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  1. Love it! Well done on learning something really important about yourself and to be honest about how we humans react to ignoring some of our needs. I too end up over eating when I try to deny myself certain foods... and I too have learned to relax the control over what I eat. Its one of the reasons for my "Fuel" goal, instead of saying no snacking or less deep fried foods or no giant piles of carbs, I am saying eat more vegetables and fruit. Nothing is being eliminated... but by default some will be replaced. Hint for slowing down how you eat: try to eat things that require you to "work".
  2. Nice challenge! Lots of stuff to do and keep track of... but as you are working on the same goals over a year probably realistic. I too am up to round 2 of my year long set of challenges. I look forward to seeing how you go!
  3. What a great idea for learning about your craving triggers! I look forward to seeing how you go... Great first couple of days already!!!
  4. Welcome! Great goals! And allowing yourself a treat now and then is part of living a balanced life. Well done on learning that lesson! I too am doing stuff for my home as part of my challenge. Fellow Flybaby here... although I no longer follow as strictly, I learned a lot about creating my routines and staying consistent and being kind to myself from FlyLady.
  5. Good luck... It does sound like a lot of things to keep track of daily, but if you make it all into a nice routine/ritual it may well work well!
  6. Welcome back to the Druids. Very interesting stuff about the water... never heard about it, but its something I might look into in the future. I did Tai Chi Yang style long form for many years. Stopped when I got pregnant with my first daughter and never restarted... but its something I will do again. Maybe in Autumn. Anyway its nice to have a Tai Chi practitioner around.
  7. Thanks. Those goals have evolved over many years... and will continue to evolve I am sure. For me at least I tend to isolate myself from family and friends when I start running low on energy or am depressed. Ironically its one of the worst things to do under that situation... Which is why I added those to items to my goals as a reminder. The re-numbering is automatic because I formatted that text as a "numbered list". No magic.
  8. Don't worry your secret is safe with me... Welcome to the Druids!
  9. Welcome to the Druids! Great goals. I specially like your Life Quest. And your celebration plans... sound great. I might need to consider some kind of celebration plans for myself. I would recommend you double check what your calorie level should be... 1200-1500 sounds a bit low for the level of exercise you are listing and your height/weight. Main concern is that you end up loosing lean body mass and not fat. Eventually you will plateau and your body goes into starvation mode (it becomes a fat storing machine!). The calculator below is great because you can calculate what your calorie t
  10. Your goals 1 to 4 are similar to mine. We come from different approaches trying to reach the same results... good luck. Stay consistent! Loved the video... not sure I can do half those poses... but soon. I too would love to do a one handed hand stand.
  11. As a fellow desk jokey... I hear you on the flexibility. I to am working on the hamstrings. I was going to comment on your scoring of A, B and then nothing but an F. Thats a bit harsh in my experience... sometimes a C or D is well earned, specially if life throws a curve ball our way. I once was an A or nothing kinda girl myself, now I am a lot kinder on myself and somehow I am actually making more progress and enjoy life a lot more. Anyway, as you are going for the bonus all A, I can see how not having the option to fall back on a C is motivating. Oh look at that... I commented anyway.
  12. Chanda takes a deep breath. She is ready for the next step. Here I am for round 2 of Living the Good Life!!! From the last challenge I confirmed that I need to be kind with myself in order to regain my resilience. I learned that its only by going slowly that I build and maintain solid habits that benefit my life. My main quest remains the same... I just reworded the weight loss part. Main Quest: 42 or “Living the Good Life†I am capable, loving and relaxed. I have daily meaningful contact with my husband and my 2 daughters Looking after my health and appearance is a habit Our home
  13. I am so sorry to read about your loss. It sounds like your grandmother was an amazing woman from your description. Those are characteristics which so many people underestimate these days. You'll do her memory honour by learning from her example.
  14. I've done the 1 raisin mindfulness exercise. I haven't eaten another since... Its just too much hard work to look at/smell/feel/eat a raisin that slowly! And if you've been good and put away the packet of raisins in the kitchen cupboards then walked elsewhere to eat that raisin, there is no way you are getting up for another serving of 1 raisin. Come to think of it I should do that with all my snacks. Now seriously, for the past 4 weeks my family and I have been eating our way through a packet of jelly beans (100g 3.5ounce). Once or twice a week if/when someone remembers we each get 5 jelly
  15. Awesome about the job! The rest will take care of itself...
  16. Chanda

    Druids report!

