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  1. As well you should! No place like it that I have ever seen! The hot springs are majestic.
  2. Also: this has nothing to do with fitness, but yesterday, after two years, I FINALLY finished all of the five Game of Thrones books. 1.7 million words read. Now I want to read some shorter things for awhile, maybe some pamphlets?
  3. The sulfur smell when swimming was quite strong, and it took me two showers to get the odor of the Blue Lagoon off of me, but it is a small price to pay, haha. I did eat way too many nasty things, but you're right, I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I just wish I could moderate that instinct when I do go on vacation. I have a hard time with that, but I will just have to figure out ways of working with it. I think being more deliberate about what I eat when on vacation (allowing a certain amount of treats instead of eating ALL OF THE TREATS) will help.
  4. Hey all! I swear I am going to be better about updates. I was in Iceland for most of last week so wasn't really to update as I purposely didn't bring a laptop or anything to do with work so I could disconnect and enjoy myself as much as possible. As an aside, if anyone gets the chance to go to Iceland, GO! It is an amazing/enchanting country. The people are all very nice, their level of English is super high so that isn't a barrier, and it is utterly gorgeous. It set me back so so so much, but I promised my niece I would take her on a trip for getting good grades over the last few years, and s
  5. Hey! I hear you about the writing/editing thing. I always thought would be my path to more income. Instead I have been sitting on my hands and now have a second job at a local food market for minimum wage. Not nearly as cool. Reddit has a semi-active freelance writer forum, but this is a good starter thread for starting out, although I never followed through on everything: https://www.reddit.com/r/freelanceWriters/comments/3e20k2/a_small_guide_for_beginners/ The EFA also has some meetings and resources that you may find helpful: http://www.the-efa.
  6. A couple of things to add to my challenge to give it more context: 1) I want to go to BJJ twice a week. With this second job it's going to be tough, but once a week + an open mat is absolutely doable. To complement this, I will lift weights four days a week during my lunch break. I want that damned second stripe in March. 2) With weight loss I am tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal. I have also foresworn sweets + soda until the end of April. I will try to stay under my calorie limit as much as possible. Tuesdays will be my weigh in day. The ultimate goal is my grad s
  7. Hey hey, just checking in! What did you think of the movie? I adored it but haven't spoken to many other people about it. I would put it in the top two, maybe three: Empire Rogue One or Jedi Star Wars Force Awakens The Prequels
  8. Yeah it has been very frustrating. He is a war vet with severe PTSD (and other mental health issues) and he self-medicates with copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. On the one hand, I truly feel for him, on the other hand he has smashed a window, broken a television, stolen my bike light, stolen my other roommate's adderall, smoked in the house, and had the cops called on him a couple of times and was arrested once. It's been stressful. And the lease doesn't run out till August and the landlord has made no moves of removing him! Just had my first shift of my second job. I hated it
  9. Hey all. I was here a couple of challenges ago, posted once and then ghosted. Life got a bit hectic: dealing with financial setbacks, a drug addicted roommate with mental illness, and general life malaise. There's been some good things as well, so it hasn't been me steady taking L's or anything, but rather trying to fight through some difficult but not overwhelming situations. A few tangible goals to shoot for: 1) Second stripe for BJJ in March 2) Get down to 178 lbs by the end of the challenge (I am at 182 right now) That's it this time. I may add a c
  10. Hey hey great job so far with the goals! That is how you properly start a challenge. Keep it up!
  11. I haven't been all that great with updates, my apologies for that. This week was a bit of a mixed bag. I took my niece to NYC and had a great time (her first trip there, w00t), but my nutrition went completely off the rails. During the rest of the week I did well, at least with tracking my food. I was able to stay away from sweets and naughty things that trigger me. My portions still need work, but one thing at a time, at least for now. I won't let the weekend derail the challenge though. I vow to get back on top of things tomorrow at work. I only got in two runs this
  12. Hey there! So so so sorry you have had a crap few months. You certainly have a ton of stuff to deal with and it stinks that life has dealt you this hand. I know it may not count for much, but our specific exchanges and reading your threads earlier in the year got me back in the groove with BJJ again (until I got my staph infection in October, boo). That was my best run yet with BJJ so thank you for that! I even got my first stripe and everything. I know what you mean about trying to stay busy to stay sane. I have dealt with depression on and off throughout my life and
  13. Hey hey! Thanks for the welcome! Sorry for being an absentee member the last number of months. I love these forums but life has been hectic! You are so so so so spot on regarding rewards. It is something I have had to work on. For awhile, I would reward myself with food treats, but now I am trying to change it to stuff such as a video game when I get to 179 lbs, new running shoes, new iPhone holder for running and things like that. So the rewards thing is something I have definitely made changes on! Let's get great! w00t!
  14. Hey! Thanks for checking in! I have been so lazy with this current challenge, at least over the last week. I will be popping over to your challenge in a bit, of course. Did you also get your staph infection from the BJJ gym? Did they make you take oral antibiotics? They just gave me a topical ointment but they said if that didn't work, they would get me on the oral meds. Thanks for the welcome back!
  15. Here I am! It has been way too long. Work/family/running whooped me the last few months but I wanted to come back for the end of the year and also start 2017 proper! Oh what?!? A book club challenge?!? That is awesome! I have two books out from the library now, but I am hoping to zip through those since I have to read five books by Dec. 31, which is decidedly not easy, but I think I can make Guards, Guards one of them. Thanks for the heads up!
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