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  1. So we've arranged for a bank holiday on your birthday specifically for you and what do you do ? Go and run a 10K ? ;-)


    Sounds like a good plan, quite impressive !


    Love the slacklining by the way. Tried it only once back in Berlin in a park but kept falling off after 3 steps. Might get one for the summer ... once I've lost a few pounds, hopefully. Though I might get more laughs now, falling off. And better padding. :-)

  2. First day has been really good. I totally rocked goal number 1 and 2 and failed on goal 3 ... ah well, it's only the first day (momentum, anyone ?). 


    Goal two: Anger management 


    Anger management book hasn't arrived yet so I have to think on my feet when I feel a situation get out of hand. Basically I try to work out: "How can I spin this situation so that I won't get angry?" (This works because the situations involve children. I am not a manipulative mastermind.) I realize I have been setting more boundaries and not taking things personally (husband has been telling me for years - how was I to know he was right though ?).


    Plan-wise I have been splitting up days into morning, afternoon and evening so I get 1/3 of a point when I get through one of these without losing my temper.

    So I get 4/3 out of 4/3 now (quite chuffed !) and there were 2 or 3 situations where I normally would have clicked. My son's behaviour can be very, very challenging, he is a sweet boy but with some strong hyperactive traits. Seeing that the poor boy has two pig-headed, borderline Asperger spectrum parents you can't really blame him. Daughter miraculously turned out only unchallengingly sweet though.


    See how that goes once I'm back working (at home right now with flu) and mooooooore stressed.


    Goal one: Carbs

    This has been a cakewalk seeing that my husband's joined me on this challenge. He's getting all obsessed and I just have to keep up with him. Logging everything on foodfocus.co.uk and yesterday was cals 1610, fats 95, carbs 49, prot 80.


    Goal three: Screen time

    Erm, total fail. I totalled about 3 hours instead of 30 mins. Oh well.


    Extra Fitness goals

    Still battling a really bad flu so no running. Did manage to get a Bodyweight workout in though:

    • Squats with 15kg weights: 20
    • Pushups: 10 half-way (with feet not knees on the ground - that's a step up)
    • Lunges with 15 kg weights: 10 (5 each) - I so hate lunges ! HATE !
    • Rows: 20 with 7.5 kg
    • Plank: 40 secs

    Hope to by alright for my 10K on Sunday. Was actually planning on finally tackling the 60 mins barrier (I said I was slow) but with one run in three weeks it's not looking like it. Have been ill on and off since my last 10k in Feb, basically. Shucks. I guess I'll just trod along with the pensioners at the back. Nobody remembers how slow you were once you've got the t-shirt, right ?

  3. I feel for you Boyd ... I've had a frustrating series of chest infections and colds over the last few months ... always clashing with my race calendar (and everything else). Plus I have a 10K coming up on Sunday and haven't trained in 3 weeks ! :-(


    Keep it up, see how you feel on Saturday ! 

  4. Being all new (first post, first challenge ! hi all !) and quite late, I guess I'll better keep it short and simple ...


    (1) carbs < 50g/day (7 out of 7 a week)


    I've been "eating right" for so long ... logging everything I eat for months ... 75-80% paleo for weeks and weeks now ... and moaning and complaining about why I can't seem to lose any weight ... when I actually know what to do. So I'm going to radically cut the carbs for those four weeks. Hah ! 


    (2) be nice (7 out of 7 a week)


    I have a lot on my plate (bad pun) as I work full time & have two lovely kids (6 and 4). The last few months have been difficult (we moved abroad ! to another country ! with the whole family !) and it has been quite stressful. But, that is no excuse for the shouting and labelling that has been going on here lately. I don't want to be that person. I want to be a kind mum.

    So, be nice to the kids, and my husband. This is really goal 1. This is my main goal. 


    (3) limit screen time to 30 mins every night (6 out of 7 a week)


    I can do a lot of forum reading done in my lunch break (oh, wait :-)) and .. ah, I'm not going to miss anything, am I ? I used to have so much time and now I spend it all "relaxing" with my laptop when it's not relaxing at all. It's worse than watching TV, actually. For me it is ... so that's goal three.  


    Oh yes, I'm 39 (I'm ancient !!!) now, research scientist in the UK, married and 2 kids (I said that). I live in a small city in the Southwest.

    I love running but I'm mindlessly slow and I have asthma. I run with a club twice a week (that's speed training on Tue and hills onThu) and do long runs (erm, long for me is 12-15k) on the weekend and I usually manage to throw in a few bodyweight workouts a week. 

    I'm rather happy with my fitness routine (which is why I don't have fitness goals right now) and am consistent when I'm not ill (that's the one big IF).  


    I've gained 10kg (that is over 20 pounds) over the last two years when my dad died and I stopped smoking for good and I haven't been able to loose them. Yet. I feel ready now. I used to be around 135lb but now I'm 157lb ... I'm 5ft 7 ... I kind of want back to where I was (only fitter) at one point. 


    So, I have a new Garmin .. and a diary ... and I ordered a book on "anger management" from Amazon (I did - I felt like a bad person ordering the bloody book !). 


    It would be great if you could help me with this ... I really need somebody for accountability (can you say that ?) 

    Thanks for reading.  :redface-new:






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