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  1. Week 2, Day 2 Yeep! Three errors today. When I woke up at 5am there was a thunderstorm outside--a good excuse for skipping my walk, but I should have gotten up to do other exercise instead of falling back asleep. Breakfast was quite short and I ended up supplementing with chips from the snack machines. And then when I had time in the evening, I was thinking about other things and forgot about gratitude writing. But! I did 10 min of meditation at the beginning of my work day, when I went out to eat I had roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and balsamic vinegar (pretty good!) and I just managed to get to bed on time. So not a complete loss by a long shot. Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [ ] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine [x] Meditation [ ] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [x] Take all vitamins [ ] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  2. Sorry you had a rough first week! I always give myself a pre-approved break from challenge stuff when I know there's a special thing going on--for me that's usually an out-of-town convention. Good for you for hitting the reset button!
  3. Thanks! Things have been going almost ideally for this first part--the real challenge will be to see how things hold up in August when my husband starts really traveling again. Week 2, Day 1 Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [~] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine [x] Meditation (5 min at work) [x] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [x] Take all vitamins [x] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  4. Good idea! How are you doing with eating? I was still losing weight into my 2nd trimester w/ my 2nd baby, which freaked me out. But it all worked out in the end--I gained the right amount of weight (~35lbs) and he was bigger than we expected (8lb, 6 oz). Of course, he's 15 months old and I'm still working on losing the last 5 lbs of his baby weight...
  5. I'll start knocking these out when I get back to work tomorrow. BTW, can I say how much I love our honorable leader starsapart's new avatar? Aerials FTW!
  6. Week 1, Day 7. Really happy how this is going so far! Finishing up the week with only 6 "errors" out of 10 "allowable." Thinking of making my "A" goal less than 8 errors/wk average. No new recipe today; made my husband's favorite steak fajitas for dinner and my make-ahead meal for the week is a pasta casserole with spinach that's in the over as I type. Spent a good chunk of today outside with the kids exploring a nearby state park with nature trails and a playground. Feeling very good about everything and this challenge right now! Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [~] A 15 min walk at home [~] Cubicle exercise routine [~] Meditation [x] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [~] Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [~] Take all vitamins [~] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [x] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  7. Week 1, Day 6 Things change a lot on the weekend, and I made allowances for that. However, I didn't drop some things that I usually do. So: made a big rice & veggie salad to have for lunches this week, as well as a great Chinese chicken salad (see Galley team thread) for dinner. Bought another bottle of wine (6 errors for the week) but made sure to jot down some gratitude in my journal. Snacked even less than I do at work, and spent a lot of time outdoors (with the mosquito bites to prove it). All good. Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [~] A 15 min walk at home [~] Cubicle exercise routine [~] Meditation [x] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [~] Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [ ] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [~] Take all vitamins [~] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [x] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  8. Chinese chicken salad: Recipe: 1/4 cup rice vinegar3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)4 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (sold with Asian foods)1 Tbsp. grated or minced fresh ginger1/4 cup sesame oil1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts1 small head romaine lettuce or bok choy, thinly sliced (6-8 cups)1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced3 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted, or use 1 can mandarin oranges (optional)6 oz. crispy chow mein noodles, or use broken ramen noodlesTo make the dressing, in a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce, the ginger and the sesame oil. To make the chicken, in a large heavy skillet or pot, place the chicken in a single layer. Pour 1/3 cup of the dressing over the chicken and reserve the remaining mixture for the salad. Add 2 cups of water to the pot, or just enough to cover the chicken. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, 7-10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice it thinly. In a bowl, toss the chicken with the remaining 1 Tbsp. soy sauce and 1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce. In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, peppers, scallions, and almonds or oranges (optional). Top it with the chicken and remaining dressing and toss the salad thoroughly. Sprinkle the noodles on top, and serve. Taste tester reviews: Me & Husband: went back for seconds. Yummy! But definitely a weekend meal, as it took a lot of chopping and mixing. Widget (15 months): Took everything out of bowl, spread it around his tray. Gadget (4 years): Fell asleep after eating a couple of the chow mein noodles because he'd been outside playing all afternoon and skipped his nap.
