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A Hard Hat Towards Vanity

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     My last two challenges were aborted, the last due to a crippling bout of depression combined with intense (for me personally and for the area in general) and unrelenting heat and humidity. But a new month brings the opportunity to meet my friends after a nearly nine month gap between visits.

     So I'm going to be very vain this challenge, but I'm going to hard hat it all the way. And focus on some other basics to deal with the depression and things, hence my bounce to the Adventurers Guild. Simple, tight and focussed.

 

Challenge Goal: Thanks to my successful challenges I was down to a rather loose (UK) 16/tight (UK) 14  in trousers/bottoms in general; I am now a more or less perfect (UK) 16. So I want to get down to a UK 14 by the end of the month/end of the challenge. Ideally by the end of the month.

 

Physical

 

1. I honestly can't do the pull ups or chin ups in the ABBW because if I did the table would actually tip over - I tried. But I'm going to do three full circuits of the ABBW by the end of this challenge. And four times a week.

To be graded out of 24.

 

2. Yoga and/or hip/general flexibility work. I really enjoyed the yoga I did before, but I fell out of that and want to get back into it. It's only going here because I have other ideas for my other goals. Follow the DYWM Beginner's Programme. I believe it's a thrice weekly things.

To be graded out of 18.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - I can has splits?

 - One. Damn. Pull up.

 - No T'ai Chi because holidays, but practice at least once a week anyway so I don't fall out of practice.

 

+2 STR, +1 STA, +2 DEX, +1 CHA

 

Mental

 

1. My sleep is really, really, really out of whack. Heat, depression and some silly choices meant that I couldn't sleep until about five in the morning when it was finally cool, but I slept away most of the day. So I'm having a hard limit bedtime of two am. No excuses (unless it's a legitimate medical/other emergency). By the end of the challenge I want to get it to around midnight. This one will be hard as I share a room, and the sister is basically a hermit who never leaves it. And she is a bit of a night owl too.

To be graded out of 42 (two am hard limit); progress towards daily midnight bedtime to be assessed weekly.

 

2. To facilitate the first goal I'm bringing back my sleep meditation. I'll also be spending ten minutes (minimum) daily writing about whatever pops into my mind regarding me as a person - mental, emotional, state of mind, that kind of thing. Can be done in one session or in dribs and drabs throughout the day. By getting a better handle on my thoughts and general non-physical state I can hopefully start noticing negative patterns, positive patterns and work towards negating any depressive issues before they become too serious.

To be graded out of 42.

 

Self-esteem challenge

- This, though it's here and thus a bonus goal, is absolutely non-negotiable. The only reason it's here is because it's too 'small' to be a Life Quest and it relates to something mental. I have noticed that I have a problem meeting goals, even self-set goals, particularly when depressed. My procrastination issues aren't just dismissable as procrastination any longer.

I have a dear friend whom I've never met and will likely never meet. She has a serious chronic illness (dysautonomia) that is basically chronic fatigue syndrome up to eleven. She also has another illness that has currently rendered her legally blind and the chances of her one day becoming totally blind are . . . about fifty/fifty or so. She loves writing stories and fanfic, it's one of the few things she can do because of her dysautonomia; and to cut a long story short I promised to write her a story. Two months ago. Then it got out-of-hand (plot bunnies) so I also decided to write her a shorter, more self-contained fanfic set in her favourite 'verse because she's hit a bad spot in her life. Still not done.

This story will be written, edited and sent to her within two weeks. The longer story will be finished by the end of the challenge (or at least fully drafted and broken into chapters so I can start sending it to her.

My procrastination, problems with deadlines and other things are affecting a dear friend of mine; I hate this. I will see something through to the end even if I harbour doubts about whether or not she'll like it.

 - PvS LYBaYF and HOoRAY.

 

 

+2 CON, +1 WIS

 

Diet

 

This one is really hard because the main shopper (read: dad) does it on the way home from work and I have basically no input on the week/fortnight's main food. And I'm cheap so I don't want to buy my own 'better' food when we have stuff at home that's filling and satisfying and mostly healthy. So let's work towards minimising some things and putting greater emphasis on others.

