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Sorry everyone...I posted before in the wrong place...I think I've figured it out now...

 

 

Hello!

 

I'm new and not entirely sure how this works... but I'd like to dig into this new 6 week challenge (ending May 27th?)!

 

I'm currently an average human female, a bit hippy,, and about 5 pounds over the typical weight for my age group. I'd like to be a druid-assassin hybrid elf (but not a super skinny elf, just a healthy elf)! But to start with, I'm going to be more druid and work up to assassin.

 

I signed up for the challenge and my goals are:

1) to start and maintain a gluten-free, paleo diet (with the exception that I am allowed to juice some of my fruits and veg as I'm allergic to them when eaten whole and raw...I'm serious, I don't get sick if they are juiced!)

2) to start and maintain a morning yoga schedule; 6am wake up yoga!

3) to walk to school every morning even if its a bit cold and/or raining (40 minute walk)

4) to finish the corrections to my manuscript for publication and send it to my supervisors for final approval by the end of this challenge! This has serioulsy been a huge weight/stress on me since I recieved the corrections back in February...sigh

 

I'm starting at 138lb, soft and weak, with pretty low energy levels overall.

 

I'm not sure how to go about awarding myself points, so any help would be appreciated! I really just want to maintain the first three goals and finally finish the forth one before the end of May.

 

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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blag! ok - i replied to you on the main thread.  anywho - i won't repeat myself (much).  welcome welcome!

Introspective Bookworm (Lvl 6)STR 8.5 | DEX 10 | STA 11 | CON 13 | WIS 15 | CHA 11Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. I... am a librarian. (Rachel Weiss, The Mummy)Intro/Current Challenge | Fitocracy | MFP 

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Thanks for the replies everyone! Thanks allirep for the reply on the other thread!!

So far I am doing ok! I've been walking to school and back (80 minutes a day!!) and doing yoga in the mornings! I'm trying to keep to the gluten-free paleo diet but I ran into a snag when my sister visited over the weekend and we went out to a few restaurants :( But I'm back on it now!! Not sure how paleo my diet is (I have to review that ebook again) but the gluten free has been great! I'm feeling a lot better and am now fairly certain I've been livig with a gluten allergy for a while (may have actually been a few years!).

Thanks for the replies and support!

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Ok! So I'm amending my earlier diet goal of a gluten-free paleo diet... I will be gluten-free but will still be allowing the rare appearance of the following on my dinner plate:

 

-black beans

-quinoa

-basmati rice

-real cheese

-yogurt

 

I really enjoy these things in my diet and I'm not particularly concerned with dropping weight, so I figure this will do fine :) But I've cancelled out chemicals from the things I eat! If the ingredients read anything other than what I would expect to be in it, then I don't put in in my cart! That goes for the items listed above because everything else I buy is either a fruit, veg, or meat.

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Ok! Points time!!

 

Goals:

 

1) to start and maintain a gluten-free, paleo diet (with the exception that I am allowed to juice some of my fruits and veg as I'm allergic to them when eaten whole and raw...I'm serious, I don't get sick if they are juiced!)

      Amended: black beans, quinoa, basmati rice, real cheese, yogurt are allowed....so not fully paleo, but very healthy and natural!

 

Gain +3 CON

 

2) to start and maintain a morning yoga schedule; 6am wake up yoga!

        Amended: I've added in a short workout circuit! 2 reps of 10 squats, 5 pushups, and 15 crunches

 

Gain +3 STR, +2 DEX

 

3) to walk to school every morning even if its a bit cold and/or raining (40 minute walk)

 

Gain +4 STA

 

4) to finish the corrections to my manuscript for publication and send it to my supervisors for final approval by the end of this challenge! This has serioulsy been a huge weight/stress on me since I received the corrections back in February...sigh

 

Gain +3 WIS

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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you might check out MarksDailyApple.com - he champions the "primal" eating/lifestyle - which is very similar to Paleo, but allows for dairy (in some instances).  i really don't think i have any issues with milk - so i do not feel i need to push it out now.  

 

i mention MDA b/c it is pretty awesome (really made the difference for me in changing my eating and my life) - and quinoa, full fat greek yogurt, and good cheese are all things that would be on the "in moderation" list.   the other concept you would probably like is the 80/20 principle - aim for 80% success - striving for 100% will only generate stress, which causes issues just like inflammatory foods.  i.e. don't feel guilty over a side of black beans once in a while.  

Introspective Bookworm (Lvl 6)STR 8.5 | DEX 10 | STA 11 | CON 13 | WIS 15 | CHA 11Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. I... am a librarian. (Rachel Weiss, The Mummy)Intro/Current Challenge | Fitocracy | MFP 

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you might check out MarksDailyApple.com - he champions the "primal" eating/lifestyle - which is very similar to Paleo, but allows for dairy (in some instances).  i really don't think i have any issues with milk - so i do not feel i need to push it out now.  

