February's Official Health Month bloggers

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Food for Thought

<p> <p>I've been online all morning combing forums and asking trusted friends for advice about what to eat before a long run (the reason I am researching is to figure out what to eat before the big race, but since everyone responds to that with, "Eat what you ate during training," I am wording my question differently.) I've found some really neat tips and some cool running quote gems I wanted to share:&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's mental until you pass out; <em>then</em>&nbsp;it becomes physical."--So damn true, I try to tell myself I should quit sometimes because I'm tired or getting sore or some other bogus reason, and when I think that during the race (I doubt I will, I'm spending a lot of money on this race, I'm going to complete it come Hell or high water) I plan to whip out this quote as a defense.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most of the time, when most think of the concept of "carbo loading," it conjures images of pasta parties and heaping bowls of spaghetti. But while I was researching this morning, it hit me like a ton of bricks that my other favorite foods would be just as appropriate to accomplish the goal of glycogen stocking. When I realized that my all-time favorite food, with its versatility and unparalleled utility and FUN-...ility, would be perfect--if done right. That's right, kids:</p> <p style="padding-left: 270px;"><span style="font-size: large;">PIZZA.<span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Herein lies a problem. I only have one long run before the race to practice eating the night before. (I'm pretty much citing "Not thinking seriously about endurance nutrition prior to T-2 weeks until the race" as my #1 foul up in training for my first half marathon. Man, that will be a really good post...start looking forward <em>now</em>, y'all!) My head is swimming with carbs. I've been listening intently to the podcasts of the <a href="http://www.twogomers.com/">Two Gomers&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;and I have had it in my head that I might try a big burrito tonight because that is what one of the Gomers loves to eat before long runs, but now I am wondering...huge baked potato with mild chili, low-fat sour cream and cheese? (Remember, now, that I have a stomach of absolute steel most all the time) Perhaps some slices of margherita pizza? I dunno.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Another problem is that I have to deal with is how I want to assess my calories today in conjunction with Health Month. My rule is to stay under my net calorie limit six days per week--but that's really hard to do without any exercise at all in a day, and I've found that it is absolutely essential for me to not do ANYTHING (no boxing, no Pilates, no walking, <em>nothing</em>) for two full days prior to a long run. SO the question I must ask myself is this: how do I want to think about this rule? Is it an absolute, entirely black and white? Is it OK to say that I followed the rule when I consider that I will be eating my dinner for my workout tomorrow, which will burn all those calories and then some? I have the rule in place for my weight loss goal, but perhaps in future months I need to bring myself down to following the rule five days per week, not six, to allow for fueling before my long runs.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">"I run for my family. I run faster for myself. I run more for both." --I love this; we all run for ourselves, but we also should consider that we do it for our families and relationships, too. Running makes us more alert mentally, healthier physically, and calmer emotionally, and that is a beautiful gift to give a loved one: us, at our very best!</span><br /></span></p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/food-for-thought">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/food-for-thought#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

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Adelheid is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 7 · 4,805 pts

New post! Five Powerful Habits to Establish Today

<p><a href="http://justbesplendid.tumblr.com/post/3635678905">justbesplendid</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><span> </span></p> <ol><li><strong>Eating a Healthy Breakfast. </strong>Whether your diet is healthy or not, it’s part of your habits. </li> <li><strong>Getting Some Exercise. </strong>Rather than forcing yourself to exercise, look for an opportunity to slot exercise neatly into your day. </li> <li><strong>Reading More Books</strong>. Find a way to make reading into a natural, enjoyable part of your day<strong>. </strong></li> <li><strong>Saving Money for the Future. </strong></li> <li><strong>Taking Time Out for Yourself. </strong>This is a big one which a lot of us miss out on: taking the time we need for ourselves. </li> </ol><p>(source: <span><a href="http://enlightr.com/change-blog/five-powerful-habits-to-establish-today">enlightr.com</a>)</span></p> </blockquote> <p>Seriously!  At least half of these are Health Month rules for me!  (Not linking, ‘cause it may well pull the post into HM blogs and this totally isn’t MINE.)</p>

over 3 years ago

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tangentress is blogging her health month.

Heart.full.16 11 · 9,339 pts

New post! If I had any idea...

<p> <h6 class="uiStreamMessage" style="font-size: 11px; color: #000000; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-family: lucida grande, tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; padding: 0px;"><span class="messageBody" style="line-height: 14px; font-size: small;">I would just like to say that this morning I opened my duffel bag that has housed jeans I haven't been able to wear for 4 years. I can now wear them. BITCHES.</span></h6> <div style="font-size: 11px;"><span style="line-height: 14px; font-size: small;">How amazing is that?&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">Even though I haven't met my weight loss goals I am still feeling great about everything I've done thus far.</span></span></div> <p /> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">However, I am afraid I have once again set myself up for a crash and burn this month. I had way too many rules before March began, and even into Day 1 I skimmed some off. I'm still not sure if I can make it work. Part of me (the lazy part) wants to just let my behaviors and changes come naturaly. I don't want to use something like Health Month as a way to monitor and encourage my actions. I want to use it more ad a reward system for if I so happen to be a good girl and do what I need to automagically.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <p /> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">THIS IS NOT REALITY.</span></span></div> <p /> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">I am sure the though carefree lounge-like aproach to getting healthy is ideal, it is not realistic, to be honest. Maybe for some of you, but not for me. Once again when I look back on how well I did in September and October, I ruminate over why I am not doing as well as I did then. Why am I not exercising every day, tracking my meals, eating under 1500 cals. Why?????</span></span></div> <p /> <div><span style="line-height: 14px; font-size: small;">When I wake up in the morning the first thing In want to do is go back to sleep.</span><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;"><div class='p_embed p_image_embed'> <img alt="Funny-pictures-cat-cannot-brain-today" height="369" src="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-03-02/HGgDmnrmhvGboxcsgcrDFjzJIrpcsGHfoibmyyGEmCAurIoIuhbGleFcgtuE/funny-pictures-cat-cannot-brain-today.jpg.scaled500.jpg" width="490" /> </div> </span></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;"><span style="font-size: small;">Every now and then I feel like doing stuff, but most of the time I am perfectly fine with just sinking in my couch and melting my brain with bad television. I don't know how to detach myself from bad habits and attach myself to good ones. It is because I am made up of two parts laziness 1<em> part awareness of the need to do things and that they take effort.</em>&nbsp;It is a sad state of affairs.&nbsp;</span></span></span></div> <p /> <div><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="line-height: 14px;"><span style="font-size: small;">This is my resting state, or my general place of being. On average I don't want to do much more than indulge in self stimulating activities. My recent drungs of choice are:</span></span></span></div> <p /> <div>Chocolates...Snickers in particular.</div> <div><div class='p_embed p_image_embed'> <img alt="Snickers_0" height="295" src="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-03-02/FGdcoahCjjHdsAlkIbxhHftzwqddsIBynjoqugEzdrikrDdeghpDdezHIdod/snickers_0.jpg.scaled500.jpg" width="369" /> </div> Vegging out&nbsp;</div> <div><div class='p_embed p_image_embed'> <img alt="Couch_potato_cat" height="372" src="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-03-02/boAFrdhjhsrqffiCfvcFGgFGbjFjyzicbjvamtGuthiIzlndFGpwxjxbCEDo/couch_potato_cat.jpg.scaled500.jpg" width="450" /> </div> </div> <div>I each morning I catch up on my shows over home made breakfast. However, I don't turn it off when I am done with my meal. I keep the t.v. going till I either need to do something else (like work or run errands) or run out of things to watch. It is a sad state of affairs for me when I run out of things to watch. A) because I end up watching complete and utter televised crap! or B) because I will find something else to do to avoid doing what I need to be doing...</div> <p /> <div>Which is exercising (at the last).</div> <p /> <div>This is where Health Month was useful in the beginning. I was excited and eager to do well and not fail. I turned in every day with a nice big 100%. However, that was in October.</div> <p /> <div>Fast forward...</div> <p /> <div>I have two theories about how/why I've fallen off the train to goalsville.&nbsp;</div> <p /> <div><ol> <li>Having had played Health Month for so long has caused the game to lose its meaning. Kind of as if I have absorbed the game into my daily life so much that I react to doing well in it with a big fat "meh," as I do to most routine things. The excitement has lessened and has been displaced by stress. Yes, I do stress when I realize I am not following my rules. I don't even think about "cheating" anymore. I just let myself die. And it isn't so much that I decide to break the rules as it is more that I kinda forget because I have stopped caring as much.</li> <li>Number of rules: the number of rules seems, for me, to have a negative correlation with success in following them. I.e. the more rules I have, the worse I do.I'm pretty sure this is the cause; it is not the difficulty of my rules. October, 3 rules. November, something like 9 rules. December, in the teens. January and February, in the high teens low twenties. March, I think 22 rules. Having a lot of rules can be somewhat related to the first point made above. The more rules you have the more daunting it is to try and remember them and follow them, etc. Especially when they are new rules.</li> </ol> <p>This month I have around 22 rules and 1/3 of them are new. I have lessend the difficulty of some things and challenegd myself in others. Sometimes I feel that failing on your rules can also be completely circumstantial. The great cosmos often times interferes with our plans, and we may end up breaking our rules because of it.</p> <p>Health Month, and all the players that play you, you need to know that I apreciate you and everything you have done to help me. I don't really know where this blog was headed. I am pretty sure that I am beyond tired and unwilling to take a moment to paus and collect my thoughts, and reread my ramblings.&nbsp;</p> <p>So I bid farewell to the blogosphere, and send my well wishes to all my friends and teammates on Health Month. Understand that I am a bit lost in my thoughts at the moment. I am pretty sure an early morning and a nice cup of coffee would be a better time to examine the point(s) I was trying to make.</p> <p>I think I was simply determined to make it to 750 words tonight. See, Buster, at least 750words.com and healthmonth.com are benifiting readers by providing them with 100% quality amusement from my late night rantings.</p> <p>Adeu.</p> </div> <p /> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/if-i-had-any-idea">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/if-i-had-any-idea#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

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tomhump23 is blogging his health month.

