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Ohhh dehydration sucks balls. I hate getting those headaches because they pretty much just linger until you sleep it off. At least thats how it is for me. 

 

Great success on hubby agreeing to gym with you <3 I wish my boyfriend wanted to get more involved with the healthy lifestyle. But he just wants to lose weight with none of the effort lol. 

 

I wish I didn't get hungry until lunch if I didn't eat. I have been thinking IF would be great for me but by 8am I am generally starving during the week and finishing eating by 4pm is not an option for me lol. I can last until 10am on weekends. 

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On 6/8/2018 at 12:43 PM, Rookie said:

Ohhh dehydration sucks balls. I hate getting those headaches because they pretty much just linger until you sleep it off. At least thats how it is for me. 

 

Great success on hubby agreeing to gym with you <3 I wish my boyfriend wanted to get more involved with the healthy lifestyle. But he just wants to lose weight with none of the effort lol. 

 

I wish I didn't get hungry until lunch if I didn't eat. I have been thinking IF would be great for me but by 8am I am generally starving during the week and finishing eating by 4pm is not an option for me lol. I can last until 10am on weekends. 

 

Yeah, I fell asleep to some Advil and felt okay around 8:30-ish but decided to not try to wake up fully and just go back to sleep. Definitely felt 1000x better the next day.

Hubby was like that for a long time too, because he wasn't gaining weight fast enough to really -worry- about it per say, plus he has a pretty physically demanding job that keeps him in the same ballpark for weight. But we've got a trip to Miami in 6 months that those shorts would come in miiiighty handy ;)

 

IF is definitely something I can do much easier now than I could have when I was younger. I'm in my early 30s and I don't think I could've done intermittent fasting in my 20s at ALL. Plus I spent 11 years at a job that routinely didn't let me hit up lunch until almost 1, which probably helped train my body to want food later in the day.

Weekend update:

 

Walks happened, but they were suffering through DOMs to do 'em. I also wish we had more sidewalks in my neighborhood, but we only have them on one street (the main road, none of our neighborhood streets).

 

Soda was doing so good until today, when I didn't stop myself. I didn't order a soda, but my husband went to Taco Bell this morning and his friend from high school was the one on drive-thru, so she gave us free sodas. It didn't dawn on me until I was already almost done with it that it wasn't actually what I would have ordered to drink. But I did manage to not drink any soda at my niece's birthday party yesterday! And only had one tiny cupcake (I'm not counting the trace amounts of strawberry frosting my 10 month old niece so lovingly wanted to share with my face.. LOL)

 

Meal plan yesterday was a bust, but not because of poor planning. I had it planned, I had all the things ready to get out/prep/cook, but I hit a hard PMS wall yesterday. The crippling urge to stay home and away from people nearly kept me from said birthday party, and blew up the meal plan as my husband tried to cover for me so I wouldn't have to do anything (my PMS comes fully equipped with cravings [RIP cheesecake], lethargy, and a firm anxiety bout that makes me feel overwhelmed by absolutely everything). It wound up being a not great day, but I made up for it today by staying on track on the meal plan, turning down the hubs' offer of Starbucks, and instead drinking my water* (*once I finished the aforementioned ninja soda).

 

I have not taken the time (real talk; I could've but I indulged my weekend in video games) to update my mindset diary yet. I do intend to work on it a bit tonight before I read the first bit of my next book I'm wanting to finish. I've hit a weird part of the mindset diary that I (I guess appropriately?) am struggling to get into the mindset to finish. 

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First off... HUGE KUDOS to turning down Starbucks especially when PMSing. I can't turn down Starbucks on a good day lol (-hides starbucks cup from this morning-) Your weekend honestly didn't sound that bad in the overindulging department. I mean the main thing was probably the ninja soda but it can't be helped and it could of been worse damage wise. I think it balanced out nicely since you decided not to partake at the birthday party. Speaking of which omgggg lol thats so cute about your niece and the strawberry frosting. Those are some of the best memories! 

I used to not get hungry in the mornings until I started at this job 5 years ago haha and I had time in the morning to eat my breakfast at my desk. I am sure if I worked at it I could un-routine my body or just do it slowly and push breakfast back 30 mins - 1hr every week. I am turning 29 this year and I think I am the opposite lol where I could of done IF in my early 20s lol but now I'm like hmm I don't know.. I love food. lol I will figure something out. 

