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SpiralGalaxy

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  1. Week 1, Day 1: Challenge goals: [x] One meal with solid vegetables [~] A 15 min walk at home [was raining so did sledgehammer routine instead] [x] Cubicle exercise routine [Day 4 Darebee] [x] Meditation [30 min] 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 Since the celery in my tuna salad sandwich doesn't count as a solid vegetable meal, I added a full-blown salad to my chicken and couscous dinner. Picked up a tub of salad mix, red lettuce & baby spinach, on the way home and used that as a base. I'm also using it for lunch today. Still went over on calories, thanks to some remaining wine from the weekend, but generally speaking totally nailed it today. Cal: 1831 Fat: 53g Protein: 62g Sugar: 66g
  2. I'm planning on making a yummy pasta casserole that includes spinach this weekend (great for freezing) so Yes, that totally counts! ;-)
  3. Awesome! And as a mother of two, let me say congratulations and good luck during your pregnancy!
  4. Also: edited the top post to include a decent selection of Firefly gifs, as is only right and proper.
  5. Good to see you again! I riffed off your last challenge and did a Firefly theme for mine, so I'm glad you chose IT Crowd this time! Also, good call on scaling back if you're going to have lots of stress in your life. Good luck!
  6. Making an easy-to-reference checklist for myself: Challenge goals: [ ] One meal with solid vegetables [ ] A 15 min walk at home [ ] Cubicle exercise routine [ ] Meditation [ ] Gratitude writing Maintenance goals: [ ] Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria [ ] 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 [ ] Floss [ ] Track calories with MyFitnessPal [ ] 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
  7. Thanks--and thanks for the perfect gif!
  8. OK! Progress on recent challenges has been excellent, time to build on what's gone before. 1) Eat more veggies Remember how much Kaylee valued (for orgasmic levels of "valued") fresh food? I don't live on a spaceship (yet), so I can have all the fresh stuff I want. I need to get more veggies in my lunches and dinners. Goal: everyday have a meal with some solid vegetables in it. I'm doing great on fruit for breakfast, now I need to step up on the other meals. A = 6/week; B = 5/week; C = 4/week; D = 3/week. Sta + 1; Wis + 1 Bonus challenge! Get to a local Farmer's market and explore their offerings. Cha +1 Extra bonus! Make a big veggie-ful meal on weekends to have as leftovers for lunch or dinners. Con +1 2) Exercise changes The Firefly crew can kick ass equally on ship or planetside. I haven't been getting outdoors enough, and I haven't been getting enough cardio. So! Two-parter: a: At work: do a round of this exercise series each day. I found this during the last mini-challenge, and it's perfect for what I want. Potential pitfall--in a few weeks I'll be starting a lab test, and I'm not sure what my cubicle time will look like. But every day that it's possible, I want to do these. b: At home: each day that it's possible, get out for a walk, minimum 15 minutes. We've got some lovely walking paths near our house, and I want to explore more. I didn't manage it today because it was raining, but I was ready to do it! (I went downstairs and did a sledgehammer routine instead.) To be graded on a 90/80/70% scale. Str +2, Dex +2 Bonus: Start jogging! After doing some walking, start upping the difficulty with some interval jogging: 1 min walk/1 min run, that sort of thing. I have disliked running before, so it will be interesting to try it again. +1 Sta. 3) Meditation Book derives a lot of strength and character from his time in prayer. For me that's mindfulness meditation. Goal: *every day* do at least 5 min of meditation. Do 30 min when that's practical. A = 6/week, B = 5/week, etc. I'm adding on a goal to write down three things I'm grateful for every day. I need to get my head in a more positive mindset, and I know that can be a big help. Wis +1, Cha +1 Bonus challenge! Experiment with candle meditation. Wis +1 4) Maintenance Kaylee has to keep the engines in good shape under non-ideal circumstances and within considerable budget constraints. I need to maintain the habits from other challenges that have paid off. I realized that last challenge I dropped some habits because they weren't "part of the challenge." So here's where I change that. This is a long list, but it's already stuff I know how to do. -Bring lunch to work. If not, stick with simple sandwiches and salads from the cafeteria -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 -Floss -Track calories with MyFitnessPal -Smoothies for breakfast A = no more than 10 lapses/week; B = 15 lapses; C = 20 lapses, etc. Con +2, Wis +1
  9. Climbers are one of my new favorites after I re-discovered them last challenge. Here we go!
  10. Thanks for the burpee help everyone! After donating blood I got nailed by a massive migraine (probably not related). However, I'm working from home today, so bring on the rug burn!
