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Challenge 12

TIME 2 HOP 2

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I feel pretty good about my performance last challenge. I am lookin' to add bodyweight exercises, mostly on a form check/practice level. I will get back to the gym regularly and keep up my running.

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To keep this momentum going, I need to be more flexible with my schedule and ensure that I'm taken care of as much as the pets I care for in my business. I am also looking to find new foods (mostly veggies) to add to my dwindling list of foods I eat. Without the sugar junk food, milk, white bread, and greasy fast food, I need to find foods I like and will actually cook/prepare and eat. For those of you who have followed me through the high brush and rocky crags of my challenges, you know this is my sensitive spot.

But it has to be attempted… calculated… and learned from. That's all there is to it!

HA!!

 

Goals

1. Eating:: I tracked food last challenge and will continue that route, I like seeing it. This challenge will be finding and trying new foods that are lower in Sat Fat and Sodium than my usual go-to foods.  Plus, I will again track, but not grade, all my attempts at cooking and my experiments with recipes in order to create a healthier menu to choose from.

Food porn promised.

+3 STA and +1 CON

15 veggies or more = A     12-14 = B      9-11 = C         6-8 = D        <6 = F

2.  Gym time:: get to the gym regularly to do weight workouts and long and interval runs on the treadmill. I will have to play around with times which was part of the difficulty last time.

+2 DEX and +2 STR

18 or more times = A        15-17 = B     12-14= C       9-11 = D        < 9 = F

 

3. BW exercises:  do bodyweight exercises. Track exercises -on this thread- and how they are coming along regarding form, number, and sets. Form check vids likely.

+3 STR and +1 DEX

12 times or more = A        9-11 = B        6-8 = C        3-5 = D         <3 = F

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4. Keeping a home:: I need to take complete ownership of my 'no longer new' place. I still need to find a place for everything, a living room set up that's comfy and inviting, a cleaning routine that is adhered to, and decorations to make it feel like my home, not a hotel. I will make a schedule (paste it here when it's done) and tweak it by the end of week two, and then keep to it for the rest of the challenge. Maybe even post before and after pics.

+2 CHR and +1 WIS

21 or more days = A         17-20 = B      14-17 = C      7-13 = D       < 7 F

 

Okay, that's me. Gonna step on the gas and steer myself to open pastures and high mountains, free and happy!

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Good Luck to All.

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Food suggestions? Did someone ask for food suggestions?

Pull up a chair, darling.

Bell peppers. I'm not a big fan of the green ones, but red yellow or orange make some seriously yummy munching sticks. If you feel the need for a little more food at the end of the day, you can have raw veggies galore, and once they are cut up they go nicely into Ziploc for take along snacks. Try talking them on a walk and see how easy it can be to go The Extra Mile.

Carrots of course.

Need something steamy and warm as fall sets in? Take a bag of frozen peas and dump as much as you're going to eat into a microwave safe container. Cover with water. Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes. Strain and serve with a dab of butter and a pinch of salt.

Oh, and speaking of microwave tips for fall, grab a sweet potato, pierce a couple times and cook on a paper towel for 7 minutes. Totally yummy with butter and salt.

Need more? Just ask.

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Food suggestions? Did someone ask for food suggestions?

Pull up a chair, darling.

Bell peppers. I'm not a big fan of the green ones, but red yellow or orange make some seriously yummy munching sticks. If you feel the need for a little more food at the end of the day, you can have raw veggies galore, and once they are cut up they go nicely into Ziploc for take along snacks. Try talking them on a walk and see how easy it can be to go The Extra Mile.

Carrots of course.

Need something steamy and warm as fall sets in? Take a bag of frozen peas and dump as much as you're going to eat into a microwave safe container. Cover with water. Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes. Strain and serve with a dab of butter and a pinch of salt.

Oh, and speaking of microwave tips for fall, grab a sweet potato, pierce a couple times and cook on a paper towel for 7 minutes. Totally yummy with butter and salt.

Need more? Just ask.

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Sounds great, Heidi.

I love bell peppers. And yes, minus the green ones.

I assume a sweet potato doesn't taste like a russet. So what does it taste like?

Eating peas raw is okay too, right?

Also, how do you know when someone rocks? You'll know because their name is Heidi.

Thanks Girl.

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Bunny!!

 

I have also had trouble making our apartment a "home" since we moved here in June. I look forward to hearing how you do! (Also, pics?)

 

Hey Nianne, I really like your new avatar picture. And "pic" is my shorthand for picture. I think tomorrow I will take pictures of the places I want to work on and then put them in the Paint program and cut and paste things and put them together in a way that I want them to be.

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Food Taste Attempt :: W0 D6

I'm trying Rye bread today. I got a mini loaf from a local bakery and I have had a few chinks of it so far. Not bad.. actually pretty good. I can see having a cheddar grilled cheese, with tomato and onion. So perhaps that will be one for this week...

Glycemic Index info on new food:

One slice of rye bread has a glycemic index of 41 and a glycemic load of 5, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. In contrast, one slice of white bread, made from refined grains, has a GI of 73 and a GL of 10.

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Sounds great, Heidi.

I love bell peppers. And yes, minus the green ones.

I assume a sweet potato doesn't taste like a russet. So what does it taste like?

Sort of like a firmer squash. Try one, they are incredibly good for you and perfect after a cold walk.

Eating peas raw is okay too, right?

Yes, I suppose, but English (regular) peas might be hard to digest. Snow peas and sugar snap peas are great just rinsed and munched.

Also, how do you know when someone rocks? You'll know because their name is Heidi.

Thanks Girl.

Aw, thanks.

Also, avoid storing vegetables in plastic bags, especially the thin ones in the produce section. The plastic holds moisture onto the vegetables making them slimy and gross.

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Also, avoid storing vegetables in plastic bags, especially the thin ones in the produce section. The plastic holds moisture onto the vegetables making them slimy and gross.

 

Ahh! That's what happens. Well, shit, that makes total sense. I think I have to start giving myself a break for my lack of experience in the kitchen. I either don't remember these things or I was never taught. I didn't make my own food in the Marine Corps and when I was in my late 20's I was rich enough to afford going out all the time. But that was a long time ago and now I need kitchen magic like yesterday!

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Confession: I never knew any of this stuff either. I'm embarrassed at how much food I lost to ignorance. I'm glad to share what I have learned! I drove myself crazy for years figuring it out.

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Hey. Maybe we should put together a guide book to the kitchen.

I bet we aren't the only ones who had a steep learning curve.

Keep asking questions, and I will answer what I can, and we can investigate together.

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Hey. Maybe we should put together a guide book to the kitchen.

I bet we aren't the only ones who had a steep learning curve.

Keep asking questions, and I will answer what I can, and we can investigate together.

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IMA butt in and write the editors choice thing on the back.

"SUCH BOOK! MUCH LOVE! WOW FOOD!"

10 stars.

"This message was brought to you by my fingers which were activated by the electrical signals sent from my brain through a network of nerves and ganglia".

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Looks great!  One great way to find new veggies is to find a farmer's market-- the produce is fresher, and usually much cheaper (10 lbs of peaches for $3? Yes, please! I can Freeze them!) and you can stroll through the market, and ask the farmer behind the table, "what IS this and HOW do you cook it?"

 

Cheeeeeers!

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