And gurrrrl I feel you on that meal plan. At least you planned on it and were prepared.... I just was lazy lol and I feel like shit in general from overindulgence. Oh well. 

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Brief lunchtime update

 

I got hit HARD this morning with the dreaded "first day" of shark week. I'm typically only 'bad' for about the first 24 hours (cramping, nausea, etc). So as soon as I weather through this I should be back on the boat. But today I'm letting myself do what I need to in order to get through it. I took my Midol (which makes me super drowsy due to antihistamines) and I'm supplementing it with a cherry coke to go with it to keep me awake. But I'm resolving to not finish the entire 20 ounce bottle. I also bought a bag of Dove chocolate to keep nearby but I won't eat the whole thing (I'm good with hard limits. I've got two 'accounted for' for today. That's the end of it). 

 

I also avoided grabbing a thickburger from Hardees for lunch - and kept to my initial meal plan instead (which wound up being SO FREAKING DELICIOUS - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Thai-Style-Curry-Meal-Kit-to-Pair-with-Rotisserie-Chicken-Serves-2/424773261 seriously... this is amazing). I know my body would've been happy with a burger and fries and salty fried goodness, but I made it through the temptation. I'm finishing lunch up with some pineapple ancho chile pork rinds that could do with a lil more in the pineapple department but they're definitely not terrible. They're helping keep the salty desires at bay though!

 

Today is a conscious decision is what i'm telling myself. Tomorrow is also a conscious decision. It's chocolate coffee chia pudding for breakfast, more of this chicken curry for lunch (that one kit, btw, made me lunches for this entire week), and then blue cheese/mushroom stuffed flank steak and a salad for dinner.

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So update from Monday - that bag of chocolate at my desk is still sealed. I'm kinda proud of that (seriously, dark chocolate filled with peanut butter is my literal weakness.. and I haven't touched one at all)

 

Tonight is my normal gym night for me and hubs. I'm not feeling super still but I can power through this workout. Then it'll be time for a keto friendly-ish philly cheesesteak dinner (no bread, just sauteed mushrooms/peppers/steak with cheese). 

 

The last week's recap:

 

12oz soda or less per day - other than ninja soda day last weekend, This has been solid. Even the cherry coke I bought Monday to help combat my lady bit problems is still sitting in my office fridge, half finished. I just don't want/gravitate toward soda (and I'm 110% okay with that)

 

Dog Walkies - last week was solid, but I didn't get one in yesterday. I left early that morning to deal with some bank stuff and was feeling icky last night and skipped it. But overall the routine is in place to keep it going.

 

Meal Plan - I give me an A-. I did falter on a day, but I've managed to keep it pretty consistent overall. This week has also been okay-ish. Yesterday wound up going under, afer my hubby and I had to go pick up his car from the shop after work/etc we quickly realized that if we cooked the meal we planned on, he'd have to be in bed before we'd even get finished cooking due to how late it was. Plan has been diverted, but we're still sitting solid for the rest of the week.

 

Updates - Mostly good here too. Not getting every day, especially over the weekends when i'm running 100 miles an hour. Still working, still plodding along.

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Why is it that weekends seem to just... fall apart when i plan stuff? Gah. The rigidity of the work week sucks but at least it forces me to stay on the up and up.

 

Spent Saturday getting my hair colored, then did some pokemon go-ing with the hubby for community day. We missed going to the movies because I didn't want to sit with so many kids in the theater (Incredibles 2) so we're going on Thursday instead.

 

Sunday I did manage to get a bunch of meal prep done, shockingly. I have four days worth of lunches prepped, a big bowl of salad to eat from during the week with dinners prepped, a bowl of green peppers/mushrooms as a last minute meal with some roast beef if plans fall through, and some cucumber/tomato salad to snack on. Dinner is set for the next three-four days, so good there too. Just.. feels like I'm not making enough progress? (That sounds weird so say, and I probably shouldn't). 

