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Normally I would have posted for the challenge the day it started - or maybe the day before. My wifi is out, and since my husband is the nerd in the family and currently extremely busy, I have been without internet. I have however already started the challenge.


A ranger is the life for me - currently. I love to run and can currently run a 5k in about 30 minutes, but I also enjoy the results from weight lifting, so to pick one to focus on more than the other is impossible. This is why I chose this guild. 


As for may challenge... Part of what I'm doing in my diet is getting rid of the things that would cause insulin spikes naturally. My mom has both diabetes and hypoglycemia. Due to this, she has to be very careful about what she eats. Besides flour, the thing that causes the highest spike in her insulin is corn. That is a very starch food and not paleo anyway, so that is the thing I am focusing on for the diet part of this challenge. This will include anything that contains any type of corn product in it. This will be added to my current status of keeping flour and sugar out of my diet. I will, however, allow myself 2 days to "cheat" on this strict diet due to Thanksgiving. 


- An A will be anywhere from perfection to 10 days of having corn, sugar, flour (CHA+4)

- A B will be anywhere from 11 to 21 days of having corn, sugar, flour (CHA+3)

- A will be between 22 and 32 days (CHA+2)

- A D will be 32-41 days (CHA+1)

 - An F would be having these nasty things every single day.


I have been successful at keeping up with a 30 minute workout 5 days a week. During this challenge, I plan to increase four of those workouts to an hour long. These are my P90X strength training workouts, and the Yoga workout. I'm hoping to add a 6th day exercise, but it will not be included in my challenge. 


- If I manage to miss less than 5 workouts during the challenge, I will have an A (STR+3; DEX+2)

- 13-16 missed workouts will earn me a B (STR+2; DEX+2)

- 17-20 missed = C (STR+2; DEX+1)

- 17-20 missed = D (STR+2)

- I will receive an F if I miss more than 20 workouts during this challenge. 


I've always had the occasional heart palpitation, but have just recently discovered that Cardio arrhythmia runs in the family. I do know that msg aggravates this condition, but I don't eat that stuff anyway. In order to have a healthier heart, and to test to see if anything else might cause palpitations, I have decided to keep a food journal.


- An A will be anywhere from perfection to 10 missed entry days (WIS+4)

- A B will be 11-21 missed entry days (WIS+3)

- A C = 22-32 missed days (WIS+2)

- A D = 32-42 missed days (WIS+1)

- An F = 0 entries into my food journal for the entire 6 weeks


I have never done a side quest before, but there are so many things that I want to tackle that I though I would give it a try. Last week, I read the blog post about learning to do a handstand and thought, "Why not?" By the end of 6 weeks, I plan to be able to do a handstand. I will work on this daily.


If completed: (STA+1)


Now for a Life Quest. When I home schooled my children, we had Bible study daily as part of school. Since they've started public school (3 years ago), I'm ashamed to say that I've seriously dropped the ball. For the next 6 weeks, my goal is to have a Bible study once a week. Small beginnings...


If completed: (WIS+1)


My main quest in these adventures is to reach a size 6 in clothes, and to obtain the best health possible.


My motivation? My family. I don't want my husband or my children to have to care for me as I age. I also want to be a good example to them.  


Adventurer Level 3

STR - 3; DEX - 6; STA - 3; CON - 9; WIS - 9; CHA - 3


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This week has not been too great. 


Food - Two of the days this week, I blew it. Both were due to unplanned greatness. The first day, my husband and I got re-acquainted with old friends. We had taco bell. Instead of getting something like a taco salad where I can avoid the flour shell, I got a stinking quesadilla. The second day, we had the opportunity for a date night. We haven't been able to do that in a very long time. We decided to try a new restaurant that serves the BEST steak I've ever had in my life.  They also serve Mississippi Delta tamales. Sooo good. I only had two. Then the husband said, "We've already blown it. We might as well go all out." As I'm not one to disappoint, I went along with it and we went out for frozen custard. Oh well.


I only did 3 of the 4 workouts this week. I have the yoga planned to do on a Saturday or Sunday. Weekends are very difficult days to get a workout in. I'm going to either have to figure out a way to get a weekend workout in, or I'm going to have to move it to a weekday. 


I did a good job with the food journal - didn't miss a single day. 


I plan to do better next week. the only problem I can see having is another get together we're having with friends. It's at a pizza place. *sigh* I can't change the location because they and my husband are in the band that's playing that night. Maybe I can find something other than pizza to eat. 


Wish me luck. :)

Adventurer Level 3

STR - 3; DEX - 6; STA - 3; CON - 9; WIS - 9; CHA - 3


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