    I wasn't active in the forums. But didn't forget the goals I set for myself. Pleased to report that after a few challenges were I dropped out... I finally levelled up again! Summary: 1. Fuel: Breakfast -> Score A 2. Body: 60min Yoga -> Score A 3. Mind: Home stuff -> Score B+ 4. Life: Perfect Day Framework -> Score: B+ Full report here: http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/58782-chanda-living-the-good-life-i/?p=1380721
  17. Thank you everyone for your welcoming words. Although I was absent from the forums… I did not forget about pursuing my goals. RESULT: On 39 out of 42 possible days I did great... On 3 of the days I reverted back to my old habit of picking up a pretzel and coffee on the way to work. On the other 39 days I either had breakfast at home or prepared a breakfast that I brought with me to work. I had a wide range of foods for breakfast, thus ensuring variety of nutrients for my body to pull from. Score A (4 of 4 attribute points earned: STA +2, CON +2). RESULT: Overall I did a total o
  18. Chanda steps into the forrest clearing. She breaths a sigh of relief. She is home. She is alive. Now is the time to regenerate. Now is the time to grow stronger. Now is the time to live. 2014 was not the best of years for me or my family. If we were talking wine, the vintage of 2014 wouldn't be worth bottling. 2015 is likely to bring more upheaval to our lives. I need to be able to grow stronger and still enjoy life while dealing with all the challenges life throws our way. I turn 42 in 2015. We all know 42 is the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything"
  19. If the challenge below looks familiar, thats because it is... I am going to do the same challenge I set myself last time again with some minor modifications (edits shown in green or crossed out). Why? Because I am looking for more consistent performance and also because it is working for me. In order to fulfil my need to bring some order into my day to day while still enjoying life, I need to: accept myself, slow down, simplify, accept that "Good is Good enough" and be kind to myself. Why? Because back in March I had a nasty surprise when I discovered I was on the verge of reaching burnou
  20. Chanda

    Chanda Slows Down

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. Its been a hard 7 weeks for me and my family. I never got back to the forums, but I did have my goals in mind during the challenge period. Some days it was all that kept me from falling apart, specially during the first week. I just never tracked any of what I did formally. Considering the circumstances I'm not going to beat myself up over not tracking stuff... I was in survival mode. Here is how I rate my performance for this challenge: 1. Fuel: There was some heavy snacking at some points but for the most part I did not over do it and my portion
  21. I saw your signature... Thats how I knew to use the line. I will need to check out Pessoa. I am Portuguese but have been living outside of Portugal most of my life. My written portuguese is terrible, so reading some well written stuff may actually help!
  22. Chanda

    Chanda Slows Down

    Don't apologise! I think its awesome that you are here and being so welcoming of everyone. I see in your signature you are the Druid Ambassador. Thank you! Thank you Heidi. I will have to be extra supportive of myself in the next few weeks. I do not know how I will manage, I found out this morning my father passed away last night. I am flying out tonight to be with my mother and brothers for a week. It is entirely possible that I will drop out of the challenge at least for the first week.
  23. I'd never even heard of clubbells before! Yoga in general the way its practiced these days by most people in the western world is very much about the physical side of things, so it is only natural that such new practices show up. That was just beautiful to watch... clubbell or not. I hope to one day be able to move like that!
  24. Boa Sorte! Vai valer a pena!
  25. Chanda

    Chanda Slows Down

    Thanks. I've been a Druid since my first challenge... this is home. Just skipped the last couple of challenges and dropped out of a couple before that. It feels good to be back with a new attitude! The scoring is something I changed radically this time around... some of my past scoring systems would have been worthy of NASA tracking its space missions.
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