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Maris Stella

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  1. I hope everyone's challenges are going well! Sitting this one out, but looking forward to the next one.

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      going well it's a big thing, let's say hard, but some impovements :)

      looking forward to your next challenge ! keep me posted !

  2. Been totally MIA from NF for....wow, MONTHS...But just wanted to pop in and wish you all the best of will on your 6-wk challenge!
  3. Feels better, thanks!. I worked through it and the numbness went away, so I am still not sure why it happened in the first place, but I'm glad it's gone! @Substix, yes, my lower back is very sensitive so I am extremely careful with it. I don't think it was that. But it definitely could have been pigeon. I should probably go to an actual class and seek the advice of a pro before I attempt pigeon again...I'm just really not sure what it is supposed to feel like. It sure feels awkward as hell, the way I have been doing it.
  4. That is awesome, substix. I still have a bit of a "thump" but I can get my foot up there without a problem. Just working on grace, now. My goals are going. I've got 3 hours of yoga this week, and been working on the pushups. I have decided to adjust my diet goal because the problem with limiting eating out was that I ended up skipping a lot of meals if I hadn't prepared. We dropped that this weekend and just made a point to eat non-processed, non-cheesy, non-bready things, and stick to our banned foods list (still going strong!) Part of the problem was I doubled a chili recipe so that we could take it to work, and ended up really messing it up in the process >< WHOOPS. Still battling writer's block, but there is time left today.
  5. You know, it is finally starting to resolve itself, but it's from a yoga session on Monday. I can feel my feet, but I have tingly numbness down the back of my left leg, like it's asleep but on the verge of waking up. Really weird! I get the random numbness too sometimes but this is definitely the first time I walked away with it.
  6. Thanks, Sericite! You'll get there with the transitions. It's amazing how fast it starts happening In other news... Damn, girls:
  7. Hmmm, do you have access to a pool? It doesn't *not* use the lower body, but it wouldn't be weight-bearing? When I was a competitive swimmer we also did several warm-ups where we tried to keep our lower bodies as stationary as possible, if you're trying to avoid moving it at all. There are slightly buoyant foam things made specifically for that purpose if you're just starting out, or you could hold a very small inner-tube between your knees. Hell of a cardio work-out, and would work some of your stabilizing leg muscles, which might help you out in the long run. (There's my amateur medical opinion, for you.)
  8. Derrrrrp I have made 0 progress so far D: This is always the hardest part of my 6-week challenges. I am the worst sort of creative person, in that I both love and powerfully despise the process. (For example, when my outlet was about 50/50 writing and visual art, I destroyed every single visual art piece I finished. Every last one.) It's just so...ugh, personal. When I write I look at my work and am filled with misanthropy, as embodied by myself. It's always "BEHOLD the COMPLETE and UTTER ABSURDITY." *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* But anyways. @Hearthsinger, your story is really inspiring. . And that made me want to hug you.
  9. A little late to the party, but are you starting by pushing with your legs? I find when I get into wheel, my quads and my feet are doing a lot more work than my arms and hands. I'm pretty sure I engage my lower body before my upper body to get into the pose.
  10. So I'm on this quest to be able to do a full forward fold, head-to-knees. I'm ALMOST there! But um, after my routine on Monday, I had numbness down the back of my left leg, and it has not dissipated. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Should I be deeply concerned? Is it more likely a result of doing, say, pigeon pose wrong, or is it most definitely from working really hard to fold? It's real awkward feeling. I'm not really sure what to do.
  11. Hi DoubleOrNothing! How is habitmix.com working for you? I'm very curious what you think of it.
  12. Hi Margie! How's your challenge going so far? Is your adjusted writing goal working for you?
  13. Hey m12lrv! How's it going?? Any progress on the back walk-over?
  14. Sounds very lovely! How long is your holiday? It's been a long time since I played in the snow, your posts make me want to plan a trip. Congrats on your headstand, that is SO COOL!
