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Bam. This day worked. Kinda failed on the snooze goal, but also rocked it on the food. Since I woke up late I had to truncate the workout a bit, but my squats felt STRONG. In other news, I am secretly an aging hippie-boomer trapped in the body of a 28 year old and I am soooooooo excited to see Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler play this weekend!

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 6:30 after all the snoozes D:
    FAIL 15/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) XX:xx -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout:
    Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 9 reps (+54 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    105 lb x 5 reps (+70 pts)
    105 lb x 5 reps (+70 pts)
    105 lb x 5 reps (+70 pts)
    105 lb x 5 reps (+70 pts)
    105 lb x 5 reps (+70 pts)
    short day. did the squats to a box.
    Barbell Deadlift:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    95 lb x 5 reps (+65 pts)
    135 lb x 10 reps (+101 pts)
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: 130
    Carbs: 190
    Fat: 50
    PASS 10/42
    What I ate:
    Morning Snack: 2 oz buffalo jerky, 4 figs
    Lunch: 2 cups of chicken stew with 8 oz of chicken, half a big sweet potato steamed
    Snack: So hungry, had a handful of sweet potato chips, half ounce of almonds, one little tiny piece of dried mango, and omgdidntfaceplanttheentirebag :D
    Dinner: grassfed bolognese over spaghetti squash noodles

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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Ha! Awesome! Scotch> Nyquil.

Have fun at the show! I'm glad things are working well!

"I'm just going to remember to not eat like an asshole most of the time" - MoC

three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: one must squat.- Brobert Frost
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Hm, let's try this again. The whole working long days is leading to needing more sleep which is leading to less internet times in the evening which means less NF, noes!

After resting my shin for almost two full weeks I went for an easy jog last night, and while it didn't feel perfect, it felt pretty darned good. So I'm going to try running every other day with LOTS of warming up, and I'm going to give it one more week before even attempting a sprint. In the meanwhile I've been squatting.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: Had two terrible snooze days, and four awesome up at the crack of 5 days.
    PASS 19/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) XX:xx -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    10/16
    2.7 mi run, 31 mins, 11:30 pace, jog/walk. ankle felt alright.
    10/14
    Flexed-Arm Hang:
    23 sec (+26 pts)
    32 sec (+37 pts)
    Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    110 lb x 5 reps (+72 pts)
    110 lb x 5 reps (+72 pts)
    110 lb x 5 reps (+72 pts)
    110 lb x 5 reps (+72 pts)
    110 lb x 5 reps (+72 pts)
    Front Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    Barbell Bench Press:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    55 lb x 5 reps (+50 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    95 lb x 4 reps (+60 pts)
    95 lb x 3 reps (+52 pts)
    95 lb x 2 reps (+44 pts)
    95 lb x 3 reps (+52 pts)
    95 lb x 4 reps (+60 pts)
    Sumo Deadlift:
    53 lb x 15 reps (+61 pts)
    53 lb x 13 reps (+60 pts)
    53 lb x 16 reps (+62 pts)
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: 3 bad days, 3 good days.
    Carbs:
    Fat:
    FAIL 13/42

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    Been great on this! Stayed within my budget. Unfortunately the now attenuated help that I've been giving my family is stretching me, but not spending on myself is helping.
    PASS

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Me and sleep are not homies lately. Also, I've been extending my eating window because the days are so long and I don't want to hose my cortisol levels. I'm going to make a point to reset my sleep clock this weekend by going to bed earlier. In other news, I'm making this when I get home. Oh yes, you read that right, protein tiramisu.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 6:30 >:-/
    FAIL 19/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) XX:xx -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout
    Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
    115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
    115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
    115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
    115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
    Standing Barbell Shoulder Press (OHP):
    45 lb x 5 reps (+64 pts)
    55 lb x 5 reps (+69 pts)
    70 lb x 3 reps (+61 pts)
    70 lb x 2 reps (+51 pts)
    65 lb x 3 reps (+59 pts)
    65 lb x 2 reps (+50 pts)
    65 lb x 4 reps (+67 pts)
    Hang Clean:
    45 lb x 10 reps (+41 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+40 pts)
    65 lb x 2 reps (+27 pts)
    70 lb x 2 reps (+28 pts)
    80 lb x 2 reps (+30 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+40 pts)
    Clean and Jerk:
    65 lb x 5 reps (+87 pts)
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: 135
    Carbs: 136
    Fat: 70
    PASS 14/42 Not great, but not bad either

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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My protein gelato and I approve of this low carb-high protein sweet thing plan. And nice lifting!

