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  1. ^^This. One of my favorite mud runs went virtual this year, and it made me so sad. How is running around my neighborhood for the 10 millionth time the same as the strange comraderie that develops when you help strangers wade through neck-deep-mud?
  2. Tuna could be a good option on occasion, but aren't we supposed to limit how often we eat it (like twice a week) due to mercury? Or is that only for pregnant women? I have thought of cottage cheese as a good option. I need to run to the store.... At my current rate of 2 shakes a day, I am not really craving more sweets than I am consuming, but I always ask myself with diet adjustments, "Is this sustainable? Can I do this for the rest of my life?" And I am afraid the protein shakes will just reinforce wanting sweets twice a day. Now, as I lose weight I should be able to drop one of the shakes, as both caloric and protein requirements will drop. I don't know. I guess time will tell how it all works out.
  3. All of those are sources of protein, but they aren't very efficient sources (calorically speaking). For 100 calories of chicken or protein powder, I can get 20-30g of protein. 100 Cal of nut butter is about 4g of protein. I choose to ignore whatever argument vegetarians make to say fish is not meat. It's the chicken of the sea.
  4. Ooh, I remember those. We called them supermans...(supermen?)
  5. I think I will need to look into these, as apparently I will be off weight-bearing exercise for a while. I might be able to do something like donkey kicks in a quadrupedal position, though... Thanks. I got pretty discouraged for a few days, but I seem to be bouncing back now. Lower body stuffs may just need to be put on hold for a bit, or dialed down to the tune of "hilly bike ride" instead of squats. Most upper body stuff can be done sitting or even reclining, so I can continue that training. I had several group projects due early this week, which is why school stress had built up to insane proportions the week before. Back to normal stress levels now So, this is definitely not my first rodeo with PF. I have a fair arsenal of helpful stretches to get the feet back in line, but it does take a while. *Suddenly remembers to grab foot roller to use while typing* In the meantime, as mentioned above, switching to bike rides instead of walks and looking for alternatives to keeping lower body strengthening moving forward while not distressing the feet any more. I am starting to come around to an interesting theory about the sweets issue. I mean, obviously mega-stress week was a big factor, but I am also starting to believe that I had created too great of a caloric deficit when I cut sweets and that it was my body's way of demanding a re-feed. So, I am toying with adding more protein (like A LOT more) into my diet to have a calorie balance that is more conducive to weight loss than donuts. The irony is, because of my slow metabolism, eating large quantities of meat makes me feel disgustingly full, so I am forced to rely on protein shakes, which are, of course, sweet. Now, most use artificial sweeteners so the calorie count stays moderate, but it still feels like stepping backwards. Actually, the whole thing about adding calories to lose weight feels like stepping backwards and it scares me a bit. I can't argue with the results so far, though. The past few days since I added the shakes, my energy (both physical and mental) seems much higher, and my weight seems to be going down. (You know, with the incontrovertible evidence of 3 days of eating like this). And I am actually hungry in the mornings, which never happened before. I will be carefully monitoring progress over the next 2 weeks and see how it goes. I don't know where this falls in my no sugar quest, since I didn't take artificial sweeteners into account. It certainly doesn't seem to help with curbing my sweet tooth, but if the end result is a healthier me, does it really matter? Pondering time.
  6. Just popping in to say that the past week has been 100% fail. Eating all the sweets, doing none of the workouts. School has me stressed out to the max and the dreaded plantar fasciitis issue has reappeared from my past, making me need to reconsider my workouts (again), which I have neither the time nor the mental capacity to do at present. I greatly appreciate everyone who has been popping in to check on me, and I will try to respond to everyone after this weekend crunch time is over.
  7. How is it going with reduced teas? Do you find you miss them or it's not such a big deal?
  8. Sounds delish! And glad to hear it was, since my husband at this minute is making roasted potatoes, zucchini, and squash to accompany a smoked tri-tip.
  9. Lifting happened today. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie also happened. What can I say?
  10. I am in my second year of graduate studies in Library and Information Science. I should receive my Master's degree next spring. My lower body warm-up consists of a short walk to get the blood flowing, some "stripper squats" (holding onto the post of the squat rack to get full depth squats at some fraction of my bodyweight), and some sort of rotating maneuvers in a full ass-to-grass squat position to loosen up the ankles. It does seem to make a difference, which may be why squats feel so much easier (and also discovering how wide I need to set my feet). I am sure I could do more, but I don't know what else exactly to do to prepare the knees.
  11. As a current library studies grad student, I approve of this thread.
  12. This ^^. I was put on an iron supplement after childbirth as a matter of course. It was issued with a stool softener. It was still horrible. I had to stop taking it. And yay for lifting!