Heart.full.16 10 · 3,271 pts

New post! March's Health Month and General Life Rules

<p>The beginning of another Health Month already! Last month seemed to absolutely fly by! After moderate failure (in my eyes) last month, I have started this month very well and I am pleased with my progress. I have increased from 7 rules to 9 rules this month thus making things more challenging.</p> <p>My rules this month are as follows:</p> <p>1). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">List things you're grateful for one day a week</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre; font-weight: bold;"> </span>This rule worked well for me last month so I see no need to change it therefore I'll keep a <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>laissez-faire attitude towards this one.</p> <p>2). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Drink at least 23 glasses of water a week</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Upped from last month as I found drinking 20 glasses a week fairly simple. This was what the <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>automated system at health month suggested for me to try, so I have!</p> <p>3). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Eat raw fruit every day</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Simple yet effective and worked great last month. Something as a student that I feel is vitally <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>important due to lack of a good diet at university. I try the best I can of course but this keeps me <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>reaching for fruit instead of a packet of crisps or other junk food.</p> <p>4). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Practice guitar at least 4 days a week</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre; font-weight: bold;"> </span>Just to make sure I still make time to play :)</p> <p>5). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Do weight training at least 3 days a week</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre; font-weight: bold;"> </span>The main reason I use health month. This being to keep healthy and monitor bulking up at the <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>same time. 4 times a week was a little hard to achieve last month so I will stick to 3 times a <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>week!</p> <p>6). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Drink 2 protein shakes a day at least 4 days a week</span></strong></p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>This rule was my achilles heel last month and therefore I have reduced the frequency from <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>everyday to at least 4 days a week which I think I will find much more manageable.</p> <p>7). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Eat breakfast every day</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Yes, I was one of those, I couldn't stomach breakfast early and if I could I usually would rather <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>sleep and rush than have breakfast. Recently I have become much better at having breakfast <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>and this is just that extra incentive to keep it up.</p> <p>8). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Get at least 8 hours sleep every night</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>This is important for 2 reasons. Reason 1 being that if I want to bulk up, the sports scientist in <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>me tells me that I have to have significant sleep otherwise work in the gym may actually be <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>counter productive to my gains. 8 hours sleep is a good benchmark and gives the body and the <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>mind a rest from daily activities. Reason 2 is that I can be grouchy without enough sleep and I <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>want to be able to focus during my 9am lectures.</p> <p>9). <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Volunteer at least 3 hours a week</span></strong></p> <p><span style="white-space: pre; font-weight: bold;"> </span>This isn't a biggy for me but I thought I'd add it as I have begun working at a charity shop on a <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Friday doing volunteer work as they are always looking for help so I thought as Friday is my day <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>off it gives me something constructive to do for people in need.</p> <p>There it is. My 9 rules for this month. Let's see how I do!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Update soon!</p>

over 3 years ago

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tomhump23 is blogging his health month.

Heart.full.16 10 · 3,271 pts

New post! Health Month - End Of February Review

<p>The end of another month on Health Month! Much more difficult this time round than during January. Somehow, thanks to my amazing team, I finished the month with 10 life points and 3,271 points! I got a lot of help from those guys and they helped me to get through the month!</p> <p>From my summary which can be found here,</p> <p><a href="http://healthmonth.com/learn/26673">http://healthmonth.com/learn/26673</a></p> <p>It is clear that the rule I failed on (literally got an 'F' like back in School!) was having 2 protein shakes a day every day. Every other rule was 'B' and above! Therefore, I think I will make a few changes to my rules for March's game.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Did you know low-fat chocolate milk has proven to be a superior post-run choice to sports drink?

<p> <p><div class='p_embed p_image_embed'> <a href="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/runmmt/bArbCsxxGpmdkbikpxqDsbvgrtDbmIezFDvtIotgtyouGumJmDljnwjholEl/media_httpdistillerys_zHapC.jpg.scaled1000.jpg"><img alt="Media_httpdistillerys_zhapc" height="500" src="http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/runmmt/bArbCsxxGpmdkbikpxqDsbvgrtDbmIezFDvtIotgtyouGumJmDljnwjholEl/media_httpdistillerys_zHapC.jpg.scaled500.jpg" width="500" /></a> </div> </p> <p>No, seriously, put down the Gatorade. Multiple studies have shown that chocolate milk is more effective at restoring glycogen stores in muscles, thus making for a smoother, more efficient recovery. This is actually old news: <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/24/health/webmd/main1342839.shtml">CBS reported on it</a> back in 2006.&nbsp;</p> <p>The advantages of chocolate milk over sports drink? Chocolate milk contains protein, but more importantly, it has the ideal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio for refueling. It's got vitamin D (hey you Health Month-ers with Vitamin D rules--if you run, kill two birds with one delicious, chocolatey stone!) bone-strengthening calcium, mood-boosting B12...what are you waiting for? It's far less expensive than sports drink and feels like you're really rewarding yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be clear: YooHoo AIN'T CHOCOLATE MILK. And if you want to be calorie conscious, stick to 1%--not whole, not 2%, and equally important, <em>not</em>&nbsp;skim. (Promise.) Grab some Ovaltine or delicious Hershey's syrup and mix up one serving. You'll be glad you did.&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/did-you-know-low-fat-chocolate-milk-has-prove">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/did-you-know-low-fat-chocolate-milk-has-prove#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! February Week 4 Recap

<p> <p>Here's how the week went:</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong></p> <p>It was back to the grind this week. &nbsp;Not much went on:</p> <ul> <li><strong>It was really cold.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Yeah, this is the #1 news item of the week. &nbsp;Hello -20 weather. &nbsp;(Americans: That's in Celsius. &nbsp;If it was -20F I think I would have just quit school and moved somewhere else. &nbsp;I do not like the cold.)</li> <li><strong>I did homework.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I also procrastinated doing homework. &nbsp;That pretty much covers my week.</li> </ul> <p>This week sucked. &nbsp;Period.</p> <p><strong>Health Month</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> rules this week:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Drink at least 49 glasses of water:</strong>&nbsp;51 glasses drank. &nbsp;I drank <em>ten</em>&nbsp;glasses in one day.</li> <li><strong>Floss at least 5 days a week: </strong>7 days of flossing. &nbsp;I flossed every single day this week. &nbsp;I'm so proud.</li> <li><strong>Cook dinner 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;4 days of cooking. &nbsp;School stuff got in the way of making dinner, and my roommate is kind enough to pick up the slack.</li> <li><strong>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;1 day of exercise. &nbsp;I don't even remember exercising that day - yikes!</li> <li><strong>Walk at least 2 miles a week:</strong>&nbsp;0 miles walked. &nbsp;I've been staying up late so I've had a hard time waking up. &nbsp;But that's not really an excuse.</li> <li><strong>Limit internet usage to 4 hours a week:</strong>&nbsp;13.4 hours spent on the internet. &nbsp;Remember when I said not much went on this week? &nbsp;What went on this week was that I failed this rule miserably.</li> <li><strong>Practice my singing at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;0 days of practice. &nbsp;It's not that I haven't had time, it's that instead I spent it on the internet. &nbsp;Grrrrr...</li> <li><strong>Life points remaining:</strong>&nbsp;6. &nbsp;My thanks go out to everyone who healed me, particularly Sara and my mom. &nbsp;You guys saved my butt.</li> </ul> <p>This month just took a huge nose dive! &nbsp;I'm not sure what resulted in this kind of self-destructive behaviour, but I need to get to the bottom of it - and fast!</p> <p><strong>Monthly Goals</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-preview">monthly goals</a> this week:</p> <ul> <li>I don't even want to write this section I feel so wretched about it. &nbsp;So let's just summarize with: I sucked at all my montly goals.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>I've fallen apart in the last 7 days. &nbsp;(I tried saying that in my head the way Jaret says "You've fallen apart in the last 20 seconds" in the beginning of this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKXiNiK63Aw">song</a>, but the timing just isn't right. &nbsp;Bummer.) &nbsp;I'm too disheartened to really write/think about this anymore, so let's just say it did <em>not</em>&nbsp;go well.</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-4-recap">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-4-recap#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! February's Review

<p> <p>And I thought January was rough. &nbsp;Here's February:</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong></p> <p>There were some good things that happened in February. &nbsp;They just don't seem to have buoyed my spirits as much as I would have liked.</p> <ul> <li><strong>I almost lost my temper with Crazy Prof.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Since then, I found avenues to deal with these issues and he no longer bothers me as much.</li> <li><strong>I finished the first round of documentation for my projects.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;This was a huge milestone for me, and a big weight off my shoulders.</li> <li><strong>It was Reading Break.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I got a week of being home with my family, and it was wonderful.</li> </ul> <p>Not as many negative events as <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/januarys-review">last month</a>, but for some reason I feel worse than I did then.</p> <p><strong>Health Month</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> rules for February:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Drink at least 49 glasses of water: A. </strong>&nbsp;I notice now when I haven't been drinking enough water. &nbsp;My head starts feeling fuzzy and I get sleepy and can't concentrate. &nbsp;Who knew that all these years part of my problem focusing was dehydration?</li> <li><strong>Floss at least 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;<strong>A+.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;This is officially a habit now. &nbsp;That's pretty <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">surprising</span> impressive, considering less than six months ago I was flossing on average twice a year - at my biannual dentist appointments.</li> <li><strong>Cook dinner 5 days a week: C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Lots of things got in the way of this rule this month, from school to being with family. &nbsp;I know this isn't a good result, but I'm okay with it. &nbsp;It's a sign I need to modify the way I play this rule.</li> <li><strong>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;<strong>C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It's cold, I haven't been skiing nearly often enough, I've been busy with school, and I've been just plain lazy. &nbsp;No excuses, I know I should have done better.</li> <li><strong>Walk at least 2 miles a week: B.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;It is hard, hard, hard to walk to school right now. &nbsp;I hate walking in the cold and I have been struggling to get out of bed in the morning.</li> <li><strong>Limit internet usage to 4 hours a week: F.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Well, that's a first. &nbsp;This is the first time I have so utterly failed at a rule. &nbsp;I will have to rethink this one and refocus on how I want to be spending my time.</li> <li><strong>Practice my singing at least 4 days a week: C.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I feel really bad about this one. &nbsp;I had a couple weeks that I practiced diligently, and a couple that I completely blew it.</li> </ul> <p>If my exercise and internet usage slipped last month, the fell of a cliff this month! &nbsp;I really struggled to follow my rules this month, so I need to find a new strategy for next month.</p> <p><strong>Progress</strong></p> <p>I made no progress toward my monthly goals. &nbsp;Nothing to report here. &nbsp;(And what I mean by that is "let's brush this failure under the rug and pretend it never happened".)</p> <p><strong>Resolution</strong></p> <p>My New Year's Resolution this year is to <strong>find joy in small moments</strong>. &nbsp;I didn't do this as much as I would have liked this month, but I did find some joy beneath what at the moment feels like an overhelming, stinky pile of crap.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Januaray was crap. &nbsp;February was crap. &nbsp;It can only get better from here? &nbsp;(Oh please God, let it get better from here.)</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-review-0">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-review-0#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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tangentress is blogging her health month.