 

1. Snacks. I have fallen back into the 'evils' of snacking. And definitely veer into excesses and overeating at times. Defining 'snack' as 'sweets, crisps, desserts, biscuits etc. (or overly sugary drinks) eaten when it is not a meal time' I will hard limit snacks to one a day, working down to three a week by the end of the challenge. Things like fruits, nuts, dark chocolate and smoothies are to be snacked upon in preference and gain brownie points. If we have a surprise dessert that counts as a meal simply because they occur at most once a fortnight.

 

2. Progress towards minimal gluten Paeleo. So cut down on the bread products (probably once a week then), buy some gluten free spaghetti because spaghetti is now a guaranteed weekly meal.

To be graded out of . . . I don't know, I'm terrible at sticking to regular meals - probably why I'm snacking more often because I'm missing all but one meal a day. To be assessed weekly.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - Cook at least four meals a week

 - Three new recipes.

 

+2 CON, + 1WIS

 

Life Quest: Self-love

 

I did say this was all about the vanity. I'm hard hatting the physical stuff because I feel the diet only needs refining and tweaking. So I kind of hate myself as a person. Not so much in appearance, but as a soul. The past month has been especially bad and I dearly want to avoid falling back into bad habits.

Oddly enough, not the self-harm. In spite of my non-appearance in my last challenge and cessation of the one prior to that I . . . I've actually managed to stop my self-harm - that would be the biting, ripping, nipping, picking and eating of the flesh around the nails and fingertips - completely. Well, I'll rarely find myself 'slip-picking' (what I call running my nails down the side of other nails searching for weak areas that break 'on their own' so I can rip the flesh away), but I always stop it. Now the worst it gets to is that I run the pad of my right thumb (and sometimes the edge of it) up and down my index finger; enough that I'm getting a callus.

But that's rambling. Boasting actually.

I think that perhaps I've internalised the self-harm, or the heat or the depression or both have exacerbated my self-deprecation in ways I haven't felt in ages. So it's time for me to love myself and be shamelessly vain. While the overall goal is vain, and my goals are sort-of vain, I just want some nice indulgent self-love mixed in with some hard work that'll make me feel more confident.

 

1. Try out two-to-six new activities/things that I've wanted to do for ages but haven't because fear or money or not good enough or social anxieties/pressure or [reason]. These can be things like getting a massage, a manicure, an acupuncture session, try a new skill/resume an old one. Dye bits of my hair red, blue or purple. Though given I have fairly high hopes for a recent job application (college librarian) I may have to pass on this even though I've wanted this for basically a decade. Suggestions are welcome.

 

2. Stop judging. Stop judging myself and other people. Compassion and understanding is key. For this I will, to reference a Pratchett concept, I will have Second Thoughts, maybe even Third and Fourth ones. Write down at least one of these things a day.

To be graded out of 42.

 

3. One of the best ways to feel more confident about yourself as a person is to change the way you present yourself to the world. I've been hanging onto old, ill-fitting for too long; I've been hanging onto things I've never worn; I've been hanging onto things for 'one day'. I am a smart, well-presented person almost all the time but I could be better. And when at home? The nighties and pyjamas I have are nigh-universally old or ill-fitting because no one else is going to see them, so why bother? But they're old and not-so-comfy any more. The nighties I was wearing when I was fifteen don't suit twenty-three year old me. Yeah, I haven't grown very much in those eight years so height/size wise they fit physically (ish), but they don't suit. In short: a thorough evaluation of my wardrobe/accessories and general presentation is required. Followed by a cull and then shopping. Flirt with makeup and hair styling. Get the pixie trimmed so it keeps its shape.

Pass/fail.

 

 

+2 CHA, +1 WIS

 

Yay, late start!

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Yaaaaaaaay new challenge! :D

 

Yaaaaayyyy, new challenge! *waves hello*

 

Sorry to hear about the depression, I hope that you can come out fighting. Good luck!

