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My last challenge was a raging, encouraging success. Organizing my day through goals I can track through my calendar is clearly a winning strategy; I'll keep this as a framework for basic existence and add:

  • hitting a step goal everyday in addition to the workout schedule
  • staying between 1300-1600 calories 
  • diligently using the journal I made (to build the habit)

 

In addition to the daily habits, I want to finish binding the journal I started (need to wait until next paycheck so I can buy supplies) and knit through the blue and green yarn in the rainbow blanket I'm knitting. I made three lap blankets with rapid fire progress this fall but have been dragging my feet on this last one. It's going to be roughly twin size when it's done and there's an April deadline to send it off, SO! Gotta get those needles knitting.

 

I'm currently finishing day 18 of successfully smashing the step and food tracking goals. This is great momentum for heading into Shark Week, which is often bad enough that we budget take out because I'm a helpless lump of torment. This month I aim to have stout fortitude and manage to function, at least minimally. 

 

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DAY NEGATIVE FOUR PUPDATE:

Today, I am Charlie. It is absolutely disgusting out, it's cold, and I didn't sleep well last night at all. On my list of things to do on Thursdays, I have: track food, self care, do chores, creative outlet, and eat with family. I need to wash some dishes and run a load of laundry, and while I'm waiting on the clothes I can knit and watch a movie with Dog. He is the cuddliest bub I have ever met and has been pining for attention all morning.  I also need to step the steps and get set up for a gym visit tomorrow. Thankfully I got lights for my bike as a Christmas gift so I'll be visible even if the weather is dark, grey, and miserable (ugh, I love it so much; incessant sunshine can get tiring). 

 

 

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Just now, Jedediah The Wolf said:

Totally agree about sunshine lol! I love the cold wintery weather despite the hindrance it carries when trying outdoor fitness activities.

I live in Florida so it's nice to pretend we get winter down here every once in a while, plus it's such a welcome break from the humidity and the heat!

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2 minutes ago, Koaladle said:

I live in Florida so it's nice to pretend we get winter down here every once in a while, plus it's such a welcome break from the humidity and the heat!

Lol! I actually have a couple friends down there for the holidays, what temp is it out there?

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I was reading this ...about enjoying grey days, and winter bike riding, and I thought...

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Then you said high forties/low fifties and it all made sense.

Meanwhile I'm over here going:

 

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Though, since today was warmer than yesterday, I was able to have my Iced Coffee this morning... see, the temperature had made it up to 5. :)

 

 

Nice goals set up!  And holy smoly, congrats on that streak you are pushing on!   That's amazing!    You got this!  Just keep thinking, "I got this, I got this.   Look I've HAD it for 18 days previously, so I know I can do 18 more!  Yeaaaah!

 

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Starpuck said:

Just keep thinking, "I got this, I got this.   Look I've HAD it for 18 days previously, so I know I can do 18 more!  Yeaaaah!

This is exactly it! I've made a whole ambiance around step doing in the evenings and I'm pretty convinced that it's helping me get to sleep easier. I turn on my Hogwarts lamp, make my kindle read a Harry Potter book to me, and tackle the goal in ten minute spurts. As long as I start by 10PM, I can get it done by midnight (bedtime) with little to no worry.

 

51 minutes ago, Starpuck said:

 

Though, since today was warmer than yesterday, I was able to have my Iced Coffee this morning... see, the temperature had made it up to 5. :)

That level of cold is fun to visit but hell to live in. I prefer sidewalks that don't resemble a slip and slide. -.- 

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I don't live where Starpuck lives, but I too live where the air hurts my face (last night it was -28C (-18F) BEFORE the windchill), and I had the exact same reaction as Starpuck. Your winter temps are when I break out the shorts :)

 

2 hours ago, Koaladle said:

 

That level of cold is fun to visit but hell to live in. I prefer sidewalks that don't resemble a slip and slide. -.- 

 

Yeah, but then you don't get to listen to this sounds every time you leave the house! One of my favourite sounds!

 

 

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I've only had one snowy winter and maybe a week of snow experience beyond that, so I'm not particularly attached to slippery ice death from the sky. 

 

Personally, I got for more of the Scuttle aesthetic:

 

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23 hours ago, Starpuck said:

 

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Though, since today was warmer than yesterday, I was able to have my Iced Coffee this morning... see, the temperature had made it up to 5. :)

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I live in FL because I've lived in areas where that nasty white stuff fell out of the sky and I would have to wear real footwear during the winter months...I plan on dying here tyvm! You can keep that cold stuff up there where it belongs! :lol: 

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On 12/28/2017 at 6:59 PM, obax said:

Yeah, but then you don't get to listen to this sounds every time you leave the house! One of my favourite sounds!

 

Omg, that's so true. I LOVE that sound.   Just yesterday as I was snow crunching, I thought to myself (in D&D terms because my brain goes there all the time) - .oO( Huh, to be fair, I don't think even the BEST sneaky thief could stealth in snow...you'd hear them coming!)

