Elennare

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  1. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    It was roller derby practice on Saturday. But on Sunday at church, I got a comment on how sun burned I was. Because I was that neon red! Looking back at my post, I wasn't very clear about that. Sorry. Week 1 day 1: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 5/15 Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 3/20 Cycling Class: 0/4 Flat Belly Diet Meals: 3/25 Paleo Meals: 6 Coffees: 9/35 Yesterday was not so great. Had an extra (decaf) coffee in the evening, and frozen yogurt halfway through the afternoon. Otherwise food was good. I also did my SOGO workout before bed. Push up negatives, and I did them unmodified. 3 sets of 5. Yay progress! Mixed in with all of that, though, was a nightmare visit to the DMV. In CA, you need an appointment to go to the DMV. The soonest I could schedule one when I tried to do so was 3 weeks out from when I was looking! I showed up for my appointment, and they weren't helping anyone because their computers were down, and had been for several hours at that point. Could I fill out the driver's license application while I waited? Nope! Because as of that morning it was now an on-line application, and the paper forms were obsolete! Oh yeah, that's probably why our computers are down, because we just switched to a new system. Go stand in this giant line, in the sun, until someone comes to talk to you. After standing in line for a bit, I was given a little piece of paper that they wrote my appointment time and what I was there for on. Everyone was still standing in line, even after getting their paper, though. Then the lady who checked me in said that you didn't really have to stand in line once you had your paper, because they had no idea when, or even if, the computers would come back up, and as long as you were in the building by 4:55 they would honor your appointment. So go get some lunch or something, and come back later. Not wanting to stand in line in the sun with my still VERY sunburned shoulders and no sunscreen, I took her up on the offer. I came back around 4:30. They were open again, yay! There was still a giant line, boo! After standing in it for about 20 minutes, I was told I didn't have to stand in it and I should go to a particular desk inside. So I did, and filled out all the paperwork, and things are going well, until the guy hands me my receipt and says, well, you can't take the written test because it's after 4:30, so go over there to get your picture taken and come back tomorrow. Excuse me? Apparently, despite the fact that their computers were down for SEVERAL [EXPLETIVE] HOURS, and were telling people they'd honor appointments as long as you were there before they closed, they still shut down the written test at the usual time. Well, it's posted, so you shouldn't be upset. ... Really? And you have signs everywhere about how excellent customer service is your goal? I don't think you know what that means... I ended up with a really stupid looking picture, because I decided to try to fake looking happy, instead of just going with my current mood - murder everyone. *sigh* Not sure I made the right choice on that. So I had to go back this morning to take the stupid test. Because as far as CA is concerned, an out-of-state license is just barely a step above never having had a license, period, and they make you re-take the written test. At least I can legally drive again, but I won't be getting done with work until 6pm.
  2. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    Week zero wrap up: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 4/15 Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 3/20 Cycling Class: 0/4 Flat Belly Diet Meals: 3/25 Paleo Meals: 4 Coffees: 7/35 Whoops, missed a couple days of updates. Been slipping on my food a bit, though I might have another paleo meal or two I just forgot about because I wasn't tracking. I turned down free cookies without even having to think about it, though. Was supposed to do a SOGO workout yesterday, but I had practice. It started with a heavy endurance workout, and then switched over to skill work. For 2 hours in the SoCal mid-day sun. I forgot sunscreen, because one, not used to outdoor practice, and two, you kind of don't need it this time of year in Seattle because of how weak the sun still is. One of the other girls hooked me up halfway through practice, but it was too late by then. I am so sunburned the guy leading the singing commented as we were leaving that he noticed it when we went up for communion! Long story long at this point, I was too wiped out after practice to do the push up stuff, so I'm going to do yesterday's and today's workouts today.
