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  1. Hypotheticalfox Eats Lunch

    Slow cooker chicken Marsala, broccoli, fruit Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Rangers Gonna Take the OWLs Mini Challenge

    Now that you mention it, I subliminally thought of Ravenclaw as the beautiful people house, too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hypotheticalfox Eats Lunch

    Same as last time except peanut butter instead of almond butter and apple sauce instead of carrots Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hypotheticalfox Keeps Calm and Carries On

    I pulled it off last challenge really well. Only twice did a snack meet all the requirements to be eaten at work (a student Mardi Gras party where kids brought me down a cupcake from a French class, and a student birthday, where again, I was offered homemade baked goods). Putting in very specific requirements that allowed special cases to be exceptions was key. At work is turning into the easy part because I’ve just stopped bringing things or keeping candy in my desk, and I mostly don’t carry cash so I can’t buy things once I’m here. My new snack attack time is turning into packing Lunchies before bed and eating bites of whatever I’m packing even if I’m not really hungry. I’m not quite ready to restrict that yet, but it might be a future goal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Random Thoughts of Randomness

    That does sound kind of awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hypotheticalfox Eats Lunch

    I missed a few days somewhere in there. Oops. Sweet potato, almond butter (to be mixed into the reheated potato), blueberries and strawberries (again for the potato), carrots, black olives, mini pickles. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Random Thoughts of Randomness

    Yep. My district has already had a snow day in March, and probably should’ve cancelled again today. I wanted to go to the zoo before our membership runs out in April. It’s not looking promising. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Hypotheticalfox Keeps Calm and Carries On

    I debated taking on a challenge this time through, because things are still kind of crazy and up in the air. I’m not exactly sure how much of my time and energy is going to be required for family health issues (see previous challenge for details), and I don’t want to over commit and then fall short. I also don’t want to ignore the challenge completely because having some structure and requirements will keep me more honest and allow me to examine my own habits. With this mindset, I’m basing my challenge goals around maintenance and de-stressing. I feel better when I exercise, sleep, snack less, and read, even if I’m the moment I don’t actually want to do those things. My goals are very achievable, hopefully even if schedules get wacky. Some are carry-overs from last challenge, while others are new. Goal 1: Continue getting to bed by 10:30 EVERY NIGHT. I feel good when I get my 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Toddlers don’t sleep in on the weekends, so I need to go to bed by even on Fridays and Saturdays. Goal 2: Attend exercise class or run at least twice a week. Do at least 10 push up EVERY DAY. I really enjoy going to exercise class on a physical, emotional, and social level. Three times a week minimum was hard to keep up with, but two as a minimum should be achievable. My pushups last challenge fell apart because my push-up program increased too rapidly, I couldn’t really keep up, and I mentally quit. This challenge I’m going very very basic. I must do at least 10 push-ups a day. They don’t have to be all at once, but I have to do them. More is encouraged, but not required. Goal 3: Continue not snacking at work unless it’s packed in my lunch, or specifically made by a student and offered directly to me. No faculty room cookies or donuts. No buying 4h cookies and keeping them in my desk. No fundraiser chocolate bars. Goal 4: Finish reading The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski, a super long, weird-ass book one of my awesome seniors put on my recommendation list and at least one other book. I like reading, no, I love reading. I need to do it more in my “free” time, and I need to make more free time to do it. Screw housework. Ok, not completely, but still find time for more reading. That’s it. No points or scoring, just my own sense of guilt and shame at admitting to not completing things to keep me on track. No prize, just my own sense of accomplishments at doing what I set out to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Rangers Gonna Take the OWLs Mini Challenge

    I’ve never done a mini-challenge before but I going to try. I’m in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hypotheticalfox Joins the Rangers

    Yep, we’re staying positive and helping as much as we can. Bee and I stopped by for a visit today after Bee’s allergist appointment, and while she and Bee played dollhouse, I did the dishes and a few other light chores. Granted, she hasn’t started chemo yet, but she’s upbeat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hypotheticalfox Joins the Rangers

    I believe she’ll be doing chemo. How’s your MIL? Anything insider tips to make her more comfortable, etc, that you wouldn’t have known before you/she went through it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Tateman continuing the Battle to Avoid Surgery

