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  1. So once a week updates? Sounds about right.


    We got the crud. The boys are sick. It's super fun, because my past 48 hours have been entertaining a 3 year old to hopefully keep him from passing along his sickness to the 3 week old. I was pretty unsuccessful, but the good news is that it isn't RSV. So nothing else really matters.


    On 10/23/2022 at 10:49 AM, Jarric said:

    That sounds like fun! Is it all with the same weight, as one giant set?


    Giant set / complex style. I kept it light because this is new (65 lbs), but it felt good. Later on in the week, I did a clean and jerk descending ladder and then some BB reverse lunges. So time under the barbell has been there. I want to get some snatching in, but I'm not sure of the timing yet. This week has been off to a slow start, but I'm planning on working out tonight. I just don't remember what I'm doing yet. 


    On 10/23/2022 at 7:13 PM, EricMN said:

    Not cooking for me, but I feel this in my bones. What's up, friend.


    I've missed you sir. Good to see you around these parts. Fun fact: my daughter was complaining about not having help from her SO because she didn't feel like she should have to tell him how to help and I'm literally like you will fight this battle for the rest of your life. What goes around, comes around at it's finest. 


    To be honest, I'm very burnt out, but it's so deep that I don't know what it'll take to fix it. 


    On 10/23/2022 at 7:13 PM, EricMN said:

    This sucks. I'm finally learning to say "no" to unreasonable last-minute work requests. I have support. I hope you do too.


    Truthfully, last week was all about timing. I had multiple priorities that needed to be done by the end of the week, but my schedule was arranged so that I had a full day to do each one. Except, two got delayed which made the completion part significantly harder. One of the priorities was a monthly task, one is quarterly, and one was intermittent. So really they weren't unreasonable, I just ended up with this perfect storm.


    This week has been a ridiculous amount of meetings. I'm ready for the holidays because everything seems to slow down around then. It's not happened yet, but one can hope. 

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  2. Nothing like work going, "oh, you've decided to make a challenge and focus on time management? Let me throw three priorities at you that all need done within the next day." Well, here's to not slacking...


    Monday's workout included some barbell cycling; deadlifts, power cleans, front squats, push press, back squat. It was pretty fun and I'm getting used to the idea that I can move weight (novel, I know). Also, I'm working on squat depth and that's fun. Today's workout includes some running, so I'll need to make sure to get it in before the sun goes down.


    Eating has been okay. We had a ton of leftover sweets from our Hocus Pocus meal on Friday, but those are almost all cleaned out now. My favorite thing about meal prep is the lack of dishes on a daily basis from cooking. My husband has a work event today though, so part of today is going to be "cleaning out the fridge". 


    I've got my work priorities organized for today and am trying to burn through the quick (but boring) things as quickly as possible. Luckily, I don't have a ton of meetings today. But I also learned that my current project wants to add 5 hours per week to my time. I'm not sure what they want to do with that time yet (I haven't had the official meeting, I just got an e-mail about it). So we'll see about that. Sometimes, being salaried sucks. 

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  3. hocus-pocus-2-midler-parker-najimy-hp2-11409-r4.jpg?auto=webp&fit=crop&height=675&width=1200


    It has been months since I've done a challenge, so I figured it was about time to come back. And even though this challenge is more November than Halloween, I am 100% taking advantage of the fact that I can still include a Halloween-esque challenge this time around. 


    Life has been crazy recently and I'm coming down from a super strict schedule (which always throws me for a loop). My daughter had her second child 9/30 and we are adjusting to a new baby (boy) in the house. 


    • Don't be the (lifting) virgin who lights the black flame candle
      • I've been starting to focus on more consistent lifting. Not necessarily hitting PR's, but consistently adding lifts into my programming. I need to work on form and getting more confident with my movements; specifically with cleans, snatches, and jerks. One of the other trainers at the gym is always willing to help me with form and correcting bad habits, I just need to use the help I can get. 
    • Use the spell book
      • Food in general has been a pain at the house. I get tired of cooking for people who don't appreciate not having to cook. 
      • Meal prepping for my husband and I has been going .... okay, but we are pretty bored with food choices. Also, I'm trying to eat foods with a lower environmental impact. 
    • Pay attention to the dawn
      • Time Management! I've been really slacking at work and have some deadlines I haven't missed. But have also really stressed me out. I'm also trying to balance getting things done at home and getting to relax and have my own time.
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  4. I know I'm super late to this thread, but as an FYI - there is a nationwide Adderall shortage (this is per my daughter who is working as a pharmacy tech. she's dealing with a lot of people who are frustrated). Apparently it's not every dosage, so if your dad is having issues, he can talk to his doctor about a different dosing schedule. 


