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Kind of interesting to revisit this list. Although I haven't really thought about this thread or specific list much since I originally wrote it, it turns out I have actually done a bunch of the things on it.

Done:
- Run a real class IV river smoothly, not on sneak lines (Black or Deerfield or Lower Gauley)
- Participate in a whitewater slalom race
- Go surfing in a sea kayak
- Learn a back deck roll
- Get my off-side hand roll working as reliably as my on-side one
- Sell my QCC 700x
- Buy a Tempest 165
- Get or make a Greenland paddle

Still to accomplish
* Go point-to-point kayak camping in the 1000 Islands or somewhere like that
* Ride my bike around all of the Finger Lakes (I've already done Cayuga Lake twice)
* Kayak the length of all of the Finger Lakes
- Get a flatwater bowstall working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
- Get a flatwater stern squirt working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
- Learn an aerial move (possibly loop or helix)

The ones with stars I'm still thinking about doing. The others aren't as important to me now.

New things that would be fun
- Learn to waltz ballroom-style (as opposed to contra dance style)
- Attend Flurry
- Go on a self-supported overnight bike trip


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12/14/12 11:52 A

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I just rediscovered this thread. I usually rely on spark to send me e-mails about threads in which I posted and ...well... sometimes it doesn't happen.
So I'm glad I found this one and would love to take this idea into 2013.
Anyone else?
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11/30/12 9:11 A

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Arrrgh! It's the end of November, and I haven't checked on these goals since early October. Time to revise and update.

INITIAL LIST 7/19/2012

LIVE IN A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Finish cleaning my closet (Update 8/1: almost there, but still more to do)(Update: 9/5 SUCCESS in mid-August!)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (Update 8/1): Fail

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area (Update 9/5: partial...it's slow going, but there's progress)
- Clean the rugs in the workout area DONE!
- Finish cleaning my closet (holdover from July) SUCCESS!
- Arrange for donation pick-up (holdover from July) (Update: SUCCESS in mid-August as 11 bags went out the door and onto the Vietnam Veterans of America truck!)


By 9/30/3012:
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves (Update 9/5: Progress but it's slow)

By 11/30/2012: (Carry overs into November, because October is TOO full already)
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area (Update 11/30: Fail)
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves (Update 11/30: Fail)


WORK IN A CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENT (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (Update 8/1: Partial)

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

By 9/30/2012: Not getting as much done, so carrying over
- Clean out large file cabinet at work (Partial)
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July) (Partial)

By 10/31/2012: Still not done
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

By 12/31/2012: Still not done
- Clean out large file cabinet at work - almost there!
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)
- Eliminate free-standing piles on the desk
- Clean out pencil drawer



RUN A 10K IN MAY 2013 (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Get my running distance back up to 5K (Success!)

By 8/31/2012:
- Run SP virtual race (Success!)

By 9/30/2012:
- Run 6K consistently (Success, if once can be called success ;-))
- Get 5K time down to 34 minutes (No)

By 10/31/2012:
- Run 7K consistently (Fail)
- Get 5K time down to 33 minutes (Fail...did not run at all)

By 12/31/2012:
- Re-train for 5K

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11/10/12 12:52 P

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You all have "gumption." I want to.....
1. continue maintaining between 135-140 lbs.
2. do strength training 3 times a week
3. give my oldest a great senior high graduation party
4. make more time to visit older relatives that live farther away
5. spend more time enjoying my teaching job than stressing about testing

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What an inspiring collection of replies. I am pretty new to maintenance and can see I need to get going on new goals. I will be back to this message with some goals of my own, and meanwhile, thanks, Sparkers.

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10/11/12 4:38 P

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My goals:

1. Live in a neat, clean, clutter-free house. I'm getting there one room at a time. My next challenge is the spare bedroom, which has become a dumping ground for things I don't know what to do with.

2. Continue my exercise routine. I'm doing yoga 3 times a week, cycle spin class 3 times a week, and weight lifting 3 times a week.

3. Get back to my goal weight of 152. I was there for more than a year, but I've crept up to 162. Portion control is critical for me. I'm eating healthy food, but too much of it.

4. Find new volunteer opportunities. I've volunteered for my political party and that will keep me busy through the election. Then I am working at the Library Book Sale for a few days. After that I plan to volunteer at my local County Recreation Center.

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10/11/12 10:08 A

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Just realized I have not checked on September.

INITIAL LIST 7/19/2012

LIVE IN A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Finish cleaning my closet (Update 8/1: almost there, but still more to do)(Update: 9/5 SUCCESS in mid-August!)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (Update 8/1): Fail

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area (Update 9/5: partial...it's slow going, but there's progress)
- Clean the rugs in the workout area DONE!
- Finish cleaning my closet (holdover from July) SUCCESS!
- Arrange for donation pick-up (holdover from July) (Update: SUCCESS in mid-August as 11 bags went out the door and onto the Vietnam Veterans of America truck!)


