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  1. This is looking less structured than I had imagined, but I'm continuing to get some decent activity in almost every day at least. Went for a walk with my kid yesterday (in my neighborhood, FWIW, all walks are walks up and down hills), then for a longer electric bike ride today. My knee did hurt a bit during my second bike ride. I think I'm overcompensating with my other leg (not sure how that's possible, but it seems to be) and also trying too hard to push myself up hills. I need to remember that using as much electrical assist as I care to (rather than the least amount possible) is probably the key to making this sustainable, and luckily it's also fun. I'm also trying to figure out how far I can ride without risking running out of battery – I discovered that if I go just a bit further than I did today, I can get to the near end of a riverside bike trail...so that might be my next goal. Still thinking about yoga and strength training, too, but it's usually very hot in my house, which is making it hard to get motivated about that.
  2. Ok, so I was out of town most of last week for vacation and, to be honest, a few days of unnecessary slacking. But overall, I'm still feeling pretty good (did go for a wonderful long mushroom-hunting hike on vacation, and mostly eat really well while avoiding the extra processed snacks my kids were leaving everywhere) and I'm going to get back to trying to keep up with this log/plan now. The best fitness news is that today my partner tuned up his rarely used electric bike so I could try it, and it worked wonderfully! I felt like I got a lot of leg and cardio workout without any knee pain, and as a bonus this kind of exercise apparently makes its own cool breeze. So, I think my new plan is going to be something like a biking/non-leg bodyweight training/yoga for flexibility and balance kind of rotation. Also made a big pot of paleo barbecued chicken and coleslaw yesterday, so I'm still enjoying snacking on that.
  3. Day 3: Still sore and kind of migrainey today, so I'm waiting to do strength training again until I feel better. Did go for a longish walk, and make a fish and vegetable panang curry for dinner.
  4. Day 2: Ate a Chipotle rice bowl and some dark chocolate sunbutter cups, which isn't ideal for my food plan, but I was thinking it's pretty cool and a significant change that that's the kind of thing that mostly feels like a food-based treat to me at this point. Sore from my workout yesterday, so I just did a short restorative yoga video. I hope to get into more active flexibility stuff on non-strength days, but my baseline goal at this point is just to do something fitnessy about six days a week, and while I procrastinated for most of the day, I got it in under the wire. Earlier in the day tomorrow, I think.
  5. Really? I guess the uphill is expected, I was just kind of appalled at how far down the hill I was in the first place.
  6. Today I set up a better work station at the table, so I can sit at my computer with good posture. I also managed to avoid going off-plan for lunch when I was looking for something quick and easy, and I made it through my first workout: 1 min plank 1 min side plank (each side) 1 min reverse plank 30 seconds dead bug 45 seconds superman 10 second support hold on rings (this was harder than I expected!) 8 x squats with legs pressing out against a band above my knees and heels elevated, but this still kind of hurt my knees, so I gave up after a single set and I'm not sure what I want to do about legs going forward. I'm going to try to work in some easy biking, and maybe that will be all for now. 3 x 20 second L-sit with feet on floor 3 x 5 incline pushup on low chair 3 x 5 incline row from maybe 45 degrees Bottom line is I made it through, but every one of those exercises kicked my but at the end, and overall this is looking like more of an uphill slog than I had anticipated.
  7. We had the Super Stretch app and the Yoga Spinner game. My kid is ten now and maybe getting a little old for them, but she was pretty into both for a while.
  8. How are you learning Qigong? I've been experimenting with it some recently while it's been too hot for my normal fitness routine, but I'm having some trouble settling into a program I think because I've found so many that are different and I keep comparing/shopping around.
  9. I've partly fallen off of strength training in the past due to a knee issue, so this is interesting to read. My knee has no serious medical issue, according to my doctor, but I've had a really hard time getting anybody to give me work-around tips for I guess obvious reasons. Anyway, my current plan is to try pushing out against a band above my knees while squatting, and also to try to remember to push up through my heels, but I've just looked this up and it sounds like elevating my heels might help me, too, so thanks for the idea!
  10. I'm getting back into strength training after an unfortunate amount of break, too, so I wish you luck with that! How old is your daughter? We have some yoga apps and card games that my kid has found generally more engaging than traditional yoga instruction.
  11. I've been around occasionally and tried a couple of 5 week challenges with limited follow-through, but having public accountability always helps me stick to things, and it's time to try to stick to some things, so I think what I really need is a single thread of my own that I can try to stick with consistently. I'm pretty out of shape, due to being stuck at home for quarantine, and due to basically quitting my yoga practice in the stuck-at-home summer heat. I eat pretty decently (primalish), am fairly flexible and can almost do a handstand (thanks yoga), but get winded very easily and feel generally pretty weak. I don't feel great right now and also, at 41 years old, I'm feeling like I need to establish better fitness routines to help myself stay healthy, active, and relatively free of osteoporosis (which runs in my family) into the future. Also, I have a mild but chronic knee injury, so figuring out how to work around that may be a challenge. Current fitness-adjacent goals: start a bodyweight program based on Antranik's beginner recommended routine intersperse that with yoga, but mainly the easy stretches and fun tricks for now also intersperse some aerobic activity. walking? interval training? biking? trampoline dance? keep experimenting with healthy and delicious recipes work on my posture, which is currently not great and not that conducive to neck-bone health get into a meditation routine, which helps me with everything else Are you working on similar goals? Let me know, I probably won't be spending a lot of time browsing forums, but I'm happy to follow some relevant threads!
