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miss america

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  1. Awesome goals, Ocreata! I'm a total beginner so even your "before" numbers seem pretty impressive to me And your mushroom excursions sound really interesting! Do you typically go alone or with other people? It sounds like it could almost be a meditative experience in itself, depending how many people are tromping around...
  2. Awesome work on the circuits, and the DISHES! And I'm echoing all the previous praise for your avatar—I was at the Disney Avengers Half-Marathon (NOT running, but...) last weekend and was totally inspired by everyone getting it done... many of them in full superhero alter-ego costumes!
  3. Following back! Hopefully you find a good alternative during your trip—I'd considered the eating part of Thanksgiving, but totally forgot about making accommodations for workouts during travel as well!
  4. Hmm, I'm not sure yet! I would like to join some sort of fighting gym at some point, but in the mean time I'll settle for my UFC training game and maybe hang a side of beef up, Rocky-style. Thanks, Teirin! I will definitely check it out.
  5. Thanks for all the support, guys! Been online for 10 minutes and already feel like a superhero. UPDATE 1 Mission 1: did my first BBWW! I only did one circuit to start, but I should definitely be able to increase those. The arm exercises in particular are much harder for me, so I may try to add some additional exercises to build strength as time/energy allows. I also took some time to do all my measurements, about 10 minutes, so I know I'll normally have at least that much time to spare. Mission 2: tracked e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, including a fancy dessert treat that, well, once I put it down, realized that it didn't actually put me too much over my daily goal because I'd been eating well the rest of the day. It's almost like if you moderate what you eat, you can still have occasional treats? Weird concept, I know. Mission 3: I was a little TOO motivated and did my normal, 20-minute path in only 19 minutes! So I may have to add on a little extra to my path instead of pacing the hallway before I can go in. Other stuff: - I got a replacement band for a borrowed Fitbit, so I will start using that as well! It should be here tomorrow. - I would like to switch my workouts to the morning, when the house is quieter, but sleepy-me is a scumbag and a bad influence. As long as the evening workouts keep working for me, I'll stick to that and not worry about it. - My scale of course ran out of batteries last night, so this is my reminder to actually get those replacements. I want FULL CREDIT for my transformation. - I signed up for the NF newsletter almost immediately before finding this forum (and starting the challenge), so I'm still getting gentle reminders to maybe try going for a 10 minute walk today, which is making me feel good about my actual progress! GET ON MY LEVEL, NEWSLETTER.
  6. Thanks! I should probably start small, like an orange or something. Baby steps!
  7. Week 1 mini quest: Make sure your goals are definitely SMART. Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? My overall quest is to lose 4 inches from my waist. I don't think I'll achieve this within the 6 weeks, but I'll definitely continue working towards it for however long it takes. I've been that size before, so it should be reasonable for me to accomplish. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? Each of my missions are pretty straightforward and should be easy to adapt to my lifestyle, as they only involve keeping track of one element each. Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? I intentionally made my goals fairly modest, so that I can build up good habits and score myself a "win"! If I feel any of them are too easy, I can increase the difficulty as I go, but for now I'm focused on completing them. Are your goals able to be measured and tracked? What will you use to track them? I'm tracking food goals on Weight Watchers and workouts through Endomondo. And of course, here! How are you grading your goals? Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)? Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? Hmm, they are kind of pass/fail now. I will establish some more graded goals that give me more of a range in case I don't keep up perfectly. My goal at the final stage is my dress! But I may add some smaller rewards on a weekly or completed goal basis. What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? I would still be able to track food, and hopefully (???) still walk, but with any more serious injury I would have to change up the BBWW with something easier. Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge? What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? Thanksgiving will be coming up during the challenge—I think I'll do well not overeating the food, but it will make it a little harder to complete all of my goals due to traveling. I should be able to do my BBWWs in the hotel room, and walk up and down the halls as necessary. Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? Not really, just that I have to plan for a little more time in my day to complete all of them, and not only give myself 20 minutes. Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set? If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? Oops, I just started to answer this in the last one. I already do about 20 minutes walking every day, so that one is easy—I just have to remember to do that on weekends. My food logging can be completed fairly quickly as long as I stay on top of it during the day, not waiting until 11:59pm to struggle to remember everything I ate throughout the day. The biggest one I have to schedule are the workouts, which I'm planning to do either right before or right after my walks. I'll see how this works out for me tonight. Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? Each of my missions represents a habit that will contribute to my quest, which is why I'm trying to make them all simple to complete to encourage me forward.
  8. So, so true! I didn't even establish a hard daily goal here as part of the challenge, because I know I'll tend to self-police myself as long as I'm writing it down. Thanks for the welcome... I'm very excited to be here!
  9. Hi guys! I'm Emily. I just discovered this forum, and thus missed the first week of the challenge... but I'm buckling down and ready to go for the rest of it. No point in waiting another 6 weeks when I can start now, right? Main Quest: Lose weight/inches to fit into pretty vintage dresses! -- As a concrete goal, go from a 36-inch waist to 32 inches, and I'd like to be able to wear one for my friend's wedding next summer. Mission 1: Do beginner bodyweight workout 3 times/week. A: 3 times/week B: 1-2 times/week C: 0 times/week Mission 2: Track food everyday (even if I really don't want to because I know I'm going to go over my goal). A: 6-7 times/week B: 3-5 times/week C: under 2 times/week Mission 3: Go for at least a 20-minute walk everyday. A: 6-7 times/week B: 3-5 times/week C: under 2 times/week Life Goal: Apply to grad school! I'm making my missions fairly easy for now, since I really want to focus on building good habits and making sure I can actually keep them up. Rewards: All A's: Roots of Fight shirt A's/B's: new waterbottle Future fitness side quests (for reference): - Improve agility/flexibility/strength/stamina - Add and meet daily step goal - Walk or bike to work - Go to the nearby interval-style gym - Join boxing gym or martial arts classes - Take dance classes - Take archery class - Punch things - Crush watermelon with thighs Anyway, I'm really excited for this challenge! I have had moderate success working on my own before, but my problem is always that I try to keep it on the down-low—so I have no social accountability for keeping up with my good habits. I may not be ready to publicly post my intentions to everyone on Facebook, but I'm going to start out sharing with my fellow nerds!
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