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Hey all. I was here a couple of challenges ago, posted once and then ghosted.

 

Life got a bit hectic: dealing with financial setbacks, a drug addicted roommate with mental illness, and general life malaise. There's been some good things as well, so it hasn't been me steady taking L's or anything, but rather trying to fight through some difficult but not overwhelming situations. A few tangible goals to shoot for: 

 

1) Second stripe for BJJ in March

2) Get down to 178 lbs by the end of the challenge (I am at 182 right now)

 

That's it this time. I may add a couple of financial things, but I just took on a second job and I will have to see how i balance everything. My non-fitness aim this challenge is to get control of my credit card debt, which has grown way too much. I don't love having to work 15-20 hours at minimum wage every week, but that is the corner I have painted myself into.

 

I have to remember that it isn't forever, and lots of people have it way worse, so I have to chill with the "POOR ME" Syndrome. I would really love to find a new job as the one I have now keeps sapping the life out of me, so when I get my debts paid I will focus on that. I've been at this place almost four years, which is about 3.5 years too long with a crap job. 

 

So, let's stay positive. Things will be Alright, like Kendrick Lamar said: 

 

 

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Wow. I've had druggie roommates and mental roommates, but I've never had both at the same time. Doesn't sound like it was a fun trip. :(

 

Also, I'm kind of in the same boat with my own debts as well, looking for some extra hours doing something to get ahead on my debts.

 

But yeah, no worries, man. You got enough on your plate as it is. All right. Let's rock!

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Hey, welcome back.  No worries, wherever you're at, that's the challenge you take on.

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I felt like I could run forever, like I could smell the wind and feel the grass under my feet, and just run forever.

Current Challenge: #24 - Mrs. Cosmopolite Challenge

Past: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6,  #7#8, #9#10, #11a & #11b, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23

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15 hours ago, Kishi said:

Wow. I've had druggie roommates and mental roommates, but I've never had both at the same time. Doesn't sound like it was a fun trip. :(

 

Also, I'm kind of in the same boat with my own debts as well, looking for some extra hours doing something to get ahead on my debts.

 

But yeah, no worries, man. You got enough on your plate as it is. All right. Let's rock!

 

Yeah it has been very frustrating. He is a war vet with severe PTSD (and other mental health issues) and he self-medicates with copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. On the one hand, I truly feel for him, on the other hand he has smashed a window, broken a television, stolen my bike light, stolen my other roommate's adderall, smoked in the house, and had the cops called on him a couple of times and was arrested once. It's been stressful. And the lease doesn't run out till August and the landlord has made no moves of removing him!

 

Just had my first shift of my second job. I hated it, haha, BUT I just need to do it till the credit card is paid off. I am at just over $5500 and created a second bank account for the pay from the job, and all that money will be exclusively for paying down my credit card. I am hoping for a health tax return as well. I also broke my laptop so I need a new one and I will save for that after my card is paid off. 

 

2 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Hey, welcome back.  No worries, wherever you're at, that's the challenge you take on.

 

Thank you so much! I still haven't read any Terry Pratchett I hate to admit. But I will soon! I am finishing the final book of the Game of Thrones series within the next couple of weeks, and then things will open up. How are you? I will follow your challenge, of course! 

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A couple of things to add to my challenge to give it more context: 

 

1) I want to go to BJJ twice a week. With this second job it's going to be tough, but once a week + an open mat is absolutely doable. To complement this, I will lift weights four days a week during my lunch break. I want that damned second stripe in March. 

 

2) With weight loss I am tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal. I have also foresworn sweets + soda until the end of April. I will try to stay under my calorie limit as much as possible. Tuesdays will be my weigh in day. The ultimate goal is my grad school weight of 165, but for the purposes of this challenge, 178 is the goal. 

 

OK! That is what I got for now. Pretty simple challenge, but I think doable. 

 

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Hey all! I swear I am going to be better about updates. I was in Iceland for most of last week so wasn't really to update as I purposely didn't bring a laptop or anything to do with work so I could disconnect and enjoy myself as much as possible. As an aside, if anyone gets the chance to go to Iceland, GO! It is an amazing/enchanting country. The people are all very nice, their level of English is super high so that isn't a barrier, and it is utterly gorgeous. It set me back so so so much, but I promised my niece I would take her on a trip for getting good grades over the last few years, and she wanted to go to Iceland. Her parents don't have much money and I don't have kids, so I like to treat her when I can. Iceland has outdoor pools which are geothermally heated, so you can swim outside year round, which is pretty awesome. We saw geysers, learned about Viking history and generally had a good time. They also really love hot dogs there, which is kind of surprising. 

 

OK just a quick update away from my travel blog. The good news is that the hotel we stayed in had an awesome gym, so I was able to keep up with my EPIC GAINZ (or rather, not lose any momentum with my workouts but still staying weak and old). 

 

The bad news is that I ate like CRAP the entire time and put on 2.5 lbs since my last weigh in. I will get back on track today though. I have to be better about diet when I am out of my comfort zone, but I will be in the comfort zone for awhile so I should be good until the end of the challenge at least. 

I was able to get in some BJJ last night and will go again tonight. I REALLY want that next stripe when the tests come around next month. The problem is that I don't have someone near my level who knows the techniques, so I may have to suck it up and ask some higher belts to show me some things before and after class, although I feel like a nuisance in doing so. I may also get a private lesson or two with one of the instructors, I just don't have a ton of money so it is hard to justify it at this point. We will see. 
 

We'll just have to Hold the Line for awhile longer...

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Alcnedlor said:

Excellent. Iceland is a wonderful country. The only inconvenience being the sulfur smell that requires a bit of time to get used to :-)

You were on holidays, I think it's normal then that you ate a bit too many nasty things. It's part of the fun !

 

The sulfur smell when swimming was quite strong, and it took me two showers to get the odor of the Blue Lagoon off of me, but it is a small price to pay, haha. 

 

I did eat way too many nasty things, but you're right, I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I just wish I could moderate that instinct when I do go on vacation. I have a hard time with that, but I will just have to figure out ways of working with it. I think being more deliberate about what I eat when on vacation (allowing a certain amount of treats instead of eating ALL OF THE TREATS) will help. 

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