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suzyQlou

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  1. A goal for the new year has been to find helpful yoga videos on youtube. Ultimately, I want to regain mobility in my bad knee. Two functional motions I’ve lost are going down stairs confidently and getting up from sitting on the floor gracefully. I found and love The Yoga Room videos, especially a level one video for flexibility in the lower body. Every time I complete the 12 minute workout or do my traditional before-bed stretching routing, I color a piece of this mandala. After one week, I’m off to a great start.
  2. Must be time for another fresh start. Happy New Year! So, before I try to move forward yet again, here's a wrap-up since...March? Wow. So little accountability since last Spring. Anyways, when no other healthy habit sticks, I still make it outside to hike at least once a month. Here are some good memories to set a positive tone for a new year. April - Wildflowers in a local park with a beautiful nature trail. May - Walking the trails near an airbnb with my sweetie. June - Spot with memories on the Appalachian trail. The stairs used to go over the fence and into the field. July - Many, many steps taken at scout camp. Getting around was a hike every day! Here was my happy spot, dipping my toes in the creek as often as I could during a very hot week. August - Balance Rock near Raystown Lake. Kayaking was active fun this summer, too, and a lakeside cabin was an amazing place for a family trip. September - Evening hike along the lake. October - Back to the lake for an afternoon with a graceful gray heron. November - Boy scout hike straight up to a scenic overlook in State College. December - Today. Crossing the creek on a warm afternoon.
  3. March hike and community service at the local Boy Scout camp. Challenge Roundup (past 6 weeks): Eating: Log food in MFP. Fruits and veggies get logged on paper and are "free" in MFP. YES. Did this every day with one small modification. The paper was redundant, so I stopped logging food on paper. Bedtime stretch and strength 6 nights a week. Just do this. Log on my updated paper form. Shoot for the usual routine plus 3 "other" strength exercises throughout the week. SOMETIMES. Averaged 4 nights a week with the usual routine. "Other" strength exercises were rare except for squats which are now part of my routine. Step goal: 10k a day 5 times a week. This is my normal goal but more accountability than the "do your best" vagueness of the past. YES. Averaged 5.5 times a week. The fitbit "streak" notification is addicting. I like to be rewarded with the little star, and once I get 4 days in a row I feel more motivated to keep the streak going. Mind games! Cardio goal: 10 minutes a day 3 times a week: Use fitbit to determine "cardio" minutes. Get them with a fast walk or on the elliptical. KINDA. Average 74 minutes of cardio per week which would be over twice my goal. BUT I only hit the 10 minute goal 10 times over 6 weeks. A few days of outdoor work boosted the whole month of cardio. Veggie goal: Try a two new veggie recipes. I'll repeat some of the veggies I liked from last challenge and add two more recipes this time around. NOPE. I still eat veggies, but not really the new ones.
  4. Tweaking my goals for the next challenge period Eating: Log food in MFP. Fruits and veggies get logged on paper and are "free" in MFP. Bedtime stretch and strength 6 nights a week. Just do this. Log on my updated paper form. Shoot for the usual routine plus 3 "other" strength exercises throughout the week. Step goal: 10k a day 5 times a week. This is my normal goal but more accountability than the "do your best" vagueness of the past. Cardio goal: 10 minutes a day 3 times a week: Use fitbit to determine "cardio" minutes. Get them with a fast walk or on the elliptical. Veggie goal: Try a two new veggie recipes. I'll repeat some of the veggies I liked from last challenge and add two more recipes this time around.
  5. Your rainbow veggie chart is awesome!
  6. CHEESE! I love cheese. Like you said...on everything! You have a great way of breaking foods down into the automatic vs variety categories. It makes it easier to see patterns and find ways to tweak what you eat.
