Sylvaa

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    Pregnancy and calories....

    Do what works for you. And if anyone tells you differently, eat them. To be honest, your body is doing a lot of work right now. Growing a human is hard. And being tired may or may not be related to needing more calories, and no one can sit here and tell you exactly which one it is for you. If it were me, I would concentrate on keeping weight gain within a "healthy" range throughout the full pregnancy rather than worry about an extra five pounds right now because your body is telling you to eat more. Eat some extra calories and see if that helps with being tired. If it does, keep it up, if it doesn't, maybe that's normal for right now.
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    Mint and Dill and Cumin: Tanktimus Fights his Legalism

    Discovered this a out a lot of things. My mom tends to cook things to death..... This made me laugh so hard. For all the things I am able to cook, rice is one thing that had eluded me until very recently. It took me 36 freaking years to be able to not screw up rice.
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    I mean, I've probably never had true poutine due to location. But I at least expect a try. The poutine last week had the majority of the ingredients correct, they just had some weird additions and made it like with an Asian spin. But calling cheese fries poutine is just an affront to poutine everywhere.
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    DarK_RaideR's BattlE_LoG

    Please don't take this as me minimizing your feelings. Because that is absolutely not my intent. But I thought you all knew you weren't keeping the kittens. Is it truly a bad thing to be able to disconnect from them and not be too attached? I mean, if it bothers you that you aren't more attached, it's important. But honestly, I would be the same way as you and I don't think that's a bad thing.
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    Holy crap guys, yesterday I got 16K steps (not on purpose)! Yesterday was a good day. I ended up in a three hour meeting in the morning, which killed the WHOLE MORNING, but I was able to get a good game plan going forward out of it. I ate a fairly disappointing lunch, but luckily it was small (so I wasn't disappointed for long). After work, I swam, then followed up with my Dance Fitness class. My co-workers waited until I was done so that we could all eat dinner together, but the restaurant we were going to eat at was closed for a private event. There is a big conference in Louisville, so everywhere was packed. We ended up eating at a restaurant attached to another Hilton property in the area. It was decent - I had fried green tomatoes and wings. I'd also ordered some poutine (which turned out to just be cheese fries), but my co-workers decided to eat that. My daughter got a job! She's going to be working at a local McDonald's. It's close enough to the house that if we can't drive her, she can walk, which is nice until she gets her license.
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    Battle Kitten: Ascension

    FWIW, the weigh in I do before my period is always heavier. YMMV, but this probably isn't too unusual. Also, every time you talk about going to the grocery store, I just have this mental picture of grumpy cat stomping down the aisles of the store angrily grabbing food. So thank you. You make me smile.
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    RhiaWolfe Respawns

    Definitely understood! You could also track cravings in a period tracker - but I think this would only work if your cravings are consistent throughout a day (and if you use a period tracker). Also, if I make any suggestions, please don't feel like I'm trying to tell you what to do. YMMV is always implied with any suggestions I make!
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    RhiaWolfe Respawns

    The problem is that I eat french fries for every meal until I stop obsessing, but then I'm craving something else... then something else... then something else... it doesn't stop at french fries. I"m not saying it doesn't work, but I don't think it's necessarily what I need right now. Definitely a good program though if it works for you. I like the idea of stopping eating when you're not hungry anymore, listening to what your body wants, and trying to take power away from food. I get what you are both saying. I don't necessarily eat intuitively, because I know that just because I crave something doesn't mean I should eat it (note: for me, a lot of foods ARE off limits - not for dieting to lose weight, but dieting for other health needs). But I do try to honor cravings. Like, if I want fries, I try to see if there is a healthy version that would suffice. Or eat a salad before the fries (if I can stop eating them!). Or something else to that extent. Have you thought about tracking your cravings versus your meals (or time of month?) along with your eating?
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    I am so excited to see you back on here! Yesterday was also a good day. I was very unmotivated, but got enough work done to be considered "productive" whatever the heck that really means. I worked, ate decently well (including a cone of food for lunch - which I have to say was pretty neat), then did a class at the Y containing an obscene amount of stairs (my Garmin showed I had done 22 flights by the end of the night), then a 5 mile bike ride. Needless to say I ate a burger for dinner, which wasn't really healthy, but it was delicious. I also left fries as I was full.
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    Battle Kitten: Ascension

    Internet. The real question is why am I the one who always finds this stuff first?! Also, the second sentence probably describes a lot of aspects of my life.
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    Teros 48: The Mountain

    Hi friend, I love this and feel like it is one reason why the people you work with like you so much. Because truly, if that lip service worked, wouldn't they not be in the situation they are in? And there is something powerful about being able to say that you aren't broken because you feel that way.
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    RhiaWolfe Respawns

    Food tracking is hard, so this is a great place to start! Also, I am here and following and cheering!
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    Yesterday Yesterday was a good day. Not that it was any different than any other day. Food was a little carb heavy, because I had sushi, but rice isn't necessarily a trigger for my tummy troubles. I made this acceptable as I had no issues yesterday or this morning. Texted with 3 /4 kids, hit my 5 tomatoes (travel day goal), posted, worked out, and hit over 12K steps. The only thing I should have done better on was water - I was only at about 6 bottles, which isn't too shabby, but I'm thirsty. Did I mention that this weekend my son applied for college? Holy moly! I'm not ready for this! He's applied to Penn State - we have a local campus down the road, then he'd complete his last two years at main campus. He's declaring teaching (science) as his major.
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    Battle Kitten: Ascension

