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I learned a great deal from the first challenge. A week of reflection and tinkering was not enough, so this next six weeks will be about finding a balance that both achieves results and is sustainable. It also addresses the fact that while my health is VASTLY improved, my muscles are still not cooperating enough to work out consistently.

Epic Quest: To resolve health issues and return to a less restricted and more participatory life. I continue to be primarily motivated by my children. This quest involves losing weight and getting fit as part of my journey toward optimal health.

Challenge goals: (to be logged daily for accountability - grades based on actual percentages of overall performance at the conclusion of the sixth week)

One: Eating the Food. Currently, TDEE without exercise is 1,940 calories. I will eat those calories every day (exception for illness only). I will get 80% of those calories from minimally processed foods, but I will not be orthorexic about my food consumption, and will only eliminate foods that trigger migraines. (Stamina). Note: should goal three indicate that MY TDEE is higher or lower, this number will be adjusted accordingly.

Two: Moving the Body. I will move my body for 30 minute a day five days a week. How my body feels will determine what type of movement I will do. I will listen to my body. I will research chair exercises and be prepared to do them if I cannot do anything else that day, but I WILL move. (Strength and dexterity). I will attempt to get 10,000 steps in on at least 5 days.

Three: Finding the Balance. I will track calories in/calories out, macros, and weight daily, measurements weekly. The quest is to find my personal "sweet spot," where I am consuming enough to be healthy, but at a small deficit so that I can slowly lose fat. I need to normalize my relationship with food. I need to stop the cycle of restricting and binging. ( Constitution and Wisdom). Waldo has shared a tool that I am going to use to accomplish this, because he is awesome like that.

Life Goal: Continue the battle against the dragon of pain

Make and keep appointment with GP for general physical with full bloodwork. Get referrals to rheumatologist and/or endocrinologist as recommended. I've been relying on my neurologist for too long, and have gotten lots of prescriptions, but few answers. Ask for referral to Physical Therapist for evaluation of hip/knee pain and exercise plan.

Make and keep appointment with neurologist and reduce migraine meds.

Make appointment for mammogram (might take longer than six weeks to get in).

(Wisdom and Constitution)

Side quest: continue following the journeys of fellow challengers and offering support.

(Charisma)

Now let us have at it!

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Nice.  I'm looking to see how you do.  What do you mean by chair exercises?  Like, free-weight stuff that you can do while sitting down?

Exactly. No reason I can't move the top half when it's the bottom half that hurts :)

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Found ya!!

 

And sub'd! Awesome job on gearing your goals to what is good for you! :triumphant:

 

Hey, could you post a link to this thread in the Brigade so the other members can come follow? Thanks bunches!!

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Good luck with your challenge! I am sure you will do great, sorry to hear about your pain and migraines hope eating well and exercise will help you out!

Thanks!  Paleo/low carb has made migraines go away - haven't really had one since July 4th.  Now we're working on the fibro.  I WILL figure this out :)  Hope after reading the challenge you get why I'm all about making sure people are eating ENOUGH :)

Level 2 Halfling Adventurer

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Found ya!!

 

And sub'd! Awesome job on gearing your goals to what is good for you! :triumphant:

 

Hey, could you post a link to this thread in the Brigade so the other members can come follow? Thanks bunches!!

Yes.  I am redoing my signature right now, and then I will post the link.  You guys were awesome sauce last time, and I know a good accountability group will help - so much support :)

Level 2 Halfling Adventurer

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Oh look, some of my favorite people are already here, following you!   :joyous:  Looking forward to following along on your journey.  Welcome to the Brigade! 

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At times, you become almost certain that you slabbed this hillside three days ago, crossed this stream yesterday, clambered over this fallen tree at least twice today already. But most of the time you don’t think. No point. Instead, you exist in a kind of mobile Zen mode, your brain like a balloon tethered with string, accompanying but not actually part of the body below. Walking for hours and miles becomes as automatic, as unremarkable, as breathing. At the end of the day you don’t think, 'Hey, I did sixteen miles today,' any more than you think, 'Hey, I took eight-thousand breaths today.' It’s just what you do.â€

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Day 1:

Calories - 2032 - met TDEE for the day.

Walked 46 minutes (slowly - knee is still messed up from dance madness Friday night, darn you Perry).  Got in 11,066 steps overall today.  Also bought a home "flex band" gym for chair exercises if I need them :)  NO EXCUSES!!!

