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  1. Yeah, definitely. When the scale said pounds per day different, I was immediately skeptical. But hey, I'll take it! If anything it means I wasn't as overweight as I thought I was.
  2. So, I just officially started Paleo four days ago, and I've already dropped 5 pounds, according to my bathroom scale. I'm assuming this is water weight or reduced bloating or some such, but I have no idea! It doesn't seem like it could really be fat loss yet, or at least not 5 whole pounds of it... Does anyone else have experience with this or have any knowledge as to why this is happening? Thanks! Shadri
  3. I got an electric trimmer for my birthday (since I absolutely hate shaving, but society deems it necessary, so I'll do it on my own [easy, lazy, stubborn] terms, thank you.). I decided to experiment, given what many of you ladies have said on here, and trim the "bush country" with it. It itches so much though!!! Is that something you just have to get used to? (Of course, I could just remain untrimmed, but for the sake of the experiment...)
  4. It was.... I don't know. Good and bad, mixed together. I got a surprise early birthday present (a laptop, yaaay!) and did a lot of nothing as well, relaxed, went to church, and was extremely productive on the homework front... ...but I also twisted my knee (I say twisted, because it was similar to the sprain I got about a month-and-a-half ago, but less severe; like a twisted ankle?), so I wasn't able to complete my workout challenge for the week. Ah, well. It's mostly better now, anyway; like I said, it wasn't very bad. (At the very least, I twisted it towards the end of one of my workouts, so at least I was able to get something in before I injured myself!...) *sighs dramatically*
  5. Hi! Saw the conversation and thought I'd throw my two cents in. I have been into the concept of minimalist shoes for a while, and I love going barefoot whenever I can (especially in summer - warm pavement or cool grass on the feet is a delicious feeling!). However, I don't particularly want to spend upwards of $100 on a pair of typical "barefoot" shoes. So here are a couple of cheaper options I've found: Xero shoes or other similar "huarache" style running sandals. There are loads of tutorials for how to make them yourself, but the kit from Xero shoes is only $20 or so (last time I checked), so even buying the kit and making them yourself isn't a huge investment. I will buy some or make some someday, I just keep forgetting... Slippers! Go to Walmart or somewhere in late summer or early fall and snag a pair of the moccasin-style slippers. The pair I found have rubber soles, like normal shoes, so they're way more durable than the average slipper, but they still have the lovely lack of cush and fairly thin sole that many slippers do have. Also, they're (or at least mine are) lined with faux-fur, and they're so very warm for the winter months! Also also, moccasins are not uncommon footwear, so no one will be able to tell that they're just slippers! Perhaps the least ideal option of my three, but it still works in a pinch: Converse and other similar shoes (converse are a little expensive too, so I go for the off-brands) are also thin compared to normal running shoes, and they lack arch support too. I know part of the point of barefoot shoes is ground-feel, which these definitely lack, but if you just want to protect your feet/bone structure/muscles/etc, they do the job well enough, I suppose. Just make sure you buy them bigger than your regular shoe size! The ones I have are my typical size, and they squeeze my toes a little more than I'd like, so next time I think I'll try and go a bit bigger so my little piggies have more room to spread out. And have epic piggie parties.At the very least, you can do something like this to try it out before you make the steep monetary investment that is a pair of Vibrams. *clears throat -- two cents given* Hope this helps somebody!
  6. Yaaay! *sits as close to the fire as is safe* It's raining here, and I'm FREEZING.... Thanks for letting me in.
  7. *peeks head into tent* Hi guys. I'm still waiting on the next challenge to begin, so I won't be able to actually join the Ranger Corps till December, when that's over... but can I hang out with y'all anyway?
  8. I have been wanting a pair of xero shoes for a while now! I just havent gotten around to it. There are loads of tutorials for how to make your own barefoot sandals (check out Instructables, theyve got tutorials for EVERYTHING) so maybe you can look into that as well! (Alas, i dont have the links handy, sorry. I'll try and find them later.)
  9. Greetings and salutations, Rebels! My name is Shadri Etellingalda. Well, not really, but that's what you can call me. I'm a 5'7 155-pound female. I love God, music, knitting, fantasy (the Ranger's Apprentice series, Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, you name it), and hanging out with my friends and family. I'm a physics undergrad. As to my physical well-being, I'm not technically overweight, but according to the most common height/weight indexes, I'm close. And I'm weak, and I'm tired all the time. And I'm sick of it, and sick of having a belly that is slowly spilling over my jeans. It's time to fight! Time to become amazing! My parents always told me to "just go run on the treadmill for an hour every day, and it'll help" but that's just so boring. After finding Nerd Fitness, I educated myself about how to work out, what works and what doesn't, and how to actually make it interesting and fun; and now I'm excited to jump into the Rebel community and start doing some of the 6 week challenges! I'm hoping the challenges will help organize my exercise, since I'm in a sort of "I need to work out but what exactly should I do" limbo. I've got my eye on the Ranger guild. I love rangers. LOVE. RANGERS. Did I mention there's an entire book series about Rangers? The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. Read it, Rangers, if you haven't! Also, Aragorn. Nuff said. I just love their way of life: they're strong and tough and can handle any situation that arises. They can run and hide in the woods and you'd never find them. They are as good alone as several warriors. They are amazing! Along with the functional strength (and perhaps as part of it), I want to get into parkour. I dont want to be an assassin, though; I think parkour fits equally well into the Ranger way. Anyway, that's me, pretty much. Can't wait to get started and get to know you guys!
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