A new beginning (Ranger training)

Aldethar

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Hi everyone,

So I have been on this site for a while, starting and stopping and always beating myself up, and I think it is time to stop this vicious cycle.

Sadly I am a person that gets disheartened a bit to fast, then stop and then beat myself up about it. At the current moment it is so bad that I am wondering why I am even starting this thread as I will give up in 2 weeks time.... However, as I said, I want to try my utmost to stop this cycle.

I consider myself a Ranger as I used to love participating in obstacle courses in the past (like the Spartan) and loved them.

My 2 biggest issues are diet as well as keeping on with exercise.

So my plan is to first train a bit to lose weight (currently at 103 Kgs) and secondly to eat healthier.

For the first I am currently doing 2 of the programs (Square one as well as Arms of Steel Chair edition). I am also throwing in some pushups.
After that I want to incorporate some running into my training.

For number 2 I want to try eating more like a ranger would. So no processed foods and mainly vegetables that one could find naturally.
Perhaps even create a special training program for "Gathering" the food, maybe something like 10 squats per potato and carrot and 20 high knees for a chicken to start of with.

I really hope that me writing down my foods as well as exercises I will be a bit more accountable and hope that this is the start of a wonderful adventure.
 

Aldethar

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Thank you all for welcomes :)

So it seems that the accountability part is already working as I did not want to write chocolate croissant as food, so I didnt get one :D

I change the Square one with Baseline so that I can have a streamline as well as strength program running.
Finished both day 1 on level 3.
Added a few pushups as well.

For for the day was a apple, protein shake and home made pasta with bolognaise sauce.
 

Aldethar

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Today went OK.
Day 2 of both Baseline and Arms of Steel completed. The squats did cause some knee issue and changed it to one legged romanian deadlifts.

Food for the day was Oats with an apple, chicken salad and a protein bar.

Going to be doing my first official weight in tomorrow :)
 

Aldethar

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So yesterday was a tad of a bad day. Whenever I go on a more strict eating plan and train I get cravings and go overboard and yesterday was that day.

Normally I stop after this as I feel do down to continue, but soldiered on and did Day 5 on both of the programs... and this time I was able to do the actual squats without knee pains.

Food wise I am not sure what I all ate but I know it was way over what I was supposed to have.

Will try mixing in some protein powder with my breakfast just to get some more nutrition
 

Aldethar

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So the day was good.

Did day 7 on both programs and also used ankle weights on my arms. Can definitely feel my endurance rising.

Food wise I had my oats with a apple and protein powder for breakfast. A meal replacement for lunch and a burger for supper.

Tomorrow will be my next weight in
 

Aldethar

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Finished day 9 of both of the programs as well as some extra pushups.

I was going through some of the other peoples journeys and like how some people write down their food, hence

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with bread

Lunch
Nothing on that day

Supper
Once again pasta and bolognaise sauce

I had a look at the level 2 programs and want to continue with doing 1 strength and 1 stamina based program and will most likely settle with Arms of steel and Cardio Go. Especially since I will be starting the Couch 2 5K program as well.
 

Aldethar

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Day 10 completed on both programs. Because they both had arm exercises I could really feel them... and now

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar (I bought a months supply of protein bars and shakes for a very low kilojoule diet but decided against it. So still have lots of stock)

Supper
Pork filet with baby potatoes and carrots

Feeling good about this run. Because I approached it differently then last time and not exercising to see results I feel a lot better about doing the, and dont get disheartened when something goes wrong.
 

Aldethar

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Day 12 done.

Shoulders are a bit more sensitive than usual , but that is OK

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar

Supper
Thai red curry with the last bit of the leftover pork and some rice.

I did have some more snacks than usual with 2 bananas and a company sponsored doughnut. Seeing that I tried hard not to eat anything to sugary (I will avoid the word bad) the doughnut was delicious and well deserved :LOL:
 

Aldethar

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Day 13 is behind me. with the added pushups I can really feel it

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Meal replacement shake

Supper
Chicken with egg fried rice

Snack
A extra apple and another doughnut (there were some left from the previous day)

So I weight myself this morning, which is not my usual weight in day, and I went up again. Will weigh myself tomorrow again. Me scale also does the body fat % and lean muscle measurements so will be interesting to see what the weight gain was about.

In the end I am not really that worried about it as I feel better and will most likely have to wear a belt before the end of the year
 

OJJJEM

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Ooh! I want a scale like yours! *drool* Do you realize that if you keep going thru tomorrow, you will have breached your expected two-week drop-out? How shall we celebrate your victory? Dance party?
 
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Aldethar

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@OJJJEM I didnt even realise that to be honest :LOL:

I think what is busy getting me through is that for one I am looking at the long term goal right now and a few bumps wont matter in the grant scheme of things... the second thing is what Mianevem said: "Being able to get back on track is a more important skill than never failing at all."

There were even 3 days I didnt train on and I know I normally would have given up at that point.

Also, I am not 100% certain how accurate the scale is, but they had it on a special when I got it and it was just a tad more expensive than the standard one.

And a dance party sounds perfect :ragdoll:
 

Aldethar

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Day 14 done.

Weight in was at 101.7
So only lost 0.2 KGs but still happy about it



Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar

Supper
Pasta and bolognaise sauce

Snack
I made some pancakes with chocolate spread. Might not be the best food, but in the end run I realized that if I don't cheat once in a while I end up buying the full shop.
 

Aldethar

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Saturday did not go as planned sadly.
I had a lot of food I should not have had... I also did not exercise as I had a bit of a headache.
Not even going to bother posting the food here....

HOWEVER.
unlike ALL my other attempts, I did get back on the horse on Sunday, having completed Day 15 for both programs as well as additional pushups.

