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Rowan Caldecott

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  • Birthday 04/06/1964

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  1. Day 1: Nothing on my challenge, did level 1A of the Core Performance workout, which I've restarted because so far it's been the only thing that decreases my lower back pain. Day 2: Did Day 1 of the Darebee Foundation Light program, level 2. Quest 1: Made a meal plan and grocery list, using the NFA level 4 meal plan Quest 2: Bought groceries Quest 3: Prepped the meat that I bought - broiled hamburgers, chopped up stew meat, and separated the 5 lbs. of chicken I bought into 1 lb. bags. Quest 4: Made dinner - rotisserie chicken, green beans, microwaved sweet potato I feel pretty good about getting so much done today. Especially because technically, I started a new job today, although I was only there for 2 hours filling out paperwork and being shown around the office. But tomorrow the real work starts, so I'm happy I was able to get food prepped and ready today.
  2. I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the recent changes in my life that after failing my previous two challenges, I took the last challenge off. I still tried to keep up with my movement as much as possible; not always as successfully as I wanted, but I didn’t give it up altogether either, which is very different from my old patterns. I don’t want to miss another challenge, though, so even if I’m a couple of days late, I’m back. And this challenge is all about the food. My food has not been going well since the move. For so long my kitchen did not feel at all functional. As a result, I have been dining out almost every night. This is terrible for my finances and my health. I feel sluggish and bloated and just generally yucky. I’ve also been eating too many salty snacks, like chips, which makes me feel even worse. Ugh! I need to start cooking and eating real food again. I don’t know why, but each of the steps involved in cooking at home is a hurdle at which I often fail. It gets overwhelming to me very quickly. So I’ve broken it down here into those steps and made each one an individual part of my challenge. I hope that will help me figure out my sticking points and focus on each one individually in order to move forward. Because I have so many steps just to tackle the food, I’m not including any movement or life goals in this challenge, although I am continuing to move. That will be back for next challenge. But the reality is, when my food doesn’t work, my energy is low and my pain is up, making movement difficult. So getting my food back in line can only help with my other fitness goals. Main Quest: Get my food working again so I have the energy to do the things I want to do. Quest 1: Food planning – I have to plan a menu and make a grocery list weekly. A = Plan meals/make grocery list weekly for 6 weeks (+3 WIS) B = Plan meals/make grocery list weekly for 5 weeks (+2 WIS) C = Plan meals/make grocery list weekly for 4 weeks (+1 WIS) Quest 2: Buy groceries – I have to buy the groceries to make the meals I have planned. A = Grocery shopping weekly for 6 weeks (+4 STA) B = Grocery shopping weekly for 5 weeks (+3 STA) C = Grocery shopping weekly for 4 weeks (+2 STA) Quest 3: Food prep – Some basic prep on a weekly basis will make cooking much easier; things like chopping up and freezing veggies and meats; maybe even assembling some things to be cooked later in the week. A = Basic food prep weekly for 6 weeks (+2 CON, +2 STA) B = Basic food prep weekly for 5 weeks (+1 CON, +1 STA) C = Basic food prep weekly for 4 weeks (No stats) Quest 4: Actual cooking – Now we finally get to the actual cooking. 5 nights a week is ideal, but at this point, I’d settle for 3. A = Cook dinner 3x/weekly for 6 weeks (+2 CON, +2 STA) B = Cook dinner 3x/weekly for 5 weeks (+1 CON, +1 STA) C = Cook dinner 3x/weekly for 4 weeks (No stats) Motivation: I have a lot going on and I need the energy and focus to tackle them. Food is key to that because it makes such a huge difference in my energy levels.
  3. I loved seeing your vacation photos. It all looks like fun. Chichen Itza is on my epic quest of awesome list. That glamour shot of you in the red dress lives up to its billing. Very old Hollywood glamorous!
  4. DAY 27 Quest 1: Went for a walk along a local hike/bike trail, walked for 36 minutes Quest 2: Nope Quest 3: Got up about 8 a.m., don't remember the exact time Life Quest: Nope DAY 28 Quest 1: Nope Quest 2: Nope Quest 3: Got up at 10:20 a.m.! Life Quest: Nope Felt pretty awful on Sunday, so I slept really late and was just sluggish all day. The walk on Saturday was really nice, though; the area the trail goes through is very pretty, the weather was gorgeous, and people smiled and said "Good morning" all along the trail. It felt like we brought a little bit of our Austin experience back with us, and that was a nice feeling.
