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  1. Thanks for being willing to mod! You should have a mod invite in your inbox. I've primarily been working on some coding for the design of the sub and the sidebar, so I appreciate someone with more fitness-related knowledge than I have.
  2. 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.
  3. I live in Columbus, so close enough that I'd be willing to go to a meetup in either of them.
  4. I've been working on making some updates and changes to /r/nerdfitness, but it's still struggling to get rolling. Only one of the other mods is regularly active on reddit, so I'd love it of there was anyone else who would be interested in helping us run it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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