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  1. (Note: cross-posted in my Daily Battle Log) Sigh, my friends, sigh. It has been a while since my last post. Having a little downer of a week in terms of eating. Time to get back to being more engaged with NF forums and the academy. The good news: *I have been keeping up working with my trainers and average 3 workouts per week - 1 with him and 2 on my own (mostly weight training and small amounts of cardio) *I still prepare my lunch for the week over the weekend - paleo-ish style Bachelor Chow (as my husband calls it) - Ground Turkey or Grilled chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, 1 can of beans. I eat 1.5 cups or so of this with a small avocado. *I have lost weight overall! When I started this journey (3+ years ago) I was 210 lbs. I have managed to stay around 180-184, so I do consider this a success. The bad (Less-good?) news: * I have plateaued in terms of weight loss. I have read some of the opinions on this topic (through here and otherwise) and I understand that usually when you get to this point you have to shake things up again. I'm just not sure where to go next. *My eating is good, not great. I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting (my hours are 11-7) and it doesn't seem to be helping (it hasn't been PERFECT based on my work hours sometimes, but better than 90% for sure). I do very well just drinking tea or water in the morning until 11am, and then dig right in to my prepared Bachelor Chow/avocado... HOWEVER - there are times where I am just crazy hungry and a very opportunistic eater still! Whatever happens to be around (especially at work) I will graze on. It makes me so upset at myself when I give in, but I still have the thoughts of "I've been doing really good with workouts" and "I'll just have a little" and I am still treating food as a reward. * I have stopped doing much on the days in between lifting days. I think this is partly timing, partly motivation/soreness, partly just wanting to do other things. I have also found myself thinking a lot about the people in my life and how I wish I had more close friends (Yes, I know, if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak ^_^). There was always a stage of my life where I had people around me to be closer friends with (high school, undergrad, professional school) but eventually you move on from those life stages and those relationships tend to fade, both due to proximity and partly because priorities and interests shift. Of course now, there are coworkers and of course my husband and I have our couple friends that we see on a fairly regular basis. But I'm not sure I have that one friend that you go to for everything- chatting, hanging out, whatever it may be... So that has been keeping me down a little bit lately. But it comes and goes. Sometimes you get too busy to notice - until you're not. So I have taken a few steps to working on some of these things: **First, I am going to Nerd Fitness Camp in the fall! I am bringing my sisters along, so we are going to make it a sister bonding trip, but I really hope to find some people to connect with. **I'm looking around for some clubs to join. A running club strikes me as good, but I'm not really a distance runner, and I haven't run for a while, so not sure I would be of benefit to anyone else trying to improve.... **Speaking of not running for a while, I have a goal to run on my non-lifting days. No specific time or distance goals. Just to keep moving on my days off -and I do like running but I tend to shy away from it in the cold weather, so I jog maybe 6 months of the year (sometimes). Maybe signing up for a 5K this summer (finally)? I am hoping that summer and good weather will help improve my habits and mood overall. There's always time for a respawn, right?
  2. Sigh, my friends, sigh. It has been a while since my last post. Having a little downer of a week in terms of eating. Time to get back to being more engaged with NF forums and the academy. The good news: *I have been keeping up working with my trainers and average 3 workouts per week - 1 with him and 2 on my own (mostly weight training and small amounts of cardio) *I still prepare my lunch for the week over the weekend - paleo-ish style Bachelor Chow (as my husband calls it) - Ground Turkey or Grilled chicken, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, 1 can of beans. I eat 1.5 cups or so of this with a small avocado. *I have lost weight overall! When I started this journey (3+ years ago) I was 210 lbs. I have managed to stay around 180-184, so I do consider this a success. The bad (Less-good?) news: * I have plateaued in terms of weight loss. I have read some of the opinions on this topic (through here and otherwise) and I understand that usually when you get to this point you have to shake things up again. I'm just not sure where to go next. *My eating is good, not great. I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting (my hours are 11-7) and it doesn't seem to be helping (it hasn't been PERFECT based on my work hours sometimes, but better than 90% for sure). I do very well just drinking tea or water in the morning until 11am, and then dig right in to my prepared Bachelor Chow/avocado... HOWEVER - there are times where I am just crazy hungry and a very opportunistic eater still! Whatever happens to be around (especially at work) I will graze on. It makes me so upset at myself when I give in, but I still have the thoughts of "I've been doing really good with workouts" and "I'll just have a little" and I am still treating food as a reward. * I have stopped doing much on the days in between lifting days. I think this is partly timing, partly motivation/soreness, partly just wanting to do other things. I have also found myself thinking a lot about the people in my life and how I wish I had more close friends (Yes, I know, if wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak ^_^). There was always a stage of my life where I had people around me to be closer friends with (high school, undergrad, professional school) but eventually you move on from those life stages and those relationships tend to fade, both due to proximity and partly because priorities and interests shift. Of course now, there are coworkers and of course my husband and I have our couple friends that we see on a fairly regular basis. But I'm not sure I have that one friend that you go to for everything- chatting, hanging out, whatever it may be... So that has been keeping me down a little bit lately. But it comes and goes. Sometimes you get too busy to notice - until you're not. So I have taken a few steps to working on some of these things: **First, I am going to Nerd Fitness Camp in the fall! I am bringing my sisters along, so we are going to make it a sister bonding trip, but I really hope to find some people to connect with. **I'm looking around for some clubs to join. A running club strikes me as good, but I'm not really a distance runner, and I haven't run for a while, so not sure I would be of benefit to anyone else trying to improve.... **Speaking of not running for a while, I have a goal to run on my non-lifting days. No specific time or distance goals. Just to keep moving on my days off -and I do like running but I tend to shy away from it in the cold weather, so I jog maybe 6 months of the year (sometimes). Maybe signing up for a 5K this summer (finally)? I am hoping that summer and good weather will help improve my habits and mood overall. There's always time for a respawn, right?
  3. Hi! I finished, and finished well! Personal training is going well. But here is my challenge summary, a little bit late! NO CAKE: able to ignore cake for 6 weeks! (and still going strong). All points earned! Grocery Shopping: I certainly went once a week with a good plan and came out with some good snacks and meals! All points earned! Meal planning: Aside from the final week where I followed the trainer's meal plan, I did really well on planning out my other 5 weeks and sticking to healthy meals and snack. All points earned! Thanks everyone! Skipping out on the next challenge as I am now fulling into my training sessions, but follow over on my daily battle log for updates on the how the personal training is going.
  4. So starting week 6! I have been absent from the forums a bit, but it's been a really busy two weeks, between holidays, family, and visiting friends! I have been able to stick to my guns on some things - NO CAKE. This has been going well. I have not cut out all sweets, but no cake. and it's been just fine. I think the next thing to go will be cookies.... I am not planning a food menu this week. *cue audible gasp* I am starting my training sessions tomorrow and this comes with a meal plan, so the work, I believe will be done for me! So my goal for this final week is to shop for the new meal plan and follow it! I have been doing well on the grocery shopping and will go again after my orientation session tomorrow. I am nervous and excited and afraid of failing really bad and psyched. Can you even feel all those things at once? I will report after my session and let you all know what to expect. Happy Last Week!
  5. So I took the plunge and sided with the trainer. I figure for 3 months, 2x per week, if I can't devote that to myself, learning something and bettering my overall health and habits, then wtf. It IS a bit pricey, but I kind of consider it like a personal class - show up twice a week to stay on schedule, but continue to work in my off time and improve my knowledge and workouts. Eek! Now I just have to start. I have some travelling coming up and then some guests from out of town, so I will start July 13th. Whew! So far, still no cake, meal plan going pretty darn well (a couple of substitutes so far, but sometimes you have to improvise) and I went to the store again this week, grocery list in hand. Going again tomorrow actually for some items that need to be fresh. This week on the menu, HB eggs for breakfast, salads/fish for lunches, Mexican Quinoa for one dinner, greek chicken pitas for the other (both with leftovers). And my Honey decided to make Steak and green beans tonight, so I decided that was an acceptable substitute.
  6. So the question becomes... How much is too much for a trainer? Now, I have some expendable income... and I think this is something I want to commit to and see how it goes... But it comes with a bit of a price tag.... This is something I have to ponder. Otherwise, life is going fine, challenge wise - tonight is grilled kabobs w/ a tomato/basil/balsamic vinegar side dish...
  7. Week 2 recap: Planning achieved! I have two more weeks planned out, but here is this weeks as proof. Shopping - Check! Went shopping on Saturday night for this upcoming week. No cake - Check! I did not have any cake, but luckily this week there wasn't very much around for temptation. New in the fitness arena: I have an appointment with a personal trainer on Wednesday to make set up something and get rolling again. I think I need a little more direction, because my hodge podge of trying to watch what I eat and jogging every so often plus some weights just isn't really getting me anywhere in terms of weight loss, so I'm going to see what I need to tweak. Plus I seem to keep hurting myself - never anything major, but enough to set me back by days or a week and it drops my motivation. So hopefully I can work on that and get some tips on technique. I also reconnected with Fitbit after my husband won a Fitbit scale so I am working toward more flights of stairs at work and at least 10,000 steps again - just as extra work throughout my day. Ok, off to prep some crockpot chicken! Will have more time to catch up on some threads later!
