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  1. I second avoiding cooking anything on the GF that has been marinating - it makes it even more of a pain to clean. Some models have a "Float & Lock" hinge so you can have the top sit something like 2-inches above the bottom. so that can help make it harder to overcook lean meats since it becomes a bit more like a broiler on the top. I primarily use mine for chicken breasts and lean pork loins. As long as I stay nearby and keep an eye on it, I don't overcook anything. Tried steak once; it ended badly. If sausages/brats are your thing, those are good on the GF too. I've never sprayed anything on it and everything always came off easily... except for some sticky marinade.
  2. I live in Columbus, so close enough that I'd be willing to go to a meetup in either of them.
  3. Aside from the weightlifting room at my YMCA being pretty busy when I went, yesterday went pretty well. My new heart rate monitor came in the mail and I was able to get it programmed before starting my workout. Obviously, the readout was too high, but with rough low-balling it was nice to see how many calories-ish I burned. Today will be more interesting since I'll be on the treadmill.
  4. This is what I'm going to start doing. I get too worried about what the scale says in general, and it's even worse if I've been traveling a lot for work (healthy choices are rather limited in rural Nebraska) or I'm particularly stressed about something. So now the scale stays hidden under my bathroom sink until the last day of the month.
  5. As it turns out, the speed wasn't as much of a problem last night. It was more that I'm not in good enough shape to do some of the full movements - especially ones where I'm supposed to be on my back and stick my legs straight up in the air (that's actually tightness in my leg muscles not my core) or ones where I'm on my side with a hip in the air (my shoulder strength isn't good enough there yet). Overall food tracking has been going pretty well. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself when I don't do it perfectly each and every day. I have a tendency to put too much pressure on myself and subsequently worry or make myself feel bad if I'm not meeting my own standards or the ones I believe others have for me perfectly all the time. I've started reading a book about food addiction and why it's so hard to stop eating the junk food that "we" eat too often because of their effects on serotonin and dopamine levels. Some of the things, namely what the author calls "trigger" (i.e. "bad". Whole fat cheese is apparently one.) foods, I disagree with, but so far it's proving insightful.
  6. Week 1 was mostly good for me. I messed up a couple times with eating, but I'm trying hard not to dwell on it and just focus on week 2. Changing my eating habits is definitely going to be what I struggle with the most.
  7. Things have been going pretty well so far. I struggled a bit to complete my workout on Friday, but I think that was largely because I had used weights that were too heavy on Wednesday. Walking has been, well, walking so not a whole lot to report there. I just program the treadmill to go for 30 minutes and go at it. Up today: cxworx. I did it once a couple months ago and liked it, so it'll be interesting to see how this one goes. I know I probably won't be able to keep up with all the movements, but that's just because it's a new thing.
  8. I ended up having to do a slight change of plans yesterday. I got to my gym and all the treadmills were being used and the elevated track had a crowd, so I was left with using an elliptical - I do not like the ellipticals at my gym for some reason. They just feel "off" to me. But, I trucked through and did my 30 minutes. Today was my first day of the Rebel Fitness level 1 routine. There was a bit of a crowd, but I did my best to push aside my self-consciousness. Overall, it went pretty well. I know I need to do some work on my form for the chops and a bit on my squats. I also found that I need to start doing incline push-ups instead on my knees. Ever since I had a plate put in my arm almost 11 years ago, I haven't been able to get my wrist/hands all the way back to a right angle with my arm while keeping my fingers straight. If I curl them, it's no problem and I have no issues with my other wrist. The only thing that disppointed me today was that I needed to stop the 10-minute cardio early because I began to feel light-headed, which I'm guessing is because I didn't drink enough water today.
  9. What do you think of it overall? I work in libraries and in the past, I couldn't recommend a Kobo to anyone because they were so terrible and had compatibility issues with the ebook lending software. If this one's decent, I can add it to my short list of recommend eReaders.
  10. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it today (in part because it's about 30 degrees warmer than it was yesterday). Normally, I'm kind of indifferent towards exercise - I know that it's something that I need to do; I (usually) don't hate it, but I also don't absolutely love it. This challenge has kickstarted my interest in getting an HRM. Amazon's got the women's Polar FT4 for $65, so between that steal of a price and my Prime account I'm really leaning towards and impulse purchase.
