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Declare your own challenge AUGUST 2020 [Samples included]

tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
Design your own challenge August Challenge Thread
August 3rd to 31st.

NOTE: Read this message completely. There’s a copy and paste section below.

A good challenge would declare a reasonable goal and it’ll outline how to get there.
It should go without saying but you should probably sit down with a calendar to figure out what you realistically can do it.
The first comment will have some sample challenges and how you can device a program for the month.
Allow yourself at least a day of rest for the week, or a cheat meal if the goal is diet oriented.
Absolute far reaching goals like “no soda for a month” or “I’ll run 5 miles every single day” may not be reasonable if you’re starting from zero, you might be setting yourself up for a rebound after the challenge or for failure. But go ahead if you must. There is nothing stopping you.

You must use specific numbers in your goal. For instance “I will walk everyday”, “I will workout most days”, or “I’ll create a calorie deficit” are vague goals.
“I will walk 2 miles on M,T,W, F,Sat”
“I will workout out 30 minutes 4 times a week”
“I will plan a whole day of meals the night before to ensure I’m under the calorie goal”
are much better formulated goals.
Include amounts, dates and times in your goal setting.

LAST DAY TO ENTER: Monday August 3rd.
This challenge will run for 4 weeks, as opposed to the full month, to make it a bit simpler.

Posting pictures is not required. You may do so if you’re comfortable.
However you should take Front and Side Pictures on Aug. 1st. For your own use or for sharing if you choose.

Your pledge may not be “I’ll lose x lbs this month” you cannot control that! You can only control what you do. Having said that, you may guesstimate your weight at the end of the challenge.

To track and compare your personal results you will measure these on the 3rd and 31st
- Take pictures
- Weight yourself
- Take body measurements

You must check in at least every Monday, but feel free to update the thread as often as desired.

Please check in at least on the following dates, on these date you will post your weekly plan:
August 3rd
August 10th
August 17th
August 24th
August 31st

You have to post a plan to achieve your goal day by day for the upcoming week. Specify what you’ll do Monday thru Sunday to reach your goal this week.

For instance the first week your post will look like this if you have a goal of running 50 miles:
M 8/3 - Run 2 miles
T 8/4- Run 3 miles
W 8/5 - Rest
Th 8/6 - Run 2 miles
F 8/7 - Run 3 miles
S 8/8 - Run 2 miles
S 8/9 - Rest
Weekly total: 12 miles

You may tell us how you did the previous week but we’re a forward looking group. If you failed last week, make a note of the specific things that you (not others) could have done differently, dust yourself off and give it your best shot this week.

For this challenge you may need to get the appropriate gear such as
Bathroom Scale
Food Scale
Body Measuring Tape
Protein Powder
Workout Gear
Apps
Training Videos
Cookbooks
Make a list of things you need and get them before 8/3

Think ahead and prepare. If you do you’re setting yourself up for success.

Ok so here’s the copy and paste section for the first post

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I PLEDGE TO ____

✔️ I took front and side pictures

INITIAL STATS
August 1st
Weight -
Fat% -

Measurements
August 1st
Neck
Chest
Waist
Hips
Forearm
Bicep
Thigh
Calf

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This weekly planners is what you'll post on Mondays. One week at a time.

On Monday August 3rd post your plan for the week
Mon 8/3
Tue 8/4
Wed 8/5
Thu 8/6
Fri 8/7
Sat 8/8
Sun 8/9
Expected Total

On Monday August 10th post your plan for the week
Mon 8/10
Tue 8/11
Wed 8/12
Thu 8/13
Fri 8/14
Sat 8/15
Sun 8/16
Expected Total

On Monday August 17th post your plan for the week
Mon 8/17
Tue 8/18
Wed 8/19
Thu 8/20
Fri 8/21
Sat 8/22
Sun 8/23
Mon 8/24
Expected Total

On Monday August 25th post your plan for the week
Tue 8/25
Wed 8/26
Thu 8/27
Fri 8/28
Sat 8/29
Sun 8/30
Expected Total

Mon 8/31 - Copy the initial stats and fill the Aug 31st stats with current figures.

