[HE 30 Day Challenge] April 2015 – Project or Skill

 Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan) 6 years, 6 months ago
Hello good people!

This month’s challenge is going to be different from the others in two ways:

  1. The nature of this challenge will allow you to actually show your progress throughout the month, making it more useful and fun.
  2. When you post updates to the challenge, reply to your original post so we can see all of your updates in one place. This way it won’t be so hodge-podge and chaotic.

The Challenge

What is that thing you’ve been putting off that you know you should be doing?

Choose a big project or a skill that you would like to work on for the next 30 days. Ideally something with which you can visually show your progress. Eg. writing blog posts, starting a business, juggling, singing, playing piano, drawing, card tricks, weight loss, muscle gain, learning to code (you can screenshot your progress on CodeAcademy), etc.

It can be anything that will take continual effort over the next 30 days.

  1. Choose your project/skill and state your intention for the next 30 days. Include a before picture/video if applicable.
  2. Come back every few days and report on your progress by replying to under your original post. Again, include pictures/video if applicable.

That’s it. Let’s see what we can accomplish together in 30 days!

<3 Jordan

April 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm
Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

My focus this month is muscle/mass gain. I’d like to pack on another 5 lb during April.

Here are my before pictures: https://imgur.com/a/OpOS2

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Dem biceps! Pretty much impossible to gain 5 lbs of pure muscle in a month (naturally), but 3lb is doable and would be noticeable! (5lb of weight also doable)

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

dude you gotta balance those arms! not useful without a core

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

He’s in pretty sick shape to be fair! Wish I was that lean.

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Why not make the challenge more interesting and focus on your lower body? Most people forget about that when working out, but it will be a great addition to your general health (prevent knee injuries) if you focus on your upper legs (strong VMOs). Besides, it doesn’t seem you need more mass in your upper body anyway, you have an athletic figure already, I would not be pumping it up too much

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LOFO (0) (@lolofofo10) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

My goal this month/next moNth is to lose 25 lbs and gain some muscle mass!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

25lbs is quite a lot! Roughly 3,500 calories per pound of fat, so you’d need to be in a calories deficit of almost 3,500 per day, which is unsustainable. Perhaps try losing 2lb a week for the next 30 days, with the goal of 25lb in 12 weeks?

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becomingUndone (15) (@morro) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

My goal for the month is to learn/continue to learn Ruby/Ruby on Rails, and make a really cool webpage by the end of the month!

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becomingUndone (15) (@morro) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

So I’ve gotten all of the setup and everything on my computer (all the gems, ruby and rails obviously) that I will be needing, and I’ve been devouring every course on udemy that I can, and reading all of the stuff that I am able to in the time that I’m not watching the videos. Will keep everyone updated again hopefully next Wednesday ish!

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becomingUndone (15) (@morro) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Halfway through my course as of tonight, and hopefully keeping on trucking here the next couple days and weeks to get this thing rolling. I’m building an app/website thing for the course (because at least for coding the best way to learn is to do) but hopefully I will have a different one up by the end of April!

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becomingUndone (15) (@morro) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

So I’ve completed the course, and am trying to work my way through some of my own stuff/figure out how best to go about building my own idea. For anyone who is curious, the website/app thing is hosted at http://andymomyrecipes.herokuapp.com/, also because I didn’t want to pay for hosting costs on an app that I won’t ever actually use for anything! But yeah, that’s exciting!

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I am starting fitness again this month, my goal is to build muscle mass and strength, but haven’t really got a quantifiable goal… hmmm… I guess my goal is to go at least twice a week! Perhaps that will shift a bit, but then I will post that here. Good luck everyone, happy progressing!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Here are a few quantifiable goals:

1) Watch videos on Youtube and learn how to Squat, Bench, and Deadlift.
2) Start tracking your workouts on an iphone app, and challenge yourself to improve every workout.

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Hans (303)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I’ll think about it Jon, thanks! :)

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

“I guess”, “Perhaps” “I’ll think about” are usually not good signs upfront of challenges

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Claudio Sebastian (28) (@Clauditokess) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I want to read through the entirety of my music theory book, and become proficient with the trombone I never touched after buying. Just for funnnnnn.

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Ravi Mandliya (6) (@ravi.mandliya) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

30 days of yoga,

I am already on a 30 day streak of meditation . :)

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Ravi Mandliya (6) (@ravi.mandliya) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Current status:

Yoga:  Missed a day, current streak 4 days.  9 days / 10 days so far.

