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  1. Welcome back to the Kailersaurus exhibit!! We’ve got some great stuff for you this time. The Kailersaurus is out of the habitat right now, headed for bed (jammie pic!): Our most exciting new plan is that the curators have decided to bring in a mate for the Kailersaurus – we’re hoping to see higher moods and activity levels with a friend around. On the first day of Week Two we’ll introduce Stephanguin, a happy penguin warrior. We’ve also set some goals for the Kailersaurus to accomplish over the next 6 weeks. The Kailersaurus has now become acclimated to the confinement in the exhibit, and has begun to flourish. Additionally, as curators, we have gained much knowledge on what works for her. Goals!! Goal One, Diet: Make "Better" or "Best" Choices. This one will change each day, but what matters is that I record the rationale behind each choice. Because the Kailersaurus is a binge eater, the goal is to put thought between the craving and the consumption, not that the thought has to be completely rational. Here are some examples: - I want pizza. Normal choice, delivery. Better choice, a cheaper frozen pizza, which won't leave tons of leftovers. Best choice, learn to make cauliflower crust today! - Work sucks and I need to get out of this office for lunch. Normal choice, I'm going to Golden Corral!! Better choice, I'm going to the BBQ place for meat and green chile stew. Best choice, I'll take my packed lunch to the park. I hope this makes sense. The point is that thought, of ANY kind, totally demolishes the bizzaro world of binge craving. My body has fallen into this mid-160's place, seems comfortable, and now I can work on lifetime wellness with my diet, working with something I hate to call, but maybe should, an eating disorder. Scoring: Best choice = 2 pts. Better choice = 1 pt. Normal choice = 0 pts. Goal Two, Diet: Boozes on Weekends Only No ambiguity here! Booze during the week is just not a good look on me. I love how I feel when I'm functioning at full force Monday - Friday. Scoring: Weekend boozes only: 2 pts. One weekday booze: 1 pt. More than one: 0 pts. Goal Three, Activity: Go to the Park 3 Times a Week I LOVE time at the park. It gives me something to look forward to each day at work. The forecast for next week never tips 90F - I know we'll see it again in Texas, but... well. It's all about habit building. I love to run, and walk, and jog. 3 times a week I will get dressed and get to my trail. If it's SO HOT, I can walk for 30 minutes and rock on with my day. If it's 75F (it will be on Saturday!!) I will run 5000 miles because its perfect outside!! Either way, habit building. Get dressed, go to park. Easy, right? Scoring: 3 Park Days: 2 pts. 2 Park Days: 1 pt. 1 Park Day: 0 pts. Life Goal, Style: Get Up 10 Minutes Earlier Each Week This is a progressive goal. The curators will set the alarm ten minutes earlier each week for the Kailersaurus - the GET UP alarm, not a snooze alarm. Feet on the floor! This is a real challenge as Stephanguin has a totally different schedule, but equally noisy alarms. Here's the schedule: Week 1: 7:40 AM Week 2: 7:30 AM Week 3: 7:20 AM Week 4: 7:10 AM Week 5: 7:00 AM Week 6: 6:50 AM Scoring: Get Up each week day: 2 pts. Miss one week day: 1 pt. More than one missed day: 0 pts. The Kaileraurus can do ANYTHING! during the extra time. Hopefully hair and make up from earlier challenges... maybe some walking or hula hooping... or maybe just Law and Order (must be in Living Room!) when I'm not feeling it. Becoming a morning person is the main goal in the Kailersaurus' attempt to evolve into modern society. She's not a morning dinosaur. Training will help, but training can't always substitute for talent. LET'S DO THIS!!
  2. Hi everyone! I've been doing the Rebel Fitness Guide (Basic Training) for about 5 weeks now and am on Level One: Rookie. I've recently rejoined the gym near me because I needed to up the weights and a lot of the time, I feel I work harder in the gym because there are more people there. Now, I'm not VERY unfit, and do feel at the end of these workouts I could go further. I'm VERY keen to start yoga and I'm quite tempted to start spin classes again, which is something I used to do before I gained the weight back that I'd lost a couple of years ago. Now, I do my rebel routine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and do half an hour of cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My question is this: If I were to attend yoga on the same day as one of my rebel workouts, is that doing too much in one day? Also, if I do a half hour spin class (sometimes a 45 minute spin class) on the same day as one of my rebel workouts, is that too much? With regards to spin, I'm conscious that Steve will have me running intervals when I get to level 2 of this workout, and know for a fact that too much leg work will mean I'm too sore to do the squats (etc) in my workouts, and I've felt so much stronger since starting that I don't want to do anything that will detract from the progress I've made. I don't want to half-ass a lift day because I did too much sprinting and spinning. Has anyone ever swapped the running intervals for something similar to a spin class? On a side note, does anybody do yoga at home? Are there any DVDs anybody can recommend that would enable me to simply do yoga at home without having to worry about there only being 2 days in the week I can attend a class? (Work and University commitments make it difficult to attend the ones during the day). I feel that yoga is the key component here, because I suffer from lower back pain, something which I know yoga is good for because it helps you get stronger (and leaner, which is great). My main question, essentially, is how much is too much? I apologize if this is all over the place and seems like a simple question, but I know that you all have tonnes of experience and would love to hear back from you with advice on how to proceed! Thank you for reading! PD X
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