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Back again for my third challenge in a row! WHOO!

 

I'm building on my last challenge by continuing to log my food, upping my step goal to 12,000 steps, having ten active hours per day (a very high goal to keep it challenging), and spending ten minutes every day doing yoga. The daily schedule still stands (do chores, work out, self care, creative outlet, family time, use journal). 

 

A couple extra things: I want to make major progress on the knit blanket I'm making because heeeeyyy there's a due date on that, and also to actually finish binding the journal I made. It'll take an afternoon, tops, so there's no reason to put it off any longer.

 

 

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DAY ONE: I'm taking an easy day because I volunteered at the Donna Marathon yesterday. My morning started at 5 and I didn't leave the bridge until 3:30 when the fire department kicked me off. Towards the end, I was jogging/walking up and down the bridge with the racers who were on their own or dancing manically to cheer them on so heeeeyyy DOMS how you been? Most painful 13,000 steps in my life. Worth it, but it means today I was proud just to make it to my minimum 10,000. Tomorrow may be the same but I'll try to space out the steps and hit the higher goal. Nothing like a rest day!

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1 hour ago, Koaladle said:

DAY ONE: I'm taking an easy day because I volunteered at the Donna Marathon yesterday. My morning started at 5 and I didn't leave the bridge until 3:30 when the fire department kicked me off. Towards the end, I was jogging/walking up and down the bridge with the racers who were on their own or dancing manically to cheer them on so heeeeyyy DOMS how you been? Most painful 13,000 steps in my life. Worth it, but it means today I was proud just to make it to my minimum 10,000. Tomorrow may be the same but I'll try to space out the steps and hit the higher goal. Nothing like a rest day!

 

HOT DIGGITY, you are amazing!! Wowzers!!

 

Also FOLLOWING AND FIRST!! WOOHOO!!

 

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DAY TWO:

 

My calories seemed to evaporate today, but I did track my food and am closing in on my lower step goal (10,000). Other than knitting and going to bed early it's a low key day. I may need tomorrow as well for recovery since my calves are still mooing (as opposed to dogs barking? Makes sense in my head). Heating pad, hydration, naps, the muscle roller, and protein will eventually work healing magic. 

 

Tomorrow I'm going to do my monthly weigh-in and measurement day! I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 240.6 (squeeeeeee) but was hungry and not patient enough to do the thing. 

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DAY THREE:

Monthly weigh-in is done and dusted! I am 240.2 pounds (roughly) and have lost 2 inches on my waist, three on my hips, and 1.5 on my thighs. I didn't do a bust measurement because my standard measuring bra is in a laundry bin somewhere, but I suspect I've gotten smaller there as well. Since I can round down to 240 I went ahead and colored in my wand progress chart to celebrate! Whoohoo!

 

Speaking of celebrations, my anniversary is coming up. I'm forgoing a fancy dinner out tonight for a dinner later this week at a Brazilian steakhouse. It's a dinner not for stretchy pants, but for a full-skirted dress (dodge the limitations of a waistline!). Granted, I can't eat as much as I used to, but still--delicious. 

 

Going to hit that low step goal and spend the rest of the day knitting. I think my legs will be fully functional in the morning.

 

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DAY FOUR:

Did steps, knit a lot, had a nice, relaxing day, blah blah. BUT THEN

 

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I'd been craving ice cream for a couple weeks, so as a anniversary treat we got pints of ice cream. Specifically pints so that 1) I can test out my self control around food, and 2) if I totally fail at self control it doesn't devastate a month of work. So far, I haven't gone off the deep end! Whoo! Unfortunately, I woke up tummy sick this morning. Really, REALLY sick. I'll spare the gruesome details, but between drinking wine last night (no alcohol since Christmas) and forgetting that my dairy intake has been cut back in a big way, I am absolutely miserable. This is much worse than when I had to start eating meat again before I deployed, probably because back then I didn't COMPLETELY FORGET TWO DIETARY CHANGES!!!

 

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Wish me luck; we're supposed to go out on a very fancy date tonight but right now I don''t want to go anywhere that isn't a direct path from my bed to the bathroom.

 

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On 16/02/2018 at 4:40 PM, Koaladle said:

We decided to put it off. It's too expensive and special an outing to risk a Bridesmaids incident. XD

 

Good plan. Are you feeling any better? 

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On 2/19/2018 at 6:51 AM, jonfirestar said:

Good plan. Are you feeling any better? 

MUCH. It was a 24 hour blerg with a couple of moments over the holiday weekend.

 

I'm changing the challenge a little bit. During our Anniversary Staycation, I noticed how much time I spend in the house. While I don't begrudge people occasionally hermitting. the fact is that I am home ALL the time and almost always indoors. This morning I carved out some time to drink coffee and knit in the backyard and it was HEAVENLY. Our neighborhood is pretty active; we have kids outside and playing, birdsong, neighbors mowing lawns, and the occasional dog barking, not to mention living up to the name Sunshine State. I'm going to change my challenge goal "10 active hours" to "7 hours outside per week". I don't get anything from that many active hours so I'll keep it a nice bonus accomplishment rather than enforcing a habit. 

