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Twelve Days To Christmas Challenge

Discussion in 'Fitness Challenges' started by phillydude, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Starts Saturday December 13th, ends Wednesday December 24th.

    Post up your twelve day goals and plan, then post each day (rather than edit your original post) to let us know how you did! It can be anything... workouts, nutrition, motivation, personal stuff... the idea is to make progress leading up to the holiday! Good luck!
     
  2. gazareth

    gazareth Senior Member

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    Great idea Phil! I've been thinking about how to approach the Christmas period as it's often been a time that has de-railed my progress and momentum.

    Note: where it says "4/5 healthy meals" below this means I will eat 4 or 5, not "4 out of 5". Most days I eat 4 meals, others I may have a fifth (usually an extra protein shake).

    Sat 13th
    Training: none
    Diet: 3 healthy meals + one cheat meal (going to visit friends)

    Sun 14th
    Training: lift (lower body)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Mon 15th
    Training: run (Couch to 5K)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Tue 16th
    Training: none
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Wed 17th
    Training: run (Couch to 5K)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Thu 18th
    Training: lift (deadlift)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Fri 19th
    Training: run (Couch to 5K)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Sat 20th
    Training: lift (upper)
    Diet: 2/3 healthy meals + evening of partying (we are hosting a party)

    Sun 21st
    Training: lift (lower)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Mon 22nd
    Training: run (Couch to 5K)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals

    Tue 23rd
    Training: none
    Diet: 2/3 healthy meals + one cheat meal (going out with in-laws)

    Wed 24th
    Training: run (Couch to 5K)
    Diet: 4/5 healthy meals + maybe a beer or two in the pub - might also relax calories a bit on this day (e.g. go up to 2500 in healthy foods)
     
    #2 gazareth, Dec 10, 2014
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  3. steeletkd

    steeletkd Well-Known Member

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    I'm in. I had already set the goal to lose 10lbs by the 12/31/14.

    Caloric intake / goals based off of My Fitness Pal: 1720
    Using Starting Strength at Planet Fitness for weight training.

    Sat 13th
    Training: Starting Strength A
    Diet: 2 out of 3 healthy meals and prep food for the next few days

    Sun 14th
    Training: Cardio
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Mon 15th
    Training: Starting Strength B
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Tue 16th
    Training: none
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Wed 17th
    Training: Starting Strength A
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Thu 18th
    Training: Cardio
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Fri 19th
    Training: Starting Strength B
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Sat 20th
    Training: off
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Sun 21st
    Training: Starting Strength A
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Mon 22nd
    Training: Cardio
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Tue 23rd
    Training: Starting Strength B
    Diet: 3 out of 4 healthy meals

    Wed 24th
    Training: Cardio
    Diet: Iffy day - not sure what's planned yet.
     
  4. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    My Twelve Days To Christmas Challenge is as follows:

    Daily Nutrition: Maintain a clean diet of approximately 2000 calories, 40/40/20 ratios. Limit free meals to a total of four during the challenge.

    Daily Exercise: Perform three sets of pushups to failure daily. Perform three sets of situps to failure daily. Record three cardio workouts and three weight training/skills workouts during the challenge. Stretch daily.

    Daily Goals: At least seven hours of sleep each night. At least a gallon on fluids each day. Record weight and body fat every morning. Complete blog post to document progress on JSF and UFL daily.
     
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  5. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    The First Day Til Christmas - Saturday December 13

    176.2 lbs, 19.8% BF

    Pushups - Set 1 (7a) 30
    Situps - Set 1 (12n) 50
    Pushups - Set 2 (2p) 30
    Situps - Set 2 (10p) 50
    Pushups - Set 3
    Situps - Set 3
    Cardio/Weights -none
    Stretching - done

    Nutrition - 928 calories, 46.7% P / 31.8% C / 21.5% F
    Hydration - 1/2 gallon green tea
    Blog - done

    I came up short on all fronts today... only did two-thirds of my pushups and situps, only ate half of what I should have, only drank half of what I should have. Still, I'm taking it as a win given everything else I did today and compared to what I haven't done in the past few weeks... and that was the goal of setting up this challenge.
     
