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  1. Last week was... well not good at all challenge wise. Typically last week was the week I would normally fall off of these challenges. Give up, get embarrassed that I'd failed again, and just disappear (usually into a tub of ice cream) but I'm absolutely determined this time to see this thing through. I have goals and deadlines that I really want to reach, or at the very least say I did my best. So today I dragged myself back to the rec center. I did my core play workout (still on week 2 since ive only done 2 days of it im the past 2 weeks) and also restarted c25k since I have a few 5ks coming up I'm interested in doing again this year (a neighborhood one I do every year, possibly a mud run, and the pumpkin run, and if it ever actually gets put together I wanna do the color run again this year). It felt amazing to say "f it, I'm not wallowing this time, this time, I'm going to do the work, and nobody is gonna stop me, not even myself" Fingers crossed I can keep this up, but it's feeling more doable now that we've passed that slump week. Sunday: πŸ₯˜πŸ”πŸ₯˜ Monday:πŸ₯˜πŸ”πŸ₯˜πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ
  2. So even though I'm currently stuck on bookbinding (need either bookcloth or fabric and fusible interfacing to make bookcloth) I kinda wanted to show off some of what I have gotten done so far. so here we have 5 small sketchbooks (4.5"x6" approx) and 2 regular size (5.5"x8.5") blank notebooks. The 2 regular size ones will not exactly be the greatest ones and I'll likely just give them away, give them to my son to play with, or sell them at a steep discount since they are made with plain copy paper and folded against the grain, before I knew how big of a deal that was. Before I make anymore of the regular size I will need to invest in some larger paper to cut in half so the grain goes the right way. some of the inside covers or endpapers of the sketchbooks just random shot of the sketchbooks. They open flat! so this is one of the regular size ones and the pages don't bend right to flip through them nicely because of the grain. one of the sketchbooks, see how the pages bend nicely, it is much easier to flip through. so the next step is to put the covers on them, the book board I currently have is a floppier weight so they will be a bit more of a limp case bound, but it still turns out quite nice. This is my first finished regular size one that I made for my son (who has a cat obsession) for reference:
  3. I sure hope so... I figured gamifying it would help since he loves video games. Since he's homeschooled, he won't have much of the extra social pressure of staying clean and not stinky or face getting teased and bullied; which while I'm glad he won't be bullied since it is the reason we pulled him from school in the first place, that also means theres no PRESSING issue to keep him on track. I'm hoping helping his character not die will create that kind of pressing issue long enough to get him in a habit/routine that will be pretty much second nature.
  4. OOf last week was a busy one, pulled a couple hours overtime at work, and was super sluggish for much of the week, i think I only did Core Play once the entire week, and Yoga on Saturday. did pretty decently with not eating takeout too much, though I think i did go over my 5 meal limit by one or two meals. (one of our favorite food stands opened back up last week and we couldn't miss out on opening day lol, so it was very much worth it). Didn't do any reading or bookbinding (the bookbinding because I'm at a point in the process where I need a few more supplies to finish, and I'm low on funds right now) but I have been sitting down and doing more of the diamond painting and since it is in the spirit of stopping the binge watching, doom scrolling cycle, and since it quiets my brain and focuses it before going to bed, i think I'll start counting it as well for this week. In other news, our community garden has opened up so I'll be busy the next couple weeks tending to my plot and getting it planted and keeping it weed free and harvesting delicious fresh veggies and herbs from it, so you'll likely get fun updates on that! Today I'll be hitting up the Farmer's Market (which also just opened, last Wednesday) and getting some seedlings from my favorite seedling vendor. So far this week is off to a semi rough start. Didn't go grocery shopping last Friday or Saturday, so I've ate out 3 times already (Sunday Lunch, Monday breakfast and Lunch), didnt do Core play yet this week, Monday because I zombied out, Tuesday because I needed sleep after having not slept at all on Monday. Today will depend, I had a migraine last night that stopped me from going to work, and today I'm still a little off, so I don't know if exercising in that condition is the best idea, but I also don't want to go for any longer without doing something, so I might just go for a walk or do a yoga class or something later today if I feel better.
  5. (but flip instead of walk I guess lol) I love this challenge! Can't wait to find out how you accomplish it!
  6. Week 1 Update: Doing pretty average so far. Some good, some bad. All in stride. Tracking my stuff through Habitica while training my son to use it for personal hygiene reasons (he's almost a teen and I'd like him to start basic hygiene habits now before it becomes a stinky problem xD) Icon Legend: πŸ” takeout /πŸ₯˜ home meal πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ Core Play / πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ Aqua Mix /πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Yoga / Rest πŸͺ‘ bookbinding / πŸ“– Reading SUN: πŸ₯˜πŸ₯˜πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ MON:πŸ”πŸ”πŸ₯˜πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ’«(new hobby unlocked: diamond painting, this is the only time I'll count it for mindset this challenge though) TUE:πŸ₯˜πŸ₯˜πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ“– WED:πŸ”πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ“– THU: FRI: SAT:
  7. I have heard of Inkheart, but never read it. Do you recommend it? What genre is it? Maybe I'll add it to my stack of books! I missed reading so much, I used to read all the time, often finishing a novel in a day, now, with a child that I'm homeschooling, I'm often lucky if I get 2 chapters in before getting sidetracked and forgetting about a book completely lol.