 

Likewise. It's mostly been okay for much of 2014, so this particular . . . attack I suppose, has been poor for my progress in many areas of life; in some cases it's even retrograded them. Still, perseverance is key, no? Thanks for the luck.

Day One

 

Physical

 

1. BBWW -> ABWW. 0/24

Nope.

2. Yoga/Flexibility Work. 0/18

Nope.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - I can has splits?

Not today. Didn't do any leg specific stretching towards it either.

 - One. Damn. Pull up.

Need to figure out a way to make that improvised door-blanket pull up thingy.

 - No T'ai Chi because holidays, but practice at least once a week anyway so I don't fall out of practice.

Not today.

 

Mental

 

1a. Bed by 2am (progress towards midnight). 0/42

1b. Progress towards midnight:

Last night was day zero/one and I went to bed about half three; about an hour before my usual bedtime but ended up listening to music for an hour or so. My sleep was semi-fitful and I woke up a few times, having problems getting back to sleep once or twice. Woke up around half one.

 

2a. Sleep meditation. 1/42

Yep! The playlist somehow rearranged itself so the ten minute meditation came first (usually it's second) so I found myself zonking out around halfway through the second meditation (about twenty minutes long) if not earlier.

 

2b. Thoughts Diary 1/42

Oh, and I should add that my Thoughts section down in . . . Life Quest doesn't count towards this. I'll usually only be posting a summary of this.

So I went straight to the meat of things and wrote (am actually still writing, I just paused quickly to write this here so I wouldn't forget as I still need to fill in some other bits up above) about rejection and academic inadequacy caused by depression during my final year.  :\

Can't be disappointed or rejected if you don't even start right? And then better things won't be expected further down the line.

 

Self-esteem challenge

 - The Little Story

Reread the story and my draft thoughts/ramble/rant that will become the core of the piece. Doesn't actually need that much work to go from in-character rant/thoughts to being part of the story.

 

 - The Long Story

Collected all the little pieces of world build/character build together and organised by type/class. Honestly, I have sections on geography, climate, animals,names, architecture, philosophy and things. Also the end and beginning are in their final draft form, so it only needs a little bit of polish on them to get them complete.

 - PvS LYBaYF and HOoRAY.

 

LYBaYF: Coconut water is very nice.

HOoRAY: It was raining and kind of gloomy on the walk to the new shop, some classic rock'n'roll from 1962 perked things right up.

 

Diet

 

1. Snacks (one a day working towards three a week).

Had some orange juice and a chocolate eclair.

2. Progress towards minimal gluten Paeleo.

Only had one meal today, it was Chinese takeaway; house special with rice. I don't know if the sauce contained gluten, so I'm going to say it did. And probably not Paeleo either for the same reason; also the chocolate eclair. The semi-breakfast I had was cornflakes. I call it semi-breakfast because it was three handfuls of dry cornflakes.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - Cook at least four meals a week

Well, I did earlier this week, but I don't think that counts.

 - Three new recipes.

Nope.

 

Life Quest: Self-love

 

1. Try out two-to-six new activities/things that I've wanted to do for ages but haven't because [reasons]. 0/2-6.

 

I'm pretty sure I want to try a massage, now to see where they can be done.

 

2. Stop judging. Stop judging myself and other people. Compassion and understanding is key. For this I will, to reference a Pratchett concept, I will have Second Thoughts, maybe even Third and Fourth ones. Write down at least one of these things a day. 1/42

 

Walking back from the shop I noticed a girl wearing a dress that I own; I caught myself thinking something along the lines of 'Don't have enough curves for that, the dress's hanging off you!'. Fat shaming is a thing many of us on NF know about. Thin/skinny shaming also exists - and it often comes with a dose of venomous jealousy or envy to boot, making it sometimes worse. Some people genuinely can't help the way they look, shaming them for this is bullying and can lead to awful things. Some people can and do work towards changing their body composition towards something more healthy and by shaming them for their progress towards health is just another way of crushing someone's aspirations. Others are perfectly happy where they are and shaming them for the way they look is bullying and another way to crush someone's spirits. Unless I am very close to a person and am sincerely worried for their health I should refrain from judging or commenting on their body shape/composition/whatever unless asked for my frank opinion.

