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  1. I'm in Canberra. It's currently 37.9, but there are clouds all over the place so I suspect there will be a storm shortly
  2. I've had a great start so far to the year I took my spreadsheet off line for a little to fix a problem with the cycling tracking formula but it's back now. Cycling is the thing I am doing worst at at the moment because it is SO HOT. Pictured - Australia ATM. It's been over 35C alot (over 95F for Americans). I went cycling yesterday evening for half an hour and almost chucked. I was meant to be riding again today, but it's going to get to 38C today (100F) so I'm going to wait and catch up cycling when it starts cooling down a little. On the dating non-official part of the challenge, I opened and read some messages on OK Cupid. Then fought the urge to delete my entire profile (even though the messages were good, and from smart guys). So that's definitely a win on my trek back to attempted romantic interactions I've added "Learn some Mandarin" to my list of things to do this year and I can say "hello" and "thank you". Everything is going so well that I am in fact nervous something terrible is about to happen. *looks around nervously*
  3. Could you message him or something? Like "As we discussed, I'm now back from vacation and am free at your convenience" or something less or more formal as required
  4. I've never heard of it before, but that sounds great! What kind of act are you thinking of putting together (like punk or folk or...)? What work outs do you do?
  5. My 0 Week has been going really well so far. I eaten within my calorie limits, I've done some writing, and I haven't eaten any KFC or Maccas. I have also made some awesome spreadsheets that I'm very proud of with some automated functions. If you're interested, you can have a look here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eUnN03B_WFKhue1q_fxwG5l51gPBi21KGVZy8kFUaF4/edit?usp=sharing It looks like I've lost a lot of weight this week, but it's mostly I've been eating less processed food and so less salt. I had bench press the other night, and it was a good session, though a little disappointing because I my 1RM is down a lot because my training last year was very disrupted. We were working off an estimated current 1RM of 45 kilos (my previous 1RM was 53 kilos) and I managed 45.5 kilos for my final set. I hope to be back up to 50 by the end of this training cycle, and aim to have a new 1RM by the end of the year
  6. Ha, sorry, completely misunderstood I'm really enjoying it! The Facebook page is too crazy to keep track of though. There are so many people who look nice but it's so hard keeping up I found a wingman on there though so that's good.
  7. I know, I eat too much and 2000 calories is probably too much long term but I need to move downwards in stage otherwise I end up wanting a whole bunch of foods that aren't good for me And I'm enjoying Heroes so far - I like the ARG elements, and we all got sorted into teams which was nice. I'm just about to go for a walk because that is one of the things I have to do today to help gain points for my faction towards completing the monthly quest
