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  1. I feel you so hard on the time shortage. And congratulations on your adulting! I'm proud of you. Much of the time, that shit is no fun. Also I'm sorry you're blind. upside: I bet you would dominate at goalball.
  2. Hi again! I disappeared because I'm currently teaching a part-time coding bootcamp on top of my day job and I have three other contracts besides and I'm going to the gym and trying to help run the local chapter of a non-profit and spend a little time with my SO before we fall asleep at night. Shit got wild real quick, to say the least! The class started last week and I've been seriously struggling with the sudden drain on my time. I'd thought I was prepared because I've taught this class before, but I was working as a bootcamp instructor full-time then and just came in later in the day. Yesterday, I left around 8:30am and didn't return until around midnight. I have such deep respect for people who manage to live like this long-term, but I'm also deeply grateful I only have to survive it for another two weeks. Related... I decided that I don't need a 9-5 in an office. I've got enough contract work and plenty of savings to live off of for now while I work towards a remote position. I realized that it's extremely important to me that I be able to move around. I don't want to freelance forever, but I'm willing to put in work to find a company that can give me the flexibility to live my life the way I want to. I've been doing pretty well with my goals. I've tracked everything on every weekday, but I've been less consistent on the weekends. I've made use of my two bought meals per week, but I'm also doing pretty well on that front. We went to an apple orchard last weekend and it was so much fun. I indulged in new flavors of my favorite hard cider (which also has my last name!) so he had to drive us home, but I regret nothing! He continues to work out even though I can't be there because of work and I'm just so, so ridiculously proud of him for stepping up and doing something good for his body even though it's hard.
  3. Completely and utterly wild. Thanks for checking in. Update to follow...
  4. Thanks, darlin! He definitely is, I eventually made direct contact with the event organizer, and this week is looking tons better. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Yay!!! It was great to meet you as well and so awesome to watch you lift in the PL competition! Congrats again!
  6. So yesterday after work was pretty shitty, tbh. I found out that the underside of my car is torn up from some mystery collision (most likely a pothole), so I didn't feel safe driving to an event in NC that I was supposed to be speaking at and had to bail at the last minute. I felt suuuuuuuuuper terrible about it, to the point of crying into the poor organizer's voicemail. I've been living with my SO while my house is being rehabbed because the situation with my housemate/landlady is more than I care to deal with, so he witnessed my frantic mess and subsequent mopey funk. He very patiently pointed out that while I could have potentially made it without incident, the whole plan was totally out there in the first place and there was simply no way I could've gotten there on time. None of this logic made me feel any less guilty. What did make me feel better was when he started playing [title of show], one of my favorite musicals. He then suggested we go see a movie, which wound up being The Secret Life of Pets, which I loved unapologetically. I didn't mention this before, but I'm taking part in a DietBet for the first time. I realized that I could potentially make a little money just by doing things that I know make me happy and more comfortable all across the different parts of my life. Today, I weighed in for the end of the first round (I'm doing a 6-month Transformer) and came in two pounds under what I needed to win the round! I'm working on balancing things out so that there's a steady downward trend rather than a steep drop. When I don't track my food, I tend to eat just so I feel like I'm doing something. When I do track my food, it takes me a while to get into the swing of things and eat enough of the right stuff each day. Possibly the best thing about today so far is that my SO came back from lunch with fun plans for us. "One, I want to play video games with you. Two, what do you think about going rock climbing tomorrow?" I love him a lot.
  7. Hey there! Just popping in to say "hello" and "you got this!"
  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And thank you again! I don't know if I even had a frame of reference two years ago. I just thought it looked fun. (Clearly, I was right!) Now I'm just excited to see how far I can go. Getting real dusty over here as well...
  9. Yeah, I can't believe I just ignored the existence of steam fresh for so much of my life. I don't even have to think about lunch at work, but I'm not shoveling crap into my mouth every day. (It helps that my new job doesn't have a snack cabinet that gets filled daily [emoji15]) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Oh hi! I knoooooow, it's been SUCH a long time. I was clearing out the list of threads I follow and most of them were from 2013/2014! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Just replace "might actually be" with "am" and we're all good here. Before I even knew your name, I was literally like "who is that pink-belted badass?" in my head.