  8. Well, hello everyone! Good luck on another challenge! Orders herself a ginger tea, and sets to sewing a stack of papers together.
  9. Starting stats: Weight Sunday May 7th: 281.9 Starting body image, front Monday, May 8th: Starting Body Image, side Monday May 8th: Starting measurements: ERROR 404: TAPE MEASURE NOT FOUND. PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER.
  10. My partner of over 12 years and I are FINALLY tying the knot in October! It's been a long and bumpy road, and I'm so excited!! I am less than excited though about my health, which has steeply deteriorated the last half a year or so. Between financial stress, family health stress (several cancers have been popping up in my immediate family), and work stress, I've been absolutely exhausted and drained and letting myself go. While my perfectionism would love to focus solely on getting my weight down, I know that would only wind up making things worse. So instead I am forcing myself to focus on making myself FEEL better, and be more healthy in general, and the weight will eventually follow, even though it will likely be a lot slower than I would want. For this first challenge we'll start kinda slow. Nutrition: We have been eating out basically every meal lately, it is hitting the waist line almost as hard as the pocket book and therefore is a HUGE stressor right now. I want to focus on only eating out 5 times or less a week for this first challenge. What constitutes eating out: Takeout, drive-thru, restaurant. What does not constitute eating out: meals at family's house (regardless of whether it's takeout), family gatherings at a restaurant when paid by family (Sunday lunch with my parents after church is still considered eating out). Fitness: I am going to start focusing on getting my core strength up. It is the area I am severely lacking in. To do this, I will be doing the Core Play program by Karina Dimitrovova. This is a 4 week program that I will repeat for a couple times (at least 3 times). It takes approximately 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, with a 7th day of rest. If I feel up to it after my Core Play routine on Mon, Wed, a/o Fri, I can also do a water aerobics class at my local rec center, but this is completely optional for this first challenge. Mindset/Mental Health: I have been spending far too much time bingeing TV shows and webtoons lately, and just generally being pretty lazy, but lately I started re-reading the Harry Potter series, and remmebered just how much reading really calms and centers me. I have a buynch of books I've bought in the last couple years that I had ever intention to read, and never got to, so I will slowly make my way through them. In addition to rediscovering my love of reading, I have discovered a NEW SHINY HOBBY! of bookbinding! So my goal this challenege is to work for at least 30 minutes daily on either reading or bookbinding projects. In order to keep from going overboard on things to do, I will not be striving to update daily here, but I do need to have some sort of consistency goal for posting or I will completely drop off the challenge somewhere around week 2 or 3, so I will aim for at least 1 post/update a week So excited to get started!!
  11. Thank you, I hope I'm learning from all my past mistakes and taking it in small enough bites to actually accomplish. I haven't gotten quite as much done so far as I was hoping, but I have gotten some things done, so I'm not gonna beat myself up over it. (It doesn't help that I've been almost bedridden with migraines all week... thanks Michigan weather being so indecisive) I've cleaned the cabinets in the kitchen and put in shelf liners, and started putting food and dishes back into the cabinets. I've also made a list of items to meal prep this week and a quick list of sample meals that can be made using the prepped ingredients --instead of prepping whole meals in batches and therefore possibly getting bored eating the same thing multiple times in a row, I'm prepping elements/ingredients (like this week I'm doing a batch of hummus, some barely seasoned pulled pork (so I can season further according to the meal), some rice, boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, and cutting up veggies.) In this way I can pick and choose using prepped ingredients to make a variety of different dishes for different meals and not get bored. Started looking through my books and picking a few out to read. So far I have (In no particular order yet) -The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor -Sharing Jesus (Without Freaking Out) by Alvin Reid -The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey -How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild by Paul Magnanti -Spindelkin by Jean Davis As for getting stuff together for the gym, I haven't gotten anything done by way of that yet.
