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Last challenge I didn't do so well with taking my vitamins, so I decided to not track those this time because it started to become a discouragement and wasn't really helping. Was excited to be able to start working out again after healing from birth enough to do so, but found out I hadn't healed as well as I thought and might need some help with the healing process.

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I think my stitches dissolved too fast, so my tear is still open. I have an appointment this week to see if they think it'll heal on its own or if I need the stitches redone. I'm hoping for the former, but not super confident that that will be the case. 😕

Because of that, I won't be working out until I know for sure I can/should. Guess that'll just have to wait till next challenge :)

 

On the upside, my family has a vacation planned for during this challenge, so that will be a lot of fun! :) D's brother will be joining us and I'm looking forward to interacting with him and for the two of them to have some good brother time.

 

Anyways.... on to this challenge!!!

  • For a while now I've been wanting to cut out sugar, but it's just SOOOO addictive!

>>> My goal this challenge is to only have one purposeful sugar thing a week. (Vacation won't count, that's gonna be a free for all. lol) <<<

 

  • I have a long To Be Read list, and a decent ways to go towards my reading goal for the year (I think it's 15 books, but I don't remember 😅)

>>> This goal will be to read or listen to a book at least twice a week. <<<

 

  • I've been working (slowly) through a course on HTML5

>>> This goal is to complete a "task" in the course at least once a week. <<<

 

Ready for this challenge and hoping things go better than last time. :)

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2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

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10 hours ago, MaeradCase said:

Hope you figure out a way to make the vitamins work, but it's good to take a step back and reevaluate the results of the previous challenge.

 

Yeah, books!!! What titles are on your list? :D 

Thank you. I hope so too. :)

 

Way too many to list here! (A current total of 169 on my want to read list. lol) 😂😅 But a few on my list are Just as I Am by Billy Graham (an autobiography), Circles of Seven by Bryan Davis, and An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers.

Currently reading The Candlestone by Bryan Davis (the second book in the series)

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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I understand why tracking works for so many people, but I too get discouraged by it more often than not.

I haven't read An Echo in the Darkness, but I am a Francine Rivers fan. I'll have to add that to my list (which brings my TBR to 180 books.)

Never mind, that's book two, add book one to the list, and now we're at 181.

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On 7/29/2022 at 10:18 AM, Artemis Prime said:

I understand why tracking works for so many people, but I too get discouraged by it more often than not.

I haven't read An Echo in the Darkness, but I am a Francine Rivers fan. I'll have to add that to my list (which brings my TBR to 180 books.)

Never mind, that's book two, add book one to the list, and now we're at 181.

I definitely have seen first hand the pros and cons to tracking. I think I mostly do it now moreso as a reminder that I do indeed have goals and also a reminder to check in here more than I otherwise would. lol

The first one was AMAZING!!! I listened to the audiobook for the first one and really enjoyed it. :)

 

On 7/29/2022 at 10:36 AM, Rookie said:

Fingers crossed for the former healing option ❤️ Definitely better to wait until you know though :) Your body has gone through a lot

Thank you! Unfortunately, it's the latter. 😕

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

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Week One:

Sugar - ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - ⬜

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Saturday was a really nice day. Long, but nice. We had our (mostly) annual extended family Christmas party. (Yes, Christmas in July.lol) We did a White Elephant with a "challenge wheel" twist to it. 😂 Lots of fun and laughter!

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week One:

Sugar - 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - 🟩

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Sunday was a good day. BabyG did so well in church and enjoyed seeing people. She's been so smiley recently. :) The rest of the day was nice and relaxing. D and I had a chance to walk around outside and talk about life.

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week One:

Sugar - 🟩❎🟥⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - 🟩⬜

Learn - 🟩

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The past couple days have been pretty good. Monday I took my one "purposeful" sugar for the week. My mom brought home ice cream because I had asked for it a couple weeks ago. It was strawberry and definitely worth it! BabyG and I listened to the audiobook we've been listening to and made it to almost the half way point! :) I got some laundry done. It always feels nice to get new sheets on the bed!

Tuesday I decided to download MFP just because and I don't think there's a way to account for nursing a hungry 2 month old in the calories. 😂 (not that I really care too much about the calories. I was just curious what something like that would recommend calorie intake wise, etc. for losing this baby weight). I had another sugar (also ice cream. It was frosted sugar cookie....and only one bite. lol) D and I went to the store and got him and his brother some boots. We stopped by our storage unit on our way home to grab a book for me to read on vacation. I grabbed Just as I am by Billy Graham. (an autobiography) I forgot how thick it was! lol. Excited to finish this audiobook (hopefully this week), and then dive into this one!

