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Eli

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  1. I just finished my #4 goal!! OMG!! Yeah!
  2. UPDATE! I've lost 3 pounds!! Apparently I've been doing well because my "big jeans" don't fit any more and I'm fairly comfortably fitting into my "tight jeans". I've been keeping to all my goals, though I did cheat this week and eat some gluten (in the form of a tortilla wrap around some beans, rice, salsa and chicken). I was rewarded by a gigantic headache that afternoon! sigh... I started a little mini-challenge chart on my wall where I write my weight, body measurements and list the exercises I've been doing each week. I made it like a bar graph so I can "level up" my exercises as I complete my personal challenges. It's really fun. I also want to make a personalized elf character in Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox) just so I can hang a photo of them on my wall with all my stats and level info I'm really excited about that part.
  3. Oh wow!! Congrats on the poundage! My French is terrible. I was in French immersion all through elementary school, so when it became apparent that I couldn't actually read English, my mom decided to put me on home-schooling. After a year of very intense English speaking, reading, and writing... I forgot all my French! I've been trying to get it back, so I will definitely keep you in mind as a study buddy!!
  4. Wow! I'm really cheering for you! I've been meaning to learn French (I should say, re-learn French) so you just gave me an idea for my next challenge! Thanks I have some favorite snacks that helped me ditch the junk food... frozen strawberries! They are delicious and extremely difficult to eat. Any time I had a craving, I just pulled out the bag of frozen strawberries from the freezer and started chipping away at them, literally! Eventually they start to thaw out a bit so they're easier to consume. By that time I was usually "full" anyway and would just put them back in the freezer
  5. Yeah! Its a great work out. I'm usually sweaty and gross by the time I get to school! Glad I have my own office, hahaa!
  6. Thanks! It took me a lot of years to get into a good diet routine. When I first started trying to eat healthy, i had such a hard time fighting cravings! But they just kind of went away! It's actually kind of bizarre...I don't even want to eat chips when people around me are eating them anymore. Although, fries are still my weakness...fries or poutine Love 'em. The other juice I LOVE is: 3 carrots, 2 apples, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 zucchini, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 3 florets broccoli, and a small handful of mint leaves! It's AMAZING! And another one: 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks, 1/4 fennel bulb, 1/2 lime, 1 pear.
  7. Hello! I posted a bit about my diet on my thread here: http://nerdfitnessrebellion.com/index.php?/topic/28154-elis-average-human-to-druid-challenge/ Recipes....hmmm. The other day I bought a sirloin beef roast (it was enough for 2 single meals and only $4CAN) and I put it in the slow cooker before school with some red wine (enough to cover the bottom of the pot less than 1 cm deep), a minced clove of garlic, some chopped up fresh parsley, a bit of sea salt and crushed black pepper. Set it to low and left it until I got home that evening (it was in about 8-10 hours I think). When I got home, I chopped up some little potatoes and a carrot, toasted them in a zip-lock with a bit of oil, fresh chopped parsley and then spread them out on a baking sheet. Set those to roast on about 400F. Then, I chopped up a large tomato with a very small onion and put them in a bowl. I mixed about a teaspoon of olive oil in with the tomato and onion and a pinch of sea salt. Once the potatoes and carrots were almost done, I threw in 8 asparagus stalks with a bit of oil, salt and pepper on them and roasted those for the last 5 minutes. Serving, I cut myself off a bit of roast and dished up some potatoes, carrots and asparagus. I put three tablespoons of the tomato-onion mix on the side as my salad That's my favorite meal. I always make extra and portion in out into a couple zip-lock containers. Makes an amazing lunch!!
