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Water... Earth... Fire... Air.

 

Long ago, AThousandWords lived in good health and fitness. Then everything changed when a new baby arrived. Only good eating habits and occasional exercise could have saved her waistline. But when her world needed these habits the most, they vanished. A an entire year passed and she discovered new motivation: an awesome Avatar themed challenge. But although her gif skills are great, she still has a lot to learn before she's ready to call herself healthy again. But I believe... AThousandWords can save the world.

 

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Hi, I'm Yvonne, and it's been a year and nine months since my last NerdFitness challenge. I'm an inconsistent Rebel; I've started about fifteen challenges and fully completed about 8 of them. But NerdFitness is my happy, get-shit-done home. I always come back when I need a kick in the pants, so here I am. I lost over thirty pounds the last time I was participating on NF but stopped joining challenges when I got pregnant. I switched to Battle Log format, hoping to keep up during my pregnancy, but vanished like the Avatar after only a few weeks.

Last week I celebrated that baby's first birthday and realized I couldn't keep eating and slothing like I'm pregnant/breastfeeding anymore. With a baby who (mostly) sleeps through the night and doesn't need me to be a milk-machine anymore, I have no excuse not to start cutting back my diet and getting my butt off the chair. There have been some HUGE changes in the last year - adjusting to life as a mom, starting a new job where I work from home, and moving to a new house! - and I let myself get complacent and kept gaining weight even after giving birth. It's time to turn that around, be a healthy role model for my family, and start feeling like myself again.

 

AThousandWords Book 1: Water

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I've been wanting to do an Avatar themed challenge for ages (I have so many gifs to use!) but it feels especially appropriate now that I am returning after having been gone for so long. My plan is to focus on a different element for each challenge, starting with Water - the element of change. I want to remind myself that I am mutable and fluid; I can change my story at any time; I can adjust easily to new shapes and new challenges; and I am powerful and capable as well. I also plan to be flexible this challenge - there are no absolutes or firm lines here. If a certain kind of exercise or food isn't working - change it up! I don't thrive eating the same food or doing the same exercise every week, so I don't plan to.

 

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Diet (CON 3)

 

My diet is in serious need of change. If you followed my pregnancy battlelog (or have ever been around a pregnant woman - ha!) you'll know that first trimester nausea hit hard and all I was able to stomach were simple carbs. For most of my pregnancy I ate bread and sugar (I'm fairly certain my son was born 90% PB&J) and my brain got addicted to all that delicious carby badness; I kept eating junk waaay after pregnancy was over. I'm going back to a Primal eating plan - protein, fat, and plant-based carbs only. I'm embracing flexibility and following the Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve recommendation to stay between 50g – 100g of carbs a day.  This worked out great for me during my last challenge, and I'm optimistic I'll succeed again.

I’m using the Banting Green/Orange/Red lists as a guideline; each food has a cost in points:

  • Green List: 0 pts (free!)
  • Orange List A: 1 pt per serving
  • Orange List B: 2 pts per serving
  • Red List: 5 pts per serving


Goal:  3 points per day, +5 flexible points per week

A: < 104 points | B: < 116 points | C: < 128 points | D: < 140 points | F: > 135 points

 

Movement (2 STR, 2 DEX)

 

A waterbender has to practice to increase their skills! And I am badly in need of some movement. I'm focusing my exercise on two main areas: steady and flexible. Anything goes as long as I keep moving. Examples of exercise are listed below each movement type.  I’ll be recording time spent, with total time counted at the end of the challenge.

 

Slow, Steady Movement (STA)

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Goal: 3 hours a week

A: > 12 hours | B: > 10 hours | C: > 8 hours | D: > 6 hours | F: < 6 hours

 

Flexible Movement (DEX)

  • Yoga
  • Dance/Pole
  • Stretching

Goal: 2 hours a week

A: > 8 hours | B: > 7 hours | C: > 6 hours | D: > 5 hours | F: < 5 hours

 

 Water (2 CON)

 

This is a no brainer in a water based challenge, right? I'm not drinking enough water currently, I need to be. Plain ol' H2O, sparkling water, fruity (no sugar added water), or caffeine free tea all count (Uncle Iroh would be proud). 

