New Challenge & New Goals
We’ve just come off the mega goal oriented November challenge. Successfully for the both of us I might add. Give us a moment while we pat our own backs before on… oh wait we can’t stop now! We’ve got a new challenge! Right… let’s get started shall we?
First and foremost I have some new goals other than the actual challenge to discuss before getting started:
- Monday through Saturday achieve 10,000 steps a day.
Sunday is a rest day, steps are not mandatory.
- Work out in the gym at least three times a week.
- Home workouts at least three times this week. Not including the challenge.
- Be at 190 pounds by December 31st.
These goals feel totally possible. AND since I don’t have to actually grade myself on them they’re ever so nice!
December Challenge – 2018 – Week 1
Now on to the actual challenge. Assignment one! Measure myself.
Now we are only required to measure three portions of our body. Our bicep, our waist which I call the upper abs, and the hips.
There are more measurements that I want to keep track of this month so I will grade for the ones required but list them all.
- Bicep: 14 inches
- Chest: 45 Inches
- Upper Abs: (By definition this is where the waist is. Two inches above the navel) 43 Inches
- Lower Abs (Two inches below the navel) 45 Inches
- Hips: 44 Inches
- Thigh: 22 1/2 Inch.
- Weight: 198.8 pounds.
Day 1 – Sunday – December 2nd
I completed all of my actions for this challenge. Which of course if you have one of the sheets, then you know what they are. Hopefully, you are playing along at home. So far so good. It wasn’t a horrible work out. Actually I found it nice. 3 points.
Today is my rest day from home workouts or the gym.
I achieved 8137 steps. Not bad for a rest day.
Day 2 – Monday – December 3rd.
Actions for the challenge: I completed these in place of my usual morning HIIT work out. 3 points.
Added in my core routine. It’s now 6:38 am and time to take my kid to school.
Today was supposed to be a gym day. Instead I’m quickly smearing my make up on my face and heading to work. Call ins… great for the paycheck, not so good for the gym schedule.
I worked 7 1/2 hours today. It was a different kind of day. I’m not used to the kind of work I did today. I unloaded a truck, stocked everything, did the prep work way late, broke fish, (that sucks by the way) took out way too heavy trash twice. I did about a mountain of things that I’m not used to doing in a day.
I’m really sore, a little emotional… and a lot whiney. It’s one of those days where I’d love to slip into a long hot shower and pop in a movie to chill until late night turns early morning. Unfortunately I have to get up at 430 am to get myself and my kid ready for our day. I really hope tomorrow feels like a better day.
I should do another work out, to be honest I simply don’t want to. I’m going to sit here at my desk until my uniform is ready to be put into the dryer. After that I’m going to go to bed early.
Day 3 – Tuesday – December 4th
I woke up late. Well not really late. I woke up with just enough time to get dressed, smear a little make up and grab my zip lock bag with my breakfast shake and lunch bars in it. I got to work mere seconds before my boss at 6am.
Today was another very weird day where work was concerned. There was a call in, there was a no show and a quit. Instead of doing my normal job which isn’t much actual work just a lot of walking, I was floating. Cooking, cleaning, hauling, carrying, helping the cashiers.. I was all over the place. It is now 5pm. I’ve been off work for exactly a half hour (10 1/2 hours with no breaks). I checked my steps and I’m up to 16236 before a single work out. I’m exhausted. My uniform is already in the washer. I’m definitely going to try to go to bed a bit earlier than last night. I’m not hungry in the slightest but I also know that I’m no where near my calorie goals for today. I still feel very sore, a little emotional for no reason and maybe it’s a little bit of self pity mixed in. I kind of wish I knew what that was about. Whatever it is, I’m not a fan.
Workout complete! I did a quick core workout, a HIIT Recumbent bike and of course the challenge. The weather is great it’s nice and un Florida like outside at night.
Day 4 – Wednesday – December 5th
My kid was sick today. Very sick. Not good. Anyway, I got up on time for once. Did the work out for the challenge before work. It was pretty easy because part of it was a rest day. Yay me! I didn’t get to the Gym again today, but I did do a core workout at home. That’s it for today.
Day 5- Thursday- December 6th
It was SO cold this morning! I hate the cold. Living in the subtropics so I don’t have to have cold… and yet. It was cold this morning. Anyway, I was late. I barely got to work on time and when work was over… I went to pick up this guy from the Animal Shelter.
We adopted him last Saturday and now he’s home with a cone of discomfort so he doesn’t lick his stitches. He got a snip snip. Poor guy, live 8 years with an intact pair and then all of a sudden he gets dumped at a shelter, chosen to come home with new people, surgery and shots. Five days later he’s stuck in a car with a total stranger with a cone on his head
Okay! So he’s home. My Jimmy (That’s my awesome puppy!) isn’t super psyched about it. They aren’t going to figure out pecking order until Chuckles is better. Now what am I doing? Oh… I’m going to stop typing and go do my workout real quick. Done! Phew. So far, the workouts don’t feel hard yet. The numbers are steadily climbing. I’m a little concerned about that. We’ll see how it goes. Fingers crossed that it stays okay.
Day 6 – Friday – December 7th
Today was another 6am work day. I think I might be used to having so many of them in a few weeks. Right now it is pretty exhausting to do it every day. We’ll see how it goes next week. The work out was done before work and again after work. It was an early day at work. However, I was trying to buy a weight bench from an app. I think the lady doesn’t exist. Just loves making me drive around for four hours to not respond. Oh well, I’ll try somebody else. So there! No gym but I found out they might be putting one closer to me. Yay. That will help with getting there if I can change my location. Anyway, I did a core work out and a few glute exercises. Mostly I’ve just been hanging out with the new dog and relaxing. I think I’m going to turn my carport into an outside work out area. I’m not sure yet.
Day 7 – Saturday – December 8th
It’s the endish to the day. (9 pm) I’m not planning on doing any more workouts today. I had to run a lot of errands today. Working all week long for 7 to 10 hours a day means I don’t have a lot of time to do things during the week. I need to get myself on some sort of schedule. Anyway, I did the workout twice today. Once this morning before I went out for the day. Once when I came home. I also did a core and glute work out. That’s it. This week is done. I’m hanging out with my pups today. I have Jimmy to my left and Chuckles to my right. That’s my day. It’s a pretty good day.
End of week measurements:
Bicep: 14 inches
Chest: 45 Inches
Upper Abs: (By definition this is where the waist is. Two inches above the navel) 43 Inches
Lower Abs (Two inches below the navel) 45 Inches
Hips: 44 Inches
Thigh: 22 1/2 Inch.
Absolutely no change.
Progress on My Goals
Monday through Saturday achieve 10,000 steps a day. Accomplished!
Sunday is a rest day, steps are not mandatory. Accomplished!
Work out in the gym at least three times a week. Nooooo….. we didn’t do this. The Sloth is gloating just a little bit.
Home workouts at least three times this week. Not including the challenge. Accomplished!
The big goal is to weigh 190 by the end of the month. It’s the first week. No this is accomplished just yet.
There are 3 exercises that needed to be done, seven days in a week. That’s 21 points.
Ending measurements, one point for each of the three areas that Ki specified to measure. I got ya. 3 points.
I finished my post Saturday night. How’s that for organized chaos? One point.
Weekly total of points: 25
Yay me! Way to go Beck! Good job even. It’s time to move on to the next week. Sunday is my rest day. We’re going to do our best to do just that. Right now it’s 10:36 PM. I’m going to scoop up my dogs and go to bed. Goodnight!
Be kind to yourself and others,
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