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  1. 6 Week Challenge - Week 1 & 2 Update Week 1: This wasn't a very successful week in terms of my challenges. I over-scheduled myself and was in a mental rut that I hard a hard time getting out of. Goal 1 - I recorded my food intake only for a couple days during Week 1. Goal 2 - I worked out maybe half the days. Goal 3 - I got some organizing done, but other than that I barely touched them. Side Quest - This I actually handled quite well. I learned some major currencies and all of the countries in the Americas! I did, however, throw two awesome birthday parties and saw many, many good friends. +2 endurance points for feeling totally loved. Week 2: I was sick this whole week, but I made some strides regardless Goal 1 - I have recorded pretty much everything I ate this week. The times may have been shaky (I'm trying to record date and time), but this focus has already helped me make better choices at several points when I could have put crap in my body instead. Goal 2 - Being sick doesn't really lend itself to working out. I made sure I got a lot of rest and stretched my back. Should be back to small workouts tomorrow. Additionally, I now have date for my second surgery: Monday 1/26. Again, this will prevent me from working out for a while, so after this Week 3 I am switching to meditation and small stretches. Calm.com and Headspace will be my go to's. Goal 3 - I'm making great strides. I have been looking at the Nerd Fitness for help here as well. Check out Steve Kamb's Epic Quest of Awesome to see what I'm talking about (http://www.nerdfitness.com/epic-quest/). It's a really fun structure and with my wide range of interests why shouldn't I adopt a goal structure that lets me do everything I want to do. Swimming with whales? Sure. Be my own boss? Yes. Star in a movie? Why not! (Also, motorcycles, space, and moonwalking here I come!) Side Quest - Still killing it here. I have been using the Brainscape Geography app. It's just flashcards and maybe the best $6 I've ever spend on my phone. So far I've taught myself major world currencies and all the countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Onto Africa and Oceania (which is a challenge because who can even see Marshall Islands on a map anyway.) I have also decided that I would like to have the Animaniacs' Nations of the World song memorized by the end of this six weeks. Don't be surprised if you see a video of me singing that soon.
  2. I am definitely going to be taking that quiz! I've been using the Brainscape Geography app and it is really helping. I also just got a book from my aunt on traveling. I'm so excited to get started. What are you doing for cashflow while traveling? I think that is my biggest hurdle.
  3. Thanks fleaball! It is, but if I got through it once I can get through it again.
  4. My Main Quest: In October I had a minor surgery. Unfortunately, I have to have a second very soon, likely in within this next 6 weeks. The recovery period from the first surgery did two things: 1) It inhibited my ability to work out for months. 2) It brought on about a week of intense anxiety attacks and about a month of not being able to fully control my stress levels. Going into this a second time my main quest is to make sure my body and my mind are as prepared as possible for the second recovery process. I want to be as capable of healing as I can be. My 3 Goals: 1) Record everything that I eat. The idea here is to make small improvements in my diet every day and foster a habit of healthy eating. Recording it allows me to easily see what improvements I am making and keeps me honest about what I am putting in my body. (If I know that I am going to have to write down that I ate an entire box of Little Debbie christmas tree shaped snack cakes, I am less inclined to do it.) I've had a lot of successes and failures in the last year with my diet. The biggest hurdle was overcoming a nasty bout of candida. Most of the struggle was from suddenly being put on such a strict diet. There are lot of ups and downs when making drastic dietary changes. The crashes feel terrible, physically and mentally, and the changes rarely stick around. I want to make small steady changes that lead to long-term habits. A consistently healthy diet is going to allow me to heal more quickly. 2) Small daily workouts. I can say with certainty this second surgery is going to prevent me from working out for a while, but there is no reason to not work out every day until that happens. In fact, the more fit my body is, the faster my recovery time is likely to be. I am doing a small warm up every morning to keep myself loose. I also started the PLPS workout (ask me what this is if you are interested) again on 12/31 and plan to continue to do it daily. In addition to this I am going to be attending weekly parkour classes again starting next week. Once the surgery happens I can move to meditation. This second recovery period is only going to be a minor pit stop on my overall path to fitness. 3) Clearly define my life goals. This may not be directly related to fitness, but when I was having anxiety attacks the issues that bubbled to the surface were a lot of worry about not having a clear path for myself. Now that I've turned 30 the question is burning even brighter for me: What's next? Do I travel, go back to college, WWOOF around the country, start a business, go back to Detroit, head out west, stay put, what? I don't know if I will have all of the answers in the next six weeks, but I am going to have a damn good understanding of my options. I'm going to get clear on what it is I'd like to be doing and the direction I'd like to be heading in. Side Quest: Learn geography. I want to travel and I want a better understanding of the world. Knowing where everything is will be the best starting point for me. I found a wonderful flashcard app that is has already allowed me to quickly learn country locations and major currencies. It will eventually get me through capital and flags as well. Guild: Although my heart lies with the assassins I'm going to be siding with the adventurers for this since this is my first challenge and my goals are a bit more general. I'm proud to be among them. I'm excited for this 6 week quest!
