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  1. I love it! Bring the lean meat and the dipping sauces and dressings to camouflage it. I'll eat the meat neat, the others can dive into the sauces and everyone's happy. I really am a sucker for happy endings... Now, if only the Niners could at least pretend they know what they're doing out on the field, it would all be good. Thanks Mike_d85!!
  2. I get like that too! I sometimes fear I will starve to death in front of a fully stacked fridge because I'm just not in the mood to cook. I may open all my cabinets and the fridge multiple times to see if there's anything, ANYTHING (except boring carrots and the like, of course) that I can just pop in my mouth. And I'll be like that until I get so cranky that I end up eating something I shouldn't have. (Like the time I found a big bag of twizzlers and ended up having that for dinner. Sugar high, anyone???) What saves me on days like that, though, is that I always have pre-homemade, portion-sized spaghetti sauce in the freezer. (One of the very few things I am REALLY good at making.) Even on those weird mood days, I am often able to convince (nag, threaten, curse, plead, coax...) myself to boil pasta and nuke the sauce in the micro. Dinner within 15 minutes. I don't really have to watch it, and there's hardly any dishes. Does anyone else have an easy go-to dish for days like this?
  3. Gosh...yes, you may say life happened... My trainer quit, so there went my Thursday training. That is the one solid thing in my life right now. The one that moves me forward. I absolutely HATE working out. When my chiropractor told me that there'd be no training, I would have expected my reaction to be like: "YAY!!! No training! I'm having pizza tonight, baby!" To my surprise, however, I was bummed. Really, really bummed. So bummed that I did 3 sets of squats and push ups on my own! The week after, I went to the park in the morning and almost finished 2 sets of a program I set up myself (a couple of the things I had set up were unpractical as the ground was wet.) Skipped the 3rd set as I got distracted by too many people (I know I can't expect to be alone in the park. I'm working on the shyness...) Last week I went walking with friends, and this week I may try the park again on Saturday. Early in the morning. Networking: The jobfair was a huge waste of time, but on Saturday I went to the CTN Expo in Burbank and had a blast! It is a huge expo for the animation industry and I saw and met so many incredible talented people. I collected a stack of names and business cards so I can connect with them online, study their work and get better at mine. Insanely inspiring! Nutrition: Some misses and bad choices, but over all not too bad. The rest of my time and energy has been spent on trying to find a new place to live. I have applied for a really nice place and am just waiting for them to accept me. (The manager is going through some personal stuff so it's taking a while... *drumming fingers impatiently*) Patience is really NOT my strongest quality, I'm afraid. Day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I have promised my chiropractor to eat plenty veggies and so I will. I might even try to stop eating before I burst but other than that, anything goes! As for the leftovers, I'll make sure I serve myself with the white meat and leave the heavy gravy, the creamy, cheesy potatoes and anything else that has more calories than nutritional value behind. You really don't need much more than a thin layer of mayo, some lettuce, turkey breast, onion and black pepper on some whole grain bread to make a really good lunch sandwich...
  4. First week off to a decent start. A few losses and a nice handful of wins: Strength & Agility: Loss: Thursday training session got cancelled, as my trainer couldn't make it, and there was no backup. Normally I'd be all "YAY! I don't have to work out today! I'll celebrate that by stopping by my favorite burger joint on the way home and binge watch something on Netflix!" Which brings me to... Win #1: The weird thing is, this really upset me! I do NOT have enough willpower to push myself through a full training session on my own. But I felt cheated, and in my frustration over this I did 3x of 20 squats and 12 push-ups. (This is not like me!!! At all!) Win #2: Had a 45 minute hike on Tuesday with my dear cousin, which was VERY nice. Nutrition/Hydration: Loss: Probably not the best first day, I mean who starts a fitness challenge on Halloween?? Seriously. Soooo on this day, with company sponsored donuts and food truck, the food intake was...not the best. Win #1: Although there is Halloween candy ALL over the office, I have managed to stay pretty well clear of it. Even when the sugar cravings have posessed me like an evil spirit, I have only eaten one small chocolate eyeball and one single serving of a Kit-Kat flavor I had never tasted before. Win #2: 3+ bottles of H2O a day. Check! Win #3: This is the sweetest one. A few weeks before I started the last challenge, I was dangerously close to having to go up a notch on my belt. Earlier this week, I went down a notch. YAY! Networking: No huge losses and no huge wins. In addition to the original challenges I set up, I will also be going to a job fair 11/14, which is a