By 9/30/3012:
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves (Update 9/5: Progress but it's slow)

By 11/30/2012: (Carry overs into November, because October is TOO full already)
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves


WORK IN A CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENT (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (Update 8/1: Partial)

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

By 9/30/2012: Not getting as much done, so carrying over
- Clean out large file cabinet at work (Partial)
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July) (Partial)

By 10/31/2012: Still not done
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)


RUN A 10K IN MAY 2013 (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Get my running distance back up to 5K (Success!)

By 8/31/2012:
- Run SP virtual race (Success!)

By 9/30/2012:
- Run 6K consistently (Success, if once can be called success ;-))
- Get 5K time down to 34 minutes (No)

By 10/31/2012:
- Run 7K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 33 minutes

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Oh I love this thread. I've been thinking a lot about this lately, so even though it's past May and I don't care if I get points or not, I thought I'd post some of the goals on my mind right now.

My goals:

By the end of October:
-Finish unpacking EVERYTHING. I moved out to CO in May to move in with my boyfriend, and my stuff arrived a few weeks ago, and I've been lacking motivation to get it unpacked
-Save up money for plane ticket to Las Vegas for November ($300)

By end of the year:
-Learn how to make my own sausage!
-Have $1000 in my savings account for emergencies ($300 to go)
-Volunteer to assist in one class for Cooking Matters (did the orientation this week)

By 1st quarter 2013:
-Research how to start up a blog, figure out the best platform, and the best ways to bring in income through the blog, basically just have a plan in place
-Figure out a workout plan that will work for me

By 2nd quarter 2013:
-Save up enough to purchase a good camera ($500) to use for my food blog
-Start my food blog, focusing on healthy recipes and what I've learned in the past 9 months about cooking and healthy eating

By 3rd quarter 2013:
-Finish decorating the house, especially painting

By 4th quarter 2013:
-Get engaged?

By end of year 2014:
-Get married?
-Have all credit card debt paid off

Working on maintaining at 140!

If you're interested in checking out the food I've made and liked, come visit me on Pinterest, and feel free to follow me:
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9/24/12 8:26 A

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I think this is a great topic! Very glad you made it sticky.

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9/10/12 7:42 A

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Thanks for making this a sticky topic!

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9/5/12 9:40 A

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Just checking back in to update my goals. I had a hard time finding this thread. Too bad it gets buried.

INITIAL LIST 7/19/2012

LIVE IN A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Finish cleaning my closet (Update 8/1: almost there, but still more to do)(Update: 9/5 SUCCESS in mid-August!)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (Update 8/1): Fail

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area (Update 9/5: partial...it's slow going, but there's progress)
- Clean the rugs in the workout area DONE!
- Finish cleaning my closet (holdover from July) SUCCESS!
- Arrange for donation pick-up (holdover from July) (Update: SUCCESS in mid-August as 11 bags went out the door and onto the Vietnam Veterans of America truck!)


By 9/30/3012:
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves (Update 9/5: Progress but it's slow)

WORK IN A CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENT (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (Update 8/1: Partial)

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

By 9/30/2012: Not getting as much done, so carrying over
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)


RUN A 10K IN MAY 2013 (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Get my running distance back up to 5K (Success!)

By 8/31/2012:
- Run SP virtual race (Success!)

By 9/30/2012:
- Run 6K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 34 minutes

By 10/31/2012:
- Run 7K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 33 minutes

Edited by: CELIAMINER at: 9/5/2012 (09:45)
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8/19/12 10:42 A

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Hell yeah Celia!

The interesting thing is how they intersect and feed off each other.

I would like to restructure this challenge and going back and forth on ideas about it, so anything would be helpful to that end.

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Thanks for jumping back in, Russ. I was wondering what happened to all the people who signed up for the challenge ending in May. As for my diet/exercise goals, those are taken care of elsewhere on SP (Spark Page and trackers), so I'm looking at other goals here.

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Heya Eaten --

On the anxiety bit: I deal with quite a bit of that myself -- often and regularly.

I'd love to hear more about the exercises you mentioned. But one thing I found working for me: EFT (it's a tapping technique Gloria Arenson[sic] introduced me to when I interviewed her for Second Helping). But even more than that, I look at what particularly causes me anxiety and then I look for a teacher to help guide me. this can be a trainer, someone teaching me how to dress myself (years ago), business consultants, writing coaches, etc.

The past two years I largely took a lot of anxiety-inducing things completely on my own. I was a complete mess personally, but I kept hammering anyway. Still a ways to go, but I'm better for it. *Laughs* But I don't recommend it to anyone unless you have a REALLY big goal and there's just no other way.

Lately I've developed a small army of people helping me box: A trainer for conditioning, my buddy for a sparring partner, two local coaches to develop skillsets.

There's a point to yammering about me though: If you don't mind sharing it, I'd like to hear what your bid anxiety-inducing situations are and if there's anyone/anything I can do to make a difference, I'd be delighted.



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8/16/12 5:02 P

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Heya Eaten --

This was all a big experiment, this challenge, of finding a method for addressing life that's indirectly related to maintaining, but just as important.. Since the weight challenges worked so well here, we thought giving the non-metric side of maintenance a challenge might work.