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The rest of this week will be a bit busy with getting ready for vacation and everything, so I'm not sure yet what updates will look like. We also won't have internet in our cabin, so next week's update(s) will happen sometime after we get home. :)

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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On 8/6/2022 at 7:34 AM, Chesire said:

Have a wonderful vacation!

Thank you! It was so nice to be able to spend time with family and just relax! :)

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week One:

Sugar - 🟩❎🟥🟥🟩🟩 - 4/6 [intentional sugar was ice cream]

Book  - 🟩🟥                              - 1/2 [didn't get other reading in because of getting ready for vacation]

Learn - 🟩                                     - 1/1

 

Weekly points: 6

Total points: 6

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Two:

Sugar - N/A (+3)

Book - 🟩🟥 - 1/2 [vacation week, so not upset about this]

Learn - N/A (+3)

 

Weekly points: 7

Total points: 13

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Vacation was really nice and I definitely had way too much sugar! I put my course learning on hold for the week as well because of the lack of wifi. Enjoyed vacation, but definitely happy to be back in my own bed. :)

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

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Week Three:

Sugar - ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - ⬜

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

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Week Three:

Sugar - 🟥🟥🟥⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - 🟩

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Not doing overly well with avoiding sugar..... Hasn't been a lot of sugar, but it's still sugar. lol. My audiobook returned itself on Tuesday, and I had to wait till today to borrow it again, so haven't done any reading yet this week. Got in some learning on Tuesday and finished a section.

BabyG is 3 months old now! Can't believe how fast she's growing!

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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On 8/18/2022 at 7:26 PM, Asha Phoenix said:

Not doing overly well with avoiding sugar..... Hasn't been a lot of sugar, but it's still sugar. lol.

 

 Some weeks are like that, aren't they?   Oh, well, a little is better than a lot.

 

 

On 8/18/2022 at 7:26 PM, Asha Phoenix said:

 

My audiobook returned itself on Tuesday, and I had to wait till today to borrow it again, so haven't done any reading yet this week. Got in some learning on Tuesday and finished a section.

 

I hate that!  I wish there was a renew option.  I try so hard to finish a book sometimes before they steal it away that it kind of takes the pleasure out of the finish.

On 8/18/2022 at 7:26 PM, Asha Phoenix said:

BabyG is 3 months old now! Can't believe how fast she's growing!

Is this about the time she'll start to focus on things a bit more? 

 

If it's not too personal, have you recovered well in the last three months?

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9 hours ago, Chesire said:

 Some weeks are like that, aren't they?   Oh, well, a little is better than a lot.

 

 

 

I hate that!  I wish there was a renew option.  I try so hard to finish a book sometimes before they steal it away that it kind of takes the pleasure out of the finish.

Is this about the time she'll start to focus on things a bit more? 

 

If it's not too personal, have you recovered well in the last three months?

True... I've been craving it so much this week and I'm not sure why. 🤷‍♀️

Same!!! The only time I've actually seen a renew option was when I had Hoopla pulled up on our tv. Why that is the only place I can seem to find it, I don't know, but I guess I'll take it. 😂

It is! She's been grabbing things more, which has been fun to watch; except when it's my skin. 😅

Yes and no.... I feel like I've healed well, but where I tore during the birth didn't heal properly (I think the stitches dissolved too fast, so things healed open). I got them redone Monday, but things have felt weird today. I'm not sure if that's because the stitches are gone and things are starting to not feel as tight, or if things are coming apart again. 😕 Planning to lay low as much as possible to hopefully avoid needing them redone again, but not my favorite thing to just be sitting around when I have things to get done.

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Three:

Sugar - 🟥🟥🟥🟩🟥🟩 - 2/6 ~ Didn't do well with avoiding sugar, but wasn't a whole lot, so I'm not overly disappointed with that.

Book  - 🟥🟥                              - 0/2 ~ Don't really have a reason why I didn't read/listen to a book. It returned itself on Tuesday and I couldn't re-borrow it until Thursday, so I guess that was probably part of it.

