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QengpuBenal

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  1. Day 3: Today was pretty good. I woke up to find that my wife had cooked chicken and potatoes for me to take to work for lunch! She is so amazing! Did a Zombies!5K workout. Drank 4 bottles of water. Ate NO fast food. Worked on my novel for 10 minutes! Tomorrow, I'm taking the kids to the zoo with my mom! Yay!
  2. Day 2 Walked for 2 miles. Drank a little more than 4 bottles of water. No fast food was consumed! Thanks go to my awesome wife for making the yummiest vegetarian meatloaf with sweet and sour sauce! The USB was found, and 20 minutes worth of work was done on my novel. Normally I don't let myself make up missed days, but since this was missed due to a lost USB and not to my laziness, I'm allowing it this once.
  3. It's about evil corporations and mind control via implants in the brain.
  4. Day 1 Check In: I did my first Zombies!5K Run I drank 4 bottles of water I ate no fast food I did NOT work on my novel However, I did not work on my novel because my USB bracelet with my novel on it accidentally got left at work. So, I will go get it today (I hope) and work on my novel for 20 minutes today to make up for yesterday! And, thanks for the welcome back, guys! It's nice to know people still remember me! I'm hoping to be a bit more active online this challenge, but we'll see. I've got work stuff going on, and I'm trying to watch (for the first time) Supernatural.
  5. Hey everyone! I'm back! My life has been absolutely crazy the last few months, and I feel the need to get some stability back. So, that's what this challenge is going to focus on! Goal 1: Move! Movement is essential to feeling better! This challenge I will complete the Zombies!5K challenge. This means doing 4 workouts on 3 of the weeks. I will also do some walking (at least 2 miles) on days that I don't run. I have to keep the movement consistent or I end up falling off track very quickly! +3 Stamina, +2 Strength If I complete the entire Zombies!5K challenge I earn an extra +1 Stamina! 30-35 days: A (42 days complete) 25-29 days: B 20-24 days: C 15-19 days: D <15 days: F Goal 2: I need to hydrate more consistently. I feel better when I'm hydrated. So, I need to drink at least 4 of my water bottles (24 oz each) every day. +3 Wisdom 30-35 days: A (39 days complete) 25-29 days: B 20-24 days: C 15-19 days: D <15 days: F Goal 3: My eating habits really suck. This challenge, I will not eat any fast food at all. I may go out to a restaurant once to celebrate my wife's birthday. +2 Wisdom +2 Constitution 30-35 days: A (40 days complete) 25-29 days: B 20-24 days: C 15-19 days: D <15 days: F Life Goal: Spend at least 10 minutes a day working on my novel (unless I finish it and get it ready to be submitted for publication). 30-35 days: A (39 days complete) 25-29 days: B 20-24 days: C 15-19 days: D <15 days: F
  6. A two week bout of pneumonia completely crushed this challenge. See you all next challenge!
  7. Hey, everyone! My apologies for jumping in late. I treated myself to a NerdFitness Academy subscription and got so caught up in the quests there I totally forgot about the new challenge! I am going to take very small steps this challenge to match the slow pace I'm going at over in the Academy 2015 Challenge 2: Careful Preparation Goal 1: An agent cannot succeed without prepaing her body to be able to react appropriately in any situation. Begin this preparation by doing a workout 3 days a week. Weeks 1 and 2 are doing the Academy warm-up I selected. Weeks 3 and 4 add the Academy Cool Down as well. Week 5 I'll throw in a basic body weight routine as well! +3 Stamina, +2 Strength 14-15: A 11-13: B 8-10: C 5-7: D <5: F Goal 2: An agent must have the ability to escape. In order to do this, the body must be able to sustain continuous activity. In order to train my body in this, I must play Just Dance on the Wii with my daughter for at least 20 minutes at least 5 times a week. +3 Constitution 23-25: A 19-21: B 15-18: C 10-14: D <10: F Goal 3: An agent needs to provide her body with quality fuel. As a start, I will drink primarily water. The only exceptions are my morning coffee (which is actually needed to combat my narcolepsy on the way to work) and a cup of tea in the evening. +2 Wisdom, +2 Constitution 31-35: A 25-30: B 20-24: C 15-19: D <15: F Life Goal: Spend 10 minutes every day working on learning ASL. +3 Charisma 300-350: A 250-299: B 200-249: C 150-199: D <150: F
  8. Ugh! I decided to not stress about the steps and the eating today. I knew I was going to a Superbowl party, and I didn't want to worry over every thing I ate or stress about how long the game was taking. Now, I've gotta pull myself back together. It's going to be tough. Not only did the 'Hawks lose, but they lost because of the sheer idiocy of the offensive coordinator (I think that's what they call him). Who in the ever loving hell decides to throw a pass that close to the end zone when it's not the last down, and when they have Marshawn Lynch (aka Mac Truck) to blast through the line for the touchdown!?! I don't blame my guys for today's loss. I blame exceptionally crappy coaching. The guy who called that play had better get fired. Ok. I've ranted. Now, it's time to take a deep breath and get back to the rest of my life!