Heart.full.16 11 · 9,339 pts

New post! Spring Cleaning

<p> <div>Ahh, Health Month, I think this has been my most difficult month so far; and thank god it was the shortest. As stated in my last bloggeronie, my failure can be attributed to setting myself up for failure paired with the great cosmos having a fun time throwing life changing events my way. So, since I don't completely own the horrible job I did this month, I guess I will change my attitude and consider myself to have simply a bit foolish and or weak. I can't give the universe too much credit. I did, at many points, have a somewhat of a "fuck it" attitude.</div> <p /> <div>Anyway, March calls for some spring cleaning, if you will, of my rules and my life. I have dumped a good number of rules from my list; including some I have been doing since day one.</div> <p /> <div>Drinking water is gone, because I feel I have a good handle on drinking on average about 6 glasses a day. I removed the smoking rule because I have been cigarette sober for two months now. I will no longer have the daily multivitamin rule because I have been consistent in following this and, well, I've also ran out! must go buy some more. These and other rules will be retired because they are either unnecessary, not as important, or I trust that I will follow them without them being official rules.</div> <p /> <div>Honorable mention to the one rule I have had since my very first Health Month (October): Eat Breakfast Every Day. I know that I will likely follow this rule without thinking about it, but it is a rule that I need to never EVER slip on. I can not stress enough the importance of eating breakfast!!! Not eating breakfast usually ruins the rest of my day (health wise), making it harder to follow other important rules.</div> <p /> <div>Let me give a little bit of a testimony about Health Month and what happens when you don't follow your rules.</div> <p /> <div>The first couple months felt really good, and maybe that was because I didn't have as many rules, or there was a good balance between easy and hard. Probably also felt good because I didn't lose so many life points.&nbsp;</div> <p /> <div>October - 8</div> <div>November - 17</div> <div>December - 29</div> <div>January - 26</div> <div>February - 28 (Wow, that's a life point a day)</div> <p /> <div>Wait, that cant be, considering that I lost about the same amount the last three months. So why did this month feel so crappy? Well, as I was looking through each month and how many lifepoints I was healed, I realized that February was the only month I barely healed other players. I know it is difficult to quantify this number since it is dependent on how often you break your rules. Still I can't help but wonder if I was unhappy playing this month partially because I wasn't interacting with other players as much as I usually do.</div> <p /> <div>Or of course it could be the other way around. There could be something that was making me miserable, and not wanting to be friendly and altruistic.</div> <p /> <div>And maybe I am going off track here a bit.</div> <p /> <div>When you don't follow your rules there is definitely a sense of crappiness that invades your mind and makes you a grumpy grump. Having people playing the game who appreciate and support you can improve the mood and increase the motivation, but there is still a lingering sorrow attached to rule breaking. When you have a good reason (such as a celebration of some sort, or a vacation, or illness even) to break a rule, the bad feelings usually aren't so bad. But when you are breaking your rules often, and the same ones repeatedly, there is a chance to be overwhelmed with dread and the desire to give up. For example, I pretty much (for the second month in a row) gave up on the reading rule. Its not like reading is hard, and I LOVE a good book. But there is something about trying to will yourself to sit and read that was simply impossible for me. One problem is that I typically fall asleep when I try to read. However, forcing yourself to read feels unnatural (IMO). Yet we can do so when we study while in school? I don't know what my hangups with reading really were this month, but I have decided to let this rule go, for now; especially since it is not too important for my physical health (but mental, well, that is debatable).</div> <p /> <div>I am going to focus on my diet this March. I think I have spent too long (approximately 3 months) weighing the same weight; between September and December I had lost 20lbs, but I've been stuck at a 26lb weight loss since December). I am ready to kick my butt when I exercise, to begin my adventures in trying to jog, and to torture myself with giving up bread, pasta, and rice (6/7 days, or course). I will also be stuffing my face with vegetables.</div> <p /> <div>Health Month, I really can't thank you enough. As odd as it may seem to other people, I don't think I would have been this successful in my journey to health without you!&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/spring-cleaning">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/spring-cleaning#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>
:) normalslife
over 3 years ago

I completely concur!

over 3 years ago

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Memo is blogging his health month.

Heart.empty.16 -36 · 3,792 pts

New post! Health Month - Bye February, Hi March

<p>I failed this month. Hard. After I finish today’s turn I’ll have less than -33 life points.</p> <p>There are a few reasons for this but a failure of this magnitude shouldn’t have happened considering how well everything was going. The whole thing can be tracked to one single day, the day I skipped going jogging because it was raining. The next day I decided to wait until the next ‘alloted’ day to avoid the ruining schedule and then I never actually resumed jogging.</p> <p>It wouldn’t have been so bad, maybe I would have been able to start jogging again but during those days I got a client and the anxiety for completing that job before the deadline consumed everything, making me go to bed very late and waking up tired also very late. The procrastination caused by that anxiety overwhelmed me. Only when I finished that job last friday I felt able to think about other things, like this blog and Health Month but of course it was hard to face the reality of how much I failed to follow my own rules. * sigh *</p> <p>I also failed at getting support from Health Month. I mean, that’s the whole idea behind this community game but I didn’t even want to visit the site due to my continued failure at actually playing.</p> <p>I haven’t given up though. I’m probably going to have to start again from Week 1 in C25K but I’m going to continue trying again and again until I succeed at following my rules for a whole month. I can’t let my anxiety/procrastination dominate my life forever. </p> <p>So here I am, setting up rules for the next month.</p> <ul><li><b>No soda or energy drinks</b>: 28 days streak during February!</li> <li><b>Write 2 pages in a private journal (or blog) every day</b></li> <li><b>Eat raw fruit every day</b> 28 days streak during February!</li> <li><b>Drink at least 56 glasses of water a week</b></li> <li><b>Do meaningful work at least 4 days a week</b>: I’m reducing it as I use this rule exclusively for my web work and I’m probably going to be too busy this month for that.</li> <li><b>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 2 days a week</b></li> <li><b>Follow Couch-to-5K at least 3 days a week</b></li> <li><b>Study Pimsleur French at least 3 days a week</b>: I’m reducing it from 5/week as I’ll probably be busier this month.</li> <li><em>* new *</em> <b>Wake up before 7am at least 5 days a week</b>: My teaching internship starts in March so chances are I’ll need to be up very early in the morning. </li> <li><em>* new *</em> <b>No snacking</b>: Anxiety means procrastination means eating. Maybe I’ll find something productive to do if I can’t eat during those moments.</li> <li><em>* new *</em> <b>Allow red meat and pork 2 day a week</b>: As I mentioned in <a href="http://makingabetter.me/post/3031085022/vegetarianism-and-me">this post</a> I’m trying out ‘<a href="http://vegging-out.com/2011/01/a-vegetarian-expertiment/">weekday veg</a>’ this month.</li> <li><em>* new *</em> <b>Eat breakfast every day</b>: I’m starting to get used to drinking a cup of coffee after I wake up and nothing else. I need to change that to a real breakfast. </li><li><em>* new *</em> <b>Read a book for at least 30 minutes every day</b>: My new Kindle revolutionized the way I read. After years of having to read from my computer (I like reading books in English and there’s very few affordable ways to get books in that language here) I can finally read without feeling like my eyes are getting stabbed after a while.</li> </ul><p>Is adding *more* rules a risk when I didn’t win February’s game? Probably. But I need to believe I’m going to succeed or there’s no reason to keep playing.</p> <p>Finally, thanks to all who’ve read my ramblings this month. Good luck for everyone playing Health Month during March. :)</p>
:) tangentress
over 3 years ago

I, like you, failed super hard in February. I also added more (and new) rules for March. It is risky. I hope we get through it. Keep on rambling. It keeps us sane. Short sentences like these do not, however.

:) snoogles
over 3 years ago

Come post here next time you feel like you might start ignoring your rules! No one will judge, and I promise it helps to get encouragement.

:) garnetgirl
over 3 years ago

Wow, dude, you have a LOT of rules! Might be worth thinking about picking the 5 that you’re most passionate about and doing it for a month before adding more on. You want to set yourself up to succeed.

And if you lose a life point, get back on here and give a holler – we’ll give you plenty of fruit to get you through! Teamwork!

over 3 years ago

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Meet my March Sponsees on Health Month!