  8. Hi! Ya, thanks for that! I will look into it My diet is pretty healthy, I think. I don't eat junk food, don't drink pop, or eat processed foods from restaurants or from stores. I just keep it simple by eating fresh foods and cooking a lot from home (so I know what's in it!). A typical day for me will consist of: breakfast juice made from 1 cucumber, 2 apples, a bunch of kale leaves, half a lemon, a piece of ginger, and 4 stalks of celery. I usually chase it with a glass of water before I head out on my walk to school (after I've done my morning yoga). Some days I'll make an omelet or poach an egg or something; snack once I get to school of some sort of fresh veggies that I cut up that morning or (as I did this week) a homemade chocolate chunk cookie (quinoa flour, free range egg, honey, real vanilla extract, sea salt, local-made chocolate chunks); lunch is usually something left over from supper the night before (this week it was spicy chicken stir-fry with tons of vegetables and some cooked quinoa or rice); supper is some sort of meat (chicken breast, salmon, beef) with a bunch of veggies cooked in some way or fresh OR no meat at all, just some veg and a protein like quinoa or beans or chickpeas. I don't eat after 6-7pm unless I get home late from school/work. My grocery list each week is usually something like this: Produce section: cucumbers, kale, celery, zucchini, spinach, baby potatoes, tomatoes, onions (green and yellow), carrots, broccoli, parsley, lemons, limes, apples, pears, mint Meat section: eggs, beef roast, salmon fillets, chicken breast, dry salami log (small one) Dairy section: Astro Balkan style plain yogurt, some type of fancy new cheese that I spontaneously choose (like a herbed gouda or old white cheddar) to go with my salami Other things that are monthly purchases: canned black beans (with no extra stuff and seaweed as a preservative...usually found in the organic goods section), quinoa, basmati rice (because its my fav!), 1L or 2L of almond milk, honey Before now, this list had a few extra products on it which all contained gluten, and most of the fruit and veg were frozen. There was usually bread from the local European-style bakery or from the grocery store, some sort of crackers or chip-like product. But usually the things I bought were mostly organic and chemical free (I read ingredients labels religiously). The real challenge for me now is to be gluten-free. I love bread!!! I used to make bread all the time (sourdough, most recently) and usually would eat bread for breakfast (or oatmeal). I also used to take sandwiches for lunch everyday. Since I went gluten-free (and I mean 100% gluten-free, no-chance-there-might-be-gluten-still-hiding-in-my-diet gluten-free!), I've found that it isn't actually too bad to work around my usual meal routine, I just can't eat-out at all...which actually is really good, because it saves a lot of money! And on a student budget, there really isn't money to be wasted. My story: Last year, I started getting headaches and weird dizzy spells where I'd get confused and bump into things. As it progressed, I started to notice that my brain just wasn't capable of thinking properly (difficulty reasoning and having complex thoughts) and the headaches would caused slurred speech! Sometimes I wouldn't even be able to understand what people were saying to me or reply in a coherent way. I spent the year going back and forth to doctors, specialists, and had multiple tests done on heart, head, blood... NOTHING! They all said I was perfectly healthy! Not even the slightest weird little thing wrong with me. But I continued having the headaches DAILY and it really had a huge impact on my work/school and personal life. I started to have problems with anxiety and mild depression brought on by the frustration and hopelessness of the situation! I almost quit my PhD! Then I started seeing a Doctor who specialized in Chinese medicine and acupuncture (which was really the "Last" thing on my list to try because I hate needles...they freak me right out!) and she looked me over, checked my pulse, asked me about my headaches, and then said "I think you have problems with digestion". So she started treating my with acupuncture for digestion! And that got me thinking...the only thing I still hadn't tried was cutting out gluten! I cut back on the amount of gluten I was consuming, but I still ate it at least once a day in some form (a cookie, a slice of toast, crackers...). So I stopped eating gluten, I continue going for acupuncture treatments (which freak me out every time...ughhh....) and I haven't had a headache in over 2 weeks now! It's completely amazing!! I'm going to keep this up for another month to let my body cleanse and then I'm going to eat gluten again for a week and see if my headaches come back. I'm a scientist, after all And the fruits and veggies thing: I have a weird allergy to a stress protein found in the skins of fruits and vegetables. When you cut into them, peel them, bite them, or even just leave them out on the counter where they might experience stress (or during transport to the store or your house...dropping them, bumping them...you name it), the stress protein is excreted into the meat of the fruit or veg from the skin. And that makes me sick It's weird, I know, and totally sounds made-up! Not all fruits and veggies excrete the same amount of stress protein so my reactions to certain types are varied. Cooking usually destroys the protein, so I can eat just about anything if it's cooked long enough! I discovered very recently that juicing fruits and vegetables actually removes the protein from the juice (aka nutrients), which allows me, for the first time ever in my life, to actually consume fruits and vegetables raw! Some still get in there, but if the amount of allergen is small enough, I don't get sick (I might get a tiny bump on my lip or something). So I've been juicing a lot and eating some fruits and veg raw (only the ones I can handle) and cooking the rest. Now that I've more-or-less figured out the gluten thing, I feel pretty wonderful! I have way more energy and motivation. This is actually the first time in my life when I actually WANT to exercise! A friend of mine introduced me to NF, so I'm really excited to get started I'm a HUGE Dragon Age fan (on Xbox) so I keep imagining myself fighting dark spawn as an elven druid-assassin!
  9. Ok! Points time!! Goals: 1) to start and maintain a gluten-free, paleo diet (with the exception that I am allowed to juice some of my fruits and veg as I'm allergic to them when eaten whole and raw...I'm serious, I don't get sick if they are juiced!) Amended: black beans, quinoa, basmati rice, real cheese, yogurt are allowed....so not fully paleo, but very healthy and natural! Gain +3 CON 2) to start and maintain a morning yoga schedule; 6am wake up yoga! Amended: I've added in a short workout circuit! 2 reps of 10 squats, 5 pushups, and 15 crunches Gain +3 STR, +2 DEX 3) to walk to school every morning even if its a bit cold and/or raining (40 minute walk) Gain +4 STA 4) to finish the corrections to my manuscript for publication and send it to my supervisors for final approval by the end of this challenge! This has serioulsy been a huge weight/stress on me since I received the corrections back in February...sigh Gain +3 WIS
  10. Hey! How do you decide how many points you earn for specific activities? How many points does it take to reach level two? Is there a blog or article on NF that talks about that? I tried to find one...
