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  1. Yay! Congrats on the championship game! It must be so awesome to get to hang out with other women who kick ass as much as you do And I'm totally with you on the weather/mood/motivation thing. Just remember, summer is coming, and that means lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and having fun OUTSIDE. By the end of the next challenge, we'll be wearing tank tops and snacking on fresh strawberries while hiking (yes, all three at once.)
  2. WEEK 3 REVIEW: Consistency: C M: Strength+Cardio T: Rest W: Strength + Zumba R: Running F: Strength + Cardio S: Rest S: Rest Cardio: A+ 5/8 post-strength training cardio workouts complete. 4 potential opportunities for this left in the challenge; only 3 needed. Kickstart: set aside. Need to continue discussing with my husband, outside the framework of this challenge. Engage: F 0/1 hours for week, 2.58/6 hours for chall
  3. Weighed in yesterday at 151.6 for no apparent reason, other than losing the bloat of shark week I guess? I may be confused, but I feel great, so just gonna keep on keeping on. This PLP challenge is both addicting and kicking my ass - 5 days down, 55 to go! Consistency: Monday - Strength + Cardio Tuesday: Rest Wednesday: Strength + Zumba Thursday: Run Cardio: 4/8 post-strength training cardio workouts complete. Engage: 0/1 hours for week, 2.58/6 hours for challenge PLP Challenge (3/16-5/14): Day 4 Pull
  4. Speaking of eggs and microwaves and vegetables, have you seen the Epic Protein Frittata recipe from the recipe thread? I've made it the last two Sundays and then just microwaved a portion for breakfast every morning. Since my husband won't eat it (scary green things!) I just make half the vegetables and cover it with 10 whole eggs. So. Damn. Good.
  5. Dealt with all sorts of shark week blah-ness last night, but still got in my PLP challenge for the day. I like having a "little" goal for each day that I can still fulfill without having to do a whole lot. PLP Challenge Day 3: Pullups 3 (2/1) (red + yellow assistance band) Lunges: 13 Pushups: 13 I was excited to string two pullups into a set (yes, I'm really out of practice), and that I could still do all of the pushups in a single set. I'm curious to see at what point I'll need to break them up into 2 sets - I feel like I could maybe eek out 20 or so right now if I absolutely had to, b
  6. I had never thought of putting vinegar into my tuna salads until I read the firecracker tuna recipe by The Clothes Make the Girl. Seriously, it will change your life.
  7. Mid-challenge weigh in yesterday at 153.0. I'm down 0.4 for the challenge, and considering that during week 2 I spiked to 155.5 (I still have no idea why) - not too shabby! I did night 2 of the PLP challenge yesterday. This is going to be quite a challenge, I've lost far more upper body strength than I thought. I'm using both my yellow and red bands together, now, and the 2 pullups had to be done as 2 sets . I added in an extra rep for pushups and lunges so that all of my sets end with the same number. I also did a strength + cardio workout yesterday - 4 to go! Consistency: Monday - S
  8. First off, you put last week up because you do care. A real failure would be not putting it up, and pretending it didn't happen. Second, you completed one goal and exceeded another. That's a great week! As far as eating, remember how much progress you've made. Was this a bad week in the context of March, 2014? Sure. Now compare this past week to a typical week in March 2010. Totally different, right? (Side note: I made popcorn yesterday the way I used to make it in high school, in a pan. I ate half of it and then felt sick. I used to make twice as much, eat all of it, and then look for wh
  9. omg I need outdoor workouts so badly right now...I got out and ran a few afternoons last week, but today it SNOWED. There actually isn't any snow at work, but there was a few inches at my house this morning so I didn't bring my stuff to go to the park at lunch. I've set an alarm on my phone for 5:30 so I dont' forget to do day 2 tonight!
  10. WEEK 3 REVIEW: Consistency: A- M: Running T: Gardening W: Strength + Zumba R: Rest F: Running S: Zumba + Gardening S: Running Cardio: C 3/8 post-strength training cardio workouts complete. Focused on running last week, so I skipped a few strength workouts, but that meant I couldn't add in cardio to my strength...but yay for more cardio? Either way, I have 6 more planned strength workouts that would count towards this challenge, and I onl
  11. I'm starting the 60 plp challenge after reading Steve's article from yesterday. I can't do unassisted pullups anymore (sad) because I stopped doing them, but I have 2 bands that I use for assisted pullups. I haven't used those in a long time either, so this weekend I'll assess whether I should start with 10 reps of the heavier band, or 1 rep at the lighter resistance. Pushups are also something I want to work up to again. During my first NF challenge I worked my way up to 25 in a set; now I can only do about 12-15. These I'll definitely start at 10 reps each; same thing with lunges. I als
  12. Homemade mayo! http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/06/03/the-secret-to-homemade-mayo-patience/ Salsa, shredded vegetables, anything you'd have to spend a lot of time grating, dips, soups....I wouldn't say there are specific recipes for food processors, but you'll find that it takes a lot of the time out of other stuff.