  8. I'd be interested in what kind of pattern NROLFW has you doing - is it the big 3 lifts or something different?
  9. Also I just joined Rising Heroes - I think it looks like fun and I love the ARG element
  10. I love the Maui introduction song so much! I've sung it so often I know all the words Good luck with your goals!
  11. 2016 was hard for me. I came in at the beginning of the year wondering how the hell I'd get through it, because I already gave 2015 everything I had. I did get through it, but it was mostly paddling to stay above water rather than making much progress. Things that went better than expected: My job (even though I don't feel I did great, they keep giving me interesting work to do so I must be doing something right) My kid (he did much better at school and at Italian) My uni studies (only three more units to go after this one! I finish in January 2018, wooooo!) My cycling (I cycled about 4 times more than I did in 2015 - even I'm impressed when I say it like that, but it was just from 30 kilometers to about 120 kilometers) Things that went much worse than expected: My mental health (I had too many I can't do this anymore moments) My lifting (I injured my knee, then was sick a lot - I think my numbers went backwards) My writing (I barely wrote anything all year) My weight My weight is a big one because a lot of my weight gain was mental. Here's a chart: I hit 106 kilos around March. At 105 kilos, I would have lost a total of 40 kilos. And when I realised that I completely freaked out. Soon I'd be under 100 and then guys might start hitting on me and if they were guys I didn't like that would make me uncomfortable. I wouldn't have my safety barrier anymore. So I just started eating whatever I felt like, give or take some attempts to put order back in my eating habits. I'm still not sure how to get over this problem. I think maybe if I do a martial art I may feel safer even if I lose weight, but it's not really my scene. And it's not even that I feel physically unsafe, I just don't like being made to feel guilty or awkward. Is there a social martial arts equivalent? I need to think about this more. In any event, 2016 was a mixed bag but I feel 100% more positive coming into 2017! Here are my goals for the year (and so also for this challenge scaled appropriately): Eat an average of 2000 calories a day across the year. I think this will help me with my cravings. I've made a spreadsheet which tells me how many calories I am up or down for the year. Ride 1825 kilometers (that's 5k a day) Submit 12 short stories to publications (1 a month, so 1 for this challenge) Go to lifting 2-3 times per week No McDonalds or KFC whatsoever. I let down my guard and then it becomes a habit because of the drive-through convenience. Other takeaway is fine as long as I stick to Goal 1 above. Start my Italian tumblr using nerd stuff to help myself remember Italian words. Do a Powerlifting Meet. Do a Strongman Event. Woo yeah 2017! Bring it on!
  12. These are great goals! And that Arnold pic cracks me up every time.
  13. I kept wanting to have a good day so I could come back and be all like "Yeah, it was off the rails but I'm back with it now" But I'm not back with it. I've put on in the last 6 months everything I took off in the year before that. I feel awful and a bit hopeless. I didn't even enjoy PAX as much as I've done the last few years. There weren't as many people there I knew, and I was anxious about talking to new people because they'd just think I was fat and boring, which is silly I know because most people don't care if you're fat and mostly I avoid being too boring. The first step is to get back into at least a few of my habits. I've been going to lifting, and I'm going to go for water and cycling and as many pre-prepped meals as I can. I know this post is a bit of a downer, but I needed to at least get back on the forums and start posting everyday again, but I understand it's not inspirational or awesome reading
  14. Okay, so I'm not going to be around for the rest of this week. On Monday I moved to a new job location to take up a spot on a new project. This has been a lot of fun, but at the same time I've been putting in massive days to try and get on top of everything. Then tomorrow I go to PAX Australia for a week. The best thing I've done to date this challenge was complete my 100kms for October. I was taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money into Children's Cancer Research. This was more than three times my previous monthly total of about 30kms, and I hadn't ridden at all since January. But I made it the whole way and I'm super proud of myself - https://greatcyclechallenge.com.au/Riders/JuliaBurns Here's a picture of me at the end of the 20km (!!) ride I did to finish the month out - Anyways, now I'm off to spend the rest of the week with nerds playing video games, so I'm unlikely to get much done. See you all next week then, when I have to actually buckle down and get serious
  15. Back again for Round 2 of the Siege! Same goals (Eat, Drink, Sleep, Lift/Cardio) with the aim of doing slightly better than last Challenge. I stopped posting towards the end of Week 4, because I was pretty exhausted from riding a lot (yay!). Even though I've done an awful lot of exercise over the past two weeks, I'm still the same weight because I've been absolutely starving. I'm sort of all right with that, because it's hard to make all your plates spin at once, and as long as my weight is stable I can get the bike-riding plate going and then when it's looking pretty established start speeding up the weight-plate. I am really proud of how I did last Challenge. Here's the run down: So once again I didn't do any cardio in Week 1, and then my water and food dropped off in Week 4. That may also be a concern again this Challenge because Week 1 I am at PAX Aus (PAX WOO!). The comparison chart is really nice to look at Who's got two thumbs and is improving in every category?
  16. Week 4, Days 3 and 4 Unfortunately I got sick and had a bad migraine, so I ordered pizza instead of cooking. Luckily only had to have one day off work though, so that's good. I've bought my bike in to work today so hopefully I'll get a ride in after work. My throat's still feeling a bit funny, but hopefully it'll sort itself out.
