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Get it? Because I'm going to run... and I'm going to fast... I'll just see myself out :P

 

Challenge goals:

1) Intermittent fasting, aiming for a 16:8 pattern

2) Stop snacking so much, dangit!

3) C25K as often as possible

4) Don't forget about the wedding!

 

Breakdown:

1) I've been doing pretty well with IF so far, although still getting the hang of it. Usually I'm pretty good with the timing of meals, and my lunch and dinner are usually pretty healthy, but my downfall is the sneaky snacking in between

2) Not sure exactly how I'll measure this. Maybe I'll just limit the amount or the type of goodies allowed. I'll use week 0 to have a think about the limits here.

3) I started a C25K program in the last challenge and I'd like to keep going with it. The major pitfall lately has been that my running buddy, my mini dachshund, is not as energetic these days (chemo's a bitch but lymphoma is worse). He's doing very well with his treatment but in the meantime I'm learning to enjoy running solo.

4) All of a sudden there are only three NF challenges until my wedding day! That's a slightly less scary way of saying there's only 110 days to go and there's still a huge to-do list looming over us. I'll aim to do at least one thing, big or small, each week just to stay in the zone and try to get back on top of things.

 

It's feeling like a good challenge. There are a couple of long weekends coming up in the next few weeks, which I'm very excited about. There are also rumours that week 4 might be busy at work but I'll make the most of the quiet while it lasts. Good luck, everyone :D :D

 

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*waves* hi, sorry I missed last challenge, I kinda got beat up a bit. I am sure you will do great. Here to cheer you on.

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Here! Following! Wobbegong tagging in! I like your wordplay title! 

 

4 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

2) Not sure exactly how I'll measure this. Maybe I'll just limit the amount or the type of goodies allowed. I'll use week 0 to have a think about the limits here.

Maybe use zero week to get a sense of what exactly you're snacking on, how much, and when? Then you can try substituting snacks or eliminating them from that baseline. Just a thought. 

 

4 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

He's doing very well with his treatment

I hope so!! Poor sweetheart. Please give him some cuddles from me! 

 

4 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

It's feeling like a good challenge.

It's gonna be a fantastic, kick-ass challenge. Let's do this! 

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2 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

*waves* hi, sorry I missed last challenge, I kinda got beat up a bit. I am sure you will do great. Here to cheer you on.

Hey Bean! No worries, I always tell myself I'll be more social outside my own thread but then I mostly end up lurking. I hope things settle down a bit for you soon, best of luck :D

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2 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

Here! Following! Wobbegong tagging in! I like your wordplay title! 

 

Maybe use zero week to get a sense of what exactly you're snacking on, how much, and when? Then you can try substituting snacks or eliminating them from that baseline. Just a thought. 

That's what happens when I try to be too clever ;)

 

That's the plan for this week: reliable tracking. Managed to restrain myself tonight, I fully planned to have some ice cream with Game of Thrones but by halfway through the episode I was just too comfy to get up and get some. Sloth won over gluttony!

 

2 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

I hope so!! Poor sweetheart. Please give him some cuddles from me! 

 

It's gonna be a fantastic, kick-ass challenge. Let's do this! 

Don't worry, he's getting so many cuddles! Actually he was super energetic today, we did orienteering and he had a great time running around the suburbs :D

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Snacking has always been tough for me to get over. That's why I originally started doing IF. Just so I knew at night I can't snack on stuff :)

 

Good luck this challenge!

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4 hours ago, Tateman said:

Snacking has always been tough for me to get over. That's why I originally started doing IF. Just so I knew at night I can't snack on stuff :)

 

Good luck this challenge!

It's a good method! I've managed to mostly cut out snacking before and after my eight-hour window, unless there's a morning tea or late-night movie to tempt me. That's just something else to work on. This week I'm making a note of what I'm snacking on and when. Thinking I might try something like a dedicated snacking hour within my eating window, and any other time snacks are out of bounds. 

