SkiBlue Posted May 22, 2017 Report Share Posted May 22, 2017 Hey there! No matter how many times I stumble around, I always find myself returning, so here I am, still attempting to figure out a rhythm for myself. I've taken a bit of time off-line to try out some things on my own. I've learned a few new things, and I believe I've gotten a solid idea of where I want my foundation to be. I know I've tried in the past to pave one and haven't had much success with lifting off it once it's there. However, I'm beginning to think that was due, in part, to being afraid to build on it, not trusting myself to keep the foundation, when I know that I'm more than capable of doing so. I also think I get stuck in my head too much; too much planning/analyzing/thinking, not enough doing (case in point: everything I post here). So here's to more actions and less head time; less time to doubt, to analyze & paralyze. My goal for this challenge is simple: drop my weight below the 200lb mark. I've been hovering between 210lb and 200lb for what seems like forever (hitting the 200lb mark was a bit of a rude awakening). I know what I need to do in order to get there, so this challenge is about making it happen in action, with all y'all crazy Rangers (and other friends ) to hold me accountable; when you get down to it, doing things for others is what drives me (doing these things for others, by proxy, gets them done for me). Here's how we're going to accomplish this goal: Hit my daily macro goals. Extra effort required during weekends. Walk 8-10k steps daily. Bring the Ranger companion whenever possible. Obligatory Ranger Companion photo: Spoiler Attend regular Capoeira class weekly (2x per week, Monday & Wednesday). Be a more responsible adult (choose-your-own-adventure, see below). Choose Your Own Adventure (4th quest): Every week, I will choose one task (either from one group or both, provided two tasks are not overwhelming) from the provided list of adult tasks. I will do what I can within that week to complete the chosen task(s). If I complete it early, I will strike it out and pick another one to work on for the remainder of the week. If I do no complete it by the end of that week, then I will carry it over to the next week. I will set a minimum requirement of four completed tasks for this challenge. Spoiler Vehicle Maintenance Tasks: clean interior change oil replace headlight get error code read repair, as able get inspected, when able Cleaning Tasks: make trip to recycling center (recycle Rock Band equipment, small appliances, used motor oil, etc.) donate boxed up food staples clean out & organize "craft" room clean house interior (downstairs & upstairs, all rooms) clean house exterior (including garage, patio, & grill) Financial Tasks: reapply for IBR apply for student loan consolidation (for CFNC loans) All right. Thread up. Time for action (afternoon walk) before I ramble on about this week's choose your own adult adventure decision. Yes, you guessed it! More weeks = more actions. I start TODAY. Goals rant (because I can't help rambling): Spoiler I've settled on attaining NF Diet Level 2 (from NF Yoga's Diet Cheat Sheet) by using a daily cycling macro goal provided by ETP (stolen from Rurik & Marauder). Whenever I try to overhaul my diet to focus on clean eating, I always end up under-eating, but I still need to limit what I am currently eating, so to focus on learning meal-planning and developing the awareness to whether I'm fueling up enough, this is where I decided to go. It makes me pro-actively track my food, which in turn makes me plan meals ahead of time and be aware of what I'm eating so that I can sort out my macro puzzle. I think this foundational habit will help me progress through the NF Diet Levels to get to Level 7 more easily and effectively (using the cheat sheet will help me avoid mental fatigue by taking out that guess work). My ETP coaches have repeatedly reminded me that my lack of low-impact activity, mainly walking and such, is the weak point to reaching the <200lb benchmark. Seeing as I have a very lively Ranger companion who'd love nothing more than to smell everything outside, I'm going to make a conscious effort to walk enough every day and let him drag me along whenever possible. My Capoeira attendance needs to be a priority; I have a tendency to skip classes when I feel like I have no other time to do anything else (chores or otherwise). I've been consistently attending Monday classes, but with Acrobatics being postponed until school starts again, I can easily make it to Wednesday class regularly as well. Planning around those two days should be easy. Deciding on the last goal was hard; I wanted to add yet another fitness goal there instead of a life level up, but I didn't want to take away focus from other things because of overload. Instead, I opted for something that I really, REALLY wanted to do and focus on making time for. Believe it or not, one of the few things that makes my stress level go up is unfinished business/things left undone (namely procrastination). So, I'll be focusing on getting responsible adult stuff done on a weekly basis to quell that stress. Cleaning helps me de-stress. I kid you not. But a lot of those things need to be done by June. I have extended family coming to visit and the registration on my car is due, both in the same month. The Husband is very chore-adverse, due to upbringing, and as it's difficult for me to get stressed, I have no qualms picking up the slack so he doesn't have to worry. It makes me feel accomplished, satisfied, and competent. 5 Quote LEVEL 1 REBEL Link to comment
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