Hehe, thanks! Actually the tiramisu was kind of a fail. Ok, really... it was inedible. Not sure if it was the kind of protein I used or what. A rare disappointment from a protein food blogger who usually delivers (her banana pancakes are divine). Going to try her yogurt-based mini cheesecakes this week.

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Glad the shin is feeling better! I hope you'll be back to sprinting in no time :)

I'm disappointed about the tiramisu! Ah well.. keep us posted on the cheesecakes. mmmm

"I'm just going to remember to not eat like an asshole most of the time" - MoC

three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: one must squat.- Brobert Frost
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Whew. Ok. I don't have much of a life right now so updates have been... challenging.... I guess you could say that at least my life is matching my challenge title: austere :)

The last couple of weeks have been work, train, eat, sleep. Sometimes not as much sleep as I would like, but I'm doing ok.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed:
    MEH 26/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) 31:30 -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    10/19
    3 mi run, 32:20, 10:49 pace. Calf felt just so-so
    10/21
    3.3 mi run, 35:50, 10:45 pace. Again calf felt just so-so
    10/22
    Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    65 lb x 5 reps (+53 pts)
    85 lb x 5 reps (+61 pts)
    120 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
    120 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
    120 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
    120 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
    120 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
    Standing Barbell Shoulder Press (OHP):
    45 lb x 17 reps (+82 pts)
    60 lb x 7 reps (+78 pts)
    60 lb x 3 reps (+57 pts)
    60 lb x 4 reps (+65 pts)
    Barbell Deadlift:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    95 lb x 5 reps (+65 pts)
    135 lb x 5 reps (+85 pts)
    155 lb x 5 reps (+98 pts)
    Lat Pulldown:
    50 lb x 10 reps (+21 pts)
    70 lb x 10 reps (+24 pts)
    70 lb x 10 reps (+24 pts)
    70 lb x 10 reps (+24 pts)
    60 lb x 10 reps (+22 pts)
    60 lb x 10 reps (+22 pts)
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein:
    Carbs:
    Fat:
    MEH 20/42 6 good days, 3 bad days

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0 Rockin' it.
    PASS

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So I spent the weekend mountaineering with some friends who are very into this sort of thing. It was super fun. My eating was terrible but I'm giving myself a pass on these two days due to exertion. We drove to the cascades early Saturday morning. While the weather report had said to expect about a foot of snow on the mountain, there was more like FOUR FEET. The first couple of miles we were able to stay on trail, but the last few we were wading through thigh deep snow. Also, it was pouring freezing rain the entire time. Lots of scrambling up ridges which was super fun. By the time we found a place to camp our tent/packs/sleeping bags were pretty soaked through, so trying to sleep was less than pleasant.

It was actually really fun; great exercise. Pics forthcoming.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 6:30 (weekend)
    PASS 27/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) 31:30 -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout:Hike, 5.5 miles, very steep/snowy terrain, 6 hours total.
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: Dunno, calling it a pass
    Carbs:
    Fat:
    PASS 21/42
    Things I ate:
    Scads of potato chips
    Paleo wrap of salami
    Lara Bar
    Homemade protein bar (protein powder, coconut milk, coconut flakes, dark chocolate)

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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Mountaineering, day 2. After a night spent shivering in the tent, my mountaineering friends declare overnighting season: OVER. We had some coffee, more protein bars, and then packed up camp. Since it rained all night, the snow was tamped down appreciably, which made for MUCH easier hiking back to the car.

I'm pleased to report that two days and over 10 miles with a 40+ lb pack did not leave my back sore at all. I guess all those deadlifts work!

When we got home, I ate like I've never eaten before.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 6:00 (weekend)
    PASS 28/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) 31:30 -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout:Hike, 5.5 miles, very steep/snowy terrain, but this time DOWNHILL. 3 hours total.
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: Dunno, calling it a pass
    Carbs:
    Fat:
    PASS 22/42
    Things I ate:
    Lara bar
    Many pieces of salami
    A small bag of potato chips
    Homemade protein bar (protein powder, coconut milk, coconut flakes, dark chocolate)
    Half a box of Hot Tamales (yes, I'm not too proud to admit it)
    A giant plate of skewered lamb and rice with hummus.

