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11/5/19 8:13 P

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! I should start making my bed!!!

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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11/5/19 7:53 P

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That is an excellent month Greb! Way to go!

There is something to be said for setting achievable goals. Kind of like the advice to make your bed in the morning, so that you start with an accomplishment everyday.

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Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
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Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
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11/5/19 7:40 P

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Overdue final check in for October.

emoticon The apple goal made me happy. I had a few days when I ran out of apples, and at the end of the month several meals that started with a cara cara orange, but that preserved the spirit of the goal, and I was really quite consistent most of the rest of the time. It's become kind of a habit, so I think I'll probably keep it up as long as apple season lasts. (Still waiting for GoldRush to show up at the farm market) A definite win.
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emoticon swim goal may have been too easy. I swam fewer times than I had hoped (still struggling with the swim cap requirement at my nearest Y) but still met the speed goal (doing breast stroke - the slowest stroke). Another win.
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emoticon Definitely didn't make the original goal of carrying some leguminous food around with me to every (unrefrigerated) place I went, but I did make the goal of eating some kind of beans or lentils at least once a day. Today's lunch was a big bowl of black bean chili, easily big enough to count as two servings. Will keep this up, too, 'cause the beans are better for my carbon footprint than dairy or even tofu. Another win.
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emoticon I am ready for the Mercury transit. We have a place to store the telescope off site, since the school is closed that day; we have fliers and maybe even matching shirts; the kids meet me one last time this Friday to rehearse our educational spiel since we decided to hold it at the boardwalk.
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emoticon Flexible Spending Account is my epic fail. I got a recommendation for an eye doctor and made an appointment, but nothing else is set up. And as of yesterday, I have a toothache, so I may be spending it all on dental work. Two more months before I donate the money to Uncle Sam.
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emoticon the whole costume thing... dropped trick-or-treating to join the Warren brigade in the Village Halloween parade, and then dropped the HoBOOken 5K to go to a grad school open house. And I had made the Elastigirl costume for HoBOOken before, so the only new thing in my wardrobe is a blonde wig. Meh. Not a flat-out failure, but not nearly as grand as doing the Alien costumes. Saved me time, I guess.
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emoticon never came back to the voter registration, but I did multiple sets of Sister District/ Vote Forward mailings, so I think I can count four activities.
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emoticon my weight training goal was to improve my percentile rank on five simple exercises. LORENVER, you congratulated me mid-month for mr improvements - unfortunately those were the goals, not the actual. Beat one of them, though: on skull-crushers I went from 38% to 66%. Yay!!!
Pull-ups I went from 57% to 63% (for the record, that's a measly 2 pull-ups, but still, progress)
Push-ups 25% to 51% - thought I was gonna beat it, but I just couldn't squeeze out one more.
Curls 28% to 40%
Lost ground on the squats. Somewhere mid-month I pinged something in my right knee. Not pain, exactly, just a sensation that shouted "this is wrong" every time it was my right leg lifting me up a stair or onto the curb. So I stopped, and rested it for a couple days. Tried to use it again and still got the warning twinge, so I started using my left leg for everything for about a week. Back to squats again and the knee still wasn't happy. And then the month was over and I could do them again, but I'm really fearful about joint injuries, so I haven't started stressing it again yet. So it's an 80% win - I can live with that.

I think this was my best month since I started setting these goals YEARS ago. My note to self as I set my November goals was repeat the plan of several small things that I kinda liked doing anyway. I am motivated by how well you two keep up the consistency, and I was proud of myself when I did, so I'm gonna try for that again in November.

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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11/4/19 8:39 A

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Good Job MARCHEM!

My final check in


1. Do a mini (at least 5 minute) weight training EVERYDAY. This includes travel days.

This was a wash.

2. Get in my 10,000 steps a day. This will be really hard when I am out of town, but I want to try it anyway.

I did it!!!

3. Get the backyard up and running by the 10th of October including: fence staining, grass seeding, debris removal, foundry fixing or replacing.

Done

4. Cross stitch everyday for at least 10 minutes.

Yes, and I am almost done with a project!

5. Eat when hungry, stop when full.

80% success or so.

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
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11/1/19 1:15 P

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Final check in:

1. I ended the month with 930 minutes of exercise. emoticon

2. I completed at least 8,000 steps every day and am currently on a 39 day streak of at least 8,000 steps a day. emoticon

3. I was able to read or cross stitch almost every day. There were a few days when I ran out of time. So, goal partially met (but mostly).

4. I'm still not fully tracking and I ate too much yesterday between a Halloween work party and my birthday dinner, but I'm committed to eating healthier and eating less.

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10/19/19 9:11 A

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Good check in MARCHEM! Keep on stepping!

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Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
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~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
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10/18/19 2:15 P

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Just checking in:

1. I have worked out 530 minutes so far this month and am on my way to 900 minutes.

2. I have continued by 8,000 steps streak. So far, I've walked at least 8,000 steps for the last 25 days. It's midday today and I'm already over 5,500, so should make it to 26 days in a row.

