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  1. I almost forgot to log my food. I need to start logging my walking, regardless how long the walk is. I have been going for at least 10-15 minutes with my dog. He's probably ready for longer walks, but I'm trying to not let him go too far while still recovering from his surgery. On Saturday, I helped a friend move out of her house. There was a lot of heavy lifting and moving around from 9am to 5pm. I was too exhausted to cook anything for dinner. Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories 2/16/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 16 Fluid ounces 5 2/16/2018 Sesame Beef Velvet Stirfy Lunch 1 Serving 288 2/16/2018 Zucchini Noodles Lunch 8 Ounces 40 2/16/2018 Apple, Granny Smith, Medium Lunch 1 Each 97 2/16/2018 Flavor Twists, Honey BBQ Lunch 28 Grams 160 2/16/2018 Water, Tap Lunch 1 Cup 0 2/16/2018 Fried chicken sandwich Dinner 1 Serving 323 2/16/2018 Salad, Coleslaw Dinner 0.5 Cup 27 2/16/2018 Sriracha Dinner 1 Teaspoon 5 2/16/2018 Honey, Amber Dinner 1 Teaspoon 21 2/16/2018 French Fries, Steak Cut, Frozen, Cooked w/ Salt Dinner 10 Each 202 2/16/2018 Raspberry Lager Dinner 1 Serving 90 2/16/2018 Fitbit Adjustment Exercise 0 minutes 0 2/16/2018 MapMyRun Workout Exercise 15 minutes 252 2/16/2018 MapMyRun Workout Exercise 17 minutes 288 Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories 2/17/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 16 Fluid ounces 5 2/17/2018 Pizza, Pepperoni, Original Crust, Large Lunch 4 Slices 1,320 2/17/2018 Garlic knots Lunch 4 Pieces 800 2/17/2018 Conversation Hearts Dinner 20 Pieces 187 2/17/2018 Carrying Heavy Loads Exercise 210 minutes 0 2/17/2018 House Cleaning Exercise 210 minutes 851.146 Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories 2/18/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 16 Fluid ounces 5 2/18/2018 Iced Mocha Lunch 1 Serving 221 2/18/2018 BLT w/ Sourdough Lunch 1 Serving 350 2/18/2018 Chili Cheese chips Lunch 1 Serving 160 2/18/2018 Sliders, Cheeseburger Dinner 3 Each 570 2/18/2018 Parmesan Fries Dinner 1 Serving 140 2/18/2018 Small popcorn with butter Snacks 1 Serving 370 2/18/2018 Water, Tap Snacks 2 Cups 0 2/18/2018 Cider, Blackberry Pear Snacks 12 Fluid ounces 180 2/18/2018 Fitbit Adjustment Exercise 0 minutes 0 2/18/2018 MapMyRun Workout Exercise 52 minutes 712 Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories 2/19/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 8 Fluid ounces 2 2/19/2018 Cold Stone Sweet Cream individuals Breakfast 2 Each 60 2/19/2018 Sesame Beef Velvet Stirfy Lunch 0.666 Serving 192 2/19/2018 Pineapple, Chunks Lunch 1 Cup 83 2/19/2018 Pizza, Pepperoni, Original Crust, Large Lunch 1 Slice 330 2/19/2018 Salad Dressing, Ranch Dinner 2 Tablespoons 148 2/19/2018 Fresh Raw Vegetables Dinner 2 Servings 1 2/19/2018 Pork Chops, Bone In Dinner 8 Ounces 320 2/19/2018 Applesaice Dinner 0.5 Serving 45 2/19/2018 Beef, Jerky, Original Snacks 2 Ounces 162 2/19/2018 Tortilla Chips, Cool Ranch Snacks 2 Servings 300 2/19/2018 Double Chocolate Chip Brownie Snacks 1 Serving 240
  2. Big Why: I want to be a positive influence on my family, especially my mom and sister, by showing them that everyone can become happy and healthy. I also want to be the most awesome Auntie to my 2-year old nephew who is strong enough to climb trees and roll down hills and has the stamina to play and goof-off all day long. Respawn for the nth time: Started my respawn on Wednesday. Declared it with the whole world in another area in the forums, on Facebook, from the mountain tops (or my condo balcony - that counts, right?), and to my loved ones. I finished my third Whole30, realized how great I felt, but knew that I was going to revert back to my old habits