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  • Birthday 06/20/1985

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  1. Out of sight, out of mind? That's been the lesson this week. I've been visiting my grandma, who is 94 and loves her family by feeding them. At home I've been doing quite well with my goal of replacing carbs with veggies. Yesterday I sliced a pepper in half and put some tuna in it, making a sort of tuna sandwich without the bread. It was surprisingly satisfying. Today I visited my grandma and she had something I used to be addicted to; cheddar cheese pretzel bits. She's never had them in her house before, I'm pretty sure someone brought them to her on a whim. Cherry cheesecake tarts, every so
  2. Definitely working on the stretching. Driving is twice the pain for me because not only am I in one position for an extended period, but I unintentionally tense my muscles continuously. I'm very lucky to have a sister who's a physical therapist and she's taught me some effective exercises that tackle back pain pretty quickly. I like your quotes, by the way. :-)
  3. trinity; missvague: thanks for the support! More successes than missteps so far. Yay! Didn't feel like exercising on Tuesday, but I rowed for 15min on my machine. Way better than couch sitting! Obstacle Destroyed Yesterday: I was in the car for 6 hours yesterday and didn't pack enough food. I stopped over at a rest area where there's fast food, the best place I could find was fresh city, but their salads didn't have much in the way of protein, so I got all of the ingredients that they put in the rice bowl, but replaced the rice with salad greens. It was actually quite good. My bac
  4. Thanks missvague. I have a cat that tries to climb up my chair and over my back when I'm sitting at the table. But he fears nothing, and loves nothing more than food, any food at any time. He's a crazy little thing. I'm kind of excited that you wrote because I was looking forward to this challenge, thinking everyone would try to make sure that we're not leaving anybody out, and then was all like: Why no one haz visits me? Anyway, first day went pretty well: Made the portabello mushroom cap pizza. Came out awesome and very filling. AND I built up positive associations to get my dog
  5. I'm sorry to hear that you had a rough start, but there's no shame in that. Heck, getting started with anything new can be pretty stressful. I think your idea about switching up to a different class might be helpful. I know that you've been bullied before; I'm envisioning the mean dojos from the Karate Kid movies, but I know that most everyone will let you observe a class or try one for free before you make any decisions. If you're nervous, you could even call ahead and talk to the teacher, let him/her know your concerns, and how they react might tell you a lot about what they'd be like. As
  6. Congrats on your Masters, that's a major accomplishment. I'm seriously impressed by your goals; my hope is to work toward doing 1 pull up Regarding flexibility: I recently stumbled upon an article in LiveScience that was one of the best I've read on the topic. You can find it here: http://www.livescience.com/48744-how-does-stretching-work.html
  7. Chris, I think it's neat that your goals are all focused on the basics, because without proper sleep all the rest is an uphill battle. Drinking less should probably help a lot with that too, since alcohol sort of gives you a rebound effect that works like having taken a stimulant, so in the middle of the night it can come back to bite you in the butt. I'm trying for a similar fitness goal, mainly just trying to get in the habit of getting on my feet each day. I haven't taken any dancing classes, but that sounds like a lot of fun. I might have to look into that now. It'd be a great way
  8. Hi Smyrnian! First things first, let me say that I think that your handle icon is awesome. I'm also a fanfic writer. I post to AO3 mostly, how about you?This is what I love about nerd fitness, there are people on here who I can actually relate to! Your goals are kickass . I have not done much in the way of martial arts, but I know a bit about that world through my sister who has a 2nd degree black belt in Kung Fu and has been practicing for many years. I can understand why you'd stay until you could find someplace else, even if the instructor is harsh. Maybe make a promise to yourself th
  9. I'm starting this challenge with some very basic goals that will be challenging yet attainable. Nutrition Quest: Oh no, not aGrain! Transition to paleo plus dairy and legumes. (I'm keeping the dairy for health reasons and the legumes because I love them and can't really see any harm in continuing to enjoy them.) Reasoning: I've been working on making the transition to a mostly paleo diet, but I haven't set a concrete expectation for myself as of yet. So far I have noticed that I am less tempted to buy grain products while shopping when I've crossed them off my list of options. Instead of
  10. hgtedo: First let me say that you had me at chevron one. I am a committed Stargate fan, though I confess Atlantis is by far my favorite. I think having such a detailed and well organized plan is one of the most important steps, and yours is top notch. All those hours spent planning lessons have paid off. I was half expecting to see "SWBAT" somewhere in your post or, I suppose, an "IWBAT." Based solely on your quest titles I imagine that you're good at what you do. When I had a stomach ailment a few years ago, I had to abstain from drinking alcohol and coffee. Going out with friends or e
  11. I just gave up my car and started using an e-bike. I know that's not exactly pure cycling, but I live in the foothills of the Appalachians, so having that little extra boost to get up steep inclines is what allows me to commute on it. The deal that I made myself was that I would only use the motor assistance when I neared my limit of endurance, and then only until I'd caught my breath (as an asthmatic, that's essential). So far I've noticed that my mood improves after a ride. I get this sense of accomplishment just from arriving at my destination. I see a lot more scenery, and the best part
  12. Thank you! That actually helps a lot. Yes, I'm doing the academy also, which I really enjoy. I just told my mom, "We have to go for a hike this weekend because I've got to complete this quest." This is the first time that I've had my goal be to get fit and healthy versus just losing weight, because while my weight might not be my ideal, it's not at an unhealthy level either. So this involves a major paradigm shift for me, but definitely a beneficial one.
  13. Hi All, I'm new here, and as I've read through the forums some I've gotten the impression that folks are able to take the information, modules, quests, and develop a well organized plan. I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what to do and when to do it. Let me give you a concrete example: The guild that I chose was Assassin because my fitness goals are mainly focused on being able to conquer physical obstacles. For nutrition I've started the program already eating minimal sugar, consistently noshing on at least one veggie per day, and a non-caffeine drinker. I think that means that I
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