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  1. I love my bullet journal! I don’t do daily to-do lists in it, just because I don’t want to see all the stuff I didn’t finish doing lol, but I do make lists both at work and at home and you’re right, it’s so satisfying to cross things off when they’re done! And doing exercises on bathroom breaks is a great idea! I’ve been considering always going to the bathroom on the floor above mine, so I get some stair climbing in during the day (plus their bathroom is nicer than ours!). I think it’s time I finally start doing that!
  2. Day one check in! I just finished the Beginner Bodyweight Workout. Did it three times, which I wasn't sure I would be able to do. I was prepared to stop after two but I powered through. I feel tired but good! Of course, day one of this challenge and I was uncharacteristically busy at work. I wasn't able to get any writing done in the office, but after dinner I'm going to work on my script. I already did my grocery shopping for the next few days and forgot to get something new, so my new food goal of the challenge will happen either Friday or Saturday, whenever I decide to go shopping again. I'm very into my bullet journal right now so I set up a page to track my goals. I also weighed myself and took some measurements. For those curious, I'm 5'4" (rounding up lol) and I'm starting at 206.2 lbs. I am one of those people who gets way too focused on the number on the scale and way too frustrated and emotional when it doesn't say what I want it to, so I won't be weighing myself during the challenge, just at the beginning and the end. I'm only focusing on accomplishing my goals and how I feel until then. Starting strong! Let's do this!
  3. Great job on day 1 so far! Adding yoga to my workout routines is definitely one of my long term goals. It’s kind of intimidating but exciting to see the results as they happen! I’m an office clerk in my county’s Department of Mental Health. I haven’t been here long enough to take advantage much, but I am allowed to sit in on a training if it’s happening at my office and I’m not working on anything time sensitive. I’m excited to do that some day, the other clerk in my office has gone to a bunch and assures me I’ll be able to follow what they’re talking about, lol. It’s really cool that you’re using this challenge to further your training, I hope you’re able to go to some interesting classes!
  4. I hear on weighing yourself too often and getting frustrated. I have to hide my scale away somewhere I won’t see it every day so I’m not tempted to constantly check! Great job on getting under 170!
  5. The early mornings kill me, but I work longer days and I get an extra day off every other week. So it's worth it! I'm going to start out with the Beginner Bodyweight Workout, but I left it vague in case I decide to try something different later on.
  6. Hi and welcome! I'm also a pretty introverted person irl, I find communicating through message boards like this one so much easier! Soda has been a huge problem for me off and on over the years too. I like your plan of limiting it to certain hours, it sounds like a good way to cut back without completely denying yourself something you like. Multiple people have already said it, but I'll add my voice: you've already accomplished a lot, and I totally believe you can improve your swimming enough to finish the upcoming triathlon. I've never trained for a swimming race like that, but it sounds to me like you still have time to prepare. Good luck with this challenge! Monday, here we come!
  7. Yeah, the park I run in does open fairly early but I have to be at work at 7:30 and I don't ever envision myself getting up early enough to get there, run, get back, and get ready in time. At least not anytime soon
  8. My boss is always apologizing to me for not having anything for me to do, lol, so I guess she knows I’m just playing on my phone at work but I at least try to hide it
  9. I feel you on the organizational goal! I didn’t include it as one of my challenge goals this time around, but trying to build habits to keep my place tidy has been a long-time struggle for me. I don’t have a four-year-old making it harder! That’s cool that you take dance classes! Sounds like a lot of fun. You’ve got a lot of little goals going on here, just remember to cut yourself some slack if you don’t hit all of them every time. Good luck! I can’t wait for the challenge to officially start!