Since I've had some distance dealing with money/survival/how-to-keep-this-going issues and back renewed and a stronger for it (and having learned from a lot of mistakes) I have some different ideas on how to structure this.

A lot of people hopped on past the time frame I originally planned (I don't care, that wasn't what's important) and my computer dying didn't help. There are a ton of ways I'd like to restructure it so it's more useful.

A few ideas:
-- Create a separate space for just posting lists. We can all put in what we like, but also look at waht's *not* there. "Support" has never been a wishy-washy thing to me, it's just as important for folks to say "hey, you're ignoring this and you shouldn't.

In my own example, I'm horrible with money historically, so that would never make it on my dream board (what I call the poster-sized version at my home, called the dojo)., So even away from my comp getting a better handle on my finances has been important to me.

-- Create smaller monthly challenges breaking down the big goals into small chunks. And looking at what was effective, what wasn't, and how we all might go about things differently.

-- Even more ambitiously, looking and seeing what each person could do to help push the other's goals forward. Is there someone you know brilliant at an area someone else is trying to work on? Do you have a skill you could teach?

One thing I've been looking at a lot is Google Schemer -- you can create goals, other people can join them and comment on them accordingly. I've been using it for boxing the last week or two. A bit of outreach beyond the "huddle", as it were.

The other nice thing is the ability to look at each thing individually. I do a ton of multitasking (out of necessity, usually) so having things separate helps me focus on one thing better.

I'll keep on chewing on this more, and would be delighted to hear feedback on what you'd like the non-metric side of maintaining to be structured here.





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8/16/12 4:42 P

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Internet connection keeps futzing out on me all day today, lol. Finally can get back up to speed.

All this sounds Awesome, Celia! Awesome to break it down into individual steps in advance, too.

Is there anything on this list you're still trying to figure out how to problem solve? It sounds like you have a really solid plan brewing, but I always like to check.

Otherwise, the more you work on this, how does the metrics (diet/exercise) wind up faring?

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8/15/12 1:47 P

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So excited that I finally got through my closet (originally a June goal) that I decided to do a mid-month update:

INITIAL LIST 7/19/2012

LIVE IN A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Finish cleaning my closet (Update 8/1: almost there, but still more to do)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (Update 8/1): Fail

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area
- Clean the rugs in the workout area DONE!
- Finish cleaning my closet (holdover from July) SUCCESS!
- Arrange for donation pick-up (holdover from July)


By 9/30/3012:
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves

WORK IN A CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENT (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (Update 8/1: Partial)

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

RUN A 10K IN MAY 2013 (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Get my running distance back up to 5K (Success!)

By 8/31/2012:
- Run SP virtual race (Success!)

By 9/30/2012:
- Run 6K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 34 minutes

By 10/31/2012:
- Run 7K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 33 minutes

Edited by: CELIAMINER at: 8/19/2012 (10:53)
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8/15/12 11:48 A

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Yep, finally getting my computer and all the computer-based things back online one thing at a time (still pissed about that Mike Kramer article too. But enough of that.)

I'm glad to see y'all carry this forward in my absence. I've thought a lot about this challenge, and y'all are right -- it is something I use indefinitely personally and offline. First thing I did when I settled into this new place was make a board with similar information.

In this context -- a challenge -- I see a couple different ways to reorganize it later, but that's beside the point.

Let me give a read-through but grats on paying attention to the bigger picture -- I'll let philosophers or social scientists explain the why, I know that expanding your view on life beyond the strictest sense of the metrics -- or as 4A puts it a reason to keep maintaining -- is essential.

The real fun is: before you know it your life looks completely different in miraculous ways.

Thanks and let me catch up on the reading!

Best,
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The heat and humidity really take a toll, so glad you are back at it MNJONES2!

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My challenge is to get back on track. ONE DAY AT A TIME.... today to the gym. I have meals planned. The heat sapped me strength for a few days but I am back at it today.

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Check in on goals :

Goals:

I'm working on pull ups. (I used to be able to do about 10.) I would like to be able to do at least 1 again by the end of the year. I generally work on arm strength training 2-3 times a week.

*I bought some 10 lb dumbbells... I will go back for 15s once they are in stock. I have come up with a strength training plan for when school starts again.

Do behavioral exercises to work on anxiety. (Aiming for 2-3 times a week.)

*I have done extensive talking about this with my hub and best friend (basically, vocalizing the exercises). Also picked up a depression workbook to check out. Working on breathing exercises.

Run a 7:30 mile again. Uh.... not sure when. I need to be better about including interval training in my running. (I run 3-4 times a week, and I know what I need to speed up.)

*Got back on the running (after the neck/back thing), race on Thurs. Scheduled my runs for once school starts again.

Get my attic organized and finish purging toddler toys. (by Oct 1st?)

*I have an ARC pick-up on Friday. I also need to take a bunch of toys to the consignment store this week. (Bonus: went through my dresser/my kids' dressers and organized/purged).

Get carport fully emptied out. (by Oct 1st?)

*First task is to get rid of unneeded pots.--done
*I think the next task is looking for things in the carport (and possibly garage) to take to the recycling drop-off center--this week


Find a 5K to run with my 8 yr old this fall (and possibly 11 yr old). (Done by Oct. 31st.)

