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It's now been a year since I became properly active on NF. In that year, I've learnt a lot, built more confidence, and met some very excellent people. 

 

My first proper challenge was to get into a particular pair of jeans that stopped fitting over the previous Christmas period. I still can't get into them, and this makes me grumpy. 

 

It's now challenge... 8... for me, and I've said it before, but this time I want to make a concerted effort towards weight loss. 

 

Main Goal: Work at losing weight. No set amount of weight to lose, no set rate, but work hard, sensibly, and steadily, and be sure that what you have done is the best you can do. (Current weight: 105.5kg)

 

 

Goal 1: Stick to the following weekly meal plan; with healthy snacks (nuts, fruit, veg) to make calorie total up to 1500kcal/day. (Menu is mostly based on recipes I like, that are easy to prepare, and have plenty of protein. I tried it out this past week, and it's gone well if you don't count the slip up that was New Year's and the day-long hangover that followed it. And the fact that it went well and I'm on holiday bodes for a successful set-up, since when I'm on holiday diet plans are rarely followed.)

Edited to add: Thinking about calories and my activity levels, I want to add an extra 200kcal onto days when I'm lifting. 

 

- Monday: Innocent strawberry and banana smoothie and soy protein powder; Light mozzarella and tomato salad; Peri peri quorn chicken and rice (914kcal)
- Tuesday: Innocent mango and passion fruit smoothie and soy protein powder; Leek and potato soup; Balsamic quorn pork with peppers and root vegetable mash (757kcal)
- Wednesday: Overnight oats with strawberries; Quorn chicken and quinoa; Teros' sloppy joes and half - courgette spaghetti (910kcal)
- Thursday: Avocado - baked omelette; sweet chilli quorn steak with edamame beans; Mushroom, pretend bacon and cream cheese pasta (860kcal)
- Friday: Innocent strawberry raspberry and blackberry smoothie and soy protein powder;  sweetcorn and chipotle soup; Sausage and pasta stew (1112kcal)
- Saturday: Overnight oats with cocoa and raspberries; butternut squash and tarragon soup; sweet and sour pretend chicken and jasmine rice (1053kcal)
- Sunday: Scrambled eggs and leftovers; curried carrot soup; barbecue quorn and root vegetable mash. (Depends on leftovers; aiming for around 1000kcal)
(CON +3, STA+2)
 
Goal 2: Drink at least two pints (1 litre) of water a day.
- In addition, try to restrict what you drink to water and tea only. 
(CON+2)
 
Goal 3: Starting Strength, three times a week.
- Monitor progression but don't stress about the progression; as long as I'm doing the best I can do each session, that's enough progression, whatever that may be.
 (STR +3)
 
Life Goal: Convert craft cupboard to home laboratory.
Crafting is fun, but there may come a time when I can't do fieldwork any more. It's time to put the yarn away and save the blanket-knitting for then. 
- Week 1: Finish the craft project that's taking up space in cupboard. It's a snake figurehead for a longship; needs sanding and painting. 
- Week 2: Vacuum pack or give away enough crafting materials to provide shelf and table space for equipment and experiments.
- Week 3: Research - What, specifically, do I want to study, and what do I need in order to do that? (I'm thinking marine plankton at the moment; might extend to marine invertebrates in general but I only have a tiny amount of space, which would suit plankton far better.)
- Week 4: I have to visit parents that week since they have to decant all their things into storage so the council can replace their roof. Dad promised me he'd show me how to use his microscopes, microtome, etc. Retrieve lab equipment, particularly slides, a dissecting microscope, and that plankton net if he hasn't turned it into part of a bloody telescope mount like he has with every other piece of unsuspecting metal in that house. 
- Week 5: Start doing some science!
(WIS +5)
 
 
So happy the forums are up; last challenge was such a non-starter and I've been itching to begin this one.
 
Considering starting an accountabilibuddies group for people who have set weight loss as their main goal, mostly because I want a boot up the arse every now and again and sometimes the best way to get that is to boot other people up the arse, thereby forcing yourself to work hard or look like a big hypocrite. Hmm.
 
Here's to Year Two and more success with weight loss!
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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

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Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Woo, new challenge - I was expecting weight loss goals but the Sciencegasm took me by surprise! Kick it in the face, Sarah! 

Also, I want in on that accountability group please :D

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I'm more than adequate. Leave Kanye out of this. 

Profile picture credit : NF's resident super artist - NinjaKitten

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Hey Deftona!

 

I like your challenge too - had to google HealthGoth but looks cool!

Made that group - also started to panic a bit when an actual real live person replied but here's the link! 

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/58564-miscellaneous-beings-intent-on-losing-weight/

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Pre-challenge check in: 

 

Gym shoes that aren't falling apart: Check!

Food for this week: Check!

Accountascooblydooblies: Check! 

Plot to meet KingLeeroy at gym at 8am tomorrow: Check!

 

I have a camera now, going to attempt to take a before picture for once! 

 

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Blurry! I cannot figure out the focus. But you get the general idea. Kind of. Maybe. 

 

Photos: check!

 

Go go power rangeeers.

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Oh, also, jar of 91 pretty blue glass pebbles representing every 0.5kg I want to lose, and a jar to move each pebble to as I lose each 0.5kg = check

 

(one of these things:)

 

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Love the idea of the jars! Very motivating :)

 

And I must say: you are a very beautiful woman.

Good luck on achieving your goals. I'll be here with boots to kick you when necessary ;)

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Doodlie for life, Pancake by choice
Spoiler

 

Challenge 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 

Challenges 2017: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Challenges 2018: 29, 30, 31, 32, 3334, 35,

Challenges 2019: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

 

Challenges 2020: 41, 42, 43, 44, 45

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Boots on and ready to kick ass with you acountabilydoodle...diddle. LOVE the jars. Good luck! x

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Ranger at heart, training with the Adventurers.

