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  1. Wow, I can't believe how long it's been. I have completely been forgetting to post updates for at least the better part of a week. Whoops. So in a nutshell, here's whats been happening. I've been only partway making my challenge goals recently. Some can be blamed on my knee, but I've been forgetting my wrist exercises and light off-day workouts, which I'm still perfectly capable of doing. My cooking, on the other hand, has been going really well. Within the past week or two I've made another Panang curry, homemade dumplings, two improvised zucchini curries (both different combinations of India
  2. Funny, I find zucchini is actually one of easier vegetables to use because of how versatile it is. You can chop it up and put it in a stirfry or curry, turn it into zucchini noodles to use in your favorite pasta dishes, bake it in a casserole, or even just slice them, shake some seasonings on, and throw them on the grill. …That being said, aside from using zucchini for noodles I haven't seen very many recipes for zucchini in my meanderings around our cookbooks and the Internet. I think nearly everything I've done with zucchini has been the result of my own experimenting and improvising. I know
  3. The last couple weekends have been quite a series of misadventures. ...And it turns out this weekend is no different. First it was yellow jackets, then it was a spurting can, and now it's a (hopefully minor) knee problem. I was running down the stairs yesterday morning and partway down I felt a sharp twinge in my right knee. Not sure exactly what caused it, but my best guess is Thursday evening I was sitting in a somewhat unusual position which, while not hurting at all at the time, may have slightly overextended something that then reacted unfavorably to the strenuous activity of runni
  4. Thursday July 16 Meals: breakfast: coffee, an apple, a small piece of banana bread, one leftover tuna patty (5g protein), and some carrots with balsamic dressing/dip lunch: Taco wrap (~25-30g protein) & some carrots with hummus, protein shake after workout (25g protein) dinner: Panang curry! (30 protein) With cauliflower rice. Total protein: ~85-90g Workout: Warm-up: Various light movements Superset 1 (3x): Lateral walks with moderate resistance band 15 steps in each direction Pavlov press with heavy resistance band 30 sec
  5. No, I haven't been, but I'll be sure to pay attention to that next time I'm doing them! I'm estimating I've been doing around 5 seconds, but I'll need to double check. 3 sets of 3 at 7-10 seconds each seems like a good goal to shoot for- maybe even one for my next challenge if I haven't made it before then!
  6. Sunday July 12 Breakfast: oatmeal and coffee lunch: Wrap? Dinner: brisket, cauliflower rice, and roasted green beans Monday July 13 Breakfast: yogurt, an apple, and a cup of coffee lunch: stirfry veggie wrap and some carrots with hummus dinner: Mexican-style chicken tortilla soup with toasted corn tortilla chips Tuesday July 14 Meals: breakfast: oatmeal with a scoop of yogurt (5g protein), a few carrots with hummus, and a cup of highly caffeinated tea lunch: protein shake after workout (25g protein), leftover brisket (20g pro
  7. Wednesday July 8 Breakfast: Oatmeal, coffee, a few pieces of leftover veggies & pepperoni Lunch: Leftover roast veggies & grilled eggplant/zucchini, a few carrots and crackers with hummus & pepperoni/lunchmeat Dinner: Improvised stirfry including zucchini, onions, garlic scapes, and shrimp with cauliflower rice Thursday July 9 Workout: Warm-up: various light movements Superset 1 (3x): face pulls 10x lateral arm raises 6lbs 8x bentover reverse fly 5lbs 8x Superset 2 (3x): dead bug
  8. Well, I'm currently in three active games. Two of them are run by someone else, one of which is highly roleplay/story-focused using 5E and the other is more standard dungeon crawl style in 3.5E. The one I'm helping run is also 3.5E but is very story driven and the world/storyline/characters/etc. are entirely homebrew. The sheer amount of worldbuilding and NPC personality/backstory detailing that's gone into it so far would fill at least a trilogy at if we tried to write it down. 😅 It's kind of interesting how it started, too. Some while ago my mom decided to run a small scale D&
  9. Ugh, I feel you on that one. I have the exact same problem… It's so frustrating when you're making progress but mostly in the areas you don't need it. Evidently the belly issue runs in my family but as far as I'm aware I'm the only one right now who cares about it. 😅
  10. Yesss!!! I watched Hamilton just a week or two ago and it was amazing! I've still got the songs stuck in my head! 😆 Its an incredible, one-of-a-kind show, and I'm so glad it's on streaming now so it's available to more people.
