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  1. Hi there! Names Ba'sini'on, but you can call me Bas if you'd like 😄! I've decided to join in on the challenge because I'm sick and tired of being overwhelmed by the holidays! I'd love to be able to lose 60 pounds because my excessive weight has led to my joints always aching, and causing havoc with my hormones. I'm already doing a lot with working at home, homeschooling my kids, caring for our home, etc. But I know I can fit in a workout if I put my phone down once in a while. I'm determined to get out of the habit of always stressing and retreating into my phone to block it all out. Also working out creates a calm head space for myself and ever since I stopped my habit of walking, I've been nothing but a big butterball of stress and anxiety. My goals aren't just for me, my kids and husband really need me to be present and not hiding away. I'd also like to get my stash of yarn down to where it all fits in ONE tote. Not the 4 it currently is bursting out of 😒 (Not my yarn! I'm not that organized!) GOALS Workout 60 min. 5 days a week - I'm going to focus on my cardio heath by walking and getting my 10,000 steps in. Weight training is my fun time, so I will be putting a lot of effort into hitting a PR by the end of this challenge! Practice Stretching or Yoga - I'm really stiff with a lot of aches and pains. I know stretching will really help with relieving the tightness I'm feeling. Limit My Phone Time to 2 Hours a Day - It seriously is a big problem 😑 Complete 3 Crochet Projects - It seems like a lot to finish these all by the end of the challenge. But these are Christmas gifts that were supposed to be finished LAST YEAR! So they need to get done. There was so much I wanted to make a goal but, I only have so much time in a day. Hopefully I will succeed!
  2. So I've been feeling like starting a YouTube channel about my art, and being a working mom but finding time to game still. But my biggest problem is I don't want my family to see it. My sisters are really critical and I wouldn't hear the end of it if they saw me on YouTube. My husband keeps saying, " Who cares?" True. I just still can't stand them finding out about my personal life. Any suggestions? Any tips on starting a YouTube channel and a blog?
  3. This is Awesome! I started a art business that does portraits and calligraphy. On top of that I want to learn web design and digital art. I decided to post a flourish art I did of Alduin from ES: Skyrim.
  4. I need this wall in my house...like in my room so I can climb it everyday...
  5. I wish there was an adult gymnastic program near me...Any suggestions of what I can do instead?
  6. As long as I can have meat and delicious foods I'm fine Our diet resembled the one the doctor prescribed already. So it's really easy to just get more veggies and appropriate snacks, and have it all fit our budget. I'm still struggling with food timing though, but it's mainly because I work as an artist. When I'm working, my mojo is going and I zone out and lose track of time. I need to set a timer.... I'm sorry for not updating more frequently, I promise to do better in the future. Goals are going great! Schoolwork is still a struggle but only because I don't have all the books I thought I needed. So I need to take a trip to the bookstore sometime, when the budget allows it. I've also been working more in order to bring up my portfolio, and hopefully acquire more work. There is potentially a job I will get at my church. We're working to update the rooms because, as my pastor likes to joke,"They haven't been changed since the 70's. And it was even too ugly for that era." That description includes the paintings, which wouldn't even pass for hotel art! My pastor is interested in my updating the art, so that the church has something unique and professional looking to call their own. It's not much pay at all since they are struggling, but it would my work on display so everyone can see it. I've been finding that when I unplug and go through the to do list, I get things done a LOT faster than I used to. Which it's sad to me that I used my phone to waste time like that instead of working. I have a lot to catch up on, especially with work. No time like the present! Working out has been great! If only the weather was just as great. I'm in Ohio, the weather is bipolar here! It was nice and sunny a couple of days ago, and then just yesterday it started snowing...It sucks because I want to workout outside more. But for now I have to live with staying inside and using our gym to workout. Despite being extremely heavy I still have a lot of strength left and my bodyweight exercises are on point. But I want to do more bodyweight circuits, as well as weight lifting. Most of the stuff online unfortunately isn't enough for me. I LOVE having a HIIT workout as a finisher, after a good weight lifting session. And then my play usually includes handstands and cartwheels. But not much room for that in the house. Need more room!