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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Holy Sleep, Batman. Went to bed at 8:30 Sunday night, woke up at 7:30 Monday morning. And the best part? NOT SORE. Took the day off to foam roll/recover.

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 7:30 with no snooze, best 11 hrs of sleep I've ever had.
    PASS 29/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) 31:30 -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout: Massive foam rolling
    Situps
    20
    40
    84
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: 125
    Carbs:90
    Fat: 62
    PASS 23/42
    Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with 3 cups of spinach in 1 tsp of coconut oil
    Lunch: 1 grilled chicken breast over salad, no dressing. An apple
    Dinner: 5 oz of grassfed mushroom meatloaf, 1 cup of sauteed broccoli and cabbage
    Snack: 3 medjool dates, 1 oz almonds

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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Aaaaand now back to a more normal schedule. I admittedly failed on wakeup this morning (probably lagging recovery from the weekend). Ate well, and hit the gym in the evening. My calf is feeling SO much better. Hurrah!

Fitness

  1. Kill Your Snooze Button
    Time out of Bed: 7:00 with massive snooze.
    FAIL 29/42
  2. Run Faster
    3 Mile: (Current) 31:50 -> (Goal) 29:00
    1 Mile: (Current) 9:25 -> (Goal) 9:00
    400: (Current) 1:49 -> (Goal) 1:40
    200: (Current) :44 -> (Goal) :39
    Workout:
    Running (treadmill):
    0:31:50 || 3 mi || 5.7 mph (+269 pts)
    Barbell Squat:
    45 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    95 lb x 5 reps (+65 pts)
    125 lb x 5 reps (+80 pts)
    125 lb x 5 reps (+80 pts)
    125 lb x 5 reps (+80 pts)
    125 lb x 5 reps (+80 pts)
    125 lb x 5 reps (+80 pts)
    Standing Barbell Shoulder Press (OHP):
    45 lb x 10 reps (+75 pts)
    65 lb x 3 reps (+59 pts)
    65 lb x 3 reps (+59 pts)
    65 lb x 2 reps (+50 pts)
    65 lb x 3 reps (+59 pts)
    65 lb x 3 reps (+59 pts)
    Power Snatch:
    45 lb x 3 reps (+42 pts)
    45 lb x 3 reps (+42 pts)
    Sit-Up:
    81 reps (+52 pts)
  3. Macros, Ahoy!
    Protein: 130
    Carbs: 140
    Fat: 80
    PASS 24/42
    Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with 3 cups of spinach and half an onion in 1 tsp of coconut oil
    Lunch: Sirloin steak salad, 6 oz beef over lots of greens, vinaigrette. An apple
    Snack: Clif builder bar, after workout
    Dinner: 5 oz of grassfed beef meatloaf with mushrooms, 1 cup of sauteed broccoli and cabbage
    Snack: 3 medjool dates

Life

  1. No Spending the Moneys!
    Amount Spent Unnecessarily: 0
    PASS

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Squee! So many awesome updates! I can't wait for the mountaineering pics! 4 feet of snow.. ouch. I love when fitness pays off in every day life. No soreness FTW!!!

But mostly: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! your hair is SOCUTEIWANNADIE! I love it! I have a similar cut (so obvs, i am a fan) but I love it most when paired with curliness. Love the curlies! And the red! Did you get the red professionally done? My hair always fades from red to light brown so fast. It's depressing.

"I'm just going to remember to not eat like an asshole most of the time" - MoC

three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: one must squat.- Brobert Frost
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Special thanks to AkLulu for drawing my awesome avatar!

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And now, some mountaineering photos!

Day 1: On the way up the mountain when the trail was still visible, we passed an alpine lake. Super lovely and there were ducks everywhere (though I managed not to capture one in the photo). About an hour after this photo was taken we were wading in the super deep snow and thoroughly OFF trail.

