October Fitness Challenge – Team Sloth – Baseline Stats

A Word From The Sloth

That's Me! I'm a Sloth!
That's Me! I'm a Sloth!

Hello all! Sloth here to tell you that I'm not thrilled about this challenge. It looks hard, I don't really want to do this and Beck will follow my lead.

Slothtember was a highly successful month for me to kill her motivation and move her right into the don't do a dang thing mentality.

I have taught her that watermelon and You Tube are fantastic and no, you can not have her back. So no matter what hunky dory things she might tell you in the following post, I won last month.

The dark side is strong in this one. Until the next post, happy Napping!

~Sloth

 

Bat Wings Challenge

Tricep Dips

Okay, so that jerk up there is totally right. The sloth won the eternal struggle last month. But that doesn't mean that I can't get back on the horse and DO IT! In the forever wisdom filled words of Yoda "Do or do not. There is no try." So I'm going to do to the best of my ability.

Now, let's move onto some fears I have about this challenge. First and foremost, I had never heard of a triceps dip. Form and function of it... the proper way to do it. Yikes! That all sounds scary. I'm not a pro at anything and I don't claim to know the proper form of anything. It's best guess and what feels right to my body. So that's going to be something that I have to research and learn get used to and complete. Challenge one... accepted. You Tube is a valuable resource as is the gym I go to. They have a trainer, he and I will talk and show me will definitely be on the menu for this challenge.

Push ups! The dreaded push up. I found out with a challenge video I did that my form was totally wrong with them. Okay, I get you but no matter how many times I read the words no way is it  going to teach me crap about how to properly do the push up. Again, I'm going to research so I know exactly how to do it. Lifting my whole weight with my arms gives me visions of falling flat on my face on camera. Is that a reasonable fear? I don't really think it is. I'm still in Sloth mode here people. Give me some time!

Plank position. Sounds easy. Can't say that I've ever actually tried it or know the point or purpose of it. Research... then development sounds like the plan with this.

 

My Motivation

Push Ups
Push Ups

I don't know about any other beginner out there, but when I get a challenge the first reaction I have is "I can't do that." I think it's the inner sloth in all of us that tries to beat down the mojo and send you close to the Rabbit Hole (Depression, quitting, self annoyance). The trick here I think will be education on the matter first. Some of these things are new to me and some just scare the crap out of me. I'm going to have to educate myself on the exercises and then do them. I think that will help me to feel the fear and do it anyway.

So my batwings. Let's just save the pretty and nice words. Other than my actual stomach (Which includes my upper abs and what I call my front butt), this area is my least favorite of my entire body. I'm constantly wearing tank tops and short sleeves around my house, out in public whatever. So much so you'd think I was confident about my arms and they never bother me. The awful truth is I can feel them moving when I'm not. It's a haunting feeling when your taking a step and your arms move like jelly... I'm not a fan of jelly. Jelly reminds me of the old movie The Blob. The Blob will smother and consume you. No, thank you arms, don't be Blob like.

Moving on.. to what? Oh yeah this is supposed to be a baseline post and I went off in movie reference land instead of doing that. I'm also assuming that I don't need video of me doing the baseline readings because that's boring to watch... so here ya go. You can have a picture of wing not currently in flight.

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(Snapping a picture of your own arm with your phone is so weird. It can be counted as one of the weirdest things I've done in at least the last few days.)

Current weight - 208 Pounds as of 4:43Am on October 2, 2016. (Yep, that sleep challenge is over!)

  • Bicep: 14 Inches
  • Chest: 48 Inches
  • Upper abs: 44 Inches
  • Lower Abs (Front Butt) :46 Inches
  • Hips: 45 Inches
  • Thigh: 22 Inches
  • Calf: 14 Inches

Now that depressing reveal of info is over let's move on to goals shall we?

I have already set some October Goals so let me repeat those before adding goals for this challenge.

 

October Goals!

Goals
Goals

GET OUTSIDE! The weather is getting better. It’s not third rung of hell hot anymore. So I need to see the outdoors more. That’s massive. I don’t really like outside. This sloth prefers her enclosure.

Steps! Get back up to at least 10,000 steps a day. I miss my stickers! Fitbit has not been the super supportive boyfriend he was during the step challenge. He hasn’t given me presents or love notes or anything. We need to save this relationship. Couseling doesn’t seem to be an option with a electronic device so… me stepping up my game seems to be the right choice.

Change my sleep goals to 5 hours a night and FORCE myself to actually sleep it at night when I should. Steadily increase the amount of sleep I get until there are no naps taken.

STOP BOREDOM SLEEPING! If I’m bored, I need to get my butt active at something. What? I don’t know? I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. But something. I need to be active not in La La land.

Water! I’ve let my water goal just nose dive…. Darn Green Elixer of LIFE! Why you taste so good?

BACK TO THE GYM! Yes, that’s in all caps. I felt better when I went and I just let that just go. No excuses. You choose what you do and what you don’t do. It’s time to get back to my goals. What’s important to me is not being fat when I turn 40. The year is moving scary fast. I need to get on that.

Specific Goals for this challenge:

  • DO and track exercises daily for my Monday post.
  • Stay on target for the Monday Post! Must make that deadline. Better if I get it in Sunday at some point.. whatever. It needs to be done, edited and posted on Monday. Videos take a long time for me to get done... just do it Beck. No lazy. (Sloth: Lazy is good!)
  • Practice, practice, practice! Must educate myself on those specific movements we'll be judged on and perform them regularly.

That's it you guys. I didn't see much of a change at all with the step challenge. I'm hoping with this one I will see dramatic results or any at all would be nice. It would totally help push my motivation forward. Self motivation is going to be a goal also. The scale can not be the only factor, it doesn't move quick enough to motivate me. Measurements also fluctuate all month long they aren't a motivation for me either. I do believe I'm going to have to dig deep... really deep to achieve the goal. I'm thinking I'm going to have to have quantity, quality and duration be my motivation.

Until Monday, may the positive thoughts move me and you along!

~Beck

 

 

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