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Nianne

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  1. Three weeks in: I'm starting to develop a workable routine for my new schedule, which is awesome. I'm walking to work every day and getting plenty of nutrition. In terms of the weight loss goal I've pretty much just maintained what I accomplished before I got the new job. The old job was a lot more physical, so it seems that my attempts to eat a bit less have simply allowed me to find my new equilibrium point. Which is good information, but I'll have to take it down another notch in order to keep making progress to support my knee. The exercise goal has been
  2. I did a great job over the weekend, and learned a thing or two in the process. On Friday night I went home knowing my fiancé was making pizza and margaritas, and that I only had room for one drink and a couple slices before I’d be at the top end of my daily calorie range. We had a guest over, which is unusual for us and I wasn’t sure how that would complicate the mix. However, I managed to cultivate a sense of being politely curious about the food, rather than really hungry, and I had just a nibble at a time, waiting patiently so that I’d have room in case more surprises came forth as th
  3. Nianne has accepted the Level 3 quest: Protect the Calorie Well! The Calorie Well is under siege by tequila gnomes and hobgoblins of deliciousness. They want to rip the well apart stone by stone and return the field to it's naturally lush and drowsy state. Bolster the well with fortifications of delicious fiber, build a hangover scarecrow to frighten away all but the most determined gnomes, and defeat the hobgoblins by dazzling them with distracting games, shooting them with arrows of "eating that is someone else's job," stabbing them with daggers of, "I've had plenty today, thank
  4. The fire alarms haven't gone off all week, which is amazing. As a result, I've stuck to the plan and gotten in a morning workout every day this week. Twice I had big long workouts including strength training, and the other three times it was more of a 20-minute morning warm-up which is enough to get my day started out on the right foot. Food has been right on track all week so far as well, but we've got an out-of-state guest for the weekend, so we'll see how that goes....
  5. I want to say, "Have you tried forefoot running?" But I'm sure that would be mildly lame because I'm sure that's come up in your research already. I hope you find a way to get that "flow" state back, whether it's through finding a way to jog without pain, or perhaps taking up a similar activity that gives you the same feelings. I'm glad to hear that the "back pain yoga" worked good. That's always a real accomplishment, when you can make yourself really feel better by doing something good for yourself.
  6. Thanks. More likely I'll have a couple of short shifts during the week, although they're not afraid to let you go over 40 in the week.
  7. Tuesday morning I had a much later start time for work, so I got a good long workout in while I cooked my favorite medley of hot vegetables: Saute up an onion, some garlic, and a bell pepper if you have one Throw in a couple cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies Season with garlic salt and chicken bullion, and cook until the tomatoes' flavor blends in with the rest Add a can of whole-kernel corn and a drained can of beans Turn off the heat and stir in a bunch of chopped green onions or chopped fresh spinach and stir in to wilt. This works great i
  8. (Monday Start) Day One Report Monday I worked an 11-hour shift, which actually makes things a lot easier. I had a quick workout in the morning and then some oatmeal, and I walked to work (about a mile each way). Lunch was Thai fried rice, and for snacks I had a carrot, an apple, and a banana spread across the day, and then at 10:30 I came home for a quick bite of curried potatoes and peas with yogurt sauce and a glass of wine, and then to bed. The next few days should be more interesting.
  9. I just read something very interesting. In the book Super Better, the author writes that research has shown that cravings, including food cravings, have a very strong visual component, and if you're experiencing a craving you can interrupt this process and decrease your cravings by as much as 25% by playing a game which has a strong visual pattern-matching component, such as tetris, bejeweled, or candy crush saga for as little as 3 minutes. Wow. Time to put some games on my phone.
  10. What does the Oracle of Doom say about this list of goals? The first goal is clearly the hardest one. What are the inflection points that I’m likely to face here? 1) Cue: Arrive home and find a luscious dinner ready to serve. Calzones, heavy pasta dishes, one-pot suppers brimming with sausage…. Routine: Say, “I’m definitely going to have some of that, but I’m going to start with some veggies first.” Grab frozen peas or broccoli out of the fridge and heat them up real quick with just a dab of butter, enough in quantity that I can feel ful
  11. The theme for my challenges this year is based on something I read in Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit." He found people who succeeded at recovering from hip replacement surgery by using a specific strategy: identifying critical moments which he called inflection points, circumstances where they were likely to face a significant moment of weakness such as the first painful moment of getting up off the couch, and crafting small habits using the cue-routine-reward formula to get themselves through those circumstances. I found some ways in which this was really helpful to the application of n
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