Infinite diversity in infinite combinations. She and I both look marvellous in that dress for different reasons, just because I'm envious doesn't give me the right to judge, even inside my own head.

 

3. One of the best ways to feel more confident about yourself as a person is to change the way you present yourself to the world. [...] In short: a thorough evaluation of my wardrobe/accessories and general presentation is required. Followed by a cull and then shopping. Flirt with makeup and hair styling. Get the pixie trimmed so it keeps its shape. Pass/fail.

 

Haven't done anything towards this yet other than plan out things that are getting chucked and thinking of items that need replacing.

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1. I honestly can't do the pull ups or chin ups in the ABBW because if I did the table would actually tip over - I tried. But I'm going to do three full circuits of the ABBW by the end of this challenge. And four times a week.

To be graded out of 24.

Just a suggestion- I do these with some homemade items:

 

If you have questions, feel free to send me a message (How to PM and follow/ ) or post at the Tavern (Tavern ) . Don't forget to check out the minis if you want ( Minis).

 

Good luck and have fun this challenge :)

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Just a suggestion- I do these with some homemade items:

 

If you have questions, feel free to send me a message (How to PM and follow/ ) or post at the Tavern (Tavern ) . Don't forget to check out the minis if you want ( Minis).

 

Good luck and have fun this challenge :)

 

I have a tutorial sort of thing for improvising pull ups, but thanks for the video and offer of help! I might check out the minis for the next week, I usually give at least one mini-challenge a go.

 

Day Two and Three

 

Physical

 

1. BBWW -> ABWW. 1/24

Day Two, no.

Day Three, yes.

An IBWW (intermediate etc.) given I progressed from BBWW a while ago.

3x20 bodyweight squats

3x20s planks

3x15 side lunges

3x5 knee push ups

2x1 push ups

2x7 dips (chair)

2x5 pistol squats (five each leg) w/ chair for occasional balance

 

My dumbbells have gone walkies thanks to a room clean. Pistols are still just above parallel, but I'm working on that. Now excuse me while my body goes ouch.

2. Yoga/Flexibility Work. 1/18

 

Day Two, no.

Day Three, yup. Yoga Therapy for Wrists, Hands and Forearms (aka a short class from Week One of the DYWM Beginner's Programme) because my arms are a little sore after the IBBW. Also That Video of Lilith's.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - I can has splits?

Not today. Didn't do any leg specific stretching towards it either.

 - One. Damn. Pull up.

Need to figure out a way to make that improvised door-blanket pull up thingy.

 - No T'ai Chi because holidays, but practice at least once a week anyway so I don't fall out of practice.

Not today.

 

Mental

 

1a. Bed by 2am (progress towards midnight). 1/42

1b. Progress towards midnight:

Night Two had me in bed by a few minutes after two. Was then woken at quarter to five in the morning to fix a minor internet connectivity problem. Didn't get back to sleep after that meaning I had an afternoon nap of multiple hours. But autistic sibling, so I couldn't ignore it even though I dearly wanted to because it was actual, genuine deep sleep.

Night Three . . . argh. Stories. I started reading something about one(ish) and Just One More Chapter syndrome kicked in because it was really interesting, and next thing I know it's twenty to five in the morning. :\

Maybe I can get a downloadable alarm clock for the laptop to go off at two or something? Does that even exist?

 

2a. Sleep meditation. 3/42

Yep! Though having to replay it on Night Two did not work because I was too angry to relax/focus on it properly. Not sure how I feel about my inverted meditation playlist, might have to switch it back around to the old way. Or add some more. Any suggestions?

 

2b. Thoughts Diary 3/42

Yep!

