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--Edited portions in blue. I decided I needed more clarification for myself on my workouts and, after meeting with the nutritionist, I need to change my diet goal to match what he wants me to do.--
 
I work in front of a computer all day and have a sedentary lifestyle that must change. I feel weak and want to be strong. Cardio is especially a challenge for me as I hate how out of breath I get! I also have so many food allergies that I am limited to what I can actually eat and to what supplements I can take without getting really sick. On top of that, I desperately need to be investing in my future more, but I can’t stretch my paycheck much further. All of this will be the basis for my goals this challenge.
 
Goal 1: Do 3 beginner body weight workouts every week - starting at one circuit, hoping to be at 3 circuits by end of challenge. I will workout on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and rest on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. (Strength 3, Constitution 1)
 
A= 18 or more workouts total
B= 14 - 17 workouts
C= 10 - 13 workouts
D= 5 - 9 workouts
F= 0 - 4 workouts
 
Goal 2:  Walk a total of 30 miles over the course of the challenge. I will split this into 5 miles every week, mainly on the days I am not doing the body weight workouts, but whenever I can fit it in. Any portion of the 5 miles per week that is not obtained by Saturday morning will be finished on Saturday or Sunday. (Stamina 3, Constitution 1)
 
A= 30 or more miles
B= 20 – 30 miles
C= 10 – 20 miles
D= 5 – 10 miles
F= 0 – 5 miles
 
Goal 3: Meet with a nutritionist to get a diet plan started and track daily food intake guidance on food allergies and nutrition. He wants me to track calories, create a safe food list, and begin testing new foods (all in the same spreadsheet). I will do so for the duration of the challenge, with a grace of missing up to 5 days total. (Wisdom 3, Constitution 2)
 
A= 38 - 42 days
B= 30 - 37 days
C= 20 - 29 days
D= 10 - 19 days
F= 0 - 9 days
Not meeting with a nutritionist at least once drops me one grade.
 
Goal 4: Study stock photography and determine which service will work best for me as a side income (Week 1) and then begin uploading 5 photographs for sale per week. (Wisdom 2)
 
A= 30 or more photographs uploaded
B= 20 - 30 photographs
C= 10 - 20 photographs
D= 5 - 10 photographs
F= 0 photographs

 

Starting weight and measurements (pictures won’t be posted! Eww!): 199 lbs., left bicep 13.5â€, waist 41.5â€, hips 48.5â€, left thigh 23â€

 

P.S. My avatar is my favorite character from my favorite show. Anyone else like that show?

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This sounds doable. But I have questions about your walking. How many miles do you walk currently in a week, and which days? It may be easier to track if you say, "Walk 3 miles on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.", rather than 30 miles over the course of 6 weeks.

 

And I like the grading system you have. I should do that with my own challenge.

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Computer all day sounds exactly like my life. Both my jobs are sitting in front of the screen and my main hobbies are also sitting-on-butt based. It looks like we had exactly the same thoughts about beginner's body weight workout and walking, too :) I think we're obviously both geniuses of fitness :friendly_wink:  and have great goals! So good luck with your quest, and may the procrastination and excuse-making gremlins run from you in fear!

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Walking is great for weight loss, I do 3 miles most days with my dog and it's made a big difference.

 

Good luck with your first challenge, 6 weeks is longer than it sounds, stick with it you will thank yourself later.

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Awesome goals, Melry!

 

Ohhh, you do photography?  What type of photography do you do??  My dear husband got me a new camera for Christmas that I have been going out on weekends and playing around with.  I'm trying to get better at my picture taking.  This past weekend, it was plants/flowers, since everything is blooming. The weekend before was animals at the zoo.

 

And, being in regulatory affairs, I also sit in front of a pc all day....*sigh*.

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I hear you on sitting at a computer all day - it's so hard to work movement into my day! I drink a lot of water so at least I have to get up to go to the bathroom a lot, but that's about it. 

 

Good luck on the stock photography - I'm interested to hear how that goes! I used to be really into photography, but nowadays all I take photos of are cats and food. :)

 

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Okey-dokey, here's an update on days 1 and 2. I am including a little more detail on how I plan on accomplishing my goals just as a way of getting them to gel a bit more in my mind.