    Also, genetics say that I'm not going to go gray until I'm like 70 and I am fairly jealous of people with pretty gray / silver hair. 

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  5. On 7/8/2022 at 1:52 PM, Teros said:

    You aren't able to keep the swiffer bottle and then put whatever you want inside it?  Idk, I've only ever used swiffer +their chems for cleaning floors.




    Not that I am aware of. The Swiffer top doesn't easily come off and when I Googled, I didn't find any readily available instructions. Realistically, we had that Swiffer for a good number of years, so it's not like it was wasteful to buy a new product. Also, I think we are giving it to my MIL, so it's not going to a landfill. 


    I suppose I should give an update:


    Everything is just ...busy. I'm not really good without a schedule, but then I also don't stick to a schedule, so a lot of time I'm kind of treading water. I haven't updated my calendar since May and it's mocking me a bit at the moment. 


    I did make focaccia yesterday and it was amazing. So there is that. 

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  6. 3 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

    Yesterday I made maple bacon shortbread cookies.


    Can you share this recipe?


    Also, things I could talk about for 15 minutes:

    • Lab Distribution and / or contracting
    • Value Analysis
    • Setting up a themed dinner
    • Pros and cons of macaroni and cheese techniques
    • How seals are consistently mistreated by other animals
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  7. So me working at the gym went FB official this week (yesterday). It's super exciting and I'm definitely pumped. 


    So far this week, I've hit all the classes I've intended (yoga tomorrow morning, so I actually have to go to complete this). I am behind on tomatoes, but it's because I didn't appropriately quantify some work. I should actually be able to make up a bit of it today provided I actually work. 


    Oh! I also found a solution to my mopping headache! I bought a mop similar to a swiffer, but lets me create my own cleaning solution. This way, I can use a neutral cleaner but still have the convenience of on demand mopping. I've actually gotten mopping done, so it's already a success. 


    Eating has been going well, but not great. I could do better, but it's also hard without additional support. My husband is hanging in there, but is struggling to continue to be motivated. 

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  8. 13 hours ago, Machete said:

    So for those not watching the Instagrams, it's been 9 months since moving across the country.


    Wait, your 'Gram isn't just funny memes and you eating? I've missed something (not really, I noticed the move).


    i always follow back GIF

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  9. Guess it's time for a catch up.


    Work conference took up a lot of time and people energy. 


    Then we went back to the 1950's and I chose to distance myself from the internet for my own good for a few days. 


    Yoga this weekend went well; here is the story behind it. . . I got to meet one of my brother's gf's. He's in a non-traditional poly relationship, which includes two trans women, one of whom drove down to come to yoga with us. My brother has been super quiet about this aspect of his relationship, because he's concerned about how my parents will react. So it was really awesome that he was comfortable enough to let me meet her. She is super nice and I like her a lot better than his last gf. It was also a little stressful though, as I needed to keep my mother from coming to yoga without telling her why I didn't want her to come to yoga. 


    We ended up missing the cookout, because I'd had enough of people. 

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  10. Sylvaa did the thing. I'm putting it in spoilers for no reason than I don't want it to seem like advertising.



    I passed my NASM Personal Training Certification.


    I took this to start teaching the morning boot camp at my gym. I'm not really planning on doing much with personal training (maybe family?), but the owner offered me the class if I got certified, so here I am.


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  11. On 6/14/2022 at 3:56 PM, Stronkey Kong said:




    Ironically, my tomato plant is looking pretty sad at the moment. We moved it to see if it needed more sunlight, but uncertain. But there are always tomatoes. 


    veggie tales tomato GIF


    Hmmm... Sylvaa makes a thread then doesn't post.... totally on brand.


    It's been a normal week. I got back into the (almost) every morning gym routine and have my runs planned. It's also the start of summer vacations at work, which means lots of vacations, so a little more relaxed. 