 

Goal: 8 cups every day

A: >= 100% | B: >= 85% | C: >= 70% | D: >= 50% | F: < 57%

 

Money Management (1 WIS)

 

After doing taxes I realized I'm doing a terrible job of tracking and investing our savings. I have a number of tasks I need to do to get control of our income and debts, these can be done all at once or spread across the challenge as needed:

  • Update our Net Worth spreadsheet with current values
  • Determine how much we can afford to save each month
  • Determine how much we can afford to give charitably each month
  • Decide where to invest our savings and set up auto-deposits into savings accounts as needed
  • Decide where to give money and set up auto-deposits for those charities as needed
  • Evaluate my 401k plan at work

 

Goal: 6 tasks

A: 6 tasks | B: 5 tasks | C: 4 tasks | D: 3 tasks | F: < 3 tasks 

 

 Tracking Spreadsheet

 

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Level 10 Ravenclaw Adventurer

STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Week 0; Day 1

 

DIET 5
MOVE: SLOW 20
MOVE: FLEX 0
WATER 6
MONEY 0

 

I'm just going to jump right into this challenge, using week 0 as a practice week. I've been out of the healthy lifestyle for so long that I need to ease back in. So this week is for getting my stomach adjusted to eating healthful food again, getting my space organized for movement, and trying my best to work with the dismal weather we're having.

 

So, Monday. I started off strong with some mostly low-carb choices - eggs and avocado for breakfast, some leftover bbq food for lunch (including some baked beans, which added 5 points to my day), and spinach with salmon for dinner. I'm trying to clear out what's in the fridge while not straying too far from primal, so the leftover bbq, while not perfect, felt like a better choice than leftover lasagna.  My son pitched a fit at dinner and decided he only wanted what I was having, so I was extra happy to have a healthy dinner! He sat on my lap and ate my spinach and salmon with my fork. :D After dinner I was snacky, which doesn't actually happen too often, so I think it was my stomach growling at me for not eating as much as I have been lately - I conscientiously chose some cheese and almonds, knowing that those are 0-point foods. Again, not perfect - still too calorically dense - but better that reaching for an ice cream sandwich. 

 

I walked to daycare in the afternoon to pick him up - it's a 10 minute walk but I've been driving lately because it's been so, so cold. But it's really high on my priority list to walk there more often, and maybe continue for another mile or so to get some extra steps in. One of my other goals this week is to clean up my home office - I realized I have enough room to mount my pole, and I'm excited about having a space to dance and do some yoga! Pole is one of my favorite ways to exercise because it doesn't really feel like work. But at the same time, it's been years since I last took a class, so I know I'll have some catching up to do.

 

My last goal this week? Get some support! I'm a little sad looking back at all my old NF posts and realizing I lost touch with all the awesome people who were encouraging me. So I'm off to metaphorically knock on some doors and try to find old friends and new. Don't be surprised if you see me posting a lot around NF this week. I'll be fighting my inner introvert nature to reach out!

 

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Level 10 Ravenclaw Adventurer

STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Welcome back! I'm only on my third challenge (...this respawn), but about to have a baby myself (literally in "any day now" territory), so I'll definitely be following you as post-pregnancy inspiration! ^_^ Also, because Avatar is awesome.

Druid and Adventurer

The Wye/Dean, UK

Current Storyline: Tales of Owlshire | 0 | 1

Previous  Storyline: The Entwife’s Heart | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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29 minutes ago, Sylvaa said:

I AM SO HAPPY YOU ARE BACK!

 

I am of course following this challenge! Yay to all of the things! And baby! Woot! 