*Still haven't looked! The younger one is going to do an elementary school cross country program this fall... so he'll be trained. Essentially, I need to look for Oct., and local. I need to look this week.

Develop a concrete "plan" for maintenance. (by Aug. 15th)

*I've really been working on this, and I've come up with what I think is a good plan. I should probably write a blog entry sewing all the pieces together.



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Good luck with travel, Skirnir! It used to be I could sleep just about anywhere, but as arthritis has formed over the years in my neck and back, such is not the case anymore. I like staying at places that offer me a variety of pillow types.

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As a tummy sleeper, I also have pillow issues. Hotel beds or any bed away from home does not work well for me. I have joked that I need to bring my pillow with me when I travel. Never done it though. My hubby thinks we should travel a bit light, especially with per bag fees anymore.

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Oooh, the pillow explanation sounds plausible. I have a very tough time with pillows when I'm on travel, and I absolutely can't use DH's, because it's too high and hard...guarantees neck pain.

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Hmm... I wonder if my neck/back stuff had to do with the pullups? I wasn't working on them the day before that, though, and I've never experienced any problem like that before. (I think it's because my husband was on a trip, and I was using his pillow to sleep instead of mine...)

I've always been pretty lucky that it's pretty easy for me to build muscle.

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Pullups...I envy you. Every single time in my life that I've tried to do pullups, I ended up with a pinched nerve in my neck. Yesterday at ST, my trainer tried to get me to do them even though I've told her about my neck before, so I declined. I'm already going to the chiropractor for neck pain from a pinched nerve back in February, and I'm not about to make the problem worse.

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Check in on goals :

Goals:

I'm working on pull ups. (I used to be able to do about 10.) I would like to be able to do at least 1 again by the end of the year. I generally work on arm strength training 2-3 times a week.

*Latest: I'm a little stalled out... I tweaked my neck/back. I think at this point, I need to look for a chiropractor. :-(

Do behavioral exercises to work on anxiety. (Aiming for 2-3 times a week.)

*Still working on this. I've talked extensively about this with my hub and a close friend, too, and I feel like I've made progress. Just working on it and being more open about it has helped the anxiety tremendously.

Run a 7:30 mile again. Uh.... not sure when. I need to be better about including interval training in my running. (I run 3-4 times a week, and I know what I need to speed up.)

*Because of the back, cut back on running, but I have a race on the 9th! Hmm. I need to get on the back thing.

Get my attic organized and finish purging toddler toys. (by Oct 1st?)

*I've gone through my kids' games, puzzles, and bookcase. I need to tackle the attic.

Get carport fully emptied out. (by Oct 1st?)

*First task is to get rid of unneeded pots. I can do that today!


Find a 5K to run with my 8 yr old this fall (and possibly 11 yr old). (Done by Oct. 31st.)

*Haven't looked....

Develop a concrete "plan" for maintenance. (by Aug. 15th)

Ooh! I need to get on this! I blogged about it a bit, but then I was sidetracked... by the back.

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Didn't do as well as I had hoped in July, but even partial success is better than no success.

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I know, right? LOL

I sometimes use these for that:
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SP really needs a "Like" button. LIKE your comment 4A-Healthy_BMI!

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Glad you guys revived this.

Russ has been dealing with computer issues. I know he'd be thrilled you're carrying it on!
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Me, too. For long-term goals, I need in-your-face reminders.

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I think it might have been a month-long challenge. As for me... honestly, I'd be willing to keep this up indefinitely.

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Great goals, Kristine! Wonder why the last challenge petered out?

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Check in on goals (plus some new goals):

Goals:

I'm working on pull ups. (I used to be able to do about 10.) I would like to be able to do at least 1 again by the end of the year. I generally work on arm strength training 2-3 times a week.

*I've added a dumbbell routine the mix. I still need to get heavier dumbbells--it will have to wait till the weekend.

*I've increased my reps for the chair dips and incline pushups.

*I can now do a pull up with arms slightly bent. I need to just keep working to get to the "full hang" point.

Do behavioral exercises to work on anxiety. (Aiming for 2-3 times a week.)

*I've done a lot of writing, and I have a couple of new workbooks, too.

*I have a couple of friends IRL who are my check ins on this (or a reality check).

*Working on some specific physical things (relaxation techniques) and affirmations.

Run a 7:30 mile again. Uh.... not sure when. I need to be better about including interval training in my running. (I run 3-4 times a week, and I know what I need to speed up.)

*I have committed to do one interval run each week and a short tempo run (or a race) every other week. I have another race (I think a miler?) coming up in 3 weeks.

New goals:

Get my attic organized and finish purging toddler toys. (by Oct 1st?)

Get carport fully emptied out. (by Oct 1st?)

Find a 5K to run with my 8 yr old this fall (and possibly 11 yr old). (Done by Oct. 31st.)

Develop a concrete "plan" for maintenance. (by Aug. 15th)


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Ooh, you're giving me ideas! I will come back and add more later, plus an update.

