Maigahane

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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Friday I finally found a crockpot recipe that Hubs and I both enjoy; Enchilada Orzo. This will definitely be part of our normal meal rotation. I had to make sure I really enjoyed it so I had two bowls Actually I was just letting myself be a fat kid today because I also had M&M's, a Clif bar I found in the back of a cabinet, and blueberry almonds. I still managed to end the day at just over 2k calories so not too bad. I do need to quit having sweets in the morning because they just set off cravings. Other than that it was an unexciting day. I had a good day at work and a relaxing evening. I chatted with an old coworker tonight and learned that not only have they not posted for my position, but the just this week hired a temp to help out. I gave notice over 3 months ago and have been gone for a month and a half. I definitely don't miss that job Oh, I got to see lots of pictures of my nephew, who is surprisingly adorable considering how un-adorable I usually find babies And it's really cute seeing his 2 year old sister so excited about him.
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    Fonzico manages her brain.

    I've done a terrible job of keeping up this challenge but it looks like you're kicking butt! Lol on the job listing drama. Either way you'll either be in a new and exciting position, or back to your calmer and happier position soon. That was nice that they increased the pay while you were gone so the drop going back will be smaller. If it makes you feel better on the hiring nonesense, I found out today that my old job still hasn't been re-posted and they just this week hired a temp. I gave notice in early August and left at the end of September.....
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Thursday I was a bit distracted all day because I got word at 8:30am that my sister was getting induced today. My newest nephew was born about 6:30pm. I won't get to see him in person until Christmas, but 1.5 month olds are less scary to hold than brand-spanking-newborns so I'm okay with that Food was okay today considering. I had to run to the complete other side of town and back over my lunch hour so I grabbed a smoothie instead of eating real food. It was pretty good, but all berries (aka sugar) and no complex carbs or proteins so it didn't hold me over very well. I should have gotten the peanut butter one but thought I'd actually try something different instead of eating PB for every meal Anyway, by the time I got home I was hungry and a bit shaky. I made fajita burritos and ate two even though it put me over my calorie goal. At least I think it did, I had to guess at my smoothie and who knows if I was anywhere close. I also ate a single serving of my M&M's which ended the day at an estimated 2275 calories I took Floof for a walk before work but couldn't get my lunch walk due to running my errand.
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    I've been reading more and more about pre-deciding and it's ability to help build habits so I'm working on putting it into action, as well as making it specific instead of a vague "healthy" or "reasonable"
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    I'm going to go ahead and call it for the day Wednesday I took leftover corn chowder to work, but no M&M's this time. I was somewhat munchie again, but not actually hungry so I resisted getting anything. It warmed up to a reasonable temperature so I took a walk at lunch. We hosted game night so dinner was just quick sandwiches before people showed up. People brought cupcakes and small sweets. I had one cupcake and 4 small sweets (each smaller than 1" square) AND NO MORE. I decided what a reasonable* amount and only ate that much. I'm ending the day about 1800 calories *I had a thought today about eating a "reasonable amount" of foods and realized that I have never defined "reasonable". Which means each time I'm confronted with certain types of foods I had to decide how much I "could" have. Building on the habit books I've been reading I realized I needed to have the decision pre-made so I don't wear out my willpower each time it comes up. So I made a mental list of what a "reasonable amount" of different foods are. 1 donut, 4 donut holes, 4" diameter worth of cookies (2 normal sized cookies or one big one), 1 cupcake, etc. The goal is to build up the habit of sticking to this list and adding to it as new things come up.
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Tuesday Another good day of playing with spreadsheets I had my leftover Chinese for lunch with another serving of M&Ms. I was really munchie at work but it was cold so I resisted going out and getting candy. When I got home I was starving. I made corn chowder for dinner but ate a heaping spoonful of peanut butter while it cooked, then had an extra serving of dinner. Then I grabbed 4 more M&M's (1/4 serving) and ended the day 1925 calories. Other than that it was a lazy day. Hubs and I watched the original Italian Job and I ended the day with a whopping 3800 steps
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    JonFirestar: The Return of the Challenge of the Living Dead

    Nice work on the run!
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Thanks. I read about your rough run, it's reassuring to know that it's not just because I suck In theory, yes I would have plenty of time. In reality I'm guessing that lunches will be shorter during crazy season. Plus, I'm a prolific sweater so I may not want to come back to work after a workout. Thanks! It's Microsoft VR for computers. It looks like Astrobot is only for PSVR. I mostly play Beat Saber (like Dance Dance Revolution but with light sabers!), but also Vanishing Realms (dungeon crawl) and Space Pirate Trainer (umm...stand your ground against waves of badies). We also have Duck Season which is like old-school Duck Hunt but you're playing the kid playing it....and it gets a bit twisted It was! And in some ways I needed it, but in others I need to actually be productive on the weekends since I'm not in the evenings when the sun is down before I get home. But hey, I'm on my fifth book in like a week and a half after not really reading for months Eh, I spoke too soon. He was obviously uncomfortable again last night (pacing and whining) and still can't hold it during the day while we're at work He's never had a problem with that before so hopefully it clears up soon. The vet said there was a lot of bacteria in the pee sample and he put him on what seems like a lot of antibiotics (1.25 pills twice a day for 2 weeks) so I think he got a nasty case. Poor guy. So far he's relaxing better this evening than he was yesterday.
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Sunday Another good, mostly lazy day. I went grocery shopping in the morning while Hubs prepped for his D&D game with coworkers. We didn't really have a dinner, we just ate chips and bean dip. I also went for a run, which was rough. I did a mile slightly faster than last week (12 minute pace) but it was hard. While Hubs played D&D I did some tax work for a friend, then played some more VR (240 calories burned). I ended the day with right about 2k calories Monday Had a good day at work playing with spreadsheets. I didn't have any leftovers so I went to a local deli and got a veggie panini and a scone. Then Hubs was dying for Chinese (he'd been suggesting it for a few days) so I had some vegetable lo mein (put half away for lunch tomorrow) and two ragoons. Then I ate half a pint of Halo Top. While he was picking it up I played some more VR (205 cals). I'm ending the day right about 2k calories again.
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Thanks! They advertise a free day, I wouldn't have thought to ask for a full week. I'm a little concerned about trying to join now since in two months my work schedule is going to get insane with tax season. But with what I was reading on their website they only recommend going 3 times a week and so if the price isn't ridiculous I might feel good about going twice a week on top of my Sunday run
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    JonFirestar: The Return of the Challenge of the Living Dead

