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  1. Tiggs86PreppingforPOW Hello All I have been absent from the challenges for quite some time for personal reasons and am in need of a respawn. I believe my previous challenge I had mentioned preparing for a camping trip to celebrate my 30th Birthday. Well in August I, my sister, and three of our friends went to Northern Minnesota and spent a week camping and hiking. Over 30miles and 1500 stairs in 5 days! Here's a photo album: http://s868.photobucket.com/user/Tiggs86/library/30th trip As the Starks say: . Winter is my favorite time of year because that means snow which means snowboarding! Every year when it starts freezing at night I start dreaming about it I'm snowboarding. I think this has already started this year as a few times I have woken up in an amazing mood with my calves & quads sore. I FINALLY get to teach my best friend's daughter (who I consider my niece) how to snowboard! She had to write an argumentative paper for school last year, decided to use it to compare skiing vs snowboarding from an injury perspective, and convinced her mom to let her learn. She turned 13 in October and I was lucky enough to stumble across a sporting goods store that was going out of business early this year. I got her EVERYTHING. The board, boots, bindings, helmet, googles etc. I don't think I've been hugged that tightly and haven't seen her grin that big in a long time. I want to get prepared so I can keep up with running up the bunny hill while she is learning the basics of snowboarding. The tow rope is my arch nemesis and I would rather run up the hill than use the dang thing. I also want to be able to help lift her back to her feet if needed when she wipes out as well as help with balance as she is learning how to get off the chairlift. My final motivator is if there is a powder day (pow day!) and I am not working I can spend the day in my version of paradise instead of getting tired after a couple of hours and frustrated because I cannot will my legs to keep me upright on my board anymore. I get so mad because I want to do more but cannot physically/safely do so. My long-term goals include 30% Body Fat, able to run 5k, and finish my WOC certification. (I only have the Continence portion left to certify in as I've passed both my Ostomy and Wound exams. I am going to wait until after the holidays to schedule and start studying for it.) Goals for this challenge: 1) Go to gym 3-4 times per week. Alternating NF Academy workouts and couch to 5k. 2) No fastfood. I am addicted to fast food. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Arby's, Dominoes etc. I don't even enjoy the taste! Going cold turkey is the way is going to be hard but I won't be fixated on "when should I go this week?". 3) Bring Lunch to work 3 times per week . I have a bad habit of getting lunch at work and that lunch is not the healthy options plus I ALWAYS seem to get dessert. Life Quest) Track spending using Every Dollar App by adding transactions the same day they happen. I end up not putting the transactions in then have a purse full of receipts that I toss without tracking. I'm trying to get a budget in order so I can figure out how much extra I can put toward debt. LOOT: For every goal I complete each week I get $5 to use for a body treatment, whether it's LUSH product, facial, pedicure, massage etc.
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