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I am a hobbit. I used to live far away, but now I'm happily back in the Shire! I've been muddling through on my own for a while just maintaining, but I'd like to step up my game and I could use some Rebel support while I do so.

 

Main Quest:

I used to weigh 235 lbs. Now I weigh about 162 lbs. I would like to get to the normal BMI range, at 132 lbs! :strawberry: To get out of the obese BMI range, I have to get to 158 lbs.

 

Goal #1: Food-related discipline

 

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I have different joys and challenges now that I am back in my hobbit hole, including the company of my partner who likes to eat nonsense*, making my food environment much more challenging. My home is no longer a Zone of Purity--it is a Mire of Temptation. :moody: So this challenge is designed to make me more aware of what I am eating each day and to cut back on the nonsense.

 

*What is nonsense? Obvious junk: anything you know darn well you shouldn't be eating, a.k.a. the Potter Stewart rule of nutrition.

 

-Write down food log every day

-Only 1 nonsense a week

 

A: 7 days

B: 6 days

C: 5 days
F: < 5 days

More than 1 nonsense  = AUTOFAIL

 

Goal #2: Vegetables

 

-At least 3 servings of vegetables a day

 

A: 7 days

B: 6 days

C: 5 days
F: < 5 days

 

Goal #3: Exercise

 

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I am doing C25K again to build back up to effective jogging. Enjoyable in spite of the cold! Also doing elevated pushups because of sad noodle arms.

 

-Jogging 3x a week

-Pushups 3x a week

 

A: 6 days
B: 5 days
C: 4 days

F: < 4 days

 

Goal #4: Music

I used to be an enthusiastic amateur musician, and a few years ago I took a break from playing horn. I miss playing very much, and I'd like to get back into the habit of daily piano practice, as well as perhaps picking up my horn again.

 

-Sit down and play an instrument every day (either instrument ok, any length of time ok)

 

A: 7 days

B: 6 days

C: 5 days
F: < 5 days

 

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Thanks to anyone who reads! Let's go on an adventure together :teapot:

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 1 Day 1

Weight: 162.3

1. Food log: Y
4 scrambled egg whites
salad greens (+oil/vinegar)
coffee with skim and splenda
1 string cheese
2 bowls homemade chicken lo mein
orange juice

Homemade chicken lo mein = noodles + chicken breast + tons of veggies! Contains carbs but at least moderately healthy and also INSANELY TASTY.

Nonsense = 0!

2. Vegetables: Y

3! (counting giant salad as 2 servings)

3. Exercise: Y

 

1x jogging!
Did C25K w2d3. Rainy, lots of snow melting out there!

4. Music: Y

I took out my horn and did some routine maintenance for the first time in… a long time! Unfortunately my neglect means that I have two stuck valves. Trying to resolve this problem with TLC and lots of valve oil; if I can’t clear it up on my own, I’ll have to take it to someone to fix. :(

So instead I played some Schubert and Brahms on the piano for a while!

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Week 1 Day 2

Weight: 161.4

1. Food log: Y
cake
dim sum
1 stick sugarcane
xiaolongbao + cabbage

Nonsense = 1

Today was my partner’s mother’s birthday, so I baked her a cake and we were out celebrating. Going to count the cake as my weekly nonsense (dim sum aren’t exactly health food either, but…)! Tried to at least moderate the damage by not eating anything except at the celebration.

2. Vegetables: N
I did eat a giant quantity of steamed cabbage, but I don’t think that on its own qualified as 3 servings of vegetables… and I don’t feel like ingesting more calories in order to meet vegetable goal!

3. Exercise: Y

1x jogging, c25k w3d1
Blue skies, ice, very enjoyable! I saw the most beautiful blue merle shetland sheepdog :love_heart:

4. Music: N

I fell asleep as soon as I got home, no time awake for music :lemo:

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Week 1 Day 3

1. Food log:
1 cup homemade chicken lo mein
1 teacup soy milk
2 string cheese
1 orange
1/2 serving of chicken, broccoli, rice

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables:  N
2 servings… oops!

3. Exercise: N

4. Music: N

Got up at 4 AM to work, no time to jog, too tired to piano, blah blah blah. :teapot: On the bright side, this is a problem that can be solved by catching up on work and being able to get more sleep.

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 1 Day 4

1. Food log:
1/2 serving of chicken, broccoli, rice
2 string cheese
1 orange
giant salad
peanut butter!
2 bowls homemade fried rice

Homemade fried rice = brown rice, egg, peas, onions, carrots, mushrooms, soy sauce, chili oil. Easy, tasty, moderately healthy (???)!