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Oh no, speaking of morning temptation, I forgot it was Tuesday Cheeseday! Every other week at work we have a cheese platter and a half hour to just unwind a bit. I'm going to go into the tea room and socialise but I'm going to try to resist the goodies on the table. There should be enough leftovers for me to have some after lunch when it's IF compliant. Wish me luck!

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Good luck! I have a cheese weakness, myself. Luckily my current way of eating is cheese-friendly for the most part. (I guess yours is too, within the eating window.) 

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4 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

Oh no, speaking of morning temptation, I forgot it was Tuesday Cheeseday! Every other week at work we have a cheese platter and a half hour to just unwind a bit. I'm going to go into the tea room and socialise but I'm going to try to resist the goodies on the table. There should be enough leftovers for me to have some after lunch when it's IF compliant. Wish me luck!

Good luck. I never use to be too crazy on cheese, but doing Keto, I have enjoyed a lot more cheese now :)

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17 minutes ago, Tateman said:

Good luck. I never use to be too crazy on cheese, but doing Keto, I have enjoyed a lot more cheese now :)

 

45 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

Good luck! I have a cheese weakness, myself. Luckily my current way of eating is cheese-friendly for the most part. (I guess yours is too, within the eating window.) 

I love the stuff, but I managed to survive this morning without giving in. Luckily nobody noticed that I didn't have anything, or if they did they didn't mention it.

 

Yeah my diet is basically whatever I want, but try not to go overboard with sugar and not so much deep-fried food. I just can't stand the thought of calorie counting, and as much as I like the idea of keto, I like pasta and rice more. Maybe one day I'll have a crack at it, but for now I'm focusing on cutting down on the plain ol' junk food.

 

I was met with something unexpected just now. A coworker came by my desk, said "Thanks for sharing your baking with us" and gave me this delicious dessert. I think it's some kind of berry mousse parfait (it has layers, after all) from the fancy public café upstairs. I never go there because, well, it's full of the public and I don't like to battle a horde of tourists for a hot chocolate. You can bet I ate the thing and thanked her heaps for it, but I've decided that's the last snack I'm having today. That said, it's only 4pm, but I'll see how I go.

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21 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

Hey Bean! No worries, I always tell myself I'll be more social outside my own thread but then I mostly end up lurking. I hope things settle down a bit for you soon, best of luck :D

 

That was kinda me last challenge. Except I would look a it from work and not even log in. So yeah, at that point, it is totally lurking.

11 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

It's a good method! I've managed to mostly cut out snacking before and after my eight-hour window, unless there's a morning tea or late-night movie to tempt me. That's just something else to work on. This week I'm making a note of what I'm snacking on and when. Thinking I might try something like a dedicated snacking hour within my eating window, and any other time snacks are out of bounds.  

 

Cutting out the after dinner snacking is that hardest. I do okay for awhile then dinner is light or early and I mess up too much. Good luck with the snacking window. It might be a good idea since it gives you a set time to do that. Especially if there tends to be a certain time  you notice you are dragging a bit.

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11 hours ago, Bean Sidhe said:

Cutting out the after dinner snacking is that hardest. I do okay for awhile then dinner is light or early and I mess up too much. Good luck with the snacking window. It might be a good idea since it gives you a set time to do that. Especially if there tends to be a certain time  you notice you are dragging a bit.

It's been a struggle, not gonna lie. I don't miss breakfast all that much, but undoing the habit of a nightly bowl of ice cream for dessert has been a long time coming. Now I'm usually happy without unless it's a special occasion or something.

 

So far it seems I'm getting peckish in the afternoons at work ("Just need a boost of sugar to see me through the last hour") or when I get home. The latter I think is more out of habit than hunger. There's always a box of chocolate biscuits on the kitchen counter, and usually a bowl of M&Ms or something in the fridge and some Kettle chips in the cupboard. And this is usually where the gurus go, "Purge your house of this evil!" But I don't want to deprive myself completely; I just want to get the hang of reasonable portion control.

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13 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

It's been a struggle, not gonna lie. I don't miss breakfast all that much, but undoing the habit of a nightly bowl of ice cream for dessert has been a long time coming.