  10. It’s time for a respawn! I used to be fairly active in these boards and challenges, but it’s been at least two years since I’ve done one. I don’t really remember why I stopped, but I’m going to assume either I had too many goals at once and burned out, or I finished a couple challenges and then couldn’t figure out where to go next. Both of those sound like me. Also, and this is a theme that will come up a lot in my thread, I’ve struggled with depression off and on for years, since I was a teenager (I’m 29 now) which makes pretty much everything really hard (for the record, I’m in a pretty good place right now but I feel like a depressive episode is just around the corner). I’m finally starting therapy (first actual appointment other than my intake evaluation will be in about three weeks) and I’m hoping to learn some coping skills. The possible diagnosis the doctor who did my intake put in the notes she gave me was Major Depressive Disorder - Episodic, which is always what I’ve felt is the case, and I’m just glad to hear a professional feels the same way. Wow, my post got dark right off the bat. On to more positive things, aka goals! I love running. I specifically love long distance running, it’s my favorite form of exercise, but it’s also not terribly convenient, and it’s pretty easy to come up with excuses not to do it. There is way too much traffic in my neighborhood, it wouldn’t be all that safe and I’d spend half my run just waiting at intersections until I can go, lol. There’s a park near me that I like to run in but it closes at sundown so at this time of year I don’t have time to go after work, and it opens too late for me to go in the mornings. And I (finally!) left my retail job and started an office job this past spring, but that means I’ve gone from being on my feet for eight hours a day to sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. It’s surprising how much sitting all day can really drain your energy! But I also know I’m just making up excuses. I have weekends to go running, and in fact I work a schedule where I get every other Friday off, so I actually have a three-day weekend every other week. And doing body weight exercises at home during the week will still benefit my running, plus I’ve been taking the stairs at work and I work on the sixth floor so that’s quite a workout right there! I ran a marathon back in 2013 and I’d really like to do another one. So that’s my fitness-based main quest right now: run a marathon. Probably the LA Marathon because I live in Los Angeles, so... duh. Oh, did I mention in live in LA? What a great segue into my personal goal. I moved out here because I write and I want to be a screenwriter. I’ve been out here for about three and a half years and have taken exactly zero steps to pursue that goal. See above re: Major Depressive Disorder. Plus, I’m just not a very disciplined person and need specific deadlines and consequences to get myself to actually do anything, but when you’re just writing on your own you don’t really have those. I do have a short screenplay I finished the first draft of a little while ago that I feel pretty good about and would like to enter into a competition coming up in May. That gives me plenty of time to edit it into something great. I hope. I’m also working on a full-length script that I think has strong potential. I just have to actually write it. That’s the key. So, to stop blathering on and get to the point, here are my goals for this quest: Cook one new fruit/vegetable/healthy ingredient each week. I didn’t really talk about this above, but I’ve only recently developed a love of cooking and I want to expand my skills and improve my diet. Work out at least three times per week. On weekdays, do a bodyweight workout at home, on weekends go for a run. This will also help with another side quest I’m not actually including this time around, keeping my apartment clean. I live in a small studio, so to work out at home I have to keep things tidy so I have the space to do so! Set aside (at least) 30 minutes to write and 30 minutes to edit every day. 30 minutes is not a long time, but it’s short enough that on days where I’m not really feeling inspired I’ll be able to slog through it, and long enough that on days when I am feeling it I’ll be able to get into a groove and go even longer. And for the editing, I like my job but I have a lot of downtime. Like, a LOT of downtime (I’m at work right now, don’t tell my boss!). There’s no reason I can’t bring in a couple pages of a draft and subtly work on them while I’m here. In fact, it’ll probably help me to look busy, lol. So, that’s it. Cook more, exercise more, write more. And I promise not all my posts will be this long! Also I typed this on my phone so blame any mistakes on autocorrect.
