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  1. Okay, time for a post Challenge After Action Report. Main Goal: Get my weight down to 185 lb. (or more accurately, back down to) I started this challenge at 208. As of this morning I weigh 192.5. So I've lost 15.5 pounds in 4 weeks, with only 7.5 pounds to go to hit my target weight. I'm pretty happy with that. Diet Goal: Follow my Carb Cycling for the next four weeks. I followed my made up Carb Cycling Paleo diet for the last four weeks, and it worked even better than I could have hoped. Fitness Goal 1: Run 3 times a week. Got all my runs
  2. Actually those calculations are averaging your TDEE over the course of the week, so that you would be losing weight in workout days but gain it back on non-work out days. In other words your calorie expenditure and consumption wont match up on any given day of the week, but will line up for the week overall. What that means is that they actually think you are burning (200x7)/3=466.6 calories per workout. There is a bit of residual burn from working out, but its not huge. It probably isn't enough to justify the 466 cal per workout number if you already don't think you are burning 20
  3. Everything Why Not and IslandGirl_Becks said. I love my NB Minimus, I use them for just about everything. I did finally have to buy a pair of trail running shoes for hiking and trail running. It's just too rocky around here and, as everyone else has said, they don't handle stones and rocks well. But that is about the only thing they don't handle well.
  4. I picked up the book too. I was a bit annoyed by the way it is focused on convincing endurance athletes to move their workouts and diet in a primal direction, rather than what i'm guessing is most of the book's audience, primal inclined folks who want to do some endurance events. Nevertheless, I like it and the aerobic base stuff matched up perfectly with stuff I've read from other sources. This is my third week of aerobic base building. At first it was extremely difficult for me to stay under the heart rate limit. My first run was outdoors and the limit was right at that point whe
  5. Thanks. I'm definitely going to do another challenge. I'm not sure what I'm going to do for goals. These have been kind of easy, but honestly there was no way to predict that going in. I alway find changing habits is easy, until it suddenly isn't. And I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew with these kinds of things, so I am going to be giving a lot of thought to the goals I pick for next time. No problem. I barely had a chance to get used to how the site worked before. Now I'm all messed up.
  6. Another week down. Still on track with everything so far. Haven't missed any days.
  7. We do the same thing in my family, eating when things are rough, and to celebrate. I'm working on changing the pattern but it's not easy. The only thing I did to celebrate the return to normalcy was to pick up a couple of old computer games. But I ended up barely playing them, I went indoor rock climbing on Saturday and Sunday I just had a movie marathon, my hands were too sore from rock climbing to play video games.
  8. Between weather and work it's been a crazy week, but I managed to stick with my goals. Which means I think I've made some progress in entrenching these behaviors as habits. Follow Carb Cycling Plan: 46%46% About mid-week things went absolutely crazy at work. I spent the afternoon of Wednesday and the morning of Thursday as stressed as I have even been. Then everything suddenly went back to normal. In the past I would have pigged out on junk food to cope with the stress on Wednesday, and then pigged out on fancier food on Thursday to celebrate. Neither happened though. I fact, I di
  9. Thanks, though its funny you should congratulate me on running in the rain at the start of the week, 'cause the rest of this week, I haven't had the motivation. That and its been pouring here. Yeah, I've seen glitches here and there too, but overall I'm happy having the monitor, just to give me a sense of how hard I'm working. I think I was being a little to strict with myself in trying to maintain a constant heart rate. With slight changes in pace and terrain, I think I was being a little unrealistic in trying to stay right on my target heart rate.
  10. Better late than not at all. Good Goals!
  11. Amazingly, my goals are still on track so far for this challenge. Probably because I'm using them as a form of productive procrastination instead of doing things that I really need to be doing. But I DON"T CARE I'm MAKING PROGRESS ON MY GOALs and I'm going to focus on that for the moment. Follow Carb Cycling Plan: This Mash Up diet that I just made up is actually working, so that nice. Surprisingly, I'm really not having any trouble with it either. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop, for a bad day to come along that makes me switch to the Homer Simpson diet, but so far so good.
  12. Inspiring transformation! And even more impressive is maintaining it. Awesome!
  13. Progress: (I wanted it on this page, but out of my signature, so here it is) Follow Carb Cycling Plan: 24%24% 3 Runs a Week: 25%25% 300 Kettlebell Swings a Week: 25%25% Read the Bible Every Day: 28%28%
  14. Great Start with your goals. Having your race just around the corner really ups the stakes, I've found . Good Luck with that 18 miler today!
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