  15. This is....incredible. It's not as labor-intensive as it sounds, and the results are really amazing. My super carnivorous boyfriend LOVES this stuff. Posting here with my modifications. Served about three hungry people. 1 package (8 oz) tempeh, diced medium 1 large yellow onion, diced medium 1 green bell pepper, diced medium 1 large carrot, diced small 3 cloves garlic 1 Tablespoon olive oil + 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) 1 1/2 teaspoons salt Couple of generous dashes fresh black pepper 15 oz can pinto beans, drained (we used black beans) 1 cup good dark beer (I use Negra Modelo) (We used a really smoky beer, which gave the chili a meatier taste) 15 oz can diced tomatoes (We used a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes, cut in half) 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 1/2 cups water or veg broth 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup Juice of 1/2 a lemon Handful fresh cilantro, chopped (about a cup, lightly packed) In a large pot, cook onions, green bell pepper and carrots over med-high heat, until tender and a little brown (15-20 minutes) stirring occasionally. At the same time, put tempeh in a large frying pan and fill with water until it is almost covered. Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce and let simmer over high heat for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. When water is mostly absorbed, mash tempeh with a fork, so it’s crumbly but still chunky. Lower heat to medium and add 2 teaspoons olive oil , saute for 15 more minutes. At this point, the twenty minutes for your veggies should be up. Add garlic and saute one minute, then add salt and spices (except cilantro, you add that last) and saute a minute more. Add beer and deglaze the pot. Cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, beans and water. Your tempeh should be done cooking so add that as well. Lower heat to medium, stir it up and cover for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 30 more minutes stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup, lemon juice and stir it up. Add cilantro. Serve!
  16. So I love a lot of things about this woman's food blog and cook books. If you don't want to follow the recipes exactly, her flavor combinations are great inspiration for other things! Here's a recipe I really like, pretty much copy/pasted. I tend to cut way down on the oil, and I use ground cumin (which I still toast very lightly in a skillet). Dressing: 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 10 ounces carrots, shredded on a box grater or sliced whisper thin on a mandolin 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15- ounce can, drained and rinsed) 2/3 cup / 100 g dried pluots, plums, or dates cut into chickpea-sized pieces 1/3 cup / 30 g fresh mint, torn For serving: lots of toasted almond slices, dried or fresh rose petals - all optional (but great additions!) To make the dressing, first toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and lightly browned, a minute or two. Let cool, and grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle. In a bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, ground cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, chickpeas, dried pluots, mint, and almonds, and rose petals (if you're including those as well.) Gently toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (You can toss this salad, minus the almonds, hours in advance. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.) Serves 6.
  17. YUM that sounds awesome! Kale and lemon are amazing together. Never tried it with avocado.
  18. ...This is just to reiterate how sad I am that I will be out of town. I'm going to look up things to do for SoCal Meetup round two. Will post to this thread! HAVE FUN GUYS!
  19. OH HEY ALSO -- if you guys could encourage my friend roback3 over in the rangers, that would be awesome. He's brand new and doesn't have many accountabilibuddies yet!
  20. Um, yes. Teach me your ways! That was SUPER interesting, thank you for sharing! Bookmarking that for future reference. I've gone through phases with sleep. A year ago, I could have gone to the olympics for sleeping. I could have napped anywhere, anytime, and I fell asleep really quickly. These days (as in my teens) I am randomly plagued by nighttime anxiety and vivid nightmares, sometimes even sleep paralysis. I've had two instances of sleep paralysis so far this year. I've switched out pillows and sheets, worn different clothes, played white noise, blah blah blah. No real progress. Not sure what's going on! I had a bunch of blood tests done in January and the only thing that was weird was my vitamin D. I've been on a supplement since then, and the things that were obviously vitamin D related have resolved. But in other news, I can now get my foot from down-dog into lunge almost gracefully. One fluid motion, but still a bit of a thump. Gotta get the Bowser impressions out of my yoga practice.
  21. Your thesis sounds so awesome! What a great idea. And fantastic progress so far! I hope your fridge gets better ><
  22. Blah, yeah. It was way low. I'm going to try and make up those missed hours. Doing an hour tonight, and I think I'm going to try and do 30 minutes when I wake up every day. 30 minutes always sounds so much more doable, and if I've got some down first thing in the morning, I think it's actually more likely that I'll do it in the evening. I really wish I could get up earlier in the morning. Right now I struggle a lot with falling asleep and staying asleep, so I'm usually extremely tired come 6:30 am. Hopefully as I get into better shape, my sleep cycle will become more consistent and I can start my day earlier!
  23. Woo, Sericite! Good progress. I also had a slow start but we'll pick up that momentum. Also, I love your narrative updates!
  24. So sorry to hear about your family member, and so impressed that you were able to stick to your goals through that tough time. How did you learn to deadlift? Did you follow online resources, or did you have someone show you? I'm looking to try but I am soooooo scurred of messing up my back.
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