Meditation Current steak 37 days 

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Lilien (3) (@lilien21) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Hey Ravi, what app is that??

Josh

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Alexander Ivan (5) (@BuddhaNguyen) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

HEY! I was wondering, that looks like a handy application, I was wondering what app that was because I was looking for something like that.

Thanks!

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BrianG (0) (@briguy33247) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

My focus this month is to play guitar for 30 days. I have a guitar aerobics workbook and I will be tracking my progress using “Don’t Break the Chain!”

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Romeo (1) (@cerebralenigma) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

My goal for this month is to practice the lovely Bob Ross’ Wet on wet painting technique. lets keep each other motivated and updated y’all!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

What’s that technique? And how are you going to practice? 30 mins a day or…?

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Romeo (1) (@cerebralenigma) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

its an oil painting technique where you apply a thin layer of paint to the canvas before beginning your actual desired portrait for a smoother finish. i plan on completing at least 3 portraits per week. ill post pics!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

That sounds really cool. I’d love to see pictures! Just subscribed for replies!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I will be practicing ‘Flexible Dieting’ for the next 30 days.

I’ve been lean bulking for the last few months and now have 20lbs of fat to shed. I’m going to:

– Lift 6 times per week.
– Cardio 3 times per week.
– Track every meal, and hit my calories and macros.
– Avoid binging and practicing flexibility and excellence instead of perfection.

My goal is to lose 8lbs in 30 days.

I’m currently 172lbs. My goal weight is 164lbs. Long term goal is 154lbs. At this weight, I’d have abs.

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Why 6 times? I’ve consistently read that diminishing returns (if not negative returns) hit after 4-5 / week.

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Couple of reasons. Higher frequency = more growth. So hitting a muscle group twice per week is ideal. I’ve done 1.5 years on the 3 full body workouts a week, it’s okay but you cannot hit every muscle. Rear delts, middle delts, rotator cuffs, hamstrings, calfs, traps, all tend to get neglected on a full body routine. How can you possibly do decline bench, incline bench, flies, middle delts, rotator cuffs, long head tricep, short head tricep and an over head press and still manage to do an entire back and biceps and leg workout in 3-4 workouts per week? I think that’s putting an unnessesary contraint on your training. My current split is push, pull, legs, rest, repeat (best gains I’ve ever had). This gives each muscle group a few days rest, while still keeping frequency high. Also, total volume is the determiner of muscle growth, some of the best powerlifters in the world squat 7 times a week. There’s a principle in exercise physiology called the repeated bout effect. Basically what this means is the more your train a muscle the quicker you’ll recover from training it. As for diminishing returns if total volume is being increased week by week, and you’re in a slight calorie surplus then your muscles are gonna grow. The minamilist movement is mainly for hobbysists who are pushed for time and don’t care about developing an overall physique. It’s actually great for beginners too. You don’t want to start with too high a training volume, and it’s important to learn how to bench, squat, etc with good form first. For people who have been training 2 years+ does it work? Yeah. Is it optimal? I don’t think so.

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

muscle mass gain, way too skinny. actually planed to do this before i saw this, ill post my before pics tomorrow morning

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I’ve always had trouble gaining weight until recently. The secret: eating more small meals throughout the day so you can fit in more calories, and adding a protein shake with BCAA’s, creatine and ground up hemp :)

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Another tip, sweetness increases hunger. Take a cookie or sweet biscuit and nibble it throughout your meal. You’ll be able to sustain higher hunger levels and consume more total calories.

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emptyminded (68) (@thoughtless) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Yea i know that its the eating is the prob. Im not eating as much as id like to because financial problems. Im working out tho, but i still remain thin. ill probably put on a few pounds when im working after collage

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j1z0 (7) (@j1z0) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I’ve been planning on building a course to teach kids to write code for a few months now. Ever since finishing my book aimed at teaching adults to program. So this month I plan to get the basic outline put together some mocks ups of the website and the first set of lessons complete.

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Sounds great!

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cesar (4) (@cesarmeed) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

my goal is to meditate from more than a week

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Gare (32) (@JurassicParking) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

I’m working on a little piano project, I’ll upload vids on my youtube channel periodically.
check out how much i suck guys L:

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j1z0 (7) (@j1z0) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Hey that’s a great start. I’m sure you’ll be rocking it by the end of the month! Awesome choice for a song too. :)

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Gare (32) (@JurassicParking) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

Hachacha! Second video, this one is 10% more entertaining, I promise

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1E5T5kmSI

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