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  1. Friday, February 3 (week 4 | day 6) 1. Everything! Don't remember the fruit and vegetable details, though. Walked to go to labor-prep class and, later, to get groceries. 3. Got groceries and read (finished another book: Wild Women Don't Wear No Blues) but didn't do a third thing. KCZ: yes! Saturday, February 4 (week 4 | day 7) 1. One round of exercises. Walked around a mall looking for a birthday present and, later, to and from a birthday dinner. Ended up having no fruit but three servings of vegetables, partly because I had eggs and spinach for breakfast (well...brunch) instead of my usual oatmeal and then later forgot. Vegetables: spinach with eggs for breakfast; vegetable soup and a side of sautéed cabbage at dinner. 3. Didn't get much done, including KCZ—just needed to have a relaxing day. Did a load of laundry, though! === Overall, this challenge was...average? I started out really strong the first week, had a bit of a two-week slump (although without giving up entirely, and some of it could be blamed on being sick), and rallied a bit, although not completely, the last week. Through it all, though, I got a good amount of walking in (even if most of it was in order to run errands rather than for the pure purpose of going for a walk), ate a decent amount of fruit and vegetables, and did something to help prepare my body for labor. Also got several other non-daily tasks done and even managed to finish two books—since my goal is 1 1/2 books per month this year, I'm doing alright so far there! Also made some major baby progress: started a cloth diaper stash, rearranged the bedroom and set up the crib, got a lot of the hospital bag together (hoping the hand-me-downs we get tomorrow will take care of most of the baby's stuff that's still missing), washed all the baby clothes we currently have, and generally bought bits and bobs here and there. There's still a lot to do, but if the baby came tomorrow, we'd pretty much at least have the bare minimum. No more challenges for me for a bit, while I'm getting used to taking care of another human being (and also recovering!), but I'm already thinking about options for improving my diet and getting back into exercise once I'm ready, so I hope I can come back in a couple months or so! Thanks, everyone!
  2. Wednesday, February 1 (week 4 | day 4) 1. Only one round of exercises and one vegetable. Walked a little to/from date night. Fruit: 1/2 apple (with oatmeal for breakfast), clementine (snack). Vegetable: leftover sautéed cabbage with lunch. 3. Made and sent an invoice; sent thank you messages to people who wished me a happy birthday (and left some birthday messages of my own); prepped baby laundry (gathered stuff together, cut tags, checked care labels to make sure everything could be machine washed around the same temperature). And date night! We have a bad habit of putting date night off, especially when the weather isn't great (like last night), but since we don't know how many more nights we have when we can just go out to dinner without putting too much thought into it, we went. KCZ: yes! Thursday, February 2 (week 4 | day 5) 1. Forgot one of my meds (too late to take it now) and didn't get out of the house today or do a video to make up for it. But I got two rounds of labor-prep exercise in! Fruit: 1/2 apple (with oatmeal for breakfast), kiwi (after dinner). Vegetables: bell pepper (with eggs for lunch), zucchini (with pasta for dinner). The former was probably more like half a serving, but the latter was more like 1 1/2 servings, so I'll call it good. 2. Washed and hung a load of baby laundry (with a few nursing tanks and a nursing bra thrown in, too) so the cleaning lady can iron it all tomorrow and we can have some basics ready for wearing. The other day we got another drying rack because the one we had won't be enough once we're washing baby clothes and/or diapers pretty much every day, along with our own stuff occasionally. A new drying rack! Our life is so exciting! (We're still waiting for a coworker of J's to drop off a pile of hand-me-downs—it was supposed to be tomorrow but has been postponed to Tuesday. I'm getting pretty anxious about it all—I really want to see what all is in the haul, start laundering it all, put stuff in the hospital bag, figure out what we still need to get on our own...ahhhh! So little time left!) 3. Baby laundry; changed sheets; organized / pre-cleaned for the cleaning lady tomorrow; will probably read a bit in bed. KCZ: yesssss!
  3. Best wishes to your grandparents, congratulations on finishing the yoga program (I had that same "you want me to do it all alone on the last day? I don't think so!" problem with the one I did), and glad to hear that you've already moved on to and are excited about a new program! And I'm also a fan of YNAB and of throwing hair up in a butterfly clilp.
  4. Monday, January 30 (week 4 | day 2) 1. Only one round of exercises and didn't go for a walk or anything. Otherwise, did everything, although I don't remember what fruits and vegetables I ate. But rest assured that I ate them! 3. Read and signed my new work contract; requested reimbursement for some customs charges; dealt with a bunch of paperwork—this last one took a lot of time and also cleared up some desk space, so it makes up for the other two tasks being pretty small things. KCZ: nope. Boo. Tuesday, January 31 (week 4 | day 3) 1. Only one round of exercises and one vegetable. Walked to/from the German conversation group. Fruit: banana (with oatmeal for breakfast), kiwi (with yogurt as a snack). Vegetable: sautéed cabbage with dinner. 3. Made a bank transfer; figured out some other bank stuff that wasn't easy—I even needed to call them for help; went to the German conversation group. KCZ: no.
