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Addicted to Food? Join the Made to Crave Bible Study

Bethanny's "Before" Pictures 1-17-14I’m addicted to cookies, and to a lesser degree, cake. If there are cookies in the house, I eat them. And I don’t mean one or two. That would be fine. We’re talking a dozen or two. And with two young children in the house who are constantly asking for them, I often cave in and buy or make cookies. For the kids, of course! As a result, I’m carrying around close to 100 extra pounds of cookies and cake on my body.

It wasn’t so bad at first. Size 12 I could live with. But you just keep getting bigger and bigger. 14, 16… until several years pass and now I am up to size 22 pants and 2XL shirts. I am fat.

I look in the mirror and what I see makes me feel ashamed. My face is fat; my stomach is fat; my butt is fat. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you want to cry every time you look in the mirror.

I have let myself go in other ways. I look bad no matter what, so why bother with makeup? Why curl my hair? What’s the point?

My back hurts, and I have …

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Progress Charts for #NaNoWriMo and #SlapDash100

NaNoWriMo Writing ChartSlapDash100 Mile Chart

Both NaNoWriMo and the Slap Dash 100 start today, so I made up some progress charts to help me (and you!) track our progress.

The NaNoWriMo Writing Chart

My NaNo chart goes to 100,000 because the type of novel I’m writing typically has around 100,000 words. If you’re just trying to hit the 50,000-word minimum, you can modify the Excel file or just try to fill in the chart up to whatever your goal is.

  • To get the .png image file, click the small NaNo chart image above and right-click the larger image to save it.
  • To download the .pdf, right click here and save to your hard drive.
  • To download the .xlsx file, right click here and save.

Note: The .xlsx file contains both charts. Click the tabs at the bottom to switch from one to the other.

To use the chart, just fill in the date in the space on the left when you reach that word count. For example, if I write 3,100 words today, I’ll write today’s date in front of 500, 1,000, and so on up to 3,000.

The Slap Dash 100 Mile Chart

My SlapDash100 chart goes to 125, just in case I go …

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3 is the Magic Number for Nov. 2013 Challenges #NaNo #SlapDash100

November 2013 Challenges

One challenge at a time is probably enough for most people, but NO… I have to complicate things. I have two challenges lined up for November: NaNoWriMo and the Slap Dash 100.

So… a little about each:


I signed up for NaNo first. The goal of this challenge is to write an entire novel in one month, but you get credit for finishing if you write at least 50,000 words. I signed up once before, I think, in a previous year, but didn’t get far.

This year, I have a new project to work on and I’m determined to finish. Since the novel I’ll be working on is a political thriller, the finished length should probably be somewhere around 100,000 words. That number was just too scary though, so I set my goal at 90,000. That comes out to 3,000 words per day. Yeah, that’s a reasonable goal. I can do that.

But I’m going to be sitting on my butt typing for hours on end, and that’s not good. So I jumped at the chance to get involved when Sadie announced…

The Slap Dash 100

To win this challenge, you run, walk, jog, swim—whatever—a total of 100 …

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