose weight and get physically prepared for a family trip to Disney World in early November 2017.

 

Fitness Goals:

Goal 1: It's now or never/ I ain't gonna live forever

Avoid sugar, corn syrup, grains, potatoes, and snacks. Record daily and report here.

 

Goal 2: I just wanna live while I'm alive

Strength training three times per week. Report here what I do.

 

Life Goal: Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake/ Luck ain't even lucky/ Got to make your own breaks

At least ten minutes every day of focused, non-distracted meditation and scripture study.  Report on this thread.

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1 hour ago, Plazmotic said:

 Following!

 

Thanks!  I need some positive peer pressure to keep going.

 

Also, I just found this:

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I don't like what either of them is telling me right now.  I need to use that as motivation.

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Haha, oh god Bon Jovi. Such memories.

 

I'm getting up there in challenges too (although not as many as you) and I too have had mixed success, and I too am making a new push.

 

Any particular type of positive peer pressure that you find motivational?

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On ‎4‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 5:39 PM, Severine said:

Any particular type of positive peer pressure that you find motivational?

 

I think that I have a better chance at making good choices when I know that I will be held accountable.  Knowing that I am going to have to come back here and real people are going to read about what I did has helped me to avoid making short-term mistakes.

 

18 hours ago, fleaball said:

I hate you a little bit for getting that song stuck in my head, but I love your challenge!

 

Thanks.

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On 4/21/2017 at 0:12 PM, Erick the Red said:

a family trip to Disney World in early November 2017.

 

Awesome! We're planning for 2018. Our family loves it, but we can only afford it about every 3-4 years.

 

19 hours ago, fleaball said:

I hate you a little bit for getting that song stuck in my head, but I love your challenge! :)

 

Agreed. :P

 

Let me know if I can support you in any way. Following because you're also going to WDW...and because your challenge is great.

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On ‎4‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 11:12 AM, Erick the Red said:

Fitness Goals:

Goal 1: It's now or never/ I ain't gonna live forever

Avoid sugar, corn syrup, grains, potatoes, and snacks. Record daily and report here.

 

Goal 2: I just wanna live while I'm alive

Strength training three times per week. Report here what I do.

 

Life Goal: Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake/ Luck ain't even lucky/ Got to make your own breaks

At least ten minutes every day of focused, non-distracted meditation and scripture study.  Report on this thread.

 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Goal 1: Eating: Finished the sugary cereal for breakfast and the box of licorice candy before bed.  I would like to say that I was getting rid of the bad food in the house, but it was really because I had already forgot that I had started this challenge and made some bad choices.  But I had a fruit smoothie (with some protein powder) for lunch, and a green salad with bell peppers and pulled pork for dinner.

 

Goal 2: Strength training.  Nothing yet.  Plan for Monday evening, Wednesday morning, and Saturday morning.

 

Life goal: 1/7 for the week.  If I can find a quiet moment before anyone else gets up in the house, that seems to be the best time for "centering" or whatever the term is for getting your head on straight before the day.

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Just now, Wolfen said:

We're planning for 2018. Our family loves it, but we can only afford it about every 3-4 years.

 

This will be the first time for me since I was 11 years old.  We usually travel to visit extended family instead.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  I think the best way to help is just to occasionally remind me that someone is paying attention to my good and bad choices.  It is easy to convince myself that a small slip-up in diet or exercise is not a big deal, especially since no one will notice.  But those small mistakes compound into a spare tire over time.

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7 minutes ago, Erick the Red said:

I think the best way to help is just to occasionally remind me that someone is paying attention to my good and bad choices. 

 

Will do! 

 

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  It is easy to convince myself that a small slip-up in diet or exercise is not a big deal, especially since no one will notice.  But those small mistakes compound into a spare tire over time.

Or T2 diabetes, in my case.

 

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4 hours ago, Erick the Red said:

 

I think that I have a better chance at making good choices when I know that I will be held accountable.  Knowing that I am going to have to come back here and real people are going to read about what I did has helped me to avoid making short-term mistakes.

 

 

Thanks.

Erick

I think your choices are great and that you have a much clearer picture of how to make them fun while doing them. I am still working on the "make them easy to remember and not boring "get healthy" stuff.

I totally understand the people reading the what I did thing. Its  a weird form of supportive peer pressure and it helps remind me that someone does think it is possible for me to do this even if others make fun of me for it. I am going to join the team Aim to misbehave and say that I am here to support you.

