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  1. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    Still doing the steps, still counting calories. I started adding some bike rides into the mix and reactivated my facebook so I could get more involved with the community surrounding the Hogwarts Running Club. May take a little break from NF; I have very busy weeks headed my way and my long term habits are well in hand.
  2. Let's unpack this. First off, this is your challenge and it can be about whatever you need it to be. The goal is a healthy body and a happy heart, not to entertain the masses. Secondly, this challenge is fascinating. Few people are willing to be so honest and vulnerable about their personal growth and we are privileged to be invited along.
  3. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    Yesterday was super productive! I spent four hours in the kitchen largely because I found that our sink is leaky. We've secured water in the kitchen for now until we can spot all the places that are trouble spots. I'm going to throw a bucket down there and wash the dishes from making dinner last night, but after that we're eating off paper plates and using chopsticks/one designated spork each. All hail Sandwichlandia! SUMMARY Daily Goals Track Food--CRUSHED IT! Self Care--CRUSHED IT! Creative Outlet--CRUSHED IT! And as a reward, m
  4. What to say to literally ANYONE who feels the need to say something (Sassy Janeway is an excellent image search) I get that desire to present yourself in an empowering way or a way that makes you feel ready to take on the world, but you don't need to be ON all the time. You certainly don't need to put up with anyone who can't handle the HORRORS of undone hair and a makeup free face. <3 <3 <3 Don't apologize for that! You are lovely and amazing no matter what your level of formality because you are compassionate, creative, and kind. I would s
  5. Say the self talk out loud. Good things will feel great and bad things will get corrected into something positive because you seriously don't want to say that crap out loud. DO THIS. Hold hands, sneak kisses, be playful. Inject as much spontaneity as you can! A huge part of Christianity is actively living scripture and you can't do that with your nose in the Bible--so actively live (and enjoy!) your vows. <3 OH MY GOSH HOW CUTE IS THIS! <3 <3 <3 <3
  6. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    MUCH. It was a 24 hour blerg with a couple of moments over the holiday weekend. I'm changing the challenge a little bit. During our Anniversary Staycation, I noticed how much time I spend in the house. While I don't begrudge people occasionally hermitting. the fact is that I am home ALL the time and almost always indoors. This morning I carved out some time to drink coffee and knit in the backyard and it was HEAVENLY. Our neighborhood is pretty active; we have kids outside and playing, birdsong, neighbors mowing lawns, and the occasional dog barking, not to mention living up to the
  7. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    We decided to put it off. It's too expensive and special an outing to risk a Bridesmaids incident. XD (GIFs so horrifying I'll let you look them up)
  8. That hair color absolutely suits you! Definitely getting Janeway, especially with the red blouse.
  9. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    DAY FOUR: Did steps, knit a lot, had a nice, relaxing day, blah blah. BUT THEN I'd been craving ice cream for a couple weeks, so as a anniversary treat we got pints of ice cream. Specifically pints so that 1) I can test out my self control around food, and 2) if I totally fail at self control it doesn't devastate a month of work. So far, I haven't gone off the deep end! Whoo! Unfortunately, I woke up tummy sick this morning. Really, REALLY sick. I'll spare the gruesome details, but between drinking wine last night (no alcohol since Christmas) and forgetting that my
  10. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    DAY THREE: Monthly weigh-in is done and dusted! I am 240.2 pounds (roughly) and have lost 2 inches on my waist, three on my hips, and 1.5 on my thighs. I didn't do a bust measurement because my standard measuring bra is in a laundry bin somewhere, but I suspect I've gotten smaller there as well. Since I can round down to 240 I went ahead and colored in my wand progress chart to celebrate! Whoohoo! Speaking of celebrations, my anniversary is coming up. I'm forgoing a fancy dinner out tonight for a dinner later this week at a Brazilian steakhouse. It's a dinner not for stretchy
  11. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    DAY TWO: My calories seemed to evaporate today, but I did track my food and am closing in on my lower step goal (10,000). Other than knitting and going to bed early it's a low key day. I may need tomorrow as well for recovery since my calves are still mooing (as opposed to dogs barking? Makes sense in my head). Heating pad, hydration, naps, the muscle roller, and protein will eventually work healing magic. Tomorrow I'm going to do my monthly weigh-in and measurement day! I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 240.6 (squeeeeeee) but was hungry and not patient enoug
  12. Terra , you are amazing and positive and 100% right.
  13. That sounds like so much to take on at once, but you are going to come through like a champ.
  14. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    End of challenge wrap up: On steps and portion sizes, I have been consistently doing well. The quality of food has room for improvement, but the quantities are definitely controlled. I chose Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday (i.e. get pizza delivered and *gasp* have a single serving of soda) but even then I was marking time the entire first half and most of the second. By the time I went to bed I hit 30,000 steps and had burnt off my excess food. In fact, I've hit 30,000 steps a few times and during Zero Week of the next challenge I upped my goal to 12,000 in addition to yoga every ni
  15. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    DAY ONE: I'm taking an easy day because I volunteered at the Donna Marathon yesterday. My morning started at 5 and I didn't leave the bridge until 3:30 when the fire department kicked me off. Towards the end, I was jogging/walking up and down the bridge with the racers who were on their own or dancing manically to cheer them on so heeeeyyy DOMS how you been? Most painful 13,000 steps in my life. Worth it, but it means today I was proud just to make it to my minimum 10,000. Tomorrow may be the same but I'll try to space out the steps and hit the higher goal. Nothing like a rest day!
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    Koaladle

    Back again for my third challenge in a row! WHOO! I'm building on my last challenge by continuing to log my food, upping my step goal to 12,000 steps, having ten active hours per day (a very high goal to keep it challenging), and spending ten minutes every day doing yoga. The daily schedule still stands (do chores, work out, self care, creative outlet, family time, use journal). A couple extra things: I want to make major progress on the knit blanket I'm making because heeeeyyy there's a due date on that, and also to actually finish binding the journal I made. It'll ta
  17. That just makes me so grumpy at them. How rude and insensitive! I always congratulate first, and walk it back if that's not well received. Better to be a little over-enthusiastic because it's at least supportive. If that support needs to be redirected a little bit, that's still easier and kinder than that snarky BS. People, man.
  18. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    I AM ALL TIME BEST KOALADLE TODAY! My victories include: Hitting an all time high step count (30,237) the day after hitting the previous all time high (20,176) Since I started this effort, I have earned all the Hogwarts Running Club medals in my posession 2.5 times I burnt more calories today (1,711) than I eat on a normal day (1,610) Calculating the trend of my weight loss against the caloric deficit logged on MFP, not only does marching have an equivalent calorie burn to walking, but I have a good eye for measurements and portions. Everything is lining up accurately
  19. Koaladle

    Koaladle

    I keep saying, it's like this is the time that something clicked. As the year goes on I'm going to make things harder and shake things up, but for now I'm just doing what I know I can sustain.
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    Koaladle

    That's The Horsey Show in a nutshell! XD Love it!
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    Koaladle

    I've only seen this as ANGER GIF but I love the crushing it application. XD TAKE THAT, GOALS! Friday was rough. I'm taking three different "may cause drowsiness"es, but managed to power through a very social day. My husband is part of the local longsword club and a member had a birthday. Having no kids but being made of Prime Minivan stock, I made both cupcakes and high protein muffins (chocolate and blueberry lemon), 48 in all, but only ate one! Husband's reaction to me resisting cupcake-apocalypse And while everyone was hitting each other with swords
  22. Oh no, that sounds difficult. Sending highly concentrated Patience your way!
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