 

1. Yesterday I managed to do one circuit of the BBW workout successfully. I had to push pretty hard to make it, and I'm pretty sure I need to focus a tad more on proper form for lunges and squats because my knee was hurting afterwards, but I managed a complete circuit! I might be able to meet this goal faster than I originally anticipated. I have decided to modify my goal to be a tad bit more specific on when I will workout and when I will rest with a small amount of leeway for unexpected circumstances. I think this will help me be more accountable to myself if I automatically know that Monday, Wednesday and Friday are dedicated to the workout and Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday are my rest days. Saturday I will rest from the workout but I'll spend more time walking.

 

2. Yesterday, mapped out and walked a quick half mile route that I can walk in roughly 10 minutes. More than half of the route is on gravel and rough dirt, so my ankles end up getting more of a workout than I expected, but I'm okay with that. (Didn't get to walk today as my scheduled time was taken up with a much longer than anticipated meeting with the nutritionist.) My plan is to walk this route on my lunch break (or a morning or afternoon break if meetings/webinars, etc. get in the way) and again right after work (I am currently telecommuting from a home office) on most days of the week. I have also mapped out a 1 mile route at the cemetery so I have something else to do besides put flowers on mom's grave on Saturdays or Sundays. I just pretend she's walking with me and enjoy every minute! Between those two routes I think getting 5 miles in per week should be doable as long as I stay consistent. Any miles of walking I miss during the week I will make up for on Saturday or Sunday as needed, though most Sundays I try to reserve as my "rest from everything" day.

 

3. Started tracking my food on Saturday just so I could have a couple days getting used to using the app/web interface. I'm going to use MyFitnessPal. So far, so good!

 

Thought I'd be lucky to meet with the nutritionist for at least an hour and we ended up talking for a solid two hours! That used up the time I had planned for walking today, but it was worth it. I will have to change my goal slightly as he doesn't want me working on a meal plan just yet. Due to my tremendously long list of allergies and intolerances, he said we have to create a list of safe foods first. Then I will have something to choose from in order to create a more formal meal plan. So, instead of following a specific diet or meal plan, I will: 1- practice keeping my calorie count to what he suggested (same as tracking my food above), 2- create a safe food list from foods I already know to be safe for me (majority of this will be done by the end of the week), and 3- begin testing other foods (on-going, but no more than one new food per 1 or 2 days depending on how I react) to determine if they can go on my safe food list or if I have to put them on my unsafe food list. He wants me to spend roughly three months testing as many foods as I can reasonably manage and then we can focus on creating a plan that gets the right nutrients in the right proportions for me. That's a two-hour meeting in an extremely tiny nutshell for you. Yay for guidance!

 

4. I haven't started to study the various stock photography sites to determine which one will be the right fit for me yet, but I did spend an hour yesterday and an hour this evening practicing with posing models and portrait lighting and metering, so I'm still counting it towards my goal. I most likely won't do much with models with my stock photography, but every time I practice with them I learn something new that I can apply to any type of photography.

 

I will make the necessary changes to my main post above tomorrow as it is now my bedtime and I am ready for it!

 

Thanks to you all for your encouragement!

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Ohhh, you do photography?  What type of photography do you do??  My dear husband got me a new camera for Christmas that I have been going out on weekends and playing around with.  I'm trying to get better at my picture taking.  This past weekend, it was plants/flowers, since everything is blooming. The weekend before was animals at the zoo.

 

I am mostly a nature/wildlife photographer, but I do a little bit of everything. I've been really into long exposure photography the past few months, which is a blast!. I've also been taking portraiture classes so I can decide if I want to move into doing portraits as a separate side business, maybe pushing it into a full-time business if I decide I like it well enough.

 

What kind of camera did you get? I'll tell you right now, the best way to get better at taking pictures is to switch out of the automatic modes and learn how to change the settings for yourself. Cameras are just computers at heart and they can do some pretty amazing things and get your settings pretty close, but to really tell a story you have to control the settings to show what your truly see. I can give you scads of tips on nature/wildlife stuff if you're interested. Keep shooting! :)

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Update on the past few days...

