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I've heard good thinks about Wreck-it Ralph. Older daughter (14) says her friends are nuts about it. We rarely go to movies, and were thinking about holding off till The Hobbit comes out - but Wreck-it is worth it?

Wandern
Wood Elf Druid
Level 10
STR 15 | DEX 19 | STA 18 | CON 16 | WIS 22 | CHA 20
Current Challenge: Focuses on Fitness 

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Well, I'm probably biased, but it edged out my previous favorite movie. I completely loved it. It had a lot of great jokes for those of us who grew up with video games and practically lived in arcades. I think it is definitely worth at least a rental when it comes out on DVD! It was really funny and had a great story.

Definitely going to see The Hobbit as well!

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Oh man, Wreck-It Ralph! I loved that movie so much when I went to see it the other day. I went into it with high hopes and it blew those away. It's just a bunch of fun for a geek, isn't it?

Hope you feel better soon!

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Argh. I was right. I was sick. Luckily, after some rest and healthy snacks, I'm doing well again!

11/16: Quick Update

Exercise (5/6): Got some exercise done throughout the day. It involved 25 pushups, some planks and some stretching.

Gift (5/6): Played E's favorite tabletop game with some Daily Show and Colbert Report playing in the BG. Awesome.

As for meals, I'm not giving up yet! I'm going to make two new meals today: Chicken Chili and Parmesan Chicken Broccoli Pasta. Doing this on Hard mode, as I haven't gone shopping in two weeks... It's okay. I like a challenge.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Sorry all! I don't get online much at home. And it might have involved something to do with finding a trashy show on Netflix that was oh so much fun.

Week 1 Summary

Exercise (6/6): Luckily, exercise is quite easy to do, even when addicted to the TV! Got another BBWR in and did some extra pushups a few hours later. That makes it hitting every workout this week!

Gift (6/6): Played a few more hours of Mage Knights with E! It's one of his favorite tabletops, so he had a great time. This final thing made it so I did something nice every day this week.

Meals (3/3): Yep, that's right! Two new meals in one day! I still made it on this challenge! I'm finding this is the hardest goal...which is not something I expected. Argh. Now I need to start all over this week...

Cutting back: A total sucess! It wasn't easy, as this particular week, everyone seemed to put out candy that I found delicious. I didn't have a single piece! I'm actually pretty proud of myself.

Total 1st week grade: A

Yay!

11/18: Quick Update

Exercise (1/6): Did stretching and Yoga yesterday. Also about 15 pushups. It's getting frustrating. I remember being able to do 100 traditional pushups with a bit of hard work. Now I can do 5. Awesome. I also tried to do a headstand. That....didn't go as well as I remember. More core work is in order...

Gift (1/7): Now, this isn't going to sound like a gift to everyone...but I let E use the new gaming system we bought yesterday without complaining or demanding I got a turn. Seriously, it was a sacrifice. Believe me. I also took care of all the chores and made sure that his beverage magically refilled while he was working on a research paper.

This week's sacrifice: Salty snacks

I did this as a large category, as I don't eat that individual types of these. It's usually a few chips here, a bit of popcorn there, that kind of thing. I decided to get rid of ALL of them in one fell swoop. The good news is, E's school is doing a food drive. I got rid of a LOT of junk food, so I think that will help me out a bit. Our cupboards are even more bare though... I gotta stop avoiding the supermarket. I'm aiming to plan some meals today over my lunch break and make a shopping list. That way, I'll be able to make sure I'm stocked for this weekend. Most of my new meals will be on Thursday. I'm making an entire real meal of things I've never tried before! Thanksgiving was never one of my favorite holidays, but since E is really missing his family, I decided to actually not be a Thanksgiving Grinch this year and make a meal and actually give thanks.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Exercise (1/6): Did stretching and Yoga yesterday. Also about 15 pushups. It's getting frustrating. I remember being able to do 100 traditional pushups with a bit of hard work. Now I can do 5. Awesome. I also tried to do a headstand. That....didn't go as well as I remember. More core work is in order...