  17. Week 4, Day 2 Really moody and lethargic all day, but got mostly back on track. Eat - Ate within my calorie limit, though sometimes not the right foods. Drank all my water. Sleep - Got to sleep too late because I decided to stay up and prep my lunches for the week. Only an hour out, but I think it will make the rest of the week easier. Lift - Had a really slow start, had to stop a couple of times during the warm-up, but then I got more energetic as we got going. Happy with how I squatted though, it was a lot easier than I'd anticipated based on how hard the first part was. I was so exhausted when I got home!
  18. Coincidentally, I just came on during my lunch break to put something up I'm feeling a lot better than I was. I've been thinking about what's causing this and how to deal with it. I've had some really bad mood dips over the last week which I think were caused by not resting when I needed to. I think cycling right before squats because with the fitness level I'm at at the moment it's just a bit much I think, especially when eating a deficit. So I'm going to cycle Thursday, Friday and Saturday and take Sunday completely off so I'm fresh for Monday squats. I'm also considering increasing my meat protein at lunch and dinner from 150g to 200g.
  19. Week 3, Days 6 and 7 and Week 4, Day 1 Pretty much.
  20. *lol* I'm going to have that in my head now too! Also yes, my Dad is awesome My Mum looks forward to having people over as a reason to get takeaway, so I'll definitely have to come up with a strategy if it's going to be a long-term plan. I'd have as much trouble resisting the cookies - homemade ones are the best!
  21. I didn't expect Texas to be so beautiful! I always imagine truck stops, red dust and conservatives.
  22. Thanks all In retrospect it doesn't seem as bad, I actually did work really hard - my arms are still sore (in a good way) when I try and lift them so I must have done something right. I'm still very funny feeling - I'm not really sure what's going on. I'm wondering if it's because I've started cycling again and I've done a lot more physical exercise this week than I've done pretty much ever. I've been to both lifting sessions, and I've cycled over 30 kilometers (which isn't much but it's more than I've done in my adult life), and I've had my usual household stuff on top of that. Week 3, Day 5 Eat - No point today. I was doing well, but I stayed at my parent's place and Mum was ordering chinese. Dad offered to buy me a steak to cook, and I struggled with the decision but then decided to get a pork and beans dish with some plain rice. I still ate more calories than I should have, but I didn't have an entree or any fried rice. It was nice to all have tasty food and watch Avengers together. My son was all excited because he couldn't wait for the Loki/Hulk scene, he laughed so hard. Honestly I think the whole movie is so beautifully made. I wish Whedon hadn't agreed to do Age of Ultron when his heart wasn't in it. I'm going to have to take my own dinner with me in future because I can't stay there to ride in the morning if I'm going to end up having takeaway each week. I'll talk to my Dad about a plan, he's very supportive of my weight loss attempts. Drank all my water and then some, I've been so thirsty! Sleep - Slept sooo well! I was so sore all over after all the riding and had a great bath and then slept on Mum and Dad's fold-out bed. My son slept on the blow-up bed in the art room. Lift - Another tick in the cardio column! I rode to work from my parent's place (which only took about 20 minutes) and then took a longer route in the afternoon back again for a 12 kilometer total. When I got home absolutely everything hurt. I did a search on Google maps and apparently riding from my place would take me over an hour, so I'm lucky Mum and Dad live so close and are happy to take my son to school
  23. I find this so odd. I have no idea who my neighbours are, and I never really have. I'd be extremely weirded out if they started leaving things for me. It's the same for most of my friends - we wouldn't ever consider going over and talking to the people who live around us, they have their houses and we have ours. Is it normal in America to give your neighbours stuff?
  24. That's brilliant! I'm learning Italian at the moment, we could be learning buddies I've been getting a lot of help from Coffee Break Italian and the beginner series of Learn Italian Pod if you're looking for some resources I'm really excited for you, that's going to be so much fun!
  25. I had to look up what evolocumab is, and the first two lines of the Wikipedia article are: Evolocumab[2] (trade name Repatha) is a monoclonal antibody designed for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Evolocumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody that inhibits proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9).
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