quickly. I am back at my original weight when I first joined NF in 2011. I started to use LoseIt as my food tracking as I like the interface better than MFP. I can also export my information here for accountability since I have no friends on loseit at the moment. Since I restarted NFA, my new goal for this week is to track my foods for a week. I also plan on keeping my food logs public for at least 14 days so I can check off that quest. As my relatively newly adopted dog-in-crime is only supposed to go on 5-10 minute walks three times a day (recovering from TPLO surgery), I will count that towards my Walk to Modor quest for this week. I want to get back to my adventurous self. As stated above, here are my last two days of food tracking in Loseit. Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories Fat (g) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Sat Fat (g) Sugars (g) Fiber (g) Chol (mg) Na (mg) 2/14/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 8 Fluid ounces 2 0.5 0.28 0 0 0 0 0 4.74 2/14/2018 Cake, Coffeecake, Cheese, 6 Breakfast 1 Slice 193 8.66 3.99 25.25 3.7 0 0.57 48.45 193.23 2/14/2018 Jelly Filled Donut Breakfast 1 Each 270 14 4 41 6 15 1 25 340 2/14/2018 Chicken Lunch 1 Serving 180 7 32 0 3 0 0.5 125 310 2/14/2018 Rice, White Lunch 1 Serving 210 4 3.5 40 0.5 0 1 0 345 2/14/2018 Cheese Lunch 1 Serving 100 7.5 6 1 5 0 0 30 190 2/14/2018 Guacamole Lunch 0.5 Serving 115 11 1 4 1.75 0.5 3 0 187.5 2/14/2018 Salsa, Tomatillo Red-Chili Lunch 1 Serving 25 0 0 4 0 0 1.5 0 500 2/14/2018 Sesame Beef Velvet Stirfy Dinner 1 Serving 288 14.11 27.58 11.2 4.64 4.28 1.97 53.3 583.59 2/14/2018 Zucchini Noodles Dinner 8 Ounces 40 16 2 8 2 6 2 0 10 2/14/2018 Bar, Ice Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip Snacks 1 Serving 230 13 2 28 n/a n/a 1 n/a 50 2/14/2018 Conversation Hearts Snacks 20 Pieces 187 0 0 49.33 0 48 0 0 0 2/14/2018 Apple, Granny Smith, Small Snacks 1 Each 76 0 0.5 16.6 0 16.3 3.6 0 3 Date Name Type Quantity Units Calories Fat (g) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Sat Fat (g) Sugars(g) Fiber (g) Chol (mg) Na (mg) 2/15/2018 Coffee, Brewed Breakfast 8 fl oz 2 0.5 0.28 0 0 0 0 0 4.74 2/15/2018 Ceaser Salad, with Dressing Lunch 1 Serving 300 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2/15/2018 Fish, Tilapia, Cooked Lunch 1 Serving 109 2.25 22.23 0 0.8 0 0 48.45 47.6 2/15/2018 Butternut Squash, Roasted w/ Oil Lunch 1 Serving 56 2.45 0.9 10.75 0.35 2 0 0 4.1 2/15/2018 Orange, Navel, Peeled Lunch 1 Each 69 0.25 1.27 17.56 0.2 11.9 3.1 0 1 2/15/2018 Sausage, Chicken, Sweet Italian, Fully Ckd Dinner 1 Piece 130 7 14 2 2 1 0 65 480 2/15/2018 Pineapple, Chunks Dinner 1 Cup 83 0.2 0.89 21.65 0.1 16.25 2.31 0 1.65 2/15/2018 Sauteed onions Dinner 0.5 Cup 30 0 1 7 n/a 3 n/a n/a n/a 2/15/2018 Spinach, Baby, Fresh Dinner 1 Cup 7 0.12 0.86 1.9 0.2 0.13 0.66 0 23.7 2/15/2018 Carrots, Grated Dinner 0.5 Cup 23 0.13 0.51 5.27 0.2 2.61 1.54 0 37.95 2/15/2018 Orange Rosemary Dressing Dinner 1 tbsp 37 1.48 0.3 3.4 0.3 3.18 0.44 4.44 40.66 2/15/2018 Cookie, Chocolate Chip, Nestle Toll House Snacks 1 Each 370 19 3 50 10 29 1 20 340 2/15/2018 Lemonade, Mix Snacks 12 fl oz 38 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2/15/2018 Crackers, Cheez It, Baked Snacks 27 Pieces 150 8 3 17 2 0 1 0 230 2/15/2018 Cheese, Cheddar, 1 oz Slice Snacks 3 Slices 339 27.84 20.92 1.8 17.72 0.44 0 88.2 521.64 2/15/2018 Crackers, Ritz Snacks 5 Pieces 80 4.5 1 10 1 1 0 0 135
  3. His article is what pushed me to say "screw this" and unsubscribe to all the emails I get. It's also what forced me to realize what I was doing. Sometimes, you just need someone to point out the ugly truth. Information overload is a big problem with me, but I'm taking steps to get rid of all the "underpants".