  11. Well day 1 kind of turned into a bust. I stuck to what I had plugged into SparkPeople for my meals, but I didn't make it to the gym. The sub-zero temperatures sucked up all my energy. I also didn't want to put my car through another very short drive (I live literally half a mile from where I work and a mile from my gym) because I know it's not good for the engine especially with the bit of the struggle it had to start today. On top of that, I don't have anything appropriate for exercising outdoors during the winter... not that much of anything helps when it's as cold as it is. Oh well. Tomorrow's a new day and is actually supposed to be above zero, even with the wind chill. I'm planning on hitting up the treadmill to start some hills walking/jogging training for the Warrior Dash. I was just going to hit the elevated track, but working on hill endurance was recommended to me so they don't kill me during the dash.
  12. Since I inadvertently posted in the old thread, I'll copypaste here. Hi guys. I'm new to the group for this challenge. I kinda disappeared from Nerd Fitness for a while, but now I'm back for the long haul. I don't recognize most of your names, but I'm pretty sure I was in a group with Tateman for the first challenge I did.
  13. Hi guys. I'm new to the group for this challenge. I kinda disappeared from Nerd Fitness for a while, but now I'm back for the long haul. I don't recognize most of your names, but I'm pretty sure I was in a group with Tateman for the first challenge I did.
  14. Main Quest: Enter and complete the Warrior Dash this summer. This caught my attention last year when the Main Quest idea was first implemented. Unfortunately, I became a major slacker and stopped caring for a while. But now I'm back and I've got 6 months to prepare for it. I'm not too concerned about speed because 1. It's an obstacle course. 2. My focus (see Side Quest 1) is more about overall fitness than speed. 3. I've never been particularly fond of running anyway, but I want/need to jog/run for my heart health. Ok, so after a lengthy absence from this place, I'm finally back and reading to commit to this for the long-run. Side Quest 1: Do the rebel fitness workouts 2x a week and walk/run/jog 3x a week. I bought the Rebel Fitness Guide shortly before it was taken out of the store. I haven't begun it yet, but I think it's one of the best fitness guides for me. I've tried using other books I've gotten from my local public library, but they've all begun at something that is beyond my skill or strength level (despite their claims at being for beginners). For the walk/run/jog days I'm planning on starting out just doing my own thing. Maybe I'll go back to C25K at some point, but I haven't decided about that yet. Grading: A - Did all of them; B - missed one; C - missed 2; F - missed 3 or more STR: 4 STA: 4 (Obviously this is the Big One as it could easily be the one I'll struggle with the most, especially with all this icky midwest winter weather.) Side Quest 2: On Mondays, take either the cxworx or or bodypump class at the YMCA. I want to mix things up a bit in my routine Grading: A or F. STR: 1.5 DEX: 1 (My dexterity can be rather... lacking so I'm hoping that by taking these classes and keeping up, it'll improve) Side Quest 3: Track my food using SparkPeople. I just need to get a lot better at doing this. I tend to jump between not tracking anything and obsessively tracking everything, which conveniently coincides with how healthily I'm eating. Grading: A - tracked everything; B - Forgot to track some things, but still ate healthy; C - Ate junk food and didn't track it; F - Didn't track most food or at all. CON: 3 (This won't necessarily be hard to remember to do; it will probably be not giving in to cravings that will be the hard part.) Life Quest: Practice my ASL weekly. I took 2 semesters of ASL in college and learned enough that I could hold basic conversations. But most of my knowledge went out the window because I wasn't practicing consistently. I want to work on it because I enjoy it and it makes for a good bullet point on my resume. CHA: 1.5 (This is important to me, but as much as my overall fitness right now. That, and it's very much an ongoing thing. Right now, I probably have the sign language vocabulary of a 5-year-old and my grammar is terrible.) Caveat: My work schedule can put me on the road for long days or way into the evening. When those happen (because they will) I won't beat myself up if I don't make it to the gym. I am not a morning person, so waking up early once to hit the gym before work will not bode well for both the workout itself and my productivity at work. I also won't count it against completing my side quests.
  15. I took a break for a while from this. I was struggling with a lot of things and managing the challenges was just one thing too many for me to handle. I thought I would be alright it keeping track of eating right and getting exercise, but I let distractions and "things" get in the way. I started to stress-eat again and gained weight. I'm not happy with myself for letting this happen (again). But, today is a new day and I'm starting fresh. I bought the Rebel Fitness Guide last night and I'm going to follow that for my exercise plan instead of convincing myself that I can make up a good plan on my own. For now, I'm putting aside C25K. Despite my efforts with it I always spent most of my time hating it, so I'm not going to force myself into doing it if I don't enjoy it. I think part of my struggle with getting enough exercise was that I dreaded going to the gym and doing C25K. So my plan is the rebel fitness workouts 3x a week and then walking/jogging on the off-days. Sometimes my work schedule can be a little wonky, so I will adjust to make sure that I'm always doing the fitness workout 3x a week. If I miss a day or two of walking every once in a while, so be it.
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