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Sacculina

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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
  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
  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
  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 w
  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 wor
  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
  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 be
  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!
  15. Thank you!!! I really appreciate all the encouragement. I'll come and encourage you as well. Maybe I can finally get the hang of all of this. I swear, I think I would have really benefited with a "social awkward" group. I'm definitely going to keep trying. I use a contigo water bottle that has marks at every 8oz. It has 24 oz total so I try to make sure that I drink the whole thing. I also play around with the app "Plant Nanny" which kind of entices me to drink a little bit more than I would. I am married now! There's only a honeymoon to plan for next month, but
  16. Thanks!! I have been trying to get back into the grove with my health, especially since I let it go during the chaos of wedding planning. It's been a struggle alone. The biggest issue was that I didn't get the support that I desired and needed. If someone did respond to my post, it usually wasn't overly helpful, but mostly, I was just ignored. To be honest, I never truly put myself out there. I would encourage others, but I was still pretty much a wall flower. I still feel like I'm not able to get the hang of forums (I was an IRC kind of gal) and I feel that I make a foo
  17. Day two: Logged food Drank 4 cups of water Meditated Stretched Missed: Pushups Academy work
  18. I've been away for a while because I felt like I didn't quite belong in the forums, but Staci came in through the Nerdfitness Academy Facebook page and convinced me that I should do it. I know it's already been a day, but I am just going to jump in now. Nutrition: 1. Log meals. Plain and simple. Need to log all meals for the next 6 weeks. If I am not in a place to log in via MyFitnessPal, I will write everything down and log in later once I am able. 2. Drink at least 4 cups of water a day. I don't drink nearly enough. Physical: 1. Stretch for at least 2 m
  19. Goals for January 2016: - Drink 5 cups of water (I can do it!) - Log all my meals - Eat a side salad with lunch January 12, 2016 Breakfast: Wildberry & Kale smoothie with greek yogurt Coffee w/ creamer Lunch Italian chicken with tortellini Side salad with sweet vidalia dressing Dinner Turkey & Avocado BLT Side Salad Potato Chips Water consumption: unknown (forgot to even write the stuff down) Exercise: Bench press 25lbs 3X10 knee push-ups 3X10 Leg ups 15,18,20 bench dips (knees bent) 3X10 Abductor & Adductor 95lb 3X10 Glute bridge 25lb 3x10 prowler push 25lbs x2 b
  20. I wish I could constantly keep it in front of me. I work in a medical laboratory so we aren't allowed to have any food or drinks with us. I try to remember to get water whenever it slows down. I had an alarm every few hours as a reminder, but I tended to ignore it. Still looking for something to help me remember.
  21. I am in Alexandria City. Fredericksburg...I drive through rather frequently to visit family in Norfolk. It seems that I always get stuck in traffic there.
  22. Goals for January 2016: - Drink 5 cups of water (I can do it!) - Log all my meals - Eat a side salad with lunch January 11, 2016 Breakfast: - 3 slices of bacon - ham and sweet potato stir fry - coffee w/ creamer Lunch - BK chicken nuggets - BK fries - Side Salad w/ cheddar cheese and ranch dressing Dinner - Italian chicken with tomato sauce -Tortellinis -Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, and sweet vidalia onion vinegerette Snack - handful of chips and onion dip - last of the wedding cake samples - 25 lateral leg lifts - 25 clams - 25 hip thrusts - 2 minutes stretc
  23. Hey guys! I'm relatively new to the area and saw such an active group of people in the DMV that I had to introduce myself.
  24. I am in a major respawn moment. I looked at myself in the mirror and realized that I am not where I want to be. I was insanely proud of myself for a while. I was eating healthy, hiking 6-9 miles every few days, and simply treating myself as a priority. Then, I changed jobs where I advanced quickly to laboratory supervisor. I surrounded myself with people who eat out every lunch period, hate their job, and wallow in self-pity and hatred. I have been banned from hiking until physical therapy allows me back on the trails, but I still miss the hikes and the adventures. I am doing some weight lif
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