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  1. So far, so good! The first day was REALLY hard to get through without watching TV and such, but I'm getting more and more used to it. The food and fitness has been surprisingly easy. Although ... I did give myself permission to have some sweets today for "Galentine's Day" (but everything else I ate was Paleo). Tomorrow, it's back to my strict Paleo diet, plus tightening up a bit with media (I've been watching a lot of things at night, instead of reading, etc.—just watching gospel-related media). More importantly, I'm feeling much better, both emotionally and physically.
  2. Not retired myself, but I so hear this! I've decided to skip social goals for this challenge, but it's definitely the next thing I want to add for the next challenge. I'm interested to hear how this goes for you!
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    I so hear that! Your goals sound really well balanced and achievable. I especially like your self-care goal ... I may have to steal that for my next challenge! Good luck! Following to see your progress.
  4. I haven't really been involved with the forums/challenges for the last couple of years. Things have been fairly good career-wise—finished my PhD, moved overseas (back to the US from England), and started a new (temporary, 1-year) job in my field in a new state/city. But with all that has come much stress, which has translated into much stress-eating, which has translated into extra pounds and generally feeling pretty icky—both physically and emotionally. So! The time has come to take on a new challenge! Especially because I am traveling to another state in a couple of wee
  5. My new Fitbit arrived today, so I'm raring to go again! I lost it almost a month ago, and so had no clue anymore how much I was walking.
  6. Progress Report: Week 1 (30 October - 5 November) Flying: 0 PTS Potions: 0 PTS Charms: 21 PTS Since the clocks changed on Sunday of last week, it's been pretty easy getting up on time. But I have been feeling poorly all week—mild stomach-aches and general yuckiness—which I've been using as an excuse to eat out (or in, as the case may be) and to skip running. I did cook yesterday, so this week is already off to a better start Potions-wise, and I'm planning to run tomorrow for sure. I figure if I can force myself to do it at least once, then it will become easier to ma
  7. For the next few challenges, I am going to attend Hogwarts!!! Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Life Challenge Here's the basic plan: I've 'mapped' the Hogwarts school subjects to categories of life goals. For each challenge, I will choose at least three of these to work on; one has to be related to fitness, one to food/diet, and one to other life goals. As I progress in these challenges, I will then have a chance to earn OWLs and NEWTs in each subject, by completing a major milestone. (To see how I've mapped the subjects
  8. Sorry to butt in, but I just wanted to suggest a couple of podcasts. (I also tend to listen to podcasts for entertainment.) If you haven't yet, you should check out Good Job, Brain! It's about trivia, and it's my all-time favorite. OK, I'll leave you guys alone now.
  9. This week went better, at least. My biggest improvement, I feel, was that I actually worked out. I only got two, instead of three, but that was a huuuge deal right now! I've been all but sedentary for the last couple of months while I was visiting family, and I was ridiculously sore from the first workout this week. So I skipped the middle one before finishing up with workout #2. It feels good to be more active again and I'm feeling ready to step it up this week for my full three workouts. Plus, I'm certain that I would not have made this progress this quickly after such a long hiatus if not f
  10. I just want to say that I absolutely love them. Not to put added pressure on you—I know what it can be like, trying to finish off projects that have been around for months. But I love your style and sense of humor.
  11. That's awesome! Any particular period of history you're especially interested in? I'm working on a degree in medieval English literature, myself, and I've been really loving it. I would love to do something in the heritage sector, like museums and that kind of thing. Best of luck!
  12. Loving this challenge! Just curious—what are going to school for? I came back for an advanced degree after about six years away, in the working world, and it was really nerve-racking at first. Even for someone who (like me) loves school! Can't wait to see progress reports for your cosplay goals!
  13. Hey cool, I got a badge! Just curious ... what do y'all do with yours? Anyone post them anyplace? Or just admire them from a distance? Also ... I SO get this, UnquietBones! Here's to a better week for us all!
  14. Week 1 of this challenge was, well, a challenge for me. And I didn't quite rise to it. I only garnered 12 points (out of a possible 27) and didn't work out a single time. Part of that was because both of my housemates were out of town and I was on my own all week, which kind of made me feel like I was still on vacation. So I sat around at home and crocheted all week instead of getting out and really working on anything important. (Granted, the blanket I'm crocheting is for charity, so that's not un-important. But still.) I did make choucroute garnie, and it was delicious!! I also p
  15. Thanks, Sylvaa. I found some similar articles, which is why I'm not stressing too much about 150g for the time being. But even those articles suggested, by their evidence and conclusions, that I should probably be eating more protein than I am. Plus, by focusing on protein, that tends to automatically reduce my icky-carb intake (like sugars and refined flours). I am always up for more reading on these kinds of topics, though, so anything you can throw at me is most welcome!
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