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I debated on what to call this thread and what to write here. This isn't my first challenge but in a way it is. See I've been here before. I joined NF back in November of 2012 and did a lot of challenges. Last year I tried, emphasis on TRIED, to comeback and called it a respawn but I don't want that again. Hello 2016, goodbye old threads and old Jonesy!

 

Long Term Quest :

I can't get away from this quest until I work my butt off, literally. I can't wait until I conquer this quest but for now, losing weight is my long term quest. Over the course of the next 2 years I want to lose 150lbs.

 

Main Quest:

I want to stop wheeze every time I have to run upstairs or walk farther than normal. I want my lower back spasms from bending down, to go away. I want to be able to walk without my lower back muscles contracting and cramping. Seriously, it puts a damper on window shopping and walking 5Ks! I sort of miss doing 5Ks. :(

 

Exercise/Food:

1. Go to the gym at least 4 times. 

M gym membership payment gets reimbursed from my work if I go 4 times a month. There is no good reason I should not be doing this.

Grading : A 4+, B 3,  C 2,  D 1,  F 0

 

2. Stretch and strengthen lower back, knees, arms & shoulders 2 times a week.

Back in Junior High School, I had to do physical therapy for my lower back because of a sports injury. Every day I would do my stretches in Pyscial Education while all the other kids did different warm ups. Doing these again with some new stretches added in will be a great way to help with my main quest. 

Grading - How many days I stretched : A 8+, B 5-7,  C 2-4,  D 1,  F 0

 

3. Limit soda to 1 can a day. 

I've been drinking way to much soda. Kind of goes hand in hand with eating poorly for me.

Grading - How many days without soda : A 26+, B 18-25,  C 13-17,  D 10-13,  F 0-9

 

Life:

1. Read 4 books this challenge. 

I'm the leader of a book club and we read 3 books a month. Last year I fell behind and have to make up on a lot of reading in order to be caught up on books this year. I currently have 9 books I need to get caught up on. I won't be making that difficult goal but I have in 1 month but I can get 4 in if I cut back on Netflix. :)

Books : Magic Slays, Death Masks, Slave to Sensation & The Geomancer (Switched out Black Widow with Slave to Sensation because library did not get in Black Widow in time)

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Grading : A 4+, B 3,  C 2,  D 1,  F 0

 

Starting Weight : 329 lbs

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WEEKLY REVIEWS 
 
Week 1
Exercise/Food 1: Went to the gym on Sun. Total : 1
Exercise/Food 2: 10 mins stretching Wed & Thur. Total : 2
Exercise/Food 3: Drank soda on Thur. & Sun. Total days w/o soda : 5 
Life 1: Finished Magic Slays on Mon. & on page 67 of Death Masks. Total : 1

Thursday Weight in : 329lbs
 
Week 2
Exercise/Food 1: Went to the gym on Tuesday. Total : 1
Exercise/Food 2: 10 mins stretching Wed & Fri. Total : 2
Exercise/Food 3: Drank soda on Tues. , Thur. & Sun. Total days w/o soda : 4
Life 1: Finished Death Masks on Friday and on page 30 of The Geomancer. Total : 1
Thursday Weight in : 328lbs
 
Week 3
Exercise/Food 1: Went to the gym on Monday & Wednesday : Overall Total: 4
Exercise/Food 2: 10 mins stretching Friday & Sunday : 2 
Exercise/Food 3: Drank Soda on Tuesday & Saturday : Total days w/o soda : 5
Life 1: Still working on The Geomancer. Should have finished but did not. Overall Total: 2
Thursday Weight : 328.7lbs
 
Week 4
Exercise/Food 1: No gym this week but overall total: 4
Exercise/Food 2: 10 mins stretching Thursday & Friday : 2 
Exercise/Food 3: Drank Soda on everyday : Total days w/o soda : 0
Life 1: Finished The Geomancer at lunch on Friday and started Slave to Sensation when I got home. Overall Total: 4
Thursday Weight : 327.1lbs
 
CHALLENGE RECAP
Exercise/Food 1: 4 gym visits A
Exercise/Food 2: 8 days of 10 mins stretching A
Exercise/Food 3: 14 days of no soda C
Life 1: 4 books read A
 

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2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

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2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Saved for exercise links for stretching

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2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Great looking goals you have there Jonesy! A question, if you don't mind? I've also been having back problems (prolapsed disc in lumbar region) - what sort of stretches do you do? The ones my doc has given ~kinda help but I'm open for other things that have worked for others?

 

Good luck in your challenge and quests Rebel!

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Excellent goals, good luck with all of them.  Death Masks is one of my favorite Dresden books!

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Great looking goals you have there Jonesy! A question, if you don't mind? I've also been having back problems (prolapsed disc in lumbar region) - what sort of stretches do you do? The ones my doc has given ~kinda help but I'm open for other things that have worked for others?

Good luck in your challenge and quests Rebel!

Thank you RogueWolf !

