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Hi all! 


I'm Anna Maria, and I'm super excited for my first challenge! Keeping things simple the first time around. I'd love to hear any suggestions/comments you guys have!


(Yes, some of my goals have 2 separate grades. I don't know how to amend that.)


Main Goal: Adventure!

I want to be able to drop what I'm doing and go on any sort of adventure (an extremely strenuous hike, swimming in the ocean, taking the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower, etc.) without worrying that I will injure myself specifically as a result of being out of shape. Let's make it quantifiable, though-- I want to hike Half Dome at Yosemite before the end of 2016.


Goal 1: Eat

I'm not always 100% great about feeding myself. Time for baby steps. For the next 6 weeks, I will eat at least 1 serving of vegetables and 1 serving of protein with each meal, and limit dessert to 2x/week.

  • A= at least 90% of meals have protein + veggies, B= 80%, C= 70%, D= 60%, F= <60%
  • A= 12 or fewer desserts in 6 weeks, B < 14, C < 16, D < 18, F > 18

Goal 2: Move

Do this 7-minute workout 6 days a week to build a (very) baseline level of strength and stamina and get in the habit of exercising regularly.

  • A= 36/36 days, B= 32/36, C=28/36, D=24/36, F < 24

Goal 3: Explore

Go on a hike every weekend! I live less than 30 minutes away from at least 3 nice, short (< 3mi) trails, so I have no excuse! Brownie points for longer trails!

  • A= 6/6, B=5/6, C=4/6, D=3/6, F < 2
  • Add a + to the grade if one of the trails was > 3mi long

Side Goal: Write

November is NaNoWriMo, and I'm participating! I also have an application to a short fiction workshop due on December 11th, and I'd like to write a new story for it. So the goal here is to finish NaNo in November, and write + edit a short story in December.

  • A= 50,000 words! (complete NaNo), B= 40,000+ words, C= 35,000+, D= 30,000+, F < 30,000
  • A= write + edit story, get feedback, edit again; B= write, get feedback, edit; C= write, edit; F= no story :-(

Ooookay, that's all! Thanks for reading & I'm excited to meet you all :-) 

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Hello there! I like how clear and concise your goals are; that's already a big step towards improvement. Fantastic :D


As for the double grading, what I suggest is actually separating things to two subquests. For example, your goal 1 is to eat better, then subquest 1 is less sugar and subquest 2 is eat more protein+veggie :) Are you going to plan out stat points for this challenge? If yes, it will help to have subquest as well :)

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i also use the 7 minute workout!!  Hahaha


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Good Luck with your challenge

AB xx

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I'm so surprised by all of the response this has gotten! (Yay!!) 


Kagetsukai, I'll try the subgoals thing, thanks for the idea! & yes, the 7-min workout is ridiculously convenient and lovely for a n00b like myself. 


Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement! I will do my best to be more active on these forums in the future (had some computer issues over the weekend) 


Also-- an update: Today got off to a somewhat rough start. I woke up an hour earlier than I was supposed to, got super excited and went back to sleep... and slept straight through my alarm, getting up just as I was supposed to leave. Curses!!!! 


Which means this is a -1 in terms of the eating goal. Fortunately I was able to pack a lunch (& sort of a dinner) last night, so I will at least eat well throughout the day. I will also potentially be using my get-out-of-1-day-of-working-out-free card today, as I will be out and about until past midnight. Though I suppose I could do the 7-minute workout in public... We shall see... 

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Thanks, Koaladle! I needed that! :-D 


An update: 

  • Meals so far-- 6/7 have met the standards, though I've had to revise them somewhat*
  • I did the workout yesterday morning and will have time in the evening today, so I will make it happen. Ideally I'd like to work up to a first-thing-in-the-morning thing**, but for the first challenge I just want to develop the mindset of doing this small workout because I committed to it. Period. 
  • The weekend has yet to arrive, so no updates on that front
  • I am behind on my wordcount, BUT I finally established an actual conflict for my protagonist (I had many subplots, no real plot) so hopefully the rest will be a little less frustrating. I still have time to catch up! 

* I didn't note any of this, but my original definition of protein pretty much just included meat and eggs. Which is kind of silly, because I'm not a big meat-eater (I was basically unintentionally vegetarian until I started limiting grains and needed meat for hunger-satisfaction purposes.) So protein now includes: yogurt (also Greek yogurt/labne), cheese, lentils, mushrooms, avocado, nuts, etc. As long as at least one serving a day is from a super protein-rich source like meat or poultry, I'll be happy.***

** maybe that will be part of my next challenge!

*** Though I'll continue to experiment with, for example, all-meat days. Usually I just feel really heavy. 

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I've been on the struggle bus the past few days but hopefully things will improve soon! 

  • Meals: 13/16 have had Protein + veg
  • Workout: Including today, I've gotten 4/6 days this week. Tomorrow will be 5 (I missed Monday + Friday)
  • Going on a hike tomorrow morning! 
  • I am catching up on my wordcount... found a writer's group near where I live (in addition to the writing group at my college I go to.) This morning at a write in, I wrote nearly 2500 words in 2.5 hours. That's amaze!!! 

Hope you're all doing well! :-D 

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