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Old 02-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi everyone!

Sorry for dropping off the radar after Saturday.

So guess what?! My home computer's motherboard decided to FRY ITSELF.

(Technically, I have two home computers - a desktop which is largely used for work figures/gaming and a wee little netbook which is new and for surfing the internet and such).

The big desktop decided to simply not turn on Sunday morning. It had been working FINE Saturday night, and then Sunday it was like "Hmmm... nope. I'm dead." I hit the power button and nothing. No boot sounds, no nada. It may have as well not been plugged in (but it was). Anyway, after trying everything I could think of to test it at home we took it to Best Buy. Normally we don't trust the Geek Squad, but it was the only place open on Sunday. We actually managed to get someone who knew his business, though, so he tested some of our internal components for us. I don't know how computer savvy everyone here is so I'll spare the technical details, but basically: Power supply: good. Graphics card: Good. RAM: Good. Process of elimination? Motherboard is hosed.

We took it home and took it apart and we were able to see a little distortion on the motherboard, which completely sucks and confirms that the motherboard is R.I.P. The good news is that we can salvage out some of the more expensive parts, like the hard drive (and thus my Windows system), so we'll likely be able to build a new tower for between $200-300. BF knows how to put a computer together (he's done every part except for a motherboard - and he's confident he can do it) so we'll probably go that route, but it still stinks. February, you have been a strange month.

Oddly, though, I'm developing this weird sense of zen. I'm not panicking about anything, I'm just going "Huh... well, that sucks, but we move on." Normally I'd be devastated that my Pats lost the Superbowl, too, but I had five minutes of mourning and just moved on. It's just a game, after all So maybe February is teaching me about keeping my calm during life's not-so-good moments. We'll see.

Amy: Read it and weep: EXERCISE TOTAL FOUR HOURS FORTY-SEVEN MINUTES. Boooo-yah! I know you were looking forward to seeing my glorious pit hair, but you're going to have to wait another week. Maybe I should take a photo of me flexing and put it up here!!! Haha!

The only bad news about hitting that goal is that I had some very uncomfortable cramping in my legs for the middle part of the week. Honestly, though, disc golf fixed a lot of that since it's a long time of low-impact walking. I think I need to realize the fact that if I cramp my ankle or legs due to high-impact exercise, I really need to do something low-impact the next day. I tend to just stop and rest it until it feels better, but keeping myself active is the only way my body is ever going to adjust to working out 4x per week, which is my ultimate goal. I know I have physical limitations, but I can work with them, and not let them define me. So I need to remember this - if I am cramping, I need to go for a walk the next day. Just a casual stroll to loosen myself up.

Cassie: Good to see you! Some week just get away from us, but you WILL get yourself in control, you know how to do this girl!!! I'm rooting for you and we're here for you.

I'm up to 161.5 this morning, but I also had nachos and beer during the super bowl >.> and I know I'm dehydrated, I feel it today. SO we will just see what the scale says on Friday! I'm feeling really committed this week, let's get to it!

Weekly Goals

Food/Exercise/Lifestyle Goals:

1) Keep calories between 1200 and 1500 daily. Week average around 1300. No single day over 1600.
2) Exercise at least four times this week
3) Calorie deficit of 5000
4) Protein 25-30% average for the week
5) In bed by 11:30 every night
6) No more than 1 lunch and 1 dinner out
7) At least 64-80 oz. of water daily. More is better.
8) Weigh in on Monday and Friday and report the weight here M: 161.5 (Superbowl, you do bad things to me)

Other Life Goals:

1) Make an effort on my appearance every day
2) Don't sweat the small stuff
3) Send in at least 5 job applications
4) Do something special for BF - he was a saint all this weekend.
5) Write something wonderful that happens every day

Let's hear it for a new week!!!
Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 10/22/14 = 175.0 (net: -40.2)
Last mini-goal: 175 lbs. REACHED 10/22/14 --REWARD: New wallet
Current min-goal: 170 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
"You don't have to change your life today. You only need to change your day today."
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