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  1. I just had to pop in to say how delighted I am by your username. The legendary Polgara can do anything! Best of luck to you. I've failed 3 quests last year, and I think I'll try the one following this one. Keep up the magic!
  2. Thanks for all the replies, guys. I think I answered my own question in the first post, just get out and do it. My schedule is not friendly to new habit-building. Biking to work is not an option, it's 18 miles away in the country. And I'm not biking back home at 12:30 a.m., when I get off. I bought new shoes last year, they're barely broken in. I guess it's just the trauma of activity on my legs when my body has become accustomed to sitting for hours on end. Also, I've failed C25k miserably in the past, that's part of why I asked how to build up the endurance to do even that simple program. Anyway, this is all on hold because I've got heart problems!!!11 When I see him this month, I'll ask the cardiologist what the best exercise I can do is.
  3. I think I've asked this before, though probably in my long-buried 6-week challenge threads from last year. What's the best way to build up endurance for jogging and future running? This happens intermittently: I say I'll start walking to begin training, but life happens and I end up not walking again for a month or more. Then I have to start all over again. More than once I thought, "well, don't just stroll leisurely, speed walk or try to jog for 30 seconds." And that gave me shin splints and/or a headache. So I suppose I just need to walk more? I feel like it's not enough, because I always hear that you need to push yourself, that the way to burn fat is with short, intense intervals. I think it's intense summer sun that contributes to headaches, so I don't have to worry about that for awhile. But I always dress appropriately and take a bottle of water, sometimes a spare in the car for afterwards. I wish I could get a gym membership for just summer. Also, getting up early to beat the sun is not an option right now, as I work at night and sleep til 11 am-noon. Hoping to change this very soon though......
  4. Week 4: A little better. Just did my off-site writeup. I'm back to logging my meals, partially with MFP, every day so far in a little notebook. That 1380 calorie goal is hard to limit......... Last week's bodyweight blowout had me really sore, heh. I had to scale back on the next round. I'll be back at it after I post.
  5. It was nice. We celebrated our 2-year anniversary. Did y'all think I was dead? I hit the bodyweight circuit today. I'll see these last 3 weeks out, at any rate. Yeah!! I graded myself for weeks 2 and 3 and calculated my "midterm." Ouch. I won't post my grades, they're painful. Seeing it all written out on my giant NF text file is quite helpful.
  6. It was ok, but the place was awful. Haven't heard back yet. I don't think the pay will be any better than the minimum wage I make now, so I'm not driving 40 minutes up the interstate for that. That ordeal shot week 2 down, and week 3 isn't going much better. I'm on vacation, and tomorrow I'm driving out to my boy's place to spend the rest of my time off with him. The harder I plan for these kinds of things, the worse I fall behind with it, I swear.
  7. Give me that box. I fell back on cereal over the weekend (Cheerios, Raisin Nut Bran, and Life. At least it's not sugary nugget cereal?). Ohboy, it's week 2 now. Time for the tally! 1. ACTIVITY. lol nope. Had a 30-minute hike last Monday that put me off for the rest of the day (headache, exhaustion). Good lord I am that out of shape. Cut back to a 15-minute hike Wednesday, which was much better. Bodyweights did not factor in as I was having Work-Related Problems (more later). C- 2. Protein, lots of protein. This went pretty good. Stuff like eating beef & veggie stir-fry without rice, and carnitas & beans without tortillas. I love tortillas. But if I buy a bag to have one or two with a meal, I end up going through the whole bag in a week or so having breakfast burritos and peanut butter on one as a snack. I started out the week good by logging my meals on MFP, but that fell through due to afforementioned Problems. Problems that made me need cookies. B 3. Meditate. Oh lord I need to get good at this. I set a 2-minute timer on my Deep Relax app and chilled out to some soothing sounds. It was really nice... for those 2 minutes. I guess the idea is that once you're good at meditating, you can switch your brain off when it starts spinning at 100mph? Anyway, I only did it twice during the