  11. Sorry for disappearing yet again. I am actually keeping up with the challenge, just for whatever reason I keep forgetting to post on here. As much as I hate running 400s, I do like the training program. I feel like I've done something by Hal Higdon before. I may have done a half-marathon program by him a few years ago, I can't remember exactly though. I did realize that it has me running 5 days a week instead of the 4 I was planning on. I was worried that that would mean increasing my mileage by too much at once, but week one went well, and this week and last week I missed a day because I had trouble falling asleep the night before and decided to sleep in to make for it instead, so I'm still only running 4 days. Although my goal is to actually make all five days next week. I love running long distances, but I've realized I hate running long distances on a treadmill. It's SO BORING. I find myself staring at the time just waiting until I can go home. I keep telling myself I'm going to go running around the Hollywood Reservoir, but it closes early so it's hard to find the time to get there. I just have to get up really early so I can make it before work, I guess. Ugh, I hate mornings. Last week, I spent one day at work just moving really heavy boxes from one high shelf to another high shelf a few feet away. Why I was chosen for this job I will never know, but I consider it my cross-training for that week. Haven't done this week's yet. The lack of candy has been going well, too. After I messed up the first week, I did well last week and just got some cookies one day. Yesterday, I got a bag of those mini chocolate donuts, so that's this week's chocolate. It hasn't been too bad so far, I've been wanting candy and came close to buying some extra a couple times but have been able to stop myself. So that's good. Fun fact: I recently got new health insurance so I went on their website to do a little questionnaire that gives you suggestions about what you could improve to be healthier, and it suggested I take a free online course they offer on handling symptoms of depression. Womp womp. Probably because I answered questions like "How often do you feel stressed or anxious?" with "All of the time." I've started the course, so far I can't say I feel much better, but I'm only on the first skill: "Replacing negative thoughts." But I'll be keeping up with that for the next couple weeks at least. Hopefully I'll see some improvement in my mood. Luckily, one thing that always puts me in a good mood is running, and I've been doing plenty of that. So, I need to leave for work in like 5 minutes and I'm still in my pajamas. So I need to run, I just wanted to give you all an update since it's been so long. I promise I will do my best to actually keep up with this page, and be better about responding to other people's threads as well!
  12. Didn't mean to disappear for a few days there, oops! So, this week has been... interesting. For my speed training, I have decided to use this plan from Hal Higdon. I've been doing it for the past few days, and actually happened to start on the same day as the schedule so for once in my life the days of the week each workout is assigned match up to the actual day. That never happens. I think I'm gonna do some yoga for my cross training this week. Work has been stressing me out like crazy so I need some relaxing stretches right now. I've been filling in at a different store than my normal one because a supervisor there quit so they're short staffed and holy hell I can see why they quit. It is super crazy all the time. My store is a high volume store, but it's got nothing on this one. Plus, it's 24 hours. I seriously hope I don't get scheduled for any night shifts, but it doesn't look like that'll happen. I do not get paid enough to deal with the people I have to deal with here. The manager is kind of mean, too. I think this may actually be a good thing because I'm finally starting to look up job postings again. I've been saying I want a better paying job for a while now, but not really doing anything about it, but the idea of going to this store for even just a month is so depressing. Anyway, the point of all of this complaining is that I didn't stick to my candy/chocolate/whatever only once per week. I actually ate chocolate on day one, lol. I had a bag of these tiny Butterfingers squares things and I wanted to get rid of them so they weren't tempting me (plus I just wanted some chocolate). So I just decided that would be my candy for the week. But I was just so upset after work today that I got some ice cream on the way home. I don't want to keep relying on food when I'm upset, but if I'm being honest, it did kind of make me feel better. That and watching a bunch of Broad City episodes. I also had french fries for the first time in over a month yesterday, but I'm not jonesing for any more or anything right now so I guess it's okay (also, legit, I was so so hungry and stuck in rush hour in LA traffic so I wanted to grab whatever I could eat in the car on the way home. It was a i-am-starving-and-still-forty-minutes-from-home purchase, not a giving-into-cravings purchase). So, yeah. Work is making me hate everything, but nothing makes me want to go to the gym like bottling up all of my rage for eight hours. So at least there's that. My dad's treatment has been going pretty well. Apparently he hasn't been too sick, he just gets tired easily. He has to be in the hospital for like five hours at a time, which sounds pretty awful to me, but he did stress that the chair he sits in while he gets his chemo is very comfortable. I have been practicing Spanish every day! I'm just doing duolingo when I have a few minutes right now. I need to start adding some more variation in. I signed up for an online Spanish class a while ago and I never finished it, so I'm going to go back to that. I actually helped a customer today using what little Spanish I know with what little English she knows to figure out that what she needed was on la pared, a la derecha. Bam! I assume that means "the wall, to the right" because she understood me. I am so tired right now and it's not even 8 o'clock. And I still have to do laundry. And I still haven't watched the season finale of Agent Carter, which aired like three days ago! Also my cat is climbing into my lap and rubbing her face on me which is a sign that it's time for me to stop whatever I'm doing and pet her.
