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  1. WRAP UP!!!!! Battle 1: Become the hunter. Lara only had certain food to survive. No junk food! I have done really well here. I really gave myself a reality check on this one. My work has an annual Christmas Sale the first week of December. They put out a huge table with candy, cookies, chocolate, spiced cider, and it stays out the whole month with ever replenishing goodies. I was VERY bad the first few days. Stuffing my face every time I walked by the table. Then I was trying to do my workout and I felt like I had a damn weighted vest on!! Slow and sluggish, tired, not making progress. I sat down and needed to have a heavy self evaluation. I have goals and they are way more impotent to me then a freaking cookie. It made it really easy to resist the temptation when I had my goals in mind. The weight is coming off too so that is extra motivation. I will keep this goal going into the next January Challenge. Plots and plans Baby! ;} Battle 2: Workouts. Body weight Basics Kicken butt and taken names on this one after some troubles. I really miss my running but I was told not to jump back into that any time soon ... and.. well ... I have to admit, I am scared to even try to run again. It caused so much damage when I pushed before and it was my own damn fault.... I will try again someday...... but for now I am enjoying the workouts I have been doing. I like strength training and I have been working on some jumps to test out the back. Seems to be doing well. No major soreness so I hope that stays true. I definitely have to love the workouts I am doing. If I am trying to do a program I am just not happy about, I do not get out of bed for it in the morning. I wanted to do this program just to say I did it and that was stupid because I didn't end up doing it. I really like the regiment I have going now and that helps those early morning workouts. I am really excited for a program I will be starting in January. I LOVED the Assassins Mini Challenges! Before the surgery I would do all sorts of fun mini workouts at work. Dragon Push-up races with the warehouse guys and pull-ups in the isles. First time in a really long time that I was feeling up to doing these sort of things again. Broad jumps down the isles, scap pulls on a bar across shelves, push ups between customers. Feels really good and encourages me to keep going. Battle 3: Remember the most effective way to lose weight. PORTION CONTROL! I had some ups and downs here but portion control has been going really well. I am really excited to see the weight loss and I am feeling so good. I am excited for a new portion control program I am starting in January (maybe before). I am not sure how it will go but I am looking forward to trying something other than the counting cals stuff. Really ready for something new. Life Quest: Life Battle 1: Finish Chainmaille Christmas gifts!! THIS!! Has been so fun and so stressful. What made me decide to make everyone their gifts this year???!!!! I had a horrible start as I got frustrated with my limited skills but man have I learned a lot. I really pushed myself to try to do at least an hour a day and really that just wasn't in the cards some days. I did however get some excellent time in on my days off from work and a few days a week after work I got an hour or so in. SOOOOOO! One cute little red and gold dragon done. Around 5 hours of work. I may go back if I have time and rework the head. I am not happy with how it sits. One gorgeous necklace that I was REALLY stressing about. I had ordered the wrong size rings to start and had to wait to start until my second order got in. About 4 hours of work. One cool red and black bracelet. Around 2 hours. This one was the first I finished. It ended up being more delicate and small then I had intended so I tripled it up and connected them into one. Looks SO much better. I finished the wallet chain. MOTHER OF DRAGONS!!! 12G Stainless!! That wore me out. About 3 hours. I ended up having to order a new pair of heaver duty pliers to be able to even bend the rings. Its chunky and durable and will work great. I have some extra so I may make a bracelet with what rings are left if I have time. I have started some owls, another necklace ( that I may start over with a different weave. I'm just not happy with how it is coming out.), I have some little hearts to finish up , and a firefly. But feel pretty good with my progress. Christmas comes so fast@!!! but I have faith I will get them done. Push comes to shove I will stay up all night Christmas Eve to get them done hehehehe. OVERALL I had a lot of good lessons reinforced this challenge. Had fun with the mini's and they really encouraged me to push harder toward my goals. I learned to stop pushing the old goals. I just had to wake up to the realization that those goals are still there... They are just going to have to wait. I have been through my own little hell this last year.... I feel like I have a new perspective. Yes I have to start over... Yes that fucking sucks!... But life goes on whether your pissed off about things you can't change or not. I miss those that used to give me encouragement when I was super fit and cute but I can go on, on my own. I will be my own cheerleader. ;} Like Laura, I have fallen into some pit falls, I wanted to sit at the bottom of the hole and pout and cry and feel sorry for myself and wait for someone else to help me out but that is just NOT going to happen. I am responsible for my attitude. I am responsible for getting back after my ship wreck. I will do things I never thought I could and I will become my own Hero. ;} See you all January 4th!!!