  11. You know, after the yellowjacket incident last week, I really expected this weekend would be fairly low-key. ...Ha. First of all we finally got an appointment with the exterminators to deal with the the yellowjacket nest in our shed. We'd scheduled earlier in the week but they'd run really late and eventually cancelled. When they did show up on the rescheduled day it was several hours later than their original timeslot, but at least its dealt with now. On Saturday morning I tried an online group workout class via Zoom which was loads of fun, despite some technical
  12. Yeah. At first we were seriously hoping there was a way to deal with it on our own but after a little bit of research it became pretty clear it's much better to get a professional for these kinds of things. As I said, we're lucky no one got stung and frankly I'd like to keep it that way. It's been kind of interesting watching them fly in or out through the gap at the bottom of of our shed door, from a safe distance of course. We can't tell exactly how many are in there but given there's a nest it's probably a larger number than it looks like from the outside. If it really was just a few we cou
  13. I remember practicing A and D chords when I was first trying to learn guitar... It took me a while to get the hang of it but it definitely paid off. Still, I never got very good at guitar, at least not beyond a few fairly simple chords. Once I discovered the magic that is using a capo I just transposed any song I wanted to play into one of the two keys I knew the chords for and then put my capo on the appropriate fret so it would still be in my singing range. To be fair, that was several years ago, and I've only occasionally picked up my guitar between then and now. I'd love to get back into p
  14. Well. It has been way too long since I posted an update here. So, here's more-or-less what's been happening this past week-and-a-half: First, the basic challenge-update overview. The last week has seen its share of ups and downs. I've been diligent with my wrist exercises and light exercise including hamstring stretching on my off days but have been slacking on the parkour practice. Really need to actually start doing that regularly even if the grass is itchy and wet and there's nowhere to practice vaults. On the other hand, I think I'm finally starting to see a little
  15. Friday July 3 -- Saturday July 4 – (Forgot to track during those last two days, but nothing out of the ordinary happened so I suppose it's not a big deal.) Sunday July 5 Meals: Breakfast: Protein shake after workout (25g protein), and some other stuff but once again I have forgotten Lunch: Grilled-on-an-actual-grill hamburger with a wrap & barbecue sauce (30g protein), grilled onions, and corn Dinner: Panang curry (new batch!)(25g protein) & cauliflower rice Total protein: At least 80g Workout: Warm-up: light movements
  16. Tuesday June 30 Meals: Breakfast: protein shake after workout (25g protein), a couple slices of ham and a bunch of pieces of pepperoni (~10g protein), yogurt (15g protein), and then a veggie burger with half a wrap and some hummus (15g protein) midmorning because even after all my earlier breakfast I still felt like I could eat a cow. Evidently I had a hard workout or something… Lunch: fried tilapia filet (20g protein) with pesto and cauliflower rice Dinner: curried lentils (10g protein) & cauliflower rice, a bit more yogurt (10g protein), and, since we finally got mor
  17. Friday June 26 Breakfast: oatmeal with a scoop of yogurt, an apple, coffee, some crackers with pepperoni and pesto, and a fig bite because they're tasty. Lunch: leftover salmon, cauliflower rice, and roasted veggies, corn chips with pesto & Parmesan, and another fig bite Dinner: Curry rice, half a wrap with butter & garlic (because I didn’t have naan :P),small bowl of cereal, and a little icecream Saturday June 27 Meals: Breakfast: yogurt (15g protein), crackers & cream cheese, baked ham (20g protein), granola, coffee, and a protein shake after