    #5 phillydude, Dec 13, 2014
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  6. macdiver

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    My plan is to lift 4 times a week and run 2 times. My preferred schedule will be

    Lower A on Monday
    Upper A on tuesday
    run on Wednesday
    Lower B on Thursday
    Upper B on friday
    run on Sat
    Rest on sun

    I will allow myself to swap days if needed for some reason. Also if it is raining or snowing I will substitute the nordic track for a run.

    This will be my plan through the winter after the holidays, i will have to be a little more flexible to fit the workouts in to my travel schedule.

    Diet will be to move my protein shake to a pre workout shake and add an english muffin with two eggs over easy to post workout on lifting days.

    This will help build momentum into the new year.
     
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    While I just layed out my plan for the next 12 days, I was behind on my lifts from my travels this past week so today was Upper B in lieu of a run.

    I had not decided on my diet goals so I did not have the english muffin / egg post lifting. I did a post workout shake.
     
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  8. steeletkd

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    Day 1 out of 12

    Nutrition-wise: eh day. I did only go over calories by 17, but majority of my calories came from my Arby's lunch.

    Training: much better.

    "Warmed up" with 35 mins of keeping hr at 130
    4x10 lat pull downs @ 85 lbs
    4x15 tricep push-downs @ 50 lbs
    4x10 bicep curls @ 10 lbs on an ez-curl bar
    20 mins of interval jogging 2.5 and 5.0 (got hr to 150's then walked till 130 and went back up to 150)
     
  9. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    The Second Day Til Christmas - Sunday December 14

    Sleep - 7.5 hours

    173.2 lbs, 19.8% BF

    Pushups - Set 1 (7a) 35
    Situps - Set 1 (9a) 40
    Pushups - Set 2 (1p) 35
    Situps - Set 2 (3p) 40
    Pushups - Set 3 (9p) 35
    Situps - Set 3 (10p) 15 (my tailbone is tender from all these situps!)
    Cardio/Weights - none
    Stretching - done

    Nutrition - 1178 calories, 31.8% P / 30.5% C / 37.7% F + Free Meal (homemade BBQ pork sandwich, fries, two cookies)
    Hydration - 1 gallon green tea
    Blog - done

    Much better day today. Looking forward to a great week!
     
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  10. Seltzer

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    I know I'm late, but after reading Macdiver's post in his journal about his friend I've changed my mind. Having just made the decision I've yet to hammer out a detailed list of goals, but I'll start with:

    1. At least 3 quarts of hydration a day
    2. Some form of exercise every day

    I've already had a couple of glasses of water and later his morning I'll be going for a 3.3 mile run.
     
  11. gazareth

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    I ended up lifting on Saturday morning. I usually lift Saturday afternoon or evening but had planned to move this week's session to Friday, but in the end I decided to do it in the morning before I hit the road.

    Meals were on point and then had a planned cheat meal. It wasn't a particularly outrageous meal either: naan bread, rice, lamb curry and a pint of beer.
     
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    Lifting done at 6pm. Four healthy meals eaten. Tick tick.
     
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    Late to the game, but here goes:

    50 push-ups every day

    three Stronglifts 5x5 type workouts over the 12 days (not been consistent lately)

    Recruit people to the push-up challenge thread! Hey PhillyDude, your push-ups to failure total would really help us out-not that we're going to complete 1,000,000 push-ups anytime soon. :D
     
  14. macdiver

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    Yesterday was a planned rest day. Nailed it.:tucool:

    Today was Lower A. I had my pro shake pre workout. Time for a shower then some eggs on a muffin as planned.
     
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    Exercise and hydration goals met yesterday. Have already been to the gym today and am working on the hydration goal. It's going to happen.
     
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    Day 2 of 12

    Unplanned rest day. Got up and wife wanted to run errands. Came home and vegged. :(
     
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    Day 3 of 12

    Nutritionally good all day - so far.

    But because of switching from fast foods to healthy foods - its taking a toll on the stomach. I'm switching programs to the BFL and today should be an upper body workout. It's 8pm now going to let the stomach rest for a few more hours then head to the gym around 10 pm.
     
  18. gazareth

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    Run done around lunchtime. Four healthy meals eaten, just under 2,100 cals for the day.
     
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    Run done and on my way to 3 quarts of hydration.
     
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    Day 4.

    I got my workout in. I had my prework out shake. My workout took longer than I had allowed so I had to shower and leave for work without my egg and muffin.
     

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