  4. Hello there, I'm Sacculina and have been reading NF since 2010 or so, been part of the NFA since the beta testing for women only, and even started Rising Hero's during the first month, yet I have not made any lasting improvements to my health. I have found new friends through NF and even had the 20 seconds of courage to start my own group called the Nerd Scouts. I haven't been faithful to NF though. I started to read conflicting articles from The Greatist, MFP, etc which caused information overload. I had intense debates with other medical professionals which required me to start down the rabbit hole of research so I can prove them wrong, but I wasn't doing what I was proslyetizing. I fell victim of stress, burnout, and exhaustion. Mentally, I was not prepared to break bad habits even though I knew what needed to be done. I felt like I was wandering aimlessly with no one to point me into the right direction, my soul wasn't into guiding my corporeal body through the obstacles of life. So what changed? What made me finally get a grip? I'm still trying to figure it out. I adopted my dorky dog, Muggles, in August and he has single-handedly pulled me out of the soul-sucking darkness that was my anxiety and stress. Coming home to him and my husband makes me smile whenever I think about it. He has become my partner-in-crime during late night walks. Even my husband seems much happier. Unfortunately, he is also causes time to spiral out of control. One minute we are out on a walk and then next it's time to go to bed. Add a full time job and cooking. I am restarting NFA today. I will remove all the websites that I feel aren't helping me such as The Greatist, MFP, etc and focus on taking one step at a time. That's the end of my rambling. Have a good day, everyone!
  5. This weekend was a bust. I went to a cabin with a bunch of friends. I was afraid they would make fun of me for doing odd things or cutting into time from their itinerary for doing something that I wanted. I know that they aren't that type of guys, but being the only woman for a bit make me a little self-conscious. I did manage to eat without too much distraction -- giggles and conversation doesn't count, right? Today, I went on a walk in the 99F heat and may have over done it. I need to know when to go for a walk and when to swim in the pool.
  6. It's not going as planned, but I'm still trying to rock with it. Most of my dinners have been without TV or reading, except for maybe three. I'd catch myself after I have eaten half a plate for dinner, so I'll stop. I have not even started spreadsheet for daily spending. I keep planning to do it and then something comes up and I forget. I'm going to put it on my calendar right now. Hopefully, I'll remember tonight. No mobility exercises -- laziness and lack of interest has been the culprit. I really have no excuse. I have been going on walks. Might not be meditative per se, but I have been getting outside and walking for at least 15 minutes. I need to check in more often. Get into the habit of checking out the forums. I haven't been very communicative.
  7. I'm in a darker, more shadowy place since the last time I undertook a challenge with the Adventurers. My heart and soul was corrupted by outside influences. My brain was thrown into the murky waters of depression and anxiety. I was lost and alone, staring into the one-way mirror that is other people's lives. I was envious and too proud to ask for help, but I've realized that I need to change. I need to become my venturesome self again. Many stressors in my work life have infiltrated my home and personal life, creating a shell of a person who lost her love for an adventure. I've worked hard with my physician and loving husband to combat the darker side of my personality, but it's now up to me to get back to where I was and further. My ultimate goals are: 1. Lose 80lbs and/or maintain a body fat percentage of 25-28%. 2. Deal with stress in a more effective and peaceful manner 3. Become indestructible with flexibility and mobility exercises so I won't hurt myself when I go backpacking. 4.Become financially fit so I can embark on once-in-a-lifetime adventures (IE hike the triple crown). These next four weeks, I plan on using simple, easily obtainable goals to encourage the darker side of my brain that things aren't as hard as it thinks. I plan on rewarding myself with a qalo silicon wedding band that'll allow me to still feel the bride without ruining my regular wedding band. Goals for this month: 1. Eat without distraction (music is OK) every night with dinner. 2. Record daily spending on google docs excel WHEN they are being made 3. Perform the attached link's mobility exercise once a week (eventually to increase to daily) Mobility WOD 4. Go on a meditative walk for 5 minutes a day. I'm an adventurer -- I plan on adding walking and endurance training in the future. I will still go on hikes and camping throughout the summer, but I will focus on these things so that when I finally start to add in routine hiking, I'll be able to enjoy it. Tracking: I will track on google docs and check-in frequently.