    I'm a bit late but Happy Birthday! And you need to hurry up and kick this crud, it's been hanging around too long I'm pretty darn sure you can do it. You've done some pretty freaking amazing things in the last couple of years when you put your mind to them
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    Saturday Pretty good day. Spent some quality time with Hubs in the morning before he went gaming. We ended up taking an early afternoon nap which means I got a really late lunch and haven't been hungry for dinner. So because of that my calories are only at about 1000. I may have something small before bed if I'm feeling hungry later. After Hubs left I got in an hour of cardio on the VR (burning 400 calories) and did some domestic rangering, including scrubbing more of my shower which feels like a workout on it's own. Floof already seems to be feeling better, he's able to relax more where before he was pacing a lot. Plus he's getting hotdogs and what dog isn't happy about that [emoji4] He got brushed today and might get a bath tomorrow because he desperately needs one, neither of which he enjoys at all I found a kickboxing type gym really close to my work the other day and I may go check them out. It's a national chain called 9Rounds where there's 9 stations that change daily and you can drop in anytime and just work through the stations for 30 minutes. Supposedly there's trainers that will show you what to do, scale the workout to your fitness level, and are really supportive. Three of the four trainers listed for the one by my work are ex-military (two were Marines). I really enjoyed the kickboxing class at my old gym but the times were awkward and it's the opposite direction from work now Edit: I ended eating a small PB&J and a handful of M&Ms ending the day around 1500 calories
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    Maigs Continues with the Baby Steps

    This challenge is probably going to be pretty boring in terms of my goals but exciting in that I'll be starting my new job Wednesday. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing, tweaking things as I feel necessary, and hopefully actually turning these baby steps into full blows habits that I just do instead of arguing with myself about. Wednesday I start a new job with a CPA firm which is very exciting for me since I will finally be getting the experience I need for my CPA license, but also scary since change is always scary. I'm jumping in at the start of this firm's busy season that doesn't end until mid-April so I have no idea what the effect will be on my spoon supply, but I expect I'll be glad for the baby steps. My last job was mentally rough on me for the last year or so, which is probably why I've been stalled out on my health and fitness goals. Hopefully this new job will be as good as I'm hoping and I can get re-energized Eat like a reasonable human being (2000cals) This is exactly what it sounds like. Eat a reasonable amount of reasonably healthy foods. Right now I'm aiming for the standard 2k calories a day. That is just below my calculated TDEE when I put myself as "lightly active" so it should be a small deficit with my planned exercises. Grading is based both on quantity and quality of what I eat Stretch Daily  I'm extremely inflexible and my right hip especially has been tight enough to bother me. I want to do my best to stay injury free so I need to keep myself loose. Quit being over-caffeinated This has gone amazingly well. I have cut down from 4, sometimes 5, caffeinated drinks a day to 1. Since I started the slow cut (one less a day each month) I have only gone over my goal once and that was done intentionally, with thought, and with no regrets. For now I'm just wanting to stay at one, I may try to cut that out by the end of the challenge, but I'll see how I"m feeling with the new job before deciding anything Running/BBWW Running - I've been working on not hating running and being much smarter about it this time around than I have in the past. Relatively short runs with no specific plan on pushing for improvement, just getting out there. The goal is three runs a week: Intervals - 2 minutes running, 3 minutes walking x 3. Currently doing this around a 9:30-10 minute/mile pace but as I get better that naturally has been going down Temp run - 5 minutes running, 5 minutes walking x 2. Currently at about 11:30-12 minute/mile pace with the same comment as intervals Long run - 10 minute run at what ever slow ass speed I need to go to run the entire thing. Currently at about 12:30 minute/mile pace BBWW - I added in some strength work as well. A relatively easy and short workout I can do in my living room just to get me in the habit. I modified Steve's BBWW (details in the spoiler below). I was doing it 3x/week but with the new job and with running being my main focus I'm changing my goal to twice a week. Like my running goal, I have no specific plan on pushing for improvement, just want to get it done So that's it. Basically exactly like my last challenge with was very similar to the challenge before that. If I keep on keeping on I'll eventually get there, right?