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Merrye

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About Merrye

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  • Birthday 08/22/1983

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    Bozeman, MT
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    assassin
  1. PS-Crazy excited to do the next challenge as an official assassin. :-D
  2. I'm still working on putting together my goals, but I do know that the biggest thing I learned is that I can't be vague. Part of my failures (which weren't big) were due to the rush to join the challenge at the halfway point. I need a very specific, detailed daily plan. So I plan on using the next two weeks to get a calendar, journal, and painfully detailed action plan together. Especially with the holidays coming up, I need to really think about eating habits so that I don't feel I'm depriving myself of yummy, delicious holiday foods. I'm also involved (read "test subject") in a scientific study about exercising in a fasted state and the effect of eating directly after a workout on various bodily functions. Being a part of this study means I can't do any leg exercise above and beyond what I typically do. So again, something else I need to keep in mind.
  3. Main Quests 1) Stop eating dairy. = B+ A lot of this was ignorance to ingredients and food prep, but I did sneak some cheese at a couple gatherings. However, I never brought dairy into my home and, more important for me, I didn't have any allergic reactions to it. Yay! 2) Make it through one rep of the basic body weight circuit workout without taking a break = C I made it through a whole rep, but I was terrible about working towards this goal everyday. For the next challenge, I'm going to create a more detailed daily regimen to follow. Life Side Quest 1) Complete the first step in my Kill the Debt quest by paying off my first credit card! = A+ Nailed it! On to the next card. :-) 2) Do not fall behind in songwriting course! = A+ Also on track with this. Yay me! Overall, I'm proud of how I did. Now that I have an idea of how challenges go, I can fine tune my efforts going forward, create more specific plans of action, and track my progress!
  4. Main Quests 1) Stop eating dairy. = B+ A lot of this was ignorance to ingredients and food prep, but I did sneak some cheese at a couple gatherings. However, I never brought dairy into my home and, more important for me, I didn't have any allergic reactions to it. Yay! 2) Make it through one rep of the basic body weight circuit workout without taking a break = C I made it through a whole rep, but I was terrible about working towards this goal everyday. For the next challenge, I'm going to create a more detailed daily regimen to follow. Life Side Quest 1) Complete the first step in my Kill the Debt quest by paying off my first credit card! = A+ Nailed it! On to the next card. :-) 2) Do not fall behind in songwriting course! = A+ Also on track with this. Yay me!
  5. Congrats on the savings account!!! And all the other stuff! Progress feels awesome! And I still made it to work, but I wasn't happy about it. ;-)
  6. So, I'm dealing with a loss of appetite. Not really sure what it's resulting from, but I'm definitely feeling the effects. I recently cut out most dairy and upped my vegetable and protein intake. Over the past few days, I just plain haven't been hungry. I make myself eat light stuff (like sweet potatoes or avocados), but I've been forgetting a lot because there's no hunger signal. I'm staying really hydrated so I'm not too worried about that. Today, I'm crazy tired and my brain is foggy. Anyone else go through this when they started switching up their diet? Any tricks on how to fix this?
  7. Well the good news is that you know where you tend to fail, so plan for that. Make it a goal for month 3 that you'll track your progress much more aggressively. In the meantime, I would say start small. Much smaller than what you have described. If it were me (and it was me), start with going for walks around the block. Or doing 5 push-ups (with or without toddler). Or dancing around the house for 5 minutes. You don't need a gym to be successful at this point. The rule I have for myself is that I can join a gym or fitness activity if I can make it through 3 basic workout reps without taking long pauses. Saves me money and provides me with motivation to do what I need to do before I get to the next step (I want to join an aerial fitness class...FUN!!!) Also, start fixing stuff in your diet...little stuff. There are lots of great posts Steve made about changing your habits, and the trick to making something stick is incorporating little changes, not huge changes.
  8. It doesn't sound like you at all the chocolate in the world, so I say you're good. This week has been tough for me in the same way you're struggling. Thank god, I don't have a car because there is literally no other choice for me than to walk to work. But even today, I stopped halfway up the hill and wanted to throw a tantrum. I blame the weather. :-) Keep it up! You're doing great!
  9. Welcome! I too joined the challenge late (last week), but I'm amazed at what I've already accomplished. For your savings account, might I recommend looking into high-yield online accounts. They're not as amazing as they used to be, but they're better than what you'll find at most banks. I use CapitalOne 360 (formerly ING) for checking and savings because both are interest bearing with no fees, but there are other online banks out there.
  10. I'm adding a new life quest! 2) Do not fall behind in songwriting course! I am enrolled through Coursera. It's a 6-week course, so I can't make the goal to complete it (maybe in the next challenge). Best I can do is keep up, take notes, and complete the assignments...maybe even write a song! Song writing is something I've dabbled in before but I've always talked myself out of seriously pursuing it because others have said I can't do it. I recently watched a lot of Arnold Schwarzenegger interviews (that dude was way cool at one point...still kind of is) and Steve's Tedx talk. They made me so pissed about all the naysayers that I've been called to action. So I'm going to start song writing seriously. It may lead to nowhere and maybe no one will ever hear it but me, but it makes me so happy!
  11. I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything immediately. What are some good, quality sports bras for big boobed ladies?
  12. I've had 2 breast reductions, and I still hope I end up losing a little more boob.
  13. I'm far more lethargic and weak during the first 2 or 3 days of my period. Making sure I eat lots of protein and iron helps though. I think everyone's different (imagine that!). Some people are beast and some are like me during our periods. My philosophy is listen to myself. If I need to back off stuff for a couple days, I do. It won't erase everything I've worked towards.
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