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  1. I know, right? It's really the least we deserve for all the pain and hassle. Well, I haven't been super strict on counting calories the last couple of days, but I have been making much better food choices, so I'm feeling pretty good about that. I worked out on Monday and Wednesday, and I've been really good about getting to bed at a reasonable hour. I haven't done any Spanish practice at all though, I'll definitely have to make that more of a priority.
  2. Just dropping in to say hi and good luck! Especially with paying off your debt, that stuff is not fun.
  3. Well on the plus side, I worked out yesterday and I've been doing really well about getting enough sleep. On the other hand, I went way over my calorie limit. It's official: I'm gonna have to lock up my credit cards and all the food in my house when I have my period, because I just lose all willpower and I will eat everything in sight. Apparently I still managed to lose a pound, though, so yay? And I'm out of snacks/junk food at home, so if I leave my credit card at home when I go to work tonight I should be all set.
  4. That would actually be quite helpful, since I didn't end up working yesterday or today. Friggin' work keeps suddenly changing my schedule around. But if I'd focused and made an effort, I still could've worked out, so that's definitely on me. Thanks! Yesterday went well, but today I didn't count my calories and maaaay have eaten half a bag of chocolate. But I've remotivated myself and I have my meals for tomorrow all planned out, so I should be back on track with no problems.
  5. Days three and four: Doing pretty well. Today I didn't log all of my calories, I just kind of gave it my best guess. But I don't think I did too badly. Yesterday I worked out, and I've been in bed at the right time, although I usually end up lying awake for quite some time. Now I just have to actually follow through with my plan to work out tomorrow . . .
  6. Day two, pretty good. Logged all my food and came up exactly at my calorie limit, so that's pretty good, and did just a little bit of Spanish practice.
  7. Thanks! And yeah, DuoLingo is pretty great for practice with a rusty language. I haven't tried learning a totally new language with it yet, but it's on my to-do list after I bring my Spanish beyond high school level. I've tried counting calories before and seen improvement (because holy crap you really don't notice how much you're eating until you have to count it) but this is the first time I'm going to really focus and try my best to be consistent and accurate. So hopefully I'll see good results! Day one: Logged everything except a cup of hot chocolate I had at work and came in 35 calories under target, so that's good. I did two rounds of the Beginner's Bodyweight Workout, and am currently in bed with my alarm set for 8 and a half hours from now. No Spanish practice, but other than that a pretty good beginning!
  8. I've spent the last couple challenges working on my basics, trying to get into the habit of eating better and exercising more regularly. And my diet and exercise programs have definitely gotten better, but since I was starting from rock bottom that doesn't mean a lot. So this challenge, I'm starting to make the move from "not the worst diet ever" to an actively healthy lifestyle. Yaaaay! Main Goal: Lose ten pounds by the end of this challenge. That's just over a pound and a half a week, so that should be perfectly doable as long as I stay on track. Goal One: Count *all* calories and stay under target. I'm giving myself one cheat meal a week that doesn't have to be counted, but other than that every meal, snack, and drink has to be entered as accurately as possible. I'm using caloriecount.com because they also track nutrients and vitamins, which is handy. Goal Two: Work out three times a week. This is still less to actually improve strength and more to be active and get in the habit of moving instead of sitting around all day, so it won't be anything terribly impressive. But I will be trying to keep track of what exercises I do and how many reps, etc., so I can track my improvement. Goal Three: Be in bed eight hours before my alarm will go off, lights out no less than seven hours beforehand. Sleep kind of personally offends me because it feels like a waste of time - time I could be using to watch TV dammit - but maybe I would have more motivation and energy if I was actually getting more than 4-5 hours on a regular basis. Side Quest: Work on my Spanish with DuoLingo every day. I'm going to *try* to post here every single day with my results, but I have a terrible memory so we'll see how it goes.
  9. Week 5, I'm summarizing as a B-. Not bad, but I could've done better. This last week I'm going back to tallying it up daily. Today was good. I came home and grilled some turkey burgers, served with plenty of vegetables, and I practiced Spanish for a while. However, I cancelled my workout on account of my ankle is still sore from when I twisted it the other day. It wasn't a bad twist but I figure better safe than sorry - the last thing I need right now is to hurt myself further.
  10. I swear I'm not avoiding this thread. It's one of those things I always think "Oh, I should post something . . . I'll sit down and do that later", and pretty soon it's been two weeks and I haven't posted anything. So . . . . Weeks 3 and 4 I'm going to summarize into a C. I definitely could've done a lot better, and I'm a little disappointed in myself for not sticking to things as closely as I should have. On the other hand, it's been a truly crazy month so far (work switched all my hours around and then gave me loads of overtime: great for my wallet, less great for my peace of mind), and even if I haven't been sticking with all my challenges, they've still been there in the back of my mind, prompting me towards a better path. Which is definitely an improvement over not even thinking about whether I should have fruit or McDonald's for lunch. However, for the last couple weeks of the challenge I'm going to try and post every day just to keep myself on track. So far this week I've worked out once, practiced my Spanish twice, and and bought the ingredients for a good meal, so I'm doing alright. Should probably eat more vegetables though. Spanish is coming along very, very slowly but surely. I've finally moved past DuoLingo's basic vocabulary lessons and am getting into things like tenses and more complex grammar. So it's fun, but slow going!
  11. That ten year old is wiser than I am. I think she's going great places in life. This is also very wise. I've been feeling down lately, I think it would be a good idea if I took a page from your book and tried focusing on the positives. I haven't been around lately, but it looks like you've been doing well, so congratulations! And I'd be interested in a tap dancing video, if you were considering it. I don't know much about tap dancing, to be honest, but it sounds pretty interesting.
  12. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you guys are doing alright.
  13. Week 2 summary: Eat 3 servings of fruit/vegetables per day: 15, so C Cook 2 meals a week: A. I made pork chops on Wednesday and beef stew on Saturday . . . delicious. Work out: C - I was putting my third work out off until Sunday, but I unexpectedly had to work a double shift and didn't have time. Let that be my lesson about putting off workouts! Spanish: C So, this week was kind of crazy for me between work and some personal stuff, and I haven't been on here much. But I'm back on track now, so I think this week will go much better.
  14. Okay, week one summary: Eating 3 servings of fruits/vegetables per day: 17, so B- Cook 2 meals a week: A Work out: A Spanish: C So I'm doing pretty well so far, although I've gotta start practicing Spanish more consistently. And overall I've been feeling a lot better this week - more energetic (even when I'm tired, I don't feel so drop-dead exhausted anymore) and generally happier. Possibly it's to do with the fact I'm no longer in danger of dying of malnutrition. So far, so good!
  15. I used to play the flute! But I'm a slacker and never did much, so I'm impressed. Good luck! And it sounds like you're managing your anxiety pretty well, so congratulations!
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