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  1. Day 3: A busy day and a sleepless night left me pretty ill equipped for the day. I did go to a swim lesson with my daughter and ate Paleo all day. Day 4: 10 minutes of yoga Ate Paleo today but a little too many carbs Starting Meditation shortly before bed
  2. Day 2 quick update before bed: Total Paleo day! 10 minutes of yoga! Saved 1st $100! No meditation.
  3. So today isn't off to the stirring start I was hoping. A stomach bug has waylaid things, but I've at least gotten an hour long meditation in. So what am I hoping to achieve? To get this diabetes under control, paleo has worked well so far. I am bound and determined not to go on insulin if I can help it, which I had to do when I was pregnant. I'm hoping with losing twenty more pounds and instituting regular exercise, I can get my fasting levels back under control. Right now I'm in the prep phase. I'm going to tour a gym on Thursday in preparation for my new job move, which should hopefully happen in a couple weeks. I'll also keep implementing a no grains, no dairy diet to address the Hashimoto's. Once I feel better I'll start trying to do at least ten minutes of yoga a day to help with a persistent back injury/general lower back pain from sitting so much, and plan and execute one hike on the weekend. Oregon is a firestorm right now, so air quality is an issue, but I'm planning to head out to the coast this weekend and do a hike out there where things should be a little better. So a rundown of goals: Lose 20 more pounds: starting weight: 165 current weight: 156 Be consistent on cutting out dairy and grains: make a grocery list and go to the store every weekend boil eggs and cut veggies every weekend find new recipes as temperatures get cooler and salads get old Match every hour I'm at a screen to an hour of activity (ultimate goal - will start slow): 10 minutes of yoga daily Plan and execute a hike every weekend (Future plans - start going regularly to the gym, start building more yoga and outdoor activity time) Bonus: When I'm indisposed like today, do a long meditation Try to work in short meditations daily Save $100 a month for eventual camping/practical skills items/classes/goals
  4. Found NerdFitness a bunch of years ago in 2011 and for a while had some good success with planning and losing weight. Then decided to get pregnant and have a great little girl. Left NerdFitness to focus on that thinking I was spending too much time online, and things were ok for a time, but after a job change to a totally sedentary environment and raising the wee kid, my health tanked this year. Found out I have diabetes AND Hashimotos in addition to an already existing hypothyroid condition. After so many days of just laying on the couch while I have this amazing little girl that's the light of my life running around with energy and joy, I want to do better for her. I need to do better for her and myself. So I'm in transition now and realizing I can't do it alone. Paleo seems the obvious nutrition choice given my range of health issues, and I've been working on getting my diet back in good order. Eight pounds dropped so far. But the momentum is the hard part. I also want to develop a regular exercise routine, since I don't have the option of leaving the good-paying/full benefits but sedentary job. So what do I want? I want things to be the opposite of how they have been. I want to be moving in the outdoors equal to the amount of time I'm spending at my desk. I want to be resourceful and productive instead of a lazy mass browsing my phone on the couch. I want to be a good role model for my daughter in taking care of myself physically and emotionally so she knows she can do the same. I'll be starting a daily blog, and setting some epic quest goals in the next few days. We'll be on a full week vacation for the next 4 week challenge, which will complicate things, but I'll be doing that too. Would love some people to work with and mutually encourage as I go along, focusing on daily consistency for health choices, building self-reliance, and developing some practical skills outside my normal computer screen domain!
  5. Good plan Miranda! Especially the TV thing. Perhaps it might help you to unplug the TV from all it's cables and put it in a cabinet not so near it's usual place or even the basement or attic. Then only carry it back to it's place and replug it, when you really want to watch a special show or movie. Sounds stupid but believe me, it works perfectly against randomly watching every crap. And puts extra strenght workout on your shedule, depending on TV's size and watching frequency. Of course you can only do this if your husband agrees with it. But surely it won't hurt him if he watches TV to a lesser extend, too. Good luck I'm not sure unplugging the television will fly with my husband. He was kind of raised by the thing. But I can do better about not just sitting on the couch and watching it, I think. Thanks for the support! Thanks Arilian! I appreciate that. I write a lot of fantasy stuff. Different periods, modern, medieval, romance, some horror. I'll let you know when I've got a good amount of stuff written up. And yeah, TV is the worst!
