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Hello Fellow Rebels!

 

I'm writing this from a Starbucks WiFi connection, still won't have my own internet for another 2 weeks. Last challenge was difficult to keep up with for this same reason, plenty of things happening and victories to track, but no way to alert people! Even now, I'm probably going to have to leave before I can finish, so I'll try to make this quick. Even though I'm a HORRENDOUSLY slow typist.

 

My main quest for this challenge is to get ready for law school, which will start a month into the challenge. Then I'll have 2 weeks of classes to assess my preparedness and make any needed adjustments before the semester gets fully underway. I want to be able to balance a healthy lifestyle and a full class load, and that means sticking to a plan and a schedule.

 

I'll actually get my class schedule sometime this week and be able to create (and post many pictures of) a comprehensive calendar to simulate what my schedule in law school will be like. I want to work on making meals, working out, and "studying" only in times that I'll actually have available to me between classes. More on how that will pan out exactly in a future post.

 

For now, I have 3 goals for myself, to feed my body, my mind, and my soul. This may be the only "me" time I get for quite some time (three years if my lawyer friends are telling the truth). It's very important to me to not let my physical vessel suffer while I hone my mind. This is the only body I've got, after all. Toward that end:

 

GOAL 1: I want to do bodyweight workouts 3 times a week, this is the BARE minimum. If I want to, I can take an off day and go for a walk or kayak on the lake or whatever, but I ABSLUTELY CANNOT slack on these workouts. I'm not giving myself a way out this time. I have literally nothing weighing on my time these days since quitting my job and moving, so there's no reason not to carve out the 3 hours a week it requires. If that. If I pick up a good pace I can get a 4 set circuit done in 30 minutes. It's about time I stopped babying myself and got back to the Amanda I was this time last year. This means a total of 18 workouts, which is not really that much of a commitment. The grading is as follows:

 

A= 12-18 workouts, with some extra ones thrown in such as cycling and urban hikes

B= 9-15 workouts with no extra time put in

C= 6-10 workouts

F= less than 6 workouts. This is not an option.

 

GOAL 2: I want to make delicious and nutritious meals for me and my tiny family of one other person. We've been doing very well in making our own food (I cook, Nate cleans up) and I want to keep it that way. The thing that kills me currently is keeping in line with Nate's tastbuds and still keeping it Paleo. Right now, I don't really. There are a lot of white potatoes and rice, used to keep Nate's culinary attention and to keep him eating my food instead of going to a fast food place after I eat dinner. He's committed to eating more healthfully just like I am, but he's hopelessly picky. My real challenge is in finding whole food meals that he enjoys and doesn't realize are good for him ;-)

 

I'll do this by making dinner at least 3 times a week, realistically it'll probably be more. If I'm meeting this goal too easily I'll adjust for difficulty later. This equals 18 dinners in all, so grading is:

 

A= 15-20 nutritious and completely paleo meals

B= 10-15 paleo meals, a few that cheat slightly

C= 8-12 meals, most have some form of simple carb

F= less than 10 cooked meals. If this happens, heaven help me.

 

GOAL 3: I want to be ready administratively for when law school comes, this means making out a budget, getting textbooks, notebooks/pens and such, and arranging my workspace. This is more of a tiered system than letter graded, I'm going to have 6 tasks that need to be met by the end of the challenge. They are, in no particular order:

 

  • Sort out official files and paperwork so that it doesn't drown my study sessions
  • Create a budget that takes into account student loans and Nate's impending new job
  • Buy textbooks, get vaccinated, and upgrade ID (all on campus)
  • Get new study materials, all pens and highlighters were accidentally tossed during the move
  • Find syllabi, transpose due dates into NEW date planner
  • Create database of recipes to draw form that can be made in less than an hour or in a Crockpot for multiple meals

These are the tools that will enable my overly engaged mind to rest easy on a cushion of over-preparation. I've already been told that trying to do supplemental reading before starting classes is mostly useless unless it's requested on the syllabus, and my tendency to overthink things is going to rear it's ugly head very soon if I don't have something productive to occupy my time.