Yup - it is disheartening to find out that things you used to do without thinking are now out of reach. Fortunately, you can get it back! But it won't happen right away, and at least for me, fitness seems to take longer to regain than it did to lose. Sigh.

Wandern
Wood Elf Druid
Level 10
STR 15 | DEX 19 | STA 18 | CON 16 | WIS 22 | CHA 20
Current Challenge: Focuses on Fitness 

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Congrats on your A!

About sharing your gaming system (what system was it?), I completely understand how hard it can be to share a new piece of tech.

Also, I used to be in very good shape myself, so I feel your pain about being unable to do a lot of what we used to. I remember that just a few years ago I set the record for amount of pushups within a five-minute time limit at just shy of 200. Now I struggle doing even ten, lol. However, I hear that for people who were once in shape, that we have an easier time getting back into shape than someone who never was. That's a bit of a relief to me :)

Great work so far, and good luck! :D

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Thanks for the congratulations! I appreciate it!

LuckyMe: Argh. It's really discouraging. The good news is that I can see myself improving! I really pushed myself last night and I did 9 good form traditional pushups before I had to switch to knee pushups! :D That's some good progress! I'm hoping I'll be up to 25 by January. The whole situation just annoys me. It's hard to believe (based on my current fitness performance) that I used to spar, break boards, do reverse pushups, bench press my own body... Gotta keep working hard and get that muscle back!

Gallant: Oh yeah, Wreck-It Ralph had a great story. One of the things I really liked was that it focused more on a platonic friendship. There was a love story, but it was secondary. I keep hinting I want to see it again, and E keeps thinking I'm joking. The system was the PS3 I've wanted since forever. Back in the day, we had to choose and we got a Wii. I'm finally starting to be able to catch up on games! I've got a copy of Lollipop Chainsaw, Dishonored, Uncharted, and Assassin's Creed just waiting for me. Right now, E has time off, so I've been letting him use it. He's been addicted to Disgaea 4. He's got an absurd amount of work due over Thanksgiving break, so I'll play then...once I finish cleaning and unpacking my apartment.

As an ungraded mini challenge, E has been helping me out. I keep having absolutely no motivation at work and not getting all of my tasks finished. He's got a bet with me right now to see if I can kick it up a notch. If I can get 2.5 days worth of work done today, he's taking me out for a surprise dinner at a restaurant of my choosing tonight!

I think I've lost a bit of weight just being healthier, as one of my pairs of dress pants keeps falling down on my waist. While annoying, I certainly can't complain about that! I don't have access to a scale, so I can't be sure. I guess I'll see what the doctor says next week. I finally kicked myself in the butt and got an appointment. Part of me still wants to run screaming though. I HATE going to the doctor...

11/19: Quick Update

Exercise (2/6): Did 35 pushups, 9 of which were traditional. I also did 20 minutes of Yoga. I tried to meditate a bit, but my female cat chose to run laps around my neck. There's a reason I drew my avatar picture...I never should have taught her to perch like a parrot. I brought this on myself.

Gift (2/7): Let E use PS3 again. Also picked up ingredients for a favorite dessert of his and devoted 20 minutes to just sit, talk, and actually pay attention to what he was saying. He really likes that. I feel terrible for not doing it more often.

Meals (0/3): I've picked up enough ingredients to make 3 completely new things for Thanksgiving. I'm actually roasting a chicken this year. Agh! I have no idea what I'm doing! I don't even know what to put in it! Help!

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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11/20: Quick Update

Exercise (3/6): Did 40 pushups, 12 of which were traditional (moving up! Yes! I feel a level up coming on soon.). I also did 15 minutes of stretching and 85 crunches. I really wanted to do 100, but it just wasn't happening.

Gift (3/7): Let E use PS3 again. Went out for nice dinner and packed some lunch for him today. He's being nice enough to drive a friend to the train station in another city in this hellish Thanksgiving traffic. The fact that he will be driving for 6 hours instead of 2 is making it difficult for me to not be a Thanksgiving Grinch. Argh.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Oddly enough, my core muscles responded well to that many crunches. I've been able to repeat it!