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Most days I work in an office.  Why do people think it is OK to bring in treats and them leave them on a table near my desk?  Why can't they leave their tasty poison next to their own workstation?  Grrr.

 

So, yeah, I already ate a couple of these lemon-cranberry scones, because they were convenient and sugar-coated, not because I really wanted them.

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Ugh there's nothing worse than eating something you know is unhealthy and not even enjoying it. When I worked in an office I would just move things away from my desk. With a couple clueless coworkers (who would try to talk me into taking something when I politely said no) I ended up saying I was allergic  :/

 

 

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17 hours ago, Erick the Red said:

Most days I work in an office.  Why do people think it is OK to bring in treats and them leave them on a table near my desk?  Why can't they leave their tasty poison next to their own workstation?  Grrr.

 

So, yeah, I already ate a couple of these lemon-cranberry scones, because they were convenient and sugar-coated, not because I really wanted them.

 

I have that happen too. I work in a lab, so if someone brings food, they actually say "Here have some" and wait for me to take it. It is much harder to say NO thanks when they are standing there holding a cupcake or 2 and staring at you.

Here is to hoping things went better the rest of the day.

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19 hours ago, Erick the Red said:

Most days I work in an office.  Why do people think it is OK to bring in treats and them leave them on a table near my desk?  Why can't they leave their tasty poison next to their own workstation?  Grrr.

 

So, yeah, I already ate a couple of these lemon-cranberry scones, because they were convenient and sugar-coated, not because I really wanted them.

 

At my old job we used to have a few vendors who would gift us some of the sugariest sugar candy that ever sugared... and they always put them out on the cabinets right beside my cubicle.

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Monday 24 April 2017

Goal 1: Avoid sugar, corn syrup, grains, potatoes, and snacks.  Eggs with cheese and tomato salsa for breakfast.  A store-bought sandwich for lunch. Green salad with pulled pork for dinner. The lunch was not according to my goal, but I did not plan.  The sugary snacks brought by a co-worker were out as well.

 

Goal 2: Strength training 1/3 for the week.  Monday evening did two sets of both T-pushups and squats with dumbbells.  Should have done more, but those were harder than I remembered.  Plan to continue on Wednesday morning, and Saturday morning.

 

Life goal: Meditation and scripture study 2/7 for the week. Need to carve out a specific time, otherwise I get caught up in the day and forget to take a minute to slow down.

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19 hours ago, Severine said:

Ugh there's nothing worse than eating something you know is unhealthy and not even enjoying it. When I worked in an office I would just move things away from my desk. With a couple clueless coworkers (who would try to talk me into taking something when I politely said no) I ended up saying I was allergic  :/

 

2 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

I have that happen too. I work in a lab, so if someone brings food, they actually say "Here have some" and wait for me to take it. It is much harder to say NO thanks when they are standing there holding a cupcake or 2 and staring at you.

 

1 hour ago, SirJoshHafer said:

At my old job we used to have a few vendors who would gift us some of the sugariest sugar candy that ever sugared... and they always put them out on the cabinets right beside my cubicle.

 

Knowing that ts is not just me helps a little.  I have to just figure out a mental script to get myself past these land-mines.

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56 minutes ago, Erick the Red said:

 

 

 

Knowing that ts is not just me helps a little.  I have to just figure out a mental script to get myself past these land-mines.

Personally I also have a problem when food is free, I find it so hard to say no. Bring payment into it and my resolve shoots up to 500%. I think it’s part of my inherited immigrant mentality, to exploit the hell out of freebies.

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28 minutes ago, Plazmotic said:

Personally I also have a problem when food is free, I find it so hard to say no. Bring payment into it and my resolve shoots up to 500%. I think it’s part of my inherited immigrant mentality, to exploit the hell out of freebies.

 

Yeah it's like how I still can't drive past furniture put out to the curb without scoping it out to see if it's something good that I should grab  >.>

 

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1 hour ago, Severine said:

 

Yeah it's like how I still can't drive past furniture put out to the curb without scoping it out to see if it's something good that I should grab  >.>

 

D: bed buggggsssss

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44 minutes ago, fleaball said:

D: bed buggggsssss

 

Hahaha....true. I mean, I would never take anything with fabric? But I know technically they can hide almost anywhere.

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