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Hi, I'm Liam. I wanted to participate in a challenge, so I'm going to write a story. Or steal shamelessly from a classic, whatever.

 

The story will be a choose your own adventure (well... vote for a choice... so, like, a collective effort). You can vote on what the characters do. Voting will close for a given week on Wednesday and I will write that section during the rest of the week and weekend and post the next section on Monday. I see that there is a poll option for a topic, I'm going to try to use it... we'll see how well that works.

 

If no one votes, I'll just choose for myself.

 

Dates:

Chapter 1 - The Arrival - Complete

Voting for Chapter 2 - An Enemy Appears - Closed

Chapter 2 - An Enemy Appears - Complete

Voting for Chapter 3 - Making New Friends - Closed

Chapter 3 posts 5/8

Voting for Chapter 4 Closes 5/10

Chapter 4 posts 5/15

Voting for Final Chapter Closes 5/17

Final Chapter posts 5/22

 

Liam Lands In Oz

A (Collective) Choose Your Own Adventure by Liam Elliot

 

Chapter 1 - The Arrival

 

Liam and his BFF Dorothy were chilling at her house one afternoon playing Mario Kart. They were locked in an intense competition where it was agreed upon that the loser had to buy drinks all night for the winner. Considering that Dorothy had about three inches and twenty pounds on him, Liam knew that Dorothy could drink him straight under the table and then go another five rounds more, so he did not want to get stuck with her bar tab. He was slightly better than she was at Mario Kart, so he thought he had it in the bag when they made the bet. Unfortunately for him, Dorothy fought dirty, and she kept elbowing him in the ribs when he pulled ahead. They were on the final lap of the final race, and the only prayer to save his bank balance at this point was a blue shell. They rounded the final stretch and Liam broke a question mark box and prayed.

 

Liam let out a cheer as the blue shell appeared on the screen. He mashed the button to use it, and cackled with evil glee when Dorothy swore as she spun out. He was just about to overtake her when...

 

The power cut out.

 

"No!!!!" He shouted.

"Ha!" Dorothy leapt to her feet and set the controller down, "Well, I was in the lead. I suppose we'll just call it a win for me, then."

"Don't even." He jumped up next to her and pointed at her, "I had you and you know it."

"I don't know anything of the sort. All I know is that I was in the lead, and then the power went out. Best I can do is a rematch later."

"A rematch? No way. You'll just cheat anyway. Bet's. Off."

"Oh, so now you're backing out on a bet?"

 

Suddenly, the floor tilted beneath the two of them and they tumbled to the ground.

"What the heck?" Asked Liam as he tried to pick himself off the floor despite the entire thing being at a strange angle, but Dorothy didn't seem to be listening to him. Her attention was fixed over his shoulder.

 

He followed her gaze to the large bay window. It took him a second to process what he was seeing, but he couldn't deny that the ground, upon which the house was supposed to be sitting, appeared to be very very far away. In unison, the two friends freaked out, screaming and clutching at each other. The house tilted again sending them flying across the room, and they tried to grab on to anything they could find. All the furniture was flying back and forth as well and Liam narrowly escaped getting the wind knocked out of him when the couch came careening across the room straight for him. Liam grabbed onto a sconce and held on for dear life. Across the room, he saw Dorothy had wrapped her arms around the radiator.

 

Their flight didn't last long, thank goodness, and before he knew it, Liam felt a jolt as the house settled back down to the ground where it belonged. Once they righted themselves, the two of them staggered to the door and opened it.

 

As they stepped outside, Liam looked at his surroundings in shock. "Uh... where are we?" Liam asked.

"This is not Wisconsin, that's for sure." Dorothy replied, but then she let out a ear splitting shriek and pointed at the side of the house.

Liam's eyes widened as he realized that he was looking at a pair of legs sticking out from under the house, "Oh my God, did we land on someone?"

"I think so." She whispered.

"Oh my God, what do we do? Should we find someone and tell them?" Liam looked around frantically and then his mouth fell open. A woman dressed in what appeared to be a white, sparkly ball gown and a tiara, holding a matching sparkly wand, floated down from... somewhere and approached them.

In a bubble.  

He slapped at Dorothy.

"Ow, Liam, what?" Her eyes locked on the woman, "Oh holy Jesus, what is happening?"

"Did we hit our heads? Are we dead? Is this the afterlife?"

 

"Greetings, travelers. Your arrival is most fortuitous."

"It is?" Liam asked.