  18. Wednesday June 24 Breakfast: oatmeal with banana slices and the scoop of yogurt, a few grapes and pieces of the roasted veggies from last night Lunch: leftover hamburger in a wrap with lettuce, carrots with hummus, and a few more grapes & roasted veggies Dinner: grilled zucchini with homemade pesto, part of a veggie burger, roasted carrots, and some yogurt & fig/coconut energy bites Thursday June 25 Meals: Breakfast: coffee protein shake (25g protein), yogurt (10g protein), part of a hamburger and a bunch of slices of pepperoni (5g protein), an appl
  19. Well… I just realized that even though I've been recording what I'm doing I have once again neglected to update this thread for a huge period of time. So I'm just gonna catch up on that now. I'll break it up into smaller posts rather than doing a single absurdly long one to make it easier for myself to see what happened when. Sunday June 21 Went for a nice long walk/hike today, around 50-60 minutes. Breakfast: Yogurt and some other stuff I seem to have forgotten... Lunch: Leftover Indian food Dinner: Waited too long before writing this down and I seem to have f
  20. I just hit another major milestone for this challenge– though one of a different flavor than usual, so to speak. 😉 I mentioned in my initial challenge post wanting to make some authentic Indian dishes. I haven't done that exactly, but today I decided to take a shot at another dish I been wanting to make for ages: Thai Panang curry! It's arguably my favorite Thai dish and I have been trying to replicate our local Thai restaurant's recipe for a while though haven't had much luck… Until today, that is! It took much longer than I anticipated and I didn't actually get to eat until 2 o'clock, b
  21. I may be a "fellow american", but honestly that sounds awesome!! I absolutely love Thai food and that sounds like a wonderful special-occasion menu. I doubt I can pull anything quite like that off given the food we have in the house right now, but I'm going to have to think about potential possibilities given what's available in case I want to try something similar. 😋
  22. Yeah, that makes sense. These days I regularly do stuff that would have made my arms really sore when I was first starting. Gives me the feeling I could have been pushing myself a bit harder these last several months since I haven't had noticeable muscle soreness in ages. Well, it's certainly my first time in a considerable while... Back when I was still going to the gym the assisted pull-ups machine was one of my favorite pieces of equipment; I could be using the same muscles as I would for a full pull-up at a difficulty that matched my current strength level. But, as I said,
  23. Tuesday June 30 Meals: Breakfast: protein shake after workout (25g protein), a couple slices of ham and a bunch of pieces of pepperoni (~10g protein), yogurt (15g protein), and then a veggie burger with half a wrap and some hummus (15g protein) midmorning because even after all my earlier breakfast I still felt like I could eat a cow. Evidently I had a hard workout or something… Lunch: fried tilapia filet (20g protein) with pesto and cauliflower rice Dinner: curried lentils (10g protein) & cauliflower rice, a bit more yogurt (10g protein), and, since we finally got mor
  24. Well, I think I kind of killed my arms today… Yesterday I finally got to take a shot at lowering myself from the top of a pull-up position to see how hard it was and how many I could do. Turns out, I could do four– three overhand grip and one underhand grip. My arms felt tired after that and I didn't want to push it so I decided that was enough for one day. What I didn't expect was that even those four reps would make my arms noticeably sore this morning. I managed two more overhand grip reps today before my main workout, which turned out to have a lot of arm work itsel
  25. Sunday June 28 breakfast: oatmeal with granola mixed in, coffee, and crackers with hummus lunch: leftover pesto shrimp & cauliflower rice dinner: ordered in the sushi for a home D&D session Went for a walk today, nothing huge, but I definitely got outside to move around and stretch my legs, which felt really good. Monday June 29 Breakfast: oatmeal with granola mixed in and coffee Lunch: kale salad with pepperoni and a couple lunchmeat slices Dinner: mixed veggie stir-fry with cauliflower rice Went for a 15 minute jog. I think I
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