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  1. Hey! I'm back, even though I'm late to the party and cut out early last go round... Even when I don't have the time/mental capacity to post, I have been trying to stick to my goals. I'm going to work on being around here to participate, but know that I am thinking about y'all! So, challenge 2 for me. The goals are pretty much the same, but I am going to get more serious. Two goals, which isn't much, but if I can keep up with them it will be HUGE. 1. Keep up a reasonable C25k schedule. I'm going to run my first 5k at the end of April, and I just did week 4 of the program for the first time last night. To be done on time, I have to keep up the training consistently from here on out. I will do this. I'm not saying "X times a week," because my situation requires that I give myself some flexibility. But three days is the most I should ever let go between runs. 2. Cook my tail off. When I'm cooking, I'm eating waaaaayyyy better, and I lose weight more easily. Cooking improves my diet for dinner and lunch (hooray for leftovers!), but it's easy to lose momentum (hmm, just like with running...), and it's time-consuming. I'm resolving to do more planning and more shopping and more cooking. Eating out is fine, but it shouldn't be our default position. My goal is to plan meals for every week in advance, and to not let excuses get in the way of following through on those plans. Life goals: My life goals are work-related. One for my next job (whatever that turns out to be) and one for this job. I'm going to start seriously applying for my next job, work on establishing a complete "master resume" so that I don't have to keep hunting for old info whenever I need to reorient my application, and work on knocking out a good default resume for research assistant positions. For this job, I'm starting my last major project during this challenge, and my goal is to make actual, demonstrable progress on it before this challenge is over. Due to the cyclic nature of my workload, I often get into "mental break" mode at the beginning of a project cycle, and I want to avoid that this time around. If I knock out this project quickly, I will have more time and energy to devote to other things. About me: I'm a relatively new attorney with a wonderful husband and two cats. I commute an hour each way to work, which cuts into my free time substantially. I'm horribly lazy when I let myself be. In the last year, I've gone from 285 pounds to 212, and my goal is 165. I love trivia, puzzles, television, board games, cooking, crafts, and playing WoW with my aforementioned wonderful husband.
  2. It *does* sound delish! Hope everything is still going well!
  3. Wow, that really is impressive! Week four is my monster-under-the-bed. I've never actually seen him, but I know he's there, and I'm scared to death of him. Good job getting through it! I'll be Week 5 will be a breeze now!
  4. Today, I'm feeling like I'm failing ateverything. I'm unable to keep myself focused at work, so I'm WAAAAAAYYYYY behind where I need to be on this project (and more keep popping up). I haven't run since last Friday -- we brought all of our gear with us on our long weekend trip, but didn't get it out at all. This morning, we got up to run, but we started late, and by the time we realized the c25k app hadn't been running correctly, there wasn't time for any running. So I walked for 15 minutes today, that's it. I had Monday off, and Monday night we were exhausted, so I didn't bother putting together a lunch for yesterday-- I figured since I still had 3 days, no problems. Well, today is my coworker's birthday, and she wants to go out for lunch. I won't get into our office details, but trust me when I say I'm the only person she has to go out with, and it's her birthday. So I'm definitely taking her out to lunch (being there for my friends and family is more important to me than any of my personal goals -- fortunately, they don't too often conflict ). So, since there are only two days left after today, I will fail my lunch goal, and unless we run tomorrow and Friday, I will fail the c25k goal. Just because my morning wasn't disappointing enough, I also stuck my mascara brush in my eye (hard), and it still hurts, lol... Well, I guess all I can do is keep going. It's just a shitty feeling, you know? My frustration did help motivate me to contact one of my professors, though, so at least I am making progress toward my non-fitness goal. And I will almost certainly go to my class tomorrow night, so there's that. Also bothering me is the fact that we've done nothing but eat out since last Friday, and even though we try to eat good things, it doesn't take long before I just feel gross. All of the stress and busyness of the week hasn't left me any time to shop or cook yet, though. Hopefully tonight. I'm not sure I can take another night out. Bleh, okay. Enough whining. I hope everyone is having a great week, and a better day than I am. I'm reading everyone's updates, but I really need to knock out a LOT of progress on this project, so I may not be commenting on anyone's threads for a day or two. We'll see.
  5. C25k this morning. Holyhell, it's COLD out there!! It's supposed to warm up this weekend, so hopefully we can get out on Sunday and run wherever we are. Have a great weekend, all!
  6. Boo sickness... hope you feel better soon!
  7. I feel like this is a good time to mention that I'm an attorney (my lawyer-sense was tingling-- it's the same feeling we get when ambulances pass by...). Seriously, though, have fun at the Melting Pot! I'm totally jealous!
