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  1. I really enjoy the workouts, though I haven't been great about doing them consistently. I'm cutting back a little on workouts this challenge to focus more on food and lay a better groundwork for overall health. If everything goes well, I'll raise the frequency for the next challenge. Yearly Whole 30? Nice. I think whole 30ish is the way to go in the long term. I have a pretty good idea of what I can and can't have based on my reactions after reintroducing food last time. I considered doing a perfect whole 30 this month, but I expect I'll get pretty good results even doing a 99% ver
  2. I noticed the onset of a mild headache today and I'm hoping it passes quickly, or at least doesn't get much worse. My food choices were perfect, and I believe things are going well so far. Listened to a few more podcasts at work and squeezed in a 30 minute walk in the evening.
  3. Daily update: The food changes are going well so far (yes, I know it's only been 24 hrs) and I Meal prepped 4 days of lunches and 6 days of breakfasts last night. Also managed to do a whole week's worth of laundry so I have a no-stress professional wardrobe for the week. I'm hoping to make a trip out to Sprouts tomorrow since I have learned that they have whole 30 approved bacon and I think I need to add 1 2 3 tons of bacon to my emergency food stash in the freezer. Maintain the Starship - We're allowed to use headphones at work and I opted to listen to a few Bulletproof and MF
  4. I'm going to keep the theme of my last two challenges (#starwars). I started my first job out of college a few weeks ago and am still adapting to the schedule and figuring out how to orient my life around this change. I definitely tried to do too much last challenge, so I've made some changes that will hopefully improve my ability to succeed this time around. The main goal with these changes is to enable me to achieve more by doing less. The largest focus this challenge is therefore going to be upon food since I cook regularly anyways and changing my diet doesn't take much add
  5. Things are still moving along slowly. I've obviously been terrible about updating, and I apologize, but progress has been decent overall this challenge. I'm slowly working my way through Age of Pandora and have done a decent job implementing dietary changes (my biggest success so far). My progress has been far from perfect, however it has been farily consistent in both successes and failures and this has given me some ideas for how to improve the structure for the next challenge. Time was my biggest enemy this challenge and has made accomplishig my goals difficult. I realized that I'm not
  6. Daily update: I ate letovers for lunch today and made a baked veggie/sausage dish for dinner. Overall, a fairly healthy food day. I also made time to prep my lunches for the rest of the week! Fitness: Finished another Age of Pandora workout.
  7. I missed yesterdays update because I was out 8am-12am between my work day and a get together with friends. Things took longer than expected and I didn't have any time at home to do a workout. My meal decisions were also far from perfect and I should have made more of an effort to make better choices. I ended up eating out for both lunch and dinner since both my work group and my friend group went out. I hadn't made a plan for how to handle this situation and didn't make the best choices. Battle plan for eating out is in development. Today was much better: cranked out an Age of
  8. Quick update: Finished the first Age of Pandora workout yesterday and am slightly sore today. Planning another workout for tomorrow. I recently loaded Habitica onto my phone and have been slowly updating my account and designing routines to improve my life (Habitica gamifies elements of day to day life and lets you accrue "points"). I'm giving it a try as the visibility of the app acts as a reminder everytime I open my phone. Other wins: Entered food intake into the fitocracy app Took healthy leftovers to work
  9. This challenge will follow a similar outline to the last one, however I am making one key change. I am going to update this thread DAILY, even if I achieved nothing of note that day. I have discovered that I need this accountability, otherwise I am likely to disappear/get wrapped up in other projects. Mini update from the last challenge: I recieved my 3D printer in the mail and assembled the kit, succeeded in acquiring a job, helped install a new 25 ft long section of fence in our backyard (multi-weekend project), and went on vacation for a week. Life was busy and I fell behin
  10. I hope you can get back to it soon, but I totally understand. Sometimes there just isn't room. Ok. Quick recap of the last few weeks since I didn't post anything. Life was crazy as I was job hunting and engaging in other mayhem. I acquired a 3d printer (which is a complete time-suck, but it is so much fun) and spent too many afternoons fine-tuning the thing. I should probably have prioritized better. I also went on vacation with the family for a week and backslid on most of my dietary progress as a result. The big wins for this challenge was successfully cutting back on diet
  11. Welcome to the Rebellion! How are things going so far?
  12. Welcome to the rebellion! As long as you keep that attitude (do it even when it's not easy), you'll make progress. Which bodyweight workout did you pick?