    I also solved my mopping problem - I bought a Swiffer alternative that lets me use my own products, so I don't have to drag out a mop and bucket every time I need to clean the floor. I am way too excited about this. 

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  12. 16 hours ago, Teros said:

    5) Defective Socializing - I've realized after it was pointed out to me via @juliebarkley that I'm setting myself up for failure with how I interact on the forums.  I used to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to talk to everyone.  Again, excuses, excuses, but I didn't feel that way anymore and it's creating self-sabotaging bullshit that I need to break so I don't know the specific parameters, but I would like to get to a bunch of new people this challenge.


    I mean, I'm not new. But this is 100% me. You know I'll be following you,!

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  13. I keep starting challenges, but not finishing them. It's not that I'm not doing things, it's just that interacting and posting has become difficult. So in honor of my fellow Don't Wannas, I'm going to do my best to at least post occasionally. 


    Or something.


    This is coming up on some really busy weeks for me. 



    • Saturday volunteering
    • Saturday test 


    • Travel to DC area for a work conference Tu - Th
    • Yoga Saturday (there is a story with this that makes it remarkable, but I'm keeping mum)
    • Saturday cookout with people


    • Taking the GB to the Dr


    • My birthday
    • D&D


    • Also nothing


    • Work travel to NC


    ew GIF


    Also, I signed up for a Rugged Maniac in July that I need to train for and I've found Deka Strong, which I absolutely love, so now I'm training for better times for the next one in September.


    This challenge will look pretty similar to all others I do. But maybe I'll continue to post or something.

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  14. 14 hours ago, Stronkey Kong said:

    Minor epiphany:


    I hate running. 

    But I only want to get as far as running 5k 2 or three times a week. 

    If I do that well enough, it should only take 60-90 min each week. 


    I can sacrifice 60-90 minutes a week,  doing something I loathe,  if it means a healthier heart, leaner body, and feeling better overall the rest of the week. 


    So I don't necessarily like running. It'll never by my favorite thing, but I've realized that running makes things I like to do easier. So getting better at running leads me to have more enjoyment at things I like to do. It's not the best motivation, depending on how well it factors into what you like to do. 


    Also, do you hate it because you aren't good at it? Or for other reasons? If it's for the second, I 100% support the people above to who say alternative cardio (you my friend, look like a EMOM Kettlebell swing type of guy to me). 

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  15. 1 hour ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

    Mom and I are going to Utah for a hiking trip in the fall, and we're not physically at the level we need to be for the trip. So we're going hiking a lot more! Western Pennsylvania offers a lot of great hiking opportunities from steep hills to giant rocks to climb over and cool looking streams, rivers, and waterfalls.  We've already started today and I'm so tired, but I know the more we hike, the easier it will get.  I'm going to stretch before and after hikes, and maybe do some supportive leg and balance exercises to protect my hips and knees. 


    This is the perfect time of year for a hiking meet up!

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  16. Ridiculous Update Time:


    So went to Denver. I ended up having weird and crazy feet swelling and overall just general crappiness. I think it was a combination of the second week of travel and traveling to Denver (I don't do well in Denver and this is not the first time I've felt badly after travel - and I didn't stay in my normal hotel, which could have something to do with it). *sigh* the joys of travel.


    So feeling better now, I'll be back to the grind shortly. 

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  17. 19 hours ago, Shello said:

    Mmm spice cake.   


    I hope your weekend went well and your cake pops were great! 




    I'm on the road this week again, so updating is hard. But I'll do a run down when I get home Thursday!

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  18. 15 hours ago, Snarkyfishguts said:

    That was nice of you to bake the cake for their cake pops. But if they're ruining your cake anyway, you could just eat some :D 


    I love cake pops, especially when they are homemade, so I am willing to wait. Fun fact: spice cake with cream cheese icing is the bomb.



