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Cherry_Bomb

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  1. Sorry to answer so late, but I've been doing fusion belly dance regularly since 2015 I think?
  2. Sorry, thank you for your patience! But I'm afraid I will disappoint you, for the hooping has not been happening. I'm so out of practice, and after three weeks of writing and therefore sitting, I'm afraid I'm out of shape, too. Tag on some family stress, bingeing on coconut-chocolate-almonds, and overnight bloating, and Cherry Bomb is the saddest of pandas. I know there's one more challenge before this craptacular year is over, but I'd be lying if I said I made any progress this month. Well, maybe with NaNo, I still have a few days so we'll see. November was going okay up until this week, and then I broke down and spent the whole day crying. I'm nowhere near where I'm supposed to be in life and every day it shows more and more. I don't know, s***'s rough right now. In the past I would have said a bit of both, or doing the first in order to prevent the second, but in light of the past week I'd say doing anything at all to avoid tunneling back into depression would be great. I think I work best with having concrete strategies or even a list of things to do when my mind is flooding with negative thoughts.
  3. Happy Halloween, y'all. I'm BACK...again! The past couple of months have been nuts. Like, super nuts. And with NaNoWriMo on top of all the madness, I think I need to keep moving as much as possible. My progress has really slogged to a slow zombie crawl, so although it'd be awesome to lose some more weight, I'll settle for seeing improvements on my mental health. No idea how to measure that and put it into a succinctly-worded goal. Any tips? Overall goal: keep my sanity Goal #1: Maintain current weight (at LEAST) Walk, dance, or hoop for at least 30 minutes three times a week Drink green tea during the week, save the yummy coffee for Fridays - Sundays Lots of stretch and Pilates breaks between the hours of sitting and writing Goal #2: Finish a Datura Online program by the end of the challenge - to make life easier I'll probably just do this one Goal #3: Work up to dancing a full four minutes without rest or letting arms droop Goal #4: 50K words or a complete story for NaNoWriMo (so write at least 1667 words every day) Goal #5: clean and organize the heck out of my workspace
  4. LOL. They haven't been lately. Soooooo bogged down with projects these past two months. But here's hoping to get back into it regularly by next week!
  5. Last month's challenge whomped, so I'm rising from the ashes if I beat this one. I'm basically recycling my goals with a few changes: Overall goal: Lose all the weight I gained in July and start over (3~5 pounds) Goal #1: Switch to green tea instead of coffee (save for the weekend) Goal #2: Be able to (belly) dance for at least three minutes straight without resting my arms or letting them droop Goal #3: Finish another Hooplover's course online (10 Tricks for Total Beginners looks easy enough) Goal #4: Hoop for four minutes clockwise (I'm a counter-clockwise hooper) Goal #5: complete a 28-day push-up challenge to build up some arm strength and feel like I've accomplished something めっちゃ頑張れ!
  6. Overall goal: Lose at LEAST three (more) pounds - I DID lose the weight, but in the past couple of days gained it back. So net-wise I lost two pounds. Might be hormonal...I'm HOPING it's hormonal... Goal #1: Aim for 30 minutes of hooping, dancing or intermediate Pilates five days a week - life got in the way, so nope Goal #2: Meditate often - work up to 30 minutes a day, then meditate five times in one week - and try my damnedest not to get too stressed out - I was actually pretty good at regular meditation, but didn't reach the 30-minute goal Goal #3: Consume at least 1 L of water and 400 calories of "green foods" (Noom terminology) every day - completed Goal #4: Finish another Hooplover's course online - double nope Goal #5: Be able to hoop or dance for at least four minutes straight without resting my arms or letting them droop - I think I've lost a bit of stamina, but I can still go for about three minutes So overall, this challenge kinda went south. Guess there's the next one?
  7. Noom was pretty good in the beginning, but now I've kinda slowed down with it (for life reasons, nothing against Noom). It's a lot of reading articles, and a little bit of food and exercise tracking. I've lost 17 pounds since I started with them so I have no cause for complaints!
  8. Oops, yeah, should have elaborated a bit more on the Noom vocabulary. For future reference: FTR according to Noom rules, no food is completely off-limits: "red" foods are more like "in moderation" foods, because even healthy stuff like nuts and seeds are considered red. Interesting stuff.
  9. So much garbage is going on but I swore I'd keep doing these challenges so here goes everything: Overall goal: Lose at LEAST three (more) pounds Goal #1: Aim for 30 minutes of hooping, dancing or intermediate Pilates five days a week Goal #2: Meditate often - work up to 30 minutes a day, then meditate five times in one week - and try my damnedest not to get too stressed out Goal #3: Consume at least 1 L of water and 400 calories of "green foods" (Noom terminology) every day Goal #4: Finish another Hooplover's course online Goal #5: Be able to hoop or dance for at least four minutes straight without resting my arms or letting them droop Yeah, that looks good enough. Cherry Bomb, out.
  10. Ha ha, I got so into the challenge that I forgot when it was supposed to end! Results: Goal #1: lost 2.5 pounds. SO CLOSE. Goal #2: getting better at the straddle and pancake stretch - I can feel it! There's definitely a difference between doing the stretches last month and what I can do now. (Gotta do my NF Flexibility Benchmarks again to be sure.) Goal #3: yes! I can hoop the other way now, and keep it going for at least three minutes! Wheee~ Goal #3.5: I finished an intermediate lesson pack in Japanese and the first half of my French intermediate textbook. Overall, not a bad start...? Either way, level two here I come!
  11. So far I've lost two pounds! (1-3 more to go ) And I've kinda given up on the pancake stretch for a bit - I think I need to improve my straddle stretch first, so I've been working on that.
  12. Goal #3 achieved! And I couldn't have done it without the incentive of a new hula hoop (this is for a contest to win one)!
  13. I first started learning in 2004, but didn't really get into it until about four years ago. It's fun - hard, but fun! And yay, I'm glad the video helped!
  14. Yay! Since you're following, here is the video I plan to follow for the challenge - I'm learning more about stretches and I now realize I should probably figure out how to do a proper straddle first, but I'm still going to do this one a couple of times a week as per the YouTuber's suggestion.
  15. Thank you (and thanks for the article)! To answer your question about Noom, I think the main reason I keep using the app is because I paid so much for it. But it's also very user-friendly and I like seeing the progress I've made on it; however, this past week I took a break from it because I hit a week-long weight plateau and got fed up with not seeing any changes.
  16. I'm trying to eat more veggies too (I'm indulging in a lot of mushroom omelettes for breakfast)! Good luck!
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