  12. Hi Everybody...so week one was incredibly busy. My partner and I run a business, and December is one of two majorly complicated periods with very little down time. We do tend to end up with a little more extra money than usual, too, so all in all it's a bad time for good habits. I ate on-plan for most of the week (and I did start taking my supplements, which I meant to put in my original goals), but then last night we went out for crazy week/celebration dinner and ate all the things we weren't supposed to. The way this works is that any "cheating" can really be a setback, so I think overall good habits are being established, but I'm really hoping to stick to a strict policy until at least actual Christmas. Also, in worse news, I think I didn't do any yoga...maybe one or two sessions near the beginning of the week, I don't even remember. I really don't want to lose the progress I've made, but besides being busy I've also been really cold, and pretty much nothing makes me want to work out less than being cold. I'm recommitting to trying this week, though...so I'm going to jump back in to the series of videos I was working on and hope that that goes ok. I'm also going to try to totally crank the heat about an hour before I want to start and see if that helps It's about witchcraft, kind of an intuitive approach, and I'm also doing the illustrations. I'm really excited about this project, but guess what? I also didn't work on it at all this week! Oops. Besides not meeting my major objectives, planning went ok. At least I pretty much knew what to expect from this week, and then it happened. The thing is, it's entirely possible for this to go on or get worse throughout December, which would completely derail a lot of my goals...and I'm determined for that not to happen, which is part of why I'm back at NF this month. It's the beginning of a new week! I'm about to try again! Oh, and I did do some food prep, which is good news. I invented a delicious soup with a high kale content, and I have a pre-made dinner in the fridge because Monday is my busiest day. I've always considered baking optional and when it comes down to it I'm often more lazy than I am hungry, but I'm considering making it obligatory. When splurges like last night happen, I always wonder if they could have been avoided by, for example, me making a few cookies whether I felt like it or not. So, maybe next weekend? I should try to pick out a recipe.
  13. I was never really happy with how my Thai curries turned out until this one. It's pretty easy, for how good it is, and the fish completely falls apart and just becomes part of the whole experience. Serves at least 2. 6 C vegetables like broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, zucchini, mushroom, chopped in small pieces (not more than about 3/4"). carrots especially must be thinly sliced to cook quickly enough 2 tilapia filets (from frozen is fine, but they should be thawed before cooking. If they're not thawed ahead of time, a half hour or so in a bowl of cold water should do it) 1 can coconut cream or milk (I get coconut cream from Trader Joe's, I guess it's a little creamier) 2 T green or panang curry paste (Mae Ploy is really good, which you can order online or buy from an Asian food store, it's a big tub and pretty cheap) 1 T fish sauce (you can substitute soy, but it's not really the same) 2 t coconut sugar or other sweetener (optional, but really good) 1/2 C fresh basil (optional, but really good) Put about half the cream or milk into a hot frying pan - the thick half. If your can of milk is separated, scoop out the solid part and use that. Heat on high until the milk starts to bubble and hopefully separate into clear oil and a white part. Stir in the curry paste and fry it for a minute or two. Stir in the rest of the milk, the fish sauce and sweetener. Add the chopped vegetables and the fish. You can leave the fish in un-chopped fillets, just get them close to the bottom of the pan and covered with vegetables. Put a lid on the pan and leave it for five minutes, maybe stirring for once in the middle. After five minutes, the fish should be flaky and fall apart easily when you stir, and the vegetables should be cooked...but feel free to test them and cook a bit more if everything doesn't seem done. Stir in basil at the last minute and serve over a little brown rice, cauliflower rice or whatever.
  14. Hi! I've been rangering for the last few challenges I did, but I'm coming in here this time because I have a hard time sticking to any of the categories. Like, I love yoga and meditation...but sometimes I also do strength training, and outdoor adventuring. I cook a lot of vegan food, but I'm probably closer to paleo overall, etc. Also, the last challenge I started was a few months ago, and I also joined a PVP and then just totally got overwhelmed and disappeared. So, apologies to anyone who may have been impacted by that...I think I've learned that PVP is not going to work for me. Here's what's going on this month: 1. Eating: My partner was recently diagnosed with MS and I have some mystery health problems myself, so we've been trying a very strict anti-inflammatory diet (9 cups of fruit and vegetables a day, no cow dairy, gluten or refined grains, very low sugar). My goals are to stick to the diet, try to figure out whether the small amount of goat cheese and yogurt we've been allowing is a good idea, and pay attention to the exact amount of sugar. Specifically, I'll allow a little honey in my coffee and in meal recipes, but I'll only have desserts (healthier versions, sweetened with honey) on weekends and maybe social occasions. Fruit is ok whenever, though. 2. Yoga: I have a lot of yoga experience, but I'm out of the habit and have a persistent knee injury that I would really like to get better eventually. I recently discovered and joined an online Iyengar yoga site, which (Iyengar) is really great for precision and therapeutic adaptability. So, I've restarted the beginner course to learn proper technique from the ground up. My goal for the month is to do yoga at least five days a week, completing the beginner series of videos and figuring out how to move on with the intermediate material. If I get in a sixth day per week I can do Siva Nata, which is really different and fun. 3. Planning: Make a weekly schedule and stick to it. I'm pretty sure this is the best way for me to get in a balance of housework, social time, rest, time for personal projects, etc. Of course, the schedule can be modified if something unexpected comes up, but nine times out of ten sticking to the schedule leads to more productivity and overall well-being, not to mention making it possible to live harmoniously with other humans. 4. Write at least 1,000 words for my book each week.
  15. Hi, nice to meet you! I'm also on the no sweets during the week/healthy baking on the weekend train this month.
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