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: N

4. Music: Y
Little bit of Debussy! :lemo:

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 1 Day 5

1. Food log:
small serving of homemade fried rice
orange
coffee / skim / splenda
chicken avocado sandwich
celebratory dinner for colleague: Chinese restaurant, ate lots of meat + veggies, skipped rice/noodles

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
Serious snow this morning! Did some feeble pushups instead of jogging.

4. Music: N
Got home too late to play piano without disturbing neighbors. But I have a digital piano, so I can solve this problem by getting headphones!

I have concluded that my horn’s valve problem is outside my ability to repair, so I’ve found a well-reviewed local brass technician to take it to. I feel terrible for having neglected my friend to this point… but I’m glad that I’m facing the issue + getting him medical care instead of leaving him in the closet for another year. :positive:

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 1 Day 6

1. Food log:
1 turkey patty
salad (+oil/vinegar)
baby carrots + garlic hummus
halal food: beef + rice
more salad
soy drink
2 string cheese

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y + Y

No precipitation = jogging!
Did c25k w3d2!

Also did some more feeble pushups (using an app to tell me how many to do), since I realized I have to do them today and tomorrow to hit 3x this week, oops.

4. Music:  Y
Debussy, Brahms!

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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You sound like your dedication to getting things done is really paying off.  Great mindfulness with your food and no nonsense.  Very good on getting your horn fixed.  I liked how you anthropomorphised it into a friend and said it needed medical care.  Facing your procrastination like that is excellent personal character progress.  

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Granny Nogg, thank you so much for your kind comments!

 

Week 1 Day 7

1. Food log:
baby carrots + garlic hummus
2 string cheese
double chocolate cookies
chinese new year feast!

Nonsense = Y
(baked cookies to bring to chinese new year, ate some for quality control purposes…)

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y+Y

Jogging, c25k w3d3!
+pushups!

4. Music:  Y
Schubert, Rogers & Hammerstein!

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 1 summary

No notable weight loss… from 73.6 kg to 73.3 kg, which is well within my usual range of variation.

1. Food = F
I did keep a food diary 7 days a week, but I had 2 days with nonsense, therefore autofail! All of my nonsense consumption was sociable (baking for celebrations), so it’s not the end of the world, but I should get better at baking for others without sampling the merchandise…

2. Vegetables = C
Only hit goal 5 days this week. I’ll try to eat more vegetables early in the day!

3. Exercise = A
Jogging 4x
Pushups 3x

Snow is a challenge, but I'm hanging in there!

4. Music = F
Only played 4 days this week. Which is all right—I’m just enjoying getting back into the habit of making a racket! Now to work on consistency :)

Hobbit adventurer!
Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 Day 1

1. Food log:
2 string cheese
amazing Indian lunch: brown rice, beans, veggies, pickles
congee
2 string cheese
baby carrots + hummus

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
cold and snowy = no jogging.
pushups instead!

4. Music:  Y
Schubert! New headphones arrived. Now I am a stealth-pianist!

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 Day 2

1. Food log:
1 cup soymilk
giant salad (+oil/vinegar)
peanut butter
2 string cheese
homemade bbq chicken burger and sweet potato fries!

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
jogging! c25k w4d1.
It was cold. There was snow and ice everywhere. I wanted to stay indoors and warm. But I went outside anyway!!!

4. Music: Y
Schubert, Vaughan Williams, John Adams!

Horn is now in the shop for repairs! It turns out to be lucky that I had to get the valves fixed, because the repairman also noticed that a brace came unsoldered and the whole instrument was slowly warping. The longer I neglected it, the worse the damage might have been! Cleaning, repair, and resoldering will be expensive, but well worth it.

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 Day 3

1. Food log:
sweet potato fries
coffee / skim / splenda
2 string cheese
baby carrots
1/2 cup soy milk
peanut butter
2 string cheese
roast pork, rice, broccoli

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: N
(2 servings instead of 3… ran out of salad yesterday!)

3. Exercise: Y + Y
Jogging in the snow! c25k w4d2.
Pushups! (Repeating a day after this because I had trouble getting all the way down.)

4. Music: N
ehhhh not feeling it today! :teapot:

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Week 2 Day 4

1. Food log:
leftover roast pork, tofu, rice
bibimbap!!!
baby carrots + hummus
3 string cheese
squash!!!!!!

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
pushups!

