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  1. If I'm reading this right, today is your wedding day? Mazel Tov!
  2. Very nice with the outdoor exercizes! Box jumps are damn hard--but fantastic for real world strength & reflexes.
  3. This weekend was successful on the fitness goals, less so on the book. Only 862 words written, although that does put me past the halfway point. Saturday: Pushups (using stability ball) 10,10,10 Squats: 8,8,8 Planks: 30 sec, 30 sec Monday: Bodyweight rows (flat feet): 7,6,5 Lunges: 8,10,10 Planks: 35 sec, 30 sec Plus keeping up with the stretches/exercises from my doctor. That's 4 workouts down, 8 to go.
  4. Still good today. No NF workout, but I did 15 min on the elliptical for 1.1 miles, plus stretching. I've stuck to the 1 soda, 1 glass of calcium each day so far. And I wrote 1575 words, total is now 34675, bumping up against 50% done on the book!
  5. Stay good! Is there anything relaxing you can do as a rewards for sticking with things this far? Taking some time out to watch a movie or something? You're doing great so far!
  6. And 962 words written today! 33,100 total, and 47% of the way done. I'll take that.
  7. ebm--Thanks! If you enjoyed Good Omens you might enjoy (I know, I sound like Amazon.com here) some of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series or Gaiman's Anansi Boys. I also like his Graveyard Book. It's technically for children, but I think it's much scarier for an adult.
  8. OK, no workouts on Tuesday or Wednesday, but that was expected because of the two 10-hour work days. It was great to be back at work, I have to say. I did hit my diet goals both days, although I didn't get any writing done yesterday. Today I did the second workout (of 12) in the series: Body rows (flat feet): 5, 5, 5 Lunges: 8, 8, 8 Planks: 30 sec, 33 sec Sprints: 6 laps Plus 10 minutes on the elliptical machine for .7 miles to warm up, and the stretches recommended by my chiropractor. If I get some good writing in today, I'll be a happy camper!
  9. Ouch, that's a heck of a schedule! I remember one semester in grad school where I loaded everything onto two days a week, but those days were 14 hours each. One of the ways that I tried to eat healthy was using a stacked bento box system from Zojirushi (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SL-JAE14-Bento-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000246GSE). It's amazing how long it really will keep a meal hot (at least 5 hours, enough to get you to a good lunch), and the eating options on my campus really were awful.
  10. Hey, congratulations! When is your due date? I'm just recovering from my first baby in August. I'm glad that you're keeping up with exercise; I kept doing elliptical machine & light weights all the way until I checked into the hospital, and for me it seemed to really help alleviate the back pain. Good luck!
  11. Congrats on the nuptials and sorry about the migraine! I have those too, and they do truly suck. I'm amazed at your dedication! My only memories of the weeks before my wedding involve running around like a headless chicken and more-or-less doing what my mother and sister told me to.
  12. I totally understand what you mean about wanting to be strong and fit, not just 'skinny' or hitting a weight goal. Everything feels better and easier when you're strong enough to do everything you need to without aches & pains. A huge confidence booster too! I'm also in TX, but I'm afraid that I'm halfway between Houston & Galveston--not 'close' by any stretch.
  13. Viking--what sort of book are you working on? Mine's non-fiction, and I finished all the main research before the baby came. (Actually finished the last two things I needed to read the night I went into the hospital.) That's made it easier to get the words down whenever I have time to write--all this stuff has been marinating in my brain for about a year now.
  14. Thanks everyone! And Skirler--what a great kid! Today was a recovery day, very welcome since my thighs are really feeling the squats from yesterday. I did take the dog for a 1/4 mile walk this morning. I had a pint of milk with breakfast, so I hit my calcium goal early, and only had one small glass of coke this morning for caffeine. I managed to skip having soda with lunch, and stuck to water. Word count: 1747 more words, for a total of 32,138--46% of the way there! Also, today was my first day back at work, yay! It felt good to be back. I'm planning to work two days/week until the little geekling goes into daycare in January.
