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  1. Love all the adorable puppy pic's! What do you do with your herbs? Do you dry them? I've started growing them, but truth is I don't use them often, and I've never dried them.
  2. Yeah, I hear you on the chocolate and this: feel bad --> eat chocolate --> feel better" neural pathway gradually morphed into a "feel normal --> eat chocolate --> maybe feel even better?" unconscious strategy. And when eating too much chocolate made me feel bad, well, it's probably no surprise what I did when I felt bad. The irony. I've tried various strategies. Right now I'm trying moderation, with sorta good results.
  3. Oof, not been good at updating this week. It's been sunny, so have been trying to enjoy the last bits of sunshine. You can tell summer is leaving though, because even on sunny days, the nights are getting colder. Monday, I did an arm workout. Most of the workout went well, but I am stalling with my overhead press. Not sure why. I think next challenge, I will go down 5 pounds, and go for more volume, and see if that helps. Went on an afternoon walk and an after dinner walk with hubby. Tracked water and food. Tuesday Met with my friend who is visiting from out of town (out of country actually) We went on a nice walk . It started out chilly, but was warming up as we walked. Came home and did my leg workout. I didn't track my food. I started too, but the day got busy and it didn't happen. I did eat mindfully. My mindset has improved. I no longer do the - I'm not tracking, that means I can eat however I want, and am more about this is how I eat that makes me feel good. Did another walk in the evening, so lots of steps (like 14,000) Wednesday- Usually my rest day. But I am going on a walk/hike Friday , so chose this day as my second arm workout. I did it in the afternoon. My legs were tired, and since both Monday and Tuesday I had around 14,000 steps, I decided a short walk was fine. I think it was about 2,000 steps. I had 4,000 steps for the day. In the evening, my son came over and we played a new game he bought. It was building a zoo, which was fun. But it was super complicated. One of those that takes 20 minutes to explain, and where my eyes glaze over by about 10 minutes. When we play those games, I have decided to just enjoy, and realize there is no way I am going to learn it well enough the first time to strategize, so I try and turn off my competiveness.😉 I had lots of cool animals in my zoo, but lost. I don't remember the name of the game. I think I will enjoy it more the second time, now that I have a feel for it. Tracked food but not water. Today; Did a zone 5 hard cardio row. Then I did a shortened leg workout. I was able to sumo squat my 55 lb bell! Also, forgot to mention, on Tuesday I farmer walked holding the 55 lb. bell and the 44 lb. bell! And, I knew I could lift them both suitcase deadlift style(outside my feet) but didn't know if I could deadlift them (inside my feet) I attempted to deadlift them and I was able to!
  4. Snow alread?! I would not be happy about that. Way to go on all that walking! Maybe with the housekeeping, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes, and see what you can get done. I'm always surprisedat how much I can get done in a short amount of time.
  5. Hugs, sorry you are going through some rough stuff. Glad you have some support to get through it
  6. Way to go on week 1! I'm not sure I would ever go out on my deck again after that.😉
  7. Woot to you ( and your wife) for conquering the hedge root. And for going on a walk afterwards. I figure when my quads hurt doing something like that it's a good thing. That means I was using my leg muscles instead of my back.
  8. Today: Our church rents the building we are meeting in, so after church service Sunday morning, all our supplies are put in boxes and placed on a shelf. Well, tonight we were at church, and my friend wanted to look through the boxes to see if we could find the Women's Bible study booklets. I was able to pull the boxes off the high shelves, and put them back, until we found the right box. Another strength win! And maybe, I put a little thought in my friend's head as to why it's important to have strength. Saturday was lovely. I woke up and went to the store and bought some food for Saturday's dinner with extended family. Then came home and put pork chops and apples (from our tree! ) in the crockpot. The plan then was to do an abs workout. But, I didn't want to. And I thought of how busy I felt last weekend, and decided to just take some time and enjoy the sunny day. So, I took a book and sat outside in the sun.It was glorious! I did go for a short walk (about 3,000 steps) I still ended up with over 7,000 steps. My mother in law can't do our front steps, so we serve dinner in our basement downstairs, so there is a lot of hauling stuff up and down. We played a new game, umm I think it was called Pirate Adventure. It was fun. Week 1: First some thoughts and disclaimers: A couple of my favorite books on dieting nutrition are Eating Skills by Josh Hillis and You Can't Screw This Up by Adam Bornstein. The thing I'm focusing on in the Eating Skills is judging things by good , better, best. And accepting that good is a fine enough answer some days, it does not always have to be best. And from You Can't Screw This Up, he asks the question, "How can I make this easy?" Or. "What would this look like if it was easy" What this translates to me is that I sometimes weigh my food , or sometimes when I'm stressed and don't want to be exact I guestimate it. When I'm tracking food it doesn't always have to be exact. And the same goes for tracking water. I sometimes find myself stressing when I check that I've had 8 ounces, and wonder if that's accurate. Maybe it was only 7? And then I remember it's ok to guestimate, this isn't a midterm final, in which all my grade for the semester relies. So, when I report on how I did, know that I give myself lots of leeway, and I'm not a tough grader. Looking forward I've stopped writing down my daily and weekly plans, I want to start that again Did the weekly, only remembered daily a couple times Climb to the top of the hill: Cardio, Continue walking, no real goal, just get some in, if I'm not rowing that day do a bit more walking Rowing: I want to finish the 24 day zone 2 and 5 rowing challenge goal is 2 days a week zone 2, 1 day a week zone 4 or 5 I can't remember whether I did one or two days of zone 2, and then I did one of zone 4. I'd like to keep bettertrack of this, but I'm tracking food and water, and so I probably won't. VIew from the top Strength train 3-4 days a week. This is fairly easy for me, I like strength training Yes Going Down Work on looking incredible in my shorts for my trip Follow Eating Skills Good : Track in MFP 3 days a week, keep within my range Better 4 days a week, including a weekend day Best: Best 5 days a week including a weekend day 5 days and I even did it on a weekend The Loop I don't like the upside down part of the coaster. I also don't like drinking lots of water. But some things are just part of the ride. This challenge I'm just going to track my water. Drink my big glass in the morning, and then track the liquids I drink. Any liquid counts (except alcohol) I will track in the Fitbit app. Good: track 3 days Better track 4 days Best track 5 days Tracked 4 and a half days! Side quests: Finish staining fence- yes Begin preparing the garden for winter To do list for final vacation plans _ done , this week I will focus on the list frames for pictures This week I'm busy doing fun stuff with friends, visiting, hiking, and final prepping for vacation. I think I will skip the zone 2 rowing, and just go for one zone 5.
  9. Thanks. I had my goals, and then just decided I needed to be a bit creative, and thought of the theme in the fly. It was fun, and good practice for creativity without spending a ton of time trying to make it perfect
  10. Turmeric supplement is good for inflammation. I have the book Deskbound by Kelly Starrett. He has some really good mobility work for your thumb. It goes into more detail, but the idea is to take something small and round, I use the a writing pen , no writing end. and rub it around. Also look at how you use your mouse, and see if that is causing it, and if there is something you can change
  11. Incredicoaster was the first looped roller coaster I went on, and that was basically because it's the Incredicoaster, so I felt like I had to summon my 10 seconds of courage.
  12. Hope the weekend is productive and the roots come out without too much struggle
  13. Yesterday afternoon, I froze a bunch of apples. Funny thing is , it hardly made a dent. I think I will make some applesauce next. Today I did a hard row. Not the highest intensity ones, because my calf was slightly sore. But, a pretty solid zone 4. The row was 6 x 4 minutes with a 2 minute rest. I managed 4 before my legs gave out(I'm fine with doing less, if I'm at the point of not being able to push it) Then I had a short break, and did my leg workout. The leg workout was short, as planned, since I was doing the row. It really seemed to be about the right amount. And I did a 55lb sumo squat for 4 reps! Ended with a one minute wall sit. I also did single leg deadlifts, but dropped the weight so as to not make my calf angrier. SIde note- sometimes small twinges of pain are harder to deal with. Do I press forward or give it rest? I opted to do lighter version on the single leg, and go by feel. Yesterday I also spent some time reading outside, and my plan is to do that today too. Enjoy the probable last days of sun.
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