  12. Gah, that photo! Also, just... Thank you. I remember you from back in the day and I was at once inspired (which I've told you) and honestly a bit intimidated. I read your story and thought something akin to "She's a special case. There's no way I could do anything like that!" I don't mean that I thought you had magic genes or anything that let you fling barbells around. It was more selfish than that. I didn't think I had it in me to put in the work that you'd so obviously dedicated to yourself. I found myself faced with this (quite literally) powerful woman who'd struggled and been strong enough to share that struggle so that others might benefit. That's so beautiful. And at some point, something clicked for me and I've been on this journey ever since! I'm still not even close to where I want to be, but I never feel despair over that anymore. I feel like I have a direction to move in and that's largely because of you. So thank you for all the work you've put into this community. Thank you for continuing to share your gorgeous self with the Rebellion. I know you're going to kick ass through this challenge and on through the rest that have yet to come! <3
  13. Still feelin' good overall! I bought my lunch today, but I have zero regrets. I watched the guy make it and it was fucking delicious. I didn't feel so great about my workout today, I just felt super drained. I did talk through a program I'm going to try. A friend of mine who's been lifting for years finally got certified as a personal trainer and he offered to write a program for me. With anyone else so new to the industry, I'd be a little more cautious. I've heard horror stories (including several from him) about trainers who didn't actually know what they were doing. He's been so deep into it for so long, though, that I'm pretty comfortable putting my programming in his hands. I'm hoping trying something new will perk me up a bit when I'm in the gym. Today was also round two of our couple's workout. I didn't participate in pushups because my shoulders were still very much feeling the bench pressing of the earlier part of the evening. I love that's he's working out so much that I have trouble containing myself! Also, post-CNF things on Facebook have repeatedly brought me close to tears.
  14. Just wanted to say I had a ton of fun watching you lift, including the cape! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Honestly? If I actually train consistently between now and then? I feel like I have it in me. And that would mean I'd added exactly 100 lbs to my deadlift in almost exactly two years. That sounds nice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Ah, yes... Related to all this, I had an incredible time at the CNF powerlifting competition, where not only did I get to meet the lovely miss_marissa, but also set three new PRs! I hit 235/135/340 and could probably have done a little more if I'd been more daring. What you don't hear in that video is me going "F**K YES!" Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Ah, yes... Related to all this, I had an incredible time at the CNF powerlifting competition, where not only did I get to meet the lovely miss_marissa, but also set three new PRs! I hit 235/135/340 and could probably have done a little more if I'd been more daring. What you don't hear in that video is me going "F**K YES!" Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. We're off to a strong start! I went to @spezzy's class on meal prep and realized that I'd been holding onto this super rigid idea of what meal prep is that worked really well for me when my schedule was entirely different. Now that my circumstances have changed, I have to change my strategy for focusing on foods that are aligned with my goals. Since we knew neither of us was going to do any cooking the day we got back from CNF, we legit bought 5 Steamfresh bags each to carry us through the week. I even bought some sweet potatoes to microwave in the office. I realized I could cut way down on the time it takes me to make my favorite smoothie by pre-portioning the frozen ingredients then just dumping them in the cup, adding protein, and blending. We went to our favorite Middle Eastern place for dinner last night (one of my two bought meals) after WORKING OUT TOGETHER. This was the first time my boyfriend and I have ever completed a workout together and he's agreed to stick with it three times a week for at least a month. (After that, we'll talk about how he feels and what might need to be adjusted.) It's a simple bodyweight workout that I did when I was a JV, coincidentally the period when I was most consistently active on these boards. It's mild enough by my own standards that I can do it along with him even if I've lifted earlier in the day, which is exactly what happened yesterday. He felt noodly, but it was great! I'm so, so proud of him and so happy we can grow together in this way!