 

I'm so happy to be back!! Glad to have you along! :D:D

 

3 minutes ago, Ann of Vries said:

Welcome back! I'm only on my third challenge (...this respawn), but about to have a baby myself (literally in "any day now" territory), so I'll definitely be following you as post-pregnancy inspiration! ^_^ Also, because Avatar is awesome.

 

Omg, you're amazing for doing a challenge this late in your pregnancy!! Don't use me as inspiration, it took me a year to get back on board after my baby was born - you'll do much better, I'm sure! But I'm more than happy to be here for support and to help if you have any questions or concerns! I feel like it was just yesterday that I had a newborn (I seriously can't believe it's been a year already!)

Level 10 Ravenclaw Adventurer

STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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4 minutes ago, athousandwords said:

Don't use me as inspiration, it took me a year to get back on board after my baby was born

 

Don't be too hard on yourself--you did come back! That's what's important ^_^

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Week 0; Day 2

 

DIET 5
MOVE: SLOW 0
MOVE: FLEX 0
WATER 10
MONEY 0

 

Yesterday evening was challenging. It was too cold to walk to daycare, so no slow-mo for me. An old friend was in town and wanted to meet for happy hour, so I rearranged my evening so that I could go with SuperBaby and still get him fed and to bed on time. Then the friend never showed up. :neglected:  So me and the wriggly baby waited at this brewpub for over half an hour, until two other friends did get there, and I grabbed a quick dinner with them before going home. On the one hand, I'm annoyed at my friend (who, turns out, lost his phone and had to run around to find it) and at myself for dragging the baby out for a pointless reason. On the other hand, I'm glad I didn't drown my anger in (delicious) beer and bad food, although it was so tempting to have a beer while I waited. I ended up getting water and eventually a beet and goatcheese salad, which was delicious. Turns out, beets are on the red list, so 5 points to Ravenclaw anyway, but I still feel like I made the healthy choice in a menu full of parmesan fries and sandwiches.

 

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^^ Basically me, waiting for.ev.er last night

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Following!

 

Can I just say the accountant nerd in me loves your financial goals. Especially because they include the words "charity" and "401k" :D I'm not so good at the charity part yet but one of my big life goals is to "be more generous with my time and money"

 

1 hour ago, athousandwords said:

Turns out, beets are on the red list

How are beets on the red list?  (the hippie in me is also outraged that cheese is on the green list but I'll let that slide....for now :P )

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6 minutes ago, Maigahane said:

Can I just say the accountant nerd in me loves your financial goals. Especially because they include the words "charity" and "401k" :D I'm not so good at the charity part yet but one of my big life goals is to "be more generous with my time and money"

 

Yes, I love that as one of your life goals! DH and I make pretty good money, and I definitely feel like I should be giving back more!  Right now we do some giving, but nothing regular or scheduled. And of course, investing in retirement is always a solid choice!

 

6 minutes ago, Maigahane said:

How are beets on the red list?  (the hippie in me is also outraged that cheese is on the green list but I'll let that slide....for now :P )

 

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I...uh... good question.  So, the red list is generally high-carbohydrate foods, but beets should fall into the orange list category because at 10g they fit solidly into the "between 6g and 25g of carbs per 100g" guidelines. Yet they're specifically called out as being on the red list, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I don't really eat them that often, so this will probably be the only time it comes up.

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Week 0; Day 3

 

DIET 2
MOVE: SLOW 20
MOVE: FLEX 0
WATER 8
MONEY 0

 

Good day overall yesterday. I cooked a new recipe last night: Pesto Spaghetti Squash, which came out pretty good! I cooked the spaghetti squash in the slow cooker and made my favorite italian pan-fried chicken to go with. I'm excited to get back into the kitchen and cooking real food again, but it is not easy with SuperBaby going through a fussy phase right now. He was happy playing with tupperware lids for about 5 minutes, and we got some cooking done with him standing on a chair so he could see what I was doing, but mostly he wanted to be held so I ended up carrying him around and trying to cook around him. Eventually, I want to get him a Learning Tower type stool; he really enjoys watching me cook but having him on a chair makes me nervous and means I have to hover around him or pick him up if I'm not in arm's reach.