 

Wednesday's workout was awesome! I actually managed to do a partial 2nd circuit and felt great. Today was a bit of a bomb. I did the workout but came up short during the 1st circuit and had to stop before attempting a 2nd. Today was a crazy day with some traveling that forced me to skip lunch and I ended up having a big drop in blood sugar that kind of freaked my sister out. Pretty sure that's what made my evening workout so miserable. However, I was still able to get just over a mile of walking in today, so that was good.

 

I'm coming up a tiny bit shorter than I hoped for with distance walked at this point in the week, so I'll have to use tomorrow and possibly Sunday to make it up, but I don't see that as a problem unless the rainstorm decides to turn into a blizzard.

 

I have been faithfully tracking my food intake via MyFitnessPal and I'm pretty sure I've figured out how the app works at this point, so I'm comfortable I can manage that part well. I'm still working on getting my "safe food/testing" spreadsheet set up, but I have jotted down some notes in a notebook to add to the spreadsheet once I've got it the way I want it. Hoping to have it set up and started tomorrow.

 

Stock photography - Geez! This one is harder than I thought, just because of time constraints. Since I'm currently in the middle of a portraiture class, most of the time I've allotted to working on my photography gets taken up with the unrealistic assignments we are being given. The instructor is a very nice person and obviously does a decent job as a portrait photographer or she wouldn't be holding this class, but a teacher she is not! If we weren't half way through already and I could get my money back I would quit right now and take an online (but more expensive) class that I've been drooling over instead. In the meantime I just have to try to figure out what she thinks she is teaching us and figure it out on my own time - not a bad process because I enjoy teaching myself new things and the portraits I've been creating outside of her constraints are the ones everyone else in class likes most and wants to copy, but I was counting on using that time to study stock photography, not metering and posing newlyweds under red and green lights. (Who does that, seriously?) This morning I decided instead of going full out on the assignments she is giving us, I will put in the amount of time I think is reasonable to create the quality of portraits I want and then switch back to using the rest of my time focusing on how to make money with my photography. It's not like I'm getting a grade or anything, so I want to put my time where it is most valuable to me.

 

So far so good! I'm enjoying this challenge.

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I am mostly a nature/wildlife photographer, but I do a little bit of everything. I've been really into long exposure photography the past few months, which is a blast!. I've also been taking portraiture classes so I can decide if I want to move into doing portraits as a separate side business, maybe pushing it into a full-time business if I decide I like it well enough.

 

What kind of camera did you get? I'll tell you right now, the best way to get better at taking pictures is to switch out of the automatic modes and learn how to change the settings for yourself. Cameras are just computers at heart and they can do some pretty amazing things and get your settings pretty close, but to really tell a story you have to control the settings to show what your truly see. I can give you scads of tips on nature/wildlife stuff if you're interested. Keep shooting! :)

 

Nice!!  I do a lot of nature, old building, flower picture taking for now.  Got the most awesome shot of a giraffe at the zoo a few weeks ago.  And some great macro flower shots this past weekend at 2 local parks.  

 

I got a Fujifilm Finepix s4250.  Nothing fancy, but much better than what I had.  I am actually doing a lot of reading right now about how to do my own settings and such.  We are getting ready to head to the Outer Banks of NC for our annual beach vacation and I really hope to get some much better shots than I did last year.  Any advice would be great!

 

Picture of the giraffe I took.  She's one of 3 young females that they have at the NC Zoo.

 

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I got a Fujifilm Finepix s4250.  Nothing fancy, but much better than what I had.  I am actually doing a lot of reading right now about how to do my own settings and such.  We are getting ready to head to the Outer Banks of NC for our annual beach vacation and I really hope to get some much better shots than I did last year.  Any advice would be great!

 

Nice giraffe! Color saturation and composition are great. I love Fuji cameras. I grew up on them and if there had been one that met my specific requirements a few years ago I would have gotten another one, but I ended up switching to Canon instead. Fuji does an incredible job making their cameras as intuitive as possible, so I'm sure you'll be able to get great shots. Still, make sure you learn about all the settings and how to control them for the best pics possible. 

