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  1. I am in for this challenge, but I'll have to come back with more details. I broke my ankle 2 weeks ago, so this challenge will be all about healing and developing a new fitness routine
  2. My attribute points: Goal 1 (strength & flexibility) STR +4 Goal 2 (cardio) DEX +2 STA +2 Goal 3 (healthy eating) CON 4 Life goal 1 (connections) CHA +2 WIS 1 Strength (STR) - physical strengthDexterity (DEX) - agility and speedStamina (STA) - Endurance and EnergyConstitution (CON) - ability to resist damage and diseaseWisdom (WIS) - intuition and sense of things around himselfCharisma (CHA) - force of personality and physical attractiveness
  3. My main quest is one that I have been focusing on since the beginning of the year: upleveling my life in 2013. My intention was/is to be healthy, strong, balanced in body/mind/spirit, and accomplish my life goals. This challenge is going to be a little difficult because I am traveling for 3 out of the 6 weeks (and I got completely off track during our 2 week break.) So I am making this a 7 week challenge for myself so I can keep going during our break week. My challenge goals are mainly maintenance (yay for me to have gotten to this place during the first half of the year!) 1. Strength
  4. Good article on the benefits of yoga: http://www.yoganonymous.com/10-of-the-many-benefits-of-practicing-yoga/
  5. Hi everyone, I just found the new thread - and the new format for the challenge. I'll have to think about this one. Evenewbie - congratulations! You are the perfect addition to our already amazing moderator group. I am looking forward to this next challenge.
  6. Final Report 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength. I am trying a new method, and I might change this one in a month if it's not working. What I am going to do is pick 4 exercises and measure my progress. My goal is to increase either the time or reps every week. Grading: increase in each of the 4 measurements for each of the 6 weeks. A = 100% (24 increases), B = 90%, etc. I changed the measurements once I started going to the gym - and woo hoo for me for getting back to the gym. This JUST DO IT mentality helped this challenge. I'm going to try that aga
  7. Weekly Report - week 6 . 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength by increasing time and reps each week. increased either reps or weights for my 50 minute strength routine at the gym on sunday - that is 3 weeks in a row Crow Pose practice: yes - and I am doing microseconds in the actual pose 2. Healthy Eating & Cardio Starting body fat % on 7/1 = 37.1%, at the end of the week the average was 37.4% Starting weight is 152.6, end of week was 153 15.9 miles for the week, my goal was 20, but I think that's too much time given my other priorities. I am l
  8. Weekly Report - week 5 (posted at the end of week 6) . 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength by increasing time and reps each week. increased either reps or weights for my 50 minute strength routine at the gym on sunday - really pushed myself and I'm happy. Crow Pose practice: yesWent to the gym on Sunday and got in a real strength workout! I am giving myself an A+ on this one because I was able to meet or beat my workout from over 6 months ago. 2. Healthy Eating & Cardio Starting body fat % on 7/1 = 37.2%, at the end of the week the average was 37.
  9. SS - I signed up for the newsletter on that website. Thank you for sharing it! Way to go on the challenge everyone, even if you haven't posted it. This fit in perfectly with the theme of my challenge this time around - Just Do It (and cut the crappy excuses). I was cleaning up my dissertation bookshelf yesterday, and put away a lot of personal books. For further help on getting through excuses I highly recommend books by Martha Beck, particularly the 4-Day Win. http://www.amazon.com/The-Four-Day-Win-Achieve-Thinner/dp/1594868123/ I bought it as a diet motivation book, but it is so m
  10. I did 2 things last week that I wouldn't have thought of doing. The first was cleaning up my hotel room before I checked out. I threw away all my trash, put things back into place. I consider myself a fairly neat person, but I really move stuff out of my way because I like to unpack everything. It was a small thing, but I think it was a kindness. Then on Sunday I decided I needed some motivation to go to the gym. Our small town has a community center where people drop off clothing and other donations. I am pretty good about giving away clothes that I no longer wear (http://lifehacker.c
  11. Weekly Report - week 4 Wow, we are in week 5 already, where did the time go? I had a great week 4. I made it to the gym on Sunday afternoon and stayed for almost 2 hours. I haven't been there in over 6 months. I don't know why, I just couldn't get myself motivated to go. I was going to cancel my gym membership, but I never got around to it. Now I feel like I'm loving going to the gym again. My yoga routine is sort of my reward after my workout. There is this huge padded table at the gym, and I can do much better when my muscles are really warmed up. . 1. Strength - Just DO IT! -
  12. Ha ha, so was this a management training thing? Or did you lose a bet? I could probably get more money if I told people they had to pay me to stop singing. I get an A+ for my expanding comfort zone. I am getting so good at this that I tackled this week's goal on Monday morning. That is exactly how it is supposed to work - my comfort zone is getting bigger. I might have to do 2 goals this week.