  9. Ugh! I honestly think this commute is going to be my undoing! I have not been doing well, at all! I also am very rule-oriented. So, if I don't follow my routine exactly (like, skipping makeup or not having time to dust the whole house) I feel like I can't count it as a win. Normally, this is the point where I would give up and just wait for the next challenge to start. However, we have 2 weeks left, and this is a new year! I will continue to try and get 10,000 steps a day. I will continue to eat healthy lunches. I will continue to try and edit 10 minutes a day. I will continue to follow my routines. I am revamping my routines to allow for the fact that my energy levels and committments both at home and at work fluctuate wildly! Morning Routine Eat breakfast. Get my body ready to leave. Tidy the house. Start a load of laundry. Start dinner. Make coffee. Wake up Tiana. Evening Routine Eat dinner. Tidy the house. Finish the load of laundry. Spend time with each of my kids. Prep body stuff for tomorrow. Make lunches for tomorrow. Set up coffee pot. Read the kids a bedtime story. I am hoping that the vagueness of some of these items will be helpful. So, getting my body ready to leave can include getting dressed, fixing my hair, brushing my teeth, taking a shower, putting on makeup, putting on jewellery, etc... However, if I skip something it is okay, and I can still feel like I completed that item.
  10. 1/19/15 Goal 1: 12,139 steps Goal 2: Morning & evening routines done. Goal 3: healthy lunch eaten Life Goal: 10 mintues of editing done
  11. Okay, the first step back on the right path is establishing those routines. Morning Routine Shower/Get Dressed Start a Load of Laundry Eat Breakfast Brush Teeth Wash/Moisturise Face Fix Hair Makeup Jewellery Pack Lunches for Me and the Kids Make Bed Unload Dishwasher Tidy the House Dust the House Swish & Swipe the Bathroom Vacuum the Living Room Make Coffee Switch Laundry to Dryer Wake Up the Oldest Munchkin Evening Routine Cook Dinner Clean the Kitchen Finish Getting 10,000 Steps Tidy the House Make Sure Munchkins' Homework is Done Sweep/Mop Vacuum Fold Laundry Read Story to Kids Prep Lunch for Tomorrow Edit Novel Set Up Coffee Pajamas Brush Teeth Wash Face Brush Hair Lay Out Tomorrow's Clothes, Makeup, Jewellery, Shoes, & Purse
  12. Argh! This whole challenge has fallen apart! A big problem I've been having is finding the time to do anything! My lack of established routines is making it hard to find the time to exercise. I've been eating healthy lunches almost every day (including most of the time on the weekends). Everything else has suffered severely, though. I hate to just give up and wait for the next challenge, though. Instead, I am dratically revamping my challenge goals and making them worth half the points they would have been worth if I had done them for the whole challenge. 2015 Challenge 1: Mission Briefing Goal 1: An agent cannot succeed without prepaing her body to be able to react appropriately in any situation. Begin this preparation by walking at least 10,000 steps a day (as tracked by my fancy-schmancy pedometer I was given for Christmas). +1.5 Stamina, +1 Strength 25-28 days: A 20-24 days: B 15-19 days: C 10-14 days: D <10 days: F Goal 2: An agent must have solid routines in place to help manage her time. Without solid routines, things like exercise become much more difficult. Therefore, I will establish both a morning and an evening routine and follow them faithfully. +1.5 Wisdom 50-56 routines: A 45-49 routines: B 35-44 routines: C 25-34 routines: D <24 routines: F Goal 3: An agent needs to provide her body with quality fuel. In addition, my family is transitioning to a gluten-free, casein-free diet (thanks to food allergies, ADHD, and ASD)! Lunch can be particularly tricky since it is often eaten away from the base of operations. Lunch must be healthy, yet it should also be