 

Outer Banks beach trip - sounds like a blast! I've never been there, alas, so I can't give you specific advice. I'm going to guess there will be lots of cool birds and maybe other critters, lots of beautiful sand and waves, and it will probably be very colorful. Lighting will make or break a picture so be mindful of the light you are shooting in and adjust as needed. Composing with photo-complementary colors always gives a little bit of a pop to photos - those are colors that are either right next to each other or opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, if the color of the water is greenish, having someone with a reddish colored shirt in the frame will enhance not only the shirt but the water as well. Things you already know, I'm sure.

 

Probably the best advice I can give anyone is to really try hard to get all your shots as focused as possible. I haven't looked at the specs for your camera but I'm going to guess it does auto focus and probably doesn't let you do much if any manual focusing. That's fine, because it makes things a bit easier for you. But it's always a good idea to set things up to make your camera's job as easy as possible. So, try to take the bulk of your pictures where there is plenty of light. Especially if you are going to use your zoom. As you zoom, it lengthens the lens which drastically reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor and the camera has to lengthen the shutter speed (and increase ISO) to compensate. The longer the shutter speed the easier it is to get blurry pictures (and the higher the ISO the grainier the picture). When possible, use your feet as your zoom - get closer to your subject - so your camera doesn't have to work so hard for you to get the shot. If that's not an option, hold as still as possible and brace your camera with your arms just as solidly as you can possibly manage. A tripod or monopod would help too, but isn't always practical when you're on a beach.  :rolleyes-new:

 

Another cool thing to keep in mind when you're taking pictures of birds or critters is to try to get at their eye level. You did a great job with the giraffe, and that's not easy! With flying birds it is also difficult. If there is a hill or a pier you can stand on that gets you just a bit higher, it will help. And the ultimate is if you can get a catch-light in their eyes. Try to keep your back to the sun so the light is shining in the critter's eyes just a little and it will make them come alive in the picture.

 

Hopefully I haven't totally insulted your intelligence! Feel free to ask any questions. I love helping people learn how to take the best pictures possible.

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End of week update...

 

Goal 1: on schedule.

Goal 2: on schedule. Phew!

Goal 3: on schedule.

Goal 4: slightly behind schedule on the studying part, but already choosing pics I want to upload so that kind of makes up for it.

 

Did end of week measurements and everything had stayed the same except I lost 1 full inch on my hips. Not sure if that's just me misreading the tape or what, but I'll take it!

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Awesome advice on photography! I am a dabbler and learning. I do mainly instagram as it lets my family that lives long distance get pictures pretty regulary.

 

You are doing great!! Keep up the great work. I know you can do it!

I am excited that you got to talk to nutrutionalist. That will help you out greatly. I am still working towards eating more healthy but i figured if i dont' get my butt up off the chair and away from the computer and moving, no matter how much healthy food I eat (no matter if its eating more sitting down or not) its not going to get this fat off my body.. i have to move. and so i have to torture my poor body with DOMS and keep moving.

 

Your doing great! Keep up the great work and dont give up!

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Thank you so much, Melry!!  We have a tripod - both a tall one and a 4" one.  I'll have to try that.  My daughter is going to be doing a lot of fishing, there is going to be a hang gliding competition we are going to watch and we are also going to go on a 3 hour wild horse tour on one of the islands.

 

Probably the best advice I can give anyone is to really try hard to get all your shots as focused as possible. I haven't looked at the specs for your camera but I'm going to guess it does auto focus and probably doesn't let you do much if any manual focusing. That's fine, because it makes things a bit easier for you. But it's always a good idea to set things up to make your camera's job as easy as possible. So, try to take the bulk of your pictures where there is plenty of light. Especially if you are going to use your zoom. As you zoom, it lengthens the lens which drastically reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor and the camera has to lengthen the shutter speed (and increase ISO) to compensate. The longer the shutter speed the easier it is to get blurry pictures (and the higher the ISO the grainier the picture). When possible, use your feet as your zoom - get closer to your subject - so your camera doesn't have to work so hard for you to get the shot. If that's not an option, hold as still as possible and brace your camera with your arms just as solidly as you can possibly manage. A tripod or monopod would help too, but isn't always practical when you're on a beach.  :rolleyes-new:

 

 

Yes, it does have auto focus.  I can change settings, and I can turn the auto focus off if I want to.  I'll have to play with that more to figure it out.  What would be good for water pictures?  Like these:

 

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great job on your weekly update too!

