The Nerd Fitness 28-Day Challenge

I’m moving over from my old blog at Sour Mead here to chart my saga as I work to become fitter, leaner, and meaner. Just before Christmas I made a pledge to myself:

I pledge to eat healthy foods, just enough so I am full, and to exercise. I pledge to take joy in my body. Io Mars. Io Hermes. Io Dionysos.

You’re all probably wondering how I managed over Christmas. Well, the day before we left for South Carolina, I ran sprints and did some crunches, jumping jacks, and push-ups. Not a huge start, but a start. I spent Christmas in South Carolina among Fencer’s (my fiancee’s) family–and oh my god, do they eat in that state. I was at a party Christmas eve, and they gave us trays, not plates. I managed to do OK on portion size, but NOTHING there was healthy–even the vegetables were fried in bacon fat. Bad for me, yes. Delicious, yes. So I’ll say Christmas weekend was a wash–I didn’t get a whole lot done.

So once we were back home, I went back to a website called Nerd Fitness that I started visiting in July but haven’t done  a whole lot with. It just so happened that the day I went to read Steve’s blog that the next 28-Day Nerd Fitness Challenge was starting. Without much more thought, I signed up.

The challenge works like this. You make a list of goals you would like to meet in the next 28-days, and then report back on your progress as the month progresses. If you’re voted the best, I think you get a T-shirt or something nifty like that. Anyways, here are my goals:

Goals:

1) Cut the junk simple carbs (like bread, pastries, and pasta) and replace it with jasmine rice, whole oats, and barley.
2) Eat a piece of fruit with breakfast so I don’t splurge on junk food at lunch.
3) Stop eating when I feel full, and not beyond that.
4) As a more longterm goal, learn to recognize when I am full so I stop over-eating.
5) Start lifting free weights 2x a week.
6) Fence at HEMA practice twice a week.
7) Run sprints twice a week, including intervals and mule trains.

My weight when I started out last week was 235 lbs.. My goal weight is 140 lbs.


The people on the forum are pretty great and supportive. What I love is how the entire board is filled with nerdy references. If only they could do an entire post of Dune references, it would make me happy. For now, let me say this: my gom jabbar has a bag of Doritos in it.

The 28-Day challenge started on 12/27, making today Day 4. So far, today has been a totally awesome day for the challenge.Two days ago I signed up at the rec center for a membership to their weight room. Today’s the second day I went and lifted weights, meeting my weightlifting goal for this week. Here’s what I did:

5-minute sprint to warm up

30 jumping jacks

2 sets of 15 dorsal fly’s with a 15-lb barbel

3 sets of 15 tricep dips with a 15-lb barbel

3 sets of 12 bicep curls with a 10-lb barbel

2 sets of 12 bench presses with 10-lb barbels

25 crunches with an 8-lb medicine ball on my chest

2 20-second planks on a Bosu ball

I think that’s a respectable workout. I had granola and a banana for lunch, baked potato soup and some Sun chips for lunch, and a tangerine for a snack. I feel pretty full, but so far the day is going well. The members of Monks: Team Fedaykin over at the board have been great.

I also weighed myself today at the rec center. Today’s weigh-in: 231.5 lbs. We’re moving in the right direction, kids.

How are you guys leveling up YOUR lives?

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~ by sourmead on December 30, 2010.

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