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    went on the longest run i think i've ever been on yesterday, and my legs have been screaming at me every since. haha i love and hate sore muscles all at once. hoping they've recovered enough by tomorrow to run again though. and then i'm planning on hitting the bouldering gym on Friday by myself. not sure how it'll be going alone...might be a really good time for self-reflection, and it might be terribly lonely. we shall see. writing has been kind of weird. Monday and Tuesday i wrote a total of ~800 words, but it was all meticulous storyline plotting that needed to get done. and i know that since i have those details all pounded out now, it will yield many more words per day than i would have been able to manage otherwise. so, mixed bag there, i guess. didn't work out today because my legs are killing me and also because yesterday was such a non-stop day that i'm feeling the exhaustion today. so instead i've been greasing the groove: every time i go upstairs, i do as many pushups and as many pullups as i can. with how weak i've let my arms become, those aren't very high numbers, but i know that it's better than nothing. amazingly, i haven't been having chocolate cravings, but i have been making myself crazy with wanting a burger, sweet potato fries, and a beer. we have really good burger places in town, too, which makes it so much harder... maybe on Friday, if i've been good all week. what do you guys think? is it more dangerous to give in to cravings, or to put them off and risk a binge later on?
  2. you lost 1.7 lb in 2 days?? that sounds totally crazy to me. special hurrah for returning arm strength! i'm hoping to work on mine during this challenge, too. i have every confidence that you will clean your kids' room very soon. all will be well.
  3. i don't know how you get so much done every day. i wish i could manage it. but i guess i just need to practice more. you're doing great! so glad to see how well you're doing! and i feel your pain on the knee thing, literally. think i tweaked mine on my run last night, too. :/ anyway, keep up the good work!
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    gaaaah, Elephant!!! freaking best album, ever. will have to check out the Supernatural soundtrack too...sounds interesting. : ]
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    oh and for anyone who is interested, i listened to my "punchin' shit" playlist. 1. The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing - The Decemberists 2. Boys Wanna Be Her - Peaches 3. Jumble, Jumble - The White Stripes 4. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes 5. Icky Thump - The White Stripes 6. Bone Broke - The White Stripes 7. Black Math - The White Stripes 8. Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill 9. Tick - Yeah Yeah Yeahs 10. I Fink U Freaky - Die Antwoord 11. Cookie Thumper! - Die Antwoord 12. No Tears - Scarface 13. Man - Neko Case 14. There's No Home For You Here - The White Stripes 15. Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys 16. Primitive (Richard Vission remix) - Richard Vission v Luciana ...i may or may not have a soft spot for The White Stripes.
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    thanks so much Ceasefire! you are bomb-tastic. ended up doing two [or three? i can't remember] rounds of 3 minutes: beat the punching bag to a pulp, 3 minutes: jump rope. and i am EXHAUSTED! my god. how did i get so out of shape so quickly? i always have the notion in the back of my mind that doing boxing is sort of a cheat day, but i stand corrected. well..."stand" is a bit of an exaggeration. more like "slumped in a chair, trying not to use my arms too much." but a good cup of tea, and i will be re-charged and ready to write! also, i really have to start working out FIRST THING when i get home after work. straight upstairs and change into workout clothes, then hit it hard and write. and then i can have the rest of the night to myself without any guilt! see guys, i'm learning! takes a while sometimes, but i am learning...
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    lol! yeah, the Mennonite church here has mercifully short sermons. and when the whole congregation is singing, it sounds heavenly. definitely a singing church, which is good in my book. i love those old hymns. well i had quite a day at work today. my company reversed our paychecks. thankfully i have two month's worth of money in my bank account at any given time, so i wasn't hurt, but most people had a negative balance because of it. soooo needless to say, everyone was going absolutely crazy. and it was the first day back after the break, which probably didn't help matters. anyway, we made it through, and i think everything has been fixed. but wow. for a while there...it was looking pretty dicey. i didn't work out yesterday, and i'm not feeling motivated to do it today either, but i know that failing to meet my fitness goal in the first week will just set me up for more failure. maybe i'll just go to town on my punching bag and work out some of those back-to-work feelings. i wrote ~750 words yesterday. hoping to get to the same count today as well. pottery class on Tuesdays means i probably won't get as much written tomorrow, but i'll try to make it up. just don't make me write on Friday or Saturday!
  8. hey, i had a crazy day at work, too! and i'm not reaching for chocolate to comfort me! WE ARE KILLING IT!