  8. Good to see ya! It was a great concert, I can't lie, but sorry you missed it!
  9. Which tracker did you go with?? I'm in the middle of hunting for one, and I'm going to use a fitbit for now, but always on the lookout! Do you have a recipe you like? I've tried one or two, but love baked oatmeal and will always try another - can't handle the texture of regular oatmeal, though I wish I could....
  10. I am still much afraid of the shorts! But I also find them pretty uncomfy for jogging... skin rubbing on skin after all. Good for you though! I love a good pair of jogging capris It's summer! I am constantly grilling chicken - you can season them all a different flavor if you want, and then you won't get QUITE as bored as you work your way through the week. Congrats on a great week 1! Your progress bar makes me very jealous! And motivated!
  11. It's been a busy couple of days - sorry for the lack of posts! But the meal plan is going well - I did opt for a sandwich at work on Saturday instead of a salad, since the salad bar on the weekend at work lacks a little bit... But I've been much better about my snacks and not just shoving whatever is closest in my mouth when I get home from work. I got in my 3 days of 30+ minute exercising - mostly walking this time around, but this week I am going to get back to weights as I feel back to normal from my lower back twinge. I went shopping yesterday for this week and spent part of yesterday prepping Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes for breakfasts this week (minus today as I work a PM shift and I am home to make breakfast). Here is this weeks meal plan: Dinners include Chicken Curry Stir Fry w/ Brown Rice and Salmon with roasted broccoli. Again, both meals made with the intent of eating leftovers the next day. Tonight is a little different as I work a PM shift, so I will be cooking on Tuesday and Thursday. And my lunch salad will be for dinner. As for no cake, a solid first week! I saw several cupcake events at work, but skipped them all. Luckily none was brought into the actual pharmacy - that will be the real test! I did have two social events - First, the Rush concert in Chicago (which kicked MAJOR ASS!), but prior to the show we had to grab a bite to eat - we chose Subway, as it was nearby, and I had some Turkey on wheat, which was a pretty good choice if I do say so myself. Second, our nephews came to visit to watch a movie, but luckily we ate a decent dinner of grilled hotdogs (no buns for me) and grilled veggies - we did have some homemade popcorn with the movie, but not too much (you know, butter and salt, etc) so it was good. And here I leave you with a bit of Rush...
  12. Sweet! I work in Wisconsin, hospital side. Pharmacists make great nerds, glad to see another one utilizing this fun site! I didn't think of it either! I found a list of some great 150 cal snacks for post workout/run and this was on the list. It's totally excellent too. Highly recommend. Glad someone else has a scatter brain every once in a while - too bad it was at the cost of a bunch of yummy chicken! Ahahah I forgot about this scene! That is excellent! Thanks for the support - I will definitely take you up on your offer if I have any questions.
  13. So today was the first day using my meal plans. I actually did really well. Breakfast was 2 HB eggs and yogurt, snack was a banana and 15 almonds, lunch was a big salad w/ grilled chicken, another snack was apple and 2 oz vanilla greek no fat yogurt mixed w/ 0.5 tbsp peanut butter and some cinnamon. The apple dip was delicious! Then dinner came along. Now, I've heard many things about "best laid plans" and whatnot, and this was one of those moments - best intentions, but it didn't work out. Last night, hubby and I grilled a bunch of chicken, which we ate with carrots last night, but had plenty of leftovers for a few nights. Well, I left the chicken in a container, but out to cool, and then of course I forgot to put it in the fridge, so it's all gone now. Then, hubby decides to go fishing tonight with a pal, so I'm on my own for dinner. Luckily I had some leftover veggie sushi from the day before, and I ate that along with some freezer broccoli w/ cheese sauce. Turned out to be not a bad dinner health wise. Exercise: 2 miles total walked w/ Zoe for a total of about 40 mins. The back is almost normal - just a little more icing I think...
  14. Glad to finally catch up on your challenge! I love the the Doctor Who theme is going strong (especially as I am watching it bit by bit myself). Excited for your progress! This! I can hit 2 miles fairly easily, but then I also start to wonder about other things I could be doing or am I hearing the same songs again...
  15. I hear ya. Our work has started providing flavored water in the cafeteria and some of it is ok, but mostly only lemon actually adds to the water for me. Some of the other flavors are just meh. Way to try it out though!
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