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  1. I'm Ann of Vries, aged 39; a diarist, a fiction writer, a fiber artist, a LARPer (also TTRPG, board games), a traveler, a hiker, and mother of a young toddler. I’m madly in love with my partner, Mr of Vries and my son, Rowan of Vries. I live in London, after having emigrated from Seattle three years ago. I love it here, although I’m still trying to find my tribe (outside of the House of Vries, of course). I long to live in the English countryside, in a stone house with a large garden that grows most of our herbs, vegetables, and fruit. But that time is out in the future—for now, we are city folk and I aim to make the best of that. Not every person gets a chance to move abroad and live in one of the most famous cities in the world! To that end.... *** Depending on who you speak to, some claim Keepers of the Flame are a subset of the wizards. Like metamorphmagi or parseltongue, being a Keeper is just an extra talent that wizards can possess. Since I never got my Hogwarts letter, I’m not convinced we Keepers are wizards except when it’s convenient to the Ministry of Magic. Example, a few days ago many of us Keepers were contacted by the MoM asking for our help with a Calamity that has threatened to expose the wizarding world, and I suspect may play a part in the darkness that has been seeping into the local Hearth Flame network. So maybe I’m still a little bitter about that Hogwarts letter, but I need to do what’s right, and it’s time to increase my patrols in and outside of my domain. *** This challenge is loosely tied to the new Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game.* I’m keeping things relatively simple for this challenge—a focus on fitness. My weight loss has plateaued. We have a 12 mile hike planned conveniently on the last weekend of this challenge, and I don’t want to be the one who backs down from this Boss Battle. (It’s a group hike with varying fitness levels, so there is a likelihood of an early turn-around. That’s fine—I just don’t want to be the one who initiates.) Patrol the Area for the SoS Task Force Go out for daily walks, focusing on the “active minutes” stat of my Fitbit. Actions for this goal: Start with 40 active minutes 4 days a week and ramping up as I go on based on progress. Research (and potentially purchase) hiking boots that I will enjoy wearing. The current pair I have feel like I’m wearing lead weights and I really dislike them. Rock that 12 mile (or whatever it ends up being) hike. Examine and Fix My Eating Habits I hate food tracking, and I make no promises to do it. But my weight loss has stalled, and while I’m considered a “healthy” weight on the UK BMI scale, it’s only just barely. I want to increase that margin. My household already eats pretty clean. The challenge for me is to get back to eating on a sensible schedule instead of “whenever I can cram something into my mouth.” This is most problematic on weekday mornings, as Rowan has breakfast with Mr while I shower and then I have a toddler on the loose while I’m trying to fix and eat something for myself. This usually ends in me eating whatever I can find, and snacking later as it often wasn’t enough. Even healthy foods can be misused. Actions for this goal: Note when I eat (and possibly what I eat). Find and fix unhealthy patterns— particularly regarding breakfast. Stick to these solutions for the remainder of the challenge and check results. ***
  2. Hi! My name is Lauren, I'm 26, I was 198 pounds a couple of weeks ago (already 10 pounds down y'all!) and I am stoked to take on this challenge. It's my first, but by no means my last! Watch me be a baller. Who's with me!? ; D OVERALL EPIC QUEST Final goal weight: 135 pounds-ish (I'd rather judge by body measurements but I don't exactly what those would be, so for now I'm aiming towards the weight that I know my body is decently healthy at! MAIN QUESTAgain, I'm aiming towards my epic quest above, but don't know exactly what is realistic for me in 6 weeks. I'll have a better idea at the end of this challenge! So my measurable goals are:Continue to eat a foodie-friendly paleo diet for almost every meal (one non-strict meal allowed each week) (foodie-friendly = creative, colorful, delicious) Do 45-60 minutes of high intensity cardio 3 times a week and 45-60 min of strength training 2 times a week, and enjoy (almost) every minute of it. Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night (!)LIFE SIDE QUESTWork on getting a new job (by applying, a lot), hopefully doing something I least enjoy, if not love (and/or open an Etsy shop).MY MOTIVATION I want to live a happy, healthy life; I want to easily jump into any physical activity, knowing I can handle it (like copious post-apocalyptic running and fighting); I want to look awesome and fit; I want to be as healthy as I can be for one day when I hopefully nurture a life inside of my body (would you put your future baby inside of a house full of hazardous/dangerous waste? I didn't think so.) Most of all, I want to be proud of myself and what I can accomplish. I can do it! I'll just take one day at a time. Except for my weekly meal plans, those are by the week ; )I love this community and I can't wait to get more involved! (I'm also a veritable font of recipes! Hit me up!)
  3. Hello! I'm interested in trying a more paleo-ish diet, but most of the tips around these parts seem to be for cooking beginners or basic ingredient substitutions. I consider myself a pretty good cook and definitely a foodie, so I'm more interested in learning how to cook paleo ingredients in a way that showcases their own deliciousness. Does anyone have any more challenging or unique paleo recipes or recipe sources? Any cookbook or website recommendations? Thanks!
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