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cn3wton, Dúnedain, Ranger of the North.

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On 7/31/2019 at 11:37 PM, cn3wton said:

Honestly I don't know?

It has been a while since I did anything needing US licenses, but I know there are a bunch.  The first one you will probably need is the series 6 and another one for insurance stuff (Series 16?). IIRC, the one you need if you want to give professional financial advice is the Series 7. 

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On 8/1/2019 at 12:18 PM, WhiteGhost said:

It has been a while since I did anything needing US licenses, but I know there are a bunch.  The first one you will probably need is the series 6 and another one for insurance stuff (Series 16?). IIRC, the one you need if you want to give professional financial advice is the Series 7. 

 

Not gonna lie you know alot more about this than me! HA! But I have to start somewhere and I trust the woman who will be my mentor so I am happy to go blindly forth as one would say!

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A tale of a failed two day fast.

 

So I have been fasting a lot recently. Its definitely been beneficial. I have always done some form of intermittent fasting, but lately a few days I have been eating 1 meal a day at night and fasting the rest of the time. And it has been going well.

 

Well I decided that after dinner friday night (around 6) that I would fast over the weekend. I woke up saturday morning to meet my trainer at 5 and we walked and biked a bit while we talked. I worked on helping him with a new campaign for the gym to make some extra cash, then went home. I focused on keeping water intake up and while I of course had a few instances of hunger it was all manageable. 

 

I want to point out that this is not me punishing myself or anything like that. I truly have seen the benefits of fasting and also being able to deal with the "hungry" feeling is great. I am getting to the point instead of "Oh god I have to eat something NOW" its more of "Hey I am hungry I should eat when I get home."

 

Well Sunday I woke up feeling great. I had a busy day lined up. Book club at 8, drank tea while everyone ate delicious meals around me, didnt bother me. Then I went up to my familys camp for my grandmas bday and a workday where I helped them take apart the old wooden boat lift. Well all of a sudden I was hit with a killer headdache. After a few minutes I knew I had to go home. I grabbed the dog from the water and was getting bad fast. Nausuea, dizziness, it was a little worrying. I sped home for the 30 minute drive drank water and devoured whatever food I had. I then jumped in the shower and took some meds.

 

My mistake was for the hours of work in the sun I didn't drink any water, and I know that now. I broke my fast at 1:00pm on sunday. So 43 hours?

 

I had something to eat this morning and will eat a small lunch as well, but a word to everyone who wants to fast. I fully support it but remember your water intake is vital!

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That's not a failed fast, that's a successful 43 hour fast with some lessons learned :) 

 

Also, how familiar are you with Primerica? I've heard their sales pitch before and opted not to do business with them. I don't want to rain on your parade, so I won't say anymore without an invitation, but I'd be remiss if I didn't ask for the opportunity to share my impressions.

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5 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

That's not a failed fast, that's a successful 43 hour fast with some lessons learned :) 

 

Also, how familiar are you with Primerica? I've heard their sales pitch before and opted not to do business with them. I don't want to rain on your parade, so I won't say anymore without an invitation, but I'd be remiss if I didn't ask for the opportunity to share my impressions.

 

I trust the person I would be mentoring with implicitly. She has done wonders for my investments and is a family friend.

I truly belove that the ideals of the company are a double edged sword as I have heard the exact oppossite impressions than my own from many people.

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43 hours of fasting sounds a bit too extreme to me, as does having a single meal per day. If nothing else, it's probably going to mess with your metabolism BUT as I have no hard data or scientific evidence to back this up besides conventional wisdom, take my words with a grain of salt.

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Its been a slow/quite couple of weeks but I am still working on it.

 

The weight loss has stalled again, but I am not letting myself get discouraged I am staying focused an positive. 

 

Till next time!

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Hi all, back again with another update.

 

Weight is finally starting to move back in the right direction. However something more profound happened over the last few days.

 

I ended up joining a weight loss challenge, and was partnered with someone who I only met once before. I messaged him and said that I would do it, if he agreed to meet with me for a long walk once a week. He could pick any time that worked for him (as early as he wants or as late) but we had to do it. I call these my walk and talk sessions. We learned a ton about one another on our roughly 4 mile walk. And I was motivated.

 

On my way home I decided that I would pick up my mother and grandmother for church. Now I don't want to get too much into religous theology here, but I have not reguraly attended chruch in well over 10 years. And it started out as simply a way to make my mother and grandmother happy. (My aunt also ended up riding with us). Well I was decently surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the lessons. I may not be big on everything, but the message/lessons really hit home. I was surrounded by people that I have known forever, and where so genuinally happy to see me. It was a bizzare experience. I think I may just go back.