  13. So, last challenge I finished the Couch to 5k program. I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but after talking with one of my coworkers who is planning on this and doing some planning myself, I want to run the LA Marathon next year. The 2017 race will be on March 19. My plan right now is to spend a few weeks doing some speed work and getting really comfortable with running 5k, then doing the Bridge to 10k program, spending a few weeks doing speed work and increasing my weekly mileage and getting really comfortable at that distance, then starting a marathon training program. Something very beginner based and focused on just finishing rather than speed. It'll be my second one, I did the Marine Corps Marathon a few years ago (2013 I think?). It seems appropriate that my first marathon was on the East Coast, very close to where I grew up, and now my second one will be in my new city. I actually want to do the Conquer LA challenge, which would be running the Santa Monica Classic in September, than the Pasadena Half Marathon in January, and finally the LA Marathon in March. Barring an injury or some unforeseen difficulty, I feel confident that if I just pace myself and listen to my body and don't push myself too far too fast, I can do it. I've always preferred long distance running and am itching to get back into it. So, that's my long-term goal right now. For this challenge, I want to get really comfortable with 5k before moving on, work on my speed, do more cross-training, and work on my diet a bit more. So...... Goal one: Run four days a week. The runs will be a mix of long, slower runs and shorter speed workouts. I haven't quite worked out a training plan yet. I want to say I'll just wing it, but I do much better with a set schedule for my training. I'll figure out a structured plan in the next couple days. Goal two: One non-running based cross-training exercise per week. This was one of my goals last challenge, and I did it two out of the four weeks, so I'm including it again this time. I just went on my first hike last week and loved it, so I will definitely be doing more of those. I'd also like to do some strength training, especially core-strengthening workouts to supplement all the running. Goal three: Cut candy and sweets down to one day a week. Last challenge I actually went the whole four weeks without eating french fries, which is still kind of blowing my mind. I have noticed a real issue I have with chocolate though, and that issue is that I always want it. I work at a Walgreens, so those of you who live near them know that in addition to medicine, housewares, and makeup, I am constantly surrounded by candy. Luckily we've finally gotten rid of all the clearance Valentine's candy, so I won't be tempted by giant boxes of chocolate marked down to 30 cents. I may potentially change this goal to sweets only twice a week if I feel myself really going crazy, but I want to at least try for once a week first. I surprised myself with the fries last time, maybe I'll surprise myself with chocolate this time. And while chocolate is my main vice, I don't want to end up replacing chocolate with Starburst or whatever, so it's all candy and ice cream and super sugary desserts in general. Healthier actual fruit-based treats are okay. Life goal: Daily Spanish practice! Thanks to 18ck's Portuguese goal last time, I've been getting back into my Spanish practice, but I'm still not doing as much as I should. So at least once I day I'll do some kind of Spanish language lesson. I live and work in neighborhoods with large Spanish-speaking populations, so I hear it and get opportunities to use what I know all the time. There's no excuse to not keep up with learning more. No lie, as soon as I finished typing that sentence I got an alert on my phone from Duolingo that says "These reminders don't seem to be working. We'll stop sending them for now." No, Duolingo, keep reminding me to practice! I'm sorry I've been neglecting you! So, that's what I've got planned. In personal life news, my dad starts chemo for his colon cancer tomorrow. It's a low-dose treatment, and supposed to be easier to tolerate than more rigorous treatments, but still. It's going to be rough for him and rough for me because I live on the opposite side of the country and can't be there to help take care of him when he's sick. He and my mom both said they'll keep me updated but I am 100% sure they're not going to be totally honest with me about how he's feeling all the time. It'll be either five or six weeks, Dad told me five and Mom told me six so I'm not actually sure which. The plus side is he may not need surgery or any additional treatment after this. Fingers crossed! I don't want to end this post on that downer note, so I'll just say I'm excited for this new challenge! Yay for healthy lifestyle changes! And eventual long distance running! And learning foreign languages! Let's do it!
