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  1. Hi Chanda! Thanks so much for checking in on me. I obviously did a poor job of checking in regularly to report on my progress and challenges. It's a struggle to get in front of a computer in the evenings after being at one for work all day. Anyway,here's how I think I did: 1. Vinyasa flow three times a week - This was my toughest challenge. I don't think I ever actually got 3 times a week in. The max I got in was 2 times a week, but often just 1 time a week. The hardest part of this is the guilt I feel for spending for a monthly pass and not going enough. But it is also something I need to work up towards, and I also wish I had done a better job of tracking my work outs. In addition to vinyasa, I got some walking/jogging in maybe 2-3 times. BABY STEPS! I'd give myself a C- here. 2. No diet sodas - Definitely an improvement. I'd say a B-. Every once in a while at work, I'd really crave something sweet and just had to get one. Usually happens when I'm stressed out or bored (also a MAJOR food pattern of mine...) But I've cut out the daily habit. Next challenge round will be complete elimination! 3. At least 2L of water per day - Easy, and honestly this was a goal that I probably already had down pretty close. A+ 4. Practice cello at least 3 times a week. I'd say a B- ... I always feel like I need to get more practice in, but was somewhat hindered on my private studies by several orchestra rehearsals for a special concert (which was soooo great and an amazing experience). I think next challenge I need to be a bit more specific on how I will achieve my goals and also add in a goal related to food intake. And report back and check in on others more. I'm looking forward to the next challenge!!!
  2. Hi Everyone! I'm new here. I like the idea of these forums and challenges from an accountability and goal setting standpoint. Gotta make it quick, because I'm late to my orchestra rehearsal, but here are my goals: 1. Vinyasa flow three times a week 2. No diet sodas 3. At least 2L of water per day 4. Practice cello at least 3 times a week. Great! Here goes nothing!!! Woohooo!!! -M
  3. Hi Everyone, I'm new here. I've been receiving NF updates and emails for a while, and it seems like there is a good message here with lots of practical advice. I've been overweight my entire life, was never into sports or athletics. The first time I tried dieting was when I was about 20 years old over a summer break (which was 13 years ago. geesh) Lost maybe 10-15 pounds and got to 160, and it just came back once I went back to college. Fast forward to being out of college for a year, and I had ballooned up to 183!! I joined weight watchers, started exercising, and lost 27 pounds. I was so proud. Of course I gained a few back, and kinda leveled out near 158-160, with semi regular exercise - often running and some body pump here and there. Two years ago I ran my first half marathon, and was so proud. Ran the entire time with a steady pace of a 12 min mile. During the training I didn't really lose weight, but I also didn't change any of my eating patterns. A few months later I had surgery on both of my feet (ouch!) and was just down and out and completely unmotivated to do anything, even after I was recovered. And here I am now. I've recently discovered Vinyasa Flow yoga and absolutely love it, though I don't go often enough. I'm really lacking in motivation and I'd love to have some help with accountability. Ultimately I need to lose about 30 pounds (I think - haven't weighed myself in a while). But I know I want to focus on little easy changes to get there (baby steps...like in What About Bob..."baby steps to the elevator..."). Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? Boards or Groups to Join? Thanks!! -M
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