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Erza battles the Strawberry Cake Monster!

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Challenge 2!

I'm going to focus on my chocolate cravings this challenge. Since it is a huge deal for me I'm going to go easy on the other quests this challenge. 

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How could this happen? Erza's friends have been kidnapped by the Strawberry Cake monster! But the monster is able to control her if she has any remnants of the cake inside her. And it takes an average of four weeks for the digestive system to completely eliminate a trace of strawberry cake. This means... this means... 

 

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Her beloved cake has betrayed her! After all this time! :sorrow::strawberry::cupcake: If only she had eaten cake in moderation rather than scoffing it down everyday, she wouldn't be in this mess. 

 

Its time to say goodbye to her beloved cake and defeat this monster! 

 

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So yeah, replace cake with chocolate and I have a big problem. I've decided to go cold turkey for the month. :distress: If it doesn't work, I'm going to to try some moderation tips people on here have recommended me. I've tried moderation before and it didn't work, so I'm not going to try that unless I really have to. 

 

Quests to defeat the monster:

 

Strength: Level up to defeat the monster

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- Continue weight training at the gym 3x a week.

- Continue with chiropractor stretches 

 

Diet: Get rid of my beloved Strawberry Cake from my system so I can fight the monster

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- Don't eat chocolate for a month :frown-new: 

- Have 2 portions of veg instead of high carbs (I had 1 portion min. in previous challenge)

 

Journal: Study weaknesses the monster has 

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I'm looking up ways to kill the Monster, not make more cakes, I swear! 

- Log thoughts everyday (my counsellor has said this should help with my depression and anxiety).

 

 

I'm nervous about doing this challenge, but I really need to get this chocolate addiction under control. At the rate I'm eating it I'm bound to get diabetes. And losing some weight would be nice too. :angel: Though I'm more concerned with the actual addiction, because I have a feeling I'm just going to replace the chocolate with other junk food. But that's for another challenge.  

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Day 1 (i.e. 26th Sep - I missed the first day, was too busy deciding whether to go cold turkey with chocolate or not). 

 

Strength:

- Rest day (I was exercising between the two challenges - don't worry I wasn't being lazy at the start of the challenge :lol::P). 

- Stretched 

 

Diet:

- No chocolate 

- Had vegetables 

 

Journal:

- Done. 

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Day 2 (i.e. 27th Sep)

 

Strength:

- Pushups: 3x8.
- Romanian deadlift: 3x10. 45kg. Easy at start of reps, tired towards end.

- Ring rows: 3x10. Two steps in.

- Side plank: 2x30s. I feel acid reflux when doing these, I almost feel ready to vomit acid. :unsure: I struggled and even fell for a few seconds on the second rep. 

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- Had vegetables 

 

Journal: 

- Journalled. (If that's a word. :P). 

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Love the way in which you've planned your goals (and all of the references too!) Looks like you've had a pretty good start to the challenge so far! Following for more epic progress and awesome fairy-tail gifs! :D  

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2 hours ago, six1 said:

Thanks, I hope I can keep it up. :) Haha we should just start spamming NF with Fairy Tail gifs and pics. :lol: :devilish::P 

 

 

You're doing so great so far, I just know that you can keep it up! Also-

 

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i like the way you think.

 

Hahaha :D 

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As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, and who indulges in really unhealthy food habits to deal with it, I really respect your decision to try and reduce your chocolate habit. Keep up the good work!

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On 9/28/2016 at 5:43 PM, IAmInfinite said:

Nice challenge! I really like the way you've set up your goals, and Lets do it WITHOUT CHOCOLATE! 

 

And I like your theme! :P While the excessive bouncing often put me off, Fairy Tail is awesome! 

Yeah! :D 

Haha yeah the fanservice can get a little too much at times, but I tend to just ignore/laugh it off after a while. I wouldn't be able to enjoy the show otherwise. Have you watched much of it?

 

21 hours ago, Xanatos said:

As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, and who indulges in really unhealthy food habits to deal with it, I really respect your decision to try and reduce your chocolate habit. Keep up the good work!

Thanks, depression and anxiety really does make it hard to eat good. I know I'm just going to replace the chocolate with something else, but it's a start I guess. I appreciate the support. :) 

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Day 4

 

Strength:

- Rest day (going to gym tommorow, don't worry :P). 

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- My frozen vegetables didn't taste right so I didn't eat them. :/ 

 

Journal: 

- Journalled 

 

I felt horrible today. I woke up and felt like crap. Then felt what a mess I was in life. Everything feels like it's going wrong. I had counselling today and she said it seems like I'm catastrophising everything. She's probably right, but I still felt bad. And, well, this is going to sound really pathetic, but now that I've gone 4 days without chocolate, I've noticed how much of a support it was for me. I used it to numb all the depression and anxiety I suffer from. This is probably why I'm feeling sh*t (are we allowed to swear on here?). Or at least I'm noticing how I'm really feeling. Hopefully things will get better... hopefully... 