  15. SpiralGalaxy


    Here's the easiest soup recipe I know: Soup: made from frozen mixed vegetables, and a can each of garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes (not stewed), black beans. Add a couple of cups of water as you like. Add spices: oregano, garlic powder, onion salt, a dash of olive oil, thyme. This makes a lot of soup, so share or keep leftovers. For the spices I use an Italian Seasoning blend. I throw everything in a rice cooker in the morning & set the time for when I'll be home from work. I also skip the garbanzo beans and add lentils instead, and I used canned chopped tomatoes--personal preference. Hope this helps!
  16. Congrats on candy avoidance! You are definitely building up your willpower endurance as well as your other muscles. This is a really rough time of year for diet-based goals, isn't it?
  17. Hello! I've been reading NF for a couple of years, but I'm new to the forums. Are there any other science fiction and fantasy readers out there? I'm currently reading T. H. White's "Once and Future King," which I somehow missed as I was growing up, and I just stalled out on China Mieville's "Embassytown"--a shame, since I loved his Perdido Street Station books. I also went to the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego this past weekend where Neil Gaiman was the guest of honor and Connie Willis was the toastmaster. It was a ton of fun. Oh, and I'm also doing the current six week fitness challenge. Wish me luck!
  18. OK, so I'm back from the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, and ready to move forward with my challenge. I have 5 weeks to do 4 weeks worth of workouts. Here's my starting point: 26.8lbs 29,337 words written so far. And I took a picture like Steve recommends. Today I've done: 1) The first workout in the Basic Training set a) Incline pushups: 10, 10, 9 Bodyweight squats: 10, 10, 10 c) Planks: 27 sec, 24 sec d) Squat thrusts: 13 in 2 minutes 2) Only one soda drink so far, ~8oz 3) (No calcium yet, will have milk with dinner) 4) 1054 new words written for a new total of 30,391. I'll be heating up some home-made vegetarian chili for dinner tonight, which is very healthy.
  19. Thanks! I go back to work at NASA JSC tomorrow, I'm so excited! I had been working for the pyrotechnics group there, but will be moving to work on electromagnetic interference for the avionics group. It really is a dream job. Congrats on your daughter! I really can't imagine yet how big mine will get. He just had his two month pediatrician appt today, and measured 11lb 3 oz, and 23.5 inches.
  20. Awesome, go you! I'm a brand new Geek Mom (got a 2 month baby boy), so I'm all of a sudden looking around to see how other Geek Moms do it. Keep up the good work!
  21. Hi everyone! I've been reading NF for a couple years, but this will be my first challenge. I had my first baby on August 30, a 7lb 14 oz healthy boy--making me a Geek Mom! My doctor has cleared me to get back to normal activity, and I figure the NF challenge will be a great way to get back into the swing of things. I'm also back to work (as an electrical engineer at NASA) next week. W00t! I'm going to cheat and start tracking things next week--from Wed-Sun my husband and I are taking the Lil Geekling to California to visit friends and family. So here are my goals for the challenge: Fitness/Diet: Complete the Rebel Strength Training Guide Basic Training workout Reduce soda consumption down to 8oz/day Drink at least one 12oz serving of milk each day (or equivalent in calcium-fortified OJ or yogurt) --Also, keep up with the stretches recommended by my chiropractor (recovering from a rough delivery) Life goal: Finish the first draft (~70K words) of the book I'm working on. It's due in March, but I want plenty of time for revisions and copy editing.
  22. Count me in! I've been reading NF for about two years now, and it's time I joined the forums and tried a challenge! I'm just finishing up the recovery from the birth of my first child (August 30, 7lb 14oz) and it's time to get back in shape. Diet/Fitness: 1) Complete all of the Basic Training workouts (4 weeks) from the Rebel Strength Guide 2) Reduce soda intake back to 8 oz/day 3) Increase calcium intake by having at least one 12 oz glass of milk (or equivalent in calcium-fortified OJ, or yogurt) per day Life Goal 1) Complete the first draft (~70K words) on my book that is due in March. I'm currently weighing in at 125 lb, only 5lb more than my pre-pregnancy weight, so I'm feeling pretty good about that. I just want to strengthen up my back and arms and get my hips back in shape--I'll have a little toddler to chase after any day now!
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