  13. Lots of homework, unfortunately. My professors like to assume that their class is not only the only class I am taking, but also the only thing I have to do with my life. So the weekly assignment list tends to look like: read 50-100 pages worth of scholarly articles/text, review 3 websites, take a quiz, submit a project/paper, coordinate with group members, and participate in vigorous online debate. And then I have to do all of that again for the next class. It's nicer this semester with only 2 classes instead of 3, but still...it piles up quickly. It actually didn't rain this weekend, which is shocking. On Saturday, I took a stroll through the park with the family before knocking out my weight training workout, then hitting the books. The workout felt like a Goldilocks experiment: pull-ups were too hard, squats were too easy, and push-ups were about right. Debating whether too easy on the squats (felt like sitting down and standing up again, although I don't actually sit) means I can increase something a bit (either weight or depth) or if I should hang out here a little longer for the sake of my knees. The no-sugar weekend has been a success, assuming I survive the remainder of the evening. There was a narrow brush this morning when I had some internal debate about whether raspberry jam constituted a violation or no. It is 12g of sugar technically, but only 9g are added sugars, so.... I ultimately decided not to split hairs and passed on the jam. (And asked my husband to pick up some preserves with less sugar for future use). I am noticing that I am starting to enjoy tartness again, like I did when I used to eat Paleo-ish. Purely sweet things seem either cloying or boring. When I go for dessert on sweet days, I am happier with raspberry and rhubarb and dark chocolate treats over ice cream and donuts. This change seems promising. I also notice the sweetness in other foods more, like roasted asparagus. I am curious to see where this goes. I like to write these little observations down to remind myself of feeling that way (that ice cream was disappointing and the frozen chocolate covered raspberries were better). I am largely a creature of habit, so my first instinct is reach for the cookies, even if I don't enjoy them as much as I think I will. I would like to spend this next week really thinking about my sweet choices on the sweet days. I have noticed a trend of choosing lots of sweets on those days out of a sort of "better eat it while it's allowed" desperation rather than actually wanting that thing. I am not restricting sweets on those days (yet), but I do want to make sure I am only eating what I really want, not just because I can can can. Week 1 summary Pick stuff up: 3/2 (bonus points!) Put stuff down: 4/4
  14. Where has the time gone? Wasn't really feeling my workout on Wednesday, but I got it done anyway. Deadlifts, push-ups, horizontal rows. I have gotten in 2 sugar free days this week, so need to have a strict weekend to meet my goal. I am feeling a little run-down. Mr E and I had a good talk last night about managing my stress, which reminded me how important the outdoor time is to my mental health. We seem to be having a particularly wet winter, so I haven't made it out into the woods as much as I would luck. (The poison ivy infestation doesn't help, either). In any case, I bundled up and went for a walk in the near-freezing rain this afternoon. It really did perk me up. I can't wait for spring.
  15. Zero week summary: Pick stuff up 2/2 Put stuff down 4/4 In short, I crushed it. All the workout talk made me feel like Wednesday was too long to wait to hit the gym, so I did a bonus workout today. I deloaded all the exercises and slowed down the eccentric, so both easier and more challenging. I wanted to keep the form of a back squat on my box squats without the weight of the bar, so I used a broomstick . Now I am tired and hungry. Must be time for dinner....
  16. Water adjacent, hehe Really well thought out goals! Go forth and kick challenge butt
  17. Hmmm...seems tricky to do during the times we are living in. Maybe I could ask my brother's ex-fiancée (she is still close with the family) to have a look. She is working on becoming a trainer, but not sure if she is experienced enough to spot the issue. Yeah, from what I have been reading, I need to deload the lifts a quite a bit for a while. (Read: remainder of this challenge) Some of my readings indicate it could be useful to slow down the eccentric movements of the exercises (like a 6s count) to really maximize muscle activation at low weights and to focus on form. Going that slowly, you can see/feel exactly at which point your form gets sloppy. This would also help me feel I was still "going hard" but at much lower weights to prevent injury.
  18. Ahhh, that would be why. I practice ITF-style. Lots of of outer forearm inward blocks in that form! So interesting to see the differences in the styles. I do miss forms training. That was my favorite part of tkd.
  19. What style of taekwondo do you practice? I don't recognize that form (not that I necessarily know them all, but I used to practice).
  20. Oooh, I haven't had brownie pudding in ages. My dad makes it.. Nom. I totally plan to make brownies for Valentine's Day, though. It's within my boundaries
  21. Oh. In that case, super stoked I bought that adjustable box that has been collecting dust in the home gym for 2 years . (It was for box jumps back when I was in taekwondo--before my surgery and post-surgery black hole.) It will be perfect for progressive box squats. Interesting! I very much doubt it is due to excessive length for me, as I am a miniscule 5'2", but perhaps a similar issue of proportion. I just didn't know how much it changed the exercise to do it wider. #accurate Hnnng....warm-ups and stretching. I do a bare minimum, but I am sure I should do more. Sorry to make you miss your gym. I am extremely fortunate that Mr. E has assembled a rather nice garage gym in his own work to get fit. He has lost 50 lbs!!! My inspiration . So I just appropriate all his stuff . I so much appreciate all the help from you and Harriet to deconstruct my squat! This is why I need and love NF.
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