Entry Two was spent on me noticing that I'd written 'why can't I change' (or something like that) in Entry One and pondering why I'd chosen that phrasing because these Thought Entries are stream of consciousness. It was a good session.

Entry Three was more of a gratitude list than thinking about how I think, but gratitude is a good thing. And having to think about things to be thankful for is a good exercise is it not?

 

Self-esteem challenge

 - The Little Story

Reread the story and my draft thoughts/ramble/rant that will become the core of the piece. Doesn't actually need that much work to go from in-character rant/thoughts to being part of the story.

 

 - The Long Story

Collected all the little pieces of world build/character build together and organised by type/class. Honestly, I have sections on geography, climate, animals,names, architecture, philosophy and things. Also the end and beginning are in their final draft form, so it only needs a little bit of polish on them to get them complete.

 - PvS LYBaYF and HOoRAY.

 

LYBaYF:

 - Cocoa-Coconut protein bar. Yum. Admittedly it could have used more coconut, but I think that about many things.

- Roast pork with pseudo-crackling. I could eat pork for days.

HOoRAY:

 - A few years ago I dropped my suitcase-full-of-academic-books (read: very heavy thing) on my foot and the nail, over time, became thick, discoloured and kind of ick looking because of the damage. Today it's almost completely gone, just one more nail trim to go.

 - An unexpected treat today in the form of both of my Usual Snacks. Because Mum thought I deserved a nice treat after the debacle of Night Two.

 

Diet

 

1. Snacks (one a day working towards three a week).

Day Two: orange juice

Day Three: strawberry and banana smoothie and a bar of dark chocolate.

2. Progress towards minimal gluten Paeleo.

Day Two: breaded fish.

Day Three: fully Paeleo and gluten free because roast dinner.

Need to eat more than one meal a day.

 

Self-esteem challenges:

 - Cook at least four meals a week

Well, I did earlier this week, but I don't think that counts.

 - Three new recipes.

Nope.

 

Life Quest: Self-love

 

1. Try out two-to-six new activities/things that I've wanted to do for ages but haven't because [reasons]. 0/2-6.

 

Turns out there's a Chinese place in town that does massage.

 

2. Stop judging. Stop judging myself and other people. Compassion and understanding is key. For this I will, to reference a Pratchett concept, I will have Second Thoughts, maybe even Third and Fourth ones. Write down at least one of these things a day. 3/42

 

Day Two: The till lady was absent-minded and messed up my purchases three times. Absent-minded enough that the customer behind me, and one of her friends, asked if she was okay repeatedly. Instead of being merely annoyed I thought about reasons why she might not have been at her best when serving me - tired, worried about something personal, that sort of thing. It helped and I think I was more relaxed about it than anyone else involved.

Day Three: Wasn't out much today, but I caught myself thinking that I was greedy when pinching some of the pseudo-crackling. But it was pinching as I was doing it openly and it was mine in the first place because I really like crackling. As in 'always get the first piece of crackling after the joint is cut'. I think I called myself greedy because I ate it quickly, but I was relishing the taste and texture. So I've linked speed eating with greed which really isn't all that accurate.

 

3. One of the best ways to feel more confident about yourself as a person is to change the way you present yourself to the world. [...] In short: a thorough evaluation of my wardrobe/accessories and general presentation is required. Followed by a cull and then shopping. Flirt with makeup and hair styling. Get the pixie trimmed so it keeps its shape. Pass/fail.

 

I am literally off to go make a homemade sugar scrub and use it after I post this. Self-confidence go! Progression towards simple DIY and being more frugal with money go!

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SuNo Yo! how's it going? It looks like you have a lot of goals due to breaking them into so many groupings.  It might be easier to stick with things if you pick one main goal for each of those categories.  

 

How's the story going? Is the short one done? :) 

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Days Four to Twenty-five
 
Physical
 
 . . .

So . . .

I kind of slipped and wrenched my knee and ankle on the replacement sea path. Physical was a wipe.
 