  3. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    Week zero day four progress report: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 3/16 Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 1/19 Cycling Class: 0/4 Flat Belly Diet Meals: 3/25 Paleo Meals: 4 3 Edit: forgot I had corn chips with lunch. Coffees: 4/35 Husband wasn't feeling well yesterday, so we ended up with Thai food for dinner. We really need to go grocery shopping, though, because we're almost out of food. I had to go to the fitness center to do my workout yesterday, because it included single arm dumbell rows, and I don't have a weight heavy enough for those anymore! I used a 30# one, and honestly, I think it wasn't heavy enough. Not sure if I'll use 35# next time or if I'll be crazy and try 40. No insane conversations, but I was the only woman not on the cardio machines. Whatever.
  4. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    Week zero day three progress report: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 2/16 Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 1/19 Cycling Class: 0/4 Flat Belly Diet Meals: 3/25 Paleo Meals: 3 Coffees: 3/35 Had 2 coffees yesterday, but the second one wasn't sugary (beyond what was in the soymilk), so it doesn't count. I feel like maybe I should track lunches separate from dinner as far as FBD meals go, because the goal with that is to get the whole family to eat better and if I'm counting lunch in my target that's kind of letting us off the hook a bit. I shall have to think about that a bit. But, the grilled tilapia with avocado, pickled onions, and some sort of relish, with a side of sweet potato fries I got from the cafeteria was delicious!
  5. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    Stuntman reflexes for the win! I don't think there was anything elegant about it, though. SSoaked in the hot tub last night, which was good for my muscles but way less relaxing than expected because it was busy and the people in there were having sitcom-levels of insane conversations.
  6. Elennare is Questing in a New Zone - Part 2

    Week zero day two progress report: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 1/16 Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 1/19 Cycling Class: 0/4 Flat Belly Diet Meals: 1/25 Paleo Meals: 2 Coffees: 2/35
  7. Continued from last challenge, here: Keeping with the same idea, but changing it up a little bit from my original plan, based on how Part 1 went. Also including zero week in my trackers this time around (hopefully without the math errors). Move! - (From last challenge): So far this month, I have done yoga every day. I will do either yoga or pilates every day in March. Starting in April, I will swap out at least one day per week for strength training. During zero week between this challenge and the next one, I will swap out an additional yoga day for a cardio workout. Starting in May, my schedule will be 2 strength training days, 1 dedicated cardio day (which may or may not be in addition to a roller derby practice), and 4 yoga/pilates days. Being ill and unable to workout will reduce the number of days I'm counting, not be a failure (so, if I got sick and needed to just rest for 2 days, my final score would be 26/26, not 26/28). No other excuses are allowed. Actual goal for this challenge: Sun's Out, Gun's Out (push up training) workouts done per schedule: 0/16 (this ends May 7) Cardio/Yoga/Pilates/Lower-body Strength Training: 0/19 Cycling Class: 0/4 Since Sun's Out, Gun's Out (SOGO) goes in cycles of 3 days on/1 day off, that makes planning other workouts around them a bit tricky. So, what this works out to is I'll do whatever fits my schedule best on SOGO rest days. I'm also going to go to the cycling class at the work gym every Thursday not including zero week. If it happens to fall on a SOGO rest day, it counts for both categories. Unless I actually start riding my bike to work, then the cycling class goal goes away. Eat! - Continuing on with attempting the Flat Belly Diet. We're going to stick with 5 meals/week as the target. As discovered last challenge, we're not quite ready to do more than that as a family. However! I am also currently avoiding wheat as an experiment to see if it helps my belly issues. So far it's improving. I'm going to continue doing that through the end of the challenge, and if my issues fully resolve, then I will attempt reintroducing it and see if I can handle it again. I'm thinking my belly just got out of balance due to a combination of antibiotics, stress, and really bad food. To that end, though, I'm pretty sure as a bonus it'll help with the losing fat I want to do. So, in addition to aiming for 5 flat belly meals, I'm going to attempt to eat paleo. In addition to that, I am also going to set myself a limit of ONE sugary coffee per day. Because you can have my morning coffee when you pry it from my cold, sleepy hands. I tried giving it up for a month not that long ago. The only result was I was sad and grumpy. This is currently one of my diet non-negotiables. Perhaps in the future I'll be ready to drop that, but not now. And I'm fine with that. Actual goal for this challenge: Flat Belly Diet Meals: 0/25 Paleo Meals: 0 Coffees: 1/35