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About hexadamsel

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  • Birthday 12/04/1980

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  1. When I first started, I experienced a couple of headaches, which I was expecting, but they have subsided and I haven't had one since. With the combination of oil pulling and the homemade tooth powder and mouthwash, my teeth are noticeably whiter and the dark lines / stains that were starting to form in the crowns of some of my molars are gone. My teeth are also not as sensitive and seem to take hot and cold better. I don't usually have a huge issue with acne, but I do get 1-2 pimples each month, this has not happened so far. Is this the result of the oil pulling? Possibly, so I think I will keep up with it for now. I made oil pulling chews so it is easy to wake up and pop one in my mouth while going about my morning. If you are curious about it, I would recommend trying it. Each person's experience is different.
  2. The sounds fun and challenging. I wish I had gotten into Java and C++, right now I'm mostly focused on advancing skills for my job. Perhaps I will find time later on. Good luck with your class. I have a pullup bar. I am currently working on negative pull ups.
  3. Hi Relic! My skills are mostly web based. I develop web portals for companies to help maintain their brand standards by building templates based on their current collateral that their employees can proof and order online. I am that odd combination of designer / programmer. Though I prefer code. I know the basic web stuff like html, css, javascript, some php, a bit of this and that of other languages. Right now I am looking into web services like SOAP so I can help our clients with single sign on from their intranets to our portals. What are you planning on studying?
  4. Happy New Year! This year is going to be AWESOME! Now on to the challenge... Complete my morning and night time routine at least 5x a week I am experimenting with a new morning and night routine. I have always had healthy teeth and I generally have good brushing habits, but I have been noticing that my teeth have not been looking so great. I have been doing a lot of research lately about natural oral hygiene and want to give some of it a try. Every morning: Oil pulling, relax with kitty while waking up, workout (strength, yoga, elliptical, etc depending on the day), brush with homemade tooth powder, floss, homemade mouthwash, wash face, get ready for work. Every night: repeat teeth routine, wash face, get ready for bed, stretch, read Healthy Meals My husband and I have been struggling to plan meals lately. We love to cook, but we often do not plan ahead, so come meal time we are stumped about what to have. We are experimenting with planning a day ahead. The goal is to cook 5 days out of the week, but hopefully we will be able to do all of them. Mastering the Pullup For those of you following along. The last few challenges have been focusing on push ups. I can happily announce that I can now do 5 push ups (15 in a full routine)! When I started NF I could not do a single regular pushup! Now I am aiming a little higher. It's time for PULL UPS. My plan is to work on pull ups 3 times a week. Right now I can pull myself up half way and hold it (couldn't do that when I started NF!) Seeking Knowledge and Improved Skills Complete a combination of 30mins of skill advancement 3 times per week. This can include studying programming, practicing clarinet, juggling, etc.
  5. A few months ago I had my first experience cooking beets. I opened up our bi-weekly vegetable box and there were these very purple, very dirty, beets with their unmanageably long greens, also dirty. Not what I selected for this week. What on earth was I going to do with these? I'd had picked beets on salad in restaurants and liked them, but I had never dealt with them in my own kitchen before. So what did I do? At the suggestion of a friend, I peeled them and roasted them with salt and pepper. YUUUUUUUMMMMMM! I've made them a couple of other time since and even started incorporating the greens into the dish. For this challenge, I just happened to have golden beets in my fridge from our last vegetable box. I hope they count towards the challenge. They are not the purple, stain your cutting board, type of beets, but they still taste like beets. So tonight I prepared Yoshi a very delicious: Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds View Larger ImageOriginal Recipe from the kitchn 1 bunch beets, both tops and roots Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 2/3 cup toasted almond slivers Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan or cake tin with a big square of foil, large enough to complete enclose the beet roots. Lightly rinse the beet roots to remove any really clumpy dirt and pat them dry. Place them in the foil square and lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil and crease to seal. Bake the beets for 60 minutes or until they can be just pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, chop the beet greens into bite-size ribbons. Discard the stalks between the roots and where the leaves start, but chop the leaf ribs along with the leaves. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of dirt and grit. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook on low for about 5 minutes or until the garlic is golden and fragrant. Add the chopped leaves and stir to coat with the garlic. Cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes or until the leaves are soft and tender. Remove from the heat. When the beets are cool, rub them with a paper towel to remove the skin. Then chop into bitesized pieces and toss with the cooked greens, goat cheese, and almonds. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold. (This also makes an excellent pressed sandwich filling, especially with some extra goat cheese.) Note:I did not discard the stalks. I decided to prepare them the way I did for another recipe. I cut them into 1" pieces. Place them in a pan with some oil and water. Covered and cooked until the stalks were fork tender adding more water as needed. Then combined them with the cooked greens. REVIEW:"I'd eat that again" - Hero Husband So, my husband liked it and he doesn't like beets. The creaminess of the goat cheese (made by my sister-in-law), the crunch of the almonds, the sweetness of the beets, and the garlic with the greens. The flavors just all worked together. I wish there were leftovers. I wouldn't really call it a "salad" though. It's more like Golden Beets with sauteed greens. I would make this again, but with one change to the prep. I peeled my beets instead of keeping the skins on and baked them whole. I would have gone even further and cut them before baking them. Also, this recipe must have been for a larger bunch of beets than I had. I had 4 beets and I used less than 4oz of cheese and only a sprinkle of almonds. You may need to adjust the ingredients as well as the cooking time for the greens.