"Oh yes. Yes, indeed." The woman's voice was high-pitched and chirpy. "You see, you've killed the wicked witch of the east. The people of Munchkinland owe you a great debt of gratitude."

She tapped the sparkly wand that she was holding onto the edge of the bubble and it disappeared with a soft pop. She floated to the ground and moved to stand next to the dead woman's legs. She reached down and took off the red sparkly shoes that the woman had been wearing and held them out to Dorothy.

"As a gesture of gratitude, please accept these shoes."

"Uh..." Dorothy stammered.

Liam leaned close to Dorothy and whispered, "Is she trying to give you the dead woman's shoes? That is so messed up."

The woman seemed unperturbed by the look of disgust on Dorothy's face and said, "Go on. Put them on."
The two of them looked at the shoes in horror, and Dorothy finally found her voice, "Um, no thanks. I mean, you really don't have to..."

But the woman cut her off, "Nonsense! You've defeated the wicked witch of the east! I simply will not accept no as an answer."

The woman's words sounded pleasant, but Liam heard a hard edge in her tone. She clearly expected that Dorothy would comply. It also did not escape Liam's notice that while they had been gawking at the crazy shoe thief, a bunch of people had gathered around them and were watching the interaction between the woman in white and Dorothy very intently. If they were with her, it definitely seemed like it would be a bad idea to disagree with her, but at the same time... ew. Dead chick's footwear. Even if the shoes were pretty fabulous.

 

"What do I do, Liam?" Dorothy whispered.

 

TELL HER TO TAKE THE SHOES. You don't want to be rude to this woman. She obviously has some sort of magical powers, and she also seems a little unbalanced. If you don't take the shoes, she might even be dangerous. It'd be better to just take them and make her happy. And they are pretty freaking fabulous shoes.

 

TELL HER NO WAY! She might be dangerous. She might be unbalanced. But taking and wearing shoes that were literally just on a dead woman? Sick and wrong, man. Sick. And. Wrong. You would never in a million years put your BFF through that. Even if they would totally look amazing on her.

 

You chose: TELL HER TO TAKE THE SHOES

 

Chapter 2 - An Enemy Appears

 

“What do I do, Liam?” Dorothy whispered.

Liam leaned close to Dorothy, keeping an eye on the sparkly woman before them, “Just take them.” He hissed. “Dorothy, she can fly. Who knows what else she can do, and she looks like she’s getting mad.”

 

Slowly, Dorothy raised her hands and took the shoes. She looked at them for a long moment and then back at the woman in white who was smiling benevolently at Dorothy - as though she hadn’t just robbed a dead woman for her shoes.

 

“This is so messed up.” Dorothy whispered to Liam. She bent down, placed the shoes on the ground and stepped into them. 

The woman clapped her hands in glee, “Oh, this is perfect!”  She let out a small giggle.

Just then Liam and Dorothy heard a voice from the distance shouting. “Nooooo!”

 

The two of them turned to look for the source of the sound, and Liam spotted another woman descending from the sky. 

What was it with this place? 

This one was riding what appeared to be a broomstick. She came in fast. Where the woman in white had alighted from her bubble gracefully, this one - dressed all in black - came to a skidding halt to stand in front of Dorothy.  Now that Liam could see her properly, he realized that her skin was green. She extended one long green finger towards Dorothy. “Take them off!” She shrieked. “Take them off! Those shoes are mine.” Then she stopped, blinked several times and shook her head. “No.” She said firmly. “They’re cursed. They’re cursed, and it might not be too late if you take them off right now.”

 

The woman in white approached, “I’m afraid you’ve arrived too late.” She spun in a circle around the newcomer twirling and waving her wand leaving a stream of bubbles in its wake. “Better luck next time!” She sang out. 

“How did you get here before me?”

“Oops, got the news a bit late, did we? It’s possible that I saw some of your little flying rats on the way over.”

The woman ground her teeth, “They’re monkeys. What did you do?”

“Those… abominations were never meant to fly. I just fixed the problem.” She swept the wand over head creating a rainbow of multi-colored bubbles over the other woman’s head and nodded with satisfaction as the multicolored bubbles began to descend and pop on the other woman’s pointy blank hat. “It’s unfortunate that they were in mid-air when I got rid of their wings for them, but you have to admit, it worked out really well for me.”

