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Update, Day 8, 6.25.12

1. Ran 1 mile in 6:37. I am ridiculously happy about this. Decided to try to beat a 7:00 for a Fitocracy quest, and lo and behold, it worked out. My legs will hurt tomorrow though… Also got in about an hour of biking, to and from a job site.

2. No bodyweight or lifting today. Helped a client move furniture and boxes for six hours, though, so in that sense I did a ton of lifting today.

3. Kept up the healthy eating pretty well. Client provided an amazingly healthy and delicious lunch – deviled eggs, chicken salad sandwich, and beef and black bean chili – but my eating was ridiculously backloaded today. As in, Dinner #1, Dinner #2, and Dessert. Oh well. Still ate reasonably healthy, and I’m sure I needed the food to rebuild the muscles I wrecked today.

1. Made money! Got paid! Spent no money! Woot!

Today’s goals: Run a sub-7:00 minute mile and bike 20 minutes (hooray Fitocracy quests - this week will be full of them), continue healthy eating, help neighbor with a project ($ Day 2!), record theater sounds and finish sound design, call bank, floss, prep job apps and alumni association contact form.

Tomorrow: Upper body/core workout of some sort, eat healthy, record theater sounds and finish sound design, theater planning meeting, call bank, prep job apps and alumni association contact form.

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STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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Update, Day 9, 6.26.12

1. No running today. Biked a total of about 30 minutes to and from rehearsal though.

2. Light bodyweight workout today – pushups, squats, planks, etc. Was pretty sore from moving all day yesterday, so I didn’t push it too hard.

3. Ate pretty well. Still need to eat more earlier, and probably space things out a little better.

1. Spent no money! Woot!

Today’s goals: Upper body/core workout of some sort, eat healthy, record theater sounds and finish sound design, theater planning meeting, call bank, prep job apps and alumni association contact form.

Tomorrow: Run 2 miles, do 40 pushups and 100 bicycle crunches, work on job apps and alumni association contact form, work on theater lighting plans.

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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Update, Day 10, 6.27.12

1. Ran 1.25 miles to the grocery store with a pack on. Shopped, filled up pack. Ran 1.25 miles home with some weight. Speed wasn’t impressive, but given how hilly the route is, and the fact that it was a weighted run on the way back, not too bad.

2. 45 pushups. 110 crunches. Done.

3. Ate pretty crappily today. Had a small breakfast and then didn’t want to eat lunch before running to the grocery store. By the time I got home, I was starving, and ate way too much. Dinner stayed pretty small, but I’ve been nibbly all night. Ah well. Will eat better tomorrow.

1. Deposited money in bank, spent far less money on a couple groceries. Paid rent.

Today’s goals: Run 2 miles, do 40 pushups and 100 bicycle crunches, work on job apps and alumni association contact form, work on theater lighting plans.

Tomorrow: Wake up EARLY (5am - have to get my body’s clock ready to catch a 6:30am flight on Friday), pack for trip to MA, possibly run, definitely stretch, submit 5 job apps, get to bed early.

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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Update, Day 11, 6.28.12

1. No running today.

2. No lifting today.

3. Ate too much today, as seems to often happen right before I leave for a trip and am trying to empty out the fridge so things don’t spoil. Blah. Made some pretty tasty things, on the plus side, but could’ve done a lot better keeping things in check. Blah.

1. Spent no money.

Headed up to Boston, then the Cape, and finally Martha’s Vineyard for a few days. I anticipate a mixed bag of food opportunities. Boston will definitely feature a Sam Adams brewery tour and Doyle’s Irish pub burger, and possibly a visit to the Boston Brewing Company and Mike’s Pastry. Once I get out to the Vineyard, though, I’m hoping to enjoy some local (healthy!) produce from the friend I’m staying with, who’s working on a farm out there for the summer. Plus, I’ll aim to get plenty of running, biking and swimming in – maybe some bodyweight exercises too. Hope everyone has a great weekend! This baby Wookie will check back in Tuesday or Wednesday with a damage report!

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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Update, Day 18, 7.5.12

General update, since it's been a while. Had an awesome visit to Boston, Cape Cod, and Martha's Vineyard over the past few days. My day in Boston on Friday featured delicious beer, Irish pub food, more beer, and then yet more beer, fried clams, fries and ice cream when I got to the Cape Friday night.

Walked and swam quite a bit the next day in the morning, ate decently and then boarded the ferry for the Vineyard. Once I arrived that night, we headed out to a young farmers' pot luck/contra dance, where I ate (probably too much) amazing, delicious, organic and home grown food, and then contra danced for a couple hours, working up far more of a sweat than I expected.

Enjoyed a bunch of great farm fresh food on Sunday, and made it to the beach for some swimming, which was excellent. Lots of walking around the farm and digging up weeds as well, so got a bit of exercise in that way too. Realized at some point on Sunday that I'd been wearing my NerdFitness t-shirt for about 2.5 straight days - love that thing.

Walked to the beach early Monday morning, did a bunch of swimming, and actually found a convenient pull up bar located underneath one of the lifeguard stands. Got some pull ups, chin ups, and pushups in, and felt pretty good. We nibbled on random stuff most of the morning and early afternoon, and then went to a friend's house for a phenomenal dinner (she's the personal cook for a family on the Vineyard this summer). Sea bass with a mango-peach salsa, quinoa, green salad, sugar snap peas, a baguette, and a couple glasses of wine. All farm/ocean fresh and beautifully prepared. If I had tons of money, I'd hire her for life. Amazing culinary skills.

Walked to a farm/bakery Tuesday morning to sample their amazing muffins and produce. Spent the late morning/early afternoon wandering through town and on the beach, swimming and sunning. Had to fly back to DC that afternoon, so bought a couple bakery goodies to keep me away from the airport food. Made it back to DC, sunburned and bug bitten, but happy.

The good: Managed to keep track - on my phone - of everything I ate over the few days. Didn't completely keep me on the straight and narrow, by any stretch, but felt good about monitoring things. Ate a variety of great farm produce and supported the locals - tried to stay away from typical touristy spots, by and large. Swam and walked a lot, and managed to sneak a few body weight exercises in there.

The bad: Diet was largely crap. Started awful on Friday in Boston, and gradually improved over the next few days. Primarily too much food, although enjoying a bunch of typical summer goodies (beer, fried food, ice cream, burgers) didn't help.

The ugly: My torso is still pretty bright red and hideous from too much sun, and my arms are covered with bug bites. The next credit card statement also will probably look pretty bad, so need to get more work lined up quickly.

Overall a terrific trip, and I have no regrets, except not putting on more sunscreen. It was great to get out of the city and spent time on the Vineyard, enjoying the beach and the farm with a very good friend. Now, back to business!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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It's been a very busy week with work and theater stuff, and I've definitely slipped. Holding myself more accountable from here on out. Getting ready to run and cook a bunch of healthy food tomorrow!

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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Thanks to you both for the encouragement. I've got a bunch of healthy groceries and just got back from running a little over 3 miles - getting back on track as best as I can. Today's my birthday, but I'll aim to limit myself to a couple beers and not go overboard.

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Wookie Ranger

STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 2 | CON 2 | WIS 4 | CHA 2

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - Teddy Roosevelt

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