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  1. My long weekend was frowns in everything but exercise: I really didn't even try to exercise control over my eating, which is a usual problem for me on weekends. I need to come up with a strategy for next weekend. But today's a new day and a new week. I've got chili for lunches this week, and I'll be making a big batch of oatmeal tonight for breakfasts.
  2. fiddle-on

    I'm Back, Baby!

    Yet another returner! I like the vague goals. I've usually got a mix of specific and vague. Like right now, I've got a clear calorie goal (300-500 calorie deficit, no added sugar), but a vague exercise goal (do it and include strength training sometimes). Also, I think I need to copy the doctor's visit: I'm past due for one.
  3. I like the rewards goal. It doesn't work for me because I frequently end up getting myself the "reward" even if I fail. May you have better self control than I do!
  4. I got my first frowny face for yesterday. After dinner, I just started snacking. At first because I was still a little hungry, and then because I just had trouble stopping. I ended the day a hundred or two calories over maintenance, so not horrible, but enough that I need to start my streak over.
  5. Thanks! I want to end the challenge with the most colorful calendar I can.
  6. Sounds ambitious! I like the test run idea: with 5 or 6 months to go, you'll have plenty of time to add in the habits that get left behind this challenge.
  7. I've had 2 very good diet days in a row. On Monday I had a mini chocolate chip muffin (100 calories, 6 g sugar) because my breakfast was way too small, but that's the only junk I've had and it kept me from spending the 3 hours until lunch thinking about my coworker's chocolate filled candy jar. I've gone 2 full days without touching that chocolate, which has to be a personal record. I didn't do as much of a workout as I was supposed to yesterday: 10 minutes of stretching yoga followed by about 15 minutes of bodyweight. Should have been at least 30 minutes of more intensive strength
  8. I just need to make sure I've got barriers between myself and Impulse as often as possible. Good luck holding strong through the weekend!
  9. I haven't been here for a year, but I'm back for the sake of the challenge accountability. I want to focus on diet this time around. I've started picking some of my bad food habits back up, and since January I've regained a couple of the pounds I lost in 2016/2017. I want to lose another 15-20 pounds instead of gaining more. This challenge is going to focus on improving my eating habits and losing weight again. Specifically, I want to cut down on sugar and stop snacking between meals. I've been better about fitness than diet. I haven't really had much direction this y
  10. Woohoo! I'm another long-time absent person who's looking to get back to making progress, though my last challenge was May, 2017. Here's to exercising good judgement and making slow, consistent progress.
  11. Ooh, me too. I've kind of bounced around between guilds, but at heart, I'm an adventurous Scout. Or a scouteous Adventurer?
  12. I've biked 30 miles since Friday, run 6, and hiked about 3. Also done one and a half Simple and Sinister workouts. My longest nonstop bike ride is now 17 miles. My living room is actually as clean as I want it to be, but the bedroom is much worse. I had to clean in a hurry for my brother's visit because initially, we were all going to visit at my parents, but last minute that got changed to my apartment. 2 hours, and all the stuff I couldn't really deal with is now in bedroom. I've got a big pile of stuff that I'm not sure whether to keep or give away, plus 3 bags of stuff in the
  13. Wow, this is exciting. And really impressive. My trick for remember centuries is that the 1st century started in 0001, so everything counts from there.
  14. You just described my entire week. Except that this morning I got in to work and though it was Thursday.
  15. I rand 2.5 miles in about 28 minutes last night. That was including a slow, uphill first mile and a 1 minute walk break every 8 minutes. I could have kept going at that pace for another interval or two easily. I think I'm going to switch up my C25k and keep in walk breaks for a while. It's so much easier than running non-stop for 20+ minutes, plus it's a bit faster. Running non-stop hurts more by the end and that slows me down, plus knowing I'll hurt in the end keeps me from pushing earlier. I'll run again tonight if I have the time to do both S&S and a run. I didn't do any st
  16. It's more of an adult band camp for folk musicians, with the focus being on workshops and classes. Though there are concerts every evening. The two I've gone to are Acadia Trad School (https://acadiatradschool.com/) and Northeast Heritage Music Camp( http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com/ ). The first has better scenery, the second has better food, and both have amazing musicians.
  17. My weight just dipped below 140! 139.2 on the scale this morning. The last time I was this weight, I was shorter than I am now (by maybe quarter or half an inch, but still shorter!). I didn't have time for everything I wanted to do last night, so I prioritized cleaning. At this point, the bedroom is halfway to acceptable and about 1/4 of the way as neat as I wish it was. I've come up with a flute routine that works for now. Long tones first thing in the morning, which are very meditative and a good way start the day, then video lessons in the evening before bed. I knew
  18. I know a few people who are freelance musicians, which is probably equally difficult as being a freelance artist. I knew a few more in my 20s, but it's not an easy life, especially starting out. The successful ones are the ones who are good at connecting with people and made a niche, and don't mind being poor if they love what they do. They promote themselves, search out opportunities, and take almost anything that comes their way, and keep improving their skills. If you've never made money off of your art, now's the time to start learning how. In their 20s, most of them needed to
  19. Kind of obnoxious how a little change in your hormones translates into the real world. But today's a new day, and now you know what's up.
  20. I'm glad you and yours are OK. That's terrifying that it happened so close.
  21. I started out cleaning in the bedroom last night. I spent 20 minutes picking stuff up and putting it away. I could have spent 40 and not finished. This is a huge thing I want to change about myself. I want to be in the habit of keeping my apartment neat. I want to spend 20 minutes before guests arrive bringing my apartment from acceptable to neat, not 2 hours bringing it from disgusting to messy. I hate living in the mess, and it affects my overall mood. It's the least fun of my goals, but I need to make it the most important. I visited my parents last night, so I didn't do the
  22. Thanks. I really just need to learn to clean effectively and consistently, so hopefully this will work better than just throwing time at the problem. I love the sound of the flute way more than the sound of the violin, so I'm happy enough to be spending more time with it.
  23. Last challenge was my first since last fall, and was partly to help me get over the winter blues. This challenge I’m building on that and adding in music. Goals Fitness- Walk or take my bike to work every rain-free day. It's about a mile and a half, or 5-10 if I have extra time and take a long route for the fun of it. (+1 per day, +2 per longer ride) Run 3 or 4 C210k workouts a week. Running isn't my favorite, but it's convenient and I like being able to run. I’m on week 7 now. Also, I’m signed up for a half marathon in November. (+2 per 30 minutes) 10+ minutes of
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