11/21 & 11/22: Quick Update

Exercise (4/6): I took Thanksgiving off. I admit it. I did some great BBWR work yesterday though! Plan to exercise on Saturday to make up for it.

Gift (5/7): Made one of E's favorite desserts and cleaned entire kitchen after Thanksgiving meal. Also played a game together.

Meals (2/3): I made mashed cauliflower and I roasted a chicken for the first time! The chicken came out beautifully, but my mashed cauliflower separated. Eww. Luckily, I didn't care about the texture and ate most of it anyway. Tomorrow, I plan to make chicken stock!

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Yay on the chicken! Sorry about the cauliflower. We're just now discovering all the wonderful things that can be done with cauliflower. What has taken me so long?! I've been grinding it up in the cuisinart before cooking it, and cooking it in the milk/cream/stock/whatever. So far, no separating.

Wandern
Wood Elf Druid
Level 10
STR 15 | DEX 19 | STA 18 | CON 16 | WIS 22 | CHA 20
Current Challenge: Focuses on Fitness 

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I steam it, the whiz it in the cuisinart with garlic, butter, and a little Parmesan, when I need a potato sub. Mostly I leav it in florets and roast it with broccoli, olive oil, and curry powder until it goes crisp.

Spider

Hedgewitch Druid, Level 3

STR 8 | DEX 7 | STA 5.5 | CON 4 | WIS 8 | CHA 6

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So there I was skimming the Druid thread to get a good idea of what a good write-up for a set of goals looks like when...

...my signature vegan dark chocolate banana cupcakes...

I say that I was reading because I haven't absorbed a single word since that phrase.

...my signature vegan DARK CHOCOLATE BANANA CUPCAKES...

It just kept getting better.

This is a recipe you'd be willing to share? Maybe? Please? Pretty please? With...I don't know, what was it you said you make? - eggs over easy! With eggs over easy on top?

See? I was paying attention. Until you distracted me with vegan dark chocolate banana cupcakes.

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Of course! I'd be happy to! I have a couple of vegan friends that LOVE them. I also have many non-vegan friends who don't even notice they aren't vegan. I have a lot of stealth meals like that, because I don't like to serve something completely different for one person, and I have yet to have a vegan meal kill one of my other friends.

At any rate, I'm at work now and I'm terrible about getting on the forum on weekends. Since you asked so nicely, I'll even throw in my deluxe instructions for free! I'll post it up tomorrow morning! ;)

11/23-11/24: Quick Update

Oops. I was bad about updating over the long holiday.

Meals (3/3): I made a lovely roast chicken and some mashed cauliflower. It tasted delicious, but it separated. I'm not sure why...I just steamed it, mashed it and added a little bit of milk and seasonings. Not to worry, it was delicious anyway. I also made my own chicken stock for the first time! It was really easy, easier than I thought. My cats were convinced that I was torturing them as they got none of the pot's contents.

Exercise (6/6): I made this goal....barely. It was NOT easy to keep myself motivated over a long weekend. I didn't do the BBWR over the weekend, but I did move a bunch of heavy furniture. I guess that's something?

Gift (7/7): Over a long weekend, this goal got easier. We spent a lot of time together playing games and actually eating at the table for once.

Cutting back: This was easier than I thought. I found if I had some fruit around the house, I didn't even miss the chips or crackers. I haven't had any candy either! Doing well so far!

Total 2nd week grade: A

Hooray! Two weeks in a row!

11/25: Quick Update

Gift (1/7): Played Castlevania together. It's E's favorite game, and I don't do it often, as I suck at it.

This week's sacrifice: Fruit Juice

I finally started noticing how bad this stuff was for me and my teeth. They provide boatloads of it at work. I'm going to start ignoring the tasty looking juice in the company cooler. :(

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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I am speechless. You've set up quit a hard challenge for a first challenge... and you are doing great! Keep it up!

Yes, a rest day is good. Its a must in my opinion. :)

I am looking forward to seeing your progress!

