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Oh man, I didn't realize that I hadn't posted a status update yet this week! Good thing I have you around, Jerem!

 

My eating is tracking well so far, despite a beer tasting evening last night. Tonight is my fancy beer-pairing dinner, which is just going to be a time for enjoying food and good company, not worrying about calories or anything (other than not wanting to get super drunk, ha). The food menu does look pretty protein/veggie focused, which I'm excited about from a taste perspective along with any potential nutrition things. I'm planning to be good about my food intake at lunch today but basically not count today as part of my week when grading.

 

I'm at 5/8 walks for the week. It's rainy today, and I have a pretty packed schedule, so I will plan on fitting in one walk today and having a double-walk Friday!

 

Strength training is on track, completed workouts on Monday and Wednesday. Given the big dinner tonight (late night, lots of food/beer), I am planning to do my third workout on Saturday morning instead of torturing myself tomorrow.

 

I've been good about putting the time into getting stuff done each day, although at varying levels of actual effectiveness. Tonight is just not happening, due to said big dinner. Same plan as with the food--I'm planning to just not count today in this goal. I'll do the same thing with the conference later this month and possibly some other evening-consuming plans, since feeling guilty about times when I am actually busy is not really the point of trying to form this habit!

 

Overall, I'm feeling a lot more excited about fitness than I have in a long time. I know this is the honeymoon phase, but I'm optimistic about it lasting for a while...

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You're doing great Snark! Keep rockin' it!

 

That's awesome that fitness is exciting for you. It'll stay exciting too as you realize that you're body is feeling better, you feel stronger and/or notice that your body is looking toned :smile-new:

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Week 2 summary: Pretty similar to Week 1, other than the crazy dinner on Thursday. Which honestly wasn't that crazy other than the beer (small portions, lots of protein) but was a lot of fun and was really a nice "cheat" meal overall.

 

Food: 8753/9000 calories, 508/450 g protein. Excluding Thursday cheat times from the count, success.

Workouts: 3 sessions on Mon, Wed, Sat. Success!

Walks: 8/8 points (eight short walks). Needing to plan for an extra walk on some days has been really good for getting my schedule pulled together, and the walks have been great for keeping my head on straight. Also went for a hike with my husband on Sunday (3 months of marriage, also split a fancy beer on our porch!)

Productivity time: 6/6 days (again, not counting Thursday!)

 

You're doing great Snark! Keep rockin' it!

 

That's awesome that fitness is exciting for you. It'll stay exciting too as you realize that you're body is feeling better, you feel stronger and/or notice that your body is looking toned :smile-new:

Thank you for the great encouragement, I'm feeling a lot better (mostly) but am definitely excited to see changes over the upcoming months!

 

 

*poke* Hey! How was your progress over the weekend? Better than mine I hope! haha

The weekend was great, but this week has had a bad start--I had a kink in my back yesterday, and I woke up with back pains and stiffness in my back, shoulders and neck. I skipped my workout this morning in case it's injured and then did some upper-back-opening yoga tonight. I also just sort of fell apart this afternoon/evening, I think PMS-related. Mostly resolved by getting my butt into the kitchen and cooking, which relaxed me quite a bit, and then having some of my tasty ice cream! (with yoga time in between).

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My back is definitely feeling better but not perfect--I tried my strength workout this morning and it felt tweaky in all the wrong ways after one circuit. So I called an audible and will give it another shot tomorrow. I had also tried to up some weight and am considering backing off of that for at least one workout, given the back thing and the time of the month thing...no need to rush and hurt myself!

I also slept terribly because some dudes decided to hang out on my street chatting for like an hour at 2am. Great follow up to my grumpypants evening, but at least today is a new day! 

 

Nice job thus week!

Thanks Grizzy!

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I got through about half of my strength workout yesterday and fell apart, just having a rough week in a lot of ways. Switched to about 10 minutes about sprint/slow cycles (HIIT-ish, I guess) to do *something*. Getting back on the horse tomorrow, it's going to be an awesome Friday. (Actually, I get to ride in a helicopter for work, so it should indeed be awesome!)

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Ugh, overwhelming week at work, but I am generally sticking to the plan over here.

 

Week 3 summary: 

 

Diet: 10,521/10,500 calories. 586/525 g protein. Works for me, this is an approximation anyway.

 

Strength training: 2/3 sessions. I had that weird back pain early in the week, and I wasn't able to finagle a second schedule in to make up. Back on track this week, back seems fine! Also, yesterday after working out, I had a brief "wtf is that? oh a tricep!" moment. Yay baby muscles!

 

Daily work walk: 7/8. Again, rough week, overwhelmed. This is likely something that's falling down this week, too. :(

 

30 min productive/active time: 5/6. I took my birthday off, and i counted a couple of evening yoga stretching sessions during the week. Sunday was a big cleaning day for both of us, so our place feels pretty good. My sister is staying with us, so progress on my 2nd bedroom is impossible anyway. Maybe this weekend!

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Happy birthday! I'm actually pretty impressed with how you've been keeping it together. When I get stressed it seems like everything falls apart and I'm like... six week challenge? What six week challenge? I had goals? When?

Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the compliment! I think this stuff is keeping me sane, so I hope I can keep it up! The act of preparing food is really calming to me most of the time, which is convenient as long as I make it a priority--I also tend to budget a lot of my daily calories for dinner so that it's easier for me to play around a little with it. Basically, I just typed all of this to remind myself of these things. While my veggies are roasting for tasty soup. :) 

Really, I keep wishing I'd done this years ago, or last year, or earlier this year, and it has become more and more clear that it's never a convenient or comfortable time to make changes. I'm choosing now.

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Man, I was super cheesy on Thursday. :)

 

Week 4 summary:

 

Diet: 10,239/10,500 calories, 586/525 g protein. Yay! Also discovered that I like spaghetti squash. I tried it in the past and wasn't a fan, not sure what the difference is now.

 

Strength training: 3/3 workouts. I've also been keeping up mobility/stretching on non-workout days and have started mixing in some yoga (flexibility/release focused, so far, but I might start letting in some flows and a little more strength components). It's definitely less convenient to work out with my sister here, but I definitely like having her, and I manage. And she's leaving tomorrow, so I will get my workout room back!

 

Walk: 6/8 walks during the work week. Definitely having a hard time fitting them in on busier days, but I clearly did better than when this came up last challenge. 

 

30 min productive time: 6/7. Kinda half-assed when I hit it, but meh. I'll take it for now....

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