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ScurvySpider Stops Poisoning Herself

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This is my 3rd challenge (started 1st one late; punked out on 2nd one) and I shall not fail..
Baseline Level 1 attributes: STR +3 / DEX +5 / STA +2 / CON +2 / WIS +5 / CHA -2

Fitness Goal # 1 -- Fast Food
Target:  Every day for 6 weeks, I will abstain from fast food restaurants.
Action Plan:  Control where my car goes.  Record every thing I eat & drink.
Details:   I lost 10 pounds the previous calendar year w/o attention to eliminating poisons like fast food -- this is the year I take the pink-slime bovine by the horns.

Grading: A for abstinence 100% of the days (75%=B, 50%=C, 25%=D, 0=F).
3 Attributes: STA=1, CON=1, WIS=1

Fitness Goal # 2 -- Water
Target:  Every day for 6 weeks, I will drink only water (flavored water is allowed; specifically not allowed = coffee/cola, milk/juice).
Action Plan:  Record everything I eat and drink.
Details:   The timing finally seems right for me to get the caffeine monkey off my back.  I'm gonna go for it.

Grading: A for abstinence 100% of the days (75%=B, 50%=C, 25%=D, 0=F).

For me, caffeine increases irritability -- that's why I included the attribute of charm, charisma, or whatever it is.
3 Attributes: STA=1, CON=1, CHA=1


Fitness Goal # 3 -- Push-ups
Target:   3 days a week for 6 weeks, I'll work on my push-ups (bent knee).
Action Plan & Details:  Use the website hundredpushups.com. Not confident I can make it to 100 pushups in 6 weeks; so I'm grading my effort.
Grading: A for working on the most pushups I can do *with near-perfect form* 100% of the days (75%=B, 50%=C, 25%=D, 0=F).
3 Attributes: STA=2, STR=2, DEX=1

 

Level Up Goal -- Thankfulness
Target:  
Target is to not be so stinkin' negative all the freakin' time  ;) but that can't really be graded objectively.

Action Plan:  Every day for 6 weeks, I will write down one thing I am thankful for.

Details:  If pessimism is an unfortunate mental habit (rather than an inherited personality trait), then I have some hope of improvement.

Grading: A if I make a blog entry 100% of the days (75%=B, 50%=C, 25%=D, 0=F).
2 Attributes:  WIS=2, CHA=2

 

Thankfulness blog can be viewed at ScurvySpider.simplesite.com

Food, water & exercise log can be viewed at myfitnesspal.com, user name Sfinxster

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Scurvy, your title cracks me up. 

 

I am big on appreciation and gratitude lists.  And I don't think pessimism and gratitude are mutually exclusive. (full disclosure, I am the ultimate optimist, so of course I would see things that way).

 

I look forward to seeing your blog posts.

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I love your idea for remembering to be thankful!  I have long said that when it rains it pours, but when things are wonderful it pours as well - we just don't realize it.  Hence the quote in my signature.  Its important to remember everything we have!  :)

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Hiya SS!  Loving the goals you have set out this time.  Getting the caffeine monkey off your back?  You go, girl!  This is an ambituous list but I know you can do it!!

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Thankfulness can change your life by reshaping how you look at the world. Good luck on the pushups, they were a part of my last two challenges but I'm doing pure Yoga this time through due to back issues. I used the same pushup plan but didn't make much progress, Partly I think because I still have a lot of weight to lose.

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Nice work getting rid of fast food, coffee and soft drinks! They can become such nasty habits and unfortunately a big part of our culture today. 

I used to have such a positive attitude towards everything (seriously my friends would get annoyed at how optimistic I was all the time) but I have come to realise it is something you have to work on daily. Lately I have had negative thoughts instead and I'm finding it very easy to get bogged down in these :( but I know that it is all in my mind and you can definitely talk your self out or into anything. Being thankful for what you have and recognising how lucky you are is a greta step in teh positive direction..

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Your goals look great! You're going to feel amazing in 6 weeks!!! I'm envious of your caffeine goal - that's something I want to do eventually, but I have to kick the can down the road until summer (I'm a teacher, and the readjustment period would wreak utter havoc on my work). Good for you! Plus you'll be sleeping so well, that you can always be thankful for a night's rest or a vivid dream.  :playful: Good luck!

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I have an announcement to make:

I’m caffeine free forever.

 

@ the encouraging words:  thank you all.

 

LuckyMe confessed in a previous challenge, she loves to watch water boil.  I’m in that same boat -- the ritual is a major component.  I’ve got 5 more weeks to devise a replacement ritual.

@ dwarfthrower:  A quick read about kunlun says it’s recommended to pick one exercise and stick with it.  Do you have a recommendation for me?