 

i mention MDA b/c it is pretty awesome (really made the difference for me in changing my eating and my life) - and quinoa, full fat greek yogurt, and good cheese are all things that would be on the "in moderation" list.   the other concept you would probably like is the 80/20 principle - aim for 80% success - striving for 100% will only generate stress, which causes issues just like inflammatory foods.  i.e. don't feel guilty over a side of black beans once in a while.  

 

Hi! Ya, thanks for that! I will look into it  :peaceful:

 

My diet is pretty healthy, I think. I don't eat junk food, don't drink pop, or eat processed foods from restaurants or from stores. I just keep it simple by eating fresh foods and cooking a lot from home (so I know what's in it!).

 

A typical day for me will consist of: breakfast juice made from 1 cucumber, 2 apples, a bunch of kale leaves, half a lemon, a piece of ginger, and 4 stalks of celery. I usually chase it with a glass of water before I head out on my walk to school (after I've done my morning yoga). Some days I'll make an omelet or poach an egg or something; snack once I get to school of some sort of fresh veggies that I cut up that morning or (as I did this week) a homemade chocolate chunk cookie (quinoa flour, free range egg, honey, real vanilla extract, sea salt, local-made chocolate chunks); lunch is usually something left over from supper the night before (this week it was spicy chicken stir-fry with tons of vegetables and some cooked quinoa or rice); supper is some sort of meat (chicken breast, salmon, beef) with a bunch of veggies cooked in some way or fresh OR no meat at all, just some veg and a protein like quinoa or beans or chickpeas. I don't eat after 6-7pm unless I get home late from school/work.

 

My grocery list each week is usually something like this:

 

Produce section: cucumbers, kale, celery, zucchini, spinach, baby potatoes, tomatoes, onions (green and yellow), carrots, broccoli, parsley,  lemons, limes, apples, pears, mint

Meat section: eggs, beef roast, salmon fillets, chicken breast, dry salami log (small one)

Dairy section: Astro Balkan style plain yogurt, some type of fancy new cheese that I spontaneously choose (like a herbed gouda or old white cheddar) to go with my salami :)

 

Other things that are monthly purchases: canned black beans (with no extra stuff and seaweed as a preservative...usually found in the organic goods section), quinoa, basmati rice (because its my fav!), 1L or 2L of almond milk, honey

 

Before now, this list had a few extra products on it which all contained gluten, and most of the fruit and veg were frozen. There was usually bread from the local European-style bakery or from the grocery store, some sort of crackers or chip-like product. But usually the things I bought were mostly organic and chemical free (I read ingredients labels religiously). The real challenge for me now is to be gluten-free. I love bread!!! I used to make bread all the time (sourdough, most recently) and usually would eat bread for breakfast (or oatmeal). I also used to take sandwiches for lunch everyday. Since I went gluten-free (and I mean 100% gluten-free, no-chance-there-might-be-gluten-still-hiding-in-my-diet gluten-free!), I've found that it isn't actually too bad to work around my usual meal routine, I just can't eat-out at all...which actually is really good, because it saves a lot of money! And on a student budget, there really isn't money to be wasted.

 

My story:

Last year, I started getting headaches and weird dizzy spells where I'd get confused and bump into things. As it progressed, I started to notice that my brain just wasn't capable of thinking properly (difficulty reasoning and having complex thoughts) and the headaches would caused slurred speech! Sometimes I wouldn't even be able to understand what people were saying to me or reply in a coherent way. I spent the year going back and forth to doctors, specialists, and had multiple tests done on heart, head, blood... NOTHING! They all said I was perfectly healthy! Not even the slightest weird little thing wrong with me.  But I continued having the headaches DAILY and it really had a huge impact on my work/school and personal life. I started to have problems with anxiety and mild depression brought on by the frustration and hopelessness of the situation! I almost quit my PhD! 

 

Then I started seeing a Doctor who specialized in Chinese medicine and acupuncture (which was really the "Last" thing on my list to try because I hate needles...they freak me right out!) and she looked me over, checked my pulse, asked me about my headaches, and then said "I think you have problems with digestion". So she started treating my with acupuncture for digestion! And that got me thinking...the only thing I still hadn't tried was cutting out gluten! I cut back on the amount of gluten I was consuming, but I still ate it at least once a day in some form (a cookie, a slice of toast, crackers...). 