 

After this I drove (in my nice clean car) myself, my grandmother, my aunt, and my mom to lunch. Then we grabbed some stuff in a local harbor frieght. It was such a nice time spending it with my family, and it felt good to just help them out. I even had waters in the car for them.

 

After this I was a bit wiped, very tired. I layed down for awhile and can't quite recall what I did when I got back up but it was something semi productive. I was able to sit down and play a video game for a couple hours while still feeling accomplished that day.

 

Then yesterday we went to the new york state fair, which is the second largest state fair in the country. Which is also mostly just food that tastes amazing but is horrible for you. I stuck to my plan and fasted even when we stopped for breakfast. And then I stuck to my plan. It was simple. I would eat 1 large good lunch, something that fit in my diet. Then I could only buy other food if it was something I could share with everyone in the group. So when I got a blooming onion for instance, I only took 4-5 pieces before being done. I did this with everything else that we got and to be honest, it wasn't much at all. But it helped me focus on really enjoying it, where before I would have gotten a ton of food for myself and just made myself sick with how much I ate. This time around its all about me learning to have a proper relationship with food. And this level of control is what I need and want.

 

After we got home from the fair I was beat. We walked quite a bit, and I was sore. However I decided that didnt matter, and went and did something I had been putting off for too long. I trimmed around the dogs fenced in area, and really took my time with it not a quick "good enough" approach. Then i raked all the debris away from the fence. Then I put a natural weed killer I made (with dish soap, vinegar, and salt) on it to stop it from growing up again and making it easier to maintain. Then I filled in the holes the dog had dug in the yard. Then I mowed. All in all it was roughly 5-6 hours of yard work. But I felt so great to have accomplished that. Then I showered quickly and went to dinner with some friends, where I ended the night with an option of the healthier section of the menu and a water.

 

On top of all of this I have stopped simply ignoring things. If something needs to be picked up I pick it up, if something needs to be thrown away I do it. I feel so much better and honestly I told someone that I truly felt like the way I lived my life the last two days is the way I want to live my life from now on. It was an amazingly weird experience.

 

Thats all for now.

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I love all the good stiff in your post there.  Tons of progress on so many fronts :) 

 

31 minutes ago, cn3wton said:

On my way home I decided that I would pick up my mother and grandmother for church. Now I don't want to get too much into religous theology here, but I have not reguraly attended chruch in well over 10 years. And it started out as simply a way to make my mother and grandmother happy. (My aunt also ended up riding with us). Well I was decently surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the lessons. I may not be big on everything, but the message/lessons really hit home. I was surrounded by people that I have known forever, and where so genuinally happy to see me. It was a bizzare experience. I think I may just go back.

I'll let you in on  little secret:  lot of people who attend church regularly are not there for the theology ;)   There is a lot to be said for the social aspects of it (although the theology is probably not going to be bad for you either :P ).

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On 9/3/2019 at 1:47 PM, cn3wton said:

On top of all of this I have stopped simply ignoring things. If something needs to be picked up I pick it up, if something needs to be thrown away I do it.

It's amazing how helpful this is with maintaining a clean living/working space and thus feeling well, isn't it?

 

Loving the vibes of your latest post!

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Hey everybody, lots going on. Seems like time always manages to fly by.

 

Still struggling with a lot of things. My drive is still pretty low but I am trying to keep pushing so theres that.

 

I failed my first attempt at the 24 mile walk. I made it pretty much exactly half way. 12.4 miles in roughly 5 hours. It was a long walk, and I was grateful that I had someone who joined me for it. At about 8 miles I could tell I wasn't going to make the 24 miles, but I didn't want to throw in the towel right then. So I set a goal location in mind and swore that I would get there at least. I didn't even know that was the half way point. 

 

I had made a promise to myself that the only reason I would stop would be pain. Not soreness or boredom, just pain. And I was hobbling at the end. I had purchased new shoes and they where a god send. I was sure I would be crippled and unable to walk for a long time after but my feet where spared. Just extreme soreness is the back of my legs, the calves especially. But I survived. I plan on attempting it again after winter. I have plans on how to tackle it a bit better. I was going for a straight through approach with minimal stops, but I don't think thats how I want to do it. Even though its "just" walking I have to remember that its quite a distance.

 

Things are going fairly well. Wish I could say they where going great but that would be a lie. I am still waiting for the switch to flip and get my ass back in gear but I can't seem to make it happen. I think I just have to force it and hold the switch until it stays on its own, its not something that is just magically going to happen.

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