STR 2 | DEX 1 | STA 0 | CON 2 | WIS 5 | CHA 5

"A slow mile is still a mile run. A lightweight is still a weight lifted. A half-hearted gym session is still better than sitting on the sofa." 

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Gym: Boom! Went for lighter weights (15kg back squat and OHP, 30kg deadlift) because it's been a couple of months and I want to make sure my form's okay. Seems to be good though, so progress can now happen!

 

Buying lab equipment. I don't know if I'm actually going to NEED agar plates but hey, if I don't, I can just use those sterile petri dishes I bought for cranberry sauce next time someone's over for dinner. 

 

Forgot I'd enrolled in a dinosaur paleobiology online course, and oops, it started two days ago (Have a look, it is freeeee). I think this challenge I am going to make a big-ass schedule so I can keep track of dinosaurs, gym, food, accountasquidabididalids, and also sleeping. 

 

Ooh, and the mini this week!

 

(I am a little wired somehow this morning, I think it's a combination of gym endorphins and spending 8 hours in bed last night going "I'M GOING TO SLEEP NOW, YES, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD SLEEP, I AM TOTALLY GOING TO BE ASLEEP SO COMPLETELY IN THREE SECONDS".)

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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I hope you will sleep better next night. Something that helps me sleep: think of things that could never happen, like being in your favorite talkshow, growing some wings and fly around the city, winning the lottery, walking around in your favorite tv show or movie and change the plot.

Doodlie for life, Pancake by choice
Spoiler

 

Challenge 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 

Challenges 2017: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Challenges 2018: 29, 30, 31, 32, 3334, 35,

Challenges 2019: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

 

Challenges 2020: 41, 42, 43, 44, 45

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Still feeling a bit like an overexcited labrador but yay, I have organised some things!

 

Miss America: Hope so!

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Sounds like a good first day besides the note-sleeping-ness! :) Hope you sleep better this eve x

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Ranger at heart, training with the Adventurers.

STR 2 | DEX 1 | STA 0 | CON 2 | WIS 5 | CHA 5

"A slow mile is still a mile run. A lightweight is still a weight lifted. A half-hearted gym session is still better than sitting on the sofa." 

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I got sucked in by an advert for Ryvita and now I have crispbread. Except it's Finn Crisp because Finn Crisp is better. I'm not one for foods marketed at people trying to lose weight but nom nom nom. Day 2 went well, I just have to finish this glass of water and that's all today's goals met!

 

DOMS isn't too bad for once; my obliques are grumpy but I will get my plank back up to a minute before the end of this challenge so they can go kiss my glutes. Which are not grumpy. So they might share the love. 

 

Leeeerooooooy I am excited to lift more than 15kg above my head tomorrow! See you at gym at 8 if you're about, or another time if you are not about!

 

Onward to Day 3!

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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hey there.  Just checking.  I love you challenge..  but I do have a question...  What makes a smoothie innocent?   

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Race: Amazonian Ogre Princess | Class: Ranger | Profession: SuperHero

Level: 19 Ranger | STR 36 | DEX 29 | STA  35 | CON  43 | WIS 35 | CHA 23|

 

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Epic Quest Avatar Lifting profile | D&D Character Sheet

Accountibillibuddies: Doodlies setting the world alight

Roadmaps: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

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Haha! Innocent is a UK brand; picked it because I can't be bothered making my own smoothies and I know the calorie content of their little bottles. Should start making them sometime, because I don't really like paying £1.70 for a bottle of fruit goo.

 

I think raspberries are smug too, so sometimes I take a bag of them, blend them up with ice and rum, and feast on their remains.

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Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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Aw bums, hope your knee is better very soon. 

Sarah Barr - Level 13 Warhobbit

STR 18 | DEX 7 | STA 17 | CON 38 | WIS 28 | CHA 12


 Challenges:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19 20  21  22  23  24  25 (Current)

Accountabiddlydoodlies Group                 Current Weight: 106.1kg                      Recipe Book               

"I hold... that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life's set prize" - Robert Browning

Instagram (Things I have painted or made.)

To-Do List
Idiot Jar Limit: £5.00        Current Idiot Jar Total: £0.00     Current Idiot Jar Forfeit: [TBD].

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DOMS isn't too bad for once;

 

I think I'm the luckiest lifter in all the world - I had DOMS for a couple of weeks when I first started, and then they went away and haven't come back. I think it's some kind of mutant power, which of course I've sworn to use only for good. By which I mean squats and deadlifts.

 

Good start, keep it up!

"Curtain's up. Everyone's waiting for the hero to take the stage. And the spotlight's on you now." - Alfred, to Dick Grayson, Batman and Robin #2

 

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****MAD SCIENTIST ALERT****

 

Love your challenges :)  I too wonder about innocence in a smoothie.  Raspberries seem pretty smug to me what with that whole extra letter and all

 

Ha ha!  ok... this comment killed me.  Thanks for the much needed morning laugh.

 

I also love your laboratory quest being a Biology degree holder and science geek as well.  Makes me want to do something sciencey in my off time (which would require cleaning up of my yarn/knitting stuff as well).  

 

You are very brave posting your pictures.  It is inspiring.  I did TAKE some before photos, but not sure I am ready for that myself *chuckle*.  I am interested in trying lifting someday... just starting with the body weigh squats and such now though, so it will be awhile before I am ready. 

 

Great job so far!

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