    Christmas present!
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    TimovieMan's Daily Struggles on the Road

    Depends on why you are doing them honestly. Also, hi! Stopping in for a second! Both are working you towards your first pull-up; the dead hangs are generally the next progression after suitcase carries (I believe that is what the Academy has as part of Level 2 workouts), so you could potentially do heavier suitcase carries if the goal of this is additional grip strength. For future loot ideas though, if a traditional doorway pull-up bar (re: not one that needs screwed in) is out of the question; you can find freestanding bars!
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    Boundaries Gonna Ranger: The Ranger Border Guard Mini-Challenge Part 1

    I shall also add my hat into this ring!
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    This is exactly what I meant to do. You are welcome.
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    [Sylvaa] I'm Bringing Spreadsheets Back

    I've got some time to write this up, so I'm going to do so. I've made a lot of progress over the course of all of the challenges I've done so far (note: over 30!). But I'm feeling uninspired at the moment. I feel like, even though I'm in a much better place in terms of how much activity I do, I'm not seeing changes (either in ability, weight, clothes size, or anything else). So like, what the heck?! I'm eating better, I'm more active, dangit, I want to be in fantastic shape! But the truth is, I'm still running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I still can't figure out and focus on what makes me happy as an athlete. And until I figure that out, I'm always going to be wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. So what I'm doing, today. Right now. Is committing to the next 2.5 (ish) months of planning. And I'm bring back spreadsheets (Link in my signature). This challenge has 7 daily goals, although not all of them need to be done every day: Limit carbs. This is pretty generic, I know. But the fact is that the majority of carbs send my stomach into a tailspin. So what I need to do is fully think about what I eat every day and make sure that I've not consumed anything to summon the vengeful stomach demon. The goal with this is 6 days a week. I usually bake something special every weekend and I'd still like to sample these treats (within reason), so I don't want to "fail" just because I eat a freaking cookie. Daily forum post. This isn't about you, it's about me. I need to make sure I am checking in on my spreadsheet (which also includes info on my workouts), so I don't have to go dig anything up from the recesses of the internet. Bullet Journal. This includes tracking water and tomatoes (for either work or cleaning, depending on the day) and keeping up with my work responsibilities. I'm a little further behind than where I want to be, so getting back on the horse is important before it gets out of control. Social. Three times a week, I will interact with someone. This could be a family member while I'm on the road (not my husband though, because I talk to him every day anyway), a friend, or a coworker while not on site together. Step Goal. I'm working on increasing my average steps per day. Because if I'm not on the road, I'm not walking. I will plug in my daily steps and let the sheet do the rest. I'm starting at an average of 5500, and will increase by 500 every week from then on. The goal will be to get this up to at least 10K by the beginning of the new year. Yoga. Because I never do this and I know I should. So we'll try again. Meh. Workout. I set the goal at three times a week, but really my goal is 5 x/ week. I am following a training plan that includes strength, running, swimming, and biking. Because I like to plan to do all the things.
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    [Sylvaa] Double Dips

    Frustration over having to be so strict I think. I need to find some better alternatives to foods I like to eat or some foods I can eat that will fill specific cravings. Also, as it gets colder, I need to find warm foods. As the weather turns, salads just don't have the same satisfaction. Also, I've gotten away from food as an experience. Like, I just order and eat or throw together and eat. And there isn't a lot of focus on the meal and the food. So I'm not necessarily thinking about the taste and what I'm ingesting. Makes sense. I don't know, I feel bad about not posting and being active more, but at the same time, not enough to care. I've stuck with challenges because I like the ability to reset if things don't go to plan, but maybe that is holding me back too? Lots of thoughts....
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    [Sylvaa] Double Dips

    I'm struggling, but not. Which makes no sense, but it's true. I am consistently exercising at least 4 x / week. I am static with my weight (and it's at a number I am happy with), but I don't have a goal at the moment and it's kind of eating at me. I have gotten off the healthy eating bandwagon and my stomach is paying the price. Which is stupid, because I know better. I'm going into hermit-mode again. Like, I'm just feeling disconnected from people here. Which I can control, because I have stopped doing a lot of posting, but I can't convince myself to get more involved. Although, it is interesting to see how people connect and groups of friends get made on the forums. I'm really thinking I'd like a super involved accountability buddy. Someone I can text food and workout pictures to. I might retreat to a battle log. I'm not sure. I feel like the forums are way to public for me to really feel comfortable sharing as much as I'd like to. I've got a super secret exercise goal (okay, not really, I've talked about it before, but still), but I'm really afraid to announce that I'm working towards it because I don't want to fail.
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    DarK_RaideR's BattlE_LoG

    So my husband and I struggle with this too. Since I am away from home through the week, he gets stuck with a lot more housework than I do, while I'm out doing "fun things" (like going to the gym and eating). Something to consider, if it fits into your schedule better, is to split chores into weekday and weekend chores. So maybe SRLF does the dishes through the week, but you take care of them over the weekend. Or maybe the Quid pro Quo is dishes to vacuuming or something like that. This way, you are still balancing, even with not doing as much through the week. Good luck though! I feel like figuring out housekeeping responsibilities is one of the hardest parts of co-habitating!