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  1. That phraseology sounds really helpful. I'll give it a go. And, yes, the more specific the better, I'm starting to find. The goal would very easily fall apart if it was more than one thing I'm cutting out. So far it's been pretty straightforward. I'm going on holiday with friends tomorrow, so we'll see how manageable it is around group meals. But it's good so far!
  2. Thanks, everyone, for the lovely messages so far. I'm taking it slow and steady on this challenge. Convict conditioning workout this morning comprised of 10 each of Horizontal Pulls, Incline Push-ups, Flat Knee-raises, Jackknife Squats and Short Bridges. Doable, but a bit challenging, so I feel like this is going to be a good challenge. Most of my walking will be done at weekends, but the friend I'm staying with had to go out crazy early this morning, so I ended up walking her dogs at 6.30am. A time I very rarely see, but it was very nice to! And the dogs are brilliant. Only a small walk, but it means I'm on my way to Bree! I'm in control of breakfast and lunch and have avoided wheat at both. Although 'avoided' seems the wrong word, and it's not a chore. What's great, even only two days in, is that it's such a specific eating goal I don't have to beat myself up about other food choices. So often with lifestyle changes I want to do everything at once, and it never sticks. Picking one thing means that I can cut that out, but not worry too much about another cup of tea, because that's for a future challenge. It's hugely psychologically helpful. Writing is happening, but I'd like to get into an actual routine with it - when I get up, or home from work, something like that. Hope you've all started off well and happy.
  3. Last time I bought a sleeping bag, the guy said, "It's 180cm." I said, "I'm 5 foot 10." And there was a pause while we looked at each other as if we were from different planets.
  4. That's brilliant. Very glad to be a regular member. Didn't want to make the group unwieldy! Thank you!
  5. Congratulations on the foundation class! Awesome work. And really good solid goals for this challenge. Go Rangers!
  6. Thank you! I'll try to be careful with the cat. At the moment I'm staying with dogs. They are excellent, and exactly who I need to be hanging out with right now.
  7. Coach-surfing? That would be a hell of a challenge. Maybe next time. I meant couch-surfing.
  8. Hello. Really hoping you've got another challenge coming up. TB
  9. Hello! Very excited that there's a creative accountabilibuddies group. I've just graduated from the Rebels to the Rangers, and have a writing goal in my challenge this time. I'm primarily an actor, but I write comedy for the BBC and other stuff too. I'd like to get my own projects of the ground, so I have a tiny writing goal this time. Looking forward to supporting everyone. TB
  10. Hello all, I reckon I'm probably to late to fully join, but I'd like to be an honorary member if that's possible. Seems like a really helpful gang. TBx
  11. Love love LOVE this quest!
  12. 2000 words a day would be brilliant! I'm going for 200, just to get back in the habit in a tiny way, and not leave room to beat myself up for reaching too far and failing! Good luck!
  13. My condolences. It's an unimaginably hard time. Wise that your goals are about taking care of yourself. Will be following and cheering you on.
  14. Hornbeam

    Xena runs wild

    Great goals, and fantastic 5K time as your starting point. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
  15. I'm going to be homeless, essentially, for this challenge. I've just moved out of my flat, because of a relationship break-up that made my first challenge pretty wobbly (among, of course, other things). I will be coach-surfing and cat-sitting over the summer, while I figure out what's next. In some ways I'm looking forward to it - I can make it a species of retreat, recalibrating and exploring for a while. I like to think I'll be Rangering it up, so here I am. Hello! Breaking up is horrible. You know that. And I've broken up with the best man I know. We still love each other, make each other laugh, and prefer curling up on the sofa with Thai food and Muppet movies to most things. But we realise we want different things. Our paths are going to diverge, so we split in order that that divergence doesn't make things toxic. It's the hardest, most grown-up thing I've ever done. I moved most of my stuff into my Mum's garage (thanks, Mum), and packed only what I could carry on my bike to take me through the summer. That forced minimalism felt oddly freeing, despite the sadness of the reason. And, as I rode from Kilburn to Clapham with one bag on my handlebars and another on my back, my head kept telling me this: Not all those who wander are lost. And I realised that I don't have to be. I can be sad, I can be angry, I can and will worry that we've done the wrong thing. But I don't have to let that sadness, anger or fear derail me. I don't have to be lost. I can use my wandering to work some stuff out. I can use the fact that I must travel light for a bit to teach me to travel light in other ways. I'm heartbroken, but I'm also excited. So, for this challenge, I'm going to take little steps. Nothing massive that can be derailed by moving around, and give the black dog a way in. 1. STRENGTH. Got to be strong if I'm going to be a Ranger. I worked on level 1 of Convict Conditioning last challenge, and given my circumstances it seems smart to keep on with bodyweight. Also, functional is the way forward. I'm going for two sessions a week. On day one I'll work on level 2 moves to see if I meet the beginner standards. If not, I'll continue with level 1. STR: 3 DEX: 1 2. ENDURANCE. So much cooler a word than 'stamina'. I'm working towards a 100K walk in September, so need to start proper training. I plan to walk the 135 miles from Bag End to Bree during this challenge. I'll be walking at weekends, as I tend to cycle during the week, so will work out a progression for the 135 miles over 6 weeks. Hopefully I'll finish with a walk to Brill, on which Tolkien modelled Bree. STA: 3 CON: 1 3. FOOD. I'm going to fall out of love with toast. I'd like to do Whole30 at some point this year, but given that I'm relying on other people's hospitality, now's not the time. On this challenge I will cut out wheat during every meal I have control over. That's breakfast, lunch and some dinners. CON: 3 WIS: 1 4. LIFE. I know exactly what my overall quest is, but I'm not going to share it yet. It's been a dream for too long, and I need to get my shizzle together and really do something about it. All the above goals will work towards it, and so will this. I will write every day. 200 words. That's ridiculously manageable, and will mean 15,200 words at the end of the challenge. WIS: 2 CHA: 1 Excited. Let's go! All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
  16. Hey you! So glad you've joined a guild. And what a brilliant, thoughtful challenge. I'm subbed, and looking forward to seeing how it goes. More power to your elbow.
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