  7. So my goals have been going pretty well considering I've been trying to focus on my mental health. Goal 1: Training hasn't been going as well as the rest of my goals. But I'm not doing bad. I make sure I'm taking walks with my baby everyday, but I do want to push myself to train. I have this goal to look athletic as well as be athletic. Goal 2: So school...I have been trying. I really have. But I'm struggling to find that sweet spot in my daily schedule in order to take time to study. I really need to discipline myself and get this habit started. I'm looking to go back to school sometime, and I don't want to wait until I'm taking classes in order to learn. I can learn a lot and add credits towards a degree through some tests they offer at community college. But I know I won't make the right grades to receive credit at my level. Goal 3: Unplugging has not been happening at all. I've done so bad on this one it's made me realize how much of an addiction I have to my phone. I'm pushing myself to get better at this because I don't want my kids to be like this and I want to spend more time with my family. Goal 4: Emergency Fund is doing really good! My husband has a really great project going for him and the pay is really helping out. We've done our April budget and it's helping us to make sure we are keeping to our goals of becoming debt free. Life Goal: I haven't been meditating at all or reading my Bible I've recently found out that I may have Hypoglycemia. It's suspected but the doctor wanted to put me on a special diet first in order to see if that fixed my hormone problems. I just might be deficient on key minerals and quality foods. So now I had to cut out sugar, eat veggies with every meal, have protein before bed, more fish, broccoli (high in chromium which is a blood sugar balancer), protein must come from beef and lamb, not so much chicken or other lean white meat, and more Brazil nuts. Exercising everyday is a must but I can't workout in the morning anymore. I need to eat something first in order to bring my blood sugar up, wait for digestion and then I can workout. So working out can be intense but I need to cool it on the cardio until everything is balanced out. And make sure I'm eating really well afterwards.If I'm to sore to workout they said to go for a walk, I just need to do some form of physical activity to help the blood sugar balance. They said what could be my other issue is Hypothyroidism. But the diet is the same I just need to pickup some supplements to try first. Either way if I get balanced out, I'll be better so that's not bad lol. I might have two issues but they are treated almost the same way. All I can do is fix my diet and see if I was screwing up my nutrients. So far sleep has been way better, acne is almost gone, energy levels are stable, and I'm not moody anymore. So far so good! I didn't want to have to take medication anyways.
  8. It is actually very efficient for cooling a overclocked computer. It's a must for gamers! Oooo I am trying to get into digital art, but I seriously don't know what I'm getting into lol. I want a really powerful graphics card but they are expensive right now. It's because people are buying them up in order to get Bitcoin. So stupid, making it harder for those of us who need a graphics card for gaming, art, and work.
  9. It's really annoying when family comments on it. They won't change their habits but that gives them the right to critique how you are eating to lose weight. "You shouldn't be having dressing on your salad at all when you already have cheese sprinkled on it. That's way to many calories." Well look who's the expert on nutrition! At the end of the day, you're the boss and they aren't.
  10. Man, that's WAY to long for me to stay in one place. I bet her hair looks amazing though! It better after 5 hours of work
  11. I am so happy I dropped a size. And ever since I've been talking to my husband about it, I've noticed that the hallucinations have dropped and the depression is still far away. The best I can do right now is find work and keep myself busy as much as I can. So not much to update but I feel like I really should keep in touch with you guys. Mental health is going really well. I haven't been doing to much as far as keeping to my goals but I'm disciplining myself to get better. Which means that although I want to stay up to work (and break in my new computer chair, thank you my love! All I had before was a exercise ball ), and practice digital art, I need to get better sleep. And stick to my Ultimate plan. It will work because it has the word Ultimate in it. So today we went business shopping because my video card crashed. It was most likely due to my sister overclocking it to much and as a result, it just died. Thankfully I'm not playing games on my computer anymore, and it's being used for digital art. So I don't need a new card...yet. It just gave me an idea though. I'll update this setup for artwork specifically. And then build another computer for gaming that's water cooled and everything. I will admit, I wasn't interested in water cooling originally. I love my fans . But the new systems for water cooling are awesome! And so neat to, no mess at all. So now I'm sold hehe. Sorry for the ramble, I love computers. As mentioned I got a computer chair from my husband because, the exercise ball wasn't helping me for long work hours. I haven't worked out in a while. I haven't been eating well, studying, stretching, reading the Bible, etc. But I don't want to give up at all! It's my goal to lose another size before my birthday so I can get new clothes. I have 20 days to do it. And I know I can without starving myself.
  12. I'm a professional calligrapher and artist, but it's always been traditional mind you. And there are not that many calls for traditional artists anymore, unless they make fame on social media. My work also has completely stopped this year and many of my friends who have been doing this work for years, have had the same problem as well. Most of them have turned to digital designing to put food on the table though. Now, I don't need this work to survive. My husband makes enough to provide. But I'm not satisfied with just staying at home and being a mother. I really want to work and sell my artwork! Justin (my husband) surprised me with a Intuos tablet and I have to say that I am enjoying it! I use Krita to drawing and paint because I can't afford to pay for photoshop yet. But the program is becoming my favorite due to the big support from other artists. And they offer custom brushes free to download so it makes it easier for me to customize everything to my liking. My problem right now is, what should I do for digital art? I'm still learning but I want to do something that brings in money, even it is small. My plan was to make some cute designs to sell on Red Bubble but that's all I can think of....