  8. So still here. C25k is just not happening this week, mostly because of the extreme cold, but also a little because I'm lazy. Boo to both. In fairness to me, my cold weather running gear is really only appropriate down to about 10 or 15 degrees, and it's been well below that in the mornings. When the windchill is more than 10 degrees below zero, I'm not going out to run. The fact that I wouldn't have gotten up anyway is all that bothers me. Otherwise, it's been a good week, goals-wise. I brought my third lunch today (I only missed yesterday because I left my delicious lunch on the counter when I walked out the door), so I can check that goal off. Actually, I realized that for a variety of reasons that mostly have to do with being a government employee, I won't actually have a full week of work at all during the challenge. So instead of 3/5, I need to bring my lunch 3/4 days. And so far, so good! Also, I went to my class tonight. I have already started to look forward to it a little, although I think it got about as physically demanding today as it's probably going to-- and that it isn't very demanding. Zul and I have started talking again about some alternative fitness arrangements, though, and someday soon it may be time to actually follow through on that. Well, I hope everyone has a fantastic week. We're traveling over this weekend (a four day weekend for me, yay!), so I probably won't be around again until sometime next week. But I will be reading everyone's updates as they come via email! Ciao!
  9. If you're eating dairy, cottage cheese and greek yogurt are also good sources of protein. Quinoa is another possibility (if you eat grains) -- not as high protein as the sources you've mentioned, but a good additional source.
  10. It was delicious! I had never eaten beets before the first time I made this soup, but I really love the flavor, and it's super easy to make. You cut four beets into six wedges each (trim and scrub/peel them first) and microwave them with two cups of water or stock until they are tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook one onion and one stalk of celery in a dash of olive oil covered until they are translucent, about 12 minutes. Add the beets and water to the onion and celery, and add another cup of water or stock. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then add ginger (peeled and minced- I use a garlic press- or powdered) and five spice powder. Then put it all in the blender, and blend until smooth. A dollop of plain yogurt on top really makes it outstanding, but it's pretty good on it's own, too. Plus, it's gorgeous!
  11. I've used a similar strategy with c25k. I usually run each week until I feel comfortable enough with it that I no longer wonder mid-way through if I'm going to be able to finish. This often took much longer than a week, though, largely because I let more than a week (or even two) go by between runs. However, since we are signing up for a 5k in April, I'm going to really try to stick to the schedule. Fortunately, starting to do it now means there's some wiggle room for snow, cold, scheduling, and repetition of a week if necessary. I remember reading on the CoolRunning c25k forum that the general recommendation is to keep going until you can't get through one, then fall back and repeat until you can. I keep hoping that if I actually manage to do it three times a week, it will suddenly get easier and I will magically be able to run a 5k at the end...
  12. Yeah, I was going to suggest a shoe check as well. Was it the impact that was bothering you? Or did it feel like it took more effort? We've been assuming the first, but it occurred to me that the second is a possibility, too. We did our run yesterday on packed snow, but I'm used to pavement/cement (my marathon-running friend tells me that cement/concrete sidewalks are about the worst thing to run on for impact- blacktop is preferable). I know I went slower on the snow that I do on dry sidewalk, because the ground was more uneven and more slippery. Is it possible you were exerting yourself more without thinking about it because you were running on even, paved ground rather than on the trail? ETA: @Faline, there are a lot of shorter races that take place on trails, at least around here. The nicer parks usually sponsor at least one during the year -- contact your local running clubs (which may take a little creative googling to find) to find out where they are and when!
  13. :blush: Thanks! Friday's lunch was delicious leftover salmon and bulgur...yum! So A for lunch for the week (I personally cooked my own lunch 4/5 days, although only 2/3 days I was in the office). C for running, thanks to the snow, although I'm tempted to bump it to a C+ since we went out this afternoon and knocked out a run on top of four inches of uncleared snow that fell yesterday (Dear Snow: Nobody likes a showoff. You've made your point.). Since we started on a Monday, Sunday is still part of last week, right? Oh well. The good news is that we ran today, and I'm making enough Super Bowl fare (barbecue steak and blue cheese salad, five spice beet soup) to provide at least lunch tomorrow. The law school judging I was supposed to do last Wednesday has been bumped to tomorrow, though, so I may have to start thinking about what I can toss together quickly tomorrow night or Tuesday morning for lunch, if I can't stretch the leftovers into two lunches. Hmmm.
  14. I've been mulling this over, but my FAVORITE veggie dish right now is a roasted broccoli that's almost exactly like your recipe! Btw, if you like spice, I'd suggest adding just a little crushed red pepper...
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