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About Syren

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  • Birthday 12/17/1987


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  1. Thanks for checking on me 😊 I did pretty solid on sticking with the meal plan this week. Not as good with walking - - we were busy at work this week. Ankle caused some issues when it was raining earlier this week, by it has gotten better as it dried out.
  2. So, as seems to be my body's tradition when beginning a new challenge, I am currently sick -- I got sick, a sinus cold in particular, shortly after trying to start my Festivus advent challenge. I got better, but then had a more than normally unpleasant time with my period. And now I seem to have a different flavor of the cold virus -- it's in the lungs this time -- woohoo -- with some extra fatigue on the side. I want to say that I normally don't get very sick -- however I really think this is relativistic and I am simply ignoring the memories of those irritating times of life. On top of that, I live in the south eastern US, and the weather can't decide if it wants to be spring or fall or summer on any given day (hush any of you who think < 70 F is winter, you know nothing John Snow) which just confuses the hell out of all the flora, which then confuses my immune system into thinking its being invaded. The power of cytokines compels me to hate the south for more than politics at the moment (for those in the back who just say "why not leave if you hate it so much?!" in outrage and hatred, the answer is I would love to, I just need to have a gainful employment elsewhere first. Thanks for playing, the internet is obviously a place for airing grievances). I'm also really cranky because I'm miserable and can't fix it, so, skip and tldr? That being said, here's what I want to accomplish this year: Fit into my size 14 jeans again --> can I make it into a size 12? Work on my hiking stamina --> presently 2 miles on light terrain is the limit my ankle can handle and still needs some extra care afterwards --> I would like to condition up to moderate terrain levels and 5 miles, just aiming for day hikes Save up for a national park tour out west this summer/fall -- haven't decided yet on Yosemite, Sequoya, Yellow Stone, or Glacier --> it will likely be dependent on how the stamina goal goes To achieve the year long goals, for the next 5-weeks I will be: 1. Eating based on USDA guidelines: 1700 Calories daily servings Daily weight (oz) Fruit 1.5 6.375 Vegetables 2.25 10.125 Grains 5.5 5.5 Protein 5 5 Dairy 3 4.5 Since embarking on this trying to be healthier journey, I have become obsessed with trying to figure out how to get all of the micronutrients (calcium, potassium, B12, etc.). Supposedly, if you eat a balanced diet, you should get all of these. However, I have no concept of what a balanced diet is. I grew up in the 90's and meals were pizza, cereal, pop-tarts, or mac & cheese. This ends up with me obsessing on how to eat better while still always wanting pizza. I'm also a numbers person, so the numbers above are calculations that are based on averages from the USDA report for my recommended ideal weight and activity level. Nuts and bolts: the recommended weights are really what I'm after. I don't want to calculate each micronutrient and calorie. The weight of the recommended servings can help me figure out how much of which food group to buy each week and gives me a goal towards nutrition without tediously crunching each number... or running samples through a mass spec and calorimeter... the assumption is that the USDA has done a good analysis of the available data. 2. Walk each day and hike on the weekends -- also get some sun, absorb vitamin D, and get some exercise -- ---- Week 1: Start off with 20-minutes each day (this should be increased as I feel better) 3. Ankle strengthening each morning and care each evening -- do each rotation and flexion/dorsiflexion exercise 3 x 10 each morning -- alternate soaking and massaging each night ---- glorious back story ---- I was in a car wreck in 2008 and managed to come out pretty okay, just a very badly sprained ankle, two sprained knees, and a totaled 2003 Chevy Malibu. I did not do PT after the crash because I am both an idiot and health care here is TBD. For the most part it works fine, but there are days when it makes me exceptionally cranky and gives me an excuse to continue being lazy. 4. Develop a tentative itinerary, budget, and savings plan for the trip