January Challenge!

RappingKungFuToaster

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@NSFW, here it is! The kickstarter thread for self-motivating legends! We keep our own tally and post every day (time permitting, if any delays occur, post a condensed update), and post weight updates if you want. I will be, but as we discussed, it won't affect the scoring.
I do think daily posting or close to will help move the thread along and stay motivated though.

I'm just gonna recycle my post from the other thread!

@oldjoe you're welcome to jump on board too!

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We mark ourselves on a points system every day of October. We can score a maximum of 6 points per day taking diet and exercise into consideration, with up to three points allotted to each. We'd be working on an honesty system based purely on what we know of our own fitness and the goals to which we aspire.
In my case (carb depletion and cardio based workout), a sample scoring criteria for a day would go something like this:

DIET:
0
- Terrible, terrible eating based on personal goals. Slammed junk food carbs (fries, burgers and that kind of shite) and sugar throughout the whole day. This might have been a designated cheat day or just an old fashioned slip-up. They'd both be scored the same.
1 - Not a fail, but a minimal score. No "junk food" carbs, but failed at carb depletion all the same. What I'd call a sushi day, which is one of my biggest downfalls. So not technically bad food, but not permitted by my diet.
2 - A silver medal eating day. Usually on my diet it involves successful carb depletion but overloading on fats (especially saturated) and portion sizing. The kind of day when I order the fattiest possible carb free option at work... like having a lean steak with creamy coleslaw rather than salad, or a breadless cheeseburger or something.
3 - The gold medal eating day. High protein, minimal carbs, minimal saturated fats, and sensible portions.

EXERCISE:
0 -
Easy one to explain. No workout. Rest days and lazy fail days are scored the same, obviously.
1 - The one where you pretty much just show up, or what you'd consider a "bare minimum". For me, that's my 30 minute treadmill workout and nothing else.
2 - The ideal workout. For me that might be a 30 minute treadmill along with a simple weight circuit and some floor exercises.
3 - The beast mode workout, a rarity for me but maybe not for you guys. :lol: That workout where the very fact that you tore through the thing will motivate you for the entire next week. For me that might be my 30 min treadmill, weight circuit, floor exercises and some fast, brisk jump rope.

Whoever scores the most by the end of the month will be the "winner". Nothing at stake but better health. Stuff like weight or mass can be added for shits and giggles if we all want, but it will mean nothing in terms of scoring. Effort and execution are the main criteria.

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Come in, state your goals if you like... I'll be jumping into this thread for my first official weigh in and entry on the 2nd of October given my international flights. Might even post a "before" picture in one of the many shirts that no longer fit me since the beginning of my holiday. :lol:

Good luck!
 
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I'm gonna get this shit rolling with a choice workout tune... There is approximately 0% chance of me getting a Leonidas rig in a month, or ever, but fuck it, great song, motivating, sweet guitar solo.

No sleep for Leonidas!

 

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Quick question @RappingKungFuToaster what is the aim of the carb depletion? I'm just thinking of my own diet aims. I want to put some serious thoughts in to this regards my aims, intentions and what I can realistically achieve over the training period. I'm going to put up the rules I'll be adhering to for me to score the 1,2 or 3 points in both the diet and the training. Obviously to achieve my aims I have to be fully honest, but it also has to be relatively realistic for my own personal training and diet levels. I'm going to be a harsh critic and scorer of myself, but I am going to put up exactly what excercise/physical activity I have done as well as what I have eaten during the day, including portion size...that way if you read anything and think I need to erthink a aspect I can lower my mark and improve which to me is the key goal.

I was going to get a pre October gym session in today, fucked it off to watch a movie with the wife. This also stopped me from having a great diet day and indulging in some choc biscuits. Looking forward to the extra motivation.
 

