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Welcome to 2015, everyone! This year is going to be a big year for me as I face the Grand Prix, a series of seven races designed by Marines for Marines, and sometimes attempted by the rest of us. I have officially registered for the first race: the Xtreme Endurance Challenge, a 6-mile obstacle course race taking place on February 7. That means I have 5 weeks left to prepare. I have never attempted an obstacle race before, so I'm a bit nervous, but I think it will be okay. Some theme music before I elaborate on my goals: http://youtu.be/LBr7kECsjcQ Goal 1: I, I, I, I work out! Same goals as last challenge: 3 runs and 3 upper body workouts per week. Workouts are actually the easier part of the challenge for me, at least willpower-wise, so I'm combining this into one goal. 34-36 workouts - A 30-33 workouts - B < 30 workouts - F Goal 2: I don't eat what my food eats. I am going back to what worked best for me in the past. I am going wheat free, but allowing other grains (which I don't eat all that often, anyway). I am allowing that life happens (progress not perfection), but I don't want to make weekly allowances since I tend to be the type of person that "if you give me an inch, I'll take a mile". I downloaded a habit tracker to make it extremely simple to see how I am doing (It has shiny graphs and everything). I like seeing streaks and high numbers, so I'm hopeful this will keep me on track. 90-100% wheat free - A 80-89% wheat free - B <80% wheat free - F Goal 3: I Stay on Target I recognize that a big part of the diet battle is mental, so I need to take action to stay focused and not implode. This will be a two-part goal: a) Spend at least 5 minutes a day meditating on what I want from myself, or reading/listening/watching to motivational material During certain times, I need more carbs to keep my sanity. I will alternate each two weeks either easing off carbs or buffing my carbs (with an extra 1-2 servings of fruit or starchy vegetables) according to the, um, moon. I will eat at least 26g of protein in the morning within one hour of getting out of bed. This will help me balance my blood sugar and serotonin levels for the day. Oorah!