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Thursday, January 15th, 2009
3:43 pm
MARINA Musical Health song of the day!
Hi!....MARINA here! As a mom of 3 kids who has lost 100 pounds while writing music for the fitness community, staying positive and motivated is key!
Here is a FREE Fitness Song from http://www.marinaonline.com/new/index.php to get you moving right at your desk today...walk in place or just pop to the beat.

Monday, December 29th, 2008
2:16 pm
Does anyone have any 100 day goals for the New Year?

I think I'm going to try to get back into my habit of writing a short poem every morning.
Monday, March 5th, 2007
9:43 am
Forty Days....
Forty days into my Compact of not buying anything new. How am I doing?

What I've bought (off-Compact):
• Spanish Fluxx
• Index cards (for Spanish class-- I can't think of a decent substitute)
• A MacBook Pro - my computer died, and I do need to work.
• Parallels software - not available as a download-only version.
• Remote Buddy software - download-only (and therefore somewhat on-Compact)
• A couple of fish and some aquarium plants (the Compact doesn't address pets and plants but most people consider plants to be Compacted).

What I'm spending my money on these days:
  • Lots of dining out! I need to stop doing this, but it's been difficult lately.
  • Gas for my car.
  • Fish care things, though I'm starting to subsidize this by selling off some of my fish and fishkeeping equipment.
  • Memberships in professional organizations as well as AAA.
  • Postage for mailing books from BookMooch
  • Cell phone
  • Web hosting
  • Hipcast (I need to cancel this)
  • Feedburner
  • Software
Biggest victory: Not buying any new books or, aside from the laptop, electronics.

Biggest weak moment: Impulse-bought a printer when I ordered the laptop, but I'm going to return it unopened, now that I've come to my senses.
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
7:46 am
21 days
It's been 21 days since I started The Compact (no buying anything new for 100 days). 21%!!!

I slid a little last week. I bought my favorite card game in Spanish. It came out in November, and we wanted to buy it then, but waited until we had signed up for a Spanish class this semester. I also bought a roll of packing tape and some digital tapes (for work).

Other things I bought that are within the rules:
  • Food (obviously)
  • Used Spanish textbook. It was a misprint, and there are about 10 pages in the back that are damaged, but instead of returning it, we're patching it and using it.
  • The previously-mentioned yarn (an art supply)
  • 3 DVDs, used
  • 2 bags of squeakers for dog toys. I used one squeaker to make a toy for my cat, and am putting the others in my pet sitting bag (I'm a pet sitter) for patching toys for my clients.
  • Some software and online website memberships. I've really cut back on this, though, and only buy the programs and memberships I need or have really thought about. But at least the resources that get used in making software are pretty low-impact, and they don't fill my house with clutter.
Thanks to having a home that is overflowing with "stuff," I was able to supply my husband and myself with notebooks for our class without having to go out and buy new. Today is Valentine's Day, and I already told him to raid my closet for arts and crafts supplies to make me a card (it would be a first!)

In other words, my 100-day journey is going well.
Monday, January 29th, 2007
12:39 pm
Day 5. No new stuff.
I started participating in The Compact this year, and today marks Day 5 since I "fell off the wagon" on January 23rd. OK, to be fair, I made a purchase that I was obligated to make at some point this year. See, last year I signed up for one of those book-of-the-month club things, and I could just wait for the club to pick my books for me and consider it a "subscription" (which is allowed, but only if you don't renew), but instead I decided to suck it up, buy the two books I was still obligated to buy, and then not use the membership again this year.

Which brings me to January 23, the day I actually did all that. Previously, I had only bought yarn since about January 11th. I don't plan on participating in this for a whole year, but I think it's prime for a 100-day Challenge, so I will do that.

Anyway, today is Day 5 of 100 days of not buying anything new. No books. No clothes. Nada.

The exceptions are health and hygiene types of things, non-physical stuff (like music downloads), video rentals, food, fuel for the car, and shoes (good shoes being a health issue as well as a fashion one). I added to that things that are required for my job, like software and business attire (because I am not permitted to wear junky jeans on business trips).

The idea behind the Compact is to break the cycle of consumerism-- last year I spent over $1200 at Amazon.com, more than $100/month, and that doesn't even mention all the other ways I bled money like a hemophiliac. It would be fine if I spent money on enriching my world or my health, but most of it went to crappy "toys," books (not crappy), food that hasn't helped my waistline, and stuff I didn't need and can do without.

The last time I completed a 100-day journey, I ended up playing my dulcimer so much, I was able to perform several classical music pieces, something I hadn't been able to do previously. I look forward to seeing how this new endeavor changes my life.
Monday, January 1st, 2007
7:21 pm
Starting off the new year right.
Anyone getting ready to start a one hundred day challenge?

