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  1. I had a bad challenge this time. For some reason (which I'm still investigating) I just lost interest. Perhaps my challenge was too unspecific? Too "easy" and open? I did open it up after the last one to make it more flexible, but maybe it was too open. I did okay overall, but I stopped tracking (lost interest) although I think I did mange to keep up with what I was supposed to be doing. So maybe it just became status quo rather than a challenge? I also stopped checking in with other people's challenges. And all this was compounded by a plague-like cold, which kept me home from work for 3 days
  2. I guess I should write up my conclusion, although I think I summed it up in my previous post. I was struck with a horrible horrible (what I'm calling "the plague") cold, which knocked me sideways for a long time. Three days home from work, but at least a week longer than that to fully recover. If this was my only issue with the challenge, it would be okay, but its not. I just lost energy / motivation ... I don't know what, on this challenge. Was it too easy? Maybe. I tried to open it up a bit from the last one, but maybe this was too open, no "challenge" to it. I also stopped tracking. On
  3. Hi Nuala, Thanks for asking! I am recovering from a really bad cold - I'm calling it "the plague". I've never had a cold that knocked me like this one before; I was off work 3 days last week, and am still not 100%. My coworker (who gave it to me) said it took him a week and a half or so to finally feel right. By that estimate, I have till the end of this week. That was last week, but even before that I had been bad about updating, and just overall pretty unenthusiastic about my challenge this time. On previous challenges, even if I'm not updating on here regularly, I'm tracking, but t
  4. Great work! Have you tried doing sprint intervals to increase your overall pace time?
  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had a nice relaxing day as you wanted. I'm a freelancer, too, so I can sympathize. Its hard to get into a routine when your schedule is never "guaranteed". Although my schedule sounds a bit more regular than yours as my jobs are usually a few months at a time (or longer) with regular hours. Not this one, but most jobs. How was your first day at the gym?
  6. Good for you for resetting. That's a problem I have sometimes - I set up the challenge and want to continue it, but realize that life has taken a different turn and then I have trouble adjusting. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the overwhelming to-do list. The easiest thing for me to do to help with the messy house is when I see something downstairs that has to go upstairs, I put it at the bottom of the stairs. Quite often I have a little pile of things on the stairs. Then, the next time I go upstairs, I take it with me and at least put it in the correct room, even if not in its "proper p
  7. Its been a long time since I've updated! Everything is going well, nothing spectacular, just continuing on, which is probably why I haven't updated. lol Flossing - still continues every day. Movement has been excellent. Today will be a bit of a challenge - its a surprise day off, but we're in the middle of a snowstorm so I won't be going outside. I will do something here, but my favourite exercise window has passed (while I lay in bed lol) so I'll have to make an effort this afternoon. Yesterday was glorious. I went for a nice 7km run - it was sunny and mild and just a lovely day. And
  8. Great job on keeping up with your exercising! And I think you did great with the food, too. As pretty much everyone has already said, you were on vacation and shouldn't be so strict that you don't enjoy yourself anymore. But I think you did amazingly at still eating fairly healthily, so don't be too hard on yourself. I, too, am jealous of how close everything is for you in Europe... everything here is so far away! And we just don't have the history, either.
  9. Great first week! And good job on pushing through the last day slump!
  10. Impressive, Nuala! I don't think I could get it down that far, although I also have a dishwasher, which makes a big difference. Thanks, Batwoman! The Tacos turned out great! And I have lots of leftover pork for future meals. I had a surprise day off today, so I went through those boxes and shifted it all into one big box for donations, including some other things I"ve been pulling out of my pantry and closet. I also reorganized the pantry a bit, although it still needs work, especially on my tea shelf! Exercise is fine, too. I walked to work yesterday, carrying my laptop, and then today
  11. Week 1 update: Everything is going GREAT! Everything has been done that I wanted to... except... I have only had fish / seafood once this week. I'll make that up this afternoon or evening. I've moved every day, set my alarm on my phone to get up at least once an hour, and I exercised and got my heart rate up three times this week (including a 5.5 km run yesterday). I also still have to spend some time purging and cleaning. I'll do that this afternoon, too. Meal planning - it was a bit vague this week. I have lots of ingredients, but no specific meals to cook, well except for tomorrow
  12. Sounds amazing! I can't wait to hear more about your trip!
  13. Thanks for the info on the planks, guys! Good to know! I'll just switch to forearms when my wrist is acting up. I think I should try some negative push-ups, too.
  14. Great first week! Good for you for listening to your body... and most importantly... for working on the things that scare you! YAY!!! Have a great trip!
  15. Sounds like the start of the challenge is going great for you! Keep going!
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