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Guess there was no winner at the end of May, so here goes:

INITIAL LIST 7/19/2012

LIVE IN A CLUTTER-FREE HOUSE (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Finish cleaning my closet (Update 8/1: almost there, but still more to do)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (Update 8/1): Fail

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out the bookshelves in the workout area
- Clean the rugs in the workout area
- Finish cleaning my close (holdover from July)
- Arrange for donation pick-up (holdover from July)


By 9/30/3012:
- Clean out the boxes in front of the IKEA bookshelves

WORK IN A CLUTTER-FREE ENVIRONMENT (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (Update 8/1: Partial)

By 8/31/2012:
- Clean out large file cabinet at work
- Organize my work projects into well-ordered folders (from July)

RUN A 10K IN MAY 2013 (added 7/20 as an overarching goal)
Action Steps:
By 7/31/2012:
- Get my running distance back up to 5K (Success!)

By 8/31/2012:
- Run SP virtual race (Success!)

By 9/30/2012:
- Run 6K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 34 minutes

By 10/31/2012:
- Run 7K consistently
- Get 5K time down to 33 minutes

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I'm up for that!

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I suppose we could just start on our own if there's no new challenge starting.

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Can this keep going? I just joined the team, and I just found this thread. I think it would be a good idea for me to start incorporating other goals as I move closer to maintaining. I think I would most likely be checking in once a week.

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Goals:

I'm working on pull ups. (I used to be able to do about 10.) I would like to be able to do at least 1 again by the end of the year. I generally work on arm strength training 2-3 times a week.

Do behavioral exercises to work on anxiety. (Aiming for 2-3 times a week.)

Run a 7:30 mile again. Uh.... not sure when. I need to be better about including interval training in my running. (I run 3-4 times a week, and I know what I need to speed up.)


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Wow!! I just want to go hunting with my husband and not disappoint either myself or him!! Went last year and now going again this year.....

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Update.

- Sell my QCC 700x DONE
- Buy a Tempest 165 DONE

- Run a real class IV river smoothly, not on sneak lines (Black or Deerfield or Lower Gauley)
-- I ran the Dryway on the Deerfield on some reasonable lines a few weeks ago.
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I'm not doing 100% solid class IV lines, but I'm getting there.

- Go surfing in a sea kayak
-- I've done this a few times on Lake Ontario this spring and summer

- Ride my bike around all of the Finger Lakes (I've already done Cayuga Lake twice)
-- I've been around Cayuta lake now.

- Kayak the length of all of the Finger Lakes
I've circumnavigated the north half of Owasco Lake

- Learn a back deck roll
-- I've executed a few but then lost the technique. Needs more work.

- Get my off-side hand roll working as reliably as my on-side one
-- working on it.

- Get a flatwater bowstall working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
-- working on it.

- Get a flatwater stern squirt working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
-- working on it.

- Participate in a whitewater slalom race
- Go kayak camping in the 1000 Islands or somewhere like that
- Get or make a Greenland paddle
- Learn an aerial move (possibly loop or helix)

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I see this challenge was due to end at the end of May. Has a new one started?

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Try a new walking area each week.
Make it 3/12 to 5 miles a day
Get my husband involved
Reward myself at 3 months done-new skinny jeans; 6 months and on year


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I've just stated maintenance, so I've just learned about this great challenge. As I rolled into 2012, I could see bright light at the end of the weight-loss tunnel, so I started looking at other goals. If this challenge is repeated, I'd like to participate.

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As luck would have it, I just stumbled across this thread as the challenge is nearing its end. However, it seems like exactly what I've needed since reaching goal and why I've struggled so much. I intend to use this template as a personal challenge for myself. emoticon

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-- Talk to 2 new people a day I haven't before
-- Realized I need a more specific goal in this area -- I'm referring to work. Dropping to 2 to consider time to find these guys if they don't appear.

-- Schedule downtime away from the computer

-- Increase Web traffic for Ikeepitoff.com.
-- Progress (keeping it mum atm)

-- Be fully financially sustainable and grounded, sans aid
-- Budget calculated, job interviews pending, more writing work appearing

-- Visit Chriopractor monthly, new shoes 2-3 months
-- March visit complete, as do new shoes. It's easy to forget these things, which is why I include them. They're the two biggest Russ indicators for good health.

-- MG meets my grandfather
-- First visit did not occur because I was afraid and unwilling to get over said fear. That was pre-Wilmington trip, though.

-- New Clothes
-- Magically appeared! Did not count on them appearing.

-- Bylines appear in three national magazines
-- Have a solid pitch to use now
-- Approached by Magazine

-- Consultant clients pleased with results and effective in meeting their own goals, circumstances be darned.
-- Despite schedule, created one lasting change for present client

-- AB and I help create the world's first evidence-based maintenance plan
-- Met potential new ally in this

-- Be more widespread in increasing maintenance awareness and support
-- April chat scheduled

-- Obtain seed capital and funding to fully develop Second Helping Media as originally intended
-- Continually making contacts in this arena; trying to nail down meeting time

-- Write daily without without anxiety or procrastination
-- Done, and my work was good, to boot!