  13. Hi Eve, thanks for dropping by. I haven't had as much time to be on the forum either. I think you are right about less distractions. Now it's back to doing all those things I put on hold during the travel weeks.
  14. Hi there MadSci, Every day is a new day. If dropping the sugar habit was easy the grocery stores would have to change everything around. I give myself a break when i'm stressed out, sometimes those old coping mechanisms keep us from going completely off the deep end. The good news is that you are getting back on track. Way to go!
  15. I had lunch with a 'virtual' friend today, I am counting that as getting in touch. It added several hours to a long day of driving, but I'm glad we got to connect in person. I will be practicing random acts of kindness over the next several days. I like doing that anyway, it's fun.
  16. Hi, I am so glad you saw that on the spreadsheet. I am traveling this week, so my messages might be short at first... but I will be here til the end of the challenge. Yay for you - and it's always good to ease into yoga postures.
  17. Hi MadScientist, We seem to have a few things in common, so I have 'adopted' you for our mini-challenge this week. I am doing some traveling, but I will try to check in on you every evening.
  18. Thanks for the comments Laura. My best friend is an extrovert - almost the extreme opposite of me. I pretend I'm her. We talked about introverts/extroverts once. She said she is really interested in other people and that's what drives her to ask questions. It's funny, because I think she talks a lot about herself. But she has a lot of really interesting stories. Where I live made for interesting conversation, so I talked about that when I couldn't think of anything else to say. Where are you from is a good icebreaker question at a conference.
  19. Midpoint challenge reflection.... I can see some baby muscles on my forearms. That's pretty good considering I'm not putting very much time into my strength routine. I keep reminding myself that I am actually sticking with it this challenge, and showing improvement every week. My abs are also getting stronger. I'm not tracking my situps specifically, but I can feel my abs are much stronger now than they were 3 weeks ago. I was worried that my traveling would set me back, but I found myself doing better - way better than I expected. I think the Druid mini-challenge is perfect for me, I
  20. Weekly Report - week 3 Week #3 turned out to be really great. I was motivated to eat well and get in a lot of walking during my conference. I forgot how much distance I can cover when I don't have distractions like dogs and beautiful scenery. : ) I am moving slowly forward on my upper body strength, but I am moving forward, which means something is working this challenge. . 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength by increasing time and reps each week. Plank: start 1:50 minutes, end 2:00 Side Plank: start 41 sec each side, end 45 Pushups: start 40 halfsies , m
  21. I started seriously meditating after an author I trust said it was the one easy thing that would make a huge difference in anyone's life. I do it first thing in the morning before my brain wakes up. I listen to a guided meditation or just count my breaths. I can't go longer than 15 minutes, and I'm sure even just 5 minutes in the morning would make a difference. My goal is not to silence my mind, but to have only one stream of thought instead of many. The deep breathing also lowers stress, as I'm sure all our yoga practitioners already know. Here is an article on 20 research-based bene
  22. Excellent! I sat myself down across from the keynote speaker at dinner. For one night and one afternoon I acted like a total extrovert. I am so proud of myself. I'll keep up with 15 min of meditation daily. I hope we can get to the 24 hours.
  23. Weekly Report - week 2 Week #2 was weird. I just had an odd week and I wasn't doing my daily routines. I didn't do bad, but I was hoping for more progress this past week because I am traveling the next two weeks. Oh well, and who knows, it might be easier for me when I'm traveling. I need a better system for tracking my strength training, but it is what it is. At least I am feeling stronger and seeing results. 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength by increasing time and reps each week. Plank: start 1:30 minutes, end 1:50 Side Plank: start 40 sec each side
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