Sylvaa

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    therealkat :: Monster Hunter Part 2

    Completely unrelated: Which race to do you usually run in Kentucky?
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    [Sylvaa] I Do What I Want!

    Too Much? Nah, Sylvaa is making a comeback (hopefully!). Strap in and let's do this! But first: an introduction! Hello! I am Sylvaa - your bubbly, happy Adventurer's GL. I am a 30-something mother of 4 kids, two cats, one dog, and an unofficial extra child or two. I work as a consultant, so my schedule includes a ridiculous amount of travel (80%!). At my highest weight, I was about 250 lbs and have lost over 80 lbs over the course of my super long journey (I started on my journey about 12 years ago. I've had a lot of plateaus and speed bumps along the way, so I can definitely empathize with people who don't see progress every challenge). I like gifs, memes, exclamation points, research, and data. I've recently been feeling kind of ... lost. It's been a culmination of a few things; being without a project, waiting to see what happens with some decisions I've made, dealing with my brother living with us, and having to see what happens with my husband's cholecystectomy. I also finished my MBA a few months ago, so my regimented schedule hasn't existed to the same extent that it had before. It's been super difficult for me to get back into the swing of things. I recently got back from a 10-day vacation, finally got the laundry caught up, and am ready to get back on the horse. I'm also going to be very introspective (as usual if I'm being honest) to get back into the swing of a pattern. Goal 1: Health & Fitness - I truly struggle with exercising regularly, even though I enjoy doing so. I like running and have had luck sticking to running plans. However, I'm not fast or good at distances (yet!), so it is frustrating. I also don't know that I want running to be my full focus as I like doing other things too. I also currently am without a gym membership. Truthfully, I do better at working out in the gym, but my schedule is such that it's not really worth the money to have one. And I am really bad at working out at home because I don't have a dedicated workout area. I restarted the Nike + Run app. They have a Get More Fit Program where you can set the number of days. I set the program for 3 - 4 days, which usually gives me 3 run days and 1 cross training. My goal is to stay current with the weekly plan. Bonus points if I do any yoga. I have a ton of Yoga With Adriene e-mails sitting in my inbox that I need to do. Goal 2: Home - I have amazing news this challenge! My brother is finally moving out! He gets the keys to his new place tomorrow and will get the majority of his stuff in by this weekend at the latest! *Dances* What this means, is that I get my Den back. Also, it means that I'm getting an official office area! I've also been slacking on cleaning because he's been on nights for the majority of his time staying here (so I've not been cleaning while he's sleeping). I hate doing chores, so it's super easy for me to find excuses, but I hate having an unclean house more. The main goal for this challenge is to get the Den renovated. This includes a deep cleaning (he's really messy) including the carpets, ordering and putting together new desks and chairs for the adults, mounting the tv, and potentially buying a new chair or two and lights. Once he isn't sleeping here anymore, we are going back to a Saturday morning cleaning schedule. We turn off the internet, make the kids turn in their electronics, and clean the house before everything gets turned back on. Goal 3: Connect - My husband is having his gall bladder removed on Thursday. If everything goes well, this will be a quick and easy surgery. If not, he'll be out of commission for a lot longer. This means that I'll need to be sympathetic, take over more duties around the house, and find some ways to save money if he runs out of PTO. I'd like to take this challenge to connect with the people around me more. I have a number of cookie recipes in my e-mail inbox. Between cookies and yoga, I have close to 100 unread e-mails! So once a week, I'm going to make a batch of cookies. This will also keep the grocery bill down as the only sweets in the house going forward are going to be homemade. I also need to finish getting my daughter's boyfriend registered for school. Yes, he's still living with us. No, he's probably not leaving until he graduates (CPS closed the case as he is safe and dad doesn't care). I've also got to read three books by the end of August to stay on track with my Goodreads goals. I'm currently working on two, so as long as I make a little time for myself each night, I should be good.
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    [Sylvaa] I Do What I Want!