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Awesome advice on photography! I am a dabbler and learning. I do mainly instagram as it lets my family that lives long distance get pictures pretty regulary.

 

You are doing great!! Keep up the great work. I know you can do it!

I am excited that you got to talk to nutrutionalist. That will help you out greatly. I am still working towards eating more healthy but i figured if i dont' get my butt up off the chair and away from the computer and moving, no matter how much healthy food I eat (no matter if its eating more sitting down or not) its not going to get this fat off my body.. i have to move. and so i have to torture my poor body with DOMS and keep moving.

 

Your doing great! Keep up the great work and dont give up!

 

 

Thanks for the encouragement! It really helps to know others are working on goals at the same time I am. The nutritionist really was a great help getting me started in the right direction. Moving is sometimes the hard part for me. I don't mind doing the beginner workouts because I can do them in the house and I have a general idea of how long they take and can plan them around the rest of my schedule. Walking, on the other hand, is harder for me. Not only do I find it boring, it also means I have to go outside and with all my allergies, going outside is like me trying to get sick on purpose. The only allergy medicine I have found to help so I don't feel so sick makes me groggy, which then means I don't have the energy to actually walk. It's a two-edged sword that I really hate. Going to be purchasing some masks that I can wear while walking and see if that helps, though I tend to get claustrophobic when I wear them.

 

 

Thank you so much, Melry!!  We have a tripod - both a tall one and a 4" one.  I'll have to try that.  My daughter is going to be doing a lot of fishing, there is going to be a hang gliding competition we are going to watch and we are also going to go on a 3 hour wild horse tour on one of the islands.

 

Yes, it does have auto focus.  I can change settings, and I can turn the auto focus off if I want to.  I'll have to play with that more to figure it out.  What would be good for water pictures?  Like these:

 

That seriously sounds like a ton of fun! I live in the mountains and love it, but there are times when I think moving closer to an ocean would be good for my soul. :)

 

Water pictures are fun for practicing all sorts of things. I would start with the two main ways to photograph water/waterfalls, which you could say are opposite of each other, and then play around with settings just to see what else you can do.

  1. The first is to completely freeze the action and get it as crystal clear as you can. You do that by using a fast shutter speed, say 1/1000 or faster. You'll need to make sure you have plenty of light for it to work properly since the shutter won't be letting much light in. If you have too, you can bump the ISO settings up a little.
  2. The second is to see if you can get the water to look soft or silky. You do that by using a slow shutter speed, say 1 second or longer. In this case, you'll need it to be rather dark because you'll be letting in a lot of light by leaving the shutter open so long. Some people use an ND (neutral density) filter over their lens if they are taking a long exposure shot during the day, but you can mimic it by shooting at night. 

See if your camera has a Shutter Priority mode or something similar that allows you to set your shutter speed manually. A Shutter Priority mode allows you to set the shutter speed and then the camera does the other adjustments it needs to automatically. If you decide to shoot in Manual mode, you'll need to also set your aperture and ISO settings. I usually go with the lowest ISO setting I think it can handle and then adjust it upwards if I'm not getting enough light (ISO is basically just a setting that tells your camera how sensitive it needs to be to the ambient light). For aperture, the lower the number (f2.8 for example) the wider open the lens will be, allowing in more light, and letting you play with depth of field (amount of frame in focus).

 

Hope that helps!

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Oh and you posted the question in my thread, but figure you would see it here first....

 

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http://nerdfitnessrebellion.com/index.php?/topic/25227-new-snack-sweet-potato-dollars/

 

Awesome! Thanks!

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So I have a question for anyone who understands the fitness side of things better than I do. I am doing the beginner body weight workout, but I'm doing it the way I saw Steve do it on Creative Live a month or so ago instead of how he does it in his video. This is what I am doing: jumping jacks for warming up, squats, pushups (on the wall for now but almost ready to move to elevated), lunges, inverted rows, and then I do a 15 second plank.

 

My question is this: Now that I'm starting to move into a second circuit of these exercises, should I continue doing the 15 second plank for each circuit or should I be trying to go longer? If I go longer, does that mean I don't have it as part of each circuit? Or should I keep it as part of each circuit and try to hold it as long as I can each time?