<p> <p>One of the best things about Health Month is the sense of community, in the thought that we are all in this together, whether "this" be marathon training, scraping together money for our kids, or politely declining a piece of birthday cake at the office. It's a hard thing we're doing, living, you dig? Why not show we support each other?</p> <p>That's what I'm doing here, just as I did last month. I pored over the sponsorship applications and selected these three mavericks, full of vim and vigor, ready to take on March and end it healthier than they began it. I want to tell you why I chose them, because I would be curious if I were you!</p> <p><a href="http://healthmonth.com/profile/Tibla">Tibla</a> gets the nod because she clearly stated she was in it for a foursquare badge, and I just GET that. I love me a badge, friends, and I love that I can help Tibla get one. it's a good feeling. Tibla, I really hope you do a happy badge dance when you get it :-)</p> <p><a href="http://healthmonth.com/profile/pecus">Matteo</a> caught my eye because he told a joke. I dig his short bio a lot, because it sounds a bit like me, and I hope that maybe if I sponsor him and he reads about my journey to a half marathon, maybe he will begin marathon training himself. I also have reasonable suspicion that he is either living in Italy or is an Italian transplant, and having lived in Italy myself, that makes me smile. Matteo, do the damn thing in the best way you know how.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://healthmonth.com/profile/MGB">MaryGrace</a> has three names, just like yours truly, and she tugged uncomfortably hard on my heartstring when she said that she was scrimping to save money for her child's summer camp. My own mother sacrificed more than she would ever let me know in order to send me to camps, buy yearbooks, wear shoes that were popular...she sacrificed even her health by working so much and worrying so much, and though I cannot ever take that back from her, I can do something really tiny to show my quiet but unwavering support of MaryGrace. MaryGrace, your sacrifices are not unnoticed; keep striving toward excellence.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/meet-my-march-sponsees-on-health-month">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/meet-my-march-sponsees-on-health-month#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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bishop_r is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 4 · 1,324 pts

New post! Satisfied, 28 February

<p>I’m writing this morning from the sunny office at my Permanent Address in the company of a small dog and the <a title="best radio station in the world" href="http://www.kuvo.org">best radio station in the world</a>. Not bad at all, I’d say.</p> <p>I’ve really enjoyed this month’s gig as an “official” <a title="Health Month" href="http://www.healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> blogger. It’s been fun to gather data and reflect on my progress over the course of 28 or so days. I’m pleased that over the last four or five months I’ve been able to draw myself into a different sort of orbit with respect to my health and activity. I won’t be continuing as an official blogger for March, but I’ll continue to play the game and occasionally (and “unofficially”) monitor my progress here and other places. </p> <p>I’m pleased with my overall progress and the attention I am able to give to my eating, exercise, and study habits by using Health Month. I am also glad that I’ve been able to identify “problem areas,” or places in my life where I have to, in a phrase, “curb my enthusiasm” (sorry, everybody). I’ve written about the difficulty of applying and following extreme rules (e.g., <a title="here" href="http://vartabedianr.tumblr.com/post/3145326845/checked-6-february">here</a> and <a title="here" href="http://vartabedianr.tumblr.com/post/3390479425/recovered-recovering-19-february">here</a>). One thing blogging has helped me with is realizing that I can’t follow these sorts of rules well, and - more importantly - <em>that I don’t need to follow such rules to be successful</em>. There is something to “saying” it out loud that helped the point to sink in.</p> <p>It also helps to commit to one month of “no fudging.” The whole point of a community health solution is to rely on others for <strong>encouragement</strong> and <strong>help</strong>. Playing on a team and having the opportunity to ask for help (in the parlance of the game, make a “plea for fruit”) made it possible for me to investigate the extreme rules and determine a balance that I can use to go forward. Thanks to Rhanda, Tim, Michelle, and everyone on Team Awesome! for the assistance and helpful conversation!</p> <p>It would be wrong to say that I’ve completely resolved my situation with respect to eating, exercise, and study. But I can say that I’ve developed a good foundation on which to continue the project. I’m looking forward to applying the form of this sort of practice to another work of habit re-formation inspired by<a title=' Anna Newell Jones and her "Spending Diet" project' href="http://www.andthenshesaved.com/my-spending-diet-guidelines/"> Anna Newell Jones and her “Spending Diet” project</a>. Like personal health, financial health is also important (even for borderline Marxists), so I turn my attention in that direction next. I’ll probably blog about it over the next while, once I figure out what’s going on. </p> <p>Thanks to all of you who’ve kept up with the blog during February. If you’ve come my way thanks to Buster and Health Month, I’d love to hear from you and learn about how things have gone as you’ve played the game. Best of luck for March, and thanks for reading! </p>

over 3 years ago

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Adelheid is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 7 · 4,805 pts

New post! Where did February go?

<p>A quick <a title="Health Month" target="_blank" href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> blogging check-in:</p> <p>I’m currently working on finalising my March rules, rewards and consequences.  I’m going to make it to the end of the month with positive life points (although less than last month).  I’m trying very hard not to make my March rules too difficult to succeed at, and yet still be the ones I need.</p> <p>I’m keeping the following rules: exercise; floss teeth; eat breakfast; take my meds; limit alcohol.</p> <p>I’m adding back in the drink water rule from January, because I noticed myself dropping off on that one.</p> <p>And my new rules are: practice singing; bring lunch to work; contact friends; and cook dinner.</p> <p>I’ll write more later about the whys and wherefores - right now I’m just glad I don’t have a “get to bed on time” rule because I’d be breaking it like mad.</p> <p>(I’ve just thought of an awesome reward.  Readers may have noticed my love for <a title="Kikki.K" target="_blank" href="http://www.kikki-k.com">Kikki.K</a> - a stationery line here in Australia.  If I succeed at this coming month, I will permit myself to purchase the Kikki.K Goal Book: -</p> <p><img alt="Kikki.K Goal book" src="http://www.kikki-k.com/site_media/images/inspirational_books_goal_jpg_408x395_q85.jpg" align="middle" width="279" height="395"/></p> <p>Now I just need to come up with a suitable consequence.  If I wasn’t already thinking of adding the “Eat Fruit” rule for April, that would be it.</p> <p>Good thing I’ve got some time left on that one.</p>

over 3 years ago

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gemfit is blogging her health month.

Heart.full.16 11 · 732 pts

New post! What a month!

<p>I&#8217;m sorry Health Monthers, I&#8217;ve been terrible this month. My first month as an official Health Month blogger and I let the side down halfway through the month. It&#8217;s been madness trying to organise this move and while I&#8217;ve been doing pretty well sticking to my rules mostly, I haven&#8217;t been tracking them or blogging about them. Next month, I&#8217;m taking a month off to allow myself to settle into my new life and then I&#8217;ll be back with a vengeance for April, I swear.</p> <p>This month has just been tough. I went to the doctor today to get a repeat on some prescriptions and she took my blood pressure. It&#8217;s still within the normal and healthy range, but my blood pressure is usually pretty low, so I know it&#8217;s higher than usual. Which is not surprising &#8211; the movers are coming tomorrow, The Boy is going through hell at work, I&#8217;m starting a new job next week, selling my car today and I&#8217;m still processing the disaster that is Christchurch. In fact, I&#8217;d be surprised if my blood pressure wasn&#8217;t going mental.</p> <p>After that appointment, I went to a pilates class. There was a new instructor who decided that today was the day we would be challenged on the reformers. Not a good one for me! I felt like such a wuss having to constantly ask her to lower my weights &#8211; seriously, three times in one exercise. Lady, I&#8217;m complaining, stop patronising me! Eventually, about 15 minutes before the end of class, I stood up, realised I felt like I was going to pass out and I left the class. My body was protesting the entire time and seriously, I don&#8217;t need the extra strain today. There was no way I was going to ignore my body&#8217;s signals.</p> <p>So I&#8217;m taking strain and trying to remember to drink my water, breathe and stop crying over the fact that The Boy and I will be long distance again for 6 weeks. I&#8217;m a wuss but I&#8217;m missing him already, which is bonkers. The whole process of moving countries again is emotional and hard and even though I&#8217;m going to something great and The Boy and I will be happy there, I&#8217;m taking strain. I feel like I&#8217;m PMSing but it&#8217;s not that time of the month. I need time out but I have no time for that. So I&#8217;ll throw another load of laundry in before the movers take my washer and dryer away tomorrow (sob!) and go grab some bread and milk at the supermarket and maybe walk my way around since I&#8217;ll be car-less from 6pm tonight.</p> <p>We&#8217;re moving for a good reason. I just need to remember that.</p> <br />Filed under: <a href='http://stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/category/general-life/'>General life</a> Tagged: <a href='http://stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/tag/melbourne/'>Melbourne</a>, <a href='http://stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/tag/moving-on-up/'>moving on up</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/stayingoncourse.wordpress.com/1110/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=stayingoncourse.wordpress.com&amp;blog=3599651&amp;post=1110&amp;subd=stayingoncourse&amp;ref=&amp;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

over 3 years ago

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tangentress is blogging her health month.

Heart.full.16 11 · 9,339 pts

New post! We've got to talk...