Same. Not the ice cream, but I'm so used to sitting down in the evening once everything is done, and with sitting comes eating. I've found I don't get hungry if I'm moving, so I'm trying to add an evening walk in to cover dinner time this challenge, but I forgot yesterday and today. New routines are tough. 

 

13 hours ago, Lateral Planet said:

I don't want to deprive myself completely; I just want to get the hang of reasonable portion control.

Having a designated serving size, or better yet pre-portioned servings, might help? If your kettle corn is already measured out into baggies then you know you can graze on ONE BAGGIE and anything beyond that is in excess of your portion control goals. Idk if that would work for you, though... I know I would probably feel too ridiculous portioning out my snacks to follow through with it. Plus I'm pants at following my own rules. I have a "no one will know but me, so who cares?" problem. 

 

Good luck! 

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26 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

Same. Not the ice cream, but I'm so used to sitting down in the evening once everything is done, and with sitting comes eating. I've found I don't get hungry if I'm moving, so I'm trying to add an evening walk in to cover dinner time this challenge, but I forgot yesterday and today. New routines are tough. 

Yep I definitely found that today, because I was uncommonly busy at work, I didn't even think about grabbing anything beyond lunch. Hard to keep myself occupied these days though so the boredom cravings have been strong.

 

26 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

Having a designated serving size, or better yet pre-portioned servings, might help? If your kettle corn is already measured out into baggies then you know you can graze on ONE BAGGIE and anything beyond that is in excess of your portion control goals. Idk if that would work for you, though... I know I would probably feel too ridiculous portioning out my snacks to follow through with it. Plus I'm pants at following my own rules. I have a "no one will know but me, so who cares?" problem. 

 

Good luck! 

I try to use my laziness to my advantage when I'm at home. I'll leave the box of chocolates in the fridge and just take two with me to the couch... then hopefully by the time I want more I'll be too comfy to want to get up ;) 

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2 minutes ago, Lateral Planet said:

I try to use my laziness to my advantage when I'm at home. I'll leave the box of chocolates in the fridge and just take two with me to the couch... then hopefully by the time I want more I'll be too comfy to want to get up ;) 

That technique works really well for me too, but it takes enormous effort to put whatever snack I just brought home away in the cabinet in the first place rather than just bringing it with me to the couch. But if I do successfully put the snack away, I can extend its lifespan from days to months. Pretty neat trick. 

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Guys, I got Hamilton tickets!! Super stoked :D:D

 

When we booked the honeymoon I was disappointed to see we'd miss out on the San Francisco run by just a few days, but on a whim today I checked again and they've added extra shows! The show isn't coming to Australia for another two years (they only just announced it today) so I'm feeling very lucky.

 

By the way, if anyone here has suggestions for some fun things to do in San Francisco, Vegas or LA, I'm all ears :D

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5 minutes ago, Lateral Planet said:

By the way, if anyone here has suggestions for some fun things to do in San Francisco, Vegas or LA, I'm all ears :D

What's fun for you? Aside from Hamilton, obviously. 

 

Outdoorsy stuff? Nightlife? Museums? (Art, history, culture?) Gardens? Tourist sites? Music? Food? Are you going to have a car? 

 

I'm not a partier so I know nothing about nightlife, but I can do recommendations in all other categories for SF and LA. Never been to Vegas, though. 

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12 minutes ago, Wobbegong said:

What's fun for you? Aside from Hamilton, obviously. 

 

Outdoorsy stuff? Nightlife? Museums? (Art, history, culture?) Gardens? Tourist sites? Music? Food? Are you going to have a car? 

 

I'm not a partier so I know nothing about nightlife, but I can do recommendations in all other categories for SF and LA. Never been to Vegas, though. 

We're not really into nightlife stuff either but otherwise all of the above. Won't be driving because I don't trust myself not to accidentally end up on the wrong side of the road :P

 

We've already booked tours of Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, Penn & Teller and Cirque du Soleil in Vegas, and days at Universal and Disney in LA. Planning to also check out Alcatraz and La Brea tar pits, so I think that covers most of the obvious touristy things to do but I'm always open to suggestions!