  8. Today, I'm trying to figure out how I should log my food. I have a MFP login, cron-o-meter login, paper/pen, and fitbit since this goal has been around for YEARS. I thought about just paper and pen, but I plan on having a caloric goal to help with portion control around May. My timeline may shift and change, but I want to take it incredibly slow. I've been building up the courage to post my current picture as a way for additional accountability. I am also going to figure out my "big why" again because as life changes, my "big why" changes -- maybe that's why I have such a hard time sticking with any program. I am also going to work on a meal plan. It might end up being a four week rotation for a while (I don't like to have the same food over-and-over again). I think it'll help with the logging and keeping things simple. Be back shortly!
  9. Respawn time yet again! I am currently struggling with complete burn-out. It was so bad that I had to ask for help from my PA. I didn't have the motivation, energy, or spirit that I had prior. I couldn't get back into eating paleo (did a Whole30 in 2014 that changed my life forever) so I ended up with all my symptoms of IBS. My eczema and weight returned. My allergies worsened and had to be put on multiple different anti-histamines. Life-wise: I got married to an amazing bibliophilic man. Our home became a book haven once we merged our collections together. I got a beautiful nephew who made me realize that I may want children of my own some day. My sister and I have become much closer than before. I used to hate her because of situations surrounding her conception and birth, but it has taken me nearly 18 years to realize that she has had nothing to do with it. I am still a hiker, just not as often as I used to be. I started a Facebook group for other adventurous nerds in the DMV area called the Nerd Scouts, hoping that I'll find friends the way kids find friends. We have our first geocaching event this weekend that I'm completely excited about. I'm also planning on camping fairly frequently as a way to unplug and unwind from the stressors in my life and to help ease some of my burn-out symptoms. I want to become more active again in the community. I never did much, but I was still hoping for instant gratification of my IRC days. Forums make me feel so lonely, but I feel like I'll make it stick this time. Goals for the April: 1. log food daily 2. walk 6,000 steps a day 3. take medications as prescribed daily That is it. I'm starting stupidly simple. I will cross out the days that I did this on a calendar. Check in later.
  10. Days 4, 5, & 6 was spent camping out in the middle of the woods during the hottest day of the year so far. Nothing like spending the time outside in 101F weather. I rather enjoyed it. Day 4,5, & 6: Logged food Drank 4 cups of water Missed: Meditation (day 4&5) Stretching Academy work Push-ups It was a great time to just unwind.
  11. It truly does, but I'm just proud of myself for doing what I could anyways. I also have a camping trip to look forward to, so I kept that in my mind when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball. Seemed to have worked well.
  12. Sacculina

    Me Knees

    Mission complete: 15 minutes of walking the stairs at work (during break).
  13. Day 3: Logged food - check Push-ups- Check Stretching - check Worked on Academy (started wordpress blog for accountability and joined Forums) - check Missed: 4 cups of water --- major fail, try again today Meditation - oops forgot Day 3 was a mess. I had a procedure done at my doctor appointment that shouldn't have been as painful as it was. I felt like my whole inside was about the explode. I barely had energy to do my planned workout.
  14. Sacculina

    Me Knees

    I'm not going to add in the time I walk around during work because I feel like that's cheating. So I did 1 hour of walking the mall on Monday, 20 minutes of prowler pushes/stair climbs, and knee highs on Tuesday, 30 minutes of walking around Crystal City with a friend on Wednesday, and 1 hour of walking on the treadmill. I have 10 minutes to go and then I'm done! Score! I'll do that tomorrow for my lunch break!
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