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Maris Stella

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  1. Yep, I'm a Melinda-Mindy. But I rarely meet ANY Mindies so this is exciting. Body fat percentage can be very tough to calculate so I'd suggest either the skinny jeans goal or the sleep goal. And I totally hear you about sharing the pictures (I definitely don't, myself). I'm not sure I will ever be okay doing that in a place where I don't know everyone. But some people find that it really holds them accountable. Whatever works for you! Weee welcome to the Druids! I never shut up so you'll probably hear plenty ;P
  2. Copy/pasted from my challenge thread Final Update! The gist is that I set too many goals. Like, way too many. I don't know why I decided that each goal should be compound, but it made things a lot more complicated than they needed to be. But you know what...learning experience! I set myself up for failure in a few respects and still did okay. Not great, but okay! And okay is...well, okay haha. And I will do so much better next time, now that I have this experience under my belt. 1. I am a yogaholic. B- The challenge: Spend at least 3 hours a week doing yoga, plus five minutes daily meditation I consider this a win. Am I where I want to be yet? No. But I went from doing yoga zero times a week to doing yoga two times a week, every week of the challenge (except the week I was sick, and I still did it once!). Giving myself that point for strength, because I am definitely stronger. But docking myself 1.5 points for dexterity. I know if I had actually done it three times a week, I would have come further. Next time! (I don't know what I would dock for my abysmal failure at the meditation...I didn't really factor that in for points. Suffice to say it went poorly. But I will keep working at it.) +1 [sTR], +2.5 [DEX] 2. I eat clean. solid B The challenge: 2 clean (preferably vegetarian) meals per day, no soda, no silly coffee drinks. Again, pretty great improvement. The soda and coffee drinks were my biggest problem, and I had only one of each for the whole six weeks. And I did not really enjoy them. In general my eating habits were pretty good before and now they are even better. I'm eating a lot less bread, a lot more veggies, and I didn't eat out anywhere near as much as I used to in the last six weeks. I have a little bit further to go, and will keep at it until the next challenge. Maybe when that comes around I can give up something more serious! +2.5 [CON] 3. I am strong and balanced. D, and I'm being generous. The challenge: 5 full push-ups and 5 unassisted pull-ups Wow. I had no idea what I was talking about when I set that goal. I can do ONE full push up now, which I feel is a huge accomplishment and the only reason I am giving myself a pass for this one. I have never been able to do one before. However, I know I could have done so much better if I had picked either push ups OR pull ups, and if I had done them every single day. I don't consider the challenge over for this, and I hope to be at 5 for push ups before the next challenge begins, so I can focus on pull ups +1 [sTR] 4. I am a writer. B (averaged between A for reading and C for writing) The challenge: Complete 30 pages of my book, read 1000 pages. Meh. Reading went really well, writing could have gone better. 10 is a lot better than 0, though! +1.5 [WIS] In closing, here is a really inspiring video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aLogFAbTlDI
  3. Hi Mindy! OMG I am also a Mindy. Are you Mindy short for Melinda? I just finished my first (well...first actually successful) six week challenge, so I have thoughts about your goals: I think goals 1 and 2 are opposed to one another. As many rebels here often note, the number on the scale isn't the greatest indicator of how you are doing. Also, if you are currently not exercising and you start to do so regularly, the very first thing that will probably happen is you will gain weight. As an example, I went from 0 times a week to 4 times a week this summer and gained 15lbs in about 3 weeks. I actually looked a little bit slimmer, but you might gain more muscle mass than you are expecting! All of that isn't to say that you shouldn't have a goal of maintaining your current size. But I would suggest maybe judging it by clothing size, rather than pounds. Or better yet, weekly/biweekly pictures of your progress! Wearing the same thing, at the same time of day (first thing in the morning is best). You can share them with us or keep them to yourself (I'm chicken, personally, so I keep mine to myself.) Otherwise I think these look really good! As for side challenges, they appear as threads on the individual guild boards as the challenge goes on, usually about halfway through. If you participate you generally win an attribute point, which is sometimes predetermined and sometimes up to you! You can participate in any guild's bonus challenges.
  4. Carlsbad State Beach is gorgeous, but I haven't been in forever, so I wouldn't exactly call myself familiar with it. My personal preference is beaches or trees But I'm up for wherever. I love the hike idea! I'm also for BYO.