week, right before going to sleep. C Bonus Life Quest: Apply for new jobs. Ok, so all month at work there's been drama and office politicking and all kinds of nasty shit. By some benevolent force, I found a job to apply for that sounds pretty good. This does not happen regularly here in the sticks. I've been in email correspondence with the place since the first week of June, and that's what prompted me to add this to my challenge! At the end of last week, some shit hit the fan and the head publisher got involved, which was really intimidating. To top it off, I had to do something I'm not supposed to in order to get what needs to go in the paper, because someone was acting like a 5-year-old and withholding the thing I needed. By Friday I was a nervous wreck. No sleep, kind of drugged in an attempt to sleep, also computer breaking because it's an old POS and the software we use is beyond outdated and buggy as hell... my little quest here was not on my mind at all. Nothing really came of the drama except for some casual reminders of "you all need to do the things" and no one either noticed or cared that I retrieved my ads furtively. While it sucks being at the bottom of the barrel, at least no one pays attention to you. I think the crisis is over for now. Today the other job asked me to come in for an interview Thursday. Apparently my emails and application have struck a chord! I'm so excited! A There's a lot to prepare for by Thursday, but I'm doing my best here. Whew.
  8. Nice, I do like angel mythos. Don't worry about, stories can take a long time to plan out. And rewrite.
  9. Haha, your title too. This is cracking me up. Your challenge sounds really good! Are you doing the beginner body weight circuit? I love it. Oooh, what kind of story are you writing? *fistbunp for fellow writers*
  10. Let me tell you about Serkets. And thanks~ I got an application in the mail from a tiny newspaper I sent my resume to last week, so that's something!
  11. DeepGreenEden waves her bandanna in response ta Elinox, an' keeps a steady watch while th' bosun confers with th' cap'n. Th' ship's large black feline has taken ta restin' at her feet, maybe beggin' fer any more bits of sea creature, maybe just wantin' a scratch between th' ears. Which Eden gives her, th' spoiled thing. "Aye, that pretty little brigantine won't escape us," she murmurs. "An' once I get a share o' treasure, I be on th' path ta good fortune. Whatcha say ta that?" Somebody purrs an' nuzzles an affectionate palm. (Also, welcome aboard dhar, AprilMay, an' tigs! )
  12. Monday must have wiped me out, I slept really good. First time in 4 days. I also turned on the Deep Relax app before bed and tried to meditate for 2 minutes. My mind wandered a bit, the ocean sound I set on the app made me remember my trip to Mexico last summer. At any rate, it was relaxing. Earlier this evening I looked at job listings, but read more articles about job hunting. Which I shouldn't do, as it depresses me horribly. Remembering my ultimate backup plan of "work here at lousy job until I've paid off debt, draw and write in spare time, quit and launch comic." Oh god that's bleak. Billionaire spouse, where are you already.
  13. Today I hiked around the yard and woods for half an hour. There's a great big hill that starts a clear path up into the woods behind my house. Forgot sunscreen, allergy meds, older shoes so my new running shoes wouldn't get muddy, and to stretch. Woooow. Even though it was cloudy and not very hot at all, I got pretty sweaty and battled a headache all afternoon! I thought food would take care of it but no. It's just now going away thanks to some Aleve I took about an hour ago. Also felt kind of weak from not eating so much, whoops. A Chobani yogurt for breakfast, a few bites of the roast I made yesterday, and an Amy's black bean burrito before I left for work at 3:30. Nice homemade tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato as part of dinner. Day 1, kind of hectic. @_@
  14. So true. Thanks! It really is, and habit breaking is way harder than I thought it would be. That's excellent how you found the things to motivate you and build your courage. That's what I'm looking for. I'm so tired of looking at the way things are and feeling bad about them; I want to change something or see a task through to completion. Once I accomplish a goal, then I should have the confidence to tackle new ones, right? And I'm not talking about weekly goals of "do the laundry and make sure I have dinner to take to work every day." So yeah!!
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