 

The weather was nice enough to walk this afternoon, but I need to start upping the minutes I'm walking for next week. And I haven't done any flexibility movement at all this week - though part of that has been because I'm tired from solo-parenting and getting used to the diet changes. Hubby is home next week so I'll have more energy in the evenings and fewer chores.

 

Something else I'm trying to figure out - I used the Banting Green/Orange/Red lists during my last challenge and it worked great, but this time I feel like I keep finding inconsistencies. There's the beets question that Maigahane pointed out, and then spaghetti squash today - the green list says "all vegetables grown above ground (except butternut)" while the orange list says foods "between 6g and 25g of carbs per 100g". Well, spaghetti squash has 7g of carbs per 100g, so I'm counting it as orange list, but I could just as easily make a case for it being green list. There's also an issue of me leaning a little too heavily on dairy since it's a green list item - I really shouldn't be snacking on cheese even if it's "allowed."  So now I'm thinking about abandoning the lists and just rewriting my challenge based on net carbs or proper portions instead to avoid this confusion.

 

...I dunno. Maybe I'm overthinking it. I know what foods I should be eating and avoiding for weight loss, I just like to have a plan in place so that I don't end up doing mental gymnastics to justify a certain food. I like the flexibility of having unhealthy foods every once in a while (for instance, I couldn't deal with the rigidity of Whole30 right now, even though I've done it successfully in the past) I just don't want to sabotage myself saying I'm doing great when my diet is like 60% dairy or something (extreme example, but whatever).  Ah well - this is what Week 0 is for right? Figuring out how to be successful for the next four weeks.

 

Also... just going to leave this here.... I miss breastfeeding full-time.  :grief:

 

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Week 0; Day 3

 

DIET 0
MOVE: SLOW 0
MOVE: FLEX 0
WATER 8
MONEY 0

 

Solid diet day and water yesterday - I still could stand eat more vegetables but I made a yummy Broccoli-Kale-Slaw (modified to be low carb and minus chicken) and some quick pulled pork (from Costco of all places!) for dinner. It was too cold to walk to daycare, so movement was... nonexistent.  I need to start doing some flexibility in the evenings after I put the baby down. I'm getting my pole mount today and cleaning up my office so I have space to set it up. And my husband is home for a week (yay!) but gone again for two weeks after that (boo!) so I need to kick my ass in gear and work out even when flying solo.

 

Happy Friday!  I typically don't check in on weekends, so I'll be back Monday!

 

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Welcome back! Good for you for not having beer or other carb filled fried food while waiting for your no show friend. Nom, that spaghetti squash pesto looks so good

@elizevdmerwe followed the Banting diet for a bit, maybe she has some answers for you.

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Elastigirl:Luck Favors The Prepared - Current Challenge: August 1 to September 4 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

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On 4/19/2018 at 3:56 PM, athousandwords said:

Something else I'm trying to figure out - I used the Banting Green/Orange/Red lists during my last challenge and it worked great, but this time I feel like I keep finding inconsistencies. There's the beets question that Maigahane pointed out, and then spaghetti squash today - the green list says "all vegetables grown above ground (except butternut)" while the orange list says foods "between 6g and 25g of carbs per 100g". Well, spaghetti squash has 7g of carbs per 100g, so I'm counting it as orange list, but I could just as easily make a case for it being green list. There's also an issue of me leaning a little too heavily on dairy since it's a green list item - I really shouldn't be snacking on cheese even if it's "allowed."  So now I'm thinking about abandoning the lists and just rewriting my challenge based on net carbs or proper portions instead to avoid this confusion

Can't really help as we hardly ever eat beet, but in general, hubby and I stuck to the green list mostly when we were loosing weight. Going on it again from now on, but I don't measure our food anymore. I know butternut has a lot more sugar and carbs naturally, so we've switched to plain pumpkin, and us being in South Africa, we don't easily get hold of some of the veg like spaghetti squash. Banting is from South Africa, and I can't remember that my lists had spaghetti squash on it, so it might be an updated list.