  5. I didn't drink for over a year between 2013 and 2014. I started just doing it for a month as a dietary restriction. I was saving money and felt great so I set a goal of three months. I hit that and then went to a year. Hitting small goals and expanding from there seemed to help. A trick for not drinking socially for me was to get something that felt like a drink. I would get soda water with a lime or root beer in a bottle. This made me feel like I was still participating and deterred the nosy "Why are you not drinking?" crowd. Friends eventually figured it out and would just order me soda water without asking, which helped take the decision out of the equation. Getting back into drinking, one trick has been to only drink what I really want and not drink something because it is cheap or just there. I'll opt for one glass of really nice scotch instead of several cheap beers, then switch back to soda water the rest of the night. I also have a no shot rule.
  6. Aelinn - Thank you for the carrot pickles recipe. I will be giving that a try. Twibble - I got Bubbie's pickles at whole foods today and they are delicious! Thank you! Aegle - Steve has mentioned it in his posts. I checked it out a bit but haven't delved to deep. I'll give it another go eventually I am sure. Thank you for the good luck! Bookworm_Tess - I've been going to see a wonderful naturalist for a few months now. He specializes in herbs and acupuncture. I've seen a lot of improvement and I love going. What he explains makes a lot of sense to me. Unfortunately, if I'm eating like crap, there isn't much anything is going to do. I am excited to see what improvements I will see with this along side managing my diet. I hope you find success with it. Tzippi Longstockings - I've not heard of kvass before. It sounds delicious! I wouldn't have been able to have had it while on the candida diet because of the sugar, but it might me a good fit for me now. Thanks for pointing me in that direction! (also nice Avatar picture)
  7. Thanks, Twibble! I just looked them up and there are more than a few places that sell them near me. Can't wait to try!
  8. Thanks Aelinn! I am! I've been taking two types of probiotics nightly for a while now. I also drink a GT's kombucha every day. I have a scoby to start making my own kombucha again, but just haven't yet. I should start that tonight! I've never had live pickles before. I will search for them. I would love your method for method for carrot pickles if you happen to stubble on it again. Thank you!
  9. I've been struggling with gut health for a decade and a half now. I've been through the gamut of tests and possibilities. Conclusion: All roads lead to my diet! The major issue is that my digestive system, MY GUT, has been abused and neglected so often for so long that it is quite difficult to pinpoint what foods are troubling me and what are not. I recently went on two month long candida diet to battle a candida overgrowth in my gut, which I got under control. YAY! But right after this I fell back into old eating habits. I also had a small surgery that left me pretty inactive for two months and wreaked havoc on my stress levels and emotion (equalling an increase of "comfort foods") My eating habits are not as bad as I use to be, there has been some progress, but definitely still in the bad-for-my-gut zone. My digestion has been a mess. I've been struggling with my digestion for so long and have fallen off the horse so many times. I've never had anything be such a struggle before and have a history of being hard on myself about it. (Even quitting smoking wasn't this challenging.) I've also been afraid to be open about how often I've had to get back on the horse. Didn't want to sounds like a broken record or that I was looking for pity on something I was unwilling to correct. Well, no more! Feeling guilty, beating myself up, and hiding are only getting in my way. I'm kicking them to the curb! I've started tracking my diet and symptoms again. I've also started to slowly cut out possible irritants to see how it affects me. I've made huge changes in my diet before with some success, but nothing has been conclusive. I am accepting that this may not be something I can tackle all at once, but that it is a slow and steady process of regaining my health. I'm glad to have this forum here. Thank you for reading my respawning rant!
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