3. I've been taking time to read and/or cross stitch every day. My project is coming along nicely, slowly, but it is progressing.

4. I haven't been tracking like I should, but I am eating less and eating healthier.

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10/14/19 9:41 A

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For the pacing, I am just glad the hotel room was big enough to pace in!

As for the grass, the average frost date is minus 4 days now, Oct 10th. The range is Sept 30-Oct 30. The first week of October was still 80+ degrees :(. The little grass seems to be holding its own, but the temp dropped so fast, it is now wait and see.

Greb- I am super impressed by your improvement in weight training, wow! Also, if you didn't give the kid the apple, you would have thought about that for a long time. You did the right thing.

For my goals:

1. Do a mini (at least 5 minute) weight training EVERYDAY. This includes travel days.

Yes, some better than others, but they are happening.

2. Get in my 10,000 steps a day. This will be really hard when I am out of town, but I want to try it anyway.

Doing very good here. Started some jogging again, then it goes really fast (unlike me).

3. Get the backyard up and running by the 10th of October including: fence staining, grass seeding, debris removal, foundry fixing or replacing.

The seed has sprouted then the temps plummeted. Hopefully it will survive.

4. Cross stitch everyday for at least 10 minutes.

Doing good here. Want to finish before Thanksgiving travel so I can give it to the person.

5. Eat when hungry, stop when full.

Doing better at this.


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Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren


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10/11/19 7:08 P

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Ooh, pacing in the hotel room sounds even less fun than the dreadmill. Yay LORENVER for consistency. How much growing time does your grass have before you'll get your first frost?

checking in again:

emoticon I've been _perfectly_ consistent about the apples since last post until this afternoon. one of my kids was all listless and grumpy and complaining that he was hungry, so I gave him the apple I had for my ride home. He left SO much fruit around the core that I wished I hadn't shared. Oh, well. More apples at home...

emoticon I haven't gone to the pool since last weekend, even though I had the day off work Wednesday for Yom Kippur. Will get three swims in this weekend - maybe one tonight. Still nice and slow - trying to get my breathing rhythm back.

emoticon I haven't been keeping legumes around all the time, but I have been good about eating some kind of proteinaceous beany thing every day (if the tofu I had for lunch today counts, anyway). I think maybe I am less committed to always having them around and more committed to making sure I'm eating at least a serving each day.

emoticon still haven't worked on Mercury transit or

emoticon Flexible Spending Account

emoticon costumes chosen, but except for buying a wig, I haven't done any prep work. I have a lot to do with my long weekend!!!

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bailed on the voter registration because Eric made competing plans and we hadn't communicated, so I gotta pick another activity to make up for that.

emoticon okay, now I'm doing the weight exercises and not the bodyweight ones!
push-up as of Oct 1 26% goal by Oct 31 51%
dumbbell curl as of Oct 1 28% goal by Oct 31 52%
skull-crusher as of Oct 1 38% goal by Oct 31 59%
pull-up as of Oct 1 57% goal by Oct 31 71%
bodyweight squat as of Oct 1 67% goal by Oct 31 98%



Edited by: GREBJACK at: 10/11/2019 (20:57)
Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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10/9/19 3:24 P

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Great check in Greb.

For me

For me:

1. Do a mini (at least 5 minute) weight training EVERYDAY. This includes travel days.
They were pretty small, but I did them!

2. Get in my 10,000 steps a day. This will be really hard when I am out of town, but I want to try it anyway.

This was rough on travel days. So much pacing in my hotel room!

3. Get the backyard up and running by the 10th of October including: fence staining, grass seeding, debris removal, foundry fixing or replacing.

The seed is down and starting to grow!

4. Cross stitch everyday for at least 10 minutes.

Yes, minus travel days. I decided not to take it with as that could lead to disaster.

5. Eat when hungry, stop when full.

Doing okay.

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren


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10/5/19 7:04 P

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checking in...

emoticon I've only done the bodyweight stuff while I've been out of town (2nd to 5th) but I will get back to my curls and skull-crushers tomorrow morning (home in five hours)
push-up as of Oct 1 26% goal by Oct 31 51%
dumbbell curl as of Oct 1 28% goal by Oct 31 52%
skull-crusher as of Oct 1 38% goal by Oct 31 59%
pull-up as of Oct 1 57% goal by Oct 31 71%
bodyweight squat as of Oct 1 67% goal by Oct 31 98%

emoticon did a nice slow 750 yards this morning. trying to keep how good it felt to be in the water in the front of my mind so I won't be so inclined to make excuses next time I have a swim on my schedule.

emoticon ran out of apples at the airport Wednesday and then left my apples at the hostel when I packed out this afternoon, so only about 75% so far, but I'll be at Eric's tomorrow morning and there's a farm market opening at 9 am so I'll be restocked soon.

emoticon okay, not such a good job keeping the legumes "on hand" at the convention center, but I did cook my best unfamiliar-kitchen-version of channa saag at the hostel to eat for dinner Thursday and Friday. I think that's a win.

emoticon no progress on the Mercury transit yet.

emoticon on progress on the FSA yet.