Bought a Fitbit Flex today (reward for successfully completing the last challenge, since the puppies ate the Fitbit Zip I bought for cub scout camp).  Set up account, and tracked all food and exercise.  Weighed, measured and took progress pics. They are all in my album.

 

Haven't called MD's yet.  Tomorrow is Back to School Night, so my boss is letting us have a couple of hours off in the afternoon.  I will do it then :) 

 

I really hope to have the chance to visit all of your threads regularly, but I am teaching both an overload and an after school class, and the boys have afterschool activites several days a week, so I will do the best I can. 

Level 2 Halfling Adventurer

Strength 1 Dexterity 1 Stamina 3 Constitution 4 Wisdom 3 Charisma 2

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Fit to Eat: my posts on the Sweatpants & Coffee Site

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Day 1:

Calories - 2032 - met TDEE for the day.

Walked 46 minutes (slowly - knee is still messed up from dance madness Friday night, darn you Perry). Got in 11,066 steps overall today. Also bought a home "flex band" gym for chair exercises if I need them :) NO EXCUSES!!!

Bought a Fitbit Flex today (reward for successfully completing the last challenge, since the puppies ate the Fitbit Zip I bought for cub scout camp). Set up account, and tracked all food and exercise. Weighed, measured and took progress pics. They are all in my album.

Haven't called MD's yet. Tomorrow is Back to School Night, so my boss is letting us have a couple of hours off in the afternoon. I will do it then :)

I really hope to have the chance to visit all of your threads regularly, but I am teaching both an overload and an after school class, and the boys have afterschool activites several days a week, so I will do the best I can.

My reward for the previous challenge was also a pedometer. I haven't actually got round to buying it yet lol, still using my iPod in my waistband!

I would say that was a great first day, well done!

Don't worry about visiting threads, we can catch up with you on yours! Besides, your progress and real life is more important anyway. We'll understand :) x

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I really hope to have the chance to visit all of your threads regularly, but I am teaching both an overload and an after school class, and the boys have afterschool activites several days a week, so I will do the best I can. 

 

we all know life happens. the nice thing about the threads is they are always there for whenever you do have the time and energy to read.  but i know i'd rather you spend your energy making you healthy than wearing yourself out reading my thread. :)

 

great first day!!

this person really wants to delete their account but can't because it's not allowed.

 

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Awesome work wideeyed!

 

We are here whenever you have the chance to update!

 

Have a most awesome day! :peaceful:

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-I don't have a choice. I deserve a better life and this is what I have to do to get there.
-Whatever doesn't kill me....Had better start running.

 

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Day 2

 

2,019 Calories  Yay!

No walking tonight - Back to School Night, and knee is BAD.  No time for chair exercises - definitely going to join the YMCA tomorrow because I NEED the pool.

Logged everything today. 

 

Called GP, appt. next Tuesday

Called Neuro, appt. October 22

Called Gyn, asked for mammogram paperwork to be resent. 

 

Woot!  I have phone phobia, folks.  I HATE calling places.    I did ALL 3 in one day.  Go me :)

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Make and keep appointment with GP for general physical with full bloodwork

 Alas, the generalists often do not know what specialized tests are needed because they are not specialists. For example, my thyroid test for TSH was always normal, but my endocrinologist ordered a bunch of specialized tests that showed that T4 was low even when TSH was normal. The generalists look at TSH and no further. Same for a lot of other things. You may need to push for an appropriate specialist before you can even get the tests needed to uncover a problem not shown on general tests. Anyways, it helps to go in with a detailed list of all your symptoms so you don't forget to mention something when the doctor drops in. You want him thinking, "gee, that might be serious, and I don't have the specialized knowledge to make a sound diagnosis." Good luck.

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Woot!  I have phone phobia, folks.  I HATE calling places.    I did ALL 3 in one day.  Go me :)

 

 

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Woot!  I have phone phobia, folks.  I HATE calling places.    I did ALL 3 in one day.  Go me :)

 

w00t, indeed! Awesome! :triumphant: :triumphant: :triumphant:

 

I find that after that first call, the second will be just a tiny bit easier, and the third hardly hurts at all... ;) But that first call - always a big hurdle, for me too. So... GREAT JOB!

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