 

So I stopped eating gluten, I continue going for acupuncture treatments (which freak me out every time...ughhh....) and I haven't had a headache in over 2 weeks now! It's completely amazing!! I'm going to keep this up for another month to let my body cleanse and then I'm going to eat gluten again for a week and see if my headaches come back. I'm a scientist, after all :)

 

And the fruits and veggies thing: I have a weird allergy to a stress protein found in the skins of fruits and vegetables. When you cut into them, peel them, bite them, or even just leave them out on the counter where they might experience stress (or during transport to the store or your house...dropping them, bumping them...you name it), the stress protein is excreted into the meat of the fruit or veg from the skin. And that makes me sick  :positive:  It's weird, I know, and totally sounds made-up! Not all fruits and veggies excrete the same amount of stress protein so my reactions to certain types are varied. Cooking usually destroys the protein, so I can eat just about anything if it's cooked long enough! 

 

I discovered very recently that juicing fruits and vegetables actually removes the protein from the juice (aka nutrients), which allows me, for the first time ever in my life, to actually consume fruits and vegetables raw! Some still get in there, but if the amount of allergen is small enough, I don't get sick (I might get a tiny bump on my lip or something). So I've been juicing a lot and eating some fruits and veg raw (only the ones I can handle) and cooking the rest.

 

Now that I've more-or-less figured out the gluten thing, I feel pretty wonderful! I have way more energy and motivation. This is actually the first time in my life when I actually WANT to exercise! A friend of mine introduced me to NF, so I'm really excited to get started :) I'm a HUGE Dragon Age fan (on Xbox) so I keep imagining myself fighting dark spawn as an elven druid-assassin!

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Nice goals! Walking is highly underrated as exercise. Years ago moved downtown and walked about 1.25 miles each way to work. I changed NOTHING else and lost about 40lbs in a year! Now I'm a suburban fatty again :) Working on it

Cave Dweller Druid, Level 4

STR: 5 | DEX: 5 | STA: 9 | CON: 10 | WIS: 6 | CHA: 8 Start:1/2/1/3/6/2

 

 

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wow. your diet is infinitely superior to mine.  your juice recipe sounds interesting. i might have to try that.

Introspective Bookworm (Lvl 6)STR 8.5 | DEX 10 | STA 11 | CON 13 | WIS 15 | CHA 11Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. I... am a librarian. (Rachel Weiss, The Mummy)Intro/Current Challenge | Fitocracy | MFP 

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wow. your diet is infinitely superior to mine.  your juice recipe sounds interesting. i might have to try that.

Thanks! It took me a lot of years to get into a good diet routine. When I first started trying to eat healthy, i had such a hard time fighting cravings! But they just kind of went away! It's actually kind of bizarre...I don't even want to eat chips when people around me are eating them anymore. Although, fries are still my weakness...fries or poutine :)  Love 'em.

 

The other juice I LOVE is: 3 carrots, 2 apples, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 zucchini, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 3 florets broccoli, and a small handful of mint leaves! It's AMAZING!

 

And another one: 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks, 1/4 fennel bulb, 1/2 lime, 1 pear.

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Nice goals! Walking is highly underrated as exercise. Years ago moved downtown and walked about 1.25 miles each way to work. I changed NOTHING else and lost about 40lbs in a year! Now I'm a suburban fatty again :) Working on it

Yeah! Its a great work out. I'm usually sweaty and gross by the time I get to school! Glad I have my own office, hahaa!

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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UPDATE!

 

I've lost 3 pounds!! Apparently I've been doing well because my "big jeans" don't fit any more and I'm fairly comfortably fitting into my "tight jeans".

 

I've been keeping to all my goals, though I did cheat this week and eat some gluten (in the form of a tortilla wrap around some beans, rice, salsa and chicken). I was rewarded by a gigantic headache that afternoon! sigh...

 

I started a little mini-challenge chart on my wall where I write my weight, body measurements and list the exercises I've been doing each week. I made it like a bar graph so I can "level up" my exercises as I complete my personal challenges. It's really fun. I also want to make a personalized elf character in Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox) just so I can hang a photo of them on my wall with all my stats and level info :) I'm really excited about that part.

Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Here's my character inspiration board! Every time I level up and gain points, I can mark then on my chart :)

Ps. My printer is running out of ink...

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Human Druid-Assassin, Level 3

STR: 4.25 | DEX: 3.5 | STA: 6.5 | CON: 9.35 | WIS: 9 | CHA: 3

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Just read your report! You did great! So glad to read you are headache free. 

 

I used to be plagued by headaches, for me it turned out to be that I needed to drink more water. Simple and easy. Took me several years to figure it out. Anyway, I totally know how you feel about suddenly feeling great without the headaches. :)

 

I found it interesting to read your stressed veggies experience. For ages I didnt eat salad because it made me feel sick. Eventually I learned that it needs to be super fresh and I can eat it, same applies to a lot of vegetables. I almost never get vegetables in a takeaway sandwich because they make me feel like throwing up. I also used to cook vegetables to death before I would eat them. These days I make sure the vegetables I get are super fresh and things seem OK. You are the first person I've met that had a similar experience. :)

 

Awesome job on your first challenge! Hope to see you again for the next one!

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

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