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  • Birthday 07/11/1985

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  1. Things I've learned from Days 4-7 I still feel good... even though I've been fighting a horrible cold for the last 5 days. I just imagine how much worse I would feel if I was using sugar to try and feel better. And I think I am on 16 days of minimal sugar!! W00T! The longer I stick to my goals, the easier this is. I am totally pumped that I mentally said no to seconds of caramel apple slice at Bible study morning tea this week. I had many many good justifications for eating it.. but I chose not to. Yes!!! Epic water fail! Right now my lips are dry and I feel thirsty. Ap
  2. Rum-free rumballs are child-friendly and don't require actually having to buy rum!
  3. Things I've learned from Days 1-3 I feel good. My mood is better when I don't overindulge in food or sugar. I must remind myself of this when I am faced with temptation. I was quite pleased with my behaviour on Wed as I made rum-free rumballs for my team at work. I intended to have just one in the morning, but ended up having 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. So I didn't give myself points as as these are the small battles I want to fight as I know the rabbit hole they lead down. I haven't been 100% strictly measuring my water (as that drives me nuts) but I know that I
  4. Thanks RES. I have been thinking about that sneaky sugar in juice and maybe trying out some other water flavouring like tea infusions might work better. I'll just check anything I use to make sure there is no hidden sugar. The main goal is to cover up the taste of the water as sometimes I really can't stand it.
  5. Hi, I'm Deborah and I'm going to keep this simple (as perfectionism paralysis stops me from doing too much)! I'm also going to not put any pressure on myself to comment on other threads. Hopefully this is all coherent as I'm writing this on 4-5 hours sleep due to a fussy 1.5yo. I figured it is time to stop thinking and just dive in. I have started challenges around 3 times but never managed to complete more than 2 weeks. However, the only way to strengthen my discipline muscles is to use them so here goes my latest attempt. "Big Picture" goal Defeat the Sugar Beast!! I use s
  6. Thanks so much for creating a 2018 version. I've been enjoying following along and am around 342kms from Mordor. I'm hoping to get back to the Shire by the end of the year.
  7. Week One - Day 5 This day pretty much is summarised by Strained my side muscles in my side yesterday evening twisting to pick up my son's backpack from the back seat of the car = a night of not much sleep as lying down or rolling over hurt a lot. Around lunchtime, I caught the viral infection my son has had this week and had an afternoon & evening of misery and sleeping sitting upright until it slowly settled down by morning. Apparently managed 1,800 steps and didn't both tracking anything else.
  8. Week One - Day 4 move every day ~ Go outside - Took a break from walking extra steps 3/5 ~ Strength workout - No workout planned. 0/2 fuel for life ~ Drink 2.5L water - Drank 2.5L. 4/5 ~ Prep snacks - Prepped snacks for work.. was still a bit hungry 2/5 grow the mind ~ Read Histories - Skipped it due to feeling unwell and read 'It's Been a Good Life' by Isaac Asimov instead 2/5 ~ Review books - I have one in the backlog that I will work on this week 0/1 create beauty ~ Crochet/sew - Had sewing planning but felt unwell 0/2
  9. Week One - Day 3 move every day ~ Go outside - Walked to the shops and back to buy some roast chicken for dinner 3/5 ~ Strength workout - After way too much decision making in the last 24 hours, my willpower was sapped, and so I watched Buffy S1 instead. 0/2 fuel for life ~ Drink 2.5L water - Just got this in before bedtime... again, need to start earlier... maybe target flavoured water earlier in the day to get my numbers up. 3/5 ~ Prep snacks - No pre-planned snacks and didn't drink enough in the AM so ate waaay too much chocolate. 1/5 grow the
  10. Week One - Day 2 move every day ~ Go outside - Walked to the library and shops and back, 2/5 ~ Strength workout - Planned for Tuesday morning 0/2 fuel for life ~ Drink 2.5L water - I just managed to do this but need to start drinking more in the first half up the day so I am not up as much at night! 2/5 ~ Prep snacks - I pre-planned snacks, but didn't take into account how hungry I would be after lunch. I ended up eating my afternoon tea early and then paying for a slice of banana bread for charity. 1/5 grow the mind
  11. Week One - Day 1 move every day ~ Go outside - Went outside for a 25 minute wander around the suburb with my son on his balance bike and got around 3,500 steps for it 1/5 ~ Strength workout - Planned for Tuesday morning 0/2 fuel for life ~ Drink 2.5L water - Check! 1/5 ~ Prep snacks - Will do for workdays 0/5 grow the mind ~ Read Histories - Read 9 pages (started Book 5, I think it focuses on Darius conquering Thrace) 1/5 ~ Review books - I have one in the backlog that I will work on this week 0/1 create beauty ~ Crochet/sew
  12. For the third challenge of the year, I've decided to move to the Ranger's guild (from Scouts) based on my changed goals. I also was stoked to just realise that successfully completing two challenges in row is a personal best for me!! My main long-term quest is to run a sub-30 min 5k by May 2018. I'm currently 35 weeks pregnant and want to use the next seven months before I begin running again to develop some new habits so I am healthier, more active and have better core/overall strength. This challenge I have attempted to learn from the past and have altered my goals
  13. Challenge summary The big win from this challenge is stepping back and looking at what worked and what didn't and then using that to come up with my goals for the next challenged Declutter: While I wasn't as consistent as I hoped, I made good progress in getting through some of the hard decluttering, in particular shredding stuff. 14/20 = 70% Cut out the dairy: I was very successful at this and I think it has made a difference to how I feel, although I won't really be able to tell until after the baby gets here (only 6 weeks to go!). 26/28 = 92% Strengt
  14. Week Four - Summary Declutter: Took it a bit easy this week and didn't do much decluttering. 3/5 = 60% Cut out the dairy: Avoided dairy most of the week. 6/7 = 85% Strength workout: Mid-morning workout on the Tuesday worked really well. 1/2 = 50% Step goal: Struggled with doing this one consistently when tired and busy. 2/5 = 40% Recovery feat: Skipped this as I had enough going on 0/1 = 0%
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