  5. Thank you to everyone who offered their support and encouragement! I am so grateful. Seriously.
  6. Final Update! The gist is that I set too many goals. Like, way too many. I don't know why I decided that each goal should be compound, but it made things a lot more complicated than they needed to be. But you know what...learning experience! I set myself up for failure in a few respects and still did okay. Not great, but okay! And okay is...well, okay haha. And I will do so much better next time, now that I have this experience under my belt. 1. I am a yogaholic. B- The challenge: Spend at least 3 hours a week doing yoga, plus five minutes daily meditation I consider this a win. Am I where I want to be yet? No. But I went from doing yoga zero times a week to doing yoga two times a week, every week of the challenge (except the week I was sick, and I still did it once!). Giving myself that point for strength, because I am definitely stronger. But docking myself 1.5 points for dexterity. I know if I had actually done it three times a week, I would have come further. Next time! (I don't know what I would dock for my abysmal failure at the meditation...I didn't really factor that in for points. Suffice to say it went poorly. But I will keep working at it.) +1 [sTR], +2.5 [DEX] 2. I eat clean. solid B The challenge: 2 paleo clean (preferably vegetarian) meals per day, no soda, no silly coffee drinks. Again, pretty great improvement. The soda and coffee drinks were my biggest problem, and I had only one of each for the whole six weeks. And I did not really enjoy them. In general my eating habits were pretty good before and now they are even better. I'm eating a lot less bread, a lot more veggies, and I didn't eat out anywhere near as much as I used to in the last six weeks. I have a little bit further to go, and will keep at it until the next challenge. Maybe when that comes around I can give up something more serious! +2.5 [CON] 3. I am strong and balanced. D, and I'm being generous. The challenge: 5 full push-ups and 5 unassisted pull-ups Wow. I had no idea what I was talking about when I set that goal. I can do ONE full push up now, which I feel is a huge accomplishment and the only reason I am giving myself a pass for this one. I have never been able to do one before. However, I know I could have done so much better if I had picked either push ups OR pull ups, and if I had done them every single day. I don't consider the challenge over for this, and I hope to be at 5 for push ups before the next challenge begins, so I can focus on pull ups +1 [sTR] 4. I am a writer. B (averaged between A for reading and C for writing) The challenge: Complete 30 pages of my book, read 1000 pages. Meh. Reading went really well, writing could have gone better. 10 is a lot better than 0, though! +1.5 [WIS] In closing, here is a really inspiring video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aLogFAbTlDI
  7. Yes, you go to that kid. The first two or three steps are pretty basic and boring, and then it gets really unexpected. For some reason I had skipped the Thieve's guild quests and am only about half-way through them. I think those would have been a useful precursor to the dark brotherhood quests, so you might want to do them on your khajit. Not necessary at all, just helpful. Man, I want to ask you a bunch of questions and geek out about this but I also don't want to drop any accidental spoilers. This might be my favorite game I've ever played. I was just so impressed by the stories, and the intricate world they created, and how consistently I was surprised by things (especially places).
  8. Nice! I don't want to talk about how much gold I have on the main character because it's the clearest indicator that I have spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME playing this game, lmao. She's a dual-wield, light armor type. I actually started her as a one-handed + magic character but found that it was more satisfying to whack things. But the summoning spells are still super awesome. I <3 atronachs. The other character is an assassin/dark brotherhood character. I highly recommend that quest chain if you haven't done it. It's super fun, there's a lot of cool armor and loot, and it just feels more dynamic than most of the other quest chains. However, if you think the bounty on your character is bad now...hahaha.
  9. Sounds fun! It will depend how far I have to drive, though.
  10. Might seem like a weird question, but are you sure you are eating enough/often enough? Might help to eat 5 or 6 times a day, no more than 400 cals at a time. And high-protein breakfast! Aaand more water, water all the damn time. Aaaaaaand HIIT. Like Cu Chulainn said. As for me, my week 5 was pretty great. Looking to a strong finish for week 6!
  11. Last week, sericite! I hope you are feeling better and that your ankle is healing.
  12. Substix! What a great update! Honestly, I am most wowed by number 2. That is forserious. You ARE Super You! And I'm so glad to hear about your work situation. I hope that continues to be a really great thing for you! Good luck on your surgery. I am wishing you a very swift recovery. (Then, back to those deadlifts )
  13. Shortstuff, I am just blown away by your reading challenge. You read as much as (or maybe even more than) my friends who are working on their PhD's. Cray-cray. Looks like your doing great on the rest of your challenge, too! One more week -- keep it up!
  14. omg I love skyrim. What kind of character are you playing? And I hope you feel better very soon! I was also sick for a good part of the challenge -- it's so frustrating, but getting rest and then getting back on track are key. You can do it!
