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  1. I hope you're getting notifications. I just thought I would check in on you. I'd love to hear from you, even if you aren't ready to come back to the forum.

  2. Thank you all. Now i just need to get back into writing updates. Monday Gym - Upper body (1hr 20 min), Treadmill 20min at 6mph Stretching - No Writing - 563 words Meditation - 10 min Positivity - Affirmations, Gratitude & Goals list Calories - Final calorie count 1,645 I ate more than that, but going to the gym knocked some off and allowed me to eat a little more that night. Tuesday Gym - No Stretching - No Writing - 649 words Meditation - 10 min Positivity - Affirmations, Gratitude, Goals list, Self talk script, Positive/uplifting videos Calories - Final calorie count 1,383 I had eaten nearly all of my daily allowance of calories by about 2pm (left over halloween junk at work). I went out for a long walk to burn off enough calories to allow me to eat. I walked 6.75 miles and my pace averaged just under 4.8mph, so i burned off enough to eat and still have a deficit. The videos i watched this morning were; two friends being reunited with the lion they once owned after he had been released in the wild & Derek Redmond finishing a race with the help of his dad after an injury. Wednesday Gym - Lower body (1hr 20 min), Treadmill 20min at 6.5mph Stretching - To be updated later Writing - 583 words Meditation - 10 min Positivity - Affirmations, Gratitude & Goals list, Self talk script, Positive/uplifting videos Calories - Final calorie count To be updated later Today's videos were a couple of cute kids. The first was a little girl going out in the rain for the first time. After watching the first i was reminded of another video i had seen and went to find it again, in it a mom tries to teach her little girl to say no when strangers offer her things. This last video isn't part of my positivity quest, just one I like and have watched several times over the past few days. be warned, the song is catchy, I have had it stuck in my head all day.
  3. A bonfire isn't the only way to go, did you hear about the artist that ran everything he owned through an industrial shredder, If I remember properly, by the last day of his work, he was wearing a sack or bin bag because he had shredded all of his clothes.
  4. You get points for trying in my book, it's more than I did. I looked at the mini challenge, saw jumping and thought "Nah, I'll pass"
  5. Good call on the pink owl. I'm not always sure I should trust the calories burned given in my fitness app, but then on days like today (where I ate almost my entire calorie allowance by 2pm), I'm happy the calories come in high as it allowed me to eat dinner.
  6. Thank you. It was just one of those times where everything seemed to be happening at once. My nan's passing didn't come as a shock though, there was a few days warning, so everyome was ready. The rest of my family seemed to have other things going wrong at the same time too. Hopefully we all got the eventful things out of the way in one big block and can all carry on with out lives as normal from this point.
  7. Thanks. Reading your thread yesterday I noticed how many things you list and how a lot of them have been in the logbook reminded I have been doing off and on for years. (I print out pages with the day/date on them and a list of things i either should be doing daily or want to be doing. I give myself a green mark for a task done that day and a red for missing something that I should have done that day. Green adds 1 point, red subtracts 1 point., 100- points is one level. I've never leveled up because i don't use the pages long enough before losing interest, but have been printing them out to make a yearly journal/logbook for probably 4 or 5 years now) Thank you. I just read your thread an realized that I don't have a calorie goal in my list. I'll have to add one. I've had an 1,800kcal limit for the last few challenges I've done, I guess my subconscious really doesn't want me going back to restricting what i eat again. Thanks for the reminder.
  8. I'll be following. Reading your challenge I realized that I don't have a calorie control goal, I need to go update that, thanks for the reminder.
  9. I didn't even see the link until i copied the link over, then i thought Oh, maybe i should clarify so it doesn't sound like an insult, add (but not a ninjakitten) after the url.
  10. Good to be back, I didn't stay on top of things while I wasn't here keeping myself accountable. I'm glad to hear you've gotten some use out of something I've posted.
  11. Thanks, it's good to be back. When I'm not posting here to keep myself accountable, things fall apart. Just got my new challenge thread up Elem is back and as weak as a kitten, Just a basic thread this time, no theme.
  12. I sat out the last challenge and didn't keep up on the habits i had been building. I have noticed a decline in my levels of strength and fitness. I'll be keeping this quest simple and treating it like i did the first one here. This will be about getting me back into good habits, getting back to the levels of strength and fitness that i previously reached and getting back down to the weight I had reached by the end of the last challenge (I managed to put on 16lb in the 7-8 weeks I was gone, oops). I wasn't completely lazy while i was gone, I did do some work on other goals. For the last week I have been getting up at 5:30 so i could start my day off writing, as i struggled to complete tasks if i left them to late at night. This week my wife and I signed up for a gym (I hadn't gone to a gym in probably 14 years). We have gone twice this week and my muscles are still sore, so for this quest my main focus will be on going to the gym regularly. 1 - Gym sessions, at least 3 times per week. I would like to build up to going more often and having sessions that are just cardio (using the treadmill to replace my outdoor runs over winter). 2 - Stretching. I haven't planned anything out yet, so this could take any form as long as I work on becoming more flexible. At least 3 sessions per week. 3 - Writing - First thing in the morning I write. i started off doing 20 minutes, but now aim for a minimum of 500 words, but preferably go over that. Every day 4 - Meditation - After writing I sit quietly and meditate for 10 minutes. Last year I was meditating in hour long sessions, I would like to build up my meditating time again (but don't feel the need to go that long). For now I'm happy with 10 minute sessions. Every day 5 - Positivity - The last thing I do before getting ready in the morning is set up a positive attitude for the day. I use a self talk script from Zigziglar.com, use my own affirmations, write down some things I am grateful for & write out my goals for the coming year For the past few days I have also been watching happy/uplifting videos on youtube. Every day (The uplifting videos aren't part of it, but are a happy bonus). 6 - Calories - 1,800kcal daily limit. On days I exercise i add the calories burned into my tracker and allow myself to eat more, if I feel i need to, it helps me not feel deprived and means I can go out for a walk anytime I'm hungry, if I'm already close to my limit, so it also encourages me to be active. Every day My wedding anniversary will be in the middle of this challenge, so I'll be giving myself that day off from my limit, I don't plan on using it as an excuse to pig out, but i don't want to be counting calories in any meal we eat, just give myself the freedom to enjoy it. I don't have a points allocation worked out, I'll just see what I feel i deserve by the end. I'm usually a pretty harsh self critic, so won't give myself points where i don't feel I earned them. No theme this time.
  13. Thanks for all of the support, sorry I ended up pulling a disappearing act. My wife and I both had surgery within 4 weeks of each other (so we took care of each other in our recovery times). My nan passed away, My laptop died and wasn't fixable and i had a couple of smaller illnesses. Essentially I had a lot going on and used it as an excuse to not stay on top of the good habits i was building. After my first exercise session my body gave me a warning not to do that again too soon, so exercise wasn't on the cards, but i did almost nothing to stay active (I only walked a couple of times) and didn't watch my diet at all, instead i ate like a pig. The plus side of this is that i got to see that I am an emotional eater. It's silly, but I never really noticed the pattern before. I knew i probably was, but this time i could see it in how i reacted to everything.
  14. I've never heard of this show, I feel like Abe Simpson I enjoyed Gravity Falls after I watched some episodes after your themed challenge, so I'll probably watch a couple of episodes of this too. I got: You're Amethyst! You're smol, sassy and always down for fun! Your description of her being obsessed with food fits me, not sure about the rest.
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