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  1. So I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about numbers (go figure, I'm an accountant)...my birthday falls right in the middle of this challenge (October 31st, i will be 49 for those wondering ) so of course i hear all the "it's just a number" stuff...which is true to a point. People say that about weight too, doesn't matter to who you are as a person. also true...but it's more than a number as well. With the number of years that add up to my age also comes a lot of experiences, some wisdom I would have to say, along with heartbreak, pain, joy, and definitely lessons learned. One of those lessons is if I knew it was this difficult to change the number that adds up to my weight, I would have made better choices, maybe learned better self control, and refuse to let someone else derail me from what I need to do. But I digress, I'm trying not to let the lack of support I have at home derail me any longer. I have a goal of getting where I want to be by my 50th birthday. I want to be able to run (yes run) a 5k, I want to complete a 10k, and I want to start looking to do a 1/2 Marathon. I want to lose about 45 lbs, or fit in the size I could wear when I weighed that just 7 short years ago. I want to be well on my way of having our debt paid off, by this time next year I want to only have the house, cars, and the big CC left, and the CC should be over 1/2 way there, oh, and the student loans...I'll work on those after I get the rest done. So, in order to meet these goals this is what I'm going to do: - Continue eating as I have been, down 18 lbs so far! I want to get under 200 this challenge, even if its only 1 lb - Start working out again. I want this to be habit and second nature. Also, get to the gym! - Pay off 'one more' thing...I 'snowball' our debt to try to get it eliminated. I had this done for the most part then we bought the house, and everything we needed for it, etc...happened and it got a bit out of control, just need to continue working it till it's gone. In true RES fashion these are my upcoming 5k's Sunday 10/28 - Evergreen Pumpkin Run 5k Saturday 11/3 - Florida Brain Tumor Walk Saturday 11/3 - First Coast AIDS Walk Thursday 11/8 - GOTR Practice 5k Saturday 12/1 - Girls on the Run 5k Saturday 1/12 - Best Damn Race 5k Various other 'want to do's' that I will add if I sign up to do them!
  2. Hello! I’m a number cruncher by trade and just survived the busiest part of the tax season (though still ongoing). My main goal is to trim weight to 130lbs by end of July (current ~142lbs). In the last month and half I didn’t sign up for a 6 week challenge but did set out and accomplished the following to prepare for this one: 1. Obtained membership at the gym in the hotel next to work. It has towels and sometimes free apples! Score. 2.Practiced process of going to gym. Sounds sort of silly when I say it but realized this was giving me some anxiety (I like to be by myself when working out, so far) so I just decided to focus on getting comfortable with the whole arrive, get changed, put stuff in locker, do (ANYTHING), and then get cleaned up. There were a couple times where I wanted to chicken out because there were a bunch of other people in the gym, but managed to stick it out! For this 6 week challenge here is what I set out to do: 1. Go to the gym 2 x a week and do following adaptation of the beginner body weight workout: · Warm up (10 min on hamster machine, get a bit sweaty) · Stretch · 20 body weight squats · 10 push-ups (on knees right now) · 20 lunges (w/ 10 lbs weights right now) · 10 tricep extensions (using same 10lb) · 15 second plank · 10 min on hamster machine · 5 min on hamster machine at lower intensity · 10 min stretching 2. Drink 1-2 large cups of water each day (Right now water consumption is mainly from coffee - I just picked up a specific plastic cup that I will leave on my desk at work to help me remember) As a bonus: If I fit in a 3rd day of anything exercise related with a minimum time of 25 mins (yoga, swimming, another gym day, run, etc), I will put $20 aside each time towards some new clothes at the end.
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