 

I have to consider an alternative to walking the dog, I think. She's getting up there in age and seemed to be struggling on the tail end of a couple of our walks. I don't wanna overexert her (she's 10, and she's a greyhound/lab mix, and their average lifespan is about 10-14 years so I know she's creeping into senior territory). I also don't know how I feel about walking in the neighborhood alone. It isn't a bad neighborhood at ALL but it does border a questionable one and the previously mentioned lack of sidewalks makes me nervy. My uncle was hit and killed walking down a street without sidewalks so that does WONDERS for my anxiety >.>

I'm debating if its better to go ahead and swap the walks in the morning for morning sessions at the gym on Monday and Friday - in conjunction with the gym on Wednesday nights with the hubby* (and possibly friends)? I don't want to skip being active altogether, but I definitely don't feel comfortable walking alone. Hubby can't come with me on the walks either, because he's already at work by the time I'm getting outta bed.

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You so are making enough progress! You are doing great and that sealed bag of chocolate is proof ;) Ugh mushrooms I love thee lol All this talk about mushrooms makes me want all the mushrooms. I am on board with meals that have mushrooms. 

 

Do you have a game console at home? I have DDR and one of those konnect? things for xbox lol Some of those games are fun and a way to be active indoors. I am not sure if this interests you either but you could follow at home zumba or yoga or see if your gym offers classes as part of your membership. I find its easier to workout when I have "friends" lol that being said I have not gone to mine.... I also haven't gone to my gym for 2-3 years even though I keep paying for it. 

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2 hours ago, Rookie said:

I also haven't gone to my gym for 2-3 years even though I keep paying for it. 

 

OMG right?! I've been paying for our family plan at our local community center for about that long, and literally other than the last two weeks I think the last time I went before that was last summer? And that was a "let's go to the pool before breakfast" kinda day. Though with the kiddo getting out of school this week, I think her and her dad will use it more on the days he's off so there's that I suppose.

 

But I really do like my gym, they have a bunch of cardio machines (eh), a lap pool, a great free weight section off by itself away from the rest of the gym so its private and you can drop as many weights as you want, grunt/yell/whatever and you're not looked at weird (woo!), and a sauna that I could literally live inside forever. I have great amenities but ugh I hate going alone because I don't do well surrounded by strangers. Double edged sword man.. I haven't looked into classes yet. I know the old gym I used had them for free with membership for most classes except like.. bootcamps and stuff. I'm not sure about this one.

 

I do have an Xbox One/Wii/etc, but I don't have a kinect. I think I have a couple Wii games that are more active that I could definitely get back into. If I can find all the pieces to the Wii.. I let my daughter borrow it to stream Netflix in her room at one point. I think its in a box somewhere.  Once I get my garage cleared out (I'm housing a ton of things for my local LARP group that will hopefully all be out of my house by July) I can get back out there for workouts. I have rubber mats, a couple kettlebells/medicine balls, a set of dumbbells, and a rickety but still totally serviceable bench. I just can't maneuver out there between totes, tables, and assorted random crap.

 
"Even if you don't make it all the way, those last 10 seconds of trying and not getting anywhere - that's where you gain the most strength." - Jessie Graff

 

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So good news on the garage front(ish) is that I realized last night that we have a bulky trash drop-off day coming. Google tells me its actually this Saturday! So tomorrow/Friday my brother and my hubby are breaking down this dilapidated shed on my back patio (part of the LARP group stuff - the property the shed used to be on was no longer available and the shed was in shambles) and we're gonna haul all that off in my father-in-law's truck Saturday. If I can break it all down and tie it down properly I can hopefully get all the shed bits, plus some of the other big items off my list and off my property.

 

My stomach has been bothering me all day today - I had too much soda yesterday (deliberate decision, my brother and I dressed up for Game of Thrones night at the baseball game) but I'm paying for it today :(

 

But tonight my hubby and I hit the gym, along with two of my friends, and we'll get some of this yuck worked outta me.

 

Speaking of the gym(!!) i looked at what classes are included with my membership and it was super misleading. Initially it says "Free participation in all aerobics classes, including water aerobics" - which kinda made me bummed... BUT THEN! I clicked on the list of "aerobic classes" and y'aaaaaall! (Spoiler tag because this is a long f'n list!)