  11. I think I'm going to need help--I did 15 burpees this morning (will add to spreadsheet when I get home), but then I gave blood. I think I'm done for the day. Any help would be appreciated!
  12. If someone could add 100 to the spreadsheet for me? Thanks!
  13. Count me in! I can't access the spreadsheet from work, so if someone can add me? Thanks!
  14. By the way, does anyone know if there's going to be a thread for the hiatus between this challenge and the next one somewhere? I really enjoyed the one last time with the mini-challenges to do a few different off-the-beaten-track kinds of things.
  15. 1) Don't purchase alcohol to bring home. Last challenge it turned out that it's way easier to not bring alcohol home than it is to not drink it once it's in the house. So I can still have wine with a dinner out, but not at home. Not even on weekends (!) (0 times = A, 1 time = B, 2 times = C, 3 times = D, 4 times = F) Only broke this goal once in 6 weeks! This was easier that I thought it would be, since I can still drink outside the home when I go out. A solid B, Wis +1.75, CHA + .75 [Wis +2, CHA +1] 2) In bed by 10pm (+/5 minutes) Full points if I go over less than 6 times (avg once a week), half points if I'm up too late less than 12 times (twice a week), no points for more than that. Full points! This worked great, and I think I only had to break it 4 times over 6 weeks. I'm especially happy that I stopped staying up too late on weekend nights, because the reality of kids is that I don't actually get to sleep in on weekends anymore. Frankly, even when the kids sleep in I pop awake by 5:15. Con +1, Sta +1 [Con +1 STA +1] 3) Prisoner Get-up Yeah, I want to be able to do those, five in a row. I get full points if I can do 5 of these at the end of the challenge, one less point for each less rep. Nope, total fail. Tried these this morning, and still can't get the sit-up. Mostly because I wasn't able to do normal morning workouts for most of the challenge, so my plan to get from point A to B was totally derailed. Zero points. [sTR +3, DEX +2] 4) Full burpee And I want to be able to do these, at least 5, maybe 10. I get full points if I can do 5 of these at the end of the challenge, one less point for each fewer rep. Yes! Was able to do all five this morning! The last one was a little shaky, but they were real burpees with real pushups. Woohoo! Str +3, Sta +2. [sTR +3, STA +2] Although I didn't make my sit-up goal, I'm still happy with what I was able to do this challenge. Also, this past weekend I moved 1500 books and 9 bookcases from Philadelphia to Baltimore. I won't say I didn't break a sweat, because it was 90 degF and 90% humidity the whole way, but it was easier than I thought and I didn't injure my hips or back during the whole process. It's great to be able to do something hard because of all the work that I've put in. And I LOVED the mini-challenges! As usual, they motivated me to do more and different things than I would've done on my own. I've got some ideas for the next challenge, so we'll see how it goes!
  16. Wow, you guys rock! I'm sorry I missed the last-minute weekend stealing, but I was off using all my new-found fitness gains to move 1500 books and 9 bookcases from Philadelphia to Baltimore. And thanks to everything I've done in this challenge, it didn't feel *that* hard, and I didn't injure anything! But seriously, you guys rock! Go Ravenclaw!
  17. Emerald--count me in for Harry Potter chase!
  18. BTW, I'm back online for helping with the Horcrux chases. Let me know where I can help!
  19. If someone can updated the spreadsheet for us: Nagini: SpiralGalaxy Day 1 & 3, Miska23 Day 2
  20. I can do Days 1 & 3 of Nagini if someone can do Day 2?
  21. Never mind! It's like things can change in an hour... who knew? ;-)
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