  5. DAY 24 Quest 1: Nope Quest 2: Nope Quest 3: Got up at 6 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 25 Quest 1: Nope Quest 2: Meditated for about 10 minutes at the doctor's office Quest 3: Got up at 7 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 26 Quest 1: Did Foundation Light day 16; also attended a yoga class Quest 2: Did a yoga nidra meditation as part of the yoga class Quest 3: Got up at 6:30 a.m. Life Quest: Nope So my husband generously shared his cold with me and I felt lousy for a couple of days. That slowed me down a bit, but what got in the way of my exercise program was that I've been having a reproductive system problem which has been causing me a significant amount of pain for several days. I saw my doctor on Thursday and we began a plan of action to improve the situation, but things may get worse before they get better. So far, though, I've been feeling a bit better and having less pain, so I've been able to do more. I'm hoping I continue to feel better.
  6. DAY 22 Quest 1: Walked for 22 minutes and did Foundation Light day 14 Quest 2: Not today Quest 3: Got up at 6:52 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 23 Quest 1: Did Foundation Light Day 15 Quest 2: Meditated for 15 minutes Quest 3: Got up at 7 a.m. Life Quest: Worked on the editing project for my friend that I've been doing for months Annnd, I'm finally caught up! Life is beginning to have a basic routine in place again, which feels good. In other news, I had a job interview today. It did not result in a job, but did open up some other possibilities, so a win. Also saw some friends I hadn't seen for a year and got many hugs.
  7. As always, I'm impressed by your capabilities. And also by your willingness to be brutally honest, with yourself and here with us, about where you are and what you have to do to get where you want to be.
  8. DAY 18 Quest 1: Did Day 10 of the Foundation Light program; also did 60 high knees for the mini and 5x6s stomach vacuums Quest 2: I have no idea Quest 3: Got up at 7:14 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 19 Quest 1: Walked for 21 minutes, did day 11 of the Foundation Light program, and did a few minutes of yoga Quest 2: Meditated for 15 minutes Quest 3: Got up at 7:15 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 20 Quest 1: Walked for 21 minutes and did day 12 of Foundation Light Quest 2: Nope Quest 3: Got up at 7:57 a.m. Life Quest: Nope DAY 21 Quest 1: Did Day 13 of Foundation Light and danced for an hour Quest 2: Meditated for about 5 minutes Quest 3: Got up at 7:57 a.m. Life Quest: Nope Here is a somewhat limited recap of weeks 2 and 3: Quest 1: Moved my body 6 days in week 2 and 5 days in week 3 Quest 2: Meditated 4 days in week 2 and 4 days in week 3 Quest 3: Got up before 8:30 a.m. every day in both weeks. Somehow my wake up time has moved to between 7 and 7:30 a.m., even though I moved to an earlier time zone. I don't know what's up with that, but I'll take it, because soon I will be back to work and having to get up early. Life Quest: This only happened once during the last two weeks. Mostly there was too much to do and too much mental and physical chaos to focus on it. Things I Learned and Random Thoughts: A mixed bag for the past two weeks, but considering I moved halfway across the country, I'm pretty proud of what I did manage to accomplish.It feels like such a relief to be upping my movement again. Getting back to daily walking and yoga is such a relief! I'm still loving the Darebee program, and it's nice to be feeling ready to add more movement back into my routine.I was noticeably stronger during this move than the previous move a year ago. It was nice to feel like I could carry some heavy things. Even my husband was impressed a time or two.Our apartment is beginning to function somewhat normally, although grocery shopping and cooking has yet to happen. Soon, I hope.Job interview tomorrow!Moving sucks
  9. I'm so sorry about your kitty. That just sucks.
  10. So I read that same article last night, plus a couple of others. They reiterate what I've heard, that it's not the henna that's a problem, it's additives like mineral salts (and lead!) that some manufacturers put in the henna. The place I get it from, Henna for Hair, uses only pure henna which is certified to be free of additives, so I'm not concerned. I wouldn't buy it from just any place, though.
  11. I'll have to try buckwheat. I've had buckwheat crepes, but that's the sum total of my buckwheat experimentation. Millet is a favorite of mine, but I'd like to try some other grains.
  12. Finally found you and caught up on your thread after my moving adventures! You are doing awesome things, as always. I loved your pics and captions in your original post. And I totally think you should get a creepy puppet backpack to run with.
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