-- Create a comfortable living space in home (it looks like a bunker/home office now)
-- Old apartment and I went our separate ways, and I'm presently a psuedo-gypsy. It's been fascinating examining how various friends live, and how they're home environment is set up.

-- Obtain a painting by Todd White for the home
-- For the hell of it, went to the gallery and determined price for chosen painting. Even if that painting sells before I'm ready, I know the price range I'm looking at.

-- Resume regular posts for IKIO and Examiner.com
-- Rethinking stories and simplifying subject matter will bring clairty into this. Biggest mistake earlier was trying to accomplish too much at once.

-- Write a comic book
-- Oddly, the opportunity is presenting itself

-- Rekindle relationships with friends and create new ones
-- Done and done, thanks in part to gypsying and also becoming more active locally.

-- Grow an herb garden (2/10/12)
-- I discovered a local resource that gives away seeds. Seeds acquired.

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Oh, and Kanoe -- I'd love it if you share what you're discovering!

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Just made me tear up, Kanoe.

That's what's so important about this ... maintenance does not and (in my opinion) should not make us lifelong slaves to eating/exercise.

To me, the whole point is looking at what the eating/exercise empowers us to do across all fronts and aspects of life.

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Russ..What I find interesting is that you are getting me to look at my whole life..outside of food and maintenance. Quite honestly I have been somewhat obsessed with exercising and eating healthy. These have been my major goals on a daily basis. I realize I need to look at my life and focus on non weight issues. Thanks for your challenge.

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Thanks! One thing with the challenges, and something I've been looking at for myself.

It's worth looking at your lists and seeing what's *not* there. What areas of your life you're focusing on, and which you aren't.

One thing with goals -- it's great to have them, but it's easy to get hyper-focused on just one area because we know that's the area that "works." Or we think it does.

For example: I always joke and say "never give a former big girl a goal." But it's easy to get tunnel vision and make yourself crazy.

It's worth looking at what you're *Not* looking at in your lists. What's your blindspot? That's what' useful in writing things out -- it lends objectivity and takes some of the emotion out of it.

In my example, I'm pretty through in looking at all the areas of my life, but I tend to take on very large goals but I realized I don't address them very specificially. I tend to think on the large scale -- when it's the minute, small details that matter most. The things you miss -- mostly why I focus so much on the small, minute details on everyone else.

Let's see some updates, guys!

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Wow, this is such a great challenge. Thank you for this! I posted my goals on my private SparkPage blog, and team members should please feel free to add me as a SparkFriend, and I will add you back!

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Weekend Update

-- Talk to 3 new people a day I haven't before

Rather than wonder why no one invited me to my favorite Mardi Gras parade, I called a friend I haven't spoken with and met some wonderful people, and got some good story ideas in the process.

-- Schedule downtime away from the computer

Sometimes even carrying around my "portable office" can make me uptight; both points this weekend I made a point to leave the work at home for a few hours.

-- Read a book a week and be engaged in media outlets (other than my own! *laughs*)

Read Times Picayune at gym before workout; checked e-mailed stories

-- Be in an amateur boxing match by the end of the year

-- NEGATORY This is a big negative. I was up late preoccupied with work Friday night, not having much fun in the process. It caused me to sleep late and miss the appointment completely. I was crushed. We'll reschedule at another time, but I realized how the things I love get impacted because of being preoccupied with other crap.

-- Increase Web traffic for Ikeepitoff.com.

Poured through all the marketing materials and know-how I've read for months and determined a game-plan to create events

-- Be fully financially sustainable and grounded, sans aid

Discusses consulting with a few other people; followed up on client, checked in on another. Since I'm juggling, I took greater care of looking at the week ahead and seeing what needed to be done.

-- MG and I attend The Landmark Forum
-- MG meets my grandfather

-- Friend (maybe more) and I have been estranged for a year and it's been dominating my life. Interesting. I met someone else in a similar situation (the job complicates things) and I realized that is NOT how I want to live my life. Surely there's some other approach possible to live so everyone gets what they want. Meanwhile, I cleaned things up with a competitor to MG, realized things weren't as I thought they were. It really drove home we all live in fishbowls, and none of us see the water (see "describing water to fish" cliche). But something's got to give -- trying to reach this cat. It's not a question between my goals and life vs. MG's; it's a priority we both get what we're after. The actions I'm taking don't correspond with that. So thinking new actions.

Otherwise, I strated planning a trip back to NC to see my grandfather.

-- Consultant clients pleased with results and effective in meeting their own goals, circumstances be darned.

One client's fat pain button kicked in and since they've canceled every session. I'm brainstorming ways to get them over their block.

-- My maintenance advocacy work appears in three national outlets

Well, after months of working with SP and two weeks after the last call, a maintenance article magically appears -- not written by a maintainer, let alone me. On one level I get it, but if a company I respect can't even realize they don't pay maintainers any attention unless we're part of a marketing campaign, you want to tear out your hair. Rather than get upset by this though, I'm wondering if a different approach isn't in order, in general.