Self-esteem challenges:


 - I can has splits?
Not today. Didn't do any leg specific stretching towards it either.
 - One. Damn. Pull up.
Need to figure out a way to make that improvised door-blanket pull up thingy.
 - No T'ai Chi because holidays, but practice at least once a week anyway so I don't fall out of practice.
Not today.


 
Mental
 
1a. Bed by 2am (progress towards midnight). 18/42
1b. Progress towards midnight:

 

This past week sleep has been getting quite late. I'm now back to around half two or three because of a few very interesting stories and Just One More Chapter set in. But prior to that I was anywhere between one and half past.

 
2a. Sleep meditation. 25/42
Yep! Every single night - usually it's music for some reason, but I do switch things up a bit now and then.
 
2b. Thoughts Diary 25/42
Yep!
Every. Single. Day. Without fail. Except once where it technically was after midnight  when I wrote it, but it was still the day's accounting. It's switched more into a diary diary, but seeing as diaries are about the thoughts of the day it counts. And sometimes I get really distracted by story ideas so I write them down fairly late at night to stop the ideas buzzing in my head and keeping me from sleep.

I tend to write it between seven and eight OR between nine and eleven depending on how I'm feeling. Sometimes I'll write during both usual slots and a little extra depending on how good or bad the day's been. Or if I had a lot of plot bunnies or things swirling in my head.

I'm still far too prone to procrastination, I've noticed that a lot in my writing that it's always 'the next day' or 'tomorrow' or 'didn't do it today even though I said I would, I'll do it tomorrow'. I'm working on that.
 
Self-esteem challenge


 - The Little Story
Just the last proof and fiddling with the wording for one scene. I'm taking a few days off because the words won't come. I'd rather have the right words than make a deadline. Especially as I was otherwise engaged after wrenching my leg - it's strange, but I couldn't concentrate on the story, I got little fragments of ideas for other stories. Maybe it was the pain medication.
 
 - The Long Story
Collected all the little pieces of world build/character build together and organised by type/class. Honestly, I have sections on geography, climate, animals,names, architecture, philosophy and things. Also the end and beginning are in their final draft form, so it only needs a little bit of polish on them to get them complete.
 - PvS LYBaYF and HOoRAY.
Done mostly every day in my little diary thing.


 
Diet
 
1. Snacks (one a day working towards three a week).
It's almost universally a drink nowadays except on Tuesdays. The drink tends to be orange juice, though I have allowed a diet coke on occasion because it's better than most of the other options there. Sorry, but I cannot abide bits in my juice. Oh, and sometimes I'll have a couple of chocolate chip cookies. Currently four a week.

2. Progress towards minimal gluten Paeleo.
Yes. The bread day tends to be on a Saturday, and only when I'm having toppings on my burger because the lettuce has been especially rank this year. Meals are almost universally some form of meat and veg, but now that I'm adjusting to normal meds again my appetite is fluctuating a bit.
 
Self-esteem challenges:


 - Cook at least four meals a week
Two.
 - Three new recipes.
Nope.


 
Life Quest: Self-love
 
1. Try out two-to-six new activities/things that I've wanted to do for ages but haven't because [reasons]. 4/2-6.
 
 - My hair will be partly blue or a dark red wine by the end of the week.

 - I'm going to near-London for a weekend with my friends - not entirely new, but it's at a mate's house so it's the first time we're having a sleepover at someone's place. And it's a new town. We're thinking of going hiking.

 - Bought the Sister two Bras That Fit. In nice colours and styles. Kind of weird including it here? But her bras have been annoying me for years (they gave her granny boobies) and I managed to talk her into try things - okay, lie. I badgered her into doing the measurements as according to A Bra That Fits, then went and proved to her that bras could be pretty in larger sizes. And if it made me feel happy about myself and my relationship with the Sister it counts.

 - Bought lavender essential oil and use it nightly as part of my sleep routine. I rub a drop into my feet and sometimes in that weird gap between the jaw and ear because I'm trying very hard to cut back on my tooth grinding too.

