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Lately I feel like I've been eating an excessive amount of sugar/candy/chocolate, so my main challenge will be to cut out sugar for the month.  I'm going on a three day trip mid-challenge, and this is an annual bestie trip, so for those three days I'll be on a don't ask/don't tell diet lol, those will be my cheat days.  I'll still remain reasonable, but I would like to just go and enjoy this trip.  I'll be off the grid :anonymous:

 

Main quest: Cut out processed sugar.  Honey on occasion is acceptable, and fruit sugar (not fruit juice, just actual fruit) is fine as well.  Any sort of sugar in processed foods will not be tolerated.

 

Secondary quest #1: (isn't that an oxymoron!) Get outside! It's beautiful out, spring is here, time to start exercising outside.  This will entail either biking, hiking, or walking outdoors.  Ideally twice a week.

 

Secondary quest#2: Build a plyometrics box.  I used to do box jumps up the stairs, but I've started exercising before the tenants upstairs (aka my parents) are awake, and I don't think they would appreciate the noise involved in jumping up the stairs.  So I'll build a contraption that I can use for box jumps in my room, and that I can add height to.  If I happen to finish this, I'd also like to attempt to build a squat rack as well.

 

Level up quest: Practice my viola!!!  I have a recital coming up May 20th, and I actually need to practice and prepare for this.  I would like to go through each of my three songs at least once four times a week.  Not including my lesson, so no cheating. (Note to self)

 

I've cut out sugar before, for months at a time, so I know I can accomplish this.  I just need the willpower, especially around my TOM.  That's my weakest point, and I'll need to devise a strategy.  Maybe have salty snacks instead, like popcorn.  I also like snacking on frozen blueberries, so that's an option as well.  

 

On a side note, I'm looking for a healthy sugar free non soy based protein powder, if anyone has suggestions!

 

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Here's my checklist for the month. I decided to hand bomb this one. I'm also going to continue with my strength training, but may switch from three days to four a week to try for the month. We'll see how it goes fitting in swimming and hopefully an exercise class.

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The three black days are my freebies, when I'll be incognito. I'm going on a quick trip, weekend away with the bestie, and may indulge in a few sweets.

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Awesome, thank you!  I've found a few different ones now, most of them pretty pricey!  I'll take a look there as well.

 

On the sugar note, I have to confess, I did slip up and have some ice cream last night.  We're in the middle of an ice storm and I've been staying in town (I live a bit outside the city) and have been playing chauffeur for my sister, who is finishing up exams.  I still have my studded winter tires on and she switched to her summers, so she's pretty much at the mercy of my good graces. However, the point of this is that both her and her roommate have atrocious diets and a general lack of actual food acceptable for human consumption.  So today I will venture out and buy real food.  After chipping an inch of ice off my entire car :/ 

 

I've been doing well continuing my weights, and so-so with the viola practice.  I'll be doing more of that today, as I did bring my viola into town with me.  Plans for the plyometric box have been attained, and provisions for the supplies have been made.  Once the ice is gone, I can bring the truck in to pick up the plywood.

 

Next challenge I think I need to work on my finances.  I'm recently graduated from post secondary, work at a just-above-minimum wage job, and live pay cheque to pay cheque.  At this rate I won't pay off any debt and live at home forever.  Not what I would like.  At all.  

 

We have a slight lull in the snow/rain/ice storm, but we're supposed to get another bout of it this afternoon, which may very well lead to extensive power outages, as the lines and trees are already heavy laden with ice.  Can't wait.  #aprilshowers 

 

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Cool challenge! I use a short coffee table for my box jumps, and it's pretty old. Always afraid it's going to snap. Also, if you follow your own challenge (Same way you would follow another person's, you get notifications whenever someone posts or likes your thread. I always forget to click it myself :)

 

On 2017-04-28 at 10:17 AM, The Archer said:

Just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

I'm in Ottawa, Ontario. Canadians unite!

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Lol I should definitely do that, I have trouble finding my thread again!  The past week and a half has been a blur.  I'm doing great with the no sugar, so-so with working out, and no go on the box jump building.  I lowered my body fat percentage by half a percent and lost 3 pounds though, so I'm pretty happy about that!  I found a protein powder I like, and a smoothee concoction that works for me.  I also found powdered peanut butter, and it has a fraction of the calories!  Hardly any fat in it, which makes all the difference.  I'll give that a go for a bit and see what I think.

 

Good to meet you Taffy!  I've only been out your way a couple times, I'm always amazed at how big Ontario is!

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Thanks!  I'm really trying to focus on my diet, and now cutting calories.  I'm trying to stick around 1200-1500.  Which essentially cuts out any processed food, even if it doesn't have sugar.  It's amazing how many calories are in that stuff!  I've gotten out biking a few times, but my weightlifting has suffered lately.  I now like to say I have bum shoulder :/ it's pretty much useless!  I have to be very careful with what exercises I do.  And I've been very slack on posting, so I do need to work on checking in more!!

 

I've decided to start bullet journalling as well.  Mostly because I feel like I'm always busy, and would really like to know what it is I'm doing with all my time lol.

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I've been doing awful checking in, life seems to have gotten in the way.  My diet has been going well, still sticking around the 1200-1500 mark.  I'm going to do a weight check in today after work, so I'll post the results from that.  The cutting out sugar has gone well!  I allow myself a small treat now and then, but for the most part I haven't been indulging.

 

I'm going to sit the next challenge out and regroup, I'm super busy involved in different activities with church and a recital coming up, but I'll refocus and join in the following challenge.  My next life level up needs to involve my job.  I'm stagnating and super frustrated, and thing's need to change.  I'm living pay cheque to pay cheque, have school debt to pay off, and still live at home with my folks.  I would very much like to stay in this city, but job opportunities are limited.  I'm very involved in our church, and they're as much family to me as my actual family, and while I could leave and I would be fine, I have a few very close friends that I really don't want to leave.  And I'm single, and would also like that to change lol.  Prospects are very limited here!  So to sum it up, I'm incredibly frustrated with my life, feel like I'm not going anywhere, and would like to change that.

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