Stats on August 31st
Weight -
Fat % -

Neck
Chest
Waist
Hips
Forearm
Bicep
Thigh
Calf

Take Front and Side Pictures on Aug. 31st.
CONGRATS! You did it!
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  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    For those who need a bit of inspiration, look at the list below and google "[challenge type] 30 day program" and you'll surely find something out there to help you get started.

    List of fitness challenges

    Food preparation
    Weekly food prep
    Weekly food planning
    Daily food planning one day in advance

    Diet Oriented
    Drink # oz of water
    Stay under calorie goal
    Log everything everyday not matter what
    Hit macros
    IF goal

    Sports oriented
    # of workouts a week/month
    # of workout minutes
    Stretching
    Walking miles
    Walking steps
    Running
    Cycling
    Jumping Rope
    Weight Lifting
    Yoga
    Dance training
    Training program
    • 21 day something
    • Bootcamp the other
    • 30 days this
    • Video workout
    Calisthenics
    • Planks
    • Push ups
    • Crunches
    • Squats
    • Lunges
    • Burpees
    • Jump and Jacks

    Wellness
    Sleep # of hours
    Go to bed at specific time
    Get up at specific time
    Anger management
    Daily mirror mantra
    Say “I love you” 5 times a day
    Volunteer # minutes
    Read book to children
    Meditate
    3 good deeds a day

    Give up something
    Alcohol
    Smoking
    Soda
    Snacking
    White processed foods
    Eating out

    Again, to actually get a program for the month, google "[challenge] 30 day program" or something like that. You'll see many options for the most popular challenges.
  • XiaolongbaoXiaolongbao Member Posts: 795 Member Member Posts: 795 Member
    Looks good! Although I’d put #hours sleep in the same category as amount of weight lost. ie not something you can control.
  • cilia2kcilia2k Member Posts: 58 Member Member Posts: 58 Member
    Hello everyone, I am in :)
    My challenges are:

    1) Weekly meal prep
    2) Stay within a daily calorie intake of 1500
    3) 50000 steps per week (10000 steps per day, 5 days per week)

    I will post my initial stats on the 1st of August. Have a nice week :)

  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    cilia2k wrote: »
    Hello everyone, I am in :)
    My challenges are:

    1) Weekly meal prep
    2) Stay within a daily calorie intake of 1500
    3) 50000 steps per week (10000 steps per day, 5 days per week)

    I will post my initial stats on the 1st of August. Have a nice week :)

    Thanks so much for participating. Your three goals go nicely together. You may post your initial stats and weekly plan on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

    8/3 is the last day to enter.

    Thank you!!!!
  • MeganD1704MeganD1704 Member Posts: 436 Member Member Posts: 436 Member
    I am in!

    My goals will be:
    Daily food planning one day in advance-> I am good at this till the weekend and then mess up grossly

    Stay at/under calorie goal-> this is an area of focus, what I mean by at is hitting my calories if I need to eat some back due to a workout or else I will be under slightly.

    Excluding daily walks-> 15 workouts for the month.

    Continue to use Sunday as a self care day-> this only started two weeks ago for me and I want to continue it

    Give up excessive snacking-> snacking may include: apple, berries, yogurt, banana, popcorn, or a cold treat weather dependent. No more handfuls of chocolate chips!

    Will be back on the first to enter stats!

    For those of you who do not use MFP forums much, if you press the star next to the title it will bookmark it for you :)!

    My personal day planner has a great area to capture it all.
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    edited July 27
  • GabiV125GabiV125 Member Posts: 68 Member Member Posts: 68 Member
    Hi everyone, I’m in.
    My challenges are:
    1. Stay within my daily caloric limit of 1500
    2. 3 workouts of 30 minutes per week
  • XiaolongbaoXiaolongbao Member Posts: 795 Member Member Posts: 795 Member
    I’m in.