 

Still want to try a manicure/acupuncture/massage session though. But technically this is a Challenge Complete! moment.
 
2. Stop judging. Stop judging myself and other people. Compassion and understanding is key. For this I will, to reference a Pratchett concept, I will have Second Thoughts, maybe even Third and Fourth ones. Write down at least one of these things a day. 19/42
 
Some days I judge and don't think about it. :\

But I do try. When I catch myself having a negative thought I try to think about why I had that thought/why I think that way. I think it's helping.
 
3. One of the best ways to feel more confident about yourself as a person is to change the way you present yourself to the world. [...] In short: a thorough evaluation of my wardrobe/accessories and general presentation is required. Followed by a cull and then shopping. Flirt with makeup and hair styling. Get the pixie trimmed so it keeps its shape. Pass/fail.
 
The sugar scrub was nice actually.

Wardrobe has been mentally sorted and evaluated, tomorrow brings new night clothes and then I can finally throw out what seems to be a bin bag's worth of clothing. And by throw out I mean donate or recycle. Hair style has been mostly wrestling with my sproingy hair strands because I don't always want to look as if I've been pulled through a hedge backwards, but I always look smart.
 

 

So I'm terrible at updates. And the physical stuff is mostly a wipe. I've counted off the challenge because I don't want to feel like I have to do anything, but I do do a little bit of stretching every day and am now thinking about working some yoga in.

Despite that, and because I have been working a lot on the mental and dietary aspects I've lost some weight. Pretty sure some of it's muscle because of the leg, but a fair amount is in fat. I highly doubt I'm a UK 14 in trousers (and my boobs guarantee that I'm always a 16/18 regardless of the belly), but my 16s are loose. Even the tight 16s.

 

Also I'm terrible at updates.

So, throwing it out:

Dark red wine, peacock/teal blue or icy blue on medium-dark brown hair? I'm equally torn I think.

 

P.S.

Really, really terrible at updates.

(No, really)

 

@Jill Beats: in case you don't read in-spoiler content: the Little Story is all complete minus the wording for one fiddly scene. And it's one of the key scenes. So I've taken time off from staring at it and am doing some snippet work on the Long Story (which is actually composed almost entirely of anecdotal type scenes woven into thematic chapters) and writing down any other story ideas that pop into my head so they don't interfere with my two main stories.

 

@Teros: Aside from the leg I'm doing pretty well. Today was actually a bad day with a major fight at home, so I took an hour in my Thoughts Diary Thing and basically swore my way through it. And I hate swearing.

And the leg wouldn't have even been a thing if I didn't (I swear this is true) slip on exactly the same patch of path three days in a row. First time? Walk it off. Second? Bit of a limp. Third? Slide my leg under and then out from under me and then hobble home because there was no one around and though I have a mobile it is never used. Ever.

Except when I'm travelling up country on occasion. Which is once a year on average.

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Hello my dear friend!!! I'm so sorry that I've dropped off the planet for a few weeks...okay months....EEP! I'm sorry! I've missed you! Life was just getting too crazy between work, school & everything else & I just needed to take a step back to regain my sanity. But now things have calmed down a lot and I can devote some time to my fabulous Nerd Fitness friends!

 

Anyways, I really hope that you're doing well and I hope you're planning a fabulous challenge for the next one that's coming up! I'll be right there with you every day! I hope you are having an amazing day! *hugs*

Powered by Wine, Tattoos, Killer Workouts, Distance Running, Good Books, DemonBells, Hair Dye, Dr Who, My Little Ponies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cards Against Humanity, Criminal Minds TV marathons, Body Piercings, Comics, Watermelon, Adamantium, and the Knowledge that I Should Be In Dauntless 


 


Kryptonite: TV Infomercials, 90's Boy Bands, Mac & Cheese, Anything with Tequila, Shiny Objects, Fitness Tracking Gadgets, Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials, Sour Patch Kids, Build-A-Bear Stores, Strawberry Twizzlers and Online Shopping


 


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