<p> <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"> <div>Alright Health Month, I think you and I have fallen apart.</div> <p /> <div>First it was the fried food, then an extra trip to Starbucks, but at least I was exercising! You cant be mad at me for buying a new pair of jeans because I have no more that fit me well. I know I wasn't writing, but I was thinking about it...</div> <p /> <div>Its not you, its me. I've been going through some changes, and have been thinking about some things. I've changed. My life, and what I want for it, is different now. I'm sorry, but at some point during the last couple weeks I just began to see the future differently, without you in it.</div> <p /> <div>Ok, ok. I'm not really breaking it off with Health Month. You can calm yourselves (or, at least I will calm myself).</div> <p /> <div>There was a point in this month where I pretty much gave up. In the first two weeks I had sunken into the negative life point zone, burrying myself beneath broken rules. I tried my best to justify all my actions, but looking back on it all, I was just making excuses. I was valid in my arguments on some things, but for the most part I was simply allowing myself to indulge in doing and not doing some things, which lead to my hasty downfall.&nbsp;</div> <p /> <div>I love Health Month. The game paired with the right mindset and a good attitude has really done wonders for my health. Since September I have come close to losing 30lbs (and I haven't been where I'm at in my weight since 2007). I've been able to resist temptations more frequently and give up some of my bad food habits (like Fast Food joints). Health Month has, if you will, been somewhat of a spreadsheet for helping me manage and track my health habits. At the end of each month I've been able to assess just how well I am doing in certain areas, and determine what things in my life are the hardest, easiest, and most important to change. So for all of this awesomeness I thank Health Month.</div> <p /> <div>Right before the month began I had dubbed February as FABruary. I was excited about doing well and determined to challenge myself in new areas and areas I've found success in. I made strict my Starbucks, pasta, salt, and soda allowances. I kept with my "no fried foods," "no shopping," and allowed myself the pleasentries of writing "750 words" and "grateful things" each day. Fabruary was going to be an amazing month where I stayed on track, realized my strength, and continued on one more month!</div> <p /> <div>So what happened??????</div> <p /> <div>I asked myself this question every time I lost life points; but I never could answer myself.</div> <p /> <div>At one point I decided that I had lost my way. Another day I convinced myself that I just didn't care. Just a while ago I was convinced that them month was a wash and I would just start over during March. I was comfortable with giving up. I wanted another day with drinking sodas, and an extra sweet drink from Starbucks. Going another day without writing 750 words was fine, and breaking my commitment to blog once weekly was fine considering how many bloggers there are.</div> <p /> <div>I gotta say one things though: considering I know just how good success feels, how much fulfillment I receive from following my rules, and the happiness when I see a positive change in myself, this whole slip, relahpse, and giving up things REALLY sucks and honestly is not <em>me</em>.</div> <p /> <div>The real me is a beautiful and confident woman who has worked hard to get what she wants despite every single roadblock that has come up along the way. I admit all the time that I tend to be lazy, to lose my will to resist temptation, and to admit that things are just to hard to try and do. However, I've so many times been able to trash these thoughts and adopt a positive attitude so I may get done what I need to do to maintain the life I want.</div> <p /> <div>Well, this real me came in a different form this month. It wasn't till recently - well today actually - that I realized my folly was that my life had abruptly changed and Fabruary was not prepared for those changes (or at least not quite fabulous enough).</div> <p /> <div>So, the changes:&nbsp;</div> <div><ol> <li>Getting the mottor running on wedding planning</li> <li>Recieving county health care that completely covered the medical bills that seemed to gloom my future for the next 10 years</li> <li>New job = &nbsp;change in schedule, income, and attitude</li> </ol></div> <div>These things, plus others, have warped my life this month. The rules I had set for the month were centered around the idea that I'd be working less, and spending time at home wallowing in my own self pity. I made rules that would hopefuly take up my "doing nothing" time while still keeping my sanity. Exercise, make my meals, limit the bad stuff, write, read, etc. Instead I had less time to do much since I was out of the house a lot, and with a break of nice weather and friends being friendly, I've honestly been much busier and, well, happier than I thought I would be this month. I was driving a lot, leading to more frequent caffien intakes (starbucks and carbinated sources of energy). My hubby and I discovered the power of date night, so cooking dinner 6/7 days wasn't really happening (considering other days where we had made plans to go out,m or something happened and we had no time to cook, etc). So much has happened in less than 28 days and I haven't been able to adapt, accomodate, or keep up.</div> <p /> <div>I am pretty much done with making my excuses. I think that I'm feeling a lot better about my slips from this month. I will admit some of the indulgences have come from an INTENSE sweet tooth (something I NEVER have) and its been ruining my sugar/calorie intake. Oh well.</div> <p /> <div>Still, Health Month, I forgive you for being so hard, and I am sorry that I expected too much from you, and from myself. I took all of this too seriously, and brought myself down without really thinking about the situation.</div> <p /> <div>Lets still be friends!</div> <p /> <div>Now, what to call March....aMARCHing? Marchvelous? I'm feeling good about the weeks to come. And I hope everyone else is too!</div> <p /> <div>Your friend in health,</div> <p /> <div>-Megan</div> </span></p> </p> <p><a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/weve-got-to-talk">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://tangentress.posterous.com/weve-got-to-talk#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>
:) gowithGrace
over 3 years ago

Megan,
How about a new smiling picture or our favorite blogger for Marchvelous?
And thanks for the blog—been missing that.
welcome home. <3 grace \0/\0/\0/\?/\9/

:) normalslife
over 3 years ago

Yaa! You’re back! We’re going to rule for march… february was hard for me too… my rules were hard!

over 3 years ago

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eatingrules is blogging his health month.

Heart.half.16 8 · 3,482 pts

New post! Twenty ways to get out of a food rut

<p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3768" title="Sad, Plain Spaghetti" src="http://www.eatingrules.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/plain-spaghetti.jpg" alt="Sad, Plain Spaghetti" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>With the busy-ness of the past couple of months, I&#8217;ve been finding myself in more and more of a food rut.  I&#8217;ve been eating reasonably healthfully in general (following my rules, of course), but I feel like I&#8217;m eating the same foods over and over again.  I need to get excitement and variety back into my meals!</p> <p>Here are some ways I&#8217;ve come up with to do just that. If you have any other suggestions, I&#8217;d love to hear them in the comments.</p> <h3>1. Shop hungry.</h3> <p>Everyone says that if you shop when you&#8217;re hungry, you&#8217;ll be more likely to grab foods that are unhealthful. Generally, I agree. However, if you decide you&#8217;re going to the store specifically to find new foods, and before you walk in you commit to buying only foods that are healthful, then I think this can be a great strategy.  When I do this, the items I put in my cart are inevitably more adventurous and creative.</p> <h3>2. Host a dinner party or brunch.</h3> <p>There&#8217;s nothing like trying to impress your friends to get you to crack open your cookbook(s) and put together an interesting, new dish.  (I suggest you give any new recipes a test run at least a few days before, just in case.)</p> <h3>3. Make that party a potluck.</h3> <p>Better yet, make it a potluck!  Come up with a basic theme or throughline for the meal, and then ask guests to bring a dish that works within that theme.  I&#8217;m thinking &#8220;Pirate&#8221; or &#8220;Tropical&#8221; or perhaps even &#8220;1930s Débutante.&#8221;</p> <h3>4. Learn a new cuisine.</h3> <p>Love Thai food?  How about Indian?  I always get <em>Sag Paneer</em> when I eat at Indian restaurants.  It&#8217;s time I learned how to make it myself.</p> <h3>5. Try a new cooking technique.</h3> <p>Most people always gravitate either to the oven or to the stovetop. Mix it up and go outside your comfort zone! <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide">Sous Vide</a></em>, anyone?</p> <h3>6. Take a cooking class.</h3> <p>This is a great way to learn new skills or hone your existing ones.  It&#8217;s also a good way to make new foodie friends. Community colleges and university &#8220;extension&#8221; programs often have some great, low-cost classes.</p> <h3>7. Try a new restaurant.</h3> <p>Try that new place you&#8217;ve been wanting to check out!  On a budget?  Check out <a href="http://www.restaurant.com/">restaurant.com</a> &#8212; you can get $25 certificates for as little as $2 if you sign up for their email list and wait for one of the &#8220;80% off&#8221; promotions.  (Now through February 28, 2011, use promo code DINE for 80% off!)</p> <h3>8. Try a food truck.</h3> <p>Food trucks are all the rage these days.  <a href="http://www.mobilecravings.com/">Figure out</a> where and when an awesome food truck will be.  Then go wait in line.</p> <h3>9. Be your own Iron Chef.</h3> <p>Pick four random ingredients from your fridge or pantry, give yourself 15 minutes, and see what culinary brilliance you can create.</p> <h3>10. Shop at a different local grocery store.</h3> <p>I know my local Trader Joe&#8217;s like the back of my hand.  But the nearby Vons?  I haven&#8217;t a clue where anything is. Going to a different grocery store means that you&#8217;ll have to look for items &#8212; and you&#8217;ll likely discover new foods that you hadn&#8217;t noticed before.</p> <h3>11. Shop at an ethnic grocery store.</h3> <p>Go to Koreatown or Little Ethiopia and explore the offerings in the small, family-owned grocery stores. You&#8217;ll find great deals on some very different foods, sauces, and spices.</p> <h3>12. Use your cookbooks, frequent food blogs, and read the food section of the newspaper.</h3> <p>Tons of great ideas in all these resources &#8212; you just have to do a little looking.</p> <h3>13. Try a new whole grain.</h3> <p>Quinoa, amaranth, teff, barley, buckwheat, millet&#8230; the list goes on and on!  Not sure where to start?  Go over to <a href="http://www.bobsredmill.com/grains-beans-seeds/">Bob&#8217;s Red Mill</a> and check out their offerings.</p> <h3>14. Buy a new kitchen tool or gadget.</h3> <p>Finally getting that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb_sb_noss%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dimmersion%2520blender%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&amp;tag=eatirule-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">Immersion Blender</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb_sb_noss%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dvitamix%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&amp;tag=eatirule-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">VitaMix</a> (!) or a new, super-sharp <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26search-alias%3Daps%26ref_%3Da9_sc_1%26qid%3D1298569265%26field-keywords%3Dkyocera%2520ceramic%2520knife&amp;tag=eatirule-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">Ceramic Knife</a> you&#8217;ve been lusting after may reinvigorate you to get back in the kitchen and try some new recipes.</p> <h3>15. Take up a food DIY hobby.</h3> <p>Join the homesteading movement! Make <a href="http://www.imakecheese.com">cheese</a>, <a href="http://www.imakepickles.com">pickles</a>, jam, <a href="http://www.chillindamos.com">beer</a>, wine, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D0%26ref_%3Dnb_sb_noss%26y%3D0%26field-keywords%3Dcoffee%2520roaster%2520machine%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&amp;tag=eatirule-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957">roast your own coffee</a>. Head over to <a href="http://www.punkdomestics.com">Punk Domestics</a> and get some ideas.</p> <h3>16. Join a CSA.</h3> <p>With <a href="http://www.localharvest.org/csa/">Community Supported Agriculture</a>, you buy &#8220;shares&#8221; of a local farm.  The return on your investment is boxes of fresh, seasonal produce from the farm every week or two. You don&#8217;t have any control over what you&#8217;re going to get, so you are forced to get creative and make something with whatever&#8217;s in the box.  Limits can be a good thing.</p> <h3>17. Pick your own berries.</h3> <p>A fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if you&#8217;ve got kids.</p> <h3>18. Grow some herbs or other food.</h3> <p>This one takes a little longer, of course, but it&#8217;s still a great way to go.  There&#8217;s nothing quite so wonderful as seeing little shoots come up out of the ground a few weeks after you&#8217;ve planted.</p> <h3>19. Eat seasonally.</h3> <p>Learn when vegetables and <a href="http://www.eatingrules.com/2010/07/seasonal-fruits-quick-reference/">fruits are in season</a>, and then focus on those.  It&#8217;s cheaper, healthier, and far more delicious.  It also helps keep some variety in your diet, since you&#8217;ll then be frequently changing what produce you&#8217;re filling your fridge with.</p> <h3>20. Play Health Month.</h3> <p><a href="http://healthmonth.com/teams/show/424">Team Eating Rules</a> has been going strong this month over at Health Month &#8212; and we&#8217;re looking to do it again next month!  By interacting with each other on the &#8220;game wall,&#8221; and keeping track of our healthy eating and healthy living rules, it&#8217;s a self-reinforcing and group-reinforcing environment. Next month, I&#8217;m going to create a custom rule of &#8220;Try a new food at least once a week.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8211;</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/like_the_grand_canyon/5408742884/">Like_The_Grand_Canyon</a>.</em></p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?i=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?i=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:TzevzKxY174"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?d=TzevzKxY174" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?a=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eatingrules?i=iNMgv5WXPnA:f_AvYPFMVyg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/eatingrules/~4/iNMgv5WXPnA" height="1" width="1"/>
:) pelly
over 3 years ago