For the Baseline program I changed it up a bit and did jumping jacks instead of the side steps.

One of my weaknesses is core and back, just not sure what workout I can add that wont be to bad. Recommendations are of course welcome :)

Breakfast
Leftover pancakes

Lunch
Meal replacement shake

Supper
Burger patties on a garlic roll

All in all a good day.

PS: At the moment I finished day 2 of week 2 of the 100 pushup challenge. Doing the middle column. This one
 

Aldethar

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Day 16 completed.

I once again added weights to my hands for the Arms of Steel exercise and managed to go through all 5 sets without rest. So I am definitely getting fitter. Used the tape measure and a online calculator to get my body fat % and currently it is on 27.43 %. I am not gonna measure it every week and also wont weight myself every week. So will most likely do it every 2 weeks, meaning the next measurements and weight in is at the end of this program

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar

Supper
Pasta with bolognaise sauce

Snacks
A banana and a leftover pancake

I think pancakes are my kryptonite as they are easy to make and you are more than likely to have all ingredients at home
 

OJJJEM

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I think pancakes are my kryptonite as they are easy to make and you are more than likely to have all ingredients at home
I highly suggest experimenting with "from scratch" recipes using healthier ingredients when you come across foods that you just can't help but have an extra serving... or two... or three... ;) This way, you control the contents of your pancake batter as the maker of the mix. If possible, set a large container of dry ingredient mix on your counter and refill it from scratch when it empties. This way, you'll always have the healthier alternative to your vice in sight and in mind, rather than the premade packaged mix.
 

Aldethar

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@OJJJEM I actually make the pancakes from scratch :) The worst part is that I learned the recipe over 25 years ago when I went to scouts with a friend. Still use it to this day cause it is so simple.

And most of the times you have all the ingredients at home... but it is a bad habit, but for now my focus is on actually doing my exercises. If I do my exercises than I am happy :D The diet can come at a later stage.
 

Aldethar

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Day 17 completed.

My legs are still sore from day 15. And I realized how bad my flexibility is. My 2 biggest weaknesses are core and flexibility.

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Meal replacement shake

Supper
Pork filet with roast potatoes (both done in convection oven)

Snacks
A new stack of pancakes :noming:

For now I will focus on completing these 2 programs I am on now. One of my issues is that I overcomplicated things and then stop.

Once these are done I might do core + back program on level 2 paired with something else. Perhaps Foundation.
 

Aldethar

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Day 18 done.

I can feel my body is rather stiff this morning. Also I REALLY need to start stretching as I can feel some areas pulling tighter.

Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Packet of peanuts

Supper
Pork filet on bread

Snacks
last of yesterdays pancakes... will try my hardest to make this the last batch.

There is a stretch routine I used to do with various yoga poses. I printed the pages out and later took photos as I can not seem to find the original website. Going to try to get them organized so I can post them here as I would really appreciate a opinion
 

Aldethar

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Although day 19 is done I only managed to do it at level 2. Sadly I left my stretching for to long and I thing my sciatica is starting to act up.

This is usually one of the times when I stop as I really really really hate stretching... however I will take the next 3 days to do stretches focusing on lessening the pain and then hopefully start up Monday again
 

Aldethar

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For the first time in a very long time (20 or so years) I managed to have a small break after straining myself to much, eating what I shouldnt and still get up on my horse.

Yesterday was day 20. However with the hamstring stretch of the baseline program I realised that I need to work on that and will start the Hamstring stretch workout to my routine
 

Aldethar

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28/11/2022

Last few days have been a tad hit and miss. Started exercising and for some reason felt really under the weather.

Day 21 is done



Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar (only have 5 left so soon there will be a change)

Supper
Pork filet with carrots and potatoes

Snacks
2 pancakes. Will also try to reduce that


I did the Monday stretch routine and I think the stretching was more exhausting than the actual exercises.
9 more days left..... And I think what I will do it add:

Training days streak: 1

A streak counter.
 

OJJJEM

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Since you mentioned trying to reduce your pancake intake, I figured I'd share this tip with you. I have a major problem with over eating because my brain only ever gets the "hunger" signal... I never feel full and always think I'm starving, essentially... One of the things that I find helps me when I eat something that's not exactly considered "healthy" at the end of the day is to eat it with a "negative calorie" food. For instance, if I pig out on too many chocolate dipped pretzels for my snack this afternoon (anytime after 2pm), I will likely eat it with a romaine heart or some celery ribs... (apples are on my snack list today, and are also a negative calorie food, but I don't like pairing sugars with sugars in this event, and I actually try to avoid sugars after 2pm overall)
 

Aldethar

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That is a nice tip @OJJJEM . Thank you, should try that. Another thing that I am thinking about it getting fruits that are in season, dipping them into dark chocolate and freezing them.

For me the issue is that I have a insane sweet tooth and stress eat. The issue is that if I get both of those under control I go on a sort of binge where I will buy half the shop.


29/11/2022

Day 22 is done



Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein shake (also 5 left, I think)

Supper
Pork filet on bread with cheese tomato and egg

Snacks
Bee Sting pastry


Tuesdays stretches are also done. And wow do I have flexibility issues

Training days streak: 2

Busy looking at the other programs to choose my next ones but have a strong idea which ones already
 

Aldethar

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29/11/2022

Day 23 is done

However I only managed to do level 2 of the baseline program as I could really feel it on my lower back



Breakfast
Oats with a apple and protein powder

Lunch
Protein bar

Supper
Pork filet on bread with cheese

Snacks
Apple and a Banana


Wednesday stretches done, but I did not hole the stretches, but rather did it in a slow motion

Training days streak: 3
 
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