    Oh the questions! I'm not sure - actually, I'm not sure if I'm looking for a pvp or an accountability buddy. . . How many days are you getting to the pool? I'm pretty sure I should look at your challenge, but you can just tell me too. Maybe a mix where like, we do the same workouts over the course of a week and keep track of times?
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    Sloth: The Man with the Hammer

    Catching up! I saw the kangaroo post and loved it! Also, Terrain Races are my current favorite! They are just hard enough to make you push yourself while still letting you feel like you've tried. So enjoy it!
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    [Sylvaa] I Do What I Want!

    HOW IS IT ALREADY WEDNESDAY?! New project hype is real and I am super bogged down with work and getting things up and running, so this will be a quick check in. Goal 1: Still on track, even though my Monday run got all stupid because I was indoors and the GPS didn't recognize the fact that I was running around in circles. I also decided to join the Y in Louisville. It's really nice, even though it only has a few lanes for the pool. Maybe I should challenge @Wolfpool to some sort of swimming pvp. Since it's easier for me to use the gym on the road, it makes more sense to have that be my home gym and I can use the one where I actually live occasionally. 20 seconds of courage is going to have me starting a lifting routine in two weeks (I'm in Charlotte next week). Goal 2: My brother got like EVERYTHING out (yay)! So we are starting the cleaning routine this Saturday. I thought about starting it last week, but I have been so tired. Trying to deal with my husband and then traveling have me all messed up. Goal 3: Pretty sure I finished at least one book recently. I'm going to end up finishing my current one on the plane ride home Thursday probably, so I'm still on track. I've not been eating like I should be. I've been giving into candy and eating earlier than my window usually allows. I'm just kind of stressed at the moment and not dealing with it how I should. Also, I think I tend to self-sabotage myself when it comes to weight. Like, in my mind, how I look is skewed. I don't look any different now than I did 10 pounds ago. So why worry about those 10 pounds. But I KNOW I have to be at least a little different based on how clothes fit. But how clothes fit is not a good indicator for me because it doesn't make me feel any better.
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    The Trading Post

    I am not a morning person either! Truthfully, I do a lot of my running (cause that's what I do) about an hour before dusk, which gives me enough time to do what I need and be home before it gets like DARK. But I also have a very good headlamp that I'll use for winter nights. Granted, YMMV with your climate, but I've used this strategy in different parts of the country without an issue. Outside cardio when it's super hot / humid is rough, but you can also end up getting used to it and it truthfully isn't as bad. Hiking when it's dark can be kind of hit or miss, depending on wildlife in your area. Just something to consider before choosing to do it when the sun isn't shining.
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    Doodlies Battle for Doodlie Island

    Apologies! Life has been super crazy at the moment with work! I will try to get to this tonight unless someone beats me to it (which will not hurt my feelings)!
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    Wolfpool: Chomp on This!

    I totally did read the first one! I've been focusing on book club books over "fun stuff" this summer though as some of these haven't been available at the library. PSA - SyFy is doing a shark movie marathon today leading up to Deep Blue Sea 2. Jersey Shore Shark Attack was on earlier and I am pretty sure it is my new favorite cheesy shark movie.
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    [Sylvaa] I Do What I Want!

    I thought it was funny, but now I'm going to have to try this..... More to follow. I also prepped smoothie bags for the kids for breakfast today. It's a little over $1 a bag, so a fairly healthy, cheap breakfast choice for the kids. And it took me about 20 minutes! I think in the future, I'm going to try to get fresh fruits cheaper to get the cost down even more, although that will increase the time. I'm also prepping some twice baked potatoes to throw in the freezer. It's been a busy morning / afternoon and I am exhausted! My little brother is finally moving out, however he decided to come over at 3 am today to get this mattress and dresser. I have requested my key back no later than this evening, so that should solve the problem if he were to try again.
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    Fleaball: Under Construction

