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thismuchistrue's Life List

  1. 1. get my italian citizenship
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    39 people
  2. 2. live in london
    2 entries
    1,467 people
  3. 3. backpack through Europe
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    5,131 people
  4. 4. go to Africa
    1 cheer
    1,742 people
  5. 5. Learn Spanish
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    18,259 people
  6. 6. Walk the Camino de Santiago
    1 cheer
    258 people
  7. 7. stay in the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore for a little while
    1 cheer
    2 people
  8. 8. Become Financially Independent
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    6,719 people
  9. 9. Visit John F. Kennedy's grave
    1 entry
    2 people
  10. 10. Quit Smoking
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    9,282 people
  11. 11. go to Asia
    162 people
  12. 12. Visit Australia
    1 cheer
    2,841 people
  13. 13. Visit Ted Kennedy's grave
    3 people
  14. 14. visit Robert F. Kennedy's grave
    1 person
  15. 15. Get a PhD
    2,975 people
  16. 16. Own a house on Martha's vineyard
    1 entry
    2 people
  17. 17. learn yoga
    3,012 people
  18. 18. visit all 50 states
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    9,057 people
  19. 19. register to be a bone marrow donor
    84 people
  20. 20. live in San Francisco
    384 people
  21. 21. write so much that it begins to feel like i haven't showered or brushed my teeth if i don't one day
    2 cheers
    3 people
  22. 22. learn french
    12,884 people
  23. 23. Fall in love
    27,212 people
  24. 24. Spend New Years in New York City
    38 people
  25. 25. ride an elephant
    1,060 people
  26. 26. work for Semester at Sea
    3 people
  27. 27. volunteer in South America
    29 people
  28. 28. go to grad school in London
    5 people
  29. 29. teach english in spain
    13 people
  30. 30. Weigh 115 pounds.
    4 entries
    215 people
  31. 31. take bar method classes 4-5 times a week for a month
    1 person
  32. 32. Read 4 Books A Month
    20 people
  33. 33. tone my arms
    85 people
  34. 34. aerial silk
    7 people
  35. 35. join a roller derby team
    88 people
  36. 36. learn to swing dance
    1 cheer
    1,159 people
  37. 37. get a pilots license
    1 cheer
    240 people
  38. 38. be a paid and successful travel blogger
    1 cheer
    1 person
  39. 39. learn to shoot a gun
    1 cheer
    470 people

How I did it
How to get a 4.0
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4 months
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How to vote for a Kennedy
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18 years
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How to study abroad
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5 months
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Recent entries
get my italian citizenship (read all 4 entries…)
Appointment Set!

I set my appointment to meet with the consulate! It’s not until February, so I have some time to get everything in order, but I feel like now it’s real. For some reason, setting that meeting became a kind of panic point. That I’d call with my information and they’d find some forgotten law or rule to prove me ineligible. Now that they have all my details and have agreed to the meeting, it FINALLY feels real. Like the final countdown has begun. I feel great. Accomplished. And much closer to my goal.

Weigh 115 pounds. (read all 4 entries…)

I know myself so well… I did eat more because I thought I had a cushion! Work is going well though! Which is good and bad, I went out drinking/dancing this weekend with coworkers which is bad for my diet but good for my social life. It was also like 105 degrees this past weekend, and I literally existed on only ice cream. I had an entire pint of ben and jerry’s one day and an ice cream cone the next.

The bright side is I didn’t gain, I just haven’t lost at all. Or well, I did gain, but not since I last logged. Last Thursday I was at 126.6, and now I’m back up to 127.4 It just really sucks that I lost a week. But I’m back on track and I CAN make this work. Starting this weekend, bar classes once more!

Weigh 115 pounds. (read all 4 entries…)

So my period is gone and I officially weigh… 127.2 pounds! I’m within 12 pounds of my goal weight! And it’s totally possible (and expected) that I’ll be 125 by Sunday… it’s only 1.2 pounds in four days! That’s like 3800 calories burned, and I’ll have the weekend to actually exercise. So by the wedding (11/11) I should definitely get myself to 115.

That’s the biggest problem with this job… I work 10-11 hours a day, and by the time I get home going to a bar class, or doing an physical activity at all, is the last thing on my mind. It’s like 8 pm, I’m stressed and tired and just want to watch TV or go to sleep. I think once I’m less stressed about this job, I’ll be able to start going to the 7:30 AM bar classes that are right across the street from the office, which would be amazing. Then all my exercise would be done by the time I finish work.

So this week has consisted of basically no exercise. I walked three miles yesterday after work, and that’s it since Sunday. I’ve still been following my diet really strictly, and I’m still losing, so I figure I can allow myself the week off to adjust to work. I’m already ahead of schedule anyway! My timeline has me at 125 on Sept 30th, so I’ve got some room to spare. Though, knowing me, that will just make me eat more thinking I’ve got some cushion.

115, here I come!

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