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Quick question @RappingKungFuToaster what is the aim of the carb depletion? I'm just thinking of my own diet aims. I want to put some serious thoughts in to this regards my aims, intentions and what I can realistically achieve over the training period. I'm going to put up the rules I'll be adhering to for me to score the 1,2 or 3 points in both the diet and the training. Obviously to achieve my aims I have to be fully honest, but it also has to be relatively realistic for my own personal training and diet levels. I'm going to be a harsh critic and scorer of myself, but I am going to put up exactly what excercise/physical activity I have done as well as what I have eaten during the day, including portion size...that way if you read anything and think I need to erthink a aspect I can lower my mark and improve which to me is the key goal.

I was going to get a pre October gym session in today, fucked it off to watch a movie with the wife. This also stopped me from having a great diet day and indulging in some choc biscuits. Looking forward to the extra motivation.
Good move. You'll be strict enough on yourself through October enjoy the last Saturday night of the month!

Purely through trial and error (not through reading articles, word of mouth or anything else) have I found that carb depletion is the ultimate rapid weight loss protocol. The only problem is, it's not totally sustainable. I usually revert to a carb-in-the-morning programme for maintenance (from my fit days), but for that motivation-fuelling fast dropping of bodily fat, nothing has been better!

The other thing I've started to do is incorporate the leafy greens, which I dodged habitually back in the day in favour of more and more red meat. Don't ask me for a scientific breakdown of it, but the big, leafy, filling salads seemed to make me lose fat even faster again.


Also gym song.

In thinking of waiting for this to start.

TUNE! :good
 
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1/10/2017

DAY ONE:
A planned cheat day is in the books. Touched down at 5am, and have spent the day eating whatever the fuck I want off the back of a two month decadent holiday... Public holiday tomorrow and after that it's back to work, reality, dieting and exercise. Ther only danger (and not a massive danger at that) is that I've been silly enough to put leftovers in the fridge. There's some charcoal chicken in there (no transgression with the chicken alone) and quite a bit of pad Thai. Wouldn't be the end of the world if I ate that for lunch, and would still be able to give myself 1 point for eating provided everything else was above board.

Exercise, nope. Was jet lagged and useless and never planned on it. As pointless as it seems, I still wanted to log an entry for today. Accountability and all.

Diet: 0 points
Exercise: 0 points
Total: 0

Overall:


And the ball is officially rolling! :lol:
 
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Shit thought we were starting on Tuesday. OK, I've packed two pretty much cheat days with the 1st of OCT and today.

1/10/17

Day 1:
Not too bad meal wise. Fibre cereal breakfast, chicken breast with peppers, tomato and green things and quinoa rice. Good sized portions. Snacked on beef jerky and fruit......then we decided to watch a film in the evening so bought sweets, chocolate and I happened accross a fudge shop which is my main weakness in life.

Excercise wise I got in a good deal of cardio in the morning so I'm happy enough with that.

Diet: 0 points
Excercise: 1 points
Total: 1 points

Overall: 1 points

2/10/17

Day 2:
Again decent start to the day meal wise and quinoa rice and tuna for lunch with fruit snacked on at different times. Regrettably a I have a load of fudge left and have dipped in to that stash a couple of times, plus I had a bag of the healthy option crisps which are not that bad fat, calorie and carb wise but they are not in keeping with the standard I want to take...especially when I have veg for snacking on in the fridge. I had half a pizza for tea, thin crust ham and pineapple which at 9g of fat a half isn't bad for a pizza. It still falls on the wrong side of what I want as a meal though, but if I am going to have cheat days I will still try to lessen the negative impact.

Excercise is at a zero for the day, barely moved all day and feel crap for that.

Diet: 0 points
Excercise:0 points
Total: 0 points

Overall: 1 points

So I'm looking at tomorrow to really get this ball rolling. Potential of a big work out at the gym. I am also hoping to incorporate early morning gym sessions, but we shall see how that goes. I have the evening meal sorted already too and my day time meals look good on paper.
 

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2/10/2017

Day 2:
I ultimately weakened and decided to have one more glorious day of terrible food before I started back at work. Started well with some lean chicken, then after the workout, had a burger and fries from the local Portuguese and a huge tub of my favourite yoghurt (750ml), which is fattier (and tastier) than ice cream (I shit you not). Loaded with fruit puree as well, which is like a magical way to make fruit super unhealthy.