    1. I don't think so? I mean, I've never felt like I've had camel toe. And I feel like SOMEONE in my family would have said something if it was a thing. 2. I mean, there is that.... 4. Woot!
  11. Welcome to the forums! It'll be a bit different than what you are used to in the FB group, but honestly, I like it better here. I feel like the set up allows you to get more involved with specific people. For budgeting apps, a few of us use You Need A Budget (YNAB) @Shello, @Cheetah, and myself to name a few. I really like it, but there is a yearly cost. There is an app that my husband and I use to keep accounts up to date on the fly. It's definitely worked for us, but I think that others have had less luck than we have. I love your challenge goals for this time around. Do you have a regular program you use for running / weight lifting? Also, I wouldn't get too stuck on the time frame for meal prep! The first few times I did it, I definitely took longer than I do now. It does get easier if you stick with it though! I'm going to follow you this time to see how it goes!
  12. This^ I am very shy and introverted and have issue with all of that in work, at the gym, basically anywhere in public. So I get where you are coming from completely! Honestly, the best thing you can do is keep going! Find someone who looks friendly and start smiling at them. If you are watching someone try for a PB, cheer them on. Use baby steps to start getting more comfortable with the other people in the class. It is really hard to keep going when you feel like there is this group that you aren't a part of, but there are absolutely people there that were in the same position you are. And truly, the vast majority of people there are going to be focusing on their own workout - if they were focusing on yours, then they aren't working hard enough!
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    Shello Kicks Names and Takes Ass

    Ugh! I am sorry you are not on the same page as your dietitian! I kind of get where she is coming from. But at the same time, if classifying it as clean to you helps you make better decisions, then why get into semantics over the level of processing involved?
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    Cheat Meals are necessary or not?

    Thanks for responding - that's definitely a point in your favor! Your initial post definitely seemed like a spammer post. You posted in the wrong thread for this kind of discussion, your grammar is off (although I do recognize that we have a number of non-native English speakers, so it might be that), and you haven't posted anything related to yourself. Also, did you read the articles or just post a response? The idea of a "cheat meal" or "cheat day" isn't necessary. Also this ^ A common struggle I see here and in the Academy FB page is people struggling to track accurately. Adding in a cheat meal because, "there might be some benefits" can undue a lot of progress. Also, some people (myself included) struggle with the idea of rewarding good behaviors or bad days with food. Eating well is a reward in itself - we don't need to supply extra rewards through more food. Cheat meals also reinforce the idea of good foods and bad foods, where it is possible to adjust a single day to accommodate things like pizza or a slice of birthday cake. There are studies out there that eating at or above TDEE can have positive results for people depending on where they are in their weight loss progress, but there is no reason to think of that in terms of cheating - I can do the same thing with an extra avocado on a salad versus a serving of cookies and the additional avocado isn't going to trigger carb cravings. Also, this type of advice is generally for people who are closer to the end of their weight loss journey, not people just starting out. Sure body builders might be able to do this kind of thing once a week, but the average joe isn't going to have the same experience. Finally, insulin production is in response to high levels of sugars and carbohydrates. So eating a high carb meal is going to increase insulin in the body.
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    Cheetah checks in

    WHY WON'T YOU JUST LET ME WRITE THE ENTIRE PAPER THE NIGHT BEFORE IT'S DUE! The first time I got an A doing that basically gave my psyche free reign on my lack of time keeping I mean, technically, you can just write each piece the night before it is due and pretend like they are individual papers. Also, I figured now that we are Facebook friends, I should follow you!
  16. I hated having a side by side. Maybe ours was just smaller than normal, but we couldn't even fit a frozen pizza laying down in it! The freezer drawer below has forced me to be more organized with the food inside. We really like ours and probably won't go back to any other type. But it is cool how different kitchens set ups are in other parts of the world!
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    Cheat Meals are necessary or not?

    So I was thinking about deleting this, because it's definitely not in the spirit of our forum posts. Instead, I'll refer you to two of Steve's posts which talk about "cheat meals" https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/super-mario-eating/ https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2-big-reasons-why-cheat-meals-are-worse-than-darth-vader/
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    Wolfpool: Chomp on This!

