Thursday, October 2, 2014

Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge September Results - Fitness and October Goals - Food

Life According to Steph
Well, here we are at the end of the first month of the Choose Your Own Adventure challenge with the monthly theme of fitness. The time where I tell you I sort of shit the bed on my goals, which were:
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1) Walk four times a week 
I started out well with number one in the first week, hitting four days. The rest of the weeks, while I increased my overall walking, I only set out specifically to walk for fitness twice a week. Not good enough on any count. 60%.
2) M-F squats 
After only remembering on Friday of the first week, I managed to do these at least four times a week for the remainder of September. That's not too bad aside from the first week. 
3) Three days of strength training every week. 
I did pushups three times a week every week, but only used weights zero times the first week, once the second week, two times the third week, and three times the third week. I feel like I'm into a groove now with this schedule. So I think I'm about a 70% with rising grades. 
I like this 10 minute Pop Sugar video on Youtube, as well as this bikini arms routine
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I think this month was good to get me into a routine that I hope to build on. I added stretching in at night at the end of September. And I need to realize that some days walks will be broken into 10 minute increments and I'll need to take a bunch of them to fit them in. I need to take health and movement a little more seriously than I have been. 

What about you? What were your goals for the fitness theme and how did you do? 


Remember, the theme for October is food - that can be cooking food, eating food, trying food, trying not to eat certain food, trying a new restaurant, bringing your lunch to work, etc etc. You choose your own adventure!

My Food Theme Goals:
1) Try new recipes in my typical cooking categories: appetizer, breakfast, main dish, veggie side, Sunday soup, and dessert.
2) Make a pie crust/pie from scratch.
3) Incorporate more salads with dinner and more veggies overall.

The link up for October-Food will be Thursday, November 6. Mark your calendars! Godspeed.

For those that like to look ahead, the theme for November is Organize and the theme for December is Simplify.

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29 comments:

  1. oh, i can get on board with the october linkup since i'm killing it in the kitchen these days. i made (healthy) pumpkin spice cookies and substituted a few ingredients, baked them with my fingers crossed and this morning, 9 of the 12 i made are missing! hello, HOW ABOUT YOU SAVE SOME FOR THE PERSON WHO MADE IT??!!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. Of course I'm in for something food related :) I have been cooking more (myself as opposed to P) lately, but that is only b/c I'm home and I want to try some new stuff. Though it's hard to choose between eating-in and going out, since we have SO many new places to try. I'll think about the goal, maybe try x number of new recipes this month, to keep me from getting lazy and doing what is easy :)

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  3. October is going to be so much easier to get my fitness, so I am giving myself a pass for totally failing in September. Is it weird that the Food one is hard for me. I don't know which goals to pick. Maybe not eating everything I make. Haha!

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  4. You did pretty well on your fitness goals. I was sucktastic with mine! I am glad food is this month...I really need to focus on cleaning up my act some more. And also trying new recipes, we are in a rut this week and I need to pull us out of it!

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  5. You did awesome for September!!! Keep it going! I'm glad food is October's theme. I had already created a food goal for the month so this will make it (hopefully) easier to stick with.

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  6. i like the idea of baking a pie from scratch!

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  7. You did way better than I did on fitness! Congrats! I got this food one in the bank ha.

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  8. I think you did pretty awesome! I made my goals pretty flexible so that I easily met them, but I don't feel good about it, if that makes sense. Like, so what if I did a 10 minute video just to say I did. Next time I am going to make more concrete goals. Looking forward to October, food is the place I need the most help. Silly question, I think I missed where you said October was food before today, not a big deal, just curious so I can look out for November's.

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  9. I really need a fitness challenge in my life. I've been VERY lazy. Even when it comes to walking the dog. You did great. I am going to challenge myself this month. I believe I can handle the food link up, too.

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  10. Doing something rather than nothing, as you did for the fitness challenge, was a winner.
    Oh,foooooood! Love this challenge. Looking forward to reading about your month and continuing
    to get new ideas from you. You are the best veggie eater of all of my chickens, thanks to MomMom starting
    you out with all of those homemade soups chock-full of veggies and things like barley. I can still taste her
    beef barley soup. Oh, and her fennel tea when you had a bellyache! Grateful for all of those memories and that
    we had her. Loved her stories, too.
    Anyway, got off on a nice tangent. Have a happy day.
    Love, your MOMMA

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  11. I think you did great, you showed improvement in everything but walking as the month went on!

    I was thinking I should make and apple pie an salsa from scratch, hahahaha we'll see. :)

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  12. I know eating salads is healthy but it's really hard except in the summer when veggies are at their best. I wonder if you can find some good non-lettuce-y salads to add to your dinner rotation? I wish I could eat more salads, but my husband and kids don't like them very much, so that usually what I get on those rare times when I go out for lunch with coworkers.

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  13. Did Pilates on average two times a week opposed to the three times I had planned. Food challenge for October will be more vegetables which are not my favorite.

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  14. I've been wanting to use the popsugar active app. I always forget it exists/I'm lazy. Sad.

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  15. I think you did great this month. It might not have been perfect, but you were consistent and that's good.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your pie crust from scratch. My sister and I did it once. I don't know if it was a bad recipe or if we just sucked at it, but it was unpleasant. I don't know that I'll try again. Hopefully yours turns out better!

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  16. Great job with your goals!! When I did the squat challenge I seriously saw results!! It was pretty fun too - i mean as fun as any workout is lol!

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  17. This is what I need to do; small obtainable fitness goals. Great job! Also, when you said, "M-F squats", I read that like "Mother-effng" and laughed...whoops

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  18. I think easing into a routine is probably smarter than making a dramatic switch. It's easier to keep going if things don't get overwhelming.

    These are all things I want to work on, but I feel like I did it in a different order! I organized most of the house over the last couple weeks, with a few projects still in progress. I just started working on my routine and incorporating more exercise into it (and regular sleep! Ah... sleep). And I'm starting to think about food, but not until I get through a few more weeks of the exercise goals. Oh well. I'm with you guys in spirit!

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  19. I love the M-F squats goal. Monday through Friday squats or mother fucking squats? Both? So very appropriate.

    I haven't been to the gym in about a hundred years. I make a donation to them every month.

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  20. You guys should have done the food one last month and the fitness this month to work off all the food haha

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  21. Oh I say you are kicking ass!! i need to go do some sqauts.

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  22. I walk Monday-Friday for 2 miles now. But I don't do any strength training. I probably should.

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  23. We've cut out a lot of carbs at dinner and replaced with extra veggies (for the most part and only M-F) and it's made a huge difference TO help keep off some extra weight on top of moderate physical activity and working out.

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  24. Even if you didn't walk as much as planned you increased your weights each week - that is great! My goal is to get back in the gym!! Each day seems to get me closer and closer.

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  25. Being unemployed for eight months there's no excuse for me to not work out, but I didn't. OK, I walked a total of three times. I can't understand why my ass keeps getting bigger...

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  26. You did pretty good! Most of the walking I did was in Chicago, but I think I ate and drank waaaaaay too much to have even made it count.

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  27. I have got to try and incorporate my veggies overall into my diet this month too.

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  28. You rocked it this month! Hopefully we'll get to see the new recipes you're incorporating this next month : )

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  29. I like your goal to add more veggies to your dinners. I need to work on this. I love fruit, but some reason have trouble incorporating in my dinners.

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