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Merganser

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  1. Week 2 was imperfect, but overall felt like "progress" in terms of the planned Spain revisit (Which is why this time, it's a 4-month plan, instead of, like, a 4-week plan; and linear progress would be boring, anyway ) 1) "Eat" mission was mostly accomplished, with some hiccups, all of which were habit-related and therefore stubborn but soluble and were at least less extreme than past lapses Tracked food in MFP until Friday night and then (once again) got lazy and caught up just in the "Notes" on Monday morning. It's not critical to my "success", but it is a useful mindfulness tool, so I'l
  2. Thanks @Kaylya! Duolingo was a much better idea than digging out old textbooks!
  3. The important thing isn't the pace or distance; it's the negative splits
  4. Week 1 was a slow start, which isn't a surprise since I decided to participate kind of last minute (i.e. when I learned that it was starting last week when I checked in to see when the next challenge would be starting) and in my first week back from a long (for me) vacation, but that's why I like 6-week challenges: plenty long enough to accomodate a ramp-up period 1) Eat: This went great for several days, followed by an extended, imperfect weekend. I've definitely had much more indulgent weekends, so there has been some progress mentally, but overall, the food category just squeaks into "P
  5. Yup. Yesterday, one of my colleagues brought in gourmet doughnuts (I guess that's a thing?) for her birthday, and this morning, another colleague made Belgian waffles (randomly; we have "Au Bon Pain Mondays", "Bagel Tuesdays" and "Fresh City Fridays", but thus far, Thursdays have not been "Waffle Thursdays" ); and it's way easier to just have a blanket rule than to make willpower-based decisions on a case-by-case basis (It also helps immeasurably to have delicious, healthful breakfasts and lunches that are the envy of one's co-workers! )
  6. Yup. Yesterday, one of my colleagues brought in gourmet doughnuts (I guess that's a thing?) for her birthday, and this morning, another colleague made Belgian waffles (randomly; we have "Au Bon Pain Mondays", "Bagel Tuesdays" and "Fresh City Fridays", but thus far, Thursdays have not been "Waffle Thursdays" ); and it's way easier to just have a blanket rule than to make willpower-based decisions on a case-by-case basis (It also helps immeasurably to have delicious, healthful breakfasts and lunches that are the envy of one's co-workers! )
  7. Yeah, I think the single-most best "diet" rule I follow at work -- where we get lots of free food all the time -- is "No found food!" and eating only the meals I bring with me to the office
  8. I returned to work this morning from a 2-week vacation in Spain, and the first thing I did was submit a vacation request for a trip back in September The first half of this past vacation was a cycling trip, and although I managed to get myself in reasonably good shape for it through diet and training beforehand, I didn't really commit to the "diet" until about 8 or 10 weeks before I departed, and due to a particularly inclement New England winter, all of my "training" was indoors It was a fantastic trip, and I actually exceeded my expectations of myself: not just on the trip with my biki
  9. I had an uneven challenge, and I am definitely not leveling up, but unlike a couple of prior challenges, I did continue to try and evaluate and whatnot, and learned some valuable things (because you can teach even an old-er dog new mind-tricks!) 1) "Eat" was #1 on my list because getting my weight back down into bulk-of-my-wardrobe range really felt like the top priority...although the fact that my behavior didn't consistently track with that challenges that prioritization * When I was tracking in MFP and following my (totally doable) rules about when and where I eat/drink certain thing
  10. Yep, definitely didn't level UP, but I'll take getting back ON the level (well, a level) and learning a few lessons that I'm applying to my (current) 12-week project of informing The Ghost of Me Past and the Ghost of Me Present that they are stepping aside for a little while and ceding the floor to The Ghost of Me Future, who has asserted: "Why, Yes, I AM a Person Who Rides a Bike for 6 Days in Spain, Mostly Uphill, including the Extra-Credit Options, and Does Not Need to Buy New Clothes to Do It!"
  11. So, I ended up canceling last Tuesday morning's kettlebell class as soon as I started to get into my work early Monday morning, and that was the theme of the week: absolutely no exercise! On the one hand, taking a week off isn't a bad thing per se, especially since I was still monitoring that back issue, but on the other hand, 12-13 hours a day of sitting at my desk is definitely a bad thing And of course I compounded it by eating. All. The. Food. (And wine!) But on Friday evening, I walked home from work (via the chiropractor) -- about 6 miles -- and on Saturday I got my bike out f
  12. Hmm...apparently I jinxed myself with the phrase "plenty of time to accommodate injuries (and other backsliding)" But the past is the past and today is another opportunity to set myself up for an anxiety-free good night's sleep and an energized, motivated Tuesday morning!!!
  13. Thanks for checking in! I love 6-week challenges: plenty of time to accommodate injuries (and other backsliding) and recovery! In retrospect, I fared fairly OK, actually: after taking several days off from food-logging, etc., I filled in the blanks in my challenge-tracking spreadsheet and realized that although I certainly ate/drank more than I would have intended to, it all amounted to less than what I might have formerly considered "normal". (Fortunately, I was not involved in any traditional Thanksgiving-ish feasts, so it was just several conscious if questionable choices over the co
  14. Week 3, Day 2 (cont'd) In addition to skipping Bagel Tuesday, also skipped chocolate during my cappuccino break. Yay. Which came a little later than anticipated because a really good phone interview ran long. Double yay. (Also double cappuccino, but that's unrelated.) I took the T home and stopped at Trader Joe's en route since I needed pomegranate seeds for one of my Thanksgiving recipes and TJ's had them in stock on Sunday, while Whole Foods did not; so of course TJ's was out of pomegranate seeds on Tuesday I've never worked with an actual pomegranate before, but they did have those i
  15. Week 3, Day 1 A rainy morning gave way to a mild but windy and residually wet evening (kind of my favorite weather, actually), and although I regretted not being fit to bike home or go for a run when I got there, I did walk about 4 miles of the way home (i.e. until I started to feel the beginning of a blister inside my left boot!) Otherwise, the day was pretty much as planned: I skipped the free Monday lunch (and accompanying treats) at work, but did have two servings of chocolate, which was excessive for a not-very-active day...especially since I was still quite satiated from dinner (saut
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