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voter registration in Harlem tomorrow from noon to 2:00 with some other Warren supporters.
mailing some Sister District Project postcards tomorrow.
attending a debate watch party on the 12th.
and doing the Village Halloween Parade dressed as Warren.
no local/ state thing this month, but I dunno if I'm going to try to fit more in.

emoticon settled the costume decisions
no aliens - just a jewel-tone jacket with black pants and a blond wig for Halloween
gonna do ElastiGirl for Hobooken
and if I end up being really on top of my game, I'll be Emmy Noether at school on the 31st.

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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10/2/19 1:47 P

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Score! Love it! First, apples are the best. Yah for apple season!
I really like your costume idea, Sadly many of the best costumes are not good for running in. With the recent Incredibles 2 movie, your re-emergence as ElastiGirl works well :).

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
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Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
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I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
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10/1/19 5:55 P

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I'm following your lead, LORENVER, into small goals. Going to set a few more than usual, but emoticon goals I'm confident I can hit. I want to break my habit of setting goals that are too much of a stretch (they always sound good at the start of the month) that I then have to cop to missing. So here goes October:

emoticon a strength goal - measured at strengthlevel.com, I'm going to raise my percentile rank for each of five exercises
push-up as of Oct 1 26% goal by Oct 31 51%
dumbbell curl as of Oct 1 28% goal by Oct 31 52%
skull-crusher as of Oct 1 38% goal by Oct 31 59%
pull-up as of Oct 1 57% goal by Oct 31 71%
bodyweight squat as of Oct 1 67% goal by Oct 31 98%

emoticon a swim goal - this is part of a long-term goal to swim from the Statue of Liberty to shore on Sept 5, 2020. for the month of October, my goal is to get 700 yards in under 12 minutes.

emoticon apple diet goal - already started this one 'cause it's delicious
eat an apple as the start of every meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner, commute home snack, whatever. gonna try to buy all those apples at the farm market, too.

emoticon protein goal - I'm going to have some kind of legume food on hand ALL the time. it could be hummus or black bean dip, could be curried lentils; currently eating white bean artichoke dip on slices of purple kohlrabi.

emoticon nerdy goal - by the end of the month I will have my Mercury transit event ALL planned and ready to go.

emoticon finance goal - by the end of the month I will have a plan to spend all of my flexible spending account money by the end of the year so I don't just donate cash to Uncle Sam again this year.

emoticon citizenship goal - I will participate in two presidential election activities, one voting rights/ redistricting activity, and one local or state election activity. this one is going to repeat every month until election 2020.

emoticon and then there's the Halloween costumes! Eric agreed to be an alien queen if I could get the costume together for him. If we're here handing out candy together, I could be Ripley in the loader. If I'm going out trick-or-treating with Ellen, maybe I'll try to postpone the Alien theme to next year. Manhattan Warren supporters are planning to march in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade all dressed as Elizabeth - that's pretty tempting. And then there's the Hobooken 5K, for which I need a costume I can run in. No way I'm finishing three costumes by the end of the month, so I have to think more about this one. Could reprise my ElastiGirl costume from a previous costume run. Hmmm..


Edited by: GREBJACK at: 10/1/2019 (17:57)
Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
-Edwin Markham

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10/1/19 2:41 P

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I found I really like a step goal. It gets my butt moving even when I don't want to. :)

Loren

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Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
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Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
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I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
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10/1/19 2:00 P

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My October goals:

1. 900 minutes of exercise. I've been able to do 800, so I'm pushing myself.

2. 8,000 steps per day. I'm currently in a step challenge at work and have been doing that for the last 8 days. I want to try to keep that up.

3. Take at least 10 minutes a day for me (reading, cross stitch). Did that last month and really helped.

4. Pay attention to what I'm eating. Eat less and eat healthier foods.


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9/29/19 9:00 P

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I've been learning about mini goals, so I am setting a few.

For me:

1. Do a mini (at least 5 minute) weight training EVERYDAY. This includes travel days.

2. Get in my 10,000 steps a day. This will be really hard when I am out of town, but I want to try it anyway.

3. Get the backyard up and running by the 10th of October including: fence staining, grass seeding, debris removal, foundry fixing or replacing.

4. Cross stitch everyday for at least 10 minutes.

5. Eat when hungry, stop when full.

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren


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9/29/19 8:55 P

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October starts on Tuesday, what are your goals and ambitions?

I'll be on the road for some of it, so I really need to figure these out.

Loren

Edited by: LORENVER at: 9/29/2019 (20:56)
Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Warrior Dash September 10th 2016
Sprint Triathlon September 14th 2014.
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