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So, at some point in Fellowship of the Ring, Sam turns to Frodo and says, "If I go one step further, I'll be the farthest from home I've ever been."


That's how I feel about my fitness journey. I've yo-yoed back and forth with my weight and fitness level for so long. Every time I get to a "place" I've never been before, life "gets in the way"--i.e., I start making excuses. I want to stop making excuses, make the time for fitness and health, and take the ring ALL THE WAY TO MOUNT DOOM. Once I get there, I guess the Eagles can fly me back. But I gotta get there first.


I call myself a runner, though over the summer I kind of slacked off running and am now working to build those muscles back up. I'd like to run a half-marathon in November--my first. I don't have a time goal; I just want to finish. I am also a roller derby referee, and I'd like to improve my on-skates skills and endurance. However, sometimes my running goals and skating goals conflict. I went through some physical therapy last winter because weak hip/glute muscles led to knee pain when I tried to both run and do derby at the same time. As part of my challenge, I want to make injury avoidance a priority.




Main Quest:

Lose 15 pounds by December 17th.



  1. Exercise: Derby twice per week, run three times per week, strength train twice per week
  2. Diet: Stop eating out at work
  3. Injury prevention: Complete at least one set of physical therapy exercises once per day. Ice once per day

Life Quest:




I'm generally terrible at self-motivation. I start self-projects and then stop. I'm really good at school, where people tell you stuff to do and you do it. I get that stuff done; other stuff falls by the wayside. Is wanting to develop self-motivation a motivation? I suppose a more precise word would be "self-direction." I tend to drop self-directed projects that are only for myself. If I have to do something for someone else, I'll do it. Hmm. That makes me sound like a martyr, which I'm not. I'm just... less committed to myself? Ugh. I don't know. Essentially, I want to be the kind of person that runs half-marathons, whatever kind of person that is.


Also, I want to avoid being a third-generation diabetic. Both my mom and maternal grandmother have it. Clearly it's in my genes. I want to do everything in my power to prevent those genes from expressing themselves. Generally, I'm all for self-expression. Not with diabetes. And heart disease, which is on the other side of my family. Blerg.


Here. Can I just use this awesome panel from Captain Marvel as my motivation?



Carol says it pretty well: "And we will be the stars we were always meant to be."



Will follow up with numbers tomorrow morning, which is when I generally weigh myself.

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"And we will be the stars we were always meant to be." Kelly Sue Deconnick, via Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel


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Great goals/quests! 

And I needed to read your motivation. Thank you!  My mother has been on a ton of medication my entire life due to her unhealthy lifestyle, and I don't even remember her mom she died so young.  It would be great to break that cycle, for myself and for my daughter.

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I love your story and motivation. I also like #3 in that you have thought about some injury prevention to keep you going. 

Good luck. 



Sorry I clicked on your current challenge and it brought me here. I found your current one and still hope you do great. 


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