  11. Hello! I'm cheering for you! The gluten free thing can be really tough; I just started. I love bread and the gluten free ones just aren't the same plus, I was doing some research and some of the gluten free products aren't 100% gluten free! Apparently they can have a certain amount of gluten still in them and be called "gluten-free". Not cool, food companies, not cool. I've also been controlling my portion sizes. I have a tendency to cook a large amount of food for supper and then try to eat it...all. I bought some smallish ziplock containers which have been really helping me! I make my usual giant batch of food, but before I dish up myself for supper, I fill each ziplock container with some and store it in the fridge. Then I have lunches and suppers for other days that week! It kind of sucks to eat the same thing all the time, but it's really helped me save time getting ready in the mornings...time which I now spend working-out If you ever want to swap gluten-free recipes, let me know! Good luck and keep up the awesome work!
  12. Hey! Ya, I've had to modify my diet goals a bit... I can't be completely Paleo because I really enjoy eating rice, quinoa, beans, chickpeas, real cheese and yogurt. I'm pretending that I am a Hunter/Gatherer who keeps a cow and occassionally trades for that other stuff with the farming Paleo people How long have you know you had a gluten allergy? You can private message me if you want I'm just discovering I have gluten issues.
  13. Ok! So I'm amending my earlier diet goal of a gluten-free paleo diet... I will be gluten-free but will still be allowing the rare appearance of the following on my dinner plate: -black beans -quinoa -basmati rice -real cheese -yogurt I really enjoy these things in my diet and I'm not particularly concerned with dropping weight, so I figure this will do fine But I've cancelled out chemicals from the things I eat! If the ingredients read anything other than what I would expect to be in it, then I don't put in in my cart! That goes for the items listed above because everything else I buy is either a fruit, veg, or meat.
  14. Thanks for the replies everyone! Thanks allirep for the reply on the other thread!! So far I am doing ok! I've been walking to school and back (80 minutes a day!!) and doing yoga in the mornings! I'm trying to keep to the gluten-free paleo diet but I ran into a snag when my sister visited over the weekend and we went out to a few restaurants But I'm back on it now!! Not sure how paleo my diet is (I have to review that ebook again) but the gluten free has been great! I'm feeling a lot better and am now fairly certain I've been livig with a gluten allergy for a while (may have actually been a few years!). Thanks for the replies and support!
  15. Sorry everyone...I posted before in the wrong place...I think I've figured it out now... Hello! I'm new and not entirely sure how this works... but I'd like to dig into this new 6 week challenge (ending May 27th?)! I'm currently an average human female, a bit hippy,, and about 5 pounds over the typical weight for my age group. I'd like to be a druid-assassin hybrid elf (but not a super skinny elf, just a healthy elf)! But to start with, I'm going to be more druid and work up to assassin. I signed up for the challenge and my goals are: 1) to start and maintain a gluten-free, paleo diet (with the exception that I am allowed to juice some of my fruits and veg as I'm allergic to them when eaten whole and raw...I'm serious, I don't get sick if they are juiced!) 2) to start and maintain a morning yoga schedule; 6am wake up yoga! 3) to walk to school every morning even if its a bit cold and/or raining (40 minute walk) 4) to finish the corrections to my manuscript for publication and send it to my supervisors for final approval by the end of this challenge! This has serioulsy been a huge weight/stress on me since I recieved the corrections back in February...sigh I'm starting at 138lb, soft and weak, with pretty low energy levels overall. I'm not sure how to go about awarding myself points, so any help would be appreciated! I really just want to maintain the first three goals and finally finish the forth one before the end of May.
  16. Hello! I'm new and not entirely sure how this works... but I'd like to dig into this new 6 week challenge (ending May 27th?)! I'm currently an average human female, a bit hippy,, and about 5 pounds over the typical weight for my age group. I'd like to be a druid-assassin hybrid elf (but not a super skinny elf, just a healthy elf)! But to start with, I'm going to be more druid and work up to assassin. I signed up for the challenge and my goals are: 1) to start and maintain a gluten-free, paleo diet (with the exception that I am allowed to juice some of my fruits and veg as I'm allergic to them when eaten un-juiced...I'm serious, I don't get sick if they are juiced!) 2) to start and maintain a morning yoga schedule; 6am wake up yoga! 3) to walk to school every morning even if its a bit cold and/or raining (40 minute walk) 4) to finish the corrections to my manuscript for publication and send it to my supervisors for final approval by the end of this challenge! This has serioulsy been a huge weight/stress on me since I recieved the corrections back in February...sigh
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