Lusitanian Druid, Level 9
STR: 13 | DEX: 15 | STA: 17 | CON: 22 | WIS: 25 | CHA: 25

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.†- Aristotle

Current Challenge: Living the Good Life II Past: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th,  8th9th, 10th11th, 12th

 

Goal: 1001 Steps on the Road to a Home -> 18/348 in 2015 

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Goal: loose 9KG in 2015 -> 1.5KG lost 

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11/26 & 11/27: Quick Update

Meals (1/3): I made a green pepper spiced omelet this morning! It doubles as a gift, as it was also E's breakfast. He loves him some green peppers.

Exercise (2/6): I did a BBWR last night and some stretching and such today. Yoga is starting right now.

Gift (3/7): Yesterday, I spent a great deal of time playing games together with E. I also helped him with a project for school (just design and folding). Today I made him an omelet and we spent some good time together before he had to take off for an exam. I worked from home today, so that was easier.

In other news, I made it through my doctor's appointment! The good news is that I've lost 10 pounds! Hooray! The bad news is that I passed out in the office after getting my blood drawn and they kept me there for an hour to make sure I was alright. I was also exhausted and sick afterwards, so E bought me a sub. Not the best nutritional choice on my part, but darn if I don't feel better.

In the interest of DreadfulGirl (and others who enjoy easy cupcakes), here is my recipe for awesome cupcakes!

Eridian's Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

-1 2/3 cups flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 cup dark brown sugar

-2 mashed bananas

-1/3 cup vegetable oil

-1/2 tsp vanilla

-1/2 cup water

-3 Tbsp cocoa

Deluxe edition ingredients:

-Fresh Strawberries

-Cocoa

-Water

-Vanilla

-Sweetener of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk brown sugar, banana, water, oil, and vanilla until mixed well. This mixture will be a little chunky. That's fine. Mix flour and baking soda and stir gently until all ingredients are moistened.

Pour mixture into cupcake pan (with cupcake papers) until they are about 2/3 full.

I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to put the batter in and it works well for me. You can also just use an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan. It makes a lovely cake as well.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 - 35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Optional Deluxe Edition:

Once you've completed the above steps, stab each cupcake twice with a butterknife. Turn the knife 90 degrees after the first stab so you have little X's on the cupcakes. Mix a glaze from cocoa, sweetener, a little water and a touch of vanilla. It's hard to determine the exact ratio of this, I do it by texture and taste. The glaze should be about the consistency of cream. When you find a balance that you like, pour about a tablespoon of it into the center of each cupcake and let it soak in for a minute.

While the glaze soaks into the cupcakes, cap your fresh strawberries. Once they are capped, cut them in half. Shove half a strawberry into the center of each cupcake. Devour with gusto.

These look adorable and are quite tasty according to my friends. I'm a dessert enabler. I hate the stuff, but I make great desserts for other people.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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11/28 & 11/29: Quick Update

Meals (2/3): Making a ginger spiced pork loin dish tonight! I'm excited.

Exercise (4/6): Last night was some push-ups, crunches and stretching. Today, I feel like death warmed over. Our building had a fire drill. We had to go down then up the building stairs. I work on the 16th floor. X_X

Gift (5/7): Yesterday, we played Castlevania together again and had a long chat about the politics of women's positions in video games (His idea, not mine, but that doesn't mean I didn't love chatting about it!). Today we're planning on playing a 2 player game that we purchased recently.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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your cupcakes sound awesome. Do you have any suggestions for maybe replacing the brown sugar?

Fire drills are the worst when there are so many floors involved... the elevator lines get ridiculous when they let people back in... I've climbed my fair share of stairs to avoid elevator lines. It's good for you but it hurts!

Anyway, just poking my head in to see how you're doing, to tell you that I like your goals, and to tell you that your avatar is amazing. You're doing really well, keep up the good work!!

Level 4 Shape Shifting AdventurerSTR: 3.5 | DEX: 6.5 | STA: 6.0CON: 5.75 | WIS: 8.25 | CHA: 7.25

 

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Thanks! I appreciate it! I've been trying pretty hard. Glad you like my avatar! It's one of the few pictures I've done that hasn't come out looking like crap.