  2. Did exactly the same elvenengineer! I was able to post my numbers so maybe try again. Great challenge!!!
  3. Freaking push ups after all the arm work last week!!! LOL Getting close. I have about 150 more to do over Sat and Sunday. I'll make it!
  4. Guess who's been doing broad jumps down the isles at work. Weeeee!
  5. We can do a combo of both right. Notjust pick pushups OR jumping? I was worried about jumping but did a bit today and seemed ok Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  6. That was insane!! Who comes up with this stuff!! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  7. *whimpers* So hard! This challenge kicked my butt!! My shoulders! My arms! My chest! Can't wait to see whats next! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  8. I iz pain.... Everytime I go in our warehouse for product I'll stop and do a few scap pulls. That's the only way I will get close. I have got mushrooms .... just in case. Rows are in multiple parts of my daily workouts. Maybe I just need to stop in the middle of the grocerie store today and break some rows out with jugs of milk hehehe . We got this!
  9. Man oh man. Rows and scap pulls for me. Good thing I set up a pull up bar at work. ;} Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  10. I'm thinking rows and scap pulls as I can't do full pull ups yet. MAN! Thats like 100 a day! I only did a few sets of rows yesterday. Ok. Hunket down I'm going to work on a gourgous back and sholders this week! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  11. Week 3 update as always I am so behind on updates. Battle 1: Become the hunter. Lara only had certain food to survive. No junk food! Yeah for me. I have done so much better on this! This has been strength this challenge .... now to catch up on workouts... Battle 2: Workouts. Body weight Basics .... I have been a slacker. complete slacker. I have been off and on with workouts and not consistent at all. I think I need to find a nitch.... I loved running.... SO LOVED running. But Thats a no go SO I need a plan B... Strength training? biking? Not sure. I will play around with some ideas. Battle 3: Remember the most effective way to lose weight. PORTION CONTROL! Doing SO much better on this. I have been putting away the left overs and that has really helped me from going back for seconds. Life Quest: Life Battle 1: Finish Christmas gifts!! Plan A was scraped and may have to be a Bday gift as I will have till May. Think that will work much better for my lil brother. Plots and Plans. Mwahah Decided a dragon would be fun. So owls and dragons and bracelets and hearts and key chains and..... well yea. a lot left but SSSQQQQUUUUEEEEE!! I got my order. EHEHEHHEHEHHEHEHE. So many rings!!! Finished up my older brothers and started on my SILs necklace to find I ordered the wrong size.... booooo. EM to the company and hopefully they will let me know where I messed up my math. ;} OVERALL I swapped places in the last few weeks... My nutrition is SO much better . Now to get the workouts back on track. I am loosing weight one way or another and feel good about my progress. Thanksgiving this week.... So many foodzzz.... ugh. I will prevail.
  12. YEAA We are doing wall sits in another challenge group! Works great!
  13. I have completely failed this week. I will not be completing this weeks challenge. I can give all sorts or lame excuses but it just came down to time crunch. Have a killer week guys. I'm back next week.
  14. I did't quit leave it as close to the last min as I did last challenge but yes! AHAHAHA Made it! I had to make up a ton the last three days. Need to remember to distribute throughout the week. BUT it did lead to a fun race between me and my oldest. I lost.... by a lot.... BUT did encourage me to get the rest of the 200 I needed! Completed with Bear Crawl and a few Crab Walk just for fun.
  15. AHAHAHA Made it! I had to make up a ton the last three days. Need to remember to distribute throughout the week. BUT it did lead to a fun race between me and my oldest. I lost.... by a lot BUT did encourage me to get the rest of the 200 I needed! Completed with Bear Crawl and a few Crab Walk just for fun.
  16. Bear crawls seem to be what is working best with my back. Inch worm was attempted and a SO NO GO learning what works and what doesn't for sure. Have done a few sets over the last few days. I have a LOT to catch up on .
  17. Tracey: When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl - when you can't do that... Zoë: You find someone to carry you.