 

Spoiler
  • Beast Mode-Challenging Class, You will be pushed to the edge in this beast of a Boot Camp class.
  • BXB-Kick, Punch, dancing cardio class. Fun beats will leave you sweating and asking for more.
  • BXB Fire-Dance, Kick & punch 3-2-1 method 3 min cardio, 2 min strength, 1 min abs. Fun beats leave you sweatin!
  • Boot Camp Yoga-Based on the Yoga asana practice  that instills body & breath awareness while improving posture, flexibility with the emphasizes on strength!
  • Body Attack-Hit the abs, hips, gluts and thighs, arms shoulders, back. No muscle will be neglected, always different and never boring, 
  • Cardio Strength Flow- Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular, muscular endurance while ending class with yoga.
  • Chair yoga-yoga made simple in a chair. Challenging flow stretch and strengthen with gentle yoga. 
  • Deep Stretch Yoga-A quiet, meditative class focuses on longer holds in passive poses. Deep Stretching promotes blood flow & prevent injuries
  • Forever Fit 1 &2- Lower impact but harder than Silver Sneaker format.  Level 1 is easier than Level 2, which is a little amped up!
  • Fluid Power Yoga-Flow of Yoga with a little kick using more muscle and tools to ramp up your yoga practice.
  • MuscleWorx-Weights, bands, & bars are used to build muscle and strength to raise metabolism and give you that toned body you are looking for!
  • Pilates-A total body conditioning exercise method combining flexibility and strength, improving balance and posture.
  • Pilates Mashup- Blend of yoga & pilates. You'll improve core strength & flexibility at the same time!
  • Piyo Strength-A blend of yoga and pilates you'll improve core strength and flexibility and eliminate some stress.
  • Pound-.Always changing it up-never boring uses Intervals to torch maximum calories and get the heart a pounding!!!
  • Power Yoga-  Bursts of aerobic activity with traditional strength & flexibility poses.
  • Rip it up!-Weights, bands and tubing are used, class is designed to increase strength, raise metabolism, & improve flexibility
  • Rev It Up!-Get your heart rate up in this class with running drills, power moves and team challenges Increase your Endurance Level.

  • Tranquil Yoga-Rejuvenate and relaxing practice yet gentle yoga practice that focus on breath stretching & alignment.

  • Shred- this class will leave your muscles screaming! Heavy weights used! Shred your body to the next level!

  • SilverSneakers Classic-Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. A chair is offered for support, stretching, and relaxation exercises.

  • Sit Stretch and Strengthen- Props such as bands and blocks will be usedto do Yoga with modifications; principals of alignment will be looked at for every participant to stay safe and challenged.

  • Sports Performance- Classes are done outside (weather permitting) at the garage, using non-traditional methods, including tire flipping, sled pulling and more.

  • Steppin’UP-Step is used for Cardio workout!  Step it UP!
  • Straight to the Core-Pilate Based class mat and standing. Balance, focus and let’s get straight to the CORE!
  • Street Dance-Syncopated rhythms, smooth moves and constant fun, make this class a guaranteed GREAT TIME!
  • Refit and Tone-using various elements of fitness, cardio dance and fun music ending with a toning session fro your entire body!
  • Zumba-This is a fun, different, easy, and effective class. We create a party-like atmosphere! This is a fitness class designed for everyone!
  • Zumba Gold-A fun-filled workout with a party like atmosphere, but designed for the active adult population or a truly beginner student!
  • Zumba Strength-Same fun party like atmosphere, but with more fitness moves, squats, pushups and even burpees!
  • Zumba Toning- Same fun moves and music as Zumba, just with segments of toning using weights.

 

WHAT?!

 

I'm so stoked now. They do warn that schedules/classes may pop up/drop based on attendance, and the schedules that are up are linked as being valid for April-June, but the schedule itself says December? So I'm going to bring the "current" list from their website tonight to the gym and see if they can confirm if its accurate or what's being held when/where/etc.

The only bummer is that (obvs) there are a lot of classes scheduled in the middle of the day which isn't very helpful for people like me working the "normal" 9-5. But they open up at 5AM with classes as early as 5:30, so we shall see :)

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Update! Where are we - end of week three now?!

 

 

Quest: I am the type of person who will drink more water.

  • I will limit myself to one 12oz soda per day at most for the next four weeks
    • So far? Baller progress. Last Tuesday I definitely didn't stick to it thank to the ballgame, but otherwise it's been a very successful challenge on this front so far.
       

Quest: I am the type of person who cares about her health.

  • I will take the dog for a walk every morning during the work week, and every evening on the weekends.
    • Walks have been amended, the poor gal can't get it done every day. I've subbed extra days at the gym/home yoga/whatnot for the days we don't manage to get a walk in. We did get a good one on Saturday and she was excited to go back out :) 
       

Quest: I am the type of person who enjoys cooking for her family.