Yay. I hope you get the team signed up for March soon! I am eager to join in with you guys and keep checking the team page. Finding your blog has been one of the great side benefits of playing health month!

:) eatingrules
over 3 years ago

Done! I think you can request to join the team from this link:

http://healthmonth.com/teams/show/424

over 3 years ago

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tomhump23 is blogging his health month.

Heart.full.16 10 · 3,271 pts

New post! Review of Last Week - Health Month

<p>Last week wasn't great... I had a double dip in my rules according to my Health Month chart and I am a bit disappointed. However, I have every intention of picking up this week! This first couple of days this week has been rough as I haven't been feeling 100% but I've been making the effort for Health Month and for my team!</p> <p>I'm struggling partially due to every week starting on a Tuesday as I normally try to get to the gym Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday therefore as my week starts on a Tuesday and if I use my normal routine, I only get to the gym 3/4 times so I'm having to make an effort to change my days around which isn't easy around lectures.</p> <p>I had been struggling to find the time to practice guitar but recently I have improved and been able to make time to practice.</p> <p>I am finding the drinking water and salt rules easy to manage and will have to make them more difficult next month to continue self improvement!</p> <p>Go Team!</p> <p>Tom</p>
:) pelly
over 3 years ago

but…wait, I’m confused, that doesn’t make sense to me. Monday should also count for the week, no?

Tuesday start…Wed, Thu, Sat, Mon, and then Tuesday comes around again to start the next week.

over 3 years ago

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Marriage, Myths and My Dark Continent

<p> <p> <p>An unmarried (though long-term-partnered) friend of mine posted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-mcmillan/why-youre-not-married_b_822088.html?ref=fb&src=sp">this article</a> to Facebook tonight and I wanted to share the article and a few comments I had about it. not just because blogging more is one of my <a href="http://healthmonth.com/profile/MiddleClassLady">Health Month goals</a>, but because I need something to do while this intensive hair masque sets, alright?</p> <p>1. That casual sex argument? Null. And. Void. Because the oxytocin argument rests in the balance of one word: orgasm. Oxytocin is released during ORGASM. Not sex. And frankly, casual sex doesn't lend itself well to female orgasms (unless you happen to be in a broad social circle of especially keen, eager and humble men who are able to check their egos and have some common sense, and if you're hanging out in that circle I wanna know why the FUCK I haven't been invited) Hell, sex in an established relationship with a really generous and hard-working partner is still a gamble if the chips are orgasms. <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2002583270_carnalknowledge26.html">Women don't have casual sex to get off</a>, we "get off" (figuratively) on having casual sex. Just became we're not experiencing the ten seconds of awesome--and guys? Believe it or not, we have fun whether that happens or not--doesn't mean we don't seek out casual sexual encounters for fun, stress-release, validation, or, let's admit it, diving on the friend bomb because you owe your bestie a solid.&nbsp;</p> <p>The article is funny at times and I even identify with some of it, and can certainly see the viewpoint of the no-casual-sex camp, but not based on the sole reason the author cites.&nbsp;</p> <p>2. You're damn right I'm selfish. The author is defining selfishness and self-centeredness, and I found myself asking, If there's no one else in the picture, if it's just me and no man or child, who else am I going to prioritize?! I do not think it would be uncomfortably difficult to become markedly less self-involved because I want to engage in a relationship and family, but I'm not going to break my neck doing that before I have a reason.&nbsp;</p> <p>3. In the same paragraph, I found myself both really clicking with the author's message and then--WHAM!--vehemently writing her off completely in the very next sentence. McMillan astutely writes, "The bottom line is that marriage is just a long-term opportunity to practice loving someone even when they don't deserve it." I loved that. Because it's so important to do that, to love people even when they don't deserve it. Deep down, they always deserve it, really, but that doesn't make it any less hard to love somebody who forgot something that meant something to you or did something entirely selfish that you'd get raked over the coals for doing yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>And then she fucked it up.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Because most of the time, your messy, farting, macaroni-and-cheese eating man will not be doing what you want him to." This made me cringe. Why would I want to live with someone, procreate with someone, fuck someone exclusively for the rest of my life, if I feel like I want to control his every action? And...if i don't want to control his actions but he just constantly does stuff I don't dig, why did my dumb ass commit my uterus, credit and mailing address to this muthalicka?&nbsp;</p> <p>I thought I would love this article but it just pissed me off. I'm glad I read it, and I'm thankful to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/effinrad">Desiree</a>&nbsp;for sharing it, but I think that we might need (FOR THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS) an alternative to tips on self-effacement for the sake of snagging men.</p> </p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/marriage-myths-and-my-dark-continent">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/marriage-myths-and-my-dark-continent#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! February Week 3 Recap

<p> <p>Here's how the week went:</p> <p><strong>What Happened</strong></p> <p>It was Reading Break this week, so no school. &nbsp;Here's a summary of events:</p> <ul> <li><strong>I had a dentist appointment.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Apparently it says in my chart that I keep my teeth really clean. &nbsp;Gold star for me!</li> <li><strong>I went skiing with my family.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Turns out my brother is a bit of a natural, which is <em>so unfair</em>.</li> <li><strong>I watched a lot of tv. &nbsp;</strong>I watch two shows (Castle and Mentalist) but my parents also watch NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Bones, and now I've been sucked into those too.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Health Month</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did following my <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> goals this week:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Drink at least 49 glasses of water: </strong>45 drank. &nbsp;On Wednesday I only drank 2 glasses, and that meant I was playing catchup the rest of the week.</li> <li><strong>Floss at least 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;5 days of flossing.</li> <li><strong>Cook dinner 5 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;4 days of cooking. &nbsp;Again, I was with family - my motivation to cook was low.</li> <li><strong>Exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;2 days of exercise. &nbsp;I just wasn't feeling it this week, but I'm back on track for the final week of the month.</li> <li><strong>Walk at least 2 miles a week:</strong>&nbsp;0 miles walked. &nbsp;Since it was Reading Break I wasn't walking to school and I'm not able to walk to school on Mondays as it would make me late for my singing lesson.</li> <li><strong>Limit internet usage to 4 hours a week:</strong>&nbsp;9.7 hours spent on the internet. &nbsp;I <em>really</em>&nbsp;fell of the wagon here. &nbsp;I felt like I was reverting to my old ways.</li> <li><strong>Practice my singing at least 4 days a week:</strong>&nbsp;2 days of practice. &nbsp;Even still, I've been continuing to notice improvements every time I practice.</li> <li><strong>Life points remaining: </strong>-3. &nbsp;Yeahhh... this wasn't such a good week for me. &nbsp;I have a lot to work on for next week.</li> </ul> <p>Week 2 was a great week. &nbsp;Week 3, not so much. &nbsp;I only met <em>one</em>&nbsp;of my goals this week, and my life points reflect it. &nbsp;I need to be more consistent for next week.</p> <p><strong>Monthly Goals</strong></p> <p>Here's how I did on my <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/februarys-preview">monthly goals</a> this week:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Happiness:</strong>&nbsp;I would put this at a neutral for the week - exactly my goal. &nbsp;Yay!</li> <li><strong>Energy:</strong>&nbsp;Energy is up, even on days when I don't get enough sleep. &nbsp;Another yay!</li> <li><strong>Stress:</strong>&nbsp;Stress was way up at the beginning of the week, but I've been taking steps to reduce that. &nbsp;The prognosis is good.</li> <li><strong>Skiing:</strong>&nbsp;Went on Friday with my family and on Monday with Boyfriend. &nbsp;A fairly good showing.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Let's be honest: I had a very poor showing on Health Month this week. &nbsp;But I spent time with my family and I got some work done to reduce my stress and I think right now those two things outweigh everything else.</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-3-recap">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/february-week-3-recap#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Relapse