I have yet to complete one of these. But I think it might be a good idea to try again. I'm planning on writing everyday, 100 words at least. Small, I know, but it's an easy goal to meet and therefore easy to keep it up on a daily basis. Hopefully I'll get on a roll and write more than that on a regular basis.

Anyway, good luck to you all.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
12:07 am
Day 14
Much to my surprise, given how many times I've tried and then fallen down on this one in the past year, I am actually on Day 14 of 8 Minute Abs+ (first day: 9/10). A small accomplisment, no doubt, but my body thanks me for it and I can feel the difference.

Woohoo! Shana Tovah! :)

(BTW, if anyone has any suggestions for a default userpic for this community, let me know.)
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
7:33 pm
Day 16 of my 6 glasses of water and a calcium supplement challenge.
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
9:59 pm
Day 3
Made it to day 3 of my 100 days of writing 500 words a day. This means I have 1500 more words than I did before (and actually more like 3000, considering I had a re-start). I started (the first time) at just about 31000 words, and am now at 34002.
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
7:50 am
Ah, restarting my 100 days. I didn't get my 500 words in yesterday. Whoops.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
9:36 am
Official 100 Days Project
I am writing 500 words of fiction every day for 100 days.

I'm currently working on 5 novels, so my goal is to add 500 words to them (any of them) every day for 100 days. I started 2 days ago, rather by happenstance, and I'm finding that the hour between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning is a really good time to do this, because I haven't really started my work day, and it gives me a small accomplishment to start my day.

Of course, I have no idea how this will work in the weekends, or when I'm not laid low with bronchitis.

Oh, and today I've added about 800 words and wrapped up a scene and made something that was an accident into something Very Serious in my fantasy novel.
11:09 am
Today is day 3 of my challenge to take a multivitamin, a calcium supplement, and drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Pretty good so far - just hard to remember to keep drinking water. For the purposes of this challenge, I'm including water, milk, juice, gatorade, and club soda - basically anything that's not caffeinated.
Monday, June 19th, 2006
11:29 am
Starting Over
Okay, here I am, making a goal. Actually, I'm going to restart my Previous Goals, which never really got off the ground the first time. I'm going to drink 6 glasses of water and take a multivitamin every day for 100 days. This will bring me to Tuesday, September 26.
Friday, April 21st, 2006
5:21 pm
Checking in.
How are those one hundred day challenges going?

I personally failed on mine -- actually I have yet to complete a hundred day challenge. But hey, it could happen. :)

So I'm starting a new one. I am going to write in my writing journal everyday for one hundred days. I should be able to do that, right?
Friday, January 6th, 2006
10:54 am
100 Days of Cranes
Hi - Just joined the community (thanks to surrealestate for the pointer) and started a 100 day challenge on Jan. 4th.

My challenge is to make an origami crane every day for 100 days. The challenge isn't making the cranes but to stick to the challenge because even though it's not difficult to do, it's sometimes hard for me to remember to do something that has to be done regularly, done. So this is more of a mental exercise to try to work on those mental muscles and beef them up a bit.

So far so good but it's early yet.

ps Thanks surrealestate for the nifty script to determine when our last day is and what day we're on.
4:17 am
Calculate your 100th day
So I wrote this script tonight. Enter your first day and find out when the 100th is and, if you've already started, what day you're on.

I've also added this to the userinfo page for the community. Feedback is welcome. I know the results page is plain so if you feel strongly about it looking prettier, feel free to send me a new graphic design. :)
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
9:12 am
Well, I've decided to try and do another 100 days project to get the New Year started off right. (I really should be doing two--I need to write everyday--but I don't want to stress myself.) So I'm going to do 100 days of art. It could be anything sketches, paintings, pen and ink, but the point is that I have to draw or paint at least one picture everyday, with the hopes of improving my skills.

Anyone else going to start a new 100 days for the New Year?
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
12:37 pm
Who's doing a challenge right now?
Are you in the midst of a 100-day challenge right now? What is it? Tell us how you're doing, what you're doing, and how you've progressed! Do you feel like your life has changed?

PS: I was *this* close to dropping this community last week, just cause I haven't done a challenge in a long time, but I'm glad I stayed.
3:07 pm
I started my 100 Days of Abs on August 15. (At some point I will figure out when my 100th day is.) This was my second recent attempt, as the one I started in the weeks before fell apart by day three.

Yesterday I hit day ten without missing a beat! Somehow, reaching day ten feels like a major milestone. Yay. :)
Monday, August 15th, 2005
12:37 am
A (re)new(ed) goal (take two)
Earlier this year when I did this as a 100-days goal, I didn't have too much trouble sticking with it, but this time, I fell off the wagon by day three and didn't manage to get back on. I think the heat wave didn't help. So putting that behind me, I'm starting again

Today, August 15, is day one of one hundred. 8-Minute Abs (or more) every day!
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