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I was going to suggest La Brea, lol. There’s some seriously cool stuff there. 

 

Muir Woods is lovely, but you’ll get plenty of big trees in Yosemite (albeit sugar pines more than coastal redwoods) and it can be tough to get to without a car. 

 

For food, all three cities are gonna be great everywhere you turn, but I’m particularly fond of PokPok in LA. San Francisco is famous for its Chinese food, of course. 

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17 hours ago, Wobbegong said:

I was going to suggest La Brea, lol. There’s some seriously cool stuff there. 

 

Muir Woods is lovely, but you’ll get plenty of big trees in Yosemite (albeit sugar pines more than coastal redwoods) and it can be tough to get to without a car. 

 

For food, all three cities are gonna be great everywhere you turn, but I’m particularly fond of PokPok in LA. San Francisco is famous for its Chinese food, of course. 

Just added the Natural History Museum to the list, I hear they have T-rexes!!

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Muir Woods looks gorgeous, but sadly I don't think we'll make it out there. We're going in September so there should be some lovely autumn colours starting to come through.

 

I'm looking forward to the food. I think I heard San Francisco is also good for seafood, which Fiancé says he's willing to try. Thanks for the recs!

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On 5/22/2019 at 6:03 AM, Lateral Planet said:

By the way, if anyone here has suggestions for some fun things to do in San Francisco, Vegas or LA, I'm all ears :D

BOWLING!!!!! haha :)

 

Vegas has so much to do. My son is big into the Titanic, and they have a Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor. It was ok. You get a card with a name on it when you come in, then you get to see if you survived at the end haha. Kinda cool stuff if you are interested into any of that kind of thing. Next door to it, they had Bodies the Exhibition We didn't go into it, but I heard it was pretty cool. Though it seems pretty gruesome to see real dead people on display. 

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  • The Exhibition showcases 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body specimens.
  • These real human bodies have been meticulously dissected, preserved through an innovative process.
  • The bodies are respectfully presented, giving visitors the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems.

 

I've never been to Fremont Street in Vegas, but I hear people talking about ti all the time. https://vegasexperience.com/ They do have free concerts down there too from time to time.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Tateman said:

BOWLING!!!!! haha :)

Haha I should've known that'd be your suggestion! It definitely sounds like fun but trust me, you wouldn't want me on your team ;)

 

34 minutes ago, Tateman said:

Vegas has so much to do. My son is big into the Titanic, and they have a Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor. It was ok. You get a card with a name on it when you come in, then you get to see if you survived at the end haha. Kinda cool stuff if you are interested into any of that kind of thing. Next door to it, they had Bodies the Exhibition We didn't go into it, but I heard it was pretty cool. Though it seems pretty gruesome to see real dead people on display. 

 

I've never been to Fremont Street in Vegas, but I hear people talking about ti all the time. https://vegasexperience.com/ They do have free concerts down there too from time to time.

I've been to a touring version of that Titanic exhibit in Melbourne, had a good time but sadly I didn't survive. I remember a few years ago Gunter von Hagens had a TV show which I used to enjoy, but I can imagine it would be a very different experience up close and personal! Our evenings are already mostly booked up with shows so thanks for sharing some daytime ideas!

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Finally lived up to the name of the challenge and went for a run on Friday! It wasn't easy, since I haven't done a proper run since last Friday. Ideally for me to make good progress I should do three runs a week but that's just not always possible. If I ever get stuck and can't complete the mission (I nearly didn't make it last night) I might roll back to the previous week; no sense pushing myself to the point of injury, and my lungs already struggle in the cold, smoky winter air.

 

This morning I'm going to have morning tea with a friend and do some bachelorette party planning. So that'll be a fail for IF but a win for wedding stuff. OK, so it's not technically wedding planning, but I'd say it counts, especially combined with the honeymoon planning I've also done this week (thanks again, guys!)

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Yeah, I rolled back and repeated weeks before in the C25K. I did that too when I was out for a couple of weeks. 

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