The woman’s green face twisted, “You horrible… evil…”

 

“Ah. Ah. Ah.” Sang the woman in white, “You’re the wicked witch, remember? I’m the good witch. Oz voted. I won. You lost. I’m the Grand Sorceress of Oz, and you are an unemployed crackpot who lives in a dank castle experimenting on animals.” She laughed again - a sweet light sound made utterly creepy by her admission that she had murdered some sort of creatures on the way over here just so she could get here first. “By the way, did you see my new tiara?” She pointed at her head with her wand. “Isn’t it just the best? Aren’t you just green with envy?”

 

Then the strangest thing happened. The woman stepped away from Dorothy and stepped toward the woman in white with her hand outstretched toward the tiara as though she wanted to take it off the other woman’s head.

The woman in white smiled triumphantly, “Just stop fighting it. Honestly, you’ll be so much happier if you just give in.” 

The woman in black seemed to come back to herself and pulled her hand back down to her side in a fist, “Never. I will fight the curse until my last breath.”

“I’m sure that can be arranged, dear. Well, I believe my work here is done. I hope you like your new shoes, little girl, they’re quite well made. They lasted their previous owner’s entire lifetime. 

 

She turned around and nearly tripped over one of the little people that had been edging closer to the drama unfolding. He wore a top hat and a sash across his chest, “Oh!” She squeaked. “Oh dear. I am sorry. I didn’t see you, there.”

The man glared at her, “Glinda.” He said in greeting. His tone was sharp. “Is this an official visit?”

She thought for a moment, “In a manner of speaking, Yes, I suppose it was.”

The smaller man’s lips pressed together in a thin line, “Then in my official capacity as Mayor of Munchkinland, I greet you to our humble town, Madame Sorceress - although in the future, some prior notice would be nice. Will you be leaving soon?” The last sentence was ground out, leaving little doubt that the man did not want her to stay.

“Oh yes, yes. I’ve quite accomplished what I set out to do.” With one more wave of her wand, the woman in white conjured another adult-sized bubble around herself and began a graceful ascent into the sky. 

 

The green woman moved to stand in front of Dorothy again. “You have to believe me. Those shoes are trouble, and you need to get rid of them right now. It might already be too late.

Liam looked at Dorothy, “The other one’s gone, now. Maybe you should take them off.” Liam suggested.

Dorothy looked at Liam in surprise, “But you’re the one that said to put them on in the first place! Now you’re saying take them off? Make up your mind!”

“I just said that because there was a scary magic woman insisting you put them on, but now she’s gone and there’s a different scary magic woman telling you they’re cursed and to take them off, so take off the dead woman’s cursed shoes!”

 

Dorothy rolled her eyes at Liam, “Oh please. You heard the first thing she said. She’s just jealous. She wishes she had the shoes. Besides…” She cocked her head to the side as she lifted one leg to look at the shoes on her feet. “I like them. They’re sparkly. And they look amazing on me.”

Liam stared at his best friend in disbelief. This was a woman who owned precisely four pairs of shoes, because according to Dorothy, sneakers, flip flops, boots, and one pair of dress shoes are all anyone ever needs.

“Oh Gods.” Said the woman in black. “It’s already too late.”

“What?” Liam asked.

“The curse.”

 

The woman rounded on the Mayor, “Ojo, how could you just stand there and let her do this? Those shoes could have been mine! I mean… I could have studied them to figure out how to break the curses once and for all. Or at the very least, I could have found a way to destroy them - one less cursed object for that bubble blowing bimbo to use against us.”

“What was I going to do, El? She’s the Grand Sorceress! She has magic! I’m Mayor, not The Wizard! Maybe if you hadn’t blown the election, we wouldn’t all be in this mess, but no. Gods forbid that the great and powerful El compromise her precious principles and pander to the people of Oz!”

She pointed one long finger at the man, “I’m going to let that go, because I know it’s the sash talking, but you watch yourself or someday someone is going to turn you into a frog.”

 

“Uh… excuse me?” Liam said.

Both of their heads snapped to him, and he wished that he’d kept his mouth shut. “Can you tell us what’s going on?”

“Are you an idiot?” The Ojo asked.

El rolled her eyes, “Stuff it Mister Mayor. If we need someone insulted, you’ll be the first person we call.”

