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Sweet Pea

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  • Birthday 09/09/1987

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  1. Finally checking in! Here's my progress report: Fitness Quest: Increase morning walks to at least 30 minutes each time and increase frequency to 6 days/week (right now I am managing 5 days/week, between 15-45 minutes but mostly 15-25)Week One: 3 days of 30+ minutes = really failed on this one! So far this week I have not missed a day though. Diet Quests: NO fast food. Period. <--done!Only have one dessert/sweet per week. <--such a fail! I think I snuck a treat every day last week except Friday! Working harder at it this week. Life Quest: Study world geography for 15 minutes per day.
  2. Phew! It's been a bit of a rough start for me this challenge, but that's nothing new! I missed my morning walk both Monday and today, so I will not make the 6 days this week. The one I did so far though was 30 minutes, so at least I don't think I'll have any issues managing that rather than only 15. The main reason I miss walks sometimes in the morning is if I sleep too late (aka hit the snooze button too many times). Funnily enough, I've consistently found that if I go to bed earlier than usual, I have a harder time waking up in the morning and am more tired the next day. I think I must be
  3. Stick with it Anniebox! Very smart to modify the workout, it's the habits we are trying to build more than anything. I definitely recommend walking, I do lots of it myself!
  4. Amazing way to handle your first day! Woohoo! With meditation, I find it helpful to think of something I read in a book by Dan Harris. He is talking about how when he first started meditating, his thoughts were constantly wandering and he spent the whole time redirecting himself. So he was thinking he wasn't doing it right. But the act of continually redirecting himself is meditation. I find that very reassuring when I meditate!
  5. Harley Quinn! Suicide Squad version
  6. Checking in for my first challenge in a very long time! Last time I participated they were doing 6 week challenges! I have a tendency to overdo these so I think I will like the 4 week time frame better. I am currently working on the following Epic Quests: complete 10 full push ups, travel to far off locations to hike, complete a half marathon in October 2016. I am also hoping to dress in costume for comic con in March, and to help me feel confident, I am doing the 6 week get fit quick plan from the NF Academy. Since I have not had any trouble so far completing the circuit workouts, in fact
  7. Hi Anniebox! These look like good goals! I will follow to see how you do! I first started on NF almost 3 years ago now, and have done challenges off and on. Sometimes I get discouraged, thinking I have not reached that "perfect place" that you imagine you will reach someday. But when I look at where I was at day one of my first challenge, and where I am now, I cannot begin to list all the ways NF and the community has helped me grow and change. I applaud you for "Starting small but dreaming big," that is the way to go!
  8. Thank you! So far I love the convict conditioning program, although it requires patience and dedication. It was slow starting, but I felt like once it clicked, there was no question it was the right path for me. Thanks!
  9. Day One: -No workout, rest day -Unclean Food: I had two chocolate chip cookies, a glass of red wine, and some caramel/cheddar popcorn. Other than that it was clean. Yes, I had a small meltdown that caused the cheats. (But look at day two, it's so much better!) Day Two: -Sprints workout: 1 minute sprints and 1 minute walking, 8 rounds. -Strength workout: Vertical Pulls 3x40 Wall Pushups 3x30 Knee Tucks 3x20 Wall Headstands 1xx35 seconds -Food: All clean except for ONE (yes only one) almond Hershey's kiss.
  10. Challenge Goals: Nutrition- Eat Clean! I'm going for 42 days of clean eating. What does clean eating mean to me? Unlimited fruits and veggies, nuts, healthy fats, and full fat dairy in moderation. Organic or grass-fed meat when possible. That's the basics, obviously there's more to it than that. I've been doing really well so far, so it's not a drastic change but a continuation of what I'm currently doing. Fitness- Sprint! I'm going to 24 sprint sessions, which is an average of 4 per week. I also do one "long" run per week. Fitness- Bodyweight workouts! I'm
  11. Former smoker (who's also been inactive on NF for too long, yikes!) and this might not be as helpful to you as it was to me, but something that helped me quit was letting myself mourn. Seriously, it sounds so weird, but I love love loved smoking, and quitting felt like I was losing a big part of my identity. So I let myself treat it that way, as if I was mourning the loss of something. And I still treat it that way...I'm past the cravings but I still miss it, so I just recognize that I miss it, and it sucks, but it's gone. Alternatively, when that fails, I think of a particular someone I do
  12. Today's Workout: Walk ~ 25 minutes light stretching afterwards That's all, folks!
  13. Hey-oh! Good to see you again as well! Hi Teirin! Do ehhhhht. Turrible. Indeed. *** After some heavy thinking and budget forecasting, I decided to quit my second job. The payoff was not worth the price in the end. The start to my challenge has been slow this week. I'm going to still use the same format, but make a couple tweaks to it. I'll add the changes to the original post. I'm not gonna lie, it's difficult for me to do this, because in the past I would possibly already be giving up on the challenge just because I wasn't quite ready when it started and I've had a
  14. Thanks! That's what I'm hoping for, it was my favorite and also most successful challenge. Well I'm a server at a bar/tavern, not the bartender, so no lifting kegs for me. It's cash out the door, which is why it's hard to leave. But it's a very slow place, with terrible owners and management, and unpredictable hours as far as whether I will work til 10pm or 2am. Which makes a big difference when I have to be at work again at 8:30am the next day, then go straight back to the bar at 5pm once that is done, and again not know how late I'll be working...and repeat. See the dilemma? It's jus
  15. So I'm going to make this easy on myself, and literally copy and paste from one of my previous challenges, what I would consider my most successful challenge. *** [The following content copied from here] Goals: Diet- Nothing is drastically changing here. I have a chart of foods to choose from, and each meal and snack is a combination of different foods from different groups. Simply put, I get a point for each food that falls under my plan, and a negative point for anything that is outside of the plan, as in extra food, sweets or alcohol. Unlimited non-starchy vegetables are allowed,
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