 

So that's this challenge in a nutshell. Bring on August! I can't wait to read what you guys are tackling this time.

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hey! I hope you can chime in a bit with no internet access over the next couple of weeks!

 

I am super lucky that my husband is willing to eat everything I make (and i make some weird stuff) but I have stepkids who are hopelessly picky and NOT on the whole foods/vegetables bandwagon by any means. I ended up sitting down with them to put together a list of staples that they WILL eat, and I said Pizza is only allowed on the list ONE TIME not ALL THE TIMES, and we try to fit some healthy staples into each meal so they can fill up on the thing they love, without having to cry over being made to eat sauteed swiss chard, for example.  will that work for you guys? and once you get him to the table with the staples he LOVES that fit into the healthy lifestyle, then you can trick him into trying and loving the newer and even healthier stuff that you're making.

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hey! I hope you can chime in a bit with no internet access over the next couple of weeks!

I am super lucky that my husband is willing to eat everything I make (and i make some weird stuff) but I have stepkids who are hopelessly picky and NOT on the whole foods/vegetables bandwagon by any means. I ended up sitting down with them to put together a list of staples that they WILL eat, and I said Pizza is only allowed on the list ONE TIME not ALL THE TIMES, and we try to fit some healthy staples into each meal so they can fill up on the thing they love, without having to cry over being made to eat sauteed swiss chard, for example. will that work for you guys? and once you get him to the table with the staples he LOVES that fit into the healthy lifestyle, then you can trick him into trying and loving the newer and even healthier stuff that you're making.

Haha, sometimes I feel like Nate IS a child... But we sat down and had a good conversation and both decided that as long as I throw him a bone every couple meals, he's perfectly willing to try my zucchini noodles and mashed cauliflower.

Now if I could just get the ice cream out of the house... :-P

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Hello!

I finally have internet again!

I know I've been absent almost the whole first two weeks, but that definitely doesn't mean I've forgotten.

Well, I mean, I've forgotten some things, like what I made for dinner last week, but I know there were definitely 3 paleo options, even if I'm the only one that took that path. This week I made a big mess of pulled pork that I used in a few recipes, once for a hash, once for stuffed potatoes, and Nate was still able to make himself barbecue sandwiches a few times. I also made a pretty good pork stir fry last night, with rice for Nate. Tonight I'll make chorizo breakfast taco bowls (I might sneak a corn tortilla or two) and I have boar sausage to make stuffed mushrooms and a huge pile of zucchini to make into noodles. The rest of the week promises to be healthy AND delicious!

I have one question though, do you guys have any special tricks to make your grocery budget stretch? We're carnivores, through and through, and even with the majority of our other food being veggies, meat is darn expensive. We're on a VERY fixed income for the next few weeks, and I'm having trouble finding places to cut back...

I have been getting workouts in, 3 last week and 2 so far this week. Sunday Nate and I went to the pool and splashed around for awhile. We also took turns giving each other piggy back rides. Now, Nate can lift me like I weigh nothing, he's strong. But Nate is 6'4" and weighs about 315 lbs, give or take. It was a very good workout slogging him from one end of the pool to the other. At one point I walked into the shallows so that only his lower legs were in the water and couldn't actually move my legs anymore but I bet him I could piggy back him and I totally did it!

Of course after that he picked me up and hoisted my entire still sitting body over his head, but some people just have to show off, you know? ;-)

I'm also work on my prep list. I've got a planner and new pens and highlighters, but still don't have my full schedule. Should have that Monday though! Then I can really get cracking. I've already been able to piece together half my schedule based on probability, now I just need confirmation.

So that was my first two weeks, on track for A+ so far. How are you doing?

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I am the captain of my soul" -WEH

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Sounds like a good couple of weeks :)

 

Protein/meat is super expensive. The only real suggestion I can think of is try to buy in bulk and freeze what you don't use. Otherwise, you seem to be stretching the pulled pork out for quite a few meals which is awesome.

 

Have a great week 3!

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