Today’s entry will be a summary of the challenge so far. Continue reading “6 Week Challenge – Week 3”
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I’ve blogged in the past about how much happier and more content I feel when I am following the core strengths of health and wellness – including eating well, sleeping well, exercising, and making time for personal goals. So, it stands to reason that now, more than ever, I need to get back into the patterns of healthy eating, getting enough (and higher quality) rest, exercising, and making time for personal goals.
This blog has become more of a personal journal for me, which will definitely incorporate health and wellness, but it’s always been about more than that. For me, it’s been about recognizing the fact that my journey — whether it’s to weight loss, muscle gain, social changes, or family life — is going to be completely different from someone else’s journey, even if we share many of the same characteristics. To that end, I still have every intention of maintaining this blog and getting back into writing about things that are fun, interesting, or relative to my personal narrative.
My day-to-day fitness narrative is going to be captured at Nerd Fitness. It’s a community of fitness-minded individuals and I really feel like that’s the sort of encouragement I could use at the moment. What that means for the MegsFitness blog is that I’ll be cross-posting my weekly summaries here, so that at least part of this journal can resonate with the “-Fitness” part of the name 😀
I’m ready to get back to good. I’m ready to lose weight, gain muscle, find my confidence, and conquer the world. If you’re interested in joining The Rebellion, my “battle log” is found here: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/52946-amis-last-first-post/
Name: Aminarra, aka “MegsFitness”
Occupation: Corporate Fleet Management Resolution
Previous Fitness Experience: 2 years on SparkPeople, 3 years with Weight Loss Warriors, 3 attempts at Weight Watchers, 1 attempt at Herbalife; 4 years high school strength training, 1 obstacle 5k, 10+ regular 5k Races, greatest weight loss 42lbs.
Current Level of Fitness: Sedentary. It’s been 2 years since I’ve worked out consistently due to a severe back injury after the Warrior Dash.
“End Game” Goal: Working out 4+x/week, Settling at a healthy weight, ideally ~180, but more importantly having functional strength and physical health.
Short-term Goal: Begin working out 1-3x/week, at a beginner level to become re-acclimated to the fitness world. Begin reintegrating Paleo Lifestyle into eating plan
Plan of Action: Use Nerd Fitness to launch new fitness goals; integrate fitness guild with gamer guild for inspiration. Generate weekly goals in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and personal. Update status on goals at least weekly.
I finally did it. I acted on the idea that has been swirling in the back of my mind for more than a month now. I changed my profile picture, my cover photos, and my settings… and I quit facebook. For 30 days. You can probably imagine why I would feel the need to take a break from Facebook. You might even be reading this blog from your phone, from a place where the world is absolutely carrying on around you. Or, you could be in the bathroom. Can’t you be alone with your thoughts for even five minutes?
That’s the critique I gave myself, because I am on my phone, specifically on Facebook, CONSTANTLY. Quite literally (not figuratively), I check my phone first thing in the morning before I get out of bed. I’m not afraid to say that I bring my phone into the bathroom with me. Everyone does it. I check Facebook on the computer before I leave for work. I check it again as I’m in my car, before I even pull out of the stall. I check it after I park at work, just looking for something new that I might have missed. I check it during the work day–it’s almost constantly in the background. I check it in my car before I drive home from work, again in the parking spot at home, and then I migrate to my computer–and Jeff is on his–then we stare at our electronic devices in bed, then we kiss and fall asleep.
And why? There is figuratively nothing worth looking at on my social media feed. Good vs. evil, what state you should live in, what your vernacular says about you–and Buzzfeed! Gods, Buzzfeed. What a time suck.
What am I missing? Well, I don’t know–because it’s been this way for about a year or so. I’m missing spending QUALITY time with my husband, I know that for sure. I’m missing out on rich interactions with my friends because we’ve ‘interacted’ enough via facebook already that day. The depth of my relationships is getting shallower and shallower.