    My challenges are

    a) minimum of 80000 steps per week
    b) short Pilates workout minimum 4 times a week
    c) no Coke Zero/Diet Coke/Pepsi Max etc in August
  • fstricklfstrickl Member Posts: 261 Member Member Posts: 261 Member
    I’m also in! My August goals will be:

    1) Drink 3L of Water a day
    2) Have my light off/eyes closed by 10:15 PM 6/7 days a week
    3) Maintain the workout schedule I’ve had going for the past 3 months

    I’ll post my stats on the 1st as well.

    If you’re doing this challenge and we’re not friends please feel free to add me 🙂. This is the first time the social part of MFP has been encouraging to me and I’m happy to encourage others!

  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    I'm obviously in.

    I'll do this video 10 minute jumping rope workout.



    Week 1 = 3 times
    Week 2 = 4 times
    Week 3 = 5 times
    Week 4 = 6 times

    I'll listen to my body to avoid injury but this is my initial goal.
    I'll post stats on the 1st.
    edited July 28
  • annliz23annliz23 Member Posts: 939 Member Member Posts: 939 Member
    My challenges are

    1) hit 12,000 steps a day
    2) complete 4 workouts a week
    3) drink green tea
    edited July 28
  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    I'd like to add this info here per @annliz23 question.

    How do you record your body fat %?

    There are many methods. In my case the bathroom scale does this for me. There are very complicated, and potentially expensive ways, to get accurate readings. For instance you can go and pay for a Bod Pod measurement, this is also a great way to feel like you're about to teleport.

    You can also use Skifold body fat calipers, yeah it sounds painful because it is, hmmm kinda, this is the most accurate and cheap but also the most complicated way (IMHO) of doing this yourself.

    Here's my answer and suggestion for those with no scale reading. All you need is a measuring tape and access to this website https://www.calculator.net/body-fat-calculator.html plug in your measurements and you'll get a number.

  • debrakgooginsdebrakgoogins Member, Premium Posts: 2,020 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,020 Member
    I am interested in a personal physical goal but it has nothing to do with my weight or measurements. I want to work on my Highland Games heights and distances in preparation for a competition 9/19. Can I still participate? Do I still weigh and take measurements?
  • fstricklfstrickl Member Posts: 261 Member Member Posts: 261 Member
    I am interested in a personal physical goal but it has nothing to do with my weight or measurements. I want to work on my Highland Games heights and distances in preparation for a competition 9/19. Can I still participate? Do I still weigh and take measurements?

    I would say yes you can participate but I'm not the challenge creator. Sounds like your goals are measurable which is really the most important for this challenge.

    Now I have a question: one of my goals is to drink 3L of water. Does Bubly or carbonated water/club soda count? (You know the stuff without any added sugar) Sometimes I can't stand still water.
  • XiaolongbaoXiaolongbao Member Posts: 795 Member Member Posts: 795 Member
    fstrickl wrote: »
    Now I have a question: one of my goals is to drink 3L of water. Does Bubly or carbonated water/club soda count? (You know the stuff without any added sugar) Sometimes I can't stand still water.

    Well it’s your challenge so you decide that. Personally I would count it but personally I wouldn’t make a particular volume of water drinking a goal (because there’s no reason to drink more than your body needs - if you don’t need 3L a day then I don’t see the purpose in forcing it down).
  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    I am interested in a personal physical goal but it has nothing to do with my weight or measurements. I want to work on my Highland Games heights and distances in preparation for a competition 9/19. Can I still participate? Do I still weigh and take measurements?

    This thread has been created with goals like yours in mind. You figure out what you're trying to get out of it. Like @fstrickl said, if it's measurable and you want to commit, you're indeed welcome.