  7. Snowy February hike in a new park with an unexpected mossy waterfall at the end. Challenge wrap up. Yeah, these challenge dates are pretty fluid for me. But, I had a great week-and-a-half to make up for the last crummy week. Eat fruits/veggies and log meals. 12/12 for the food journal. Veggies are a good habit. Bonus: I started logging food again in MFP. Bedtime stretch/strength. 12/12. 10k steps or other big daily effort. 12/12. Cardio twice a week. Elliptical 5 days. I've been using this to hit my 10K steps because the weather has been yucky for outdoor walking. It helps to do 15 minute session on the elliptical, then 10 minute of normal steps around the house, and then another 5-10 minutes on the elliptical. Spring can't come fast enough. New veggie dish of the week. Loved the turnip dish I mentioned last time. My newest veggie adventure was roasted asparagus.
  8. Pretty bleak week for me. Happy surprise to realize we are on five week challenges these days. I have another week to make up for this last one! Dug out the last of the beets from my garden to make Roasted Beet & Fennel With Orange Vinaigrette Leftovers were amazing the next day eaten cold like a salad. Still need to make Roasted Turnips with Brown Miso Butter. All the fixings are in the fridge.
  9. Your outdoor adventures look amazing. Look at you doing what you said you’d do! (I stole that from one of your updates and I love the way you said it.). Have a great week!
  10. I have been out for the past few weekends for some good outdoor movement. Yesterday was fun because it was just me, flat paths, and a letterboxing adventure. Here's a photo of one of the creeks, but it doesn't give justice the beauty of the space. Weekly checkin: Eat fruits/veggies and log meals. 6/7. Felt pretty good about eating this week. Bedtime stretch/strength. 6/7 this week. Again, made me feel pretty good. 10k steps or other big daily effort. 5/7 for the week. Funny how that seemed dismal last week, but ok this time. Cardio twice a week. Yes!. New veggie dish of the week. I wanted to love the mustard vinaigrette, but the dish was better without it: https://www.walderwellness.com/garlic-sauteed-green-beans-dijon-vinaigrette/
  11. One of the things I like about these forums is that we talk about both ups and downs. So many places online or IRL we only hear about the good that everyone else is doing all the time. No wonder we never measure up! So, when we hear "people" saying that exercise makes them feel better, I think that's just a small part of the story.
  12. Hmmm. I have experience with knee pain, but not with TENS. Thanks for the heads up. I will ask my doctor about it the next time my arthritis flares up enough to land me at the doctor's office. Hope it continued to help you!
  13. Weekly check in. Not feeling great about the week, but some good things happened. I may have bitten off one too many things when I signed up for the mini challenge. I miss my story time kids since covid, and I could not resist Sesame Street! Eat fruits/veggies and log meals. 5/7 for the food journal. Ate the fruits/veggies most days...but rebelled a couple days. I blame the stress of being addicted to the news, but that's just an excuse, not a reason. Much room for improvement! Bedtime stretch/strength. 4/7 this week. This is pretty terrible because I THOUGHT this was a good habbit. 10k steps or other big daily effort. 5/7 for the week. And yes, these missed days correspond to the days I missed my eating goals, too. Cardio twice a week. One day elliptical, and I'm going to count one day of hiking. My fitbit marked 138 minutes of active time, and I guess that counts? Fitbit was a Christmas gift, so I'm still figuring it out. New veggie dish of the week. Loved this one: Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower . I often roast veggies, but not usually one at a time. Loved the crispy aspect of adding parm.
  14. It sure was pretty! The sun came out at the perfect part of the day. Hello back at you! The outdoors has been a real refuge for me during this whole covid mess. I'm glad you have a park down the block to give you a taste of fresh air while you hunker down for a bit. Welcome to the Ranger den for your first challenge!
  15. Nice smart goals. I love the idea of ballet workouts and horse riding.
  16. Hope you are getting better sleep by now. I don’t know if what you described is “normal” but I’ve noticed various sleeping pains as I age. Not fun!