 

"Oh, wow, a super active day!"

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This weekend was not particularly productive, although we did do taxes and overhaul our financial plan for the year. Husband was incredibly burnt out, but we did finally make it to that date. As an extra bonus, I took a selfie and felt gorgeous for the first time in years (literally years). I normally make horrific faces when I get within 4 feet of a camera, but my makeup was perfect and my hair was a level of lovely I'd never attained myself. 

 

Me to myself:

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Spoiler

Magical, Pretty Koaladle

 

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Normal Koaladle

 

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Looking at these, it's hard to tell I'm 60 pounds overweight and honestly I think that's a big factor in why they boosted my confidence so much. SOMEWHERE in there is the Koaladle I recognize, protected by a squishy layer of Comfort Noms and Body Type Appropriate Clothing.

 

Anyway, today is going to be a BIG chore day. I'm talking kitchen deep clean, dusting, sweep and swab, laundry, making dinner, wiping dog drool off the picture window, and de-furring the couch (which has gotten so gross to me that I don't sit on it, but FEAR NOT I jut have a very low threshold). If for some reason I don't make my step goal today (not bloody likely) but I get the "oh shit, woman" stamp of approval (very likely), I will be satisfied (no I won't, but I'll try).

 

For my next challenge, I think I'm going to add "put effort into appearance". It is a major boost to my self esteem to give a shit about how I present myself. I put care into almost everything and frankly I deserve some of that too. For now, it'll be a little extra accomplishment (like the active hour goal).

 

By the way, buy tissues and watch "Queer Eye" on Netflix.

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SUMMARY

Daily Goals

  • Track Food--In progress
  • Self Care--Plan to shower, do a little makeup, dry hair, and wear Outside Adult clothing
  • Creative Outlet--CRUSHED IT! And as a reward, more tonight
  • Do Chores--Plan to deep clean the kitchen, make dinner, dust/sweep/swab, fold laundry/assemble work clothes for Handsome Husband, 
  • Family Time--CRUSHED IT! Ate breakfast together

 

Challenge Goals

  • Finish Green Stripe--CRUSHED IT! Let's change this to Yellow Stripe and see how far I get in a week!
  • Ten Active Hours Spend 7 hours outside per week--1/7, but if I only make it to five this first week, that's okay
  • Finish Binding Journal--No progress yet

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1 hour ago, Koaladle said:

MUCH. It was a 24 hour blerg with a couple of moments over the holiday weekend.

 

Glad to hear it! I really like your get outside goal! I think that's a good important thing to work on. 

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Yesterday was super productive! I spent four hours in the kitchen largely because I found that our sink is leaky. We've secured water in the kitchen for now until we can spot all the places that are trouble spots. I'm going to throw a bucket down there and wash the dishes from making dinner last night, but after that we're eating off paper plates and using chopsticks/one designated spork each. All hail Sandwichlandia!

SUMMARY

Daily Goals

  • Track Food--CRUSHED IT!
  • Self Care--CRUSHED IT!
  • Creative Outlet--CRUSHED IT! And as a reward, more tonight!
  • Do Chores--Plan to deep clean the kitchen, make dinner, dust/sweep/swab, fold laundry/assemble work clothes for Handsome Husband
  • Family Time--CRUSHED IT! Ate breakfast together

 

Challenge Goals

  • Finish Green Stripe--CRUSHED IT! Let's change this to Yellow Stripe and see how far I get in a week!
  • Ten Active Hours Spend 7 hours outside per week--1/7, but if I only make it to five this first week, that's okay
  • Finish Binding Journal--No progress yet

 

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FOR TODAY! I have the itch to knit and am running out of time to finish this project so I'm going to focus on that. The "If you're sitting you'd better be knitting" rule is in full effect! I'll do steps when my hands need a rest and once I'm done knitting for the day I'll move onto another something. Folding laundry is a likely choice, as we have a couple loads of clean stuff sitting around and yet Gondor calls for Aid to locate socks every morning. Overall I'm just going to get this damn blanket done so I can start working on the other projects I have on deck (there are a lot and heeyyyy all time senstitive). 

 

TUHDAY

Daily Goals

  • Track Food--In progress
  • Self Care--Relaxing day knitting like mf
  • Creative Outlet--Knitting until my hands cramp
  • Do Chores--Fold laundry, do one load because I forgot I need black pants tomorrow
  • Family Time--Dinner, hopefully.

 

Challenge Goals

  • Finish yellow stripe--In progress
  • Spend time outside--2/5
  • Finish Binding Journal--No progress yet
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On 21/02/2018 at 5:53 PM, Koaladle said:

 

FOR TODAY! I have the itch to knit and am running out of time to finish this project so I'm going to focus on that.

That's pretty good timing for that feeling. Nothing worse than having a project to finish but no desire to do the thing. 

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Still doing the steps, still counting calories. I started adding some bike rides into the mix and reactivated my facebook so I could get more involved with the community surrounding the Hogwarts Running Club. May take a little break from NF; I have very busy weeks headed my way and my long term habits are well in hand. 

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