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  1. Name: QengpuBenal Race: High Elf Class: Scout Attributes: Strength (STR): 3 Dexterity (DEX): 2 Stamina (STA): 4 Constitution (CON): 3 Wisdom (WIS): 7 Charisma (CHA): 4 Total: 23 Level 2 QengpuBenal's Main Quest: End 2014 feeling healthy and confident in my body! (January 6th - February 16th) Missions: 1. Exercise: I am intentionally not being specific here. I have discovered that working every day consistently exhausts be and throws my schedule off. So, my goal for this challenge is simply to exercise in some way at least 5 times a week. Ideally, I want to run 3 days a week. I am also tackling the Walking to Mordor challenge with my kids! Finally, I downloaded a great app that lets me fit in 5 minute, 8 minute, or 10 minute workouts, so I should have absolutely no excuses when it comes to getting in some kind of exercise! 29-30 Completed: A 26-28 Completed: B 20-25 Completed: C 15-19 Completed: D <19 Completed: F Reward: (+2 STR +2 CON) 2. Hydration! This is very important as I do feel better when I am well hydrated. So, my goal is to drink 8 cups of water every day. 40-42 days Completed: A 35-39 days Completed: B 30-34 days Completed: C 25-29 days Completed: D <25 days Completed: F Reward: (+1 WIS +1 CHA) 3. Food. I love food! Unfortunately, I tend to love the wrong kinds of food. I'm going to start off easy with this challenge, though. I am limiting myself to one dessert per week! <8 desserts = A 8 desserts = B 9 desserts = C 10 desserts = D >10 desserts = F Reward: (+1 WIS +1 CON) Life Quest: 4. Spanish. I am going into a field in which being able to speak Spanish would be a huge advantage! I have a lovely app that I can use to help me start learning the language. Ideally, I want to do at least one lesson three times a week. This goal is also remaining unchanged. In fact, this is one area in which I have really been excelling. I really love the app I am using [it's called Duolingo and can be used to learn Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian (it can also be used to learn English if you speak French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian)]! So far, I haven't learned a lot of stuff that's going to be super useful in my line of work, but I have learned stuff. 18 lessons = A 15-17 lessons = B 10-14 lessons = C 5-9 lessons = D 0-4 lessons = F Reward: (+2 WIS, +2 CHA)
  2. Yay! You are going to totally rock this challenge! I love the saying no goal. That is so important! Especially when school is one of your commitments!
  3. Day 6: Food: Breakfast was 3 1/2 pieces of cinnamon-sugar toast Dinner: salad, corn, green beans, vegetarian dinner roast, and a roll; plus a few candies, peanuts, and a small scoop of ice cream for dessert Exercise: None today. I was going to walk with the kids, but the snow was falling fast and the wind was blowing like crazy!
  4. I bet you will have an absolutely awesome year! I actually made a plan and checklists and everything to help conquer my goals! Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk
  5. I guess I took you Resolution quota since I went crazy with my resolutions this year! Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk
  6. Maybe the smoke or something in the smoke cased the retching? I know that smoke can effect me in different ways depending on what it is that is burning.
  7. Yeah, waiting just generally sucks! The doctor wasn't too bad since we were the first appointment. It was the eye doctor, and the appointment was actually for my two oldest. The mechanic took much longer, but the end result was a new rear suspension in my car so it no longer bounces like crazy when I drive it (seriously, there were places on my daily commute that would make the car bounce so much my feet would leave the floor of the car!).
  8. Ugh! I totally forgot about this today! Food: Breakfast was 3 pieces of cinnamon-sugar toast. Lunch was 2 Crispy Chicken sandwiches with tomato and a medium fry from Wendy's Snack was 4 peanut butter cups and a Vanilla Coke Dinner was a small bowl of Tuna Helper with cheese Exercise: No exercise today. I spent all day at doctor's appointments and the mechanic's!
  9. This is a phenominal idea! You are awesome! Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk
  10. It totally counts! Wish I was where you are! It's snowing here...again. I loathe snow! Sent from my LG-E980 using Tapatalk
  11. Day 4 Food: Breakfast was 2 eggs, scrambled, with cheese Snack was Christmas chocolate Lunch was one package of chicken-flavoured Top Ramen Dinner: Rice-a-Roni (no meat added) and peas Exercise: 2 miles walking to Mordor I have the munchies so bad! Honestly, the only thing stopping me from eating way more than I ought to is the fact that we simply do not have any food in the house!
  12. Wow! You are doing so well! I am very impressed! I'm struggling just to write down what I eat every day (never mind caring what it actually is at this point), and getting some kind of exercise in! You rock!
  13. Day 3: I had trouble sleeping and ended up eating around 2am. I had ham, carrots, and mashed potatoes (i.e. leftover Christmas dinner). Breakfast was a bowl of Sugar Puffs and milk. Lunch was 1 1/2 baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheese, and sliced olives, plus 1 small slice of homemade cheesecake. Snack was a bit of Christmas chocolate. Dinner was mac & cheese with peas. Exercise: Instead of driving to the relatives' house for our typical Sabbath lunch, I walked there and back for a total of 2.6 miles.
  14. Day 2: Food: Breakfast was a bowl of Sugar Puffs with 2% milk. Lunch was strawberry cheesecake pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and 2 slices of bacon Dinner was a very small helping of Rice-a-Roni (no meat added) and corn. I also had bread and butter, and one package of chicken-flavoured Top Ramen. Exercise: Ran in place for a minute and did 30 seconds of jumping jacks before my knee felt like it was going to kill me if I kept going. Walked 2 miles with the kids. We have decided to walk to Mordor as a family!