Whenever I made a veg on the orange list, I dished up a smaller portion for us. So in general I just kept to the green list mostly w.r.t. veg and fruit. We ate a lot more protein than they recommend, and also increased our fats. In all truth I tried to keep to given measures only when I had it as goal in a challenge, otherwise I knew basically how big our portions should be, and that was what I worked according to. I personally lost 10kg in a little less than a year, but unfortunately since I started the 3rd phase where you can allow some starches back into your diet, I've picked up almost all my weight again, but then I included bread and baked things, which is very bad for me. So I should have known better.

What prof. Tim Noakes said in the recipe book that he and his friends who started Banting, put together (1st book, 2nd one is out now), was that you need to limit your dairy and nut intake if you want to loose weight.

Sorry I can't really help :(

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Woooooow, your spreadsheets and tables are super impressive. I'm a big Avatar fan, and you have great goals! Following!!!5adb728a6b2b1_itme.gif.c5d3fdf0490cc68a2a0daf57ea9aa1ff.gif

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This is absolutely wonderful!!!

The RP. The depth ! Wow!

I have used a self invented version of the food list so I am excited to dig in more.

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On 4/20/2018 at 11:44 AM, Elastigirl said:

Welcome back! Good for you for not having beer or other carb filled fried food while waiting for your no show friend. Nom, that spaghetti squash pesto looks so good

@elizevdmerwe followed the Banting diet for a bit, maybe she has some answers for you.

 

Thanks! The Spaghetti Squash pesto was good - definitely worth making!

 

On 4/20/2018 at 5:10 PM, elizevdmerwe said:

Can't really help as we hardly ever eat beet, but in general, hubby and I stuck to the green list mostly when we were loosing weight. Going on it again from now on, but I don't measure our food anymore. I know butternut has a lot more sugar and carbs naturally, so we've switched to plain pumpkin, and us being in South Africa, we don't easily get hold of some of the veg like spaghetti squash. Banting is from South Africa, and I can't remember that my lists had spaghetti squash on it, so it might be an updated list.

Whenever I made a veg on the orange list, I dished up a smaller portion for us. So in general I just kept to the green list mostly w.r.t. veg and fruit. We ate a lot more protein than they recommend, and also increased our fats. In all truth I tried to keep to given measures only when I had it as goal in a challenge, otherwise I knew basically how big our portions should be, and that was what I worked according to. I personally lost 10kg in a little less than a year, but unfortunately since I started the 3rd phase where you can allow some starches back into your diet, I've picked up almost all my weight again, but then I included bread and baked things, which is very bad for me. So I should have known better.

What prof. Tim Noakes said in the recipe book that he and his friends who started Banting, put together (1st book, 2nd one is out now), was that you need to limit your dairy and nut intake if you want to loose weight.

Sorry I can't really help :(

 

That is actually super helpful!! I wasn't confused necessarily on specific things like Beets or Spaghetti Squash, but moreso because they didn't fit the guidelines on the chart I'm using. As dumb as it sounds, I didn't realize Banting had a book that laid all this out - I got a copy of the Green/Orange/Red lists from this website (and actually I think I have an older version than what is on there currently) and was following it somewhat blindly... It's really good background info to know that Banting was from South Africa and would be encountering different food, and that there are phases to the diet plan.  Thanks for chiming in!

 

On 4/21/2018 at 1:19 PM, Seraphina said:

Woooooow, your spreadsheets and tables are super impressive. I'm a big Avatar fan, and you have great goals! Following!!!

 

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Happy to have another ATLA fan following along!!

 

On 4/22/2018 at 7:15 AM, deftona said:

Welcome back to the fold! And your spreadsheet is a thing of beauty! :D 

 

Thank you! Pretty spreadsheets make me happy :P

 

22 hours ago, vibrantnotions said:

Oh I love Avatar!! I'm just getting back to nerdfitness too. I'm glad it is always here when I'm ready. :)

 

I'm always gladdened by how constant NF is. No matter how many breaks I take (and I've taken a few), NF always has awesome people ready to get it done and encourage others!