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Day 2: After a freezing night much of the snow was packed down (from 4' to about 2'). Here was where we camped

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And all that rain revealed the lake next to which we had camped

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Yours truly, in front of the same lake as in the first picture, but on the way down the mountain. As you can see, vastly less snow. The front of my jacket is stuffed with enough jerky and sweet potato to survive the entire winter. Paleo squirrel.

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So I haven't been here practically all challenge. Sorry about that!!

I LOVE your hair! So cute! I tried to do something similar with mine but the crazy hair person (I was at a hair school, but it was a teacher) walked up and lopped off the front. I almost started crying. I normally am not super-emotional about my hair (in fact, I generally cut it myself).

I also love the color!

So pretty!

And your mountaineering photos make me jealous! Looks like a lot of fun. One of the things that sucks about Kansas (there's probably a master list somewhere :)) is that we really don't have anything for hiking, or pretty scenery like mountains or streams. It's pretty in its own flat way that I don't appreciate enough, but I would love to have more outdoor activities like that! Yay for you!

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nice pics. you must have had a great time, even though the weather was kind of cold wet and rotten.

also, i'm super jealous of the hair. i wish mine would do that.

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Squee! So many awesome updates! I can't wait for the mountaineering pics! 4 feet of snow.. ouch. I love when fitness pays off in every day life. No soreness FTW!!!

But mostly: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! your hair is SOCUTEIWANNADIE! I love it! I have a similar cut (so obvs, i am a fan) but I love it most when paired with curliness. Love the curlies! And the red! Did you get the red professionally done? My hair always fades from red to light brown so fast. It's depressing.

Dawwwwww thanks! Yes, I had some dark brown dye on my hair so they had to strip off all the old color to apply red (omg, my pillowcases are ruined); I always go pro after some terrible hair experiments in my teenaged years. Also, I have so many colors layered over each other that I figure it's safer (not to mention the pros have stronger chemicals, haha). Love having hair that can tolerate all the Seattle rain and wind!

Oooo, very chic CCW, very chic.

Gracias, bigm! I'll admit the first time I read that I read: Credence ClearWater. Then realized that made no sense.

Backpacking is awesome; lots of fun and it does in fact make you want to eat all of the things. I want to go more, but scheduling is tricky.

Also, your hair is super cute.

Why thank you! I have to admit I've never been much of an outdoorswoman (mostly I'm not a fan of buying/storing gear) so it's nice to have friends who are 1) good at mountaineering and 2) have all the requisite gear. I swear I could have solo'd like 3 more steaks after already eating all the things.

So I haven't been here practically all challenge. Sorry about that!!

I LOVE your hair! So cute! I tried to do something similar with mine but the crazy hair person (I was at a hair school, but it was a teacher) walked up and lopped off the front. I almost started crying. I normally am not super-emotional about my hair (in fact, I generally cut it myself).

I also love the color!

So pretty!

And your mountaineering photos make me jealous! Looks like a lot of fun. One of the things that sucks about Kansas (there's probably a master list somewhere ) is that we really don't have anything for hiking, or pretty scenery like mountains or streams. It's pretty in its own flat way that I don't appreciate enough, but I would love to have more outdoor activities like that! Yay for you!

Yay! Ooooh cool you went to a hair academy? So you probably have all those ninja blowdryer skills! I've tried cutting my own hair twice. Once at 3 and once at 13. Similar results both times (tragic). I've never been to Kansas but my SO's fam is from there. If it's flat it seems like it'd be good for cycling? Is it flat-flat or like, rolling hills flat? And thank you for the hair compliments! Lopping off all my hair wasn't nearly as traumatic as expected :)

nice pics. you must have had a great time, even though the weather was kind of cold wet and rotten.

also, i'm super jealous of the hair. i wish mine would do that.

Yay, the nightlight! Thanks :) it was fun. I expected more pure suffering (as I'm not the most robust human on this rock) and was pleasantly surprised otherwise.

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11/4

Hiking. Friend called me up Saturday to hike on sunday morning. Said sure, despite being in bed with a cold all day (smart, girl, smart). Got up at 5:30 the next morning. Hiked 10 miles with a 30 lb pack in 4hrs and 10 min.

11/5 Last workout of the challenge!

Running:

0:36:15 || 3.5 mi || 10:15.6 min/mi (+362 pts)

Flexed-Arm Hang:

50 sec (+58 pts)

Sit-Up:

65 reps (+42 pts)

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