  17. Rangerly deed of the day: January hike with an icy rock scramble at the top! Hawk Rock Eagle’s Edge Overlook
  18. Ah, yes. The holidays happened. There was some joy. There was some celebrating. Rather than looking back, I'm looking forward into the fresh new year by expanding my goals a little at a time. My new focus is a meme that was floating around recently about how life isn't easy but we choose our hard. The line that strikes me most is "Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard." So yeah. The emotional burden and sluggishness of obesity IS hard. I may as well give fitness a try again...even though it is hard. Even with lofty ideas, my GOALS are still small because that makes them smart. I'm adding on from last month, adjusting things that didn't quite work out the way I had hoped. Eat fruit/veggie with every meal. Also snacks. PLUS write down what I eat every day. Bedtime stretch and strength 6/7 nights a week. Instead of increasing reps, I will log this month to see where I can improve. Step goal: either 10k a day or at least one long walk or effort. This one stays as it is. 10k is a lot in winter, but winter effort is worth as much as easy 10k in summer. Cardio: get back on the elliptical or bike at least once a week. I'm so happy I made it back on the elliptical. Now I will expand my goal to 15 minute sessions at least twice a week. New veggie goal: Try a new veggie recipe once a week. I like plain veggies on the side of meals, but I'm going to make the effort to dress them up a little this month. Happy New Year!
  19. I have a stretching routine from a physical therapist that I do. It helped me recover from knee surgery a couple years ago, and I still find it helpful. I also do NF yoga a few times a month. The videos are familiar and predictable. Maybe I’ll look into getting the NF app Elastigirl mentioned. I will probably like that, too.
  20. Oops. Somehow it’s Wednesday, and I haven’t looked back on the week. Hard to say, but it might be because of all the slacking. We’ll start with the good news. I did make it back on the elliptical once this week. The rest, not so much. Aching muscles from the snow shoveling gave me excuses to skip strength workouts, and I didn’t even bother with the stretching routine even though that would have HELPED. Eating was a bit of a free for all because of all the homemade cookies. It seemed pointless to focus on fruits and veggies throughout the day while I was also eating cookies. I did make a breakthrough with holiday stress. I decided NOT to worry about Christmas dinner. Since we’re not traveling this year, I somehow got it in my head that I needed to cook the traditional Christmas dinner my mom always made on top of all the other Christmas traditions. That’s a lie. No one else in my family cares about dinner. Now I have one less unreasonable expectation, and less expectations means more happiness for the holiday.
  21. It’s exciting to see a new year roll around, but I’m sticking with boring goals moving forward. Thanks for the ideas for some online options. Mobility is something I used to overlook, but it has become super important to me in the last few years.
  22. Pizza is good news and bad news. I ate too much, so that’s the bad news. But is was delicious, saved me an hour of time that made cookie decorating with my family possible, and saved me from eating too many cookies. I guess self control would have been better, but at least overeating has a silver lining this time.
  23. Ranger-ly deed of the day: Digging out from the snow storm! I’m thankful to be healthy enough to handle a shovel for over an hour...and still smile and appreciate the beauty of the sunrise over the snow.
  24. Absolutely! As I get older, I treasure real life strength more and more. Weekly roundup: Eat fruit/veggie with every meal. Also snacks. Yes. Except for last night when I waited too long to eat dinner and overdid it. I'm trying not to let that one mistake define my whole week, but it was seriously awful. Bedtime stretch and strength 6/7 nights a week. Build reps/sets up at least a little each week. Yes on the quantity, but I didn't add reps/sets. Step goal: either 10k a day or at least one long walk or effort. Yes. Blasted that goal most days, and made an effort on two. Cardio: get back on the elliptical or bike at least once a week. Yes. So pleased that I made it on the elliptical two days. It was such a mental barrier. This week will include more Christmas cookie baking. Sugar doesn't usually tempt me, but homemade sugar does. I will enjoy some treats...but use the treats to enjoy traditions and not overdo based on my body's hunger or stress cues.
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