 

In all honesty.   Give me like 6-10" of snow, but 25-32 degrees... so the snow sticks on the pretty surfaces, but melts off the roads?  PERFECT.  I can handle that kind of winter soooo easily.    Sadly, we don't get that... until like March, when our bodies are like, 'HEY SPRING!  COME HERE PLEASE!'

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Following along for continued awesomeness!

Naturally, it's been about negative one billion here while I've had time off - it's supposed to warm up once I'm back at work. Sounds about right. In the meantime, Vit d supplements!

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On 12/29/2017 at 5:07 PM, RES said:

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I live in FL because I've lived in areas where that nasty white stuff fell out of the sky and I would have to wear real footwear during the winter months...I plan on dying here tyvm! You can keep that cold stuff up there where it belongs! :lol: 

I can visit it, but on days like today I'm really grateful that the sidewalks aren't a slipping hazard. More on that in a second.

 

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6 hours ago, Starpuck said:

 

Omg, that's so true. I LOVE that sound.   Just yesterday as I was snow crunching, I thought to myself (in D&D terms because my brain goes there all the time) - .oO( Huh, to be fair, I don't think even the BEST sneaky thief could stealth in snow...you'd hear them coming!)

 

In all honesty.   Give me like 6-10" of snow, but 25-32 degrees... so the snow sticks on the pretty surfaces, but melts off the roads?  PERFECT.  I can handle that kind of winter soooo easily.    Sadly, we don't get that... until like March, when our bodies are like, 'HEY SPRING!  COME HERE PLEASE!'

See, now THAT I can handle. Most of my transport involves self-propulsion so hazard-free surface are important to me. 

 

 

1 hour ago, Fonzico said:

Following along for continued awesomeness!

Naturally, it's been about negative one billion here while I've had time off - it's supposed to warm up once I'm back at work. Sounds about right. In the meantime, Vit d supplements!

Yay, thank you! My irl support system is small (and fierce, bless them <3) so the cheering from the forums means a lot. 

 

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DAY NEGATIVE TWO PUPDATE

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So the last couple days have been a little rough and tumble; while I haven't done all of my routine, I have managed to keep doing the steps and hitting my calorie goals. And today? Today I was a gosh darn folk singer/songwriter. 

(when you're not wild like a rock star)

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(but did kick some rumpus)

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Hokay, so I met a friend for breakfast at a location just two miles away from the area where I needed to run errands so I could get my steps done and avoid the nightmare that is post-Christmas mall parking. During the day, I ended up walking over six miles, during half of which I was carrying a substantial amount of weight--workout clothes for my next weight-loss reward (I needed shirts and heeyyyyy clearance sale!), books (I went to Barnes and Noble to return a $20 item, ended up buying 16.9 pounds of books), and craft things I needed for binding my journal... and also three candles on clearance that smell AMAZING... and a bike rack holdy thing so I can ride my bike to band... AHEM ANYWAY! All together, it was just over 30 pounds of crap, making it a truly fantabulous farmer carry between my furthest stop and where my Lyft picked me up. 

 

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TWENTY ONE CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF FOOD TRACKING AND SMASHING THE STEP GOAL!

STILL BELOW 250 EVEN WHEN PERIOD BLOATED AND FULL OF HOAGIE

MANAGED TO GO SHOPPING IN CROWDED AREA ALONE

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IT HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT DAY.

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9 hours ago, Starpuck said:

 

In all honesty.   Give me like 6-10" of snow, but 25-32 degrees... so the snow sticks on the pretty surfaces, but melts off the roads?  PERFECT.  I can handle that kind of winter soooo easily.    Sadly, we don't get that... until like March, when our bodies are like, 'HEY SPRING!  COME HERE PLEASE!'

 

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Oh. Yeah, no, too warm, I don't even put a jacket on at that temp. A few days of that is ok, as long as it's snowing, to build up a good base, 2-3 feet is good, but then I'm all about the cold and the snow tires. It needs to be cold enough to be sunny. Today was perfect, it was -10°C with a wind chill of about -20°C, bright sun. Perfect for a winter hike. Now all I need is a full winter of that, and enough space to make an ice rink, and I'll be all set to relive my childhood.

 

Also, I do NOT understand Fahrenheit. Just when I think I'm starting to get a handle on how hot your temperatures are, I convert another one and am right back to 'uh, wut...?'

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8 hours ago, obax said:

Oh. Yeah, no, too warm, I don't even put a jacket on at that temp

You will be VERY amused to hear that the friend I met for breakfast was worried I'd be too cold in 53/44F (11.6/6.6C) weather walking a couple miles. 

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2 hours ago, Koaladle said:

You will be VERY amused to hear that the friend I met for breakfast was worried I'd be too cold in 53/44F (11.6/6.6C) weather walking a couple miles. 