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    just over 400 words written so far today. and once i finish off this scene, i should be right around 700! *sigh of relief* i love getting those first 700 words of the week out of the way on Sunday so that I don't have to do it on Friday haha
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    it's amazing how neo-peganism seems to have a branch for everyone haha. for example, i first got interested in tracing my feminist roots back to the healing women and midwives of pre-enlightenment times. so i've always been more interested in green-witchery: herbs and healing plants, being in touch with the seasons and the changing moon cycles, things like that. and i still plan on becoming a doula one day soon. ah, rooibos! i first tried rooibos on a trip i took with my mom and her mom, so it has the bonus of being tied with some of my fondest memories. actually it's funny you should mention it now, since last night my mom found and returned the stash i hid and forgot about! been living without my favorite brand for a few years now, but no more!
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    oooh, i never thought of combining ginger and peppermint! two of my favorite flavors though. i never like licorice tea as much as i think i will haha. i love the smell and taste of licorice, but for some reason in tea form it just doesn't do it for me. i picked up some cranberry tea on a whim yesterday and it was actually pretty good! there was also something called Breakfast in Paris, which looked like a regular breakfast tea with notes of lavender and something else. looked interesting, but i haven't quite made the leap to stronger black and grey teas... maybe it would be a good stepping stone in that direction though. will pick it up next time i'm at the store and report back! the Grimore Tiberius got for me for Christmas had some kind of dark/sketchy stuff in it, so i tore out the offending pages and feel much better about having it in my home now. i'm excited to cleans and dedicate the book! waiting for a clear night with a full moon.
  12. i also have those feels. i spend hours [hours!! how do i spend that long??!] looking for just the right gifs to put into my posts, and then i spend several more hours looking for just the right words to say to people i'm supporting during a particular challenge, and then i feel like i don't get a lot of love in return. anyway, just wanted to let you know you're not alone. your goals look super solid, and it's actually refreshing to see such a down-to-earth, bare-bones approach to a challenge. best of luck to you!
  13. i love this. changing mindset about "unpleasant" things is so amazingly helpful. i had a similar switch last year from hating the overcast and cold of winter to finding it peaceful, refreshing, and invigorating. i too am in the "oh lord why did i eat so much sugar??!?" phase of the post-holiday craze. though i decided to straight-up cut all the sweets out of my life for a few months. heartbreaking right now, but i think i will thank myself come March. you have great goals! looking forward to seeing your progress!
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    wrote ~300 words this morning! not bad for an early start. also, just so you all know... peppermint tea peppermint has saved my life so many times. upset stomach? not any more! chocolate craving? oh, peppermint tea will take care of that! and it just smells so good! yum. something so invigorating and yet relaxing about a good cup of minty tea. definitely planning on growing peppermint in my garden this year. and that concludes my love letter to peppermint tea haha. what are your favorite teas? are there any i should try?
  15. i'm in the same boat. : / grr! why are those last few pounds so stubborn?? anyway, i'm here for support. and if you're channeling the strength of the titans, i don't you can go wrong. good luck! [as if titans need luck... ]
  16. i have a current goal of 700 words/day, 5 days/week. that's about my limit for most of the week, though sometimes i do have a write all the words!!! kind of day and i end up going above and beyond my goal. man i love those days... anyway, i finished a book during the last challenge, so i have to publish that one and then get started in earnest on my next one.
  17. great idea, i love it! and i love the celebration of good days! can't wait to see your progress!
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    oh sweet! i love finding sister witches! yes, i agree - i take bits and pieces that are applicable to my life and i leave the rest. as far as spiritualism and finding my place in the world, i'm not a big fan of all-or-nothing. but yes, i will keep you up-to-date on my witchy experiments!