 

She turned to Liam and sighed, “There are a handful of items here in Oz that have been cursed. Somehow, Glinda came across one after she was elected Grand Sorceress five years ago. I suspect that the item was the wand that she uses. I’ve done a lot of reading and it seems that each item takes away a specific virtue. Glinda’s wand has taken away her integrity, and ever since she lost that, she’s been collecting the others and using them against anyone who threatens her position. She’s the most powerful person in Oz right now other than The Wizard, but no one’s seen him for ages. Some say he’s gone into hiding. Some say she’s gotten rid of him.”

“So her wand made her lose her integrity. What are the others?”

“Ojo’s sash took away his kindness. You might have noticed he’s a bit…”

“Mean?” Liam offered.

“Exactly. This God-awful hat is trying to make me envious of everyone and everything, but so far I’m… managing it. There are a few others that were used to take away courage, intelligence, and love from some citizens that spoke up against her a bit too loudly.”

“What is the shoes’ curse?”

“They take away the owner’s humility. They used to belong to my sister."

"That's your sister?" Liam asked. "Oh my God, I'm so sorry."

El waved him off, "I lost my sister the moment she put on those shoes. Overnight she went from being a sweet, level-headed woman to a vain, self-obsessed narcissist.” 

 

Liam looked at Dorothy, who had pulled out her phone and was using it as a mirror and was fussing with her hair. “How do we reverse it? Dorothy can’t stay like this.”

“I don’t know what to tell you, kid. I’ve been trying for the last couple years, but I haven’t gotten anywhere. The election was… rough. People in Oz don’t exactly like me. The whole reason I haven’t had my place burned down with torches and pitchforks is that I’m a very powerful witch. Even Glinda won’t fight me directly. She just ruined my reputation, so that I can’t do anything against her.”

“But you said there’s someone that’s more powerful than her?”

“The Wizard, but no one’s seen him in years.”

“So what? If that’s all we’ve got, then that’s what we have to do. We have to go find this wizard person and get him to help change Dorothy back.”

 

“Well, you can’t go alone.” Ojo stepped in front of Liam. “You seem like you’re a complete ding dong, and without a guide, you’ll probably kill some other citizen of Oz and cause a national incident.”

“He’s right.” El said.

“Hey!” Liam shouted.

“About not going alone. I don’t know you well enough to know whether you’re a ding dong or not. One of the two of us should probably go with you.”

 

 

WHAT SHOULD LIAM DO?

 

TAKE EL - sure, at any moment she might lose her battle with the curse and turn into a spiteful, envious - very powerful - crazy person, but she is very powerful. She could protect you if you encounter Glinda again.

 

TAKE OJO - He’s mean, and he’ll probably insult you the entire way there, and he has no way to protect himself, but despite his utter lack of kindness, people don’t actually seem to dislike him. He’s apparently quite popular with the Emerald City crowd. He might be able to make connections and introductions you couldn’t get without him - if you can get there safely. 

 

YOU DON’T NEED ANYONE - It’s you and Dorothy against the world. Sure, you can’t protect yourself against witches and you don’t have the in with the ‘it’ crowd, but you don’t need a witch on the edge of losing her grip on sanity, and you don’t need a puffed up Mayor picking on you the entire time. You and Dorothy got into this mess on your own, and you’ll get out of it on your own, thank you very much.

 

You chose: YOU DON’T NEED ANYONE 

 

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My specific challenges will be:

 

Strength workouts - 2 Upper, 2 lower, 4 core per week. 0/8

Eating - Eat enough protein so that the strength workouts actually build muscle - at least 65g a day. 0/450

Life - Do one thing per day that improves my life - make a healthy meal, do the budgeting, do some chores 0/7

Work - Write! Weekly word target 0/5000

Health Mini Goals - Floss 0/7 & Fitbit reach target steps per hour. 0/77

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Very interested in this "choose your own adventure" thing. FOLLOWING!

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5 hours ago, Manarelle said:

Also following, nice setup. Good way to get past the perfectionist thing (I can sympathize). Looking forward to seeing this progress. May I ask how you're tracking protein?

Nothing fancy, just adding it up in a spreadsheet. I've done the thing where I track every single thing I eat in an app before, but I don't want to go down that road again right now. It winds up taking so much time.

 

I'm sort of doing the zero week, and man. I do not eat a lot of protein apparently. No wonder I have no muscles. Yesterday I went out of my way to eat protein stuff and still nearly missed the target by 15g. Today so far I only have 22g. Going to have to do some grocery shopping before the challenge proper starts, I think.