<p> <p>Last week didn't go so well, kids. I ate poorly, I did not exercise enough, get enough sleep, or drink enough water. I was in the thick of a temporary depression and I allowed that to really affect the behaviors I had adopted that helped combat it in the first place. I took the long weekend to regroup and this week I am hitting the ground running with a new resolve and a fresh determination.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am going to outline what I plan to do this week through the weekend to make up for lost time:</p> <p><span style="">Monday:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style=""> </span>EFT/Reiki session for some much-needed mental, emotional and spiritual balancing</li> <li><span style=""> </span>Speed work&nbsp;</li> <li><span style=""> </span>Boxing cross-train</li> </ul> <p>Tuesday:<span style=""> </span></p> <ul> <li>60 minutes of mat Pilates</li> </ul> <p>Wednesday:<span style=""> </span></p> <ul> <li>5 mile run at [hopeful and forgiving] race pace</li> <li><span style=""> </span>Boxing cross-train</li> </ul> <p><span style="">T</span>hursday:<span style=""> </span></p> <ul> <li>90 minutes of mat/Reformer Pilates</li> </ul> <p>Friday:<span style=""> </span>REST</p> <p><span style="">S</span>aturday:<span style=""> </span>REST</p> <p>Sunday:<span style=""> </span></p> <ul> <li>9 mile long run at easy, sustainable pace</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm sticking to my calorie limit like it's my ticket out of jail and my water consumption is back up to about 100-120oz. of water per day. Health Month stays open in a browser on my desktop to remind me of my goals and rules, and when I'm not at home my rules are my screensaver on my iPhone. I need a little ass-kicking and I don't know of a better bitch than me to do it.&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/relapse">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/relapse#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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bellacorsa is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 3,347 pts

New post! I've Earned a Degree in Teenage-Style Angst

<p> <p>In approximately 14 months, I will be writing my last final exam. &nbsp;I will have completed five years and countless hours of undergraduate study. &nbsp;Two months after that, barring any major catastrophes, I will be holding a piece of paper in my head. &nbsp;It will declare that I have earned a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science with Honours. &nbsp;I am already proud of my future self for what she will have accomplished.</p> <p>But today, right now? &nbsp;I'm programming a sensor node for a lab that's due tomorrow and no matter what I do, I can't get it to properly write to its flash memory. &nbsp;I'm thinking about another student in my program who has been through Google's interview process and on Wednesday will know if he's been hired - straight out of university, with no work experience - by one of our industry's giants. &nbsp;I'm wondering how <a href="http://busterbenson.com/">Buster Benson</a>, creator of <a href="http://healthmonth.com">Health Month</a> and <a href="http://enjoymentland.com/2011/02/14/health-month-recommended-behaviors-version-1/">former Amazon employee</a>&nbsp;(who, by the way, are rumoured to pay <em>really, really well</em>&nbsp;if you're a good programmer, even if you have no work experience), manages to create amazing things and still live a balanced life (or at least one that seems balanced from my side of the internet).</p> <p>I want to know what I'm doing wrong. &nbsp;For years, I slaved over schoolwork, perfecting every assignment, every report, every presentation. &nbsp;Now, I'm trying to cut back but I'm laden with guilt that I'm not doing enough. &nbsp;I know I'm smart. &nbsp;I'm aware that I don't work nearly as hard for 90% as a lot of other people do for 70%. &nbsp;I know I'm a fast learner. &nbsp;I also know I have my weaknesses, particularly when it comes to working with others. &nbsp;But, all modesty aside, I believe I stack up reasonably well against my peers. &nbsp;I don't have the same "extra-curricular" knowledge they do - I don't spend my weekends coding for fun. &nbsp;But what I lack there, I think I make up for by being able to learn new concepts and skills quickly and by being able to solve problems in new and different ways. &nbsp;So what do I get out of this?</p> <p>No Google recruiter has contacted me. &nbsp;(To be fair, I probably wouldn't take a job there even if offered, since it seems like an environment that would foster perfectionism and that wouldn't be healthy for me.) &nbsp;I have no bright idea around which I could build a startup. &nbsp;I don't want to be a code monkey. &nbsp;I have no desire to go to grad school right away. &nbsp;I would be the world's most bitter IT person. &nbsp;What am I going to do?</p> <p>Some girls I met on the ski hill told me that I should enjoy my remaining time at school because I'll have less free time (and no vacation) when I'm working. &nbsp;That is one of the single most demoralizing things I have ever heard. &nbsp;I already feel like I have no free time. &nbsp;I can't imagine it shrinking even further. &nbsp;I've been holding "a real job" as a carrot in front of my face to get me through this - the promise of money, no homework, and the ability to quit if it gets unbearable. &nbsp;Have I been selling myself a lie all this time?</p> <p>In 14 months, I will be so proud of what I've made it through and the myriad of ways in which I've grown since starting university. &nbsp;But will I be disappointed by the real world when it turns out not to be the place of success, happiness, and reward that I imagine it to be? &nbsp;That would crush me. &nbsp;I'm not sure I would ever recover.</p> </p> <p><a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/ive-earned-a-degree-in-teenage-style-angst">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://ninetypercent.posterous.com/ive-earned-a-degree-in-teenage-style-angst#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>

over 3 years ago

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oblivia is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 7 · 2,508 pts

New post! The Green Monster

<p>Before I started February&#8217;s <a href="http://www.healthmonth.com" target="_blank">Health Month</a>, I started to read Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr hoping to get some inspiration for <a title="Get in the Game" href="http://oblivialand.com/2011/01/29/get-in-the-game/" target="_blank">my rules</a>. Starting to read might be a little stretch. What I really mean is, I jumped to the end of the book to get the scoop on the 21 day cleanse your supposed to do after you read the book. And then skimmed the chapter about juicing.</p> <p><a href="http://oblivialand.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img00315-20110221-1412-pola.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-820" title="IMG00315-20110221-1412-pola" src="http://oblivialand.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img00315-20110221-1412-pola.jpg?w=246&#038;h=300" alt="" width="246" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Most of the bones in my body are full of irrational whims, such as running out and purchasing a three-hundred dollar juicer before I&#8217;ve ever even tasted a juice concocted with vegetables I refuse to eat in solid form. Something rare happened after being inspired to juice, though. I actually slowed down, thought the whole process through and decided better to take it slow. I mean, I hadn&#8217;t even read the bulk of the book and I thought I was going to become a juicing queen overnight? And when did I think I would find the time to make all of these fresh juices exactly?</p> <p>Enter <a href="http://www.nakedjuice.com/#OurJuices/Background/MainMenu/Families/Superfood/bottle2" target="_blank">Naked green machine</a> juice. For only three dollars and some change I could purchase already made green juice to see if I even <em>liked</em> the stuff. Forget the fact this juice could literally save me hundreds of dollars, if it tasted like swamp in a bottle I wouldn&#8217;t feel bad tossing the rest.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://oblivialand.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/180935_10100219907859781_10005400_57971402_7841876_n-pola.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-819" title="180935_10100219907859781_10005400_57971402_7841876_n-pola" src="http://oblivialand.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/180935_10100219907859781_10005400_57971402_7841876_n-pola.jpg?w=246&#038;h=300" alt="" width="246" height="300" /></a></p> <p style="text-align:center;">[100% delicious green goodness]</p> <p style="text-align:left;">I won&#8217;t sugar coat it, this stuff looks nast. Worse than nast. The color and texture of what I fondly refer to as the green monster was reminiscent of our pool in Long Beach when it became algae infested one time when my dad was traveling for work. It took some serious mind over matter to get the courage to take a swig, but when I did, I swear, I heard angels sing and saw fireworks explode. The flavor was so delightful!</p> <p style="text-align:left;">How can something that tastes so delicious be so good for you? The best part is Naked doesn&#8217;t add preservatives or sugar. I know this is probably not an exact, perfect substitute to juicing according to the book, but for us busy girls who have no business trying to juice it&#8217;s a fantastic alternative. Plus, what fun is living by the book for <em>everything</em>?</p> <br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/oblivialand.wordpress.com/818/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://stats.wordpress.com/b.gif?host=oblivialand.com&amp;blog=12283432&amp;post=818&amp;subd=oblivialand&amp;ref=&amp;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />
:) jasenka
over 3 years ago

Green machine goodness, I approve!

over 3 years ago

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Saskia is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 7 · 9,620 pts

New post! ALL OBSTACLES ARE ILLUSIONS (Hot Pants This Summer) I have a...