  13. I've done the Whole 30 before, and probably will do so again in a couple of months. It's a great program and the craving for junk foods will fade soon. I also really like the dream board idea, I've been meaning to do one of those. Have you started building yours?
  14. Progress report: Officially "started" tonight with all aspects of the challenge. Cranked out my first workout and did five minutes of stretching. Food tracking has been going well since I first posted and I'm slowly making improvements to my diet. It's a lot harder to lie to myself when all my bad decisions are staring me in the face. Breakfasts are probably the most successful part of the day since it's relatively easy to make that meal healthy. Lunch/dinner is a bit harder since I don't control all of the food in the house. I have managed to move to homemade/fridge food instead
  15. Thanks everyone! I'm excited to be back and I promise to to entertain you all with plenty of Star Wars. I've been getting a slow start to this challenge and intend to jump in fully this weekend. Food tracking is going well and I've even been going for a daily walk since I'm currently housesitting two large dogs.
  16. Right. Here we go. My last complete challenge was roughly a year ago (oops) and quite a bit has happened since then. Unfortunately, I managed to undo all of my progress and have even gained some additional weight. It's dissapointing, but it is what it is. Time to start over and make permanent changes. For now, I'm going to set a 6 month goal (not 100% sure what it is yet) since it corresponds to the end of the year and should give me enough time to really see some level of transformation. The theme this time around is Star Wars in general though it will probably center aro
  17. Thanks! I love vacation, but I inevitably come back much heavier than I left... Not much to say for the last few days. I did a ton of meal prep Saturday and then I woke up this morning with what I believe is the stomach flu. I probably need to move my newly made meals into the freezer before ether go bad as I'm not able to eat much right now. Side note: yay for the challenge starting!
  18. Nothing too exciting to report today, except that I ordered my groceries for the week. I took a look at Staci's meal prep articles and a few other similar things and decided to do something similar this week. Here's to keeping it simple! I still have various unhealthy foods in the fridge and I'll probably still eat those at some point (since they're already paid for), however I am going to do my best to avoid buying those types of food in the future. I'll post more about my meal prep tomorrow.
  19. I am recycling this challenge setup from the beginning of the year since I have many of the same goals and, well, I love the theme. The theme this time around is Galavant and there will probably be some gallivanting (and possibly mayhem). Also, for those of you who are interested, Galavant is now on Netflix (at least in the US). Consider this to be an official SPOILER WARNING as I will probably include GIF's and things in this challenge. I made quite a bit of fitness progress late last year, early this year, however I've since managed to undo all of that p
  20. Team Avengers! I'm so happy! It feels great to be getting somewhere, even though progress has been slow. The last few days were crazy busy, thus my relative silence on the forums. I went to the local renn faire with some friend on Saturday and we had a great time walking around and checking out the sites. Sunday I drove out to the local armor party. This is basically a get together for the local mandalorian cosplayers; there's a potluck and we spend all day building armor. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to the next one. On Monday I hosted a get together at m
  21. That's super cool! I really wish I had a 3D printer. Thankfully, this computer is about 5 years old. This means no warranty, but it's probably reaching the end of it's lifespan. The thing has been through stuff that would have destroyed other computers, and it's rather surprising that it's made it this far. I'm a bit attatched to it, so I'm hoping I can have it fixed, though I may just but a new computer depending on how expensive the repairs will be. For now, I'm sharing the family computer. Thanks! It'll be a while.... Things are going slowly and I really packed
  22. Team Avengers! I love the rewards. What types of games do you prefer?
  23. Here for the fencing (and Team Avengers)! Which style's your favorite so far? I've never seen this paraticular anime, but we just watched Spirited Away a few weeks ago for my fantasy class.
  24. I didn't get nearly as much accomplished today as I would have liked. I dragged the dogs on a short walk but that was about it fitness wise since I ended up spending most of the day with family. We saw Civil War tonight (2nd time for me) and ate way too much unhealthy movie popcorn. Tomorrow should be a better day. I have a phone interview in the morning and will be spending the rest of the day helping a family friend with her startup. I'm also hoping to set up a gym membership for the summer someone this week.
  25. Are you thinking of building the complete costume? There are ways to build a helmet from scratch using templates, paper, and fiberglass. I've done this and it's very time consuming. Depending on your size, you can also convert cheap plastic helmets by reinforcing the inside. This tends to be a good option for shorter women. Other than that, most people purchase their helmets from a prop maker, however this can be expensive. Check out: http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=forum if you're thinking of building one. They have tons of really great information.
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