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Merrye

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  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 scientif
  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 f
  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 f
  5. Something to add...if all of your student loans are federal and with one servicer, there is little benefit to consolidating. However, if you're having trouble making payments, you should look into some of the different plans. If you're in public service, some of your loans can be forgiven.
  6. 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. ;-)
  7. 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
  8. 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 ta
  9. 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!
  10. I have severe anxiety disorder, and while I do have propanalol as a backup, I have found meditation to be helpful. First thing is set the mood (if you're not already). Dimming lights, lighting candles, music, etc. Even clothes I'm wearing needs to be comfortable. Music is extremely important for me. Those cheesy, end of the isle stations with the cheap CDs? Some of the music on there is actually gorgeous! Sample some, see what you can find on the internet. If you use them enough in your meditation as a relaxing tool, you can start to train your body to relax to it. Say you're feeling
  11. Good for you! I have a fear of needles too, but I've learned how to walk and talk myself through it. My tricks (in case it interests any of you needle phobes) FAR in advance of getting poked: I pinch my skin where the needle is going to go (not drawing blood) just to get a feel for my pain tolerance.Visualize a needle, then try to get your body to relax under high anxiety (I'm a singer, so I've had plenty of practice with this )Think about facts: how invasive will this procedure really be, how long will I actually in pain, etc. IMMEDIATELY before getting poked: Acknowledge that lif
  12. I'm not sure what you're journey has been in meditating thus far. Are you trying for large chunks of time or smaller?
  13. Awesome! Thank you! I'll be giving this site a thorough read today.
  14. Yes. I can always predict when it's going to snow because I get headaches. People think I'm clairvoyant. :-D
  15. 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.
  16. All you people in sunnier locations probably don't have to worry about this, but I'm hoping I can find someone else from the frozen north to help me with this. :-) I get snow-related headaches and they are the pits! In case anyone's curious, these feel like (for me anyway) a massive hangover headache combined with the beginnings of a migraine headache. They can transition to full blown migraines if not treated. So you can see why I'd like to get it fixed. Does anyone else deal with headaches related to snowy weather? I've been dealing with them for a few years now by taking Excedrin
  17. I would say find a tutor or take a class. Every language has different nuances to them. You want to make sure you get basic information about language structure and grammar. Also, see if you can find a native speaker to practice with.
  18. 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 mad
  19. Some of my personal favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dX1ZW4XNxE (This gets my blood going every time! Makes me want to lift all the things and run super fast and punch through a wall Kool-aid style.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2xVTE-2eik&list=PLA2154335B6EAAAB6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_QydNXI_ok&list=PLA2154335B6EAAAB6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFLJX-T7LPk&list=PLA2154335B6EAAAB6 (Great for jogging on a breezy, spring day.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HkG74WTtUs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS8jAEIP194 (Cool down music with singing children that
  20. The Katamari Damacy soundtrack. Every time I hear it, I know it's time to start rolling!
  21. 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?
  22. I've had 2 breast reductions, and I still hope I end up losing a little more boob.
  23. 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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