filling. Salads, meats, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruits, etc... are permissible energy sources. Small amounts of GFCF treats are permissible. Denying myself all treats is a good wat to ensure binging. Water may be drunk. +1 Wisdom, +1 Constitution 25-28 days: A 20-24 days: B 15-19 days: C 10-14 days: D <10 days: F Life Goal: Spend 10 minutes every day working on my novel. (Completion of the entire editing of this draft results in an A regardless of the days/minutes spent on editing. My concern is less establishing a habit, and more finishing this edit.) +1.5 Charisma 250-280 minutes: A 200-240 minutes: B 150-190 minutes: C 100-140 minutes: D <100: F
  13. Day 2 Check In: Goal 1: no workout Goal 2: No progress Goal 3: chicken and orange pepper lettuce wraps, apple salad, 1 deviled egg, water Life Goal: edited for 10 minutes Day 3 Check In: Goal 1: 30 minute - 30-Day Shred DVD Goal 2: no progress Goal 3: chicken salad, an apple, grapes, water Life Goal: edited for 10 minutes
  14. Yay for weight loss! Day 1 Check In: Goal 1: 40 minute walk Goal 2: No progress - Today was the first day back to work after Christmas break. This whole week is going to be very work focused because of the break. Goal 3: apple salad, baked chicken slices, 2 deviled eggs, and water for lunch Life Goal: 10 minutes of editing work completed.
  15. Thanks! Yeah, for some unknown reason, sweets (especially baked goods) just weren't as appetizing as usual. Even though my mom had tons of stuff around every time we went over there, usually I would eat one cookie and then be done. Sometimes I wouldn't eat any of it. I think that really helped!
  16. I am so jealous of your morning schedule! Well...actually, I'm just jealous that you get to leave for work at 8:30am! I have to leave at 6am, so half my (2 hour) commute is spent ont he phone making sure my kids are doing what they need to in order to get off to school on time! Also, I feel you on the food! I love the D6 idea! I'd steal it, but my whole family is having to make a permanent transition to a gluten-free, casein-free diet, so I'm kind of stuck focusing on that now!
  17. Revamped Challenge in the Comments Below!! 2015 Challenge 1: Mission Briefing Goal 1: An agent cannot succeed without prepaing her body to be able to react appropriately in any situation. Begin this preparation by doing a workout 6 days a week. The preferred schedule is alternating 40+ minute walks with my 30+ minute workout DVD. +3 Stamina, +2 Strength 34-36: A 30-34: B 25-30: C 20-24: D <20: F 2 completed Goal 2: An agent must know what resources are available to help her in her training. Find, visit, and price the gyms and classes available in the town I live in. The goal is to find 30 new places/classes. Once I run out of stuff in town I can look closer to where I work. +3 Wisdom 27-30: A 22-26: B 18-21: C 14-17: D <14: F Goal 3: An agent needs to provide her body with quality fuel. In addition, my family is transitioning to a gluten-free, casein-free diet (thanks to food allergies, ADHD, and ASD)! Lunch can be particularly tricky since it is often eaten away from the base of operations. Lunch must be healthy, yet it should also be filling. No cookies, chips, crackers, or sweets are allowed. Salads, meats, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruits, etc... are permissible energy sources. Water may be drunk. +2 Wisdom, +2 Constitution 38-42: A 32-38: B 25-31: C 19-24: D <19: F 3 completed Life Goal: Spend 10 minutes every day working on my novel. +3 Charisma 400-420: A 350-390: B 300-340: C 250-290: D <250: F 30 minutes completed Notes: Yay! 2015! And, I'm starting off the year having already lost weight from the last 2014 challenge I completed! I will be keeping a food journal and an exercise journal throughout the year. If anyone is interested, they can both be found on my Epic Quest website (http://teffiesepicquest.weebly.com/).