  13. I've been awfully quite during this challenge, but I haven't really picked the most interesting goals to talk about. I lost the first of 2 flash pounds that randomly showed up during week 1 so that's good news Also, it's finally NOT snowing outside! I started up running again last Sunday, and while my pace is super slow compared to last fall, my endurance is still good. I'm having no problem running 3 miles at a time; the problem is that they're all 10:30 miles (I was consistently below 30 minutes for 3.1 miles back in November.) I signed up for my first 5k of the year already, but it isn't u
  14. I know you are in pain and it is not supposed to be funny, but from now on, whenever this happens to me, I'm going to think of it as a pickle injury I <3 pickles, but only the kind you eat, not the kind in your joints. Anyway, I seriously think the weather is messing with my joints this year, maybe you're going through the same thing. But it looks like spring might finally show up sometime soon, and all good things happen then! Fresh produce, hiking, outdoor runs, gardening - hooray for vitamin D!
  15. WEEK 2 REVIEW: Consistency: B+ M: Strength T: Rest Day W: Strength R: Rest F: Strength + cardio S: Skiing S: Running Cardio: A 3/8 post-strength training cardio workouts complete. Kickstart: F Nothing yet - dealing with other issues here (the possible need for entertainment insurance vs how much I would actually make in a year ) Engage: C 0.75/1 hours for week, 1.58/6 hours for challenge Not my most spectacular week ever.
  16. It looks like you are low on calories, but if you get to the point where you are eating enough and are still waking up hungry, try keeping a glass of water next to your bed. I've read a few things that say when we're tired, our bodies have a hard time telling the difference between hunger and thirst - I find a glass of water is usually enough to help me fall back asleep until morning.
  17. Hang in there Starpuck! It looks like you have a lot of great stuff going on, and just a little trouble with the eating. I think if you keep up the great work elsewhere, the eating will naturally fall back into place. And I'm excited for the nice weather, too - but what's up with that random cold day this week?! We have the same thing here in Central PA - 40s/50s all week, except Thursday, when it's only going to be 26 But hopefully I'll get outside for some walks with my dog and a few runs.
  18. Made this last night - so good! How much bacon did you use? I made half the recipe and threw in 5 pieces of bacon (and skipped the mushrooms for more spinach), just curious.
  19. I use skullcandy ear buds. I love that they come with 3 different sizes of covers so you can pick which one fits best for you.
  20. I agree with Moralitea - the secret is definitely in the roasting. You can also do the same thing with guacamole. I made this recipe last summer and canned about a dozen pint jars (maybe more?) And I'm finally getting to the end of my stash http://www.marthastewart.com/919620/classic-roasted-salsa?czone=holiday/sixty-days-of-summer/recipes-ideas%3Fxsc%3Dsoc_pin_ClassicRoastedSalsa&crlt.pid=camp.ERch6pNLQ3sl
  21. I've seen this on pinterest before and it makes me so sad. I love watermelon - but I have no idea why anyone would put any sort of frosting or whipped cream on it!
  22. This looks awesome! I've been looking for something I can cook in bulk on Sundays to feed me and my husband breakfast for the week - not sure he would like it but I could always make a smaller one for myself. Bonus - I have everything but the jalapeno at home already
  23. Consistency: M: HIIT Class T: Rest day W: Strength Training, 1 mile run (9:35) R: Impromptu rest day Cardio: 2/8 post-strength training cardio workouts complete. Kickstart: Nothing yet. Added registering for a website to my weekend to-do list. Engage: 0.50/1 hours for week, 1.33/6 hours for challenge Things I've learned this week: I'm so over grains for breakfast. I've been making sweet potatoes, bacon, and eggs for breakfast for about the past year now, which means a giant Sunday night cookup that I
  24. For those of you talking about rhythm vs your pace, check out www.jog.fm - you type in a song, it tells you what pace you'd be at if you ran in time with the beat at an "average" stride. I try not to take it too seriously, but I'm always curious to see what songs match up to my pace. some of my favorites: Jai Ho - themesong from Slumdog Millionaire Royals - Lorde Boys Wanna Be Her - Peaches (thanks to @Starpuck for this one!) Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips Eye of the Tiger - Survivor Loca - Shakira Starstrukk - 3OH!3 Pumped up Kicks - Foster the People Stay - Sugarland (good for a mi
  25. Absolutely agree. Also, since I don't like to go shopping with other people, I've started taking pix of myself in the dressing room, then I can scroll through all of them and decide which dress (or whatever) to buy. The camera really gives you a detached perspective and lets you compare things quickly. Hooray for technology! For less-expensive, good quality bras, I'm partial to maidenform. There also seem to be sales on them fairly frequently.
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