  9. Week 1, Day 5 Three errors yesterday (five for the week so far)--forgot to floss in the morning, bought some wine for the weekend, and forgot about some of my vitamins at work. Whoops! But thanks to this checklist, I remembered to go to bed on time and to have a simple lunch from my work cafeteria--sandwich and salad. The gratitude writing worked well. We'll see how this plan survives its first weekend! Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [x] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine [x] Meditation [x] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [ ] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [ ] Take all vitamins [x] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [ ] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  10. Week 1, Day 4 Another good day! I added some sautéed lemon & garlic green beans as a side dish with hot dogs last night--a much better option than the frozen corn I'd been planning on originally. I'm still enjoying the morning walks and meditation. My husband is sick, so we'll see if I get sick as well--however with getting back to taking all my vitamins, I'm hoping that my immune system can fight it off. I'm also going to add another part to my meditation goal (edited above), which is writing down three things I'm grateful for every day. I need to get my head in a more positive place, and I know that can help. It will show up on the daily checklist tomorrow. Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [x] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine [x] Meditation Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [x] Take all vitamins [x] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  11. Green beans with lemon and garlic: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen (these were frozen) 1 tbsp lemon juice Salt & pepper to taste Sautee garlic in oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the green beans and stir to coat with the oil and garlic. Cover the skillet to steam the beans, 5-8 minutes. In the last minute, sprinkle the beans with the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper if desired. Husband had a cold, so he had no comment. My kids' internet nicknames are Gadget (4 year old) and Widget (15 months old). Me: Gadget, what do you think of the beans? Gadget: Crackers. However, he ate several of the them. Widget seemed to really like them, but green beans are still a little hard for him to chew. My review: This gives you some nice, crisp green beans with a slight tangy flavor. And it's really easy to make for a side dish! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. OK, yesterday was my "night off" (I get one night a week while my husband takes the kids so I can get some writing done). I totally forgot about my vegetable challenge when ordering at a restaurant, and I also stayed up later than usual to finish submitting a book review. I brought an apple to have with my lunch at work, but that does not count as a "vegetable." So that's two errors for the week so far. On the other hand, the headlamp worked great for 5am walking, and taking the dog with me keeps me motivated so far. Looking good there! Challenge goals: [ ] One meal with solid vegetables [x] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine [x] Meditation Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. [ ] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [x] Take all vitamins [x] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation
  13. Sounds great! Hmmm, I wonder what that'd be like with honey...?
  14. Good for you! I'd vote for going to the hip hop class if you think you can manage it!
  15. Kids make the best taste-testers! I should add another reviewer to my chicken soup entry: 15 month old: Thought it was yummy until he saw his brother having crackers; then only wanted crackers.
  16. That's it for me until the weekend, but I'll try to get two (or maybe three!) recipes up then.
  17. Week 1, Day 2 Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [x] A 15 min walk at home [x] Cubicle exercise routine (Darebee #5) [x] Meditation Maintenance goals: [x] Bring lunch to work. [x] Go to bed no later than 10pm [x] Do not purchase alcohol to drink at home [x] Take all vitamins [x] Bring healthy snacks to work, no vending machines [x] Floss [x] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [x] Smoothies for breakfast Bonus Quests: [ ] Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. [ ] Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. [ ] Try interval jogging [ ] Try candle meditation Another good day! It's nice to see how things can work when everything goes right. Took the dog for a 20 minute walk early in the morning (about 5:15--still very dark here) and decided that next time I'd need a headlamp (which luckily I already have). Lunch was half a tuna sandwich and a nice big salad, then I made chicken orzo soup for dinner (see the Galley crew thread), and also froze two servings for later. I got back to working on tricep dips at work. And tracking my calories helped me know when I'd hit my limit, so I remembered not to have a snack before bed. Cal: 1378 Fat: 69g Protein: 61g Sugar: 42g
  18. Give me a second! It's easier to send a picture from my phone, and easier to type a recipe from my laptop! OK: Sautee a diced onion and 1 tsp minced garlic in olive oil until tender. Add: 6 c. chicken broth 1 cooked diced chicken breast 1/2 c. diced carrot 1/2 c. diced celery 1/2 tsp thyme I also added some fresh oregano Simmer for 20 - 30 min. Serve over: cooked orzo. My review: Good! Needs more salt. Husband's review: "It's pretty good." 4yo review: Not yummy (ate crackers instead).
  19. Here's my chicken orzo soup from tonight: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. WoodNymph gets us on the board! Those look delicious.
  21. My challenge is Firefly-themed this time, so I've been trawling Firefly gifs for a couple of days. And feeling an overwhelming desire to go re-watch the show...
  22. I'm with Elennare--an engineer for my day job, but a Galley slave for this challenge! I'm actually trying a totally new-to-me recipe tonight as part of my challenge goal to get more vegetables in my life. I'll take pictures--and we'll see if I can actually get any of them into my posts here. Also, my kids make excellent, although quite picky, taste-testers. Wrong franchise, I know, but I hope you don't mind this gif:
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