Forgive me if you've answered this already but where in FL are you? Most of us are not fond of those temps being in our state and think we're going to freeze solid! (especially my wife, she keeps threatening to head further south :lol: ) 

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Nice job Koadle!!!  Heck yeah.  I love how you plotted where to go so you could meet your step goals while still meeting up for lunch out.   Great planning.

 

My perfect winter is 20-35 degrees with some snow.  (-6 to 0 for @obax sake).

My perfect summer is 80-95 and all sun.   (I can do 90-100 if it's on vacation in dry heat... but Chicago humidity + air quality sucks on the mega hot days.)

Spring I want 50-65.

Autumn I want 40-55.

 

 

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1 hour ago, RES said:

Forgive me if you've answered this already but where in FL are you? Most of us are not fond of those temps being in our state and think we're going to freeze solid! (especially my wife, she keeps threatening to head further south :lol: ) 

I'm in Jacksonville, but I'm also not a Florida native. I grew up in California, lived outside of Chicago and in Virginia, and finally settled here. Winter-wise, I think I liked Virginia best because we got a little snow but for the most part could function normally. I get bored of near-constant sunshine and usually want a little variety around Christmas, but now I'm worried about our baby fruit trees (a papaya and a fig). We'll cover them and pray, but I think we're going to lose them. :( 

 

1 hour ago, Starpuck said:

Nice job Koadle!!!  Heck yeah.  I love how you plotted where to go so you could meet your step goals while still meeting up for lunch out.   Great planning.

 

My perfect winter is 20-35 degrees with some snow.  (-6 to 0 for @obax sake).

My perfect summer is 80-95 and all sun.   (I can do 90-100 if it's on vacation in dry heat... but Chicago humidity + air quality sucks on the mega hot days.)

Spring I want 50-65.

Autumn I want 40-55.

 

 

Thank you! When I have no option of ease and comfort I get to work REAL quick. It seemed like a good opportunity to Do the Thing while also making sure I didn't spend too much. I'm normally a saver but I'm no match for a year end clearance at craft or book stores. 

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I'm in the river city as well! :D Born in California and mostly raised in TX (with a whole lotta other places thrown in, no we weren't' military...I get asked a lot)

I thought it sounded very similar to the weather we've been having but wasn't sure :) 

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2 minutes ago, RES said:

I'm in the river city as well! :D Born in California and mostly raised in TX (with a whole lotta other places thrown in, no we weren't' military...I get asked a lot)

I thought it sounded very similar to the weather we've been having but wasn't sure :) 

Wait a sec, we tried to meet up last spring for a race! HA! I remember now!

 

I definitely prefer Jacksonville over the San Francisco Bay. All the perks with half the cost, traffic, people, and distance to the beach. The humidity is murderous, but my spring challenges are going to involved trying to acclimate. 

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3 minutes ago, Koaladle said:

Wait a sec, we tried to meet up last spring for a race! HA! I remember now!

 

I definitely prefer Jacksonville over the San Francisco Bay. All the perks with half the cost, traffic, people, and distance to the beach. The humidity is murderous, but my spring challenges are going to involved trying to acclimate. 

Oh yea! I forgot about that!!

I think season ended up interfering and I wasn't able to do it...I signed up for and missed several this last year due to schedule or Irma <_<

This year I'm more aware of what my job duties entail so I won't be trying to do a 5k on the same day as a game :lol:

 

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DAY NEGATIVE ONE PUPDATE

 

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Today was not productive schedule-wise at all; I hoped to get ahead of schedule in anticipation of a poop week, but alas! The cramps came in full swing and I've spent much of the day curled up in a ball of misery. Fortunately, I mustered up enough gumption to do the step thing in small chunks, take a shower, and put on pants. I eventually found a break from the ouch long enough to get the grocery shopping done with husband (lots of easy stuff because I cannot be relied upon to cook during Shark Week) and am working on the last 2000 steps until I hit my goal for the day. I'm hydrated, my chocolate consumption isn't too crazy (this is a MAJOR accomplishment) and once I'm done writing this up I'm going to put away the laptop and focus on the knitting. 

 

A little blip: I went into the kitchen to make dinner and had a total meltdown; the kitchen is a mess and I have at least twenty minutes of dishwashing to do before I could start cooking. Husband authorized a pizza order so long as I do the dishes and cook dinner tomorrow for my chore requirement. The goal with the pizza is to not exceed 1800 calories for the day (so like, a couple pieces can fit in) and to eat is slowly and enjoy it. I've been really, really good about sticking to a meal plan for three weeks so I'm going to savor the hell out of this treat. I have roughly 950 calories before hitting my limit because I've been nauseous and I plan to have a glass of cider for the New Year so it works out. 

 

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Welp, I need to finish up these steps and make progress on this blanket, so happy New Year and Day One of the Challenge!

 

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