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So I have a question for anyone who understands the fitness side of things better than I do. I am doing the beginner body weight workout, but I'm doing it the way I saw Steve do it on Creative Live a month or so ago instead of how he does it in his video. This is what I am doing: jumping jacks for warming up, squats, pushups (on the wall for now but almost ready to move to elevated), lunges, inverted rows, and then I do a 15 second plank.

 

My question is this: Now that I'm starting to move into a second circuit of these exercises, should I continue doing the 15 second plank for each circuit or should I be trying to go longer? If I go longer, does that mean I don't have it as part of each circuit? Or should I keep it as part of each circuit and try to hold it as long as I can each time?

 

 

My $0.02, I'd stick with the 15 second plank as part of the circuit until you're up to 3 circuits, and then start trying to hold the plank longer. I don't think it's a big deal if you try to hold the plank as long as possible, but if you go that route I'd do it at the end of your circuits.

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Crazy, crazy work week kept me from being able to get on the forums like I had hoped to. I really enjoy reading various threads and seeing how everyone is doing.

 

Update for week #2:

 

Goal 1: Slightly ahead of schedule - will be attempting to move into a 3rd circuit some time this week!

Goal 2: On schedule, barely. Walking isn't my favorite thing, but I am starting to get used to it. I walked almost two miles on Tuesday and I didn't mind it at much as I thought I would. Wore me out though - feet hurt a lot.

Goal 3: On schedule for tracking calories and testing new foods, but slightly behind on updating my safe food list. That part is harder than I thought it would be.

Goal 4: Way behind on this one. Work took over my spare time the whole week, so I haven't even managed to sign up for the program I want. Still finding pictures I want to sell though, so I should be able to get caught up and back on schedule soon.

 

Measurements have stayed the same from last week, except I lost half a pound. Hmm...Either my body doesn't want to lose any weight or I'm gaining the equivalent weight in muscle that I'm losing from the low-calorie diet the nutritionist put me on. *shrugs* Will measure again next week and see if maybe my body is just being stubborn. In the meantime, I'm feeling better physically just because I am able to go through the first circuit of my workout fairly easily. Win for me!

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STR 3.5 | DEX 1 | STA 7.5 | CON 8.5 | WIS 9.5 | CHA 2

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Goal 2: On schedule, barely. Walking isn't my favorite thing, but I am starting to get used to it. I walked almost two miles on Tuesday and I didn't mind it at much as I thought I would. Wore me out though - feet hurt a lot.

Measurements have stayed the same from last week, except I lost half a pound. Hmm...Either my body doesn't want to lose any weight or I'm gaining the equivalent weight in muscle that I'm losing from the low-calorie diet the nutritionist put me on. *shrugs* Will measure again next week and see if maybe my body is just being stubborn. In the meantime, I'm feeling better physically just because I am able to go through the first circuit of my workout fairly easily. Win for me!

 

What shoes are you wearing to walk in?

 

How many calories are you eating per day? I'm told it's equally bad to not eat enough calories as it is to eat too many.

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Hi Merly,

Sorry I hadn't gotten on here earlier, you gave me some good feedback and support. I am still new to this site and learning how everything works, and I have been super busy too. But I wanted to let you know that I appreciated your feedback. 

 

You have some really great goals here and I am inspired =) 

 

I agree with the footwear, good shoes and water are all you really need, but both are absolutely essential. I always wonder about people who go to the gym with no water bottle... anyways, footwear. I wear running shoes for walking and running. They need to be replaced every 3-6 months too, depending on how much use. 

 

I am doing the bodyweight workouts too! This week is going much easier, the first time I could barely move for three days! Lol. I am actually about to go do my workout, and I think I am going to try for three... last time there were some things I was able to do a third time, and some not so much. We'll see! 

 

It looks like even though life has done its thing and gotten in the way a little bit, you are still making good progress, I think that's what it is all about really. No matter what our intentions are, there is always going to be something that interferes with our plans. The key is to not let it hijack our results. Good luck and keep walking! =) 

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STR 6|DEX 4|STA 5|CON 7|WIS 7|CHA 8

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