Taking on the Challenge Challenge!

Guardian from Ontario, Canada
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"Challenges completed: 26/130"
Now that Darebee has reviewed its challenges and is planning on adding badges for them all, I figure it's a great time to take on the Challenge Challenge! (And start my first check in thread.) I downloaded all 128 current challenges. I checked them against the challenges I have already completed. I have created a spreadsheet (see image below) so that I can keep track of completed challenges (in red), in progress challenges (in green), and remaining challenges (in black).

Challenges that I have already completed:
  • Meditation
  • Easy Core
  • Posture
  • 50 Push-Ups in One Go
  • Cardio
  • Cardio & Abs
  • Cardio & Core
  • Cardio Blast
  • Cardio HIIT
  • Daily Cardio
  • Daily Push Ups
  • Iron Glutes
  • Kicks & Punches
  • Upper Body
  • 100
  • 1,000 Push-Ups
  • 2-Minute Multiplank
  • Boxer
  • Core
  • Pull-Up
Since I plan on doing a tough program next (Military Fit Plus), I'm going to select (multiple) easy challenges to get a jump start. In four days, I'll start with:
  • First Thing Water
  • No Salt
  • Daily Hug
  • 1-Minute Meditation
  • Daily Gratitude
  • Power Grip
I definitely don't plan on always doing 6 challenges at once. I'll select future challenges to complement whatever programs I'm doing and to suit the seasons here in Ontario (e.g. since my pull-up bar is at the playground down the street, I'll do pull-up challenges when there isn't snow everywhere). I'll check in again once my first round of challenges are under way.

Is anyone else completing the Challenge Challenge?

challenge_spreadsheet.jpg
 
Guardian from Ontario, Canada
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Posts: 22
"Challenges completed: 26/130"
It begins today. I already have 20 of 128 challenges completed. As of this morning, I start:
  • First Thing Water
  • Daily Hug
  • 1-Minute Meditation
  • Daily Gratitude
  • No Salt
  • Power Grip
We'll see if I establish any new good habits from this. The Daily Hug challenge is 15-days, so I'll check in again when it's done. Hugging myself this morning was kinda nice!
 
Guardian from Ontario, Canada
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Posts: 22
"Challenges completed: 26/130"
Challenge Challenge progress: 21/129.

Today, I finished my first challenge since starting the Challenge Challenge: Daily Hug. :v: While most challenges are 30 days, a few, like Daily Hug, are 15. This early, easy victory is good for the morale.

A particular challenge of the Challenge Challenge is that a new challenge is added to the Darebee site each month. So, if I ever want to get them all done, I need to do more than one at a time. My plan when choosing multiple challenges is to find balance between upper body, lower body, and ab work, as well as a mix of challenge levels. Some challenges involve doing the same thing each day, while others increase the number of repetitions or amount of time each day. Because of this latter type of challenge, I eventually plan to stagger my new challenges, starting a new one each week, rather than starting multiple new challenges on the same day. For now, to get my jump start, I'm starting groups of doable challenges in batches.

So far, this is fun. I hope that feeling lasts. One down. 108 + future challenges to go.
 
Guardian from Ontario, Canada
Pronouns: he/him
Posts: 22
"Challenges completed: 26/130"
Challenge Challenge progress: 26/129.

Today, I finished my first full wave of challenges:
  • First Thing Water :v:
  • 1-Minute Meditation :v:
  • Daily Gratitude :v:
  • No Salt :v: (as long as I don't drop a salt shaker in my plate tonight--if I do, I will start the challenge over)
  • Power Grip :v:
It went well. I might continue with water first thing. I had already started meditating, so I had just added an extra minute to my practice for the past 30 days. My family is already accustomed to expressing gratitudes at supper, so that was easy. I'll probably go back to using some amount of salt as of tomorrow, but I didn't miss it too much. I used citrus instead and it worked well. Power Grip was the one physical challenge I completed. I liked it.

My next wave of challenges will be a bit more physical:
  • 1-Minute Plank Challenge (for abs)
  • 50 Burpees a Day (for full body)
  • 50 Push-Ups a Day (for upper body)
  • 50 Squats a Day (for lower body)
  • Counting Victories (for well being)
To plan for future waves, I have split my remaining challenges into two groups: constant challenges, which are the same length or number of reps each day, and incremental challenges, which increase the length or reps each day. For now, I will complete the constant challenges in batches. After that, I will tackle the incremental challenges, probably starting a new one each week to stagger the increasing challenge. I also have to be strategic about challenges. I am not prepared to do the No Sugar challenge during the holidays! But maybe early in the New Year.

This is good. I have a plan. I can do this! 103 + future challenges left to go!
 
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