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Zero week is a good time to establish a baseline, and I agree that adding protein is hard. I've been quasi-working on that for a couple months now and it's still difficult (probably because I'm only quasi-working on it). I like the idea of tracking just protein on a spreadsheet, that's much easier than tracking everything. Yay protein shakes? 

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16 hours ago, Liam Learns to Live said:

Got any good recipes?

 

I'm a simple person: my protein shake recipe is 3/4c (almond) milk, 3/4c water, 1/2 scoop (maybe 1.5 Tbsp) protein-of-choice, then throw berries/ fruit/ peanut butter powder/ chocolate powder/ ice/ flavoring of your choice in until it looks good. Sadly, I'm lactose intolerant, so I use Vega Protein and Greens, but it does end up a bit gritty. Whey protein is much smoother but literally hates my guts. If you want more specific recipes to play around with, this is a good site, and most of the recipes can be made with unflavored protein powder of your choice; you don't need to buy the fancy flavored powder varieties they claim you need. Experiment and enjoy!

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THOSE SHOES LOOK DOPE. YOU SHOULD TAKE THEM!

 

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Well my zero week is mostly done, and I'm glad I did it. I think I might have to adjust a couple things.

 

I think my writing goal was too high. I'm at that place in a story where I hate it all and I'm sure the whole thing is pointless and awful and I'm half a step away from chucking the whole thing overboard and working on something new, so at this point even 500 words a day is a struggle. But in my more objective moments, I do like the story and I like the characters and I like what I've written so far, and I don't actually want to chuck it. I'm just having one of those 'everything I write is crap' temper tantrums that my inner-perfectionst throws for me. He's a useful kind of guy when I'm editing, but when I'm writing, I really just need to tie him to a chair and duct tape his mouth shut so I can get some work done.

 

Also, the protein goal. Yikes. I guess I'll look for a powder of some sort, but I'm getting heartburn from the diet change. I don't know if I'm not drinking enough water or if the protein is just harder to digest? Or maybe I should stick to it and hope I adjust? I'm not sure on that one. Has anyone else encountered that?

 

The other goals, I think are fairly reasonable. 

 

As far as Liam and Dorothy go, taking the shoes is winning by one vote, but there's still lots of time left until the Wednesday vote deadline, so we'll see... 

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6 hours ago, Liam Learns to Live said:

Also, the protein goal. Yikes. I guess I'll look for a powder of some sort, but I'm getting heartburn from the diet change. I don't know if I'm not drinking enough water or if the protein is just harder to digest? Or maybe I should stick to it and hope I adjust? I'm not sure on that one. Has anyone else encountered that?

 

Haven't had heartburn, but did have digestive problems when I tried upping protein too fast. Maybe scale it up - do 5g/day more than your last week's average so your body gets used to it slowly, or something like that. As to the writing target - does it have to be on one specific story? Is it something you could set aside, and get back to when you're less hatey? (It's a word, roll with it). Nothing wrong with adjusting goals - working on a bad goal helps no one. 

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30 minutes ago, Manarelle said:

 

Haven't had heartburn, but did have digestive problems when I tried upping protein too fast. Maybe scale it up - do 5g/day more than your last week's average so your body gets used to it slowly, or something like that. As to the writing target - does it have to be on one specific story? Is it something you could set aside, and get back to when you're less hatey? (It's a word, roll with it). Nothing wrong with adjusting goals - working on a bad goal helps no one. 

Yeah, I think I'm going to knock back the protein goal a bit - at least at first. I did find some unflavored protein powder with no sugar and no fake sugar in it, so I'm going to try to mix it in with my morning coffee drink. I know protein powder doesn't work well with hot liquids, but I do iced coffee with cream and a little peppermint syrup, so it should be ok? We'll see. I think it might help to not get so much protein from meat and dairy... I mean, it's whey, so it's kind of dairy, but it's not as rich of a food so I'm hoping that might not trigger the heartburn?

 

My word count can be on anything I write, so I could totally do something else. We'll see if the hateyness continues. I might just need a bit more planning and outlining. Sometimes I get panicky if I don't know where the story is going and try to toss the baby out with the bathwater. So I'll try that first.

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10 hours ago, Liam Learns to Live said:

I know protein powder doesn't work well with hot liquids, but I do iced coffee with cream and a little peppermint syrup, so it should be ok? We'll see. I think it might help to not get so much protein from meat and dairy... I mean, it's whey, so it's kind of dairy, but it's not as rich of a food so I'm hoping that might not trigger the heartburn?