  6. Wow, very organized, and I love your focus on vegetables. Let us know if you try anything good! Good luck!
  7. Ooo, 10 day meditation course sounds pretty interesting. I hear you on the falling back into old habits. It took an injury, a cold, and some visiting friends to knock me staunchly back into old ways. But a new challenge, a new chance right? All great goals you've got and I like the parameters you've set on your eating. Good luck with it all!
  8. Wow, your job just sounds... insane! I hope it settles down for you soon. Your goals all look good, I hope you have time to work on them! I'll be cheering you on, and I hope things get easier.
  9. I suffer from shifting priorities and variable goals too. I think it's great you're focusing in on small consistent things that improve where you're at with the time and energy you've got now. With your teeth, you might try (very lightly) brushing your gums along with your teeth. I used to have bad gums, but since brushing them, it's really improved them overall. Don't brush them too hard though cause it can recess the gum line. Good luck!
  10. I've tried a little bit of Tai Chi and it's pretty relaxing. That's pretty cool you got qualified to teach it. I've really started running, just to be outside in the trees and can't think of anything better. Good luck with everything!
  11. I like your goals as well, lots of good discipline to work towards. I'm going to to be keeping a food journal too, not so much tracking food there as tracking my motivation for eating the food. Am I hungry? Am I bored? Does it just taste so damn good I want more? Will look forward to seeing our progress!
  12. I feel like I have gone off course the last three weeks, and there's more I need to do, more mental strength I need. I want to get pregnant and have a baby and teach that child to be physically active, mentally active, and if I'm not that role model for them then who will be? I don't want them to be thirty years down the road struggling the way I'm struggling. So back to it! This challenge I'd like to work more on what's important to me. I spend SO MUCH time watching TV at the expense of everything else. I'm also eating like crazy again, using getting pregnant as an excuse to eat more unhealthier than I should be, when the whole point is to be getting healthier to carry a baby. I picked up a book called "The Writing Diet" by Julia Cameron and I'm reading through it now. While I know it's not going to be a magic bullet, it does combine two things I want to do: write more and eat less. So my goals for this challenge: 1. Stop watching extra TV. The news, Wheel of Fortune, other crap. It's out! I have seven shows I really like (about 6 hours of TV) and I can watch those, but otherwise the television needs to remain off, or I need to stay out of the room if the husband has it on. This will make me much more productive with other things and hopefully more active overall. (A: only 6 hours of TV/week + 1 movie, B-C: 6 hours + dinner hour each night, F: more than 2 hours of TV a night) 2. Walking/Jogging. At least 20 minutes a day outside rain or shine. Right now, mostly rain.... : / (A: 7 days, B: 5-6 days, C: 3-4 days, D: 1-2 days, F: 0 days) 3. Angry Birds Workout: I have weak muscles. Do this twice a week. (A: 2, C: 1, F: 0) 4. WRITE. Follow the exercises from the writing diet book. Do morning pages every day. Food journal, other tools. Use my freed up time from watching television to work on my novels/short stories. Ultimately, write as much as possible instead of eating and use this as a tool to be more mindful. (per day: A: 750+ words, B: 500 words C: 250 words, D: 100 words, F: 0 words) Extra goals: Really focus on my eating. Grocery store trips. Whole grains, vegetables, nutrient dense fruit. Simple stuff. Keep tracking with my calorie tracker and ideally hit all my nutrients every day. Also: GET PREGNANT.
  13. I haven't made much progress with meditation, but combined with yoga, I think you've got a good set of things to work on. The mental stuff is so damn difficult! I'm trying to eat more vegetables too. I find it helps to start with one you like (mine is okra) and build up from there. Good luck!
  14. Great goals all around! Sanity is a very good thing to strive for especially around the holidays. And great job hitting your goal weight! It sounds like you're starting from a great place going into this challenge.
  15. Very excited to begin again. The challenge is like a continual renewal and chance to make more progress. Happy to be here!
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