-- More orderly AND effective file management system

I began by listing out various projects, and what I wanted to do so I could begin prioritizing. From there, I was able to chop it further down to things that needed to happen today.

-- Rekindle relationships with friends and create new ones

Touched base with of my favorite-est people Sunday. Opened up communication again with many others.


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2/9 Progress |

-- Agent acquired and book published

Followed up previous intereviews, included tentative title in bio for Examiner.

-- Talk to 3 new people a day I haven't before

Completed; two at the gym, another three over Twitter

-- Schedule downtime away from the computer

Despite schedule/finances/etc, I had lunch away from my desk, at a relaxed pace. No computer or phone in sight.

-- Read a book a week and be engaged in media outlets (other than my own! *laughs*)

Hopped onto New Orleans Media

-- Be in an amateur boxing match by the end of the year

Worked harder on boxing and found new pair of gloves that reduces strain on elbow.

-- Increase Web traffic for Ikeepitoff.com.

Updated post, re-arranged marketing for consulting pricing and artwork and messaging. Began giving serious thought to ebook design as free-giveaway for e-mail signups; Considering scheduling facebook "Events" discussing maintenance.

-- Be fully financially sustainable and grounded, sans aid

Obtained new consulting client for cooking

-- MG and I attend The Landmark Forum
-- MG meets my grandfather

With career stuff and money issues obscuring the issue and causing me panic, I keep realizing how much MG means to me and gave up making him, myself or anyone else wrong. All that matters is the commitment. To that end, I did a trick a former alcoholic taught me: keep a rubber band on your wrist. Bad thought or just lost in your head? You get a pop.

-- Consultant clients pleased with results and effective in meeting their own goals, circumstances be darned.

New client; discovered a method to try with client who keeps rescheduling because of big girl issues

-- Write daily without without anxiety or procrastination

As a "Tester," cranked out a quick post for IKIO, completed reporting for one Examiner story and set up/scheduled about three others.



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- run a half-marathon in under 2 hours
- run a marathon
- learn spins and single jumps in figure skating
- ride my horse bareback and bridleless in all gaits and over jumps
- run a trail half-marathon in under 2 1/2 hours
- be able to swim 100 meter butterfly without break
- be able to swim 500 meter freestyle in 9 minutes
- be able to do 20 push-ups (can't do even one right now)
- go hiking at least once a month
- be able to run a couple of miles every day (now must 3-4 times/week)
- get the house paid off
- play guitar and piano regularly with my daughter
- grow all my own vegetables year-round with the help of a greenhouse

Birgit


Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/10/2012 (01:05)
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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- Run a real class IV river smoothly, not on sneak lines (Black or Deerfield or Lower Gauley)
- Participate in a whitewater slalom race
- Go kayak camping in the 1000 Islands or somewhere like that
- Go surfing in a sea kayak
- Ride my bike around all of the Finger Lakes (I've already done Cayuga Lake twice)
- Kayak the length of all of the Finger Lakes
- Learn a back deck roll
- Get my off-side hand roll working as reliably as my on-side one
- Sell my QCC 700x
- Buy a Tempest 165
- Get or make a Greenland paddle
- Get a flatwater bowstall working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
- Get a flatwater stern squirt working in my Project X or a 2 Fun
- Learn an aerial move (possibly loop or helix)

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 2/9/2012 (22:11)
Never, ever, EVER give up!

From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.

Media
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Blogs
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tinyurl.com/maintenance-links

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Thanks. You know what's weird? I have goals like I usually do, but it wasn't until this past few weeks I ever gave serious thought, sans judgment, about what I *want.* Mainly because most of my life I never got what I wanted and it was a Bad Idea to even give it thought, but what I earned. That only got me so far.

This exercise is a combination of things I learned in the Landmark Forum years and years ago, and also some experiences here in New Orleans.

It's also why I awarded extra points for Acts of Weight Loss Gods -- pursuing a goal is important; forcing an outcome is detrimental. You got to allow for the happy accidents and surprises, too.

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Russ, great challenge. It helps us focus on what we want rather than on what we don't want (too much food, too much weight) and this focus will rewire our brain. Awesome! I'm in! Will post later today when I have more time. emoticon
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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Woot! Way to take it on!

Go for it! Blog and post it back up here. That's why I want the lists self-contained -- so they can grow/change/adapt as you will.

If you get stumped on simple actions you can take, that's what we're all here for. Ain't therapy, it's movement. ;-)

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Dag, this is going to be hard....