The workout, after two months of heavy drinking and eating terrible food, was a struggle. I was having breathing problems on the treadmill, which isn't unusual as I'm asthmatic, but the ventolin wasn't helping. I'm a mild case, so a couple of puffs usually clears it right up. But no dice. I made it through the half hour with a short break, but the breathing was really a trouble for me. I got home and it was still bad, so I think I might actually have come down with a cough, due to the temperature change I guess... going from crisp weather in the European Autumn to muggy Sydney spring, and I guess the air conditioning on the flight, which seemed weirdly icy, certainly didn't help!

Anyway, carb depletion tomorrow!

Diet: 0 points
Exercise: 1 point
Total: 1 point

Overall: 1 point


Fuckin' A!
 

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3/10/2017

OFFICIAL BEFORE PIC AND WEIGH IN!





Hooooly smokes look at that fucking spare tyre! :sad5 :lol: Believe it or not, this shirt fit me once... snug, but not tight. It was actualy one that looked alright when I was in decent shape, remarks from friends about the weight I'd lost, etc...
Now... well a picture is worth a thousand words I guess.
There it is with today's sports front page. Hopefully I can wear the same shirt at start of November with less lard unbecomingly stretching the graphic on the front.

Weight: 107.4kgs (236.78lbs)

I'll submit a points-based post later today. But I did just have two eggs and two small tubs of flavoured tuna for breakfast!
And now to work, where the chefs make me healthy meals and distraction staves off useless snacking urges.
 
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3/10/17

Day 3:
Well, first day back at work from holiday and my section looked like Satan's ballsack. It's not an easy section to work, with the storage, kegs, lines, etc, but I walked into pandemonium. My day ended up being a solid twelve hour slog, with plenty of heavy lifting, a 36 keg delivery and reconfiguration of a tonne of boxes. These are precisely the sort of time constraints that prevent me from getting workouts in during the week much of the time, and given that the work is so physical, it kind of bugs me that I have to mark it as a zero for exercise... but, rules are rules. In my world, being active falls under the remit of just being a human. Goal-oriented exercise is what's needed in order to strip weight.

As for the diet, stellar. Two eggs and two small cans of tuna for breakfast, and for lunch... well, I'm always banging on about the great lunches the chefs at work make for me, so cop a look at this masterpiece.



That is a green salad with avocado, goat's cheese, rare beef and a poached egg, just after I peppered the fuck out of it. I am spoiled as fuck to be able to order this kind of thing at work (it's not on the menu, the chefs at work are just legends) and I really have no excuse to ever falter in terms of meals when I'm at work. The biggest downfall there is crap like potato chips and the temptation to drink after work.

Fortunately I made no such transgressions, and I can proudly give myself the full 3 points for diet.

Diet: 3 points
Exercise: 0 points
Total: 3 points

Overall: 4 points


Giddy up!
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3/10/17

Day 3:

Planned to have a gym session. Ended up with the front hedge being cut so no exercise. Diet wise it was a pretty solid day. Only managed a handful of nuts for breakfast but had rice and tuna for lunch and a healthy chilli later on which was very high on protein. I did have small bowl of light ice ceam after which messed me up, it was a tiny portion and accompanied a banana. Snacked on fruit. Not much else to say for the day.

Diet: 1 point
Excercise: 0 ponts
Total: 1 point

Overall: 2 points

Still need to post up that pic....luckily I'm still real deep in the before stages.
 
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4/10/17

Day 4:
so first and foremost, I didn't make it into the gym today. I wasn't too busy, and I wasn't too tired. Today was nothing more than a lazy fail. I procrastinated, played fucking FIFA, fart-arsed around on the internet, and by the time I was wearing my gear ready to do the bare minimum workout, I'd left if to late. FUCK!!!
Best I learn from this now.
The diet however was another 3 star stellar performance. A three egg omelette with smoked salmon for breakfast, followed by another seve of eggs (2 boiled) with one tin of flavoured tuna as a late lunch before night shift.