  • I will stick to my meal plan 4-5 days a week.
    • Are planned non-plans a thing? Ball game Tuesday kinda threw things off, my hubby failed to cook Friday like he was told to before I went to work, and I struggled to put together a solid plan this past week. That was a total bust. I've got the next two nights figured out, but tomorrow night is "clean the fridge out because tomorrow is trash day" so I'll get a better stock of what I have then. Also my kiddo is going to the orthodontist tomorrow and getting her spacers fitted, so she's going to be a grouchy, sore mouthed kiddo for a while. Lots of softer foods on the horizon.
       

Quest: I am the type of person who takes pride in her appearance.

  • I will be more diligent by brushing/flossing both morning and night, along with a morning/night face wash
    • I'm getting lax here. I can admit it - it's not been as on the ball as I'd like it to be. As soon as I update this, in fact, I'll be polishing off my bottle of water and brushing/flossing/washing before I wrap up my planner and get to bed.
       

Quest: I am the type of person who is diligent in her commitment to herself.

  • I will check in via the NF Rebellion (the 4 week challenge, or my personal battle log depending on the day) every. Day. to keep myself honest about my progress and my goals.
    • Some days have gone two-three in a row without posting. I do try to at least peek in, and my mindset module diary has stagnated. I'm going to try to make a point to sit down one night this week and at least complete chapter 16. I'm aiming to finish chapter 17 at the end of this 4 week challenge. The 'what did you learn and can improve on going forward with a restart' system seems like a perfect way to cap off the challenge.

 

My biggest hurdle I'm discovering, is I anticipate too much time at work to focus on things like this (my fitness plan, my meal plans, my mindset module diary, etc). When I get a heavy load at work - I don't make the non-work time for my check-ins, or making sure the meal plan is put together, etc. This is something I know I need to get better at, and plan on incorporating into the next challenge. I can't rely on free time at work to devote to this, especially with my increased workload, potential promotion, and within the next 4 weeks our office is moving into a new building so I'll be dealing with the move on top of my work responsibilities.

 

I think this week I might look at my "typical" day and see where I can find the time I'm wasting (probably on social media) that could be put to better use going forward.

 
"Even if you don't make it all the way, those last 10 seconds of trying and not getting anywhere - that's where you gain the most strength." - Jessie Graff

 

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I'm not allowed to post so late at night..LOL the final day was yesterday? WHERE DID THIS FOUR WEEKS GO?!

 

Overall - I'd say I killed the soda goal. I think I had only three days throughout the challenge where I had more than the allotted 12oz of soda. Considering how often my husband offers to go grab drinks from places I count that as a HUGE win!

 

Walks had some hiccups - some aging dog problems, but a pretty good future outlook. I hit the gym this morning for a minute, long enough to get my heart rate up and the narrowly avoid the random thunderstorm on the way home. I did, however, lose a significant amount of time this morning on social media >.> So I'm deleting FB from my phone so I'm not tempted to just sit and scroll. Nobody is that important Annabelle, jesus. Get yer shit together woman.

 

Meal plan had a few hiccups too. I definitely learned a lot about how to have some 'emergency' meals prepared, for the days where the shit hits the proverbial fan at work and I get home an hour late (lookin' at you Friday!), or on gym Wednesdays where I can't realistically start to cook at 8pm and expect to eat dinner and have everyone to bed on time. That's going to be a huge challenge coming up in next month's challenge (along with my giving dairy the axe.... omg I'm not ready to give up on cheese)

 

I'd probably only give myself a 'C' on the self care quest. I started strong, had some strong showings, but it was not at all as consistent as I'd like it to have been. And I'm gonna hear about it at my dental cleaning in just under two weeks I'm sure.. LOL

 

Check-ins have been wonderful. Not the original (albeit overzealous) goal of every single day, but consistent enough to be able to see the good/bad/needs improvement throughout the challenge, which was the point of the goal. 

 

Guess its time to start prepping for round two! (and did I mention, I got those before pictures taken this morning? Conveniently located full body mirror in a stairwell with some barre stuff - it was empty, but MAN do I not like what I sawwww >.<)

 
"Even if you don't make it all the way, those last 10 seconds of trying and not getting anywhere - that's where you gain the most strength." - Jessie Graff

 

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