 

Goal of Thankfulness = 100% = A

I was surprised how hard it was to think up things to be thankful for.... I blame the caffeine-withdrawal funk and am optimistic (get it) I’ll improve this week.

 

Push-ups =100% =  A

So what -- the first week is the easiest.  Oops.  Was that negative.

 

@ tanktimus (great username btw)

It’s my 3rd time through the 100 pushups program.

I got hooked the day I suddenly noticed -- my little weakling chicken wrists weren’t hurting any more, let alone feeling like they were going to SNAP RIGHT OFF MY BODY.

 

You know we get a lot better workout from push-ups than those skinny little stick women.

 

Fast-food = 100% = A

I realize Denny’s Hobbit Hole breakfast is a lot more poisonous than an egg mcmuffin would have been, but the focus is to eliminate the dreaded drive-through habit completely.

 

Water = 43% = D

Regardless of some Europeans’ claim that American beer = water, I am grading myself down for beer.

I was 100% compliant only 3 days of the 7

but

once again

I don’t mind !! because

of 36 drinks I took, 31 of those were water;

and none were caffeinated.

 

@marrisstella:  Forhilnor is an alien race borrowed from the book “Calculating God†by Robert Sawyer.  Spiderlike in appearance.

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Great job on the goals. Thanks for the compliment, a lot of people call me Tank based on my last name (all males in the family get called that at some point). When my wife calls me by my first name it somtimes seems odd. Tanktimus is what I figured I would be if I were addressed in Latin (or if I got the Matrix of Leadership).

 

Europeans who call American beer water are not drinking the right American beer.

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Way to go, SS!  That was an awesome week!!  So proud of you kicking the caffiene habit and still finding things to be thankful for :P.  Keep up the domination!  I'll see you in week 3!!

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@ Supportive Fellow Rebels:  A poem 4U:

Decaf coffees are a slippery slope

but the 6-week challenge provided the rope !

 

Water = 43% = D

I was bad on 4/7 days *but* of total 29 drinks in a week, 22 were water.

 

Fast Food = 86% = B.

Bad 2x on 1 day to satisfy a craving while keeping my grade up.  Mental, yes, I know *but* I ate 31 times and 29 were not fast food.

 

Thankfulness = 100% = A.

A for blogging; not up to A for attitude *but!* I can feel the Titanic turning !!

 

Push-ups =100% =  A.   I love exercises I can do in my PJs.

 

Caffeine-free, and enjoying it (not strictly a challenge goal, but the point behind the water & fast food goals)

Eating at I-Hop to avoid McD’s, I noticed 2 posters promoting coffee.  One equated coffee to happiness, the other to love.  Jeez.

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LOL, SS.  Love the poem :)  Also love your attitude, wherein you do not beat yourself up for small slips -- fantastic, because you are doing SO WELL!!  Great job all across the board!

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Way to go!

This is the thing really - maybe not doing 100% but also NOT GIVING UP.

And I hear you about doing exercise in PJs. Accessibility is one of my best success factors.

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Thats the attitude! Keep up the good work!

 

I too love exercises I can do in my PJs.... In fact I make sure my PJs are loose enough or stretchy enough to accommodate that!

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Thankfulness! What a great goal!

 

Gratitude is a decision, not a feeling. And you're right--pessimism is learned, not written into our genes, and practicing gratitude is the perfect way to fix it. Like anything, the more you practice, the easier it gets.

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@ dwarfthrower:  A quick read about kunlun says it’s recommended to pick one exercise and stick with it.  Do you have a recommendation for me?

 

Oh hey!

I didn't check in for far too long here.

What you found is interesting, since the book about the kunlun system is full of excercises. Did you mean a path to choose, like the way of yoga or kunlun?

If you have the book do the normal kunlun pose. If you don't just try the 9 circles I posted last challenge!

They were the most awesome for me!

Your progress looks awesome.

Especially about caffeine. I sneaked into a habit of having a black tea as soon as i arrive at work. I just broke it. I am soo tired ;)

Keep up the good progress! I love the thankfulness since i work a lot on equanimity ...

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A quick check-in (Hiraedd must be kept satisfied :) with the intention to reply to more stuff tomorrow morning which should be less hectic.

 

I screwed up last week’s grading for water & fast food by not keeping up with the daily intake log.

That’s an automatic F *but*  I was mostly compliant *and* I am intending to come back strong this week.

 

Blogging = 100% = A.

True thankfulness = C.
I’m still having to force it. 
Not sure why I’m such an ingrate unless it’s just, I’m tired.


Push-ups =100% =  A.

I opted to repeat week 2 of the program, because to move to higher reps would have meant sacrificing form.

But I lifted 2 jugs of cat litter from the cart to the car at the same time, one in each hand, without a struggle.   Not sure whether I could do that before, because I never tried it before.



 

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