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  1. Wednesday May 26th #1 – Running day, so I ate a bit more as I had planned and at least for now that really helped me. Now could I have spent those extra calories on something more useful? Probably. Will I do so next time? Hm... #2 – I really didn't want to go out for a run. Not sure if I ever mentioned it here, but I do have cholinergic urticaria which is just a fancy way of saying I get hives when my body temperature goes up. So in a way I have an allergic reaction to exercise (also to hot showers, hot weather, etc. but let's focus on exercise). Does that
  2. Oh it's so interesting to read feedback from someone who successfully uses the feature. Thank you for going into detail! 💚 I don't use a watch that has that feature, so I have no insight of my own and so far have only met two or three people who actually use it (even if they have one of the watches that does provide that data) and those said the accuracy wasn't all that great for them. Stress at work was a bad example, I wasn't thinking in terms of the types of stressors, but rather of it being unavoidable in my case. I like the idea of using it more for management, though. And sometimes it ju
  3. Thank you! Maybe I'll note down some of the results here. There usually isn't much of a grey area, it's either quite good or hilariously bad.
  4. You did the important stuff! You shouldn't be disappointed! Especially if you're not having the best day that absolutely can be counted as a win. Also maybe change how you loaf around a couple of times and you can add working on your posture to the list. 😄 (And thank you for the daily inspiration. If you want to hear about truly useless overthinking: I sometimes look at quotes, just for myself, no purpose really... and wonder if they are attributed to the right person and where to check. Because apparently I need proper citation just for fun. It makes no sense.)
  5. For me it wasn't Starbucks, but I MYSELF made coffee that was 99% milk and other things. With a tiny hint of coffee. If you know you have habits like that, changing those really can get you a long way without making it too complicated. By the sounds of it perfect for how much else you've got going on. I think it's an awesome idea. 💚 Also love the new challenge goals in general. I always admire it when people set creative goals, but for me it sucks all the fun out of it. Especially if it's something you do to relax. Hope all the changes will work well for you!
  6. As convenient as a lot of online application stuff can be, that must be the most painful part. 😐 Thanks for uploading all your things. Please enter everything again. It seems to be based on heart rate variability (while at rest) to gauge how stressed you are, which can be a decent enough marker as far as I know. I am a bit curious how well they work. But then I also don't know what to do with the knowledge that I am stressed at work... 😅
  7. Tuesday May 25th #1 – I stuck to my lower goal for the first time today. Adjusted the portion as planned (more veggies, less of my poorly planned meals). And experimented with some food like substances for breakfast. 😅 (Oat fiber in everything.) I only made it to 85g of protein. So I have to plan a bit better there maybe. Or maybe add a protein shake at some point during the day instead of one of my less than ideal snacks. #2 – No run today. I have on scheduled tomorrow. We'll see if the rain will sweep me away and I can swim instead. Also didn't do anything else, so th
  8. Written by the creator of cult favourite Kneading Each Other, the first (and only) sourdough-themed rom-com. By the end of this challenge you'll need to add a new page to your CV.
  9. Monday May 24th #1 – Getting started with doing some lower calorie days was a bit rough to be honest. But it is mostly poor planning. I did most of the shopping for dinner this coming week before I decided to do this and some meals are just a bit too high in calories for the lower calorie days. Most dinners tend to be around 600-700 calories. (I tend to eat two meals a day and one or two smaller snacks, so this always worked out ok.) But today it made planning my other meals really difficult. I did ok until the evening and then went a bit over when I was still hungry and ate a bit
  10. Thank you Snarky. 💚 I think I just make the running sound harder than it is, because I'm not that great of a runner to begin with. 😂
  11. The flowers look great. 💚 I hope they'll survive those people with their tarps. And that your elbow gets better. At least the rain is cooperating.
  12. I'm not sure if it will feel like this for you, but I am pretty sure I couldn't have done this all on the side while I'm about to finish... any kind of big project really. So I hope you're still proud of all the effort you put in working on your health goals (or however we can call what we're doing here). 💚
  13. While I wasn't quite serious about the question, I really feel the struggle. Socialising never came natural to me and while I got a lot better at it, I had to actively "learn" everything and now it sometimes feels like I am just pretending to be one of those humans. 😅
  14. I hope you'll feel better tomorrow. Don't be too hard on yourself. Some things just take time. 💚
  15. Summary Week 2 #1 – This week was a bit harder. A mixture of PMS binging and just plain old failure. I decided to try to have a lower goal for non-running days in the next week and a higher calorie goal for days I am running. I'll see how that goes. Maybe it'll allow me to cut back a bit more without struggling too much. I won't count Saturday's weigh in I think, we'll see how good that decision was. However, after eating take away the day before my weight was up by several pounds and I cannot really tell how much progress I made (or didn't make after this amazing week).
  16. I have a question... Is talking about myself a lot a valid choice of topics? As in someone brings up their favourite sport and with an elegant transition, such as "I really don't care for sports.", I start talking about something that interests me and then hold a very long monologue about it. Also just as a addition to local customs of forcing food on you: Russian grandmas will first tell you that you gained weight and then force feed you. At least I hope it's not just a family tradition.
  17. I guess it depends a lot on how big the garden is. Whenever I had to do anything like this I usually opted for just using a spade. I don't like the idea of having a lot of power tools around that can only do that one task but that I have to store. That said, if it is a lot and would really help you, maybe also have a look around if you can rent the tool? We do have a few rental places around, so I'd probably opt for that. And then doing the upkeep just with a spade.
  18. When I do lower calorie anything, it isn't usually lower than 1200, so I have no idea how helpful this will be to you at all. But I really love these brownies. Now don't let the 50 cals trick you. With the chocolate on top and the ingredients we get here, mine end up closer to 80 cals per piece. Still pretty decent though. (An alternative I also don't find bad.) In general I tried out a lot of... food like substances along the way. 😅 If you want to have a few more ideas, let me know. I even eat some healthier options occasionally. It depends a lot on whether or not you're ok with artificial sw
  19. Friday May 21st #1 - I knew the day would be a bit off (a family member's cake day) and had planned to eat at maintenance. And I did. Not amazing, but all things considered I am not unhappy. Also cake is almost always worth it. Almost. #2 - I did go for a run. Before I had the cake. Otherwise it would have been more of a roll. My allergies are making life real hard right now, though. Why do I need to be able to breathe just to run anyway? #3 - Stretched after the run and had a nice close look at all the pollen responsible for my suffering. The g
  20. That is something I strive for whenever I write. It's that or sounding like a drunk old guy in a bar who yells until his face turns red. (Which also seems in line with British politics now that I think about it.)
  21. So more of a friendly spanking than a more traditional paddling when someone strays from the path? I'll try to remember that and stop myself from having a late night dessert then.
  22. Well, the Eurovision isn't exactly cheap. So if you are someone who isn't fond of ugly costumes, trashy music and FUN, I think you could make an argument that the money would be better spent on the NHS... (More serious: They only need to be members of the European Broadcasting Union and pay. And the one paying is strictly speaking the media organization that is part of the EBU. Although that organization in some cases, I believe it's true for Britain as well, is funded by the public, so...)
  23. So what happens here? Accountability things? Does that include punishment?
  24. Fasting inspiration right there. I kind of have a loose IF schedule, just because it fits fairly well to how I eat anyway, but every time I try to draw it out a bit I find it quite difficult. So you just doing that all the time is super impressive. 💚
  25. I'm so torn about watching anything Eurovision... I love it, but I also cannot watch it without drinking A LOT. It's complicated. I hope your back will be better today, though. 💚
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