New Challenge & New Goals
I'm loving that we're just focusing on the arms this month so we can give our legs a rest, they need it. I'm still getting some squats in during my cardio work out...but nowhere near 250 of them!
I said I may still throw in some additional activities on top of the challenges this month, just to continue toning and strengthening. But, that hasn't happened yet.
My only other exercise goal for this month is to achieve 10,000 steps each and every day. I can do it, I got this. There's money on the line. I will make it happen.
This week, I'm also trying to start the Keto Diet again. I didn't do so well the first time I tried. There were several reasons for that. I've corrected them and am now going to give it another go.
January Challenge - 2019 - Week 2
I'm still using my tracking sheet and watch the proper form video each time a new task is added. So far, I've only had to modify the bicep curls.
Day 6 - Sunday
I killed it today. I woke up ready to get things done. I did my normal weigh myself, get a glass of water, turn the computer on, and let the dogs out routine. Then I immediately did my cardio work out for the day. This takes the longest and requires the most effort so I like to get it done very early...while I still have energy and motivation. I did some food prep for the week and a little more website work and then I did my challenge tasks. I added the military presses without a problem.
Day 7 - Monday
So...we're going to call this my rest day. This was the third night in a row that insomnia kept me from getting more than 4 hours of sleep. I was exhausted all day. By lunch time, I was falling asleep at work. I got up a few times and did some fit radio activity to keep myself away throughout the day. I completed my challenge tasks during one of those times. But after eating dinner, I went to bed and stayed in bed so that I would fall asleep...hopefully earlier than the past few nights.
Day 8 - Tuesday
I finally got a full night of sleep! I slept 8 hours and 37 minutes. I'm still a little bit tired today but nowhere near as bad as yesterday. I did do my cardio work out...but only got through about 20 minutes of it before I was ready to collapse. So I quit the workout early. I still got up nearly every hour to get my steps in. During one of those times, I got my challenge tasks done. Since I started modifying the bicep curls, I'm no longer having any trouble with my neck.
Day 9 - Wednesday
I'm feeling myself again. The insomnia has passed and I'm caught up on sleep. This is a very good thing. Insomnia is tiring...pun intended. I woke up feeling rested and I have the energy to get my stuff done today. I did my cardio workout in the evening and did my challenge tasks shortly thereafter.
Day 10 - Thursday
Thursday was a meeting day at work. I hate meeting days. It feels like I can't get anything else done on meeting days. But I did, I got plenty done. I'm falling behind on some of my website goals for this week, but I'm knocking it out of the park with exercise goals mostly. I did my cardio workout during my lunch break. I rarely take a lunch break but it's hard to get up and move around on meeting days so I took a lunch break to get some cardio in and catch up on steps. I did my challenge tasks after work.
Day 11 - Friday
This Friday was a work day. A slow one, but a work day nonetheless. So I did my usual get up every hour to walk around a bit gig. This helps keep me from being so sedentary during the day and helps keep my joints from stiffening up too much. After work, I did my cardio workout and then my challenge tasks a few minutes after resting from the workout.
Day 12 - Saturday
I woke up well rested and did my cardio workout first thing in the morning so I could be done with it for the week. After my workout, I cooked breakfast and then got to work on household chores and personal goals. I ended up completing my challenge tasks around lunch time. By the time I got to the last few military presses and the Triceps Extensions, my arms had a good burn going on. I'm kind've glad because that reminded me that I'm building strength with this challenge. I pushed through it.
End of week measurements:
I gained a little in the bicep. That has to be muscle. I can definitely see a more defined bicep. There's still some flab to get rid of though.
- Bicep: 15"
- Average Step Count:
- Weight: 242.7
I'm not at all happy about my steps this week. At the beginning of the week, I was dealing with the Insomnia and had one day where I just had no energy. I didn't even get 3,000 steps in that day which killed my stats for the entire week. Even still, there were like 3 days that I got so close to 10,000 steps but didn't push myself to finish it off. So my average daily step count actually dropped this week. Not cool, Ki.
For my weight, I started a slow roll back to the Keto Diet this week which led to me losing 1.3 pounds during the week. I know it's not much but today is my official first day of Keto so I'm not going to stress the weight for this past week.
Progress on My Goals
I only had two personal goals going on during this week and that was to achieve 10,000 steps per day and a 30 minute cardio work out each day. But I did not achieve my personal goals again this week. Insomnia sucks but that really only accounts for Monday. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday were a direct result of me losing focus. That's it. That said, 90% is still an A. It was a pretty good week. Next week will be even better.
Going forward, my personal goals are staying the same. I want to work out each and every day and I want to achieve 10,000 steps every single day.
Each challenge task is worth one point upon completion.
The first week of tasks only included 15 items to complete and therefore was worth 15 points plus 2 points for the bicep measurement and the stats post. I earned 17 points week 1.
This week, there were 30 tasks to complete. I completed them all.
Measuring my bicep each week is worth 1 point.
Posting my stats on time (by 6pm Sunday) is also worth 1 point.
Therefore, this week there are 32 points available.
Points Earned: 32
Total Challenge Points: 49
Yay me! It's a dern good thing we're not counting our personal goals on this one, huh? I wouldn't have done well...again. But that's alright, I came very close to meeting those as well so I'm not going to beat myself up about it...again. It's another hard week. I'm going to dust myself off and start again.
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