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Day 5

 

Strength: Did go to the gym today, wasn't lying. :P 

 

- Step Up: 4x8/side 
- Dumbbell Overhead Press: 4x8, 24kg. Getting better as this.
- Bent Over Dumbbell Row: 4x8, 24kg. So did this, but I'll have to keep at it for now.

- Chin up machine: 5x6, 2 reps of (attempted :P) chin-ups.

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- Vegetables

 

Journal: 

- Journalled 

 

Felt a lot better today for some reason. maybe talking my feelings out and writing it down helped yesterday (and a really long walk). I also felt more in control of my cravings today. I'm starting to notice what I'm actually craving, e.g. hunger so a proper meal, thirsty so water, etc.  

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Wooooo, such great progress! Congrats on having no chocolate especially; I failed at that one today, haha! :P  Funny how you begin to tune into your body and work out when you're actually hungry, etc, isn't it? Anywho, super well done! :D  

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Thanks! Well I sometimes eat non-chocolatey biscuits to replace my sweet tooth when nothing else quite hits the spot, or if I'm feeling so low that I just need something sweet right there and then. I think that's how I've been holding out for so long. (lol it's only been 5 days. :lol:) But yeah, I am eating more proper food and starting to learn what the source of the cravings are.     

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Day 6

 

Strength:

- Rest day

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- I had Katsu Chicken curry. Oohh it was so nice, but I don't think Katsu chicken falls under Paleo.:upset: 

 

Journal: 

- Journalled 

 

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Day 7 

 

Strength:

- Rest day 

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- No chocolate 

- Had lasagna :/ I know it's not fast food (well it was ready made :shame::o). But I was just so not in the mood to cook. Damn I need to get back on track with this part of the quest. 

 

Journal:

- Journalled. 

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oh my gosh you're going cold turkey.  Wow.  You are a brave, brave human.  You go dude.  That's amazing, and you are an inspiration.  Wow.

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Day 8: 

 

Strength:

- Rest day

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- No vegetables. :dejection: 

 

Journal: 

- Journalled 

 

Joined the climbing club at my Uni today, was pretty fun, I think I'll keep it up. :) I'm a bit scared of heights too, so hopefully this should help with it. 

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Day 9:

 

Great day at the gym! Increased Romanian deadlift to 50kg! :D I also found my side planks surprisingly easy today. And I did 10 pushups (I could already, but was getting tired after 8 so that's why I was doing 8 for a while). Weird day to make gains though because I hadn't really eaten much beforehand, but I don't mind. :P 

 

Strength:

- Pushups: 3x10.
- Romanian deadlift: 3x10, 50kg! Was tiring but I managed to do it. :) 

- Ring rows: 3x10. 

- Side plank: 2x30s.

- Chin-up machine: 5x6 assisted, 5x2 attempted (i.e. pulling myself up1cm :lol:).  

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- No vegetables and more katsu curry. :dejection:  Gahhh I really need to get in control of this. 

 

Journal: 

- Journalled 

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23 hours ago, Treva said:

oh my gosh you're going cold turkey.  Wow.  You are a brave, brave human.  You go dude.  That's amazing, and you are an inspiration.  Wow.

Hahaha thanks I guess! Surprisingly haven't had any chocolate at all yet and dare I say the cravings are reducing a little? Hope I haven't jinxed myself. :P

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Day 10: 

 

Strength:

- Rest

- Stretched

 

Diet:

- No chocolate

- Lots of veg :love-struck:

 

Journal:

- Didn't. :( 

 

I feel so not bothered about journalling, I know my counsellor said it would help me, but I feel like I know what my problems are already from the little journalling I did already. But who knows...

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Day 11: 

 

Strength:

- Rest

- Stretched

 

Diet:

- No chocolate

- Veg

 

Journal:

- Didn't

 

Felt sick today so didn't go to gym, but if I got tomorrow and Sunday, I should still be able to make my 3x a week workout. Just hope I feel better.

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Day 12

 

Strength: 

- Step Up: 4x8/side. Tried a higher box to make it harder. And it was definitely harder! I was sweating and exhausted afterwards. 
- Dumbbell Overhead Press: 4x8, 24kg. Getting there.
- Bent Over Dumbbell Row: 4x8, 24kg. Easier than overhead press.

- Did stretches

 

Diet:

- Had no chocolate. 

- Damn I forgot about vegetables :( 

 

Journal: 

- Didn't journal.

 

Still felt a bit sick, but better than yesterday so went to the gym. For some reason my left arm struggled more with the press than my right arm, I have no idea why. And I'm noticing I'm not very good at sticking to mental health quests - both this journal quest and last challenge's mindfulness quest. Don't know if that says something about my state of mind... 

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