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The DietBet has begun!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I just put my money where my mouth is. :)

Thirty bucks says I can lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. I've just made that bet along with almost 3500 other people... and those of us who make goal get to split the pot. The pot is close to $100,000.

I figure this was a good thing for me to get involved in, for two reasons:

1) It's a nice little "extra" motivation and another group I can find support in (the more, the better, right?), and;

2) I stand a good chance at winning a decent amount of cash... both by my own doing (actually achieving the goal) and through the attrition of others (which is sad - but you know it's going to happen). It's not going to be a fortune, by any means, but it's better than a kick in the pants!

Interested? It starts today!

Late entrants are permitted, but you'll have less time to make goal - so hurry up and get on board! :)

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PAZUZURISES 10/24/2014 1:34AM


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USMAWIFE 10/22/2014 5:47PM

    a friend has me as part of this 10 lb challenge. good luck to you

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CODEMAULER 10/22/2014 4:29PM

    You've got this, start planning your reward! emoticon

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144AUTUMN 10/22/2014 1:07PM

  You can do it!!

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I pledge

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I pledge:
to push hard to get better and smarter,
grow my devotion to the truth,
fuel my commitment to beauty,
refine my emotions,
hone my dreams,
wrestle with my shadow,
purge my ignorance,
and soften my heart—
even as I always accept myself
for exactly who I am,
with all of my so-called foibles and wobbles.

I pledge:
to wake myself up,
never hold back,
have nothing to lose,
go all the way,
kiss the stormy sky,
be the hero of my own story,
ask for everything I need
and give everything I have,
take myself to the river
when it's time to go to the river,
and take myself to the mountaintop
when it's time to go to the mountaintop.

-Rob Brezsny

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CATCOOPER88 10/21/2014 2:02PM

    Nice one!

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Just bit the bullet!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I totally just ordered Insanity.

One of the points that Tony Horton makes in his book is that variety is the spice of life... and I think that I keep losing my mojo every time I re-start P90X because I've done it so much that I've become tired of it. (Sorry, Tony, you know I love you...) When I got done with the "Sanity Check" on Saturday, I felt great! Alive! Refreshed! Motivated! And hungry for more! Shaun's style is a lot different than Tony's, and I think it's good to mix it up. So that's what I'm gonna do. :)

Moreover, there is NO equipment necessary for Insanity - so I could totally load up the workouts on my iPad and take them with me wherever I happen to be.

I'm psyched!

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CODEMAULER 10/21/2014 11:28AM

    That sounds like a good solution and a fun approach. I'm already looking forward to your workout reports!!

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SUE5007 10/20/2014 5:42PM

    Good luck to you! emoticon

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Somethin' is better than nothin'

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ran a liiiittle short on time today, so I did the half-hour "Sanity Check" dvd by Shaun T. Nice little workout! Got the heart rate up, challenged me in some new ways... I like it. I may start Insanity sooner than I originally planned. :)

I'm not too worried about only getting a half hour in today. First, I'm going to the Alpaca Festival in Cecil County to meet the alpacas and hopefully buy some wonderfully soft alpaca roving for spinning into yarn (tis the season for wool, spinning, and knitting!), and then it's off to the MD Ren Faire for one last trip there before they close. Lots of walking today - and the Fitbit's going with me!

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CODEMAULER 10/20/2014 12:45PM

    It always amazes me how we just shift back into fiber work with the change of the season.

Sounds like a terrific day, hope it was fun!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/18/2014 8:45AM

    Good for you - I've been working up to do insanity

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JAROL7 10/18/2014 8:27AM

    Work your plan.

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Fighting a wicked headache...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

...I think it's stress-related.

Thankfully, it isn't job stress. I seriously love, love, love my new job. It's a MUCH better fit for me, and it has manifested a lot of changes: the way I sleep, the way I handle stress when it does happen, the choices I'm making as far as what I eat and how I spend my leisure time. Even just the fact that I have an office where I get actual sunlight during the day is making a huge difference in my mood. I'm even starting to gain confidence in making some long-term plans as far as where I want to be in 5, 10, 15 years. That's pretty much never happened because I was always so focused on just surviving. I've been in survival mode too many times over the past 20 years. It feels good - and a little scary - to begin to sort of let go of that.

Exercising hasn't been great (haven't been feeling too swell), but my food log has been really good. I'm crappy about logging my dinners, though. Need to get better about that.

Tonight's plan is to go home, feed beasts, work out, feed self, do laundry, and then curl up with a good book. If it's nice and I have time, I may break in my new chimnea. :)


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