 

One whey to find out. Also, love the phrase "throw the baby out with the bathwater." Don't see that often anymore, and you used it so perfectly.  

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12 hours ago, Liam Learns to Live said:

Yeah, I think I'm going to knock back the protein goal a bit - at least at first. I did find some unflavored protein powder with no sugar and no fake sugar in it, so I'm going to try to mix it in with my morning coffee drink. I know protein powder doesn't work well with hot liquids, but I do iced coffee with cream and a little peppermint syrup, so it should be ok? We'll see. I think it might help to not get so much protein from meat and dairy... I mean, it's whey, so it's kind of dairy, but it's not as rich of a food so I'm hoping that might not trigger the heartburn?

 

My word count can be on anything I write, so I could totally do something else. We'll see if the hateyness continues. I might just need a bit more planning and outlining. Sometimes I get panicky if I don't know where the story is going and try to toss the baby out with the bathwater. So I'll try that first.

I have done Vanilla Whey in a iced coffee and it seemed to tasted good. 

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Tried the unflavored protein powder in my morning coffee drink. SO gross. Not doing that again. It took my lovely coffee aftertaste and turned it... weird. Do. Not. Want.

 

However, I did a blueberry/greek yogurt/protein powder smoothie after my workout today and that was pretty good. It juuuuust went over my sugary item rule (more than 20g of sugar not from actual fruit 21.5g.... so close. I might be able to tinker with it to get it under 20 not counting the blueberries). BUT it had 25g of protein, so not too shabby. I also added it to my orange juice last night, and that worked out well, too, so there are options. I'll just have to experiment.

 

I still think I'm going to try to dial back the protein goal a bit to start just to keep the heartburn under control. Maybe 65 instead of 85 for starters?

 

Zero week results

5/8 workouts - 1 upper, 1 lower, 2 core, and one day of yardwork that left me quite sore the following day. Counting it. I'm pretty happy with that.

Protein - I averaged 75 the first 4 days and then the heartburn started, so I'm changing the goal to 65/day and see how that feels.

Improve my life one per day - 6/7 - budgeted, therapy, bunch of housework, visited a friend and played video games, went for a walk to look at the cherry blossoms, improved the look of the yard - super happy with this goal. It's a nice way to think about things as to whether they improve my life or not.

Work - 2785/10000 - ouch. It's possible my goal setting was a bit... optimistic on this one. Gonna aim for 5k this week.

Flossing - twice - don't judge me.

Meet hourly step goal - 43/77 - not too shabby. Some of those, I did get up when my fitbit buzzed me, but then I forgot to get all the way to the goal before the hour ended. I am apparently easily distracted. Whoops. Some I was driving or busy doing something so I couldn't get up and walk around. Some I got the buzz and was like... nope. :)

 

Looking forward to starting the next chapter on Thursday after voting closes on Wednesday!

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5 hours ago, Liam Learns to Live said:

Flossing - twice - don't judge me.

 

 

No judgments. :encouragement: I don't even floss so.....  ¯\_-_-_/¯

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On 4/22/2017 at 8:14 PM, Manarelle said:

As to the writing target - does it have to be on one specific story? Is it something you could set aside, and get back to when you're less hatey? (It's a word, roll with it). Nothing wrong with adjusting goals - working on a bad goal helps no one. 

Instead of working on something completely different, I just set the part aside that was giving me problems and wrote the ending. Now I know what I'm aiming for, and things are going a lot more smoothly. Yay! I definitely needed to take a step back and stop banging my head over the same spot, though.

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Good work on zero week! And yeah, different protein powders work better in some things than others. I'm sure you'll find a nice suite of tasty options with experimentation. Smoothies/shakes are almost always a good bet. :)

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Also, I know you already bought the powder, but there are natural ways to get protein! Meat, greek yogurt, etc. These would probably not cause the heartburn issues?

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Just FYI, found out the hard way last night that if you use fresh blueberries, too many of them will turn your shake into jelly. And by "too many" I mean I used less than half a cup in a 1.5 cup shake. If you want something yummy to eat with a spoon, knock yourself out. If you want a shake... be aware. 

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5 hours ago, Manarelle said:

Just FYI, found out the hard way last night that if you use fresh blueberries, too many of them will turn your shake into jelly. And by "too many" I mean I used less than half a cup in a 1.5 cup shake. If you want something yummy to eat with a spoon, knock yourself out. If you want a shake... be aware. 

I used frozen blueberries, and those seemed to work pretty well.

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