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VioletFlame

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  1. Thanks lg, I am finding that my body fat % is lower in the afternoons when I have more water in my body. I agree it's a bit squirrely, I know my weight can easily go up or down 2 lbs in a day. It will be interesting to see what happens over time.
  2. Ha ha ha. I rediscovered that pose this week and I love doing it. My husband gave me a weird look at first, but now it's no big deal. Sometimes if a movie isn't really that interesting I will start doing yoga in front of the tv. I don't think he even notices most of my contortions now.
  3. I have a daily 15 minute practice, but I'm traveling 4 days this week, so I'm not sure how that will work out. But... staying on my practice would be a really good thing for me.
  4. I've been doing pretty good on this mini challenge so far. I didn't start the salutations until Wed, and one day I only cranked out one - but it was a combo of sun and moon. I like the side bends and triangle pose in the moon. Next week I'm traveling and I'll be at a conference Wed thru Friday. But my boss likes to walk too, so we are going to walk from the hotel to the venue, which is a mile away. I'm also going to use my phone to track miles, so I might even get more distance than I think if I'm counting all those steps. I'm glad we are having this challenge, it will help me stay mot
  5. I only trust a pedometer on flat ground. Also, the # of miles is based on your stride length, right? Did you input numbers to convert steps to miles, or is it giving you an estimate. When I used a pedometer I did what SS did, measure the distance with a car and then averaged out the number of steps it took to get there. I walk mainly in the woods, so I gave up on trying to use the pedometer to measure miles. But they come in handy if I know I'll be walking around an office building all day.
  6. Yay for you! Stressful times come and go, meltdowns are sometimes the best way to release the emotions. I think it's all about coming back and doing the best we can with what we've got. I've been gardening most of the day today. I love watching things grow. I'm moving herbs around, I love the smell of lavender.
  7. Weekly Report - week 1 I got off to a very good start on my strength training, and my goals, not so well on the body fat. I am really glad to see we have a mini challenge for walking. I think I need to up my cardio if I want to accomplish all my goals. 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength by increasing time and reps each week. Plank: start 1:15 minutes, end 1:30 Side Plank: start 30 sec each side, end 40 Pushups: start 10 halfsies , end 32 halfsies (in 2 sets) Tricep dip: start 5 reps, end 10 repsCrow Pose practice: yes 2. Healthy Eating & Cardio Star
  8. fun! Most of my cardio comes from walking/hiking. I am in.
  9. Thanks everyone for the comments. .... mindless eating and stress eating is a daily challenge for me. I am already thinking about my comfort zone expanding action for next week. I want it to be dissertation-related.
  10. Woo hoo! I am so happy. One of the reasons I started with NF in January was to finish my dissertation. That didn't work out so well, and I just had to stop everything because it was making me depressed. So today I talked with a new support person at the school. I can take the summer quarter off and change mentors in the fall. He will even send the email to my mentor saying that I am going in a different direction (that sounds kind, doesn't it). I was talking with some friends earlier this week telling them how much these fitness challenges have rebuilt my confidence in myself. This w
  11. Try to match up the habits with something that you do enjoy, or that you are already doing on a regular basis. I work mostly at home, and my dogs demand two daily walks. I enjoy being outside, and I like to think about things. I get my cardio time in by taking my dogs for long walks in the woods while I think about something. When my husband comes with us, I consider that relationship-building time (and he usually makes me laugh, so that is good). Can you get creative and match up healthy eating with something else you enjoy? Do you have a friend or partner who will eat healthy with yo
  12. I have to agree! I have had the most fun just telling people that I got nominated. I am in this for the long haul, the process + community works for me and that is the best reward.