  13. I really need new headphones! I was using my husbands LG headset for running but it's not working anymore. He's getting a new headset that's really nice! And as a result I don't want to destroy them with my sweat. What I'm looking for is wireless earbuds, or over the ear headphones. I've been staying away from over the ear though because I do more than just run, and they have a hard time staying on my head. Earbuds seem to work the best. I am also on a strict budget so anything under $50 would be great! Under $20 is better hehe. Also they obviously need to be sweat proof, and a bit indestructible. Because I am really rough with my stuff. And really good sound! I like a good bass and clear tones! I don't really need noise canceling, and as a parent I shouldn't have that anyways.
  14. So....week 1.... Um soooooo, let's start at the beginning. The day after my most recent post I ended up having a depression/whateverthehelliswrongwithmyhead attack, and considered suicide. I wisely chose to ring up a counselor to get some help. It helped a lot and I'm getting some help to get through it all. The good news is that, it was the first I've had in a long time. They used to happen a lot more frequently but I know I'm getting better. SO as far as my goals, I have to admit that I haven't been to good on them. I give myself a 4/10 score. And this week is slowly shaping up to be the same. But I have a plan, and I will execute it and crush the remainder of this challenge! And the plus size I am officially a size 14 instead of a 16 so that's awesome! If I get down to a 12 I'll be happy because I always get stuck at a 14 BTW does anyone have any good wireless headphone (or earbud) recommendations? Something budget friendly please because I'm living poor in order to becomes richer
  15. Thank you for the links! They were really helpful during my "rest days". I'm aware of it, so don't worry I've been lifting heavy for years, and my mom was a bodybuilder so she gave me a good foundation. And I will rest when my muscles are to sore to continue or focus on another muscle group that isn't sore. I USED to workout till I dropped. And then force my sore muscles to go heavier in lifting. I ended up looking skinny fat because my muscles were to abused to grow. Plus I was only eating maybe 800 calories a day. I've learned so much since then. Yup! A neighbor introduced me to his methods years ago. Because of Dave I never had any debt growing up because I refused to have a credit card and only paid in cash for things. The debt we are paying for currently is my husband's and then my medical bill for when I had my daughter.
  16. Man, even at my lightest I couldn't do a chin up! I'm envious!
  17. Sounds like a muscle strain, unless your feeling it in the bone. Just make sure you're warming up and don't strain yourself. Drink lots of water and get a good amount of sleep. An Epsom salt bath will really help to!
  18. *hugs* I don't envy you my friend. But at least you're not stuck inside because of broken bones. That would be hell! Hope you're feeling better!
  19. Thank you guys for the advice! We did a big haul Saturday and got a lot more veggies as well as salmon because we crave fish a lot. Another thing we always try to eat weekly is liver because it's high in iron. For those who don't like liver and have only had it boiled...gross...I am so sorry you were traumatized. Sending hugs The only way you should cook liver is by soaking it in lemon juice for a few hours, in order to get rid of the impurities. It also takes away that god awful bitter flavor. And then coat it in whole wheat flour, that's been seasoned with salt and pepper. And proceed to fry it in bacon grease on a skillet. Texture is great, flavor is amazing. You're welcome.
  20. Not for me. I actually thrive on lifting consistently lol. But if I'm to sore to lift I'll take it easy and focus on form and isometrics.
  21. I should've probably specified that . OK so for weight lifting I'm trying to build muscle and after doing a lot of research it mainly takes muscle exhaustion. So that's my goal, which works because I don't have a lot of option with weights at the moment. And as far as BW I'm including everything. Pilates, Yoga, calisthenics, etc. On rest days I intend to do healing yoga routines and some stretching routines I remember from my time in gymnastics. My goal is to be able to do full on splits...and in all honesty my goal of being extremely flexible isn't totally because of my goals of fitness. I want to be more flexible for sex with my husband . Kill two psychos with one bullet right? Any who, I'll be making a routine as I go because of my wacky schedule.
  22. So far I'm just doing heavy lifting with serious muscle building in mind. I have a barbell, some plates, and dumbbells. Not much but when we have our emergency fund finished my husband and I are looking to go to our local community center at least twice a week. They have nice weight rooms. You're right. I'm severely limited on funds which means I can't afford therapy. But a church that's close by offers therapy for a small fee, so I'll look into it. Thank you!
  23. I am really impressed with your goals, they are so well thought out! And the gif with the light blinding the guy reminds me of my sister lol. I'll be sending you motivation however I can!
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