  19. Ahh!! Hi!!! And thank you! I had such a fantastic time and watching you lift lit a fire inside me.
  20. It's been a while since I've worked on a challenge and I'm still feeling the high of CNF, so I want to try and capture the momentum I've felt the last several days and propel myself towards my goals. I'm terrible at keeping up with these things but I also tend to want to write novels, so I'm going to try to keep it simple. I had an amazing time this past week and absolutely feel a renewed commitment to my own health and fitness. I'm especially thrilled that my boyfriend came to camp with me. I think we've got a good foundation that we can now build on. My goals for this challenge: Powerlift at least 3x per week Buy two meals or less per week Track all food during the week
  21. Another win! In my ongoing quest to entice my boyfriend out of his comfy little cave of an apartment, I just flat out said that I wanted us to do something active together. He was actually fairly receptive. Rather than complaining about how boring most exercise is (which is all he's done in the past), he came up with three types of exercise he wants to try. The cheapest, easiest thing he suggested that we could both do together wound up being running. I might finally break out Zombies, Run! again in the near future! We agreed we'd go for our first walk/run on Saturday. It's been a very long time since I ran regularly and I'm not sure he ever has, but I'm so glad we're going to do something *ahem* physical together.
  22. W4D3: I'm still going! I went to the gym a whole bunch last week, including a killer session with my trainer. He had me doing split squats and rack lunges. My butt and my legs are still sore. I've been meal prepping every Monday and the joy it brings me is boundless. I've also been on a roll with the grain-free eating, largely as a result of said meal prep. I ate whatever during the first two days of the this challenge, but every day since has been grain-free.
  23. W3D1 My boyfriend and I are starting two games of D&D, one of which he's DM of. The game he's playing in is us and three of his college friends. We spent yesterday with them in Lansing creating the world we want to play in (using Dawn of Worlds). This had the potential to derail my eating plans pretty badly. Their default lazy meal is frozen pizza and I didn't feel comfortable entering into this established group as somebody's girlfriend and switching up the menu. Whereas there was definitely a (very recent) point in my life when I would've just said, "Eh, when in Rome!" I quietly brought some meal prepped chicken and peppers and some fruit to snack on. My boyfriend actually spoke up for me without being asked and said that pizza probably wasn't the best option for us, mentioning that I'm avoiding grains. As a result, the other couple traveling to meet us in Lansing brought a veggie tray along with their usual snacks. We also took a nice break in the middle to go geocaching (first time for both me and my boyfriend!) in the park next to his friend's apartment complex. We followed that up with a trip to get froyo (sugary but worth it) and Thai food. What could've literally been a day spent huddled around a table in a basement turned into this awesome day of world building, geocaching, and no grains! I've been updating my totals, but not necessarily writing out posts. Today is meal prep day 3 of 4 and I've got everything lined up. I'm going to toss some things in my Instant Pot and then meet my boyfriend for lunch. I've been struggling to meet with my trainer because we've each either been sick or traveling, but I've gotten a few trips to the gym in on my own. I also banished my imposter syndrome long enough to apply to all the conferences I wanted to attend!
  24. Always do what you think is right and healthy for you, period. Something that might be easy to overlook, though, is the effect you have on people who won't necessarily say anything at all. I remember when I was first getting into lifting (for real, not just collecting underpants) and I saw the kind of weight you were pulling and how competitive you were and how much you knew. It made a huge impact for me, but that was nearly a year ago and I don't think I've ever said a word to you before today. I've got no idea what other people see you as... first class, second class, spaghetti class... My point is that there are other people who see your dedication to the sport, your success in it, and your willingness to support other lifters and aspire to those same characteristics.
  25. Please, it's all good. I'm slowly tuning into other peoples' challenges, but I realized I really missed this. Thank you!! I haven't been super focused on getting those numbers up lately, but I'm pulling it together so I can at least show some serious improvement at the CNF comp!
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