    As you prepare for the Highland Games would you expect to get leaner, stronger, bulkier, etc? then maybe do the initial stats, you could learn a couple of things about how your body reacts to the training. Thank you for participating.
  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    fstrickl wrote: »
    I am interested in a personal physical goal but it has nothing to do with my weight or measurements. I want to work on my Highland Games heights and distances in preparation for a competition 9/19. Can I still participate? Do I still weigh and take measurements?

    I would say yes you can participate but I'm not the challenge creator. Sounds like your goals are measurable which is really the most important for this challenge.

    Now I have a question: one of my goals is to drink 3L of water. Does Bubly or carbonated water/club soda count? (You know the stuff without any added sugar) Sometimes I can't stand still water.

    I concur with what @Xiaolongbao says. Furthermore I found this info here from the Mayo Clinic
    About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
    These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.

    If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables you already probably hydrate your body fairly well.
    11.5 cups * .8 = 2.16 L = 9.13 cups of water you'd need in addition to the food that provides water.

    If you read the article it goes on to explain that you may need more in particular scenarios.
    Take all this with a grain of salt as I am no doctor ;)

    And this is why I love challenges because by focusing on one particular aspect of fitness or wellness you learn so much about that one thing.
  • debrakgooginsdebrakgoogins Member, Premium Posts: 2,020 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,020 Member
    tenazhsc wrote: »
    I am interested in a personal physical goal but it has nothing to do with my weight or measurements. I want to work on my Highland Games heights and distances in preparation for a competition 9/19. Can I still participate? Do I still weigh and take measurements?

    This thread has been created with goals like yours in mind. You figure out what you're trying to get out of it. Like @fstrickl said, if it's measurable and you want to commit, you're indeed welcome.

    As you prepare for the Highland Games would you expect to get leaner, stronger, bulkier, etc? then maybe do the initial stats, you could learn a couple of things about how your body reacts to the training. Thank you for participating.

    This is only my second year of competition so I am very new to the sport. I don't expect much change in my body composition. I will still do that part of it as well. I'll post my starting weight and measurements on the first.

    I will improve my competition stats by practicing each event at least three times per week and meeting with my trainer twice a week. My goals are to consistently hit the following stats by 8/31:

    Caber: I will turn the caber in competition (my white whale...has happened in practice, not in competition). Since I can't practice this at home, I will do rock drills to build my explosive strength.
    Weight for distance: Throw 40' with the 14 pound and 30' with the 26 pound
    Weight for height: Clear 13' with the 26 pound
    Hammer throw: Toss 50' with the 12 pound and 45' with the 16 pound
    Braemar stone: Put 20' with the heavy stone (not nearly what I want to do but stone putting is my worst event)
    Open stone: Put 25' with the light stone (refer to the last entry about how I kind of suck at stone putting))
    Sheaf: Clear 19' (by far my best event)
    edited July 29
  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    Thanks to all of you who have already joined
    @celia2k
    @MeganD1704
    @GabiV125
    @fstrickl
    @annliz23
    @debrakgoogins
    @Xiaolongbao
    @tenazhsc

    2 more days in July and 5 more days until this challenge closes to new participants.
  • tenazhsctenazhsc Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    Last day of July! we start posting initial stats tomorrow and Monday the 3rd is the last day to enter this challenge thread. Good luck!

    How was your progress in July?
  • XiaolongbaoXiaolongbao Member Posts: 795 Member Member Posts: 795 Member
    @tenazhsc my July weight progress was good. According to Happy Scale my average is down 3kg (6.6 lbs) which is a big loss for me. A pound a week is good for me because I'm short, pre-menopausal and don't have huge amounts to lose.

    On the not so good side I seem to have just gone from injury to injury in July which means I'm shelving all attempts at serious exercise for now (and is the reason I downgraded my challenge goal to 80,000 steps a week - originally I wanted to make it 100,000)

    Are you planning to start a group for this challenge or will it just be in this thread?

    Looking forward to hitting some goals in August! I hope everyone else is too.
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