    • What did I do?
      • Gym - am
        • 15 min AMRAP / rest 2 minutes / 15 min AMRAP
        • 6 min core
      • Gym - pm
        • Squat work / accessories
        • OHP work / accessories
      • Shine
      • 8 work tomatoes. It was a busy, but productive day. I need a better system for when I don't hit my tomatoes and making sure I'm catching up. 
      • cleaned the hall bathroom 
      • finished baking cakes (I made 3 overall) and did a bunch of dishes.
    • What did I eat?
      • spinach egg white scramble with salsa and cheese / protein toast
      • burritos
      • mango banana protein smoothie (which was perfect. literally smooth like gelato)
      • popcorn chicken (we were supposed to have fish, but I didn't eat enough before the gym, so I needed something I didn't have to work to make)
      • hot chocolate
    • How did I feel?
      • Another good day. I had part of the difficult conversation with my husband and it was really a "he didn't think about it" scenario (which is what I expected)
    • What didn't I do?
      • I had planned on cleaning the primary bathroom, but didn't. I also had a task that got added to my plate yesterday that I didn't complete yet.
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  19. 5/11:

    • What did I do?
      • No gym. I decided to sleep in and go later on in the day, but there was a schedule change and the afternoon class was cancelled
      • Got through 7 tomatoes at work for the day AND crossed off an outstanding task on my list
      • Also swept, vacuumed, and mopped
      • And baked a cake
    • What did I eat?
      • Egg whites with spinach, cheese, and salsa + toast
      • Burritos
      • spinach and goat cheese Hasselback chicken
      • hot chocolate
      • rice cake with nutella
    • How did I feel?
      • Another decent day. I wanted to go to the gym, but not going made my evening less rushed, which was also nice. 
    • What didn't I do?
      • Still slacking on a handful of e-mails I need to send out. Not a priority, but something that I need to get done. I also need to get some prep done for end of year evals, which I haven't done yet.
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  20. 19 minutes ago, Waanie said:

    I absolutely love bean and cheese burritos! It's also so easy to load them up with "whatever is in the fridge" that we eat them quite regularly :).


    My husband and I have been using an app for meal planning and this is one of the recipes, so it's a specific recipe. But it's still amazing. We eat them pretty much every other week. 


    19 minutes ago, Waanie said:

    Was this the first time you flipped the tire, or did you do it before?


    I've done it before in a handful of races, but never during training. And honestly, I don't know the weights of either tires, so I don't know comparatively how heavy or not these were. But it was still fun.

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  21. Fingers crossed that you can talk to the trainer then! I agree that interns should be able to learn, but I'd think that someone else would be there overseeing them. 


    It's hard enough to get back in the swing of gyms and workouts without having anything get you discouraged. It sucks, but hopefully it gets better!

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  22. 5/10:

    • What did I do?
      • Bootcamp in the am. We did 4 - 6 min AMRAPs (well, technically, 3 were 6 minutes and the last was an unspecified amount of time
      • Strength in the pm
        • this was fairly uneventful, although I did get to flip the big tire. I spoke about this a bit in another thread, but the trainer for this class is new to training and he's horrible at programming. It's getting to the point that there really isn't a strength and conditioning class and the group is getting fairly frustrated. Luckily, we were able to speak to the owner, but it really makes me want to get my personal training certification to be able to teach this class.
      • Only 5 things on my work list. I had forgotten to do something that was supposed to have been completed by 5/1, so I had to go back and finish it. I probably could have made the project more than 1 tomato, but rules are rules.
      • My husband helped me get all of the things done on my home list, which was really nice
    • What did I eat?
      • pumpkin protein pancakes with turkey bacon
      • bean and cheese burritos (these are homemade and amazing)
      • bbq chicken and sweet potatoes with a cranberry spinach salad
      • hot chocolate
      • rice cake with cookie butter
    • How did I feel?
      • Today was a decent day. I didn't really have anything making waves. I do have something I need to talk to my husband about that I've been putting off (but is coming to a point where I can't put it off), so I'm a little nervous about that
    • What didn't I do?
      • the call I was supposed to prep for was cancelled, so that came off my plate until next week. I have to make 6 ppt slides and write a few e-mails that I missed. As long as I focus, I'll get a lot of things done today
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  23. 1 hour ago, Waanie said:

    I did not like yesterday's "strength" class:


    Is there a trainer at the gym you can talk to about your concerns? We are having a similar issue with one of the new trainers at my gym (he's just not used to programming and doesn't do a good job at it). It's super frustrating, particularly for some of the people who aren't physically able to do everything he puts into the workouts (and he's not good at modifying). I hope you find a good answer to your situation!

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