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Mahalak

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  1. In a lot of ways I feel good about my last challenge, but I did fade a bit on MFP and my gratitude journal toward the end. So I'll work on those and pick up some new things. My Fitness Pal, and keeping to goals; Tai Chi - minimum twice per week Weight Training Three Times Per Week Gratitude journal entries three days a week 3 veg 2 fruit daily
  2. Thanks for all the checking in! Life has been full enough that I've been glad to keep on keeping on, without checking in. To the question(s) at hand, returning to work....may not be a surprise to some of you, but life in the church is not exactly heaven on earth. I started back on a Monday, and by the following Wednesday the church council decided it wanted to make a change. Honestly, it was a relief, and I had started the ball rolling some months before, but was unable/unwilling to really start looking: a lot of great people, and as their shepherd, I'm not so keen on leaving them to any
  3. I have three different Mio flavors: black cherry was almost normal, strawberry kiwi was HORRIBLE! I sounded like a cat with a furball after drinking it! I think I'm going to experiment with making camomile tea in half a cup of tea - all the camomile with half the need to get up in the middle of night. It does seem to be working, though, which has been wonderful. I just hope one doesn't build up a tolerance for it. (My wife loves Schitt's Creek, and I've seen enough to appreciate this)
  4. Thanks for the idea - and for initiating a discussion that allowed me to know my wife a little better....I had no idea she loves (three) mint tea! I'll keep it in mind, as it would address the taste issue, but not the "get up five times a night" issue! Last night I put the camomile extract into iced tea and the taste was tolerable.
  5. Doing pretty well this go-around: daily walking (over 4 miles and 10K steps), tracking food, praying and reading, and doing pretty well on gratitudes and bringing up the rear, tai chi. I did, however, do my tai chi in the park today, surprising and surprised by an off-road cyclist!giphy.gif

  6. Haha! At 58, I understand! Last night I tried camomile extract for the first time. It doesn't taste great in water - someone compared it to wet hay! - but I slept pretty well. Tonight won't be the best experiment (I'll be up late for the Olympics), but I'll have some wet hay 😬anyway and see how it goes.
  7. Thanks for sharing this, Athaclena! I've been sleeping better for the past few days, don't know if it's the chamomile tea, waking up early, a combo, or something else, but I'll take it! But, as someone noted, tea before bed can lead to some waking up during the night. 🚾! You or someone mentioned chamomile capsules or tabs - any recommendations there?
  8. I didn't make that a goal, but maybe I should have! I'm in the midst of trying to track my sleep as an experiment, to see if I can figure out what's what. So if you come up with something that works, let us know! I've always had some trouble with sleep, usually just once or twice a week. Since surgery, it has been virtually every other day - can't sleep one day, then so exhausted I can't help but sleep!
  9. My next challenge will be the same, as I started back to work today, and that will introduce a new layer of complexity to these goals. So no off-time. Just diving in! Diet: Recording consumption in My Fitness Pal, and keeping to goals; Exercise: Aim for walking two miles daily, in hopes of rehab allowing or encouraging more; Spirit: Daily Prayer and Meditation Spirit: Frequent gratitude journal entries Mind: Daily reading, professionally and recreationally I'm also hoping to incorporate some tai chi into my daily routine, as one more way to help my body mov
  10. I think I found a way to more easily use my Challenge Tracker, but in the meantime, many apps I use have their individual trackers Diet: Recording consumption in My Fitness Pal, and keeping to goals; 47 DAYS STRAIGHT, DOING PRETTY WELL EXCEPT FOR MY 1750MG OF SODIUM DAILY. IT IS IN EVERYTHING! Exercise: Aim for walking two miles daily, in hopes of rehab allowing or encouraging more; ON ABOUT 6 WEEKS STRAIGHT, CAN VERIFY 30 DAYS STRAIGHT. IN PAST WEEK, OVER 9600 STEPS/3.9 MILES ON AVERAGE, 96 MINUTES DAILY. GIVEN THAT 150 MINUTES PER WEEK OF CARDIO IS RECOMMENDED, I'M FEELIN
  11. Yes you will! How did your challenge go? And yes it did! - post forthcoming.
  12. Why thank you, sarakingdom! Doctors and rehab have been very positive about my recovery, and encouraging of gradually spreading my wings. It was great to get a little supervised exercise in, and looking forward to using rehab's hand weights that only go up to 10lbs! 🤪 Only one way to go, and that's up! Diet: Recording consumption in My Fitness Pal, and keeping to goals; - doing pretty well, except perhaps for sodium, the goal for which is set for pretty low mgs. Exercise: Aim for walking two miles daily, in hopes of rehab allowing or encouraging more; - exceeding 3 miles on ave
  13. Admittedly I've been somewhat lax on challenges lately, or at least reporting and recording them, but this time I have an excuse. Earlier this month I had some unexpected surgery, and even now I find I'm still coming out of my stupor and sleepiness. Until another rebel mentioned the challenge (thanks!) I forgot all about it. But now reminded, I'm back in the chase! Just a little slower - and later - than usual. Keeping to my desire to be well-rounded... Diet: Recording consumption in My Fitness Pal, and keeping to goals; Exercise: Aim for walking two miles daily, in hopes
  14. This is great! Thanks! I found a perfect one: Iona to Lindesfarne. If it hadn't been for COVID, we were going to go to Iona and much of Scotland last fall. And it is only 266 miles, a short one at a time when I'm counting the number of stairs in my house (17 for those who are interested!).
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