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On eating... breakfast is still a challenge. You'd think a GOOD habit would be easier to stick to. However, remembering to eat breakfast 90% of the time is still LOTS better than none of the time, so I'll call that an A. Eating a piece of fruit early and then more breakfast later has worked very well for me.

My week home really screwed up my regular strength workouts; also, it turned out that while I was beating myself up mentally for not being able to improve on the weights I was lifting, my trainer was increasing the weights WITHOUT TELLING ME (believing instead that I might have a mental block about it). My biceps/triceps, shoulders (and, my husband tells me, my back) have all gotten more defined and the weights have gone up, so even if I can't Hulk-out just yet I *did* increase my strength. Soon, deadlifts! SOON. Plus I was still working on form, and the better that gets the more weight I can push later. A.

The extra/aerobic workouts fell right apart when I went home to NB; I walked the kilometre to my parents' house several times but my parents dislike that for some reason (and I am not fond of it in the evenings myself; they live in the deep woods and there are bears. Yup, wild black bears including a momma who I'd REALLLY rather not meet!). It was easier to just let them give me a ride home. B overall, because other than that I was on the rowing machine even when my ankle was giving me grief.

Finally, I want to get back into judo so I'm emailing the sensei of a local dojo later today (I'm a little nervous so I keep editing the email!) to introduce myself and ask about the judo schedule. If the fees include the jiu-jitsu classes then maybe I'll learn some of that as well.

Kudos to all the Knights for sticking with it!

 

Cool, let us know what the Jiu Jitsu is like.  I am curious.  Also, I love your PT stories.  He sounds great.

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While it was not one of my goals, I was hoping that eating healthier and getting more sleep and exercise would have a side effect of losing weight.  Nope.  I've lost half a pound in six weeks.  That is within the error range for my scale.  On the other hand, I can see a difference when I look in the mirror.  My pants fit better and my waist measurement has gone down 1.5 inches.  I am thinking about having "no sweets at work" as one of my goals for next time.  I hardly ever snack at home.  I am not emotionally ready to try full Paleo.  I do want to try cutting out dairy for short stretches to see if it makes a difference in how I feel.

 

Seeing the difference is more important than the number.  You're probably gaining muscle mass and losing fat. 

 

Ouch, not sweets at work is so blasted hard.

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I really want to stay on this team too.  You guys are awesome!!!  What guild is everyone joining?  I want to be a druid.  :D

 

I am really glad that you all want to stay together as a team. 

 

I'm thinking about being a monk.  I don't know if that is actually a good fit.  I love aikido and do it consistently.  At this point it is part of my normal life, not a goal.  Maybe getting better at it could be considered a goal.  One of the reasons I like it so much is that there is always room for improvement.  I just don't see how I could quantify keeping focus on my partner, blending smoothly with my partner's movements, staying relaxed through the whole movement...  All those things that take it from "technique" to "art".  I am past the stage of learning new techniques aside from a few more weapons katas.  I am going to keep doing the same things at practice regardless of any "challenges".

 

I want to do more bodyweight and strength training to improve my overall fitness.  If I do the moves correctly in aikido all the energy should be coming from my partners :playful: .  That means my only exercise is in falling down and getting up.  Maybe the Adventurers would be a better fit for the next challenge?  What do you think?

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Ouch, not sweets at work is so blasted hard.

Gum helped me a lot; not that I ate a lot of sweets at work, but I *must* fidget with something. I have to be careful though, because I chew vigorously when I'm thinking hard and one time I bit my tongue so hard that I could NOT stop the bleeding. Tongues are very wriggly, did you know that?

Gum is a good alternative, but safety first! be careful what you chew. ;)

I get by with a little help from my friends. ~ John Lennon / Paul McCartney

 

Fall down seven times, get up eight. ~ Japanese proverb

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I've been thinking about what I want to do in the next challenge. I've got most of it worked out, but, as before, I still need to come up with a third sub-quest.

Main quest: Still to maintain healthiness, keep my blood sugar low, and lose some weight.

Sub-quests:

1) I apparently haven't been doing 'real' chin-ups, since my doorframe isn't tall enough for that. With the new outside workout spot, and some decent weather, I'm hoping I can work on those enough to be able to do sets of 3 of them.

2) My push-ups are kinda pitiful right now. I know I can do better. I aim to be able to do sets of 10 of those.

3) I'm really not sure what to do with the third one. I already walk about 6 hours a week and exercise 2 hours a week. I don't have the time to do more of either, so it's got to be something that can fit not my workout schedule.

Life quest: I need to make sure I keep my finances under control, and one of my biggest is food. I'm going to try to track my food costs and keep them under 70 dollars a week, averaged over the six weeks. I'm not entirely sure this is realistic, but reducing my costs even a little will help.

Any ideas what I could try for a third sub-quest?

Pat

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Hello all, sorry I'm largely absent right now but work has eaten my life. Again.  I started the team for the next challenge.

 

Main sign up sheet is here https://docs.google.com/a/nerdfitness.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHBINmhiRlpvdE12d1E4ci1rdG5HRnc6MA#gid=0

 

Team sign up is here on the cross guild tab https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnL943o3CTUvdHFDcDhISGQ2QUdLc3FDVjg1NHlmeUE#gid=7

 

Post your challenge to your new guild forum here http://nerdfitnessrebellion.com/index.php?/forum/298-current-challenge-september-16-october-27th/

 

and drop into the next team thread here http://nerdfitnessrebellion.com/index.php?/topic/36789-elysian-knights-team-thread/

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