  15. Ok. So, I am going to get in the habit of tracking my food (generally, not specifically) and exercise every day. I am using the last few days of 2013 as a sort of practice run before getting serious in 2014. With that being said, here is today's stats: Food: Breakfast was a bowl of Sugar Puffs with whole milk. Lunch was ham, mashed potatoes, and candied carrots. Snack: popcorn Dinner: homemade French fries, mac & cheese Snack: chocolate Exercise: I didn't do any formal exercise. I did clean my daughters' bedroom, though, which definitely counts as some kind of aerobic/strength training workout! Not the healthiest day, but I'm not worrying about that yet. Right now I just want to get in the habit of actually posting all of this every day!
  16. I think I managed an F in everything even with starting late! A combination of pink eye, the flu, and craziness at work resulted in my blowing this off completely. I am disappointed in myself. I know that if I had tried I could have done better, even with getting sick and everything. I'm not going to let this stop me, though. I am going to pick myself up and attack the next challenge! 2014 is going to be my year!
  17. Hi, everyone! I know this challenge is almost over, but I figured it was better to just jump back into this rather than wait three weeks for the next challenge to start! I have been so lax the last couple months due to a variety of reasons. These include my internship, my kids, my fear of running when there's snow on the ground (any tips on running in snow would be very much appreciated), and a combination of illness and NaNoWriMo. However, the main reason is that I struggle with willpower and am incredibly good at thinking up excuses! With that said, here are my goals: 1) Drink 8 glasses of water a day. I feel so much better when I am properly hydrated, but lately it's been all soda and no water (except the occasional watery mug of tea). I am not necessarily cutting out soda, just increasing my water intake. 15-16 days: A 13-14 days: B 10-12 days: C 7-9 days: D <7 days: F 2) Workout 6 days a week. Ideally this will be 3 days of running and 3 days or strength training. However, as long as there was exercise of some sort that day it will count. This is really just to get me back into the swing of working out consistently. In October, I ran the Doctor Who Virtual 5K with my 9-year old daughter, and I want to get back to the point where I can do that again. My ultimate goal is to be able to get strong enough and fast enough that she has to run to keep up with me (I was so slow during this last one that at one point she was all, "Look, Mommy! I'm brisk-walking to keep up with you!"). 11-12 days: A 9-10 days: B 7-8 days: C 4-6 days: D <4 days: F 3) Limit my intake of desserts. I am allowed a total of 4 desserts (each dessert is 1 serving) during the remainder of this challenge. That seems like a lot, but this time of year is usually the worst for me. I am really going to have to focus and make sure that I am not sneaking candy canes from the tree or eating bits of cookie dough while I am baking! This challenge is really a pass/fail challenge. Normally I don't like setting them up that way, but I think this one needs to be. Hopefully my fear of failure will kick in and help me conquer this challenge. 4) LIFE GOAL: Study Spanish every day. Using my DuoLingo app, I am going to study Spanish every day, even if it's just one quick review lesson! 13-14 days: A 11-12 days: B 9-10 days: C 7-8 days: D <7 days: F
  18. Day 7: Did a Zombies!5K run. Food: Had sausage and tater tots for breakfast. Lunch was Chinese buffet (I ate way less than usual though, so that's a plus). Dinner was a few cheesy breadsticks. No Spanish today. Week 1 Recap: I definitely need to plan better for my eating. Other than that, I only missed one workout and that was due to being sick, so i'm psyched about that!
  19. Two days today... Day 5 - no workout...I woke up with a Nyquil hangover and still sporting a cold so I decided it was in my best interest to take the day off. Food: hash brown and bacon, egg, & cheese biscuit with orange juice for breakfast, no lunch, pizza for dinner (not good, but again feeling sick means I'm glad I ate anything at all). No Spanish On the plus side, I made it through the day at work and I got my kids to their doctor's appointments on time, so overall the day was a win! Day 6 - Woke up feeling better and ended up doing a strength training workout! Yay for getting right back in the groove! Food: Today was my mother-in-law's wake. I skipped breakfast because I was busy getting the house ready. Lunch was a taco, baked beans, and green bean casserole. I skipped the dessert because it was full of sugar and lately sugary things taste super gross to me. Dinner was half a turkey sandwich and some popcorn at the movie theatre (my husband and I took our youngest to see Planes). No Spanish Overall, I think Day 6 went quite well. There were a lot of opportunities for me to eat even worse than I did, and I did get a workout in. I'm ready to finish Week 1 strong!
  20. You've got some great goals here! Also, yay for finishing your first draft! I'm desperately trying to get my first draft done as well (I really want to do NaNoWriMo like usual this year, but I'm not going to let myself do it unless I have finished the first draft of last year's novel!)
  21. Day 4: no workout...this due to a massive thunderstorm and the fact that I am coming down with something Food: 2 pieces of bacon for breakfast, 2 Whopper Jr.s and fries for lunch, 3 pieces of red licorice and a bag of M&Ms at work, stir-fry (rice, ground beef, carrots, and celery) for dinner No Spanish today. Overall, day 4 was not a huge success. However, it could have been worse, and it will get better!
  22. Ok, I have a question for everyone. I am definitely coming down with a cold, possibly the flu. Normally, I alternate running and body-weight training throughout the week. I don't want to push myself too hard, but I also don't want to use a cold as an excuse to not workout. Should I keep training despite not feeling 100% or should I give myself a few days to rest and get over whatever I've come down with?
  23. Yeah. One of my friends is a counselor and we worked in the same building last year. She was super awesome and I used her as a resource so many times! Definitely a step up to my old high school counselors who only dealt with schedule changes!
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