Diet: 3
Exercise: 0
Total: 3

Overall: 7
 
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3/10/17

Day 3:

Planned to have a gym session. Ended up with the front hedge being cut so no exercise. Diet wise it was a pretty solid day. Only managed a handful of nuts for breakfast but had rice and tuna for lunch and a healthy chilli later on which was very high on protein. I did have small bowl of light ice ceam after which messed me up, it was a tiny portion and accompanied a banana. Snacked on fruit. Not much else to say for the day.

Diet: 1 point
Excercise: 0 ponts
Total: 1 point

Overall: 2 points

Still need to post up that pic....luckily I'm still real deep in the before stages.
Keep cracking away bruh! These early stages always take time for adjustment!

Finished at 1am and gotta be back at 9... not feeling so great about a workout tomorrow morning...
 

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5/10/17
Belated entry for yesterday here!

Day 5: another three star eating day, eating a three egg omelette with a tin of flavoured tuna for breakfast, the most minimum possible snacking (literally two chicken sticks, really small crumbed chicken pieces the size of French fries, there are about 30 in a serve, a friend offered some), followed by that amazing salad.
I'd had so little sleep and was asked to stay back until 9pm at work, so another 12 hour day, which made exercise more difficult. But I was absolutely wrecked. I think jet lag must be playing a part because I could barely keep my neck muscles engaged to keep my head up when I got home. Fell asleep instead of going to the gym.
Ah well. I can honestly say I didn't just piss out of it this time. I needed rest.

As for this morning, just did a workout, well amplify on it later. Depending what time I finish work I might have a second workout, and fully intend on having another stellar eating day!

Diet: 3
Exercise: 0
Total: 3

Overall: 10
 

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4/10/17

Day 4:

Ended up not getting to the gym. Son had a football match that ended late giving me no time to train. Need to force the situation with trying to get to the gym. Usually I fit it in as and when which gives me plenty of chances to do what I need. Right now it ain't happening so I've got to sort a proper schedule and change my traning days. I've always given myself the weekend off. I can get a great session in on Sundays time wise so that will have to happen. Ate well all day, them due to the football had a poor evening meal. Two portions of cod but with oven chips.

Diet: 2
Excercise:0
Total: 2

Overall: 4 points


5/10/17

Day 5:
Not a day I could get a gym session in, so I used some of the home gym stuff I have and a little cardio. Felt good after. Need to keep this up and intensify it on my supposed days off, especually when I miss a big gym day. Diet was great. Chicken soup with plenty of veg for breakfast due to it being cold here, roast beef and onion with sweet potato for lunch followed by chicken breast and a jacket spud. Snacked on nuts, fruit and carrots. The roast beef and onion was fantastic, really enjoyed the chicken too. The carb portions were small while the protein was huge. Good day.

Diet: 3 Given myself 3 points. I know I have a potato in there so it isn't carb depletion, but I don't think that is axactly what I'm going for and the chicken breast was the center piece of the meal.
Excercise: 1
Total: 3

Overall: 8 points
 

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6/10/17

Day 6:
So I got up early this morning and tried to do my 30 minutes of the treadmill. And I was fucking worse than the Monday. My cardio is shot, and I still had trouble breathing. I pushed through 17 minutes before I just about keeled over. I had it i mind that I'd come back after work if I finished early enough! Well, I did!
I noticed I felt much better in the evening than the morning, and blasted through the first ten minutes feeling 100% better than I had this morning. But then I started to struggle again. I rasped through as best |I could, but didn't complete the full 30 then either, hacking and coughing off after 15 minutes.
This is most certainly a disappointing result. I took me two goes to achieve a score of 1 for exercise. :sad5 But I give myself credit for showing up, twice in fact (if you miss that vital step you know you're fucked), and I can say with complete honesty that I did sustain exertion through the desire to quit, especially this morning, when a solid fifteen minutes of it was pure short-breathed exhaustion.

