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30 Day Photography Challenge – Day 1

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Self Portrait
My mom and I took a photography class and decided to do this challenge to practice. Day 1 was a self portrait. We both forgot our tripods and decided we still wanted to do true self portraits. It was really difficult to find places to put our camera’s in the open space.
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Mexican Chili

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I am going to start posting the recipe’s that the husband and I come up with.

Mexican Chili

(The picture is dark because my moms kitchen has terrible lighting)

1 can of Rotel
1 can of Chili Beans
1 can of Pinto Beans
1/2 can  to a whole can of Enchilada Sauce
1 can of corn
Chili Powder

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and cook until it has the consistency of Chili.

I don’t have a picture at this time, but I will post one when I make this next.

Weight Loss Plan and Goals

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I have decided to really work on losing my college weight. All those boxes of pasta-roni and liters of dew have added about 40 lbs to my body. I have been trying to lose the weight since i graduated about a year and a half ago with about zero luck. I have joined That Wife’s second weight loss challenge. My weight goal is to lose 25% of my body weight by the end of the challenge (April 15th). I am going to make some “life” changes to help me with losing the weight and keeping it off.

1. I will run/bike 3 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Whether I run or bike will be determined by how my knee is feeling. If I run I will go out for 30 minutes. If I bike I will go out for at least an hour.

2. I will do some form of strength training on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday/Sunday. For the first 6 weeks I am going to be doing the 100 Push up Challenge. After I finish that I will start lifting weights.

3. I will limit my sugar intake (minus whole fresh fruit) to once a week. I have a really bad sweet tooth that I need to curb. If I am in a social setting where it would look rude if I didn’t have dessert then I will allow myself to have it even if I have already used my weekly allowance of sugar.

4. I will limit my carb intake to whole grain/ whole wheat products. I will continue to eat sour dough in place of most of my bread intake.

5. I will only eat when I am hungry and take a picture of everything I eat. I will put all of my pictures in OneNote.

6. I will take measurements once a month. The body measurements will serve as another way to gauge my
success.

7. Always eat at the table. If I’m not hungry enough to eat at the table, I’m not hungry enough to eat.


8. I will reassess these goals at the end of November and change and adjust as needed.

I am hoping that by writing down my goals/changes that I will be better at sticking to them. The end goal is not so much weight loss as it is getting in shape so I have more self confidence and so I can do better next year in triathlons.

Goals For The Remainder of 2011

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I have 6 years to complete my 30 by 30. I have decided that I need to make a plan for how I am going to get each goal completed. This post will be the first of many on my plan.

By the end of this year I would like to have:

  • Read 2 classic books
  • Volunteered for a race
  • Climbed at least one 14ner
I think that is a manageable number of goals considering my current life situations (which I plan on trying to write a post on).