    Okay, so I'm stalking, but not commenting in here. First of all, I <3 shark books and movies! Actually, I have a love of cheesy sci-fi (ScyFy) movies that involve killer animals regardless of how bad they are. 3-Headed Shark Attack for the win! And I cannot wait for Meg to come out! SO EXCITED! There is a fun little series that is available via Kindle that is sometimes available for free (link here). I wouldn't pay for it, but if you keep an eye on it, they'll run specials.
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    Sloth: The Man with the Hammer

    This is my favorite part of waterparks! I'll do the other slides and stuff with the kids, but just floating around the river is far less stressful than the wave pool and less work than the swirling vortex of death whilst hanging on to an inner tube. Truth be told, the work part is carrying everyone else's inner tube up the 10 stories -- okay, maybe only 4 stories but on the 10th time it feels like 10 stories -- of stairs. The lazy river is where its at, man. Totally same. If anyone ever plans a NF meetup that includes a lazy river, I will travel across the world for that.
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    [The Most Loathed] learns....slowly

    (Not my thread - sorry)! This was totally me for the longest time! And while I'll still never be a fan of medication as a first resort, I was reminded of something that really helped me reconcile that people sometimes need a medication to help them. If we had a loved one that had Type 1 diabetes, we would encourage them to take their medication. So why would something for mental health issues be any different? Sorry you are going through all this TML - I feel like there should be a NF accountability group for everyone going through break-ups recently. Rooting for everything working out the way it is supposed to.
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    [Sylvaa] I Do What I Want!

    this is going to be awkward to explain when my son turns 18 in November! RIGHT!? I had my basement as an area for this, but the boyfriend is currently living there. HOWEVER, my brother has almost all of his stuff out of our Den, so there should be enough room to use that area. It's not perfect, because it'll be the computer area too, but at least the kids won't be spending time in there. Also, yes - the no internet thing has been the ONLY way to get the kids to actually complete their chores regularly. I think they tend to rush through them to get back to their game playing, but I don't think it really changes the outcomes of the cleaning. Like, they still wouldn't take any more time if we did it any other way. So my husband's surgery was yesterday. It went well, they were able to do it laparoscopic, and he got to come home afterwards. I took off yesterday to take care of him, which turned out to be a good thing because he definitely was struggling. We both also slept downstairs on couches last night - him so he was at a comfortable angle and me so that if he needed anything, I could help. I've definitely gotten my exercise helping him to move around though! This does mean that I am traveling next week, which sucks, but it will be nice to get into the swing of real work again. I got a run and a workout in yesterday also. I actually tend to do better when I have more going on. I think it's because I actually make a schedule when I'm busy. I probably need to start incorporating this back into my days. Also, this weekend I am going to be doing a ton of batch cooking to put in the freezer so my family will be able to eat dinner while I am on the road.
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    Fleaball: Under Construction

    1. I have these yoga pants. They are a thicker material. Also, please remember that I have the fear of blowing out the butt of my pants. So you can guarantee that these are thick enough that isn't an issue. I also feel like NY&Co is decent with sizing. I''m wearing larges and they are slightly too big (for comparison, I don't think I've lost many if any inches since the last time we hung out). 2. I did kind of a training montage and it was really fun! 3. I'm totally on the same page with feeling like I should have a better baseline than I do! It's so frustrating! And for me it's a time thing too. Like, I know I have to put in time working on skills to improve. But now I've got to spend EXTRA time getting to the point where I can do the things (like running, I want to be like - oh, going for 5 miles, but that takes me like FOREVER, so it's frustrating because I don't even necessarily have the TIME to do it). 4. I see where you are coming from in terms of the workout clothes one. What about starting with the NF starting point (i.e. walk 5 minutes a day)?
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    Doodlies Battle for Doodlie Island

    This is amazing and I will say more when I am back on a real computer!