  14. Wooo! Made it to the end! And guess what else? I actually finally went on a hike this week! I went out to Eaton Canyon which is a fairly easy hike that ends at a gorgeous waterfall. It was lovely and fun and made me want to go out hiking more. So, as far as my goals for this challenge went: 1. Run 3 days a week and finish C25k: done! 2. One non-running exercise each week: ugh, I kept forgetting. I did it two out of the four weeks. I'm gonna say I didn't reach this goal and I'll probably include it again next challenge. 3. No french fries: done! Somehow! I can't believe it! And my life goal, finishing the first draft of my short screenplay: done! I've had it sitting just waiting for me to go back to it for revision. I feel like I want to give it another week and then I'll go back to it with clear eyes. Even though I didn't meet one of my goals, I'd still mark this down as a very successful challenge. It hasn't been a great time in my life right now, with my dad being sick and everything, but I'm feeling pretty good right now. Sometimes I can feel really lonely out here, especially when my friends from back home are texting me about all the fun stuff they're doing and I feel kind of left out, but I've been reminded a few times recently about some of the really great people I've meet already out here in LA and, of course, of all my fellow rebels here at Nerd Fitness. I feel good, I feel motivated and amped up and ready for this next challenge!
  15. Sorry about the lack of updates, been pretty busy this week. Not bad busy necessarily, just busy. Work's been crazy and I was at a point where I made the decision to quit about twice a day every day, but things seem to have finally calmed down now that Valentine's is behind us. I hope that keeps up. Our manager has been on leave for a couple months because his wife just had a baby, but he comes back tomorrow. I think him being around will help balance the work load more, but also I kind of don't want to see him again. He's not a bad guy, he's just... grating. Ugh. Oh, well. I put together a little care package for my dad. Just some little things to help him feel better: some citrus candy and dry mouth lozenges, a cup with a lid and a straw so he can drink in bed, a journal, stuff like that. He's really into Harry Potter so I got him a knit Slytherin hat (I'm a Ravenclaw myself, but he's pretty proud of his house). My mom loves peeps so I got her this little gift set we have at work that's a box of peeps with a little stuffed animal peep that's really cute. I'm mailing it off tomorrow, I haven't told them it's coming so it'll be a surprise. He starts chemo on the 29th, so he should get this before then. Diet-wise, I actually did have a few days this week where I really really wanted some french fries, and came very close to giving in one day but I managed to stay strong! I was going to keep a food journal this week to decide what I want to focus on next month, but I don't even need to do that to know I eat way too much candy. I think I've already decided that will be my next vice to tackle. I took a rest from running because my foot was bothering me. Has anyone else ever had this issue, where your toes go numb after running or walking a lot? The internet says it's probably scar tissue building up in my foot and blocking nerve endings near my toes. It also says it's fairly common and most likely caused by my shoes being too narrow. I don't think my running shoes are the issue since I've had them for a while, but not long enough that they need to be replaced. Most likely it's the dress shoes I wear to work. They don't feel like they're pinching me, but since I've switched to wearing sneakers to work the numbness isn't there all day anymore. It still happens at the end of the day sometimes, but I think it my foot just needs time to heal. I hate wearing sneakers to work, though. Next payday I'm heading out to find some wider nicer looking shoes. I'm technically allowed to wear my sneakers, I just am not a big fan of the business casual outfit with super casual shoes look. Some people are into it, I'm not. Anyway, I went running again yesterday, made it thirty minutes without stopping (yay!) and my toes felt fine (and actually had feeling in them) the rest of the day so it seems to be getting better. Which is good because I really cheaped out on my health insurance and I did not want to have to pay for a doctor's appointment. Last challenge week! We've almost made it!
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