I'll give myself a strong 2 for diet. Started with the same omelette, then was a little snackier today. Ate four chicken strips, which were crumbed, and two small pieces of fish between 7am breakfast and 2pm lunch.
I also had a fattier lunch with less leafy greens; a Portuguese chicken burger with bacon and cheese added, with no fries and the bread replaced by lettuce. Man o man, it was fuuuuuuuucking delicious.

Will weigh in tomorrow and plan on exercising before work.

Diet: 2
Exercise: 1
Total: 3

Overall: 13 points
 
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Day 6

6/10/17

Great day. Knew I had a good few hour spare on the evening, which is how it will be Friday nights. This will be my main fitnes day, rest of the week I imagine I'll be clawing whatever I can together. Very hard gym session, full weights and cardio to my max, wanted to puke after. Diet was great too, I was focused all day to capitalise on my fitness. Bacon sandwich for breakfast, 8 bacon meddalions in two small bread buns. Chicken and veg soup for lunch followed by 3 spiced chicken breasts for tea and some greens. Snacked on jerky, loads of fruit and carrots.

Got to get that pic taken too.

Diet: 3 points
Excercise: 3 points
Total 6 points

Overall: 14 points
 

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7/10/2017

Day 7:
Woke up at a fairly friendly hour, something like 9am, which was encouraging as it means my body clock is coming back into sync. After eating a breakfast of some brie and smoked salmon, I did some work around the house, then at lunch time went to the local takeaway for a quarter barbecue chicken, one souvlaki and a small salad (half coleslaw half tabouli). Once I'd done all this it was just about time to shower up and head off to work, so once again, no workout.

This first week hasn't been all I wanted it to be in terms of exercise, but I'm not gonna be too hard on myself, all considered... I did just fly halfway across the world a week ago, so my sleeping pattern has been all messed up around quite a physical first week back at work, and said household chores are kind of inevitable when getting home from a two month holiday, so that consumed a bit of time as well.

It has however been great for diet, I'm extremely proud of how I've managed to stick to it so far. Hopefully with an improved sleeping pattern and adequate rest next week (also the next two days to organise myself) I can hit the gym four times for a 2 point workout.
I weighed in at 103.9kgs (226.06lbs). A bit of that will be a fluid flush, but I can see visual results of weight loss too.

Diet: 3
Exercise: 0
Total: 3

Overall: 16 points


Day 6

6/10/17

Great day. Knew I had a good few hour spare on the evening, which is how it will be Friday nights. This will be my main fitnes day, rest of the week I imagine I'll be clawing whatever I can together. Very hard gym session, full weights and cardio to my max, wanted to puke after. Diet was great too, I was focused all day to capitalise on my fitness. Bacon sandwich for breakfast, 8 bacon meddalions in two small bread buns. Chicken and veg soup for lunch followed by 3 spiced chicken breasts for tea and some greens. Snacked on jerky, loads of fruit and carrots.

Got to get that pic taken too.

Diet: 3 points
Excercise: 3 points
Total 6 points

Overall: 14 points
The grand slam! 6 points! Well done, man!
I'm hoping to pick up my pace next week, as said above. I'm still experiencing traces of that bastard wheeze though, which is a bit shit, but with greater rest I feel like I can push my cardio back up.
 

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Day 7

7/10/17

Expected a tough day diet wise. Took the kid to football in the morning so had two small yogurts, some jerky and a few pieces of fruit to keep me going til lunch. Spicey chicken breast and unfortunetly a few oven chips for lunch so not all bad but could have been better. Night out at the threatre, had a couple of pices of chocolate and a bag of crisps on the way with two grilled chicken wraps after because I was starving. For a cheat day it wasn't so bad, I managed not to go too over the top with the cheat. I did manage two good cardio sessions so that was great as I expected to fail on this. Struggled on the earlyl morning one, last nights gym session caught up to me quick, but I did power on to finish. The later session was a great success.

Diet: 0 points
Excercise: 2 points
Total: 2 points

Overall: 16 points

Glad I dragged something out of the day. I have to focus on making sure I capitalise on my best gym days by eating clean fully on those and making sure on all the other days I come away with a least somthing. If I can get 3 of the big gym days a week in I'll be more than happy.