Learn - 🟩🌟🌟                       - 3/1 (+2) ~ Had a good week for learning. Made it to learning about hosting a site on a server. Excited to go through that lesson, but also unsure how much I'll

                                                                                       take in without actually putting anything up myself. Guess we'll see how things go.

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Weekly points: 7

Total points: 20

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Four:

Sugar - ❎🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - 🟩🟩

Learn - ⬜⬜

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Sunday was a good day. Stood the whole time we were at church because of still healing. Went to hang out with some friends in the evening. Took my "purposeful sugar" that evening with brownies and ice cream. :)

Monday was good. Spent most of the day just sitting because things are still a bit tender. Got some laundry done, despite not feeling the greatest. Been listening to my audiobook this week and making pretty good progress.

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Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Four:

Sugar - ❎🟩🟥⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - 🟩🟩

Learn - ⬜⬜

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Had a whole bunch of sugar yesterday! Honestly, it probably wasn't as much as I thought it was, but I know it was a greater intake than I would have liked. Went to my sister's award ceremony yesterday for her work. They have the big one for everybody coming up in a couple months, but it was still cool to go and see (well, hear cause I was in the bathroom feeding BabyG..... worst timing ever! lol) her get an award. [She got it for a field delivery (delivering a baby - she's an EMT) a few months ago] :) Picked up a new radiator for D's car. Thanks to a deer, my dad and D spent last weekend fixing the front of his car. He didn't necessarily need a new radiator, but the one is missing something to hold it in place, so we just decided to fix it now rather than have issues later.... Thankfully, doing things ourselves has saved us money. I say ourselves, but I really haven't done much. lol. Life is different having a tiny human.

I was thinking about jumping into my course last night after we got BabyG in bed, but ended up watching the beginning of a video series and got her laid down later than I was intending to, so just sat in bed and stayed awake as long as my tired body allowed me to.

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Four:

Sugar - ❎🟩🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥 - 2/7

Book  - 🟩🟩🌟                              - 3/2 (+2)

Learn - 🟥                                            - 0/1

 

Weekly points: 7

Total points: 20

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Sugar has been harder to stay away from this week. It's a lot easier to go to when stressed. lol. 😅

Been listening to my audiobook. Getting closer to finishing it!

Didn't do anything course-wise this week. Ended up babysitting last minute Thursday and it was interesting. I got there and had zero instructions (which doesn't happen often when I babysit), so I had no clue what she was actually allowed to do or not so I was playing everything by ear and hoping that I wasn't completely blowing it. 😂

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Five:

Sugar - ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - ⬜

Lover of all things Dragons and stuff -~-~-~ Sunrunner | LVL 4* 19/195 (10%)

“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Five:

Sugar - ❎⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - ⬜

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Sunday was a good day. D and I sat in the room for parents with young children at church. I'm finally getting to the point where I can mostly sit normally. After church, D helped set up some tech stuff at church and then we went to the nearby ball field and D and BabyG watched their first baseball game. :) We spent the evening just relaxing. I took my purposeful sugar on a strawberry frosty.

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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Week Five:

Sugar - ❎🟥⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜

Book  - ⬜⬜

Learn - ⬜

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Monday was a good day. Babysat in the morning for about 2 hours. I would've been there longer, but her mom didn't have as much work to do as originally thought. Did laundry when I got home. Hung out the rest of the day with BabyG. :)

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“It was difficult to think about worshiping God when so many things were going wrong. Or maybe, she thought, this is the most important time to pray.”
Trisha White Priebe, The Glass Castle

 

Books in Progress:

2022 Books completed: The Shoebox Secret,The Candlestone, The Silmarillion

Workout Logs | Previous Challenges: 14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1

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On 8/23/2022 at 5:30 PM, Asha Phoenix said:

Don't really have a reason why I didn't read/listen to a book. It returned itself on Tuesday and I couldn't re-borrow it until Thursday, so I guess that was probably part of it.

oh the world we live in when books can return themselves lol! This gave me a chuckle

 

On 8/23/2022 at 5:30 PM, Asha Phoenix said:

Excited to go through that lesson, but also unsure how much I'll                                                                             take in without actually putting anything up myself. Guess we'll see how things go.

I find it hard to retain and understand stuff like this unless I am actually fiddling around with it. Plus it seems forever changing. So I get it completely. I hope you take some in though! 
 

You’ve done so good at updating! Glad to hear things sure healing well and you are giving title that time to rest when you can. 

{Chase the wind and touch the sky; I will fly}

 

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