<object width="400" height="331"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/doHZ21REPUw&rel=0&egm=0&showinfo=0&fs=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/doHZ21REPUw&rel=0&egm=0&showinfo=0&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" height="331" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><br/><br/><p><strong>ALL OBSTACLES ARE ILLUSIONS </strong>(Hot Pants This Summer)</p> <p>I have a really hard time putting myself out in the world with any real consistency. I am pretty self critical and perfectionistic and so I have been procrastinating blogging and anything else for that matter, that puts me in the spotlight or the eyes of others. </p> <p>That’s why even though, i am an official blogger for <strong><a href="http://healthmonth.com" target="_blank">Health Month</a></strong> and I’ve made a commitment to blog at least once a week, I have failed to live up to it and let last weekend slide by without making a post. I was sure I would do it when I committed to it because I am in the public spotlight and because the founder (<strong><a href="http://busterbenson.com" target="_blank">Buster Benson</a></strong>) is someone who I have great respect for. </p> <p>But the inner dialogs won last week & I am determined to not let them win again this week. I need to improve my health, happiness, and activity when it comes to making my career. I need to allow myself to be open, transparent, vulnerable, imperfect.</p> <p>And… most of all I need to connect with others and make a positive difference for them particularly through my art, music, and entrepreneurial pursuits. </p> <p>I have a friend in Berlin, <strong><a href="http://www.stevenjamesscott.com" target="_blank">Steven James Scott</a></strong>, who is a photographer and filmmaker. He’s absolutely brilliant. He’s working on a film called <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/groups/26994/videos/16712532" target="_blank">the Sequence</a></strong> about mathematics, meaning, and the nature of reality. At least that’s how I understand it. Every Sunday, we talk about where we are with our projects. We swear a lot (as you can hear in the excerpt). We are remarkably honest with one another and there’s no B.S.  We respect one another’s process and we cheer each other on. It’s a privilege to experience his process so intimately. And it’s extremely rewarding and motivating to be able share where I am stuck and have someone to confide in who I can trust.</p> <p>I need people. I need community and I need to master the inner dialogs that prevent me from connecting with others, from accepting myself as I am now, because “I’m not ready yet”.</p> <p>I am also taking this great course by Bob Proctor called <strong><a href="https://www.shopbobproctor.com/pc-29-6-winners-image.aspx" target="_blank">The Winner’s Image</a></strong> and it has been truly remarkable. I can’t begin to tell you how much this is making a difference for me. It’s essentially a Mental Training Program that uses some of the same techniques used by Olympic athletes and helps you program your subconscious mind to create the results you want in your life. I’ve never seen anything like it.</p> <p>Combined with the awesome online game <strong>Health Month</strong>, it is totally changing the quality of my life and my ability to take action toward my dreams. The course was created in the 90s and although the special effects may be a bit dated, the information is timeless. Bob Proctor says “All obstacles are illusions” and I’m beginning to see just how true that is, that the only illusion, the only thing stopping me is the way I think about things. </p> <p>As far as <strong>Health Month</strong> is concerned, I have been 100% raw for 19 days total and dropped about 10 lbs. I have started meditating and exercising regularly and taking a multivitamin and I can definitely say I have made a major lifestyle change over the last several weeks. I’m that much closer to wearing <strong>hot pants this summer!</strong></p> <p>That’s what I’m thinking about. What about you?</p>
:) Buster Benson
over 3 years ago

This is awesome, Saskia! I’m gonna check out The Winner’s Image now.

:) Saskia
over 3 years ago

Thanks Buster! The copy on the Winner’s Image page isn’t very good at communicating how great the program is. I had it recommended to me by one of my mentors and am not sure if I wold have purchased it simply by seeing the sales page. Any way, let me know if you try it out!

:) Paula Gregovich
over 3 years ago

I loved reading what you had to say, and i wish thing like transparency, vulnerability, and imperfectionisim were in many more people’s top 10 of good ways to be! I’m learning to love myself more despite both my total lack of sophistication and apparent acts of non-enlightenment throughout most moments in my day. Keep up the great work on the blog, Health Month, and your other endeavours Saskia!! I love health month, it is helping me a great deal <3

over 3 years ago

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MiddleClassLady is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 6 · 4,589 pts

New post! Week Seven Progress Report

<p> <ul style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 30px; margin: 0px;"> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">There are <span style="color: #3333ff;">8</span></span><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;weeks until Alumni Weekend</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">I have lost <span style="color: #3333ff;">11.6</span></span><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">pounds since 1/1/11</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">I have <span style="color: #3333ff;">18.4</span></span><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">pounds left to lose by 4/15/11</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">My body fat percentage decreased <span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="color: #3366ff;">5</span></span></span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">%</span></span></strong><strong style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</span></span></strong></span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">I ran <span style="color: #0000ff;">2</span></span><span style="color: #3366ff; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">times this week&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">I cross-trained <span style="color: #3333ff;">0</span></span><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;times this week</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">I have <span style="color: #3366ff;">7&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: large; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="color: #3333ff; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">life points on Health Month</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p>I have had a really rough few days recently. I was really on track with the weight loss until a week ago, and then it became very difficult to follow my training schedule and diet because of a depression and anxiety flare-up. I'm pretty disappointed that I wrecked my progress by exhibiting behaviors that are in direct opposition to the way I have been living my life, but I am proud that I am able to recognize the brief screw up and allow it to strengthen my resolve in the coming two weeks.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a sidenote, I own no clothes that fit. Honestly. I had to go buy two dresses and three shirts so that I would have something to wear to work, but I really do need at least another pair of pants to make it work. I was late to the office twice last week (those who know me know that I am a punctual person and place high value in punctuality) because the items I had planned to wear to work were so big that they were unwearable. I know, I know, what a ridiculous thing to bitch about--but it's expensive to keep buying clothes I can only wear for two, MAYBE three weeks at a time.&nbsp;</p> <ul style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 30px; margin: 0px;"> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </p> <p><a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/week-seven-progress-report">Permalink</a> | <a href="http://runmmt.posterous.com/week-seven-progress-report#comment">Leave a comment&nbsp;&nbsp;&raquo;</a> </p>
:) chailily
over 3 years ago

I’ve found that thrift and secondhand store clothes are an okay (temporary) fix during weight loss. When you only pay $5 for a pair of pants it hurts less when you only wear them for 3 weeks, IMHO.

Or do you have any classy friends who you can get clothes from?

Glad to hear your weight loss is going so well, BTW. Congrats!

:) oblivia
over 3 years ago

Buy one fabulous belt and have at it! The can re-shaped shirts that are too large to be more of a tunic. Also, if you get a double knit black pant in a ponte fabric they can last longer. Get them about a size small, they will stretch a TON, trust me. When they become too big, put them in the dryer to extend their life. Great job with your progress!

over 3 years ago

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bishop_r is blogging her health month.

Heart.half.16 4 · 1,324 pts

New post! Recovered/Recovering, 19 February

<p>It took a full week and a half to feel fully recovered from this head cold, but I’m finally back on the up-and-up, I suppose. There are some interesting things happening with respect to my progress in this month’s Health Month game. I’ll try to recap here, both my progress on rules and the overall progress toward <a title="goals I indicated at the beginning of the month" target="_blank" href="http://vartabedianr.tumblr.com/post/3039167650/like-donkey-kong-31-january">goals I indicated at the beginning of the month</a>. </p> <p><strong>How go the rules? </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>No sugar after breakfast every day: </strong>This rule is ridiculous, and it’s shown itself to be just too extreme, both in terms of my being able to follow it and in terms of its relation to achieving goals. Even with my indulgences - which I’ve been routinely reporting this month - I’m still able to stay on track with weight loss. I’ve decided that for March, I’m going to allow myself two days each week to eat something containing sugar after breakfast. This form of rule helped me curb my alcohol consumption significantly in October, so I’ll look to it again to try to cultivate a better attitude toward pound cake. </li> </ul> <p>The lesson here seems to be that <strong>extreme rules don’t work for me</strong>. I just end up punishing myself for “defaulting” on them. The best strategy seems to eat cleanly the day after an indulgence to make up some ground. <a title="I've used the CLEAN 3-Day Detox program" target="_blank" href="http://multimedia.reindeercompany.com.s3.amazonaws.com/src/goop/pdfs/111/PlanC.pdf">I’ve used the CLEAN 3-Day Detox program</a> (on a tip from GOOP, or - as my good friend Matt calls it - News from the Landed Gentry) and instead of fully detoxing I eat as many foods from the “Include” column as possible. It’s pretty easy, all things being equal. </p> <ul> <li> <strong>Exercise 40 minutes, 5 days each week: </strong>This rule, oddly enough, is the easiest one to follow. Although I’ve been off the schedule for several days now, getting back to the gym seems to snap things back into place. <br/><br/> </li> <li> <strong>Exam Prep 15 hours each week, 6 days each week: </strong>As it is phrased, this rule is too stringent. For March I’m going to change this rule to completing 10 Pomodoro sections each week. I can measure this most effectively this way, and that Pomodroido App - seriously! It’s the best way to motivate the work.  </li> </ul> <p><strong>What about these “goals”?</strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Will I finish the first half of preparation for the comprehensive exam by 28 February? </strong>Probably not. I had a great talk with a friend this week, the result of which was essentially an encouragement to stretch out the preparation in a reasonable way. I still have to get working, but I don’t have to work quite as frenetically as I planned. I have a crazy plan to start work on a <a title="Memory Palace" target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci">Memory Palace</a> to help me out with my preparation, but I won’t bother you with these details. Other than it’s a crazy plan. </li> <li> <strong>Will I be six pounds lighter by 28 February? </strong>I’m halfway there, believe it or not. With all the fluctuations of being sick, not making it to the gym, etc., I’m quite pleased that the scale continues to move in the direction of a lighter weight. My last interaction with a scale (until March 8, anyway) will be this coming Wednesday - I’ll be interested to see what it indicates, and I suspect I’ll be satisfied whatever the report. </li> <li> <strong>Will I have regulated my schedule? </strong>Maybe. I might have stumbled on something, finally: a consistent time to wake up every day. Today my internal clock went off at 8:00am with no alarms or otherwise, so I’ll take that as a good sign and a good first step. </li> </ul> <p>So far, so good - even with the number of hiccups and sedentary periods so far this month. I’m looking forward to heading West on Thursday evening for ten days of home and the best possible company. More soon! </p>
:) GalsGotMoxie
over 3 years ago

Great update! I’ve liked reading these throughout the month. It’s also good that you’re learning from your rules. (I am too, and mainly what I’m learning is I bit off a little more than I can chew this month — therefore March will be a “recharge” month for me.)

Keep up the good work! :)

over 3 years ago

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:) daveschappell is blogging at TeachStreet Blog
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:) charityestrella is blogging at Adventures in Philanthropy
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:) sidewalkdiva is blogging at Mind Weeds
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:) Ivory Smith is blogging at Ivory Smith
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:) ddukes is blogging at @ddukes
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:) eatingrules is blogging at Eating Rules
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:) lynne is blogging at zucchini bieberini
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:) Mariannika is blogging at Art is the Handmaid of Human Good
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:) oblivia is blogging at oblivialand
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:) bellacorsa is blogging at Ninety Percent
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:) Memo is blogging at Making a Better Me
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:) tangentress is blogging at Adventures in Adult Land
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:) bishop_r is blogging at pithy
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:) tomhump23 is blogging at tomhumphres.
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:) bluishorange is blogging at bluishorange
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