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  1. Owie on foot status: Healing! Still hurts a bit, but I can work out. Yay!

  2. Abcess on big toe. Dr appointment today. There is a good chance this will suck. T-T On the other hand, it already sucks, so it's on its way to getting better.

    1. Annabelle


      Ow! I've had run ins with ingrown toenails on my big toes, I feel your pain (literally)! <3 Get better soon!

  3. Tonight, I am going to hide the vodka in the back of my lowest cabinet, and go back to drinking tea at night.

  4. Super stressed. >_< Exhausted, too. Trying to both stay positive without being untruthful, and slog through the day. Writing it down here because words make things seem more real.

    1. stonegirl78


      Hi! You can do it! Sending good vibes your way!

    2. Noname123


      Totally got this. Message me if you need someone to chat with :)

  5. When I'm at home, I usually snack on fresh produce. I'm a huge fan of sugar snap peas, carrots, apples, bananas, and berries. But those things either require refrigeration or create waste that I don't want to shove in my purse until the next time I see a trash can. I've tried a few different granola or snack bars, since they can go with me in my purse. So far, KIND bars are my favorite.
  6. Put food in a plastic container. Get a sheet of plastic wrap about 2-3x the size of the container. Put plastic wrap over the food, so it's directly touching it, then drape the remaining plastic wrap over the sides of the container and put the lid on. That will prevent freezer burn. I do really well with lunches: Cook a big batch of stuff, freeze, and throw it in a bag for work. Soups and chilis are great for that! My problem is snacks. I need a healthy, reliable, inexpensive calorie stick that I can throw in my purse so I don't get desperately hungry and hit up a drive-thru.
  7. You're doing well! I have trouble moderating food intake and alcohol intake as well. (Especially alcohol. I freakin' love beer and vodka.) Here is what works for me: 1. No sweets at home. They just straight-up don't enter my house. Same with white bread. 2. Alcohol is hard to get to, in the back of the cabinet (or fridge, for the beer) behind all the cans of beans and tomatoes. Herbal tea, however, is sitting out on the counter by the electric kettle and the mugs. And I've made a rule for myself that the only liquor stores I go to are the ones with "points" programs so I can save money...coincidentally, both of them are far enough away to be a pain in my ass to go to. So, I don't buy alcohol too often, and never on impulse.
  8. Strength trained (beginner bodyweight circuit) for the first time since surgery. Oh yeah, so THAT'S what soreness feels like! I remember now.

    1. LucentFrost


      Sometimes when I do the beginner bodyweight circuit I tend to overdo myself and regretting it afterwards because of the soreness. >_>

      But hey it feels so awesome!!! :D

      Congrats to you!

  9. Maybe the stress of changing your lifestyle is affecting your immune system. Maybe some other stress is affecting it. Or maybe there's just a REALLY BAD virus going around; my daughter had something similar a couple weeks ago (minus the death rattle). I will say that "Two days of straight sleep" was a GREAT idea. Seriously, sleeping is the best. Do more of that! And good job tracking your symptoms; if things get worse, you'll have a record of how the whole disease process is going down.
  10. I GET TO RUN TODAY!! (first run since October due to illness and surgery)

  11. Kinda stressed about things outside of my control. (Which is most things, tbh) Hoping a workout knocks the stress level down a bit.

    1. Atrytone


      I completely feel ya here. Good luck and happy work out!

    2. Jittersthe.Clown


      "If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying. If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"

    3. TheGreyJedi-Ranger


      Happens to me all the time.. Hope things calmed down!

  12. Make it as easy as possible. I go to a gym that is less than a block from where I work. I pack my gym bag the night before I go. If I really don't want to go, I throw a swimsuit in there so I can soak in the hot tub and reward myself. I choose exercises that I like (walking, running, and lifting!) and skip exercises that I don't like (spinning, swimming). And I schedule time to work out, I block out an hour to go to the gym so the time is there for me to use.
  13. 6 days until I can run! And lift!