  18. Everything has kind of gone to heck! My goals were far too ambitious this challenge. Plus, we moved out of my parents' house into our own place. While I'm happy to not be living with my parent anymore, I had not anticipated the changes that I would need to incorporate into my goals for this challenge. After my 2 hour commute to work, 8 hour work day, and 2 hour commute home...having to cook dinner, help the kids with their homework, run kids to activities, and clean the house all has a much bigger impact than I had anticipated. I am bowing out of this challenge, but I am working on setting up challenges for 2015 so that I am tackling things in a slow progression and maintaining my gains between challenges.
  19. Thanks! I'm super behind with NaNo myself! Between work itself and my 2 hours each way commute...I'm so tired when I get home it's hard to get motivated. I prefer the paleo diet, but I am starting into that slowly. Right now, my plan is oatmeal for breakfast, apple for a morning snack, salad with some kind of meat for lunch, and a banana for an afternoon snack. Thanks! We definitely need some types of accountability group for writing!
  20. Goal #1: Breaking Into a Run While I continue with my daily walks, I will also add a goal of running one mile every weekday. Stamina +3; Strength +2 28-30 miles = A 25-27 miles = B 22-24 miles = C 19-21 miles = D <19 miles = F Goal #2: Eating for Success I will eat a healthy breakfast, 2 healthy snacks, and a healthy lunch every day. This is a total of 4 healthy eating times per day. Wisdom +2; Constitution +2 160-168 healthy eating times = A 140-159 healthy eating times = B 120-139 healthy eating times = C 100-119 healthy eating times = D <100 healthy eating times = F Goal #3: Sleep is the Activity of the gods. I do not get nearly enough sleep. This challenge I will strive to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night. This may not sound like a lot, but it's more than I usually get. Also, since my running goal will necessitate getting up an hour early, I will have to push my bedtime back at least 2 hours. Wisdom +3 30-35 nights with 6 hours of sleep = A 25-29 nights with 6 hours of sleep = B 20-24 nights with 6 hours of sleep = C 15-19 nights with 6 hours of sleep = D <15 nights with 6 hours of sleep = F Life Goal: Pen a novel novel! This is a roll-over goal from last challenge. Part of this challenge will take place during NaNoWriMo. Thus, this challenge's goal is to write a 50,000 word novel for the first 3 weeks of the challenge Technically, this will have started a bit before the challenge. However, I think it's excusable since it's such a massive undertaking. This will gain me +3 Constitution. The second three weeks will be devoted to editing one of my novels. I would like to reach 20 minutes of editing a day. This should be easy after writing 50,000 words in the previous three weeks. This will gain me +3 Wisdom. Part One 48,000-50,000 words = A 45,000-47,999 words = B 40,000-44,999 words = C 35,000-39,999 words = D 0-34,999 words = F Part Two 390-420 minutes = A 350-380 minutes = B 300-340 minutes = C 250-290 minutes = D <250 minutes = F Maintenance Goals: This is where I list the goals I want to maintain from previous challenges. The point of some of these things is to build up momentum. Thus, dropping previous goals in favor of the new ones is not always the best idea. For continuing my maintenance goals with a minimum of an 80% success rate, I earn +3 Constitution Routines - 2 per day. Ultimate Goal = 84.Walking - 2 miles per day. Ultimate Goal = 84.Breaks - 3 per work day. Ultimate Goal = 78.
  21. Final update has been made to my initial post. While I didn't ace everything, I hit at lest a C in everything. That's the best I've ever done in one of these challenges! Also, I hit 100% for my walking goal! Now I'm going to take a few days off in an effort to recover faster from this nasty cold! Final gain to my stats is +4 Wisdom, +1 Charisma, and +3 Stamina.
  22. Wednesday: walked 2 miles, did 1 routine, took 3 breaks, did not edit Thursday: walked 2 miles, did 2 routines, took 3 breaks, edited for 10 minutes
  23. Tuesday: walked 2 miles, did both routines, took 3 breaks, edited for 10 minutes
  24. Agh! Fell behind on the updating again! Friday: walked 2 miles, did 1 routine, edited for 10 minutes, took 3 breaks Saturday: did 1 routine Sunday: did 1 routine Monday: walked 2 miles, did 2 routines, edited for 10 minutes, took 3 breaks
  25. Thursday: 2 miles walked, 2 routines completed, 3 breaks taken, and 10 mintues of editing completed.
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