 

21 hours ago, Rhovaniel said:

@athousandwords so glad to see you back! I was wondering how you were getting on! :) 

 

@Rhovaniel!!  Glad to see you again too!  Everything went great as far as pregnancy was concerned - I had a healthy baby boy on April 11! I feel bad about abandoning my battle log and NF friends, but I got sucked into the r/BabyBumps forums and spent all my time there whinging with other pregnant ladies. :P  Then the last year or so I just wasn't ready to make the leap back into taking care of myself, I had too much going on taking care of my tiny human. I feel ready to focus on myself again though, and I'm happy to see so many familiar faces!

 

16 hours ago, Jack Ryan- Rebel Recruit said:

This is absolutely wonderful!!!

The RP. The depth ! Wow!

I have used a self invented version of the food list so I am excited to dig in more.

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Welcome! I love a good themed challenge (in the past I've done BB-8, Hamilton, and Harry Potter).  Would love to hear your thoughts on a self-invested food list. I'm trying to avoid logging, even though I know it works for many people, and find a way to just eat healthy food without worrying about calories and macros... but it's taking some effort to wrap my head around. In some ways, doing a challenge like Whole30 was easiest because it was so black and white, but I'm trying to find some middle ground.

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
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Week 0 Summary

 

  MON TUES WEDS THURS FRI SAT SUN Σ
DIET 5 5 2 0 5 6 5 F
MOVE: SLOW 20 0 20 0 20 40 75 B
MOVE: FLEX 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 F
WATER 6 10 8 8 8 8 8 A

 

DIET - This looks bad, and I did score an "F" for the week, but believe it or not, it's a huge improvement from what I've been eating for the last year+.  Even two weeks ago, those numbers would have been closer to 20 per day - I ate primarily from the "red" list with not enough vegetables or protein.  So, even though this looks like failure, I feel like I did well this week. I toyed around with the idea of changing this goal to an IIFYM or making my own custom list, but I think for this month, I'm going to stick with the Banting lists and do some more research on the underlying philosophy. One change I will make is limiting how much dairy and nuts I can consume.... I may just move nuts to the orange list since they're a worrisome food for me personally.  I'm also going to try to use up those 2 points per day with things like fruit and vegetable-based starches, rather than aiming for 0-point days and saving my points for more 5-point cheats. I'm not aiming for ketosis, I'm aiming for a well-balanced, healthy diet.

 

EDIT: Since I last downloaded the Banting lists, 2 years ago, they've published a version 2.0 that is a lot more clear!  It also moves nuts and dairy over to the Orange list, which completely tallies with what I was experiencing last week - those should be a regulated food, not a free for all! I've updated my challenge goals to align with the new Banting system, in a way that is pretty close to their Transformation diet, with some allowances for this challenge (I'm keeping my extra " one red list item per week").  If it's not giving me the results I want by the end of the challenge, I'll reevaluate. Thanks for giving me the idea to look for an update, @elizevdmerwe!

 

MOVE: SLOW - I came really close to hitting this goal, which is encouraging! Hubby and I went for a long bike ride on Sunday, which certainly helped. But I've also been walking a lot more - to daycare, to the library, etc. It helps that the weather is getting warmer and I'm excited to be outside again!

 

MOVE: FLEX - Definite room for improvement here!  I kind of put off this goal all week, waiting to get my pole set up, when I should have been doing some stretching or yoga every day.  Well, my pole is up, so no more excuses!!

 

WATER - I'm pretty proud of my progress here! I went from drinking maaaaybe a glass of water a day to consistently hitting my targets! It's so easy if I just focus on getting it done. One change I'll be making is to make this a YES/NO score instead of ounces. I don't want to catch myself drowning in water to make up for not hitting my goal another day (see what happened Monday/Tuesday). And actually, I've been drinking 9+ cups of water most days but only logging 8 so that it wouldn't skew the data. Better to just make this a boolean and hit my goal every day.