  6. Week #1 Update I wasn't sure how this week was going to pan out. I was at my in-laws for half of the week, but still manage to get in one strength training session and one yoga session while we were there. This really helped with the stress of being around the in-laws and out of my normal routine. I managed to hit all my challenge goals for this week. 1 down and 5 to go! I opted to do the cooking challenge for the 1st week's mini. I made Sweet and Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash. I didn't really have a great place to jump and my hip hurt too much after my softball game, so I cooked something I had never had before. (+1 DEX). Other accomplishments for the week: - I am the lightest I have been in I don't know how long. I've lost about 10lbs and I am 5.5 lbs from my 1st weight loss goal! - I hit my first double this season in softball. I hit 3 for 3 and played 2nd. - I booked my Birthday adventure for the 1st weekend in December. Found out The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess is going to be in San Jose. So we are going to make a weekend of it.
  7. Sweet and Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash Original Recipe from Clean & Delicious (video) Recipe slightly altered with substitutions and scaled for 2 people. 1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeded1 tsp. oil1/2 small onion, chopped1 cloves of garlic, chopped1/2 cup chopped carrots1/2 cup chopped celery1/2 tbsp. poultry seasoning1/2 tsp. ground cumin1/2 lb ground turkey3/4 cup tomato sauce1/8 cup dried dates, roughly choppedSalt and pepper to tastePre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place prepared acorn squash, skin side up, on a rimmed baking sheet or pan that has been lightly coated with oil. skin side up. Cook for 25 minutes or until tender. While you’re squash is cooking, heat oil in a large sauté pan. Add in the onions along with pinch of salt and saute until the onions are translucent. Add in garlic, celery, carrots, and spices. Mix everything together and cook another 3-5 minutes or until the veggies are beginning to become tender. Move all the veggies to one side of the pan and add in ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the meat has browned through, continuously breaking it up with your spatula or wooden spoon so that is in small crumbles. Mix the veggies in with the beef and add in tomato sauce and dried dates. Simmer for 10 minutes and then scoop the filing into the cavity of each squash. I don't remember having acorn squash before and I know I have never cooked one. I wanted to find a recipe that didn't involve slathering it with butter and brown sugar. This recipe almost did the trick. I think the addition of the dried fruit, I substituted dates for the cherries to use what I had on hand, made the filling a little sweet. I think it needed something to balance it out either acid or something spicy. That said though, it was still really tasty and I will make it again, but next time use the original ingredients.
  8. The challenge instructions say "If you have an injury that means you cannot jump safely OR if you prefer not to jump, please skip below to the Yoshi Completion section." If I can find a place to jump, I'll jump, otherwise I'll be finding a tasty squash dish to feed to Yoshi.
  9. Yeah Blue team!!! I haven't decided if I'm going to jump or cook yet. I'm at my in-law's until Wednesday and there isn't really any good places to jump. So whatever I do will need to wait until Thursday, but I will complete one or the other. I'm tempted to cook the acorn squash. I've gradually started to incorporate squash into our menu. My husband grumbles jokingly about it, but he eats it. I even got him to eat delicata squash and beets in the same day!
  10. Inspired by the recent Nerd Fitness article "Want Results? Be like Groot. I am Groot." The past couple of months with Nerd Fitness has been life changing. In just a few weeks I have accomplish more than I have in years of trying to lose weight and be strong. I do not want to become stagnant, but what I have been doing has worked. So I am going to keep on keeping on and continue with some of my quests from previous challenges. I AM STRONG Q1: Do Bodyweight Work Out 3 times per week. Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 STR & 2 STA; 2 STR & 1 STA C) 1 STR I AM AGILE Q2: Juggle for 20 minutes 3 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 DEX; 2 DEX; C) 1 DEX I AM HEALTHY Q3: Go outside for at least 10 minutes 5 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 4 CON; 3 CON; C) 2 CON I AM WISE LQ: Skill advancement: 30 mins studying 3 times per week Measurement: A) 6 weeks; 5-4 weeks; C) 3 weeks Reward: A) 3 WIS; 2 WIS; C) 1 WIS
  11. Final Challenge Summary End Challenge Summary: Q1: NFA BWW every other day = C (14 days) Q2: Protein = B (4 out of 6 weeks) Q3: Comfort Zone = A (6 out of 6 weeks) LQ: Skill Advancement = F (10 times) Challenge allocation: Q1: C = +1 STR Q2: B = +2 Con Q3: A = +4 CHA LQ: F = N/A Assassin Fellowship Mini #1: Simply Walking to Mordor: +1 STA Assassin Fellowship Mini #2: Battle in the Mines: +1 STR Assassin Fellowship Mini #3: Relax in Rivendell: +1 CHA Assassin Fellowship Mini #4: Let's Hunt Some Orc: +1 CON Assassin Fellowship Mini #5: Survive Cirith Ungol: +1 DEX Assassin Fellowship Mini #6: Time to Climb: N/A Highlights of this challenge: - I am now able to do 1 strict push up in my BWW rotations - I fit in my size 12 jeans! - I joined a softball team - Finished my JavaScript on-line video coarse - I participated in the mini challenge - Walked 31 miles in a week - Completed 500 push ups and 300 squats - Did 1 yoga video a day for a week - Completed 300 Jumping Lunges and 195 Inverted Rows - Did 160 leg raises
  12. You guys are awesome! I have been sick for the past week, so I haven't really been able to participate, but I will continue to send you mental encouragement.
  13. Week #4 & #5 Update Quick update. I was doing really well. I've been able to do 1 strict push up and then 10 knee pushup in my work out rotations. I caught another cold on Wednesday and haven't worked out since. I just haven't had the energy. I think I may need to adjust my work schedule to MWF instead of every other day. I don't normally get sick very often and this is the second cold I've had in 4 weeks. I read somewhere, not sure how true is it, but if you work out too much your body is too busy building muscle to fight off getting sick. I've really been enjoying the mini challenges. Hopefully I feel well enough to participate in next week's.
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