Aside from relationships, I’m also losing out on productivity at work. Do you think I can focus very well with Facebook taunting me in the backround? 3 new notifications! I must click them before I finish writing this e-mail. Oops, I hear footsteps, better alt+tab.
I’m missing out on nature. I try not to, but inevitably I’ll scroll through facebook while I’m out for a walk. Someone honked at me while I was out for a walk the other day and I assumed it was some jerk from the high school judging me again. Turns out, it was my neighbor. If I hadn’t had my nose buried in my phone, I could’ve waved at her in a friendly manner instead of throwing my hands out in exasperation and shouting “What?!” And for what? Another Grammarly update saying that people on the internet will still correct you if you make a typo.
So, I’m calling it quits–for 30 days. I
want to WILL regain some of the depth to my most important relationships. I want to WILL be present in my day to day interactions. I want to WILL be more focused and productive at work.
I think that the hardest part of this challenge is that I am going to New York City in a few weeks. There will be brand new experiences–sights, sounds, friends, and photos that I’m sure I’ll be tempted to immediately upload onto social media. And selfies! Oh my goodness, the selfies. The thing is, though, before social media, I actually cherished my photos. I looked back on them, I printed them out, I scrap-booked them, and if you were a special friend, I’d print a copy for you too. Maybe I’d even put it in a really cute frame.
Just imagine how much more vibrant my memories will be if I can actually live and experience them rather than ‘capturing them for
I imagine that I’ll just be more cognizant of my choices, take fewer photos, live more of my life than I put on the internet.
Have you ever taken a hiatus from social media? What did you take away from it?
P.S. I still plan to blog during this time, so don’t expect radio silence after I *just* got back ::wink::
The 1st mini challenge is off to a great start. Nicky made use of her social network to draw in many votes yesterday, and I’m proud to report that we are in
Ninth place! At the beginning of the day yesterday, we had only about 8 votes, so to have 40 votes at this point is quite a feat! Way to go, Nicky!
Now, some people are wondering, why do we care about votes? What’s the point? Well, the point is motivation and accountability. If you’re asking people for votes, you’re explaining what it’s for—and the more people that know you’re part of a challenge, the more people who will help you meet your goals or cheer you on in your efforts. For example, someone yesterday gave me a Cadburry Crème Egg. I told them I was part of a 12-week weight loss challenge, and gave it back to them—and asked them for their vote! Now, this person knows what’s up and won’t offer me chocolate any more, and we added 1 vote to our total.
How are you doing with your personal goals? Please comment with ONE or more successes from the past week 🙂
If you would like to vote, here are the three easy steps:
1. Access the HealthyWage website: http://www.healthywage.com/leaderboards/team_standings/?team_challenge=80&secondary_filter=1
2. Using the drop-down menus, select “GE HealthAhead’s Lose Weight, Win Big 2014” and “Mini Challenge #1: Best Team Name and Before Photo”
3. Click on “Team Doge Wow Such Weight Loss!” and follow instructions to cast your vote.
I have joined a team challenge at work, and it’s off to such a fun start. I’m on a team with a group of four women at work and we have dubbed ourselves “Team Doge Wow Such Weight Loss!” The twelve week challenge kicks off with a mini-challenge to come up with the best team name (check!) and best team “before” photo (check!)
I would love it if you could check out our submission (below) and vote for us on the HealthyWage website (http://www.healthywage.com/leaderboards/team_standings/?team_challenge=80&secondary_filter=1). This site is just like Diet Bet and Biggest Loser, except you cannot lose more than 1.5% of your weight/week and no more than 16.75% of your weight over the course of the challenge. I’m really excited to have a team of co-workers to tackle this with. They’ve been instrumental in my motivation this week 🙂
[EDIT: added directions – access the link, and then select “GE HealthAhead’s Lose Weight, Win Big 2014” and “Mini Challenge #1: Best Team Name and Before Photo”]