So I suck at descriptions but I'll try. :) I have a couple that have worked best in the past. The key is to do them everyday.

1. With a resistance band closed in a door tightly, you hold the band with your arms at your side in a 90 degree angle and your back facing the door. Feet are shoulder length apart and you twist slowly from the hips, to one side and hold for 20 seconds and repeat on other side. You want your core to do the work.

2. Deadlifts

3. Glute Bridge

4. Child's pose

5. Laying face down on the ground, slowly raise your head. Raise your head until your arms are in a push up position but your stomach is still on the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.

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2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Excellent goals, good luck with all of them. Death Masks is one of my favorite Dresden books!

Thank you. Yes I'm loving the Dresden books and we are reading 4 this year!

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2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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That sounds like a good time. 

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Haha, how about that! I'm reading the Dresden Files and I'm on Death Masks, too! I ought to take a look at your other reads for suggestions when I'm done with the series. Which one's your favorite?

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My favorite of the Dresden Files are Grave Peril, Dead Beat and  Changes.

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Haha, how about that! I'm reading the Dresden Files and I'm on Death Masks, too! I ought to take a look at your other reads for suggestions when I'm done with the series. Which one's your favorite?

 

The Kate Daniels series (Magic Slays) is probably my favorite. The story, the writing style and the humor always get me. I'm waiting until Monday to read it and I've already read it once before. So many reasons to be excited for tomorrow! Haha

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2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Well the first day of the challenge has gone great! I woke up 3.5 hours before I had to go to work, at 3:30am! I was wide awake and decided to start reading one of my books and ended up finishing Magic Slays tonight. I also had ZERO soda today. 

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Decide to take a chance, found some courage and joined a biggest loser contest my work is doing. It's Jan. 7 - April 7 which fits nicely with the first 3 challenges here!

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2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Dude, that's fantastic!! More motivation to succeed, AND more people to work together with! :)

Exactly and I convinced 2 other coworkers to join!

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2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Yay for double accountability. My work has something..... I think :) I always see people in gym clothes. :onthego:

Work is trying to encourage wellness. I also decided to join the wellness committee.

They will even pay your gym membership payment if you go 4 times a month.

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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The Kate Daniels series (Magic Slays) is probably my favorite. The story, the writing style and the humor always get me. I'm waiting until Monday to read it and I've already read it once before. So many reasons to be excited for tomorrow! Haha

 

A little late to comment on this but this series is so engaging and the humour is great. I've read it a couple of time too and enjoyed it each time as if it were the first. 

 

I had an injury in my lower back from soccer in high school too. It turned out to be a muscular thing but the pain followed me many years later. I would be writing computer code and out of nowhere the pain would come. What did it for me was daily yoga practice, it took close to a year to feel nothing. Now I practice martial arts and exercise with whatever strikes the mood, and I haven't had the slightest pain from that injury.

 

Your challenge looks great. Keep the good work!

Good luck, 

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I'll reply to you radical ed but right now or would be incoherent Lolo.

Today another no soda day. No nothing either. Got home, ate dinner and then passed out on the couch. Just woke up and going back to bed. Soooooooo tired. Good night rebels!

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2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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A little late to comment on this but this series is so engaging and the humour is great. I've read it a couple of time too and enjoyed it each time as if it were the first. 

 

I had an injury in my lower back from soccer in high school too. It turned out to be a muscular thing but the pain followed me many years later. I would be writing computer code and out of nowhere the pain would come. What did it for me was daily yoga practice, it took close to a year to feel nothing. Now I practice martial arts and exercise with whatever strikes the mood, and I haven't had the slightest pain from that injury.

 

Your challenge looks great. Keep the good work!

Good luck, 

 

Thank you Radical Ed!

 

Love Love Love the Kate world and characters. I've gone to a few book signings and Ilona and Gordon Andrews are great people. :)

 

I've tried yoga in the past for my lower back and it worked great. Anything that stretches and strengthens my hips, lower back and/or core seems to help. Not surprisingly the best thing for me has been losing weight and regular exercise. I'm starting really small this challenge, which is why I added stretching. 

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Thank you Radical Ed!

 

Love Love Love the Kate world and characters. I've gone to a few book signings and Ilona and Gordon Andrews are great people.  :)

 

I've tried yoga in the past for my lower back and it worked great. Anything that stretches and strengthens my hips, lower back and/or core seems to help. Not surprisingly the best thing for me has been losing weight and regular exercise. I'm starting really small this challenge, which is why I added stretching. 

 

I think your approach is the best way in the road of recovery. Patience is everything  :peaceful:

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Good job finding support at your work for your goals!

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Totally thought I was following you already. Must be because I see you posting everywhere lol. 

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Best of luck on your challenge, Jonesy! It sounds like your workplace may be one of your best tools in your toolkit. Way to go taking advantage of the gym and the contest!

Thank you! Yeah, I'm trying to take advantage of work benefits this year.

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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