 

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Overall, this was a much healthier week for me than the past 50 or so weeks have been, so I'm counting it a win!  There's a lot more I can be doing, so I'm really going to get my ass in gear this week. But for a week 0/get my toes wet (heh) start, this was perfect for me. I'm going to make a few tweaks to my challenge goals, as noted above, and dive right in to week 1!

 

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(this is like a reverse dive... but pretty damn cool)

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Week 1 | Day 1

 

DIET 3
MOVE: SLOW 20
MOVE: FLEX 0
WATER
MONEY 0

 

 

Pretty good start to the challenge. I'm really happy with the updated Banting lists I'm using now - I feel like my diet just clicked into place. And having 3 points of wiggle room allows me to have a piece of fruit if I've otherwise eaten mindfully, which feels a bit like a treat, lol.  Yesterday I had bacon and eggs for breakfast (could do better there - I think next week I'll try to make an egg casserole with some veg that I can eat for a few days). We didn't have much in the way of lunch supplies, so hubby and I went to Chipotle. I love Chipotle anyway, and I was able to get a salad loaded up with veggies and barbacoa that still fit my plan. For dinner we had ribs and roasted zucchini (courgettes).

 

I took advantage of the nice weather to walk to daycare and back, but had to make a quick trip to the store right after so I couldn't take a longer walk. I managed to get food for the next few days worth of dinners, even though it was a fast trip and I didn't have much time to plan. And I meant to get on my pole after dinner, but I was in a crappy mood after a small fray with my hubby, so instead I watched Brooklyn 99 and sulked... 


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ANYWAY - tonight I'm going to a yoga class for the mini challenge, so I'm going to bust right into that Flexible Movement goal! I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't been to a yoga class in years and it feels like some nice self-care since I usually don't get to do things just "for me" anymore. Here's hoping I don't spend the entire session in Child's Pose!

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STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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Awesome start to the day. And nice plan

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Week #0Food logging: ☑☑☑ Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Week #1Food logging:  Movement☐☐☐☐

Week #2Food logging:  Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Week #3Food logging: ☐☐☐ Movement☐☐☐

Week #4Food logging: ☐☐☐☐☐ Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Previous challenges: #1 #2 #3 #4 #4.5 #5

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Week 1 | Day 2

 

DIET 2
MOVE: SLOW 0
MOVE: FLEX 60
WATER
MONEY 0

 

Yesterday was a good day. I ate well, drank tons of water, and went to a hot yoga class in the evening.  It was intense and painful and exhilarating - and I loved it! I feel like thsi week I've been challenging my body to move in a way that I haven't in a year and it feels powerful to realize that I am able to rise to that challenge.  First, biking last weekend - I biked 11.5 miles and my quads were screaming, but I made it. Then, last night - feeling my muscles wake up and movement memory come back as I worked through the vinyasas. Every repetition I got more confident and stable and sure.

 

Originally I was thinking this class would be a one off, but I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for their 2-class deal, so I'll be going again sometime in the next 2 weeks. I think I'm going to try to find a way to go once a week!

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Level 10 Ravenclaw Adventurer

STR 19.25 | DEX 12 | STA 22.75 | CON 38 | WIS 21 | CHA 14.75
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan
PREVIOUS CHALLENGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 CURRENT: 12

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It's awesome that you found something new that you enjoy

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Current Challenge

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Week #0Food logging: ☑☑☑ Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Week #1Food logging:  Movement☐☐☐☐

Week #2Food logging:  Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Week #3Food logging: ☐☐☐ Movement☐☐☐

Week #4Food logging: ☐☐☐☐☐ Movement☐☐☐☐☐

Previous challenges: #1 #2 #3 #4 #4.5 #5

Level 3 Lycan Ranger

Workout audiobook: Patriot Games

Looking for accountability buddies: Strava My FitnessPal Moov Google Fit

 

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