Skirnir's goals
1. walk my first half marathon
2. play something on the piano well, maybe with my son or husband
3. build up readership/views on my coupon matchup blog (unless we move)
4. find a church where I can help others
5. Go on a mission trip somewhere outside Wisconsin
6. Find ways to regularly help others, more than just giving them a ride or a piece of food etc.
7. Coupon to support the local food pantry
8. build up our in person coupon meets

Hmmm, may have more, but this is off the top of my head. Think I will have to do a blog post.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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Russ' Goal List (I'm keeping it real real, mind you)

-- Agent acquired and book published
-- Talk to 3 new people a day I haven't before
-- Learn guitar
-- A Jeep
-- Louisiana license plate on my vehicle
-- Schedule downtime away from the computer
-- Read a book a week and be engaged in media outlets (other than my own! *laughs*)
-- Be in an amateur boxing match by the end of the year
-- Increase Web traffic for Ikeepitoff.com.
-- Be fully financially sustainable and grounded, sans aid
-- Visit Chriopractor monthly, new shoes 2-3 months
-- MG and I attend The Landmark Forum
-- MG meets my grandfather
-- New Clothes
-- Bylines appear in three national magazines
-- Consultant clients pleased with results and effective in meeting their own goals, circumstances be darned.
-- My maintenance advocacy work appears in three national outlets
-- Create a contest to help X people obtain loose skin removal surgeries
-- AB and I help create the world's first evidence-based maintenance plan
-- Create a Maintenance Support Group
-- Be more widespread in increasing maintenance awareness and support
-- Obtain seed capital and funding to fully develop Second Helping Media as originally intended
-- Open a gym that blends cooking instruction, fitness and public events.
-- Write daily without without anxiety or procrastination
-- Attend a concerts regularly again
-- Create a comfortable living space in home (it looks like a bunker/home office now)
-- Obtain a painting by Todd White for the home
-- More orderly AND effective file management system
-- Resume regular posts for IKIO and Examiner.com
-- Travel to Paris specifically, or abroad in general, to places I have not been
-- Write a comic book
-- Freewrite 5 minutes three times a week
-- Rekindle relationships with friends and create new ones

Added 2/10
-- Grow an herb garden

Added 3/30:

-- Learn to refurbish furniture: tiling, staining and paint brush effects
-- Obtain new laptop
-- finally get an iPad (will help on the reading front)
-- Obtain a bicycle suitable for city biking
-- Personal set of boxing gloves
-- New cookbooks
-- New glasses
-- Kayak
-- Separated from LW in every capacity
-- A small house in a neighborhood I love, with ample room for a deck and garden, but not much yard (boo on yardwork, but yay gardening), kitchen with gas stove and sufficient workspace, bed quarters, basic home office and living area.
-- Primary office in separate place from home (the option to work from home is great, but when it's an option and not the norm. Home office is not for me)

Edited by: RUSSLANE at: 3/30/2012 (21:52)
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Hey guys,

Maintenance is certainly about the mechanics I call it, or the biomechanics more accurately -- logging and tracking your weight and adjusting and tweaking as necessary.

Just as important is ensuring you're actually going after the life you envisioned for yourself in losing weight -- or as is often the case, totally exceeding your expectations. I call this the "significance." It's what makes keeping weight off truly significant. It's the dividing line between maintenance feeling like a job, a joy, or just something you stay on top of.

Certainly better health is an end to itself, but if we're being honest, isn't a better life the point of it all? If your day-in, day-out looks and feels exactly the same as it was pre-weight loss, what's it matter if you're eating perfectly portioned 300-calorie meals or taking an hour to work out/move? To look better? Really, why bother?

This isn't just wishy-washy Oprah stuff either: the non-eating/exercise day-to-day activities of life effects the bottom line, or the scale, as it were. Depression, itself a poncy word for being in a funk, or (as I call it) dealing with Big Girl Issues, is a top indicator among NWCR research for keeping weight off. And more simply, if your life does not look or is structured like it did pre-weight, it's much harder to regain and easier to bounce back from a gain.

In other words, this is a challenge to maintainers to actually bring reality, accountability, support and action to the whole "You can't just diet and exercise, you have to change your lifestyle." cliche.

Here's the game:

1) Write out goals. Not "I want world peace," what you really want in your life. Own it -- don't be ashamed of it! You have carte blanche: finances, relationships, sex, kids, career, home, family, personal appearance.

2 ) The only exception: The web is still a public place, but I believe in maintainers owning our experiences. If we don't, folks can just make their own bad assumptions or remain ignorant to the needs and true challenges of keeping weight off longterm. But other people in your life don't have a choice in the matter. If your list mentions other people, just use initials.

3) Please post your various goals/whatnot in a separate post without any other commentary. I want you to be able to go back to cross items off, or add to the list as you think of things. Even better if you print it out and keep it in your purse, jacket, etc.

4) These goals do not mention anything weight-related at all. We have other challenges for that. The only exception are physical activities or sports: 4A-Healthy-BMI kayaks for example, I box. One of my goals is to be in a proper amateur match by the end of the year. Again, this has nothing to do with body fat percentage, macronutrient timing, calories burned, or the like.

5) Repost here daily, or weekly (I'm happier if I do it almost daily so the memory's fresh, plus it keeps my edge) listing how you took a simple action to further some item on your list.

6) If you get stumped for ideas on what to do, ask the other challengers for ideas.

7) You get one point for every simple action you took, 5 for an item you cross off the list. 3 points for chance occurrences that help make things happen (Acts of Weight Loss God, I call them). I'll tally the week's points on Sundays should you want to post weekly.

8) At the end of May we claim ourselves a winner. And there will be surprises.

Who's In?



Edited by: RUSSLANE at: 2/9/2012 (10:25)
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