  5. Sunday, January 29 (week 4 | day 1) 1. Did two rounds of labor-prep exercises (finally!). Walked to get to brunch and back. Fruit: fruit salad at brunch; kiwi after dinner. Vegetables: vegetable soup at brunch; cauliflower with dinner. 3. Planned the week ahead, read a little before bed, and...I'm going to go ahead and count birthday brunch as the third thing, because it took up a large chunk of my day and being social is important, too. KCZ: yes!
  6. Friday, January 27 (week 3 | day 6) 1. Walked to the grocery store and back. Got two fruits and two vegetables in but no longer remember what they were. Only did one round of exercises. 3. Got groceries and hung a load of laundry that J started but didn't do a third thing. Got to KCZ (again, thanks largely to also clearing the counters earlier in the day, so there were only a few dishes to take care of at night—and that's why KCZ every day is important!)! Saturday, January 28 (week 3 | day 7) It was supposed to be a productive day—or afternoon, at least—but then J convinced me to take a nap with him and our plans to go to Ikea to scope out some stuff went out the window. Even our cat got in on the nap action and snuggled in contentedly between us underneath the sheet, duvet, and extra blanket—I think he wouldn't mind it if the house were a bit warmer (neither would I, cat). That meant I didn't do one of the three tasks (Ikea) and didn't get out of the house for any kind of walk...but it was nice to have some lazy afternoon nap time before the craziness comes. I still did two tasks (answered several outstanding e-mails and figured out birthday stuff—a little last minute, since my birthday is today [Sunday]). I didn't keep track of the other daily stuff. === In honor of today being both my birthday and the first day of the last week of the challenge, I'm planning on getting back into the groove of the first week and kicking some challenge ass going forward. Okay? Okay.
  7. @Violetta Oops, yes—when I wrote "a return of some of pregnancy" up there, it was supposed to be "a return of some rhinitis of pregnancy"...left out the most important word of that phrase! It's been really annoying because the runny nose makes it so hard to sleep on my side. I've been sleeping mostly on my back but with a pillow under one of my hips and one side of my back so I'm not completely flat on my back—it feels a little like cheating, but I've never felt uncomfortable, and I hear that you'll feel uncomfortable before anything could possibly affect the baby. Good call on the tubs! I'll have to see what sizes are even included in the haul and then go from there. I have no idea what to expect!
  8. Monday, January 23 (week 3 | day 2), to Thursday, January 26 (week 3 | day 5) More up-and-down days. Still haven't managed to totally shake the cold, and I think it's also combining with a return of some of pregnancy—so, a lot of sneezing and sniffling along with occasional coughing (mostly when I'm on the phone for work, which is inconvenient). I've spent pretty much every minute of the last few days either working, doing baby stuff, or trying to get other productive stuff done despite low energy. Not much chill time, but I did manage to do a couple social things, at least—went to a new German conversation group and met a visiting friend and his girlfriend for dinner. Fruits and vegetables have been decent but far from perfect; labor-prep exercises have been pretty much non-existent (but that changes starting today!). Baby classes and social things got me out walking most of the days, although I think I might've been a home-bound slug on Monday. KCZ mostly hasn't happened, but I was forced to take care of it this morning before the cleaning lady came (I actually don't mind doing dishes and would rather she spend her time on tasks that I don't enjoy at all, like...pretty much everything else about cleaning), so I have a good basis to start over from. I've made good progress on the hospital bag, though! We're expecting a haul of hand-me-downs next weekend, which hopefully will have some of the baby clothes we're missing, so I won't be completely done any earlier than then, but it's reassuring to have a lot of the stuff taken care of and in the bag(s). Still a little more I can do this weekend, though. I didn't manage to make it to bed by midnight most nights, but I've at least been going to bed earlier than the previous weeks. I'll try again next week!
  9. Glad that it sounds like the relationship ending was a good thing. Hope you're back to 100% soon!
  10. How are your goals going this week?
  11. More happiness is good! (I use a Passion Planner, more for the "planner" part than the "passion" aspect—the layout really works for me.)
  12. I mostly make variations on some kind of sautéed vegetable (zucchini is a favorite), some protein (mostly chicken or tuna, sometimes ground beef), and pasta. We also make a lot of homemade pizza. Otherwise, I tend to only get more adventurous and/or do things that are more labor-intensive (lasagna, etc.) when we have people over. But I need to get more adventurous on a day-to-day basis, too!
  13. What kinds of meals did you make? I often get stuck in a rut making the same basic things over and over, so it's always fun to hear what other people are making! It's seven hours later—should I start getting after you about posting goals yet?!?
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