I was feeling a little run-down yesterday, so I decided to take a day off from the jogging. c25k recommends taking a day off between anyway, so I’ll try not to feel bad :peach:

4. Music:  YYYYYYYYYY

My horn is back!!! I got instructions on maintenance (and a thorough scolding) from the gentlemen in the shop, so I’ll be able to keep my friend in better shape from now on.

I haven’t played in years, so all the muscles are gone, but I was pleasantly surprised. Of course I’ve lost a lot of strength and control, but I wasn’t starting from scratch as I’d feared. But it will probably take many months before I’m back in fighting shape!

I played for only 15 minutes or so before I couldn’t hold a proper embouchure anymore. A little bit each day!

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Week 2 Day 5

1. Food log:
1 cup soymilk
giant salad (+oil/vinegar)
1 banana
2 turkey hot dogs, whole wheat bread
2 string cheese
peanuts!
pumpkin seeds
tofu / egg / sausage
pizza :(

Nonsense = 1

My partner (who has been otherwise super supportive and helpful!) decided that it was time for a late-night pizza party. It’s not as simple as it sounds for me to say no, because then he feels like he can’t get a pizza on his own while I don’t eat pizza, but he really wants pizza, so I’m interfering with his life / enjoyment, etc. I had already eaten basically a full day’s worth of food, so I should have opted out, because I feel TERRIBLE post-pizza, and the scale is literally 5 pounds higher than it was yesterday. Ughhhhhhhhh not worth it. :\ Must improve both willpower and social skills to avoid this situation.

2. Vegetables: N

3. Exercise: N

I know I should be like super determined and going out to jog no matter how cold it is, but my region just got warnings for “life-threatening†cold conditions over the weekend, and I do not own any PANTS. (I have been jogging in the snow and ice in capris and no gloves.) IT IS SO COLD OUT. FORGET IT. FOREVER. It looks like it’ll ‘warm up’ again by Monday. ughhhhhhhh. Jogging hiatus until Ragnarok is over.

4. Music:  YYYYY

Practiced horn for 30 minutes, mostly drills, limped thru a few measures of Mozart!

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 Day 6

1. Food log:
pumpkin seeds!
2 turkey hot dogs, whole wheat bread
2 string cheese
sunflower seeds
giant salad
lamb curry, rice
mini salad

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: N

4. Music: Y

A good 45 mins today! Got through all the exercises in one of my books, and muddled my way through a movement of a Mozart concerto.

I am rly surprised and pleased by how quickly it’s coming back; I’m still out of tune and messy and stuff, but the fundamentals are all there, so all I have to do is build back muscle! :teapot:

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 Day 7

1. Food log:
fresh soymilk!
vegetarian dim sum!
chorizo burrito!
valentine’s chocolates~

Nonsense = 1
ahhhhhhhhhhh the nonsense :<

2. Vegetables: N

3. Exercise: Y
pushups!

4. Music: N
Chinese new year parade, got home late!

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 2 summary

1. Food = F
Logged every day, but autofail for excess nonsense (2x). All nonsense was ‘social’ nonsense through partner… I continue to have a really hard time lacking control over my food environment. :(

2. Vegetables = F
Only 4 days! ahhhh

3. Exercise = A
Jogging 2x, pushups 4x. Counting it as an A since it adds up to 6x a week! Jogging was light this week only because of Xtreme cold!

4. Music = C
5x a week! But MAJOR progress in the form of a newly fixed instrument. I consider that success!

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 3 Day 1

1. Food log:
leftover pizza
coffee / skim / splenda
2 turkey hot dogs, whole wheat bread
2 string cheese
squash!
lentils, rice, onions
salad

Nonsense = 1
Got up at 5 AM to work, early-morning self did not have enough self-control to resist leftover pizza. I’m embarrassed / frustrated / cranky about this. It’s not fair to my partner for me to demand an environment without any tempting foods, but it’s still really hard for me to deal.

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
pushups!

4. Music: Y
horn!

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 3 Day 2

1. Food log:
tabouleh salad
chicken and beans on salad!
2 turkey hot dogs, whole wheat
peanut butter
2 string cheese
pasta, peas, spinach, turkey sausage

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: Y
pushups!

4. Music: N

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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Week 3 Day 3

1. Food log:
pasta, turkey sausage, peas, spinach
2x coffee / skim / splenda
2 string cheese
4 tiny clementines
bbq chicken sandwich: whole wheat bread, chicken breast, onions, homemade bbq sauce
giant salad

Nonsense = 0

2. Vegetables: Y

3. Exercise: N
relatively good weather, could have jogged, instead got up at 4:30 to work, blar blar blar. :\

4. Music: Y

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Weight loss: 235 to 135, currently 162

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