  15. Congratulations, Chanda! That is so awesome!!! Have fun with the race. But please don't leave us
  16. So late in responding to that. I think what you have been doing counts -- you couldn't have anticipated those changes! If you are keeping up the creative momentum, that's what's really important. I've personally just been hitting a wall, because I tap my creativity in such fits and starts. (My "why is writing hard" question was mostly rhetorical XP) Your range of projects is really impressive. Maybe I should take a page from your book, and branch out! And I'd love to do prompts once the challenge is over Good luck with your wrist injury and I hope it recovers quickly! As someone with chronic wrist issues, I find a soft brace can help, if it isn't too distracting. Be careful in plank if you are still doing it. I sometimes don't stack my wrists right under my shoulders, and one of my yogis informed me that this was the worst possible thing I could do in the entire universe, with a weak wrist. She was very emphatic. Full speed ahead for the last week! You're killing it!
  17. Thank you Chanda, shortstuff and substix! I hope your last weeks went awesome! General Update: +1 Dexterity for the mini challenge (Although it was a toss up, because I did a lot better with meditation last week). Aaaand I totally failed to walk/run. Next time! 1. Yogaholism - the challenge was really good for me! But I am still not getting in 3 hours a week. I keep doing either 2 short sessions during the week or one long session, and then another long session on the weekend. I need to make time for it and am not sure where that time is going to come from, as I work ~9 hours a day and commute for 45 minutes to an hour each way. I didn't even turn on my home computer all last week, and I'm not a TV watcher. WHERE IS MY TIME GOING?? I cook dinner most nights, do some moderate cleaning, and spend time with my boyfriend...but that shouldn't take 4 hours, right?? I think time management is going to be my next 6-week challenge. In other news, better with the meditation. That and writing have been my biggest challenges. Next time, I will not be doing compound challenges -- way too much to keep track of! This was definitely a learning experience. 2. Clean Eating - I did so much better. I'm starting to not even want bad food anymore. I had a sip of black coffee last week (which I didn't prohibit myself, but which I still avoid) and it was TERRIBLE. Looks like my tastes are changing! This week we've got a spaghetti squash to cook up with shallots, salad fixin's, some awesome tempeh and a recipe I've been meaning to try for it (which will likely be tossed into a stir fry), sweet potatoes to be curried (HEAVEN if you like spicy food!), and probably one day of eating-out. We are not going out for Valentine's day because Valentine's madness makes me uncomfortable. Still deciding what we'll make that night -- probably scallops or something. It will be a non-veggie day but I won't go crazy. 3. Strength and Balance - Um. I'm probably going to fail this one. Think if I work on it every day this week, I might make it to 5!?!? Time to crack down! 4. Writing - Well, the reading goal is done, and I'm up to 8 pages for writing. I'm anticipating a B or a C for this one, but we'll see how much I can do this week. WEEEE 1 more week! We can do it!!
  18. Oh no! I hope tomorrow is better! Getafix to the total recall chair in 3...2...
  19. Why is writing so hard!?!? Would it help to have prompts? I'd be happy to be your prompt-buddy.
  20. You are learning dumpling-making!?!? Teach me your (friend's) ways!!!! Fantastic work this week. And congratulations on your weight milestone! Any tips for those of us struggling with the meditation challenge? I need to take a page out of your book -- your tracking is amazing. Are you using a spreadsheet or something to keep track, behind the scenes? Have you heard of Lumosity? It has a monthly fee, but it's pretty neat. There are a lot of question marks in this post.
  21. Thanks! I also love my quote I'm pretty sure it came off the cap of an Honest Tea. Way better than week 3. My horrible cold is finally subsiding and I can move around again. I *did* hurt my back a bit this weekend though. Probably just got overambitious with the yoga, after days of being essentially bedridden. (Or maybe I'm just violently allergic to cleaning? It seems to happen only when I am actively cleaning the house.) It's feeling better now and I'll be more careful with the routine tonight. Also, feels so good to be back home and have control over my food again. It is so hard to avoid dairy when travelling. (Good luck, Substix!! May the force be with you.) Is everyone doing their mini-challenges!? >
  22. Thanks, Chanda! I needed to hear that. And I am noticing a difference, even with the sick days. This week's yoga was leaps and bounds better than it was at the beginning of the challenge. And I am actually writing things! Huge win. I will definitely be participating in the mini-challenge. Very happy there is another one, after I missed the potion challenge.
  23. WHAAAAT!! MOST AMAZING THING! (I'm sorry for the yelling, but it is accurate.)
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