  12. So I know I'm joining really late in this challenge, which is why this is a prologue. I'll be using the rest of this week, and next week (zero week) getting myself set up for success going in to the next challenge. As you may be able to tell from the title, or if not, definitely by the tags, I'm getting married! The wedding is at the beginning of October this year, so I have almost 4 full challenges before then to get ready. Lately I have really (REALLY) let myself go, a combination of stress and health issues (my own and various family members) and I want to be feeling my best as I walk down the aisle. When you feel your best, you tend to look your best! Therefore I'm not going to focus too hard on specifically losing weight, but making changes that make me feel good, and the weight will eventually follow. The goals for the next 4 challenges will be roughly the same for each one, just building in intensity as I achieve goals. They will be roughly: 1. Nutrition: I will start off with decreasing eating out to just 4 times a week (currently, sadly, we are eating out almost 2-3 times a day, and this is greatly impacting my health, energy, stress, and pocket), then move on to only twice a week (Sunday lunch with my parents after church, and Wednesday lunch while doing laundry at the laundromat), Then focus will switch to what I am actually eating, and logging food. 2. Fitness: I will be going through Core Play again, doing at least 2 rounds of it, then deciding whether to continue with another round, adding more reps, or move on to Beyond Flexibility. I will also be doing a water fitness class anytime I feel like I can swing it. 3. Lifestyle/Mindset: I have started bookbinding and making my own sketchbooks and notebooks, so I will aim for 1 hour daily working on that, and then 1 hour of either reading, writing, or arting. So what is the prologue going to look like if those are my goals for the actual challenges? Well, like I said, I need to set myself up for the best chance at success, so this "prologue" will be for getting everything together. 1. Nutrition: I need a clean kitchen and clean dishes in order to prep food. Then I will also need to go shopping so there is actually food in the house to eat instead of ordering more food. So, daily I will be working on cleaning the kitchen and putting it back together (we've had to take it apart a couple times now due to roaches in the building and the new landlords actually doing something to get rid of them for real). I think 30 minutes daily will work greatly. I will also need to make a list of foods to prep, and grocery list based on that. Then go grocery shopping and prep some meal items. 2. Fitness: I need to renew my membership to my rec center, pack my gym bag and start packing it in my car, along with printouts of my workouts for the day. I need to figure out schedule of when the rooms I will want/need to use will be available, and what time classes are, and create a working schedule around that for sleeping. 3. Lifestyle/Mindset: Make sure I have all materials I will need for bookbinding, and clear off desk again. (clearing the desk shouldn't be too bad, it was done 2 weeks ago). Ready a list of books to read, and place them in bedroom near bed for reading before sleep. I will try to update semi-daily, but not stress myself out about it, I have enough going on already. I will commit to updating at least once weekly, to make sure I'm staying on track and focused. I encourage punishment for not posting updates for over a week. I have a bad habit of falling off the edge of the world after about 2 weeks...
  13. Hello everyone. I am back again, and again with a very easy going challenge. About 3-4 weeks ago I came down with the 'rona and it really took it out of me. I'm still having issues breathing, so what I was doing fitness-wise before I got sick is a bit out of the question for now. I did lose about 10 pounds over the 2 weeks I was sick, and while it was not the way to do so, I'm looking at the positive in that it helped get me closer to my goal, and this challenge I am going to focus on not gaining that weight back, and hopefully losing a little more in a safer and more productive way. Goals: 1. Follow my meal plan at least 75% (3 of 4 meals a day) I am currently using the Eat This Much App to plan my meal plans for the week and grocery lists, its really nice, and has taken a lot of the stress off of me in trying to figure out what to eat and how much to stay healthy. It also has been pretty good at giving me meals I actually don't mind eating and can actually afford which has made it better than the other meal plans I have tried to use in the past. 2. Continue doing water weights/water walking at least 3x's a week, but also end it with breathing exercises. I have been going to the pool 3x's a week and running on the off days, but I can't run yet, as I can't get full breath yet, especially after a full night of work. I will continue to do the pool work, as I can scale that down enough that I'm not dying, and spend the last 5 minutes or so just taking deep breaths with my chest underwater to help work on my breathing more. 3. Use my CPAP every day for at least 4 hours a day. I am trying to use my cpap more and improve my sleeping, as well as the last time I spoke with my sleep specialist we discussed switching to a biPAP instead as my CPAP has been giving me problems with air swallowing, but since I don't currently use it enough, my insurance might not pay for me to switch until it is shown that I'm using it consistently and that the therapy is not working properly for me. Stats for the beginning of this challenge: Weight: 261.2 CPAP usage in the past 30 days: 11/30 CPAP days used 4+ hours: 5/30 CPAP average hours used: 4.3
  14. So it's been a hard couple of weeks, and I haven't done much but work, and try to sleep. I did get out for a run sporadically, but nothing regular and that kinda bums me out, but I also feel like I did what was best for my body at the time, at least exercise wise (Nutrition-wise is a totally different, horror story) But work has been... extremely taxing, so adding extra stress by way of running on top of that just didn't sound like a good idea. I'm sure my body, and my chiropractor, will thank me on that lol but now I have 2 weeks or so off work while they redo the flooring and put in new ovens at work, so for the upcoming challenge I have a totally beautiful clean slate to get everything put in order to actually start crushing my goals. Plus the chance to really get some good relaxation in and stop stressing so much for a little while and give my body a break. I'm really looking forward to it. I also look forward to a much more normal sleep pattern for a few weeks. Oh sleep... how I've missed you so. So while this challange did not go anywhere close to how I would have liked it to go, I definitely learned a lot from it, and it went better than it could have gone, so I'm glad for the experience, and the lessons, that I can't wait to take with me and apply in the next one! Hooray for personal growth!!
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