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    Actually Trying for the First Time

    I am 44 years old and have been morbidly obese since around high school. While I've made half-hearted efforts before, I've never really had the motivation to try to improve my situation physically in any serious way.

    Then, something kind of amazing happened. I watched a TV show (The Witcher) and when I did my inevitable search for other things around my favorite character (Geralt, though Jaskier is a CLOSE second), I found Henry Cavill talking about the things he had to do to shape his physique for his different roles. And for whatever reason, that converted in my mind into, "If he can do that, I can make an effort to do something with my body."

    I'd been aware of and kind of doing Darebee for a bit, but it was after this point that I actually started making a real attempt. Coincidentally, my gamified to-do list (Habitica) kicked off a monthly challenge of working out with others about the same timeframe and I got some Discord friends to join me. Along with committing to tracking and improving my calorie intake, I started with Baseline, Power Grip, and Upper Body Light along with daily leg lifts 18 days ago and have kept up with that every day since. I add cardio tomorrow (i'm on medical restriction from an injury until then) and plan to start with just walking my dog in the evenings and maybe swimming at the local YMCA when I can.

    I've got miles to go, but I'm happy with my progress so far.

    #2
    That sounds like a great start!

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      #3
      I jumped the gun... too tired of waiting to start (I was injured just before Christmas). I went for a walk with my dog. It's not much, but I walked at a brisk pace for about 0.4km. And given where I'm starting, that's a lot for me. Done with program and challenges (except leg lifts that I do RIGHT before bed).

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          #5
          Welcome to the Hive!! Looks like progress already🥳😎

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            #6
            I can see already that "daily" check-ins aren't likely to happen, but I've continued on my plan so far. I'm walking with "Zombies, Run" and the distance I get done each day means it takes me multiple days to finish a mission, but every little bit of gamification helps me. Three days of dog walks (my dog is super thrilled about this) and nearly done with the month of challenges.

            Also, my birthday is coming up (March 9) and I asked my family for a Fitbit (just a basic one) as my main/only gift. I found out today that it has been ordered and could be here as early as today! So, that should help too... because tracking steps makes it MUCH more likely that I'll actually get more steps.

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              #7
              Welcome to the Hive! I also love the gamification of stuff and must have in-game trophies and achievements. I also like patches that velcro to things. 1+1= I award myself an actual patch each time I lose 5 lbs. I may also decide to get a patch each time I complete a 30 day program or challenge. I haven't decided on that yet. Anyway, looking at the patches everyday helps me think about how far I have come and what I want to achieve next. Check out the post at https://darebee.com/hive/logs/658845-one-week-at-a-time. Keep up the good work!

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                #8
                Shelexie If you like gamification, there's a couple other things you might want to look into...

                - Habitica for to-do lists (if you need a team, hit me up with your Habitica user name and I'll put you on mine, I have a great group of people there). Open invite for anyone who reads this, btw.

                - AVA for a European take on physical activity. I found them when we were in Germany (my Dad was in the Army), though it's the IVV there. The primary thing is 5k/10k walks, but they also have bikes and swims. Some are done as events, set up for a weekend and then done, others are "year round" paths that you follow. If you pay a nominal $3 per event, you get "credit" for each new event (per 6 month period) and for the distance you travel (even if it's the same event over and over again). At certain milestones, you earn a patch or pin (can't remember which, but I THINK it's patches). It's more than I can handle at my current fitness level, but it's absolutely a goal I'm working towards (being able to do one every other weekend, and then eventually maybe daily).

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                  #9
                  Wow! Thanks for the links. I am checking them out right now...

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                    #10
                    So I got my Fitbit last night, and already I'm finding that I'm making excuses to get up and move around where I wouldn't have before. It's amazing how much a difference it makes for me mentally when something "counts" instead of just doing it because I should. Still keeping up with my daily Darebee program and challenges, daily leg lifts, and daily dog walk.

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                      #11
                      Last night I did not want to do my leg lifts. But I have been doing so well for so long, and I thought about having to self report my failure and then I did them. My nutrition portion of my new health routine has been fairly well in hand for most of a month, but with the addition of the Fitbit (and the medical clearance to actually exercise) I feel like the exercise portion is starting to come into balance. The rest of my life, not so much... here's hoping I can maintain this while working on the rest.

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                        #12
                        Stress from the current world situation knocked me off my plan. I'm working on self-correcting and getting back on track. Still, I think even when I'm not doing what I know I need to do, I'm doing better than when I wasn't making an effort at all.

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                          #13
                          It’s easy to get knocked down right now. Hang in there. If you are self aware enough that you can see little gains even if you aren’t “on your plan,” then you’re doing fine

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                            #14
                            Happy Birthday. 🎁🎈🎂

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                              #15
                              It's been a rough pandemic for my executive function, and things aren't quite back on track yet. Hope to improve that soon...

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