pretty huge deal. I've connected a bit on social media, and though I feel I should be doing more, it's a bit of a tug of war. I tend to get abolutely lost in it and it ends up stealing too much time from other things. Working on finding a healthy balance. Artwork: No major losse/wins here either. Have not drawn every day, but have drawn more than 30 minutes on the days I did work. Even on Thursday, when I was restless because of the cancelled training session, I worked on the SVS class I'm currently taking (Illustrating Children's Books pt1) Plans for the weekend: Draw, draw, draw!! Plan healhty meals (lunch & dinner) for next week that don't take too much prepping/cooking. (Would like to come up with something besides rotisserie chicken for a nice change...) Get off my butt and take a hike somewhere. Maybe even put in some bodyweight training. Although it's not really much of a challenge: Enjoy not having to go to work
  5. Welcome back to the States! That IS a lot of craziness you have going on there - I know, since I moved here from Norway 3.5 years ago. It takes effort to take care of yourself when there are so many other important things pulling at you, such as running your business, taking care of family + + +. Sounds like you are motivated, though, and that's a good start! Good luck! I'll be following
  6. Holy cow! Sounds like your goals to go directly to bed and eating the wisest food choices available really are all you can fit in this time around. No shame in that! And yes, adding water is good too. How about also adding a minute or two a day to just...breathe? I mean, deep long breaths from the diaphragm (did I spell that right??) I understand you're in showbiz - maybe you have dancers or actors who can show you how if you are unfamiliar with it? Add some simple stretches (they can probably show you some good ones here too) to get your blood flowing and I'm sure it will help your energy levels. Hang in there!!
  7. I kind of stumbeled across this... We had a health event at work in May, and I decided to shamelessly take advantage of a half hour free massage & consultation a chiropractor offered, with no intention whatsoever to buy what he was selling. Little did I know that in addition to being a good chiropractor, he is also VERY good in sales... So in June I started at his center (http://www.triadwgoc.com/) where they also offer group training sessions. Only rarely have there been anyone else there when I go, so I pretty much have a semi-personal trainer! I go once a week for training/alignment because that's all I have time/money for. Ideally I should go 3 or even 2 times a week, but I'm getting amazing results and would advise anyone to get a trainer - even a group trainer - if you are able to. The trainers there are nice. No one is shouting at me, but they ARE demanding! If they ask for 15 push ups, I must give them 15 push ups. 3 sets, of course. When I started, I absolutely hated it (I'm not ashamed to say there were tears...), but recently I have been surprised to notice that I now look forward to Thursdays. My body is changing. I'm no longer just soft and mushy, my back is straighter and much less stiff and sore and I have more energy. And although I will probably never agree that "burpees" and "fun" belong in the same sentence, it is very satisfying to see the results of the work I have done. No way would I have managed that on my own. The trainers there are very young. Still in/just finishing college. Is there a college nearby where you could find someone to train you and maybe some friends for extra cash? I hope you can find something that suits you, it is definitely worth looking into!
  8. Ding! Round 2... Building on the successes and learnings from last challenge, this is what I'll be focusing on for the next 4 weeks: STRENGTH & AGILITY Already working out with a trainer every Thursday (and it's awesome!). Add one day of 30+ min workout on my own every week. (Ex, walk across the street to the Back Bay and do bodyweight or even dance training) @Work: Walk Walk 7x10 mins/week and stretch every 2 hours. (Copy from last challenge - too easy to forget to take these important breaks when the workload is insane) Extra points for every day I move for 15 minutes, whether it be dancing, yoga, bodyweight, agility training... NUTRITION/HYDRATION I'm doing so good in this department, the only challenge I'm giving myself here is: Keep up the excellent work! NETWORKING There's a fair portion of anxiety connected with that word. It's time to work on that, then. Be present where I am. Here, at the svslearn.com forum, out with friends. Participate and connect. Go to the CTN Expo and meet my SVS teachers ARTWORK Continue working on everyday drawing habit. 30 minutes of active drawing every day. (Does not include staring at blank page) Filter out distractions - drawing first, deal with world after. Put on music, audio book, whatever I need to focus. Starting Monday (Halloween) as it is a more natural starting point for me. End date November 27th. Ready, set...
  9. Sometimes, finding as much as 3 things to be grateful for every day can be a huge accomplishment. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. And I agree with WritingWeaver - that is a great spreadsheet. Good luck with the challenge!
  10. I love how you incorporate the characters from this game into your challenge (and the artwork is just amazing...!) Strong goals you have too! Good luck on them, I'll be cheering from the sideline
  11. Those journals of yours look amazing! I can imagine it is fun (and a bit meditative?) to work on them. I hope you include more of them in your next challenge? Good work on the 103xp!
  12. Thank you, Love_Of_Snuggles! It has been an interesting challenge. I'm not sure what I expected, but I am satisfied with the results. Even where I have not succeeded, there have been valuable lessons learned. Also, having this forum to keep me accountable is a tremendous help! Inktober proved to be too much of a challenge this time around, but I have actively used it to "get back on the horse" after a seriously stressful Summer. Now, a week left of October, I am beginning to enjoy sketching again. Exercising. Amazing that it can be so hard to fit 15 minutes of movement into my daily schedule...?! The issue I have with it is more about having trouble interrupting what I am doing or prioritizing it over something else that I need/want to do. It may only be 15 minutes, but it still interrupts the flow of things. Have to work on that... But I have gone to my Thursday training sessions, and am getting good results from them. I also ended the Challenge today with a nice hour long hike by the Back Bay where I live. Hydration has been a success! I am drinking 3+ 20oz/6dl water bottles a day, where I previously struggled to drink 2. It is, however, getting less hot, so I'll have to pay attention if I am to stay on target. Nutrition. A couple of weeks before this challenge, my chiropractor gave me the following advice: "Eat meat & veggies with every meal, 3 times a day. Make sure you eat 5 veggies a day, and eat 2 fruits and nuts as snacks. Smoothies are good. And WHEN you want to eat something bad, do it! Don't ever tell yourself No, because then you'll only want it more. Just make sure you drink a large glass of water and eat a veggie first." That advice has been GOLDEN! At the time he said that, I was dangerously close to having to go up a notch on my belt. Earlier this week, however, I noticed I am almost ready to go DOWN a notch, and the scale is showing approximately 3-4 pounds less than when this challenge started. It hasn't even been hard! I've had pizza and gone out for happy hour a few times. Next time I see him, I will have to thank him for that tip...!! This week's challenge: Designing the next 4 Week Challenge! Woohooo!
  13. Congratulations on Well Executed Challenge! It looks like you have made some great improvements, and it really is hard to change a habit! Oooh, Tango! Fun! Well, I've never tried tango actually, but I love the temperament in the dance, and love dancing in general. A GREAT way to stay in shape, as it is so much fun that I tend to forget that I'm exercising and should be tired...
  14. That's just one of those annoying curve balls life throws sometimes. You did everything you could to achieve the camping trip goal, but believe me, going camping when you're sick is NO fun (I've done it - had to, as I was part of the scout camp staff). So put the goal up again for your next adventure and you'll have it to look forward to. In regards to the sugar intake while sick: I have a clausul in my goals (that I should probably include next time). If/when I get sick/have heavy migraines, then anything goes. All bets are off. There is something about the sugar-caffeine-ratio in Coca Cola red label that just works. If that means I have to work harder when I get well again, then so be it. I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Hope you are back on your feet!
  15. We've been singin' in the rain here in dusty, dry SoCal today! What a treat to have that wet stuff falling from the skies for a change. As for my challenge: Committing to doing several different things Every.Single.Day is not realistic for me. Not at this point. It takes a LOT of planning and self dicipline. I'm getting very much better at both than I used to be, but there's still a ways to go... I can say I have either excercised or drawn every day, sometimes even both. Only rarely neither. Eating stuff that's good for me is going much better than expected. Bringing lunch to work last week was a hassle for various reasons (hadn't gone grocery shopping, overslept a bit...) but I chose healthy alternatives when going out, and stopped at "No longer hungry" so I'd have enough leftovers for lunch the next day too. Made lean dinner at home with meat & veggies every day. I'm even keeping hydrated!! So although I missed on the "eating home made lunch 6 out of 7 days/week" I'm making up for it in other areas. And I'm drawing. As well as studying. I really enjoy the online classes over at svslearn.com and can hardly believe how much fun it is to be "back in school" (I absolutely hated school...) Who knew? Although inking a full, finished drawing every day has proven to be too much of a challenge for me at this point, I am using Inktober to build a habit of drawing something every day. I think about it at work, envisioning myself drawing when I get home, and it is working, even if I don't neccesarily make it all the way to the inking stage. Sayonara, Blank Page Syndrome. You will not be missed. Thank you for the incouragement, mom2sjm!!! I love the gif
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