As for the brown sugar, I'm afraid not. The vegan friends I had were okay with brown sugar (I asked them specifically.). I know one suggested some of the no calorie sweeteners, like Splenda, Stevia, and other stuff. I'm not sure how I would replace it...

I'm doing okay so far. It's still the making new meals goal that is tripping me up. The others are surprisingly easy, except the giving up unhealthy food one. I'm having a bit of trouble with that one, as I don't eat a lot of variety of junk foods, but the ones I do eat, I eat a lot of. I've gotten rid of the two biggest offenders. The only thing I have left is soda.... Now I'm not sure what to do for next week...

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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11/30-12/1: Quick Update

Meals (3/3): Made rosemary pork loin cooked with olive oil and some healthy "fried" rice. Rice turned out quite delicious. I have some for lunch today! Pork was delicious, but could have used a couple more minutes on the stove.

Exercise (6/6): I've started getting my husband to help me with some of my exercises. He's encouraging me to do actual situps instead of crunches, but he has to hold my feet down so I don't get stuck. He's also started putting me through some of the exercises he used to do in football practice. I think I opened up a can of worms here, lol...

Gift (7/7): I had an all-around great weekend and was able to spend some great time with E. We played a lot of games and spent a lot of time together.

Cutting back: This went well, but I did have a lot of temptation. Made it through without a hitch!

Total 3rd week grade: A

12/2: Quick Update

Meals (1/3): Made some oatmeal "cookies." The "cookies"....well, they kind of failed. I have a large container of cookie crumbs. They completely disintegrated for some reason. E claims he will eat them anyway, possibly as cereal. I guess I made accidental granola? That's what I get for trying to wing it with desserts... I chalk it up as a failure, but that doesn't mean I didn't try.

Gift (1/7): I tried to make him cookies. We also spent some time making dinner together.

Now for some additional good news. Ever since I started cooking healthier, it has generally improved E's disposition. He has a lot more energy, as I've started cutting up some veggies for his lunches on occasion. The combination of healthy food and kind thoughts has generally made it so that instead of us ignoring each other in the evening, he's incredibly social and snuggly. At this point, I already consider that I've won this challenge. I'm gonna keep it going for the next few weeks! Halfway there!

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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Week 4 Summary

Sorry, I just haven't been posting. There doesn't seem to be much time for it during the holiday season...It's so quiet on here.

If I came off as snippy, I didn't mean to. I got some crummy and discouraging results from the doctor last week regarding my weight loss.

Meals (3/3)

Exercise (6/6)

Gifts (7/7)

Giving up: Success

Total Week 4: A

This week's sacrifice: Gummies

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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I'm back, sort of. Heading to doctor again today to talk about my weight loss. Yay...

Week 5 Summary

Meals (5/5)*

Exercise (6/6): My exercise wasn't as strong as I'd hoped this week, but it was done. I'm finding myself getting really discouraged lately and not really wanting to push on with exercise. Did a great BBWR yesterday and finally made a schedule to put on my fridge. Hoping this helps a little.

Gifts (7/7)

Sleep (7/7): Got lots of sleep for the Nerdi Claus challenge! (+1 STA)

Giving up: Success

Total Week 5: A

This week's sacrifice: Soda

*Did the Nerdi Claus challenge! Lots of new things involving chicken, some beef, more spaghetti squash, eggs, and other fun ingredients! I just had to push it a little more, so this worked well in my challenge! (+1 CON)

This week I'm planning to implement a solid plan of time management to get some long overdue assignments done for work! In an act of divine intervention, my area was hit by a horrible ice storm. I'm working from home today, which means that without the commute, I was able to get started 2 hours sooner. I've already gotten more done than I usually have done at noon.

ERIDIAN
Level 2 | Catfolk Assassin


STR: 3 WIS: 9 CON: 4
DEX: 4 CHA: 8 STA: 5

 

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