Mist Cloudhunter Posted August 13, 2018 Report Share Posted August 13, 2018 Hi, everyone, I'm new and here for my first challenge. A little about me: I'm a stay-at-home mom and an author. I'm married with two children, and I pay my bills writing urban fantasy novels. I'm a Marvel and DC fan. Also Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Harry Potter, Supernatural, World of Warcraft... pretty much all the sci-fi and fantasy, in all forms. I'm not entirely inactive (kids, y'all, and the need to chase them), but my eating habits are awful and I weigh 203lbs. I'm 32 years old, and I'm worrying my weight will cause health problems down the line. My challenges: My kids are four and two. My spouse is genetically gifted with a great metabolism. As a consequence, we have a lot of food around that's fine for them and not great for me. My four-year-old attends pre-school (3 days a week) this fall and both kids intermittently have other activities (mainly swim classes, which I also participate in). My spouse works from home some days, across town on others, and is sometimes out of town for days. This results in a jumbled schedule that makes routines hard to keep. Without routines, we have few habits. I need habits. Healthy ones. My spouse is out of town this week, and in the absence of his added non-routine, I'm hoping to root my habits deep enough that they survive his return on Friday. After trying and failing several times to get a handle on my eating, I've decided to go nuclear on the two meals a day that I struggle with most: I'm going to do calorie-controlled shakes for breakfast and lunch. Dinner-to-bedtime is the only routine we have been able to keep consistent, and it's the time of day I am least likely to overeat. So, out of Hazard's "read first" thread, here are my big goals: I want to lose 40lbs and up my daily writing goal to 3k words a day. Here are my smart goals: 1) I will wake up every day and make my breakfast and lunch shakes first thing. That way they're ready to go and easily accessible before the day spirals into "grab and go" snacks. 2) I will establish clean up times during the day: before every meal and before we leave the house. We've fallen into a bad pattern of "leave it until tonight" that results in hours of cleanup after the kids go to bed. Those are my work hours (when I write). No words on the page means no novels, and no novels means no paycheck. Until the writing starts paying for a maid I need to do it myself. 3) I will be accountable by checking in here. And that's it. If I can do four weeks sticking to these rules, I'll be in a good place to start building on my habits. It's nice to meet you all, and I look forward to seeing you around. :) 5 Quote Link to comment
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