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    right. well. last challenge had its ups and downs [as is to be expected] but it ended with a catastrophic down. so i'm dusting myself off and trying again. pictured above is how i plan to deal with this challenge. long-term goal: 19% bodyfat i'm currently ~25% and i have been for quite a while. i joined Nerd Fitness in July of 2013. from then until now i have been trying to drop these last few pounds of fat. physically, there have been a few small changes [both forward progress as well as back-sliding]. mentally and emotionally, however, i am in a much better place than ever before. i think the kind of progress i've made is the most important, and i'm extremely thankful that i'm able to love myself the way i should, but these last 5 lbs are really starting to get on my nerves... 1. don't eat that shit! reprise - no sweets in the previous challenge, i tried to track my food every day and stay at a caloric deficit. it's a great idea in theory, and last year i probably could have done it, but my life has changed and i don't have the time or discipline that i used to. so i'm taking out the extra effort of recording every dang calorie and just cutting out sweets all together. no more guess-work. no more excuses. just results [i hope!] 2. do what you love - get up and move around 5 days/week i already have a habit of taking a brisk 15-30 minute walk every day at work, so that's a good start. i also meet up with a friend 2 times a week to jog [which, surprisingly, i am really starting to love!] but more than that, i have to re-commit myself to exercise. i've got a punching bag, rock climbing shoes, a bike, running shoes, a weighted vest, and lots of knowledge about bodyweight exercises. i always have fun working out. it's just making myself do it that's the hard part. 3. pen to paper - write 700 words/day, 5 days/week as you may or may not know, i have aspirations of becoming an author. during the last challenge, i finished my first book. now, i've started work on my second book [which will be the first in a series]. i need to write on this thing HARD, and i also need to publish the first book. i have a feeling it will need quite a bit of overhauling before i send it off to the press, which i don't even want to think about because i am just so done with that story, you know? anyway, it's something i have to do. i'm really proud of the work i've done so far. i know i can shine it up and make it even better, but it's hard. other things i want to do more of during this challenge: witchy things - Tiberius got me a whole bunch of spell ingredients and a freaking awesome Grimore for Christmas. plus i ordered a couple of wiccan almanacs for 2015 that have information about moon phases and herbs and all kinds of things. and on top of that, i did a lot of prepping this past fall so that i can have a garden this year. and having a garden means lots of green magic! so i'll read up on that, too. violin/dance - right now i'm half way through a pottery class [another (early) Christmas gift from Tiberius] but as soon as that's over, i'm going to either start violin or dance lessons. i've been wanting to learn both for years and years and i finally have enough money, so i'm going to do it. go to church - i grew up going to a typical non-demonimational Christian church, and i hated it. but my parents have started going to a really, really cool Mennonite church. whenever i've gone with them, i come home feeling full of wonderful peace and joy. so i think i should do more of that. i think peace and joy are good things to be full of.
  20. WOWZA! i just did a bodyweight workout for the first time in quite a while and man alive did i miss it! i didn't even know how invigorated it got me until i didn't have it for a long time. whew, i feel like i could lift a car over my head and chuck it down the street! i don't know what it is, but i get something out of bodyweight workouts that i don't get from running or anything else. anyway, just had to post to say i feel like a freaking tank! and it's awesome!!!
  21. so, in my endless running around, i've realized that the challenges i set for myself have become unsustainable changes for my life. i cannot work a full time job, commute home, exercise, write, make a healthy dinner, make a healthy lunch, and get enough sleep every day right now with all the extra little things to do and errands i need to run, and keeping a social life, and having enough time to breathe. especially now that i have a pottery class for 3 hours every Tuesday evening! so, i'm gonna ease up on the workout and writing requirements. eating right is my priority. and i will for sure go for a run every Tuesday and Thursday, since i have a running buddy who is counting on me. [thank goodness for accountability!] i think things will slow down a little now that i'm done buying gifts for everyone and Tiberius's birthday is over. [i have 4 people who are close to me that have birthdays in December. is there anything worse than a December birthday?] anyway, things should be a little more smooth until Christmas break. at which point, honestly, all bets are off. hope things are going great for you all! i also hope that this holiday season is inspiring gratitude for who/what you have in you life, generosity of the heart for those around you, and patience for yourself and for everyone you encounter. the shifting season always reminds me to take stock of my attitude and to be a giving, caring person. i hope you all are feeling the love! if so, pass it on to those around you!
  22. the wood elf understands the stealthy graceful ways of the mountain lion. the kinship is strong, though one dwells in trees and the other, on land. glad you're bouncing back! but venting on here is a-ok; that's what we're here for. to listen and help when we can. as long as you aren't consumed with negativity, no one should mind too much. [or maybe i shouldn't speak for others, but i know that it's ok with me.] i know how exhausting it can get when you're trying to be the cheery-peppy-gogogo person 24/7. so yes, don't feel bad about the ONE post you've made in 8 pages that isn't completely upbeat. so glad to see how well you're still doing! inspiring, as always. keep it up!
  23. Tiberius and i couldn't decide on a tree topper, so we just put a Santa hat on it instead. : ] have fun decorating! and good job keeping up with your workouts!
  24. apparently bulldogs dressed as cheerleaders is sort of a thing on the internet...? weird. haha who knew?
  25. hooray Tzippi! all of us Americans had a little [or a lot] of derailment over the weekend, no worries. glad to see you've jumped right back on the horse though! good on ya. : ]
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