  13. Weekly Report - week 0 This includes my starting numbers. 1. Strength - Just DO IT! - increase my upper body and core strength. Plank: 1:15 minutes Side Plank: 30 sec each side Pushups: 10 halfsies (I can only go down about half way right now.) Tricep dip: 5 repsCrow Pose practice: this is an extra, I don't know exactly how to count it. 2. Healthy Eating & Cardio Starting body fat % on 6/3 = 38.5%. Starting weight is 153.6 3. Life goal: Set Weekly Goals and Expand Comfort Zone. Created my goal list on Sunday. My expand comfort zone goal is to talk to a new dissertation suppo
  14. My attribute points: Goal 1 (strength) STR +5 Goal 2 (body fat decrease) CON +3 STA +2 Goal 3 (weekly plan) WIS +1 CHA +4 Strength (STR) - physical strengthDexterity (DEX) - agility and speedStamina (STA) - Endurance and EnergyConstitution (CON) - ability to resist damage and diseaseWisdom (WIS) - intuition and sense of things around himselfCharisma (CHA) - force of personality and physical attractiveness
  15. I am so excited to start challenge #4. This challenge will include making it through six months of success with these challenges. I love NF! I am really proud of myself for sticking with it. There is no reason why I can't make it through the rest of the year. Onward and upward. It really feels like I can do this. You know what is nice about the attribute points/RPG #s is that you really get to see where you might be out of balance or off track. When I updated my numbers from the last challenge I was a bit pissed off at myself for not getting my strength number up there. I can do bett
  16. I am happy to be back for my 4th challenge. Welcome and hello to everyone. I am ready for another uplevel.
  17. I haven't been updating the spreadsheet, but I did measure my body fat % on my scale. I haven't done that in a long time, and I think I will track body fat% for the next challenge. I have also done some research on yoga moves for upper body strength. I started practice moves for the crow. Here are two videos I like:
  18. My challenge summary (copied from my thread) Goals: 1. Fitness - maintain total cardio time per week at 5 hours + increase strength training from .5 hours currently to 1.5 hours at the end of the 6 weeks. Adapted to include yoga minutes as an exchange for strength training - at 1/2 the time. Grading: I will track minutes per week. Cardio = 30 hours over 6 weeks. Strength = 1.5 hrs per week at the end of the 6 weeks (more than 390 minutes total). Results: 85% B Cardio = 30 hours, 40 minutes total. A+ Strength/yoga = 277.5 minutes out of 390 goal. (71%) C 2. Healthy Eating - Grad
  19. Challenge Summary Goals: 1. Fitness - maintain total cardio time per week at 5 hours + increase strength training from .5 hours currently to 1.5 hours at the end of the 6 weeks. Adapted to include yoga minutes as an exchange for strength training - at 1/2 the time. Grading: I will track minutes per week. Cardio = 30 hours over 6 weeks. Strength = 1.5 hrs per week at the end of the 6 weeks (more than 390 minutes total). Results: 85% B Cardio = 30 hours, 40 minutes total. A+ Strength/yoga = 277.5 minutes out of 390 goal. (71%) C 2. Healthy Eating - Grading: Starting weight on 4/15
  20. Week 6 report 1. Fitness - maintain total cardio time per week at 5 hours + increase strength training from .5 hours currently to 1.5 hours at the end of the 6 weeks. Or swap half of my yoga minutes to replace strength training. Yes on the cardio - I got almost 6 hours in. Strength training/yoga was better than last week, I got in almost 2 hours of yoga for the week. I am giving myself a checkmark because I feel like I did very well on fitness overall 2. Healthy Eating - mindful eating every day, this includes eating mostly veggies and healthy fats, drinking a lot of liquids, and p
  21. I had intended to post on individual threads, but I haven't done very much during this challenge. I just wanted to say that I enjoy reading all of your posts. I find this forum very motivating on the days when I don't feel like sticking to my plans. thank you all!
  22. Week 5 report This past week was not very good. But... I keep reminding myself that I did well at the beginning of the challenge, and I can give myself a break at least once in a 6 week challenge. It is supposed to be a challenge, right? If I just picked easy stuff there would be no real improvement. 1. Fitness - maintain total cardio time per week at 5 hours + increase strength training from .5 hours currently to 1.5 hours at the end of the 6 weeks. Or swap half of my yoga minutes to replace strength training. Cardio was at least consistent, with about 30 minutes per day. I only go
  23. I am behind on my reporting - and here it is week 6 already. I think I like the beginning of challenges much more than the end. Week 4 report 1. Fitness - maintain total cardio time per week at 5 hours + increase strength training from .5 hours currently to 1.5 hours at the end of the 6 weeks. Or swap half of my yoga minutes to replace strength training. I traveled this week from Wed. to Sat, and I just didn't make myself get enough cardio on the weekend. I was proud of myself for doing a 90 min hike after our meeting on Friday, so I ended up just 15 min under my cardio goal for the
  24. I am reposting this as a reminder of the due date - this Thursday. And I am committing to a pushup workout on Monday and Thursday. We can do this! Because the Assassins Guild leaders would, well, assassinate me in the middle of the night if I didn't, here's a spreadsheet. (We really like spreadsheets.)
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