  18. Battle 1: Become the hunter. Lara only had certain food to survive. No junk food! I have done pretty good this week but I gave into a few really dumb things. When ever I give into one little thing it snowballs and I just have this thing in my head that says "eh the day is already blown so may as well just keep junking" I need to plan ahead. Will work on a game plan for that. I did make a nummy acorn squash recipe tonight for my girls and mom and dad. Easy too make for sure and really yummy. Battle 2: Workouts. Body weight Basics Workouts are great! I have been doing a rotation of dance based workouts on Mon, Wend, and Friday then more strength training on Tues, Thurs and Sat. I did a workout on Saturday that was more cardio. I jumped too much..... It really aggravated my back. And sprawls/burpees.... I don't know why the sprawls/burpees bug so much. I need to find a way to do them that doesn't grumpify the back. Battle 3: Remember the most effective way to lose weight. PORTION CONTROL! I have been doing WAY better with this one. Really watching myself and putting away any leftovers before I start eating. That helps a lot. Life Quest: Life Battle 1: Finish Christmas gifts!! So.... I had big plans for my brothers gift. Got the pic I decided to do. Put it in IGP , tweeked it to perfection and...... I was so excited until I realized it would take over 12,000 rings that would cost around $188. ouch...... BUT I really want to do it so I may have to look into some investors to go in with me. I do the labor... LOL I have my other brother, youngest, SIL, and hubs figured out. I am rethinking my oldest gift and I am clueless what to get my mom and dad. But feel good about the progress I've made. ​Overall as always its my nutrition keeping me back. I will get on it. I just need to stay ahead of the cravings. Another week another chance to work on it.
  19. Acorn squash! NUM!!!! Yoshi challenge in. Sorry so last min. Ready for next week.
  20. Leave it to me to wait to the very last second. Made an amazing Acorn Squash recipe! I absolutely LOVED it. I ended up making it for my girls and mom and dad. Really enjoyed it. Roasted & Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Rice, Seasoned, Lean Ground Beef and Black Beans, with a touch of Sharp White Cheddar (Serves 4) Ingredients: 2 acorn squash • Olive oil • Salt • Fresh cracked black pepper ¼ onion, finely diced ¼ lb extra lean ground beef (96/4) 2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press • Pinch cumin • Pinch cayenne pepper • Pinch cinnamon ¾ cup cooked brown rice ½ cup black beans ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, divided use 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds ¼ teaspoon orange zest ¼ cup finely shredded sharp white cheddar cheese 1 green onion, chopped, for garnish • Simple Tomato-Cilantro Salad (recipe below) Preparation: -Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. -Prepare the acorn squash by cutting off the bottom “point†to create a flat surface (don’t take too much off), and also cut the stem part off to create another flat surface, again taking care to not cut too much off; next, cut the squash in half width-wise, in the center, creating 4 halves; scoop the seeds and stringy bits out, drizzle a little bit of olive oil into each of the 4 halves, and add a couple of pinches of salt and pepper to each half; place each squash half onto the baking sheet with the cavity facing down, and roast for roughly 35 minutes, or until the flesh is fork tender; remove from the oven, and allow the squash to cool slightly until they can be handled; leave the oven on. -While the squash roasts, cook the ground beef by placing a medium-size non-stick pan over medium-high heat, and drizzling in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil; once the oil is hot, add in the onion, and saute for about 2 minutes; next, add in the ground beef and break it up with a spoon/spatula into small crumble; once the beef has slightly browned, add in a couple of pinches of salt and pepper, the garlic, the cumin, the cayenne and the cinnamon, and stir to combine; allow the beef to finish browning, then turn the heat off, and turn the seasoned beef mixture out into a bowl; next, add to the beef the cooked brown rice, the black beans, the quartered cherry tomatoes, the chopped cilantro, the sunflower seeds and the orange zest, and combine the ingredients very well; add another pinch of salt if needed, and set the mixture aside for a moment, keeping warm. -Once the squash is cool enough to handle, spoon equal portions of the beef/rice mixture into the cavity of each squash half, sprinkle over the top about 1 tablespoon of the sharp cheddar cheese, and place the halves back onto the baking sheet and into the oven to bake for an additional few minutes just until the cheese melts; serve with Tomato-Cilantro Salad on the side, for a fresh and bright addition.
  21. On it! Thanks for the reminder!! I have no idea on the dragon. This will be my first! I'm scared lol. Did lots of planning this week and started a few projects.
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