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Viking's Nifty Pre-Nuptial Challenge


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Hey all. Jumping on the bandwagon for this one. My goals this time are pretty simple. I'm getting married on 11/9, so I'm looking forward on accomplishing a few goals while on honeymoon in Colorado Springs. (Will share pics, I promise!)

Health goals:

1) No junkfood binges for the next 6 weeks

2) Cardio 4x a week

3) Get down 5 lbs.

4) Do pushups on top of Pike's Peak

Life goals:

1) Turn in all my exams/papers/make-up tests before I leave for my honeymoon

2) Climb the Cobb Railroad.

Current stats:

Weight: 242 lbs.

Bodyfat: 38%

Height: 5'4''

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

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Today's been pretty good. Kept my calories pretty well and going to be cooking pasta made by shaving squash tonight for dinner, which should be both healthy, tasty, and adventurous... also have an hour of circuit training plan. So. Yeah. Good day so far.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Thanks! Honestly, I am looking forward to dinner. I am thinking some sea salt, a little olive oil, and some kind of spicy/light tomato sauce would be delicious and nutritious and wouldn't taste much like chicken. But I could put chicken on top...

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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OK, so time for an update over the weekend.

I've been eating a lot better lately, mostly due to soon-to-be husband's efforts of feeding me squash and other veggies til I want to explode. Did 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical on Friday, and I ran circuits at the park with the fiance on Sunday.

Circuits: 4x

20 jumping pullups

20 elevated pushups

20 body weight squats

20 hanging leg raises

Managed to get through it without too much suffering.

However, today being Halloween, I have slipped and consumed some candy. However, I haven't "binged", per se, (ie eaten until I feel ill or overfull), so I'm going to call today neutral instead of a success. Was going to go to the gym and run on the elliptical, but I have a blinding sinus headache. So we'll see how I feel in a bit if I go or not.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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I have also discovered a slight, but not huge, problem. Tried on my wedding dress... and it's too big. It's a strapless gig that has to be tight enough to hold on to the lady curves on its own, so I may end up safety pinning myself in or something by next week.

Oh well, worse problems to have!

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Monday I was down with a migraine, which sucked. Tuesday, however, rocked. Improved my 1-mile time on the elliptical (shaved it down to 11 minutes), and got two long and tough circuits in. My pushups were cut short by strain on my left tricep, but hopefully that quits by Thursday.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Congrats on the nuptials and sorry about the migraine! I have those too, and they do truly suck. I'm amazed at your dedication! My only memories of the weeks before my wedding involve running around like a headless chicken and more-or-less doing what my mother and sister told me to. :)

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Congrats on getting married!

Your challenges seem great! I get migraines as well and they knock me out :/

Your pushup goal is my favorite :)

I wish you good luck in your challenges! Sounds like you are doing good so far!

Make today your someday~~~"It's a lifestyle - train like there's no finish line~~~"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion." - Muhammad Ali, Boxer~~~"There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Thanks a lot Andrea! (Banana Andrea? Love your user name!)

So yesterday was okay, eating-wise. Class days are always hard because I work 7-12 and then go to school 1-9, pretty much, with no dinner break really. So it's usually a case of eat and run, or in the case of yesterday, just run. I'm very sore and feel pretty worn down from all the extra exercise and limited sleep this last week, but I had a really good night of sleep last night and am hoping to get my quads and heels to stop screaming at me every time I stand up in time for circuit training tonight.

So here's to working out! Gonna try to eat clean today as well. I have some swordfish steaks soaking in a marinade as we speak...

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Ouch, that's a heck of a schedule! I remember one semester in grad school where I loaded everything onto two days a week, but those days were 14 hours each. One of the ways that I tried to eat healthy was using a stacked bento box system from Zojirushi (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SL-JAE14-Bento-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000246GSE). It's amazing how long it really will keep a meal hot (at least 5 hours, enough to get you to a good lunch), and the eating options on my campus really were awful.

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Tee hee. Thanks. It is indeed Banana and Andrea combined.

And I agree. Your schedule sounds CRAZY!

And those swordfish steaks sound awesome. How did they turn out?

Make today your someday~~~"It's a lifestyle - train like there's no finish line~~~"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion." - Muhammad Ali, Boxer~~~"There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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SpