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  1. Hey there, fellow rebels! Sorry for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks. I've been on full-time training, and haven't had access to a computer during the day -- and the evenings have been unusually busy for me. Plus, I was flattened by a three-day migraine last weekend. Blergh! Anyhow, as we're coming up to the end of the first challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to share how I've done on my first challenge. Overall, I give myself a solid "okay." Out of my four challenges, I've successfully completed two of them: walking for at least 15 min. every
  2. Hey there, fellow NF rebels! So, I'm still hanging in there with my challenge quests even though I haven't been posting very much. (Does anyone else get this kind of temporary paralysis when it comes to this stuff? I don't have any good reasons NOT to post, but I just end up not doing it. And then I feel weird, and it gets even harder to post. Lather, rinse, repeat until I finally shake off that particular brain weasel!) Anyhow, it's been an educational week -- if not an entirely successful one -- since I have confirmed a few things about myself and healthy behaviours:
  3. Wow! You sound like a really determined person, and I'm looking forward to watching you fly! I like the way you're breaking down your big goals (ambitious! exciting!) into practical, specific quests for the challenge. I can really see how they each contribute to reaching your ultimate goals. FWIW, I agree with TGP that C25K is a great way to get in to running. It was the app that almost made me into a runner after a lifetime of refusing to run anywhere, for anything! (turns out my knees won't take running, but that's hardly the program's fault!) What do you
  4. This is so important! I am an eating machine if I don't pay attention -- and what pizza is for you, fries are for me! It sounds like you really rocked Week 1 despite your illness. That's amazing stuff!! I hope you and your husband are both on the mend now. January is a tough month (I swear, almost everyone I know is sick, is getting sick, or is just getting over being sick!). Also, FWIW, I'm really impressed that both you and your husband are working together on these quests. It makes life so much easier when you and your partner are on the same page. Looking forward to
  5. Hi there, shy! (I've dropped you a note in the introduction forum as well) Well done on taking on your first 4 week challenge! That's a huge deal when you're trying to work within physical and mental health limits (believe me, I know!!) I really cheer your goal to go for a walk or to the apartment gym. That's going to be a really big step toward your goal (pun slightly -- well, more than slightly -- intended! /grins/). You should be really proud to have exercised every day since Jan 3. Major accomplishment! The only thing I'd be concerned about is whether yo
  6. Hey there, shy. I'm KayLou. Fellow vegetarian, board gamer, and all-round anxious person here! I hope you don't mind if I start off by saying you sound like a lovely person, and you and your kidlet are both seriously adorable! I haven't read your challenge thread yet (it's next on the list), but I wanted to let you know that I'd be happy to chat any time. I love discussing vegetarian recipes, sci fi and games (though I'm not much of an online gamer), and I'd be happy to lend an ear if and when the brain weasels get going! I'll be rooting for you!
  7. You know you are officially inspiring now, right? Seriously, I'm really impressed with how much enthusiasm you are bringing to this challenge, and how well it is working for you. I can really feel your motivation, and that's helping me to get out of the mini-rut I'm sliding into. Thanks for sharing your progress!
  8. Way to go, LoganW! So glad to hear you're on the mend. It seems like everyone around me is sick with one thing or another, but I expect that's just January being January. I totally get you about setting up Gloomhaven 24/7. It's a great game - and, yes, absolutely gorgeous! -- but it's kind of a pain to set up and take down every time you want to play. Have fun with the D&D campaign. It does sound a lot more sensible right now!
  9. Okay - that's BRILLIANT!!! I'm going to be starting back to the gym in the next couple of weeks, and I am totally stealing this idea! One of my semi-regular issues was walking out of the house without my gym bag. (Okay -- upon occasion, I "forgot" it, but most of the time I was just schlepping a lot of stuff and missed it.) Thanks for the idea! (P.S. I hope your nephew and his parents are recovering!)
  10. Good grief! Where did the days go? I see I haven't posted since Saturday. Okay - so, the TL;DR is that I'm keeping up with the fitness aspects of my challenge (walking & bodyweight workouts, plus tracking), but am slipping on the Level Up Your Life quest as well as backsliding on a couple of my earlier quests (mindful eating and daily core exercises). I know this is the riskiest point for me -- one thing slips, then another, and so it goes until I get too embarrassed to keep going and pretend it never happened. Any advice or encouragement to get over this particular
  11. Thank you, both! I spent quite a bit of time thinking about my Big Whys -- trying to get to the real ones, rather than the easy ones, y'know. I find it interesting that I ended up with one motivation based on fear (I'm scared I won't be able to take care of myself when I am old and alone), and one based on love (I want to be happy and have fun in the physical world as well as the mental one). It's very primal, which surprises me a bit since I generally tend to adopt an intellectual perspective on things. Still, maybe that intellectual approach has been part of my proble
  12. Hey there, fellow board gamer and space opera afficionado! You sound like a really cool person, with a good handle on your "big why" and a realistic view of the challenges you're facing. That's about as good a starting hand as you're going to get, I figure! I totally get the need to go slow when coming back from lung problems. I got double pneumonia a couple of years ago, and could barely manage to walk up a flight of stairs for months! It can be tough to figure out exactly how much to push yourself during the recovery period, but your approach seems pretty sensible. FW
  13. Hey there, gang! So, yesterday and today have been GOOD days! I did my first bodyweight workout yesterday, and it went pretty well. Between the warm up, workout and cool down, I pressed and pulled and stretched and squatted for about 30 minutes. Honestly, the biggest problem was finding suitable doorways in which to do the exercises (the kitchen counter served admirably for incline push ups)! Plus I did 20 min. walking and my regular core exercises. My knees were a bit sore after all that -- I'll need to keep an eye on that since knee problems practically gallop in my family! -- b
  14. Hollow Bodies Russian Twists A former trainer had me do these as an at home to supplement my gym workouts. I must admit, these are the only two moves I remember...
  15. Okay...here we go with attempt #2 to upload photos. This is my "Big Why" page: And my Stats page: And my Monthly Tracker: Okay, that worked MUCH better!! Woo hoo!!!
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