    I’m glad your family is getting back on the right track. I totally understand the embarrassment/shame factor in not posting, and great job getting back to it. The part sounds awesome! You definitely deserved to have a night to let loose a little. Good to hear from you again, and keep it up! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hypotheticalfox Eats Lunch

    Admittedly, this is going to be one of the lamest daily battle logs on the site. My daily achievement, strength progression, and other tidbits will likely be posted in my 4 week challenges (unless I decide to change my mind). I’ll be using this primarily to post pictures of my lunch each work day. Why my lunch? A fair question. My daughter, Bee, was diagnosed at 4 months with FPIES with her trigger foods being cow’s milk proteins (any dairy) and soy, it was a rough 4 months of being in and out of the hospital, doctors labeling it everything from flu to “well we don’t know, really”, getting IVs, getting a spinal tap at one point because of such severe dehydration, getting a pic line... it goes on. Finally, a very smart pediatric gastroenterologist diagnosed it as food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES). We’re really lucky that Bee only has two trigger foods and the rest of the food world is safe for her. It’s a rare condition, but some FPIES kids have only 7-10 SAFE food and have to get most of their nutrients from a hypoallergenic formula (and not just through childhood either). I learned quickly once she started eating real food, however, that pretty much all processed foods tend to have either soy or dairy in them, so I got really good at home cooking and reading labels really fast. I also realized that there are almost no convenient restaurants that we can take her to and safely order her a real meal. So if we want to go out to dinner, I have to pack her a meal to bring... luckily we live in the sticks and don’t have many opportunities for eating out anyway. The other thing I realized as my maternity leave came to an end (luckily I’m in a field that I could take a full year off and we had previously saved enough money for me to do so) was that no sitter or day care we sent her to, no matter the price or quality, had soy and dairy free food options guaranteed every day, and therefore, I’d be packing Lunchies every day for the foreseeable future. So I started packing hers. Then I realized that her Lunchies were generally healthier and prettier than mine, and that I wasted a lot of money grabbing junk when I didn’t pack one. So I started packing mine, too. I also realized that two things helped me not grow bored of packing Lunchies. First, if they look appealing and second, if I think someone is seeing them. So I’ll be posting my lunch pictures here, just in case anyone wants to see them and to keep me from getting stale and repetitive in my lunch choices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hypotheticalfox Joins the Rangers

    Well, second challenge of the new year and after years of lurking and on-again-off-again nerd fitness-ing, I’ve decided to put on my big girl pants and join the Rangers. A few years ago I would’ve declared myself a Monk. Back then I was training Brazilian Juijitsu 3x per week and running when the mood struck me. Then life happened. Roughly three years ago, I became pregnant with my daughter and had to (temporarily I thought) give up combat based exercise. Then, to be closer to both my job and my husband’s (we work at the same rural middle school) and to have more family time and less commute/daycare time, we moved out to the countryside and away from any dojo within reasonable distance. I could still run, but did I mention we live in a frigid area where 9-10 months out of the year it’s cold and snowy as... well, you know. I ran enough over the summer to complete my first 4 mile obstacle race, but I go through running enthusiasm ups and downs. So I got sedentary for a while, then I got less sedentary. I joined the local small country town YMCA, originally for baby/toddler swimming lessons for Bee, and ended up finding out that they offered some really great classes that were primarily really friendly, supportive people. I’ve been regularly going to two to three classes a week (one that’s mostly body weight exercises, one that’s a combo of cardio and weight stuff, and one that’s a suspension class using this awesome suspension rig set up). Then, when the first challenge of the year happened, I went back to nerd fitness and hit the Rebels board for the challenge. I completed it with about 94% accuracy/completion, but I’m proudest that I went from being able to do exactly ZERO push-ups to being able to do sets of up to 8-10 at a time. I’m still developing my goals for this challenge, so sorry that you read this far and are only finding this out now. I want to continue my momentum from that. I’m thinking my goals will include something about sleep, something about push-ups and general exercise, something about snacking, and something about organizing/cleaning. Looking back over my post, maybe I should include something about being less long-winded. Oops! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk