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  1. Glad to see you've been making steady adjustments with weights for weight training. That's hard to do, but it looks like you've kept up with it nicely. Your food looks great! That jambalaya looks bomb DOT com. Can I have the recipe?! And was that Dutch Babies? Yummo! I've noticed that you miss out on your spa treatment from time to time. Make sure you take that downtime for yourself, Terinatum. Plus, it's nice to have a little pampering every now and then. You work so hard, you deserve it! Keep it up with the food. I seriously want recipes. Lucky you have a badass friend helping you with your food goals! Way to go!!
  2. Hahah! That's awesome that you got your husband on Ingress. Now you have a partner in crime who can help you out. I'm glad to hear that you've stuck to your goals, albeit with a few stumbles. I don't blame you, though. The weather totally makes me not want to do anything sometimes. Plus, transitioning to a different source of food is hard. Our bodies naturally build up desires and cravings for foods we've had all our lives. It's why I have the hardest time letting go of bread as I transition to paleo. Living in Germany as a child totally spoiled me on brotchen! Oh mein Gott! I'm also glad to hear that you and your daughter will have time together. Sometimes pride or fear get in the way of asking for our parents to be there for us, but you totally did the right thing. That love and support is so crucial and necessary with surgery. Keep it up, Zen Master! And thanks for inspiring me and urging me to push on.
  3. Thanks everyone! So...get this! I flew down to Texas and I've kept up with my workouts AND got my friend who never works out to work out with me. Hah! Update for Week Two: Friday: Interval Running for 15 minutes, and 10 minutes of running at a 9 min per mile and 20 minutes of stair climbing. (Crazy cardio day!) Saturday: Yoga for 30 minutes. Desert routine with Pocket Yoga App. Sunday: BBL2 with Resistance Bands. Traveling and working out is hard, but it's kinda cool to know that I inspired my friend to get on it. Maybe I can get another person in on the Academy! The Big 3-0 is tomorrow!
  4. Still keeping up with workouts, even though traveling is making it just a bit more complicated!

  5. Hey hey! I'm subbed now and I'll be cheering you on! Stick with it. You've got great goals!
  6. Hey all! Apologies for the extended AFK time from here. Between traveling back out West and then getting ready for my 30th Birthday Celebration down in Texas, I've been hopping around quite a bit. I have, however, managed to stay on top of my goals. Mostly. Here's the low-down: Week One Did BBL2 two times with resistance bandsOne day of yoga/stretchingThree solid days of writingJournaled every nightSo, for those keeping track. I was slightly behind going into this second week in my weight training workouts and cardio and writing, but not by too much. Here's a snapshot of Week Two: Completed two DDL2 workouts with 10 and 15 pound weightsOne day of YogaFour solid days of writingJournaled everyday; approximate 1.5 pages a day.I'll get my second day of cardio/yoga in tomorrow and I'll get my third weight training in on Saturday. I need to catch up to my goal, so next week, even though I'll be in Texas, I'll have my resistance bands with me to work out four days of the week. (I should make this a mini-boss goal! In fact, I will!) Other than that, things are going great! When I met with my advisor two days before I left I was confident, calm, and composed. His words and detached nature didn't bother me at all for once. I explained to him what I was doing, what I felt was missing from our conversations, and what I didn't need from him, which may have been a bit of a shock for him. Still, he wasn't offended, and, even if he had tried to offend me with some things he said, he didn't succeed. I've got such a great mindset about my project and work right now that, short of outright insulting me, there isn't much stopping me from making good progress. I mean, I even went out to dinner alone at a semi-formal restaurant with a book and a pen for taking notes for my diss chapters. No shame. No worry. I've got this and I'm going to finish by the end of June. No question. I leave for Texas this Saturday and my big 3-0 is on Monday! I'm looking forward to the warm weather, fun times with friends, and keeping up with my workouts. The time away will be nice, but I'm not giving up on my goals even though I'm a little behind. That just makes me want to do even more to finish up my writing each day and catch up. I'll be updating again daily for the next three days and, hopefully, most everyday into the next week. Thanks for the cheers, all! Challenge progress continues; I'm unstoppable. (So...I cheated a little on that haiku!) ;-)
  7. Day Two Day of rest. We have snow here today, so I didn't go out running. I did get some light walking in, but that was about it. Today was mostly spent enjoying the company of my friends here and absorbing the time with them because it's the first time it has felt mostly positive to be back here.I wrote 750 words today(!), but not yesterday...but that's ok! One day at a time and always time to recover in the future.)Journaled last night and I'm about to journal again tonight. Learning to let go of thoughts has been so incredibly helpful. Sometimes you stumble upon what you need most in your life, and I know I've been fortunate enough to find that in my life in this moment.Tomorrow may be a kind of hectic day. I would like to do BBL2, but it's looking like walking around for two hours will have to suffice since I won't be able to get to my bat cave to workout until the evening. Laaaaaame! It's not an excuse. I'm literally bound to my friend's schedule if I go on campus, unless I hail an expensive cab or Uber it back. So, BBL2 on Thursday and Saturday, Bikram Yoga on Sunday. That'll be a complete week of workouts without missing any workouts for my goals. Hope you all are doing well!
  8. It's worth your time. I was thrilled to hear it through for the full hour. I don't think I've ever learned so much that felt so timely and personally relevant from one program before. (I love my NPR!)
  9. Just dropping by to check in on you. Hope you are doing well and recovering as best as you can.
  10. Looking forward to trying this out! Another fun round of minis I suspect, Terinatum. Thanks for doing different things each time.
  11. Looks great, Terinatum! I would suggest trying out barley oats in place of oatmeal or as another food to try out. It's as flavorful, but it's consistency is better and it's gluten free if you are into that. Kale is one of my favorite vegetables/greens. If you haven't tried it, get on it. You may need to pre-soak it in a salt water bath to soften the leaves, but you don't have to do this if you don't want. I usually cut it up into ribbons, fry it up like a stir fry, add in lemon juice, about a third or half cup quinoa, and avocado cut in cubes. Sometimes I add a parmesan cheese or Annie's Shiitake Sesame dressing to it for added flavor. Leeks are also worth checking out. You can use them for stews, soups, salads, and stir fry. They are pretty versatile and they add only a light onion taste to any dish. Also, I think you could check out shallots if you like garlic and onion. Those are great! Though, they're really only for adding flavor to a dish. Have you tried spaghetti squash? If not, I strongly recommend it too. This is one of my favorite recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spaghetti-squash-i/ I think it's great that you are responding to your body and making proper adjustments with weights. I've had to learn to do the same, especially after getting tennis elbow for a week or two. I'm curious to see how this goes for you. Subbed! Rock it, T-dizzle!
  12. Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I am even more motivated to move forward with the support and cheers from you all. Pre-Challenge Day Did Bikram Yoga for the first time and I LOVED it. In fact, I'm planning on going to a studio I found around my home once I get back from my trip to visit my advisor out east. I was impressed with myself at not only being able to fully endure the full 90 minutes, but I was also impressed with the fact that I could do the various poses fairly well. Sure, there were some I could only do the first or second extension of, but I was able to do all of them. The yoga I've done in the past six weeks must've helped for sure. (So, I'm adding a Bikram mini-boss to my challenges above.)Journaled as part of my "good path" routine. 1.5 pages. It's interesting to see how your perspective changes over time and when you are able to challenge yourself to see things different and to let go of thoughts altogether. In fact, it reminds me of this story I head on NPR's Invisibilia Program about thoughts. Totally worth checking out if you haven't heard it and if you struggle with negative thoughts or emotions. Day One Did BBL2 B with added variety in resistance bands (that were 12-15 lbs, by resistance). (I did BBL2 A on Saturday, so that's why I'm starting with B for the challenge). The workout went very well and, despite the yoga yesterday, my body felt pretty good. I didn't push it too hard with the resistance bands because of the yoga yesterday. My goal is to be injury free.I'm jumping on 750words.com right after this post, so I'll update with progress after.I'll journal later this afternoon or tonight, and possibly update this post to reflect this.
  13. Did some Bikram today and now I know I'm ready to fire it up for this next challenge!

  14. Still keeping up with the workouts, even through we're between challenges and even though I'm traveling. Glad I bought and brought those resistance bands!

  15. Solid quests and lots of cardio! Way to go at it strong. Curious to see how cleaning up the diet goes. I drink bulletproof coffee most mornings, and I definitely like it. I'm not sure if it meets all the claims people make about it, but I do notice that I'm not necessary as hungry after having it. This has allowed me to nosh on something smaller for breakfast instead, like a hard boiled egg or two or a couple of clementines. Good luck! Subbed.
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