  14. I've been on a huge video game music kick lately, mostly Retro Remix Revue.
  15. girljen


    YAAAASS! Huge fan of coconut oil in oatmeal. I also add banana if I want something sweet, or serve alongside scrambled eggs if I need protein.
  16. My first thought to your first post was this: WOW. This is too hard to answer. I haven't been through most of this, and when I have been through something similar, the cause has been different! I still have no advice. I honestly can't imagine what you're going through. All I know is that you WANT to get through it, and that's a huge bonus.
  17. Thanks! Maybe it's a "New Game Minus." x_x Thanks! The doctor eventually wants to start hormone replacement therapy. We're both hoping I'll be able to deal with the menopause symptoms until June, which would give my body 6 months with no estrogen. That would kill off any remaining endometriosis. Right now I'm on a herbal remedy that the doctor recommended (Remifemin, if anyone's interested). It should start working soon, it apparently takes 4 weeks to start having an effect. I'm also taking a Calcium and Vitamin D supplement, and exercise has gone from "good idea" to "absolutely required" in order to keep my bones strong. I'd hate to trip over my own feet and end up with a broken bone.
  18. THE BOSS: I've been doing battle with endometriosis for YEARS. I tried everything: ablation, hormones, and simulated menopause (which worked, but wore off, and then it was back to pain and suffering). THE IDEA: Since nothing else worked, at least not for more than three months at a time, I asked my doctor for a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. "Hey Doc, can I please have major surgery that will remove some body parts and probably shorten my lifespan?" Since the pain went away with simulated menopause, and was limited to my uterus and ovaries, he agreed to do it. He tried to talk me out of it; it's not a good idea to remove ovaries from women younger than about fifty, but he went for it. Living extra years won't matter if I'm in pain all the damn time! THE FIGHT: Surgery on December 17th, 2015. THE RESPAWN: I woke up with NOTHING. No strength. No endurance. But, hey, no endometriosis pain! The first two weeks were nothing but drugs and TV. Slowly, I recovered. I started walking. Two weeks after surgery, I walked one whole block! NOW: I can walk for 30 minutes straight. That's almost two miles! I walk at least four times per week. I have the doctor's okay to start running on February 8th, and I can start lifting on February 22nd. I am going through menopause, which is slightly obnoxious, but WAY better than being in constant pain. NEXT: Couch to 5K (running) and Beginner Bodyweight Circuit (lifting).
  19. Hooray for tiny steps! Respawning is hard, but you can do it. Also, DDR is great. It kicks my ass and makes a fool out of me, and it is great anyway.
  20. Back after a tricky respawn.

  21. I love it when things go better than expected! :D

  22. Meeting my boyfriend's parents tonight. Current mood: Abject Terror

  23. Another week. This challenge is not going well. I just know I'm trying to change too much, too soon. The lifting is awesome, I'm all over that. I never did order Starting Strength, and I'm starting to realize that I really need it. That'll be my gift to myself next payday, but that's still a fail for Goal #2. I set three food restrictions for myself. One is at least seven paleo meals a week, which is going surprisingly well. One is a limit of one sweet treat per week. I've made it once. The last is a limit of four alcoholic beverages per week. I've made that once, had five drinks the other couple weeks, but it's never that far from my mind and it pisses me right off. I went from 8 drinks a week to 4. >_< I love and savor my alcohol. I would give up chocolate, makeup, facebook (YA RLY), my Wii, or coffee before I'd give up beer. So. While limiting my consumption has been helpful (easier mornings! pounds lost! money saved! even greater appreciation for the drinks I have!), it has also been aggravating. That, more than anything, has tempted me to throw my hands up and say "Screw this challenge, it is Beer:30 up in here!" The granny square challenge went right out the window, effectively replaced by the "I must clean my house every day because apparently I'm allergic to cats and I don't want to turn into a boogery mess" challenge. That one's going well enough. I could give up now. I could pour myself a tall, strong drink right now and enjoy the hell out of it while cleaning my house (because challenge or not, that's a necessity). I could order dessert on my date tonight. But...NO. This is important. This is one of those character-building learning experiences. I will complete the challenge. I will assess myself fairly. I will look back at this thread, and emails, and journals, and figure out what exactly was going on when I made bad choices like another sweet treat or drink #5 for the week. I will save a link to this challenge and look back at it when I do my next one to compare how I'm doing. This is going to suck, I may not level up, and I'm going to own it anyway.
  24. This challenge is killing me. I may not gain a level this time...but it has been one of those character-building learning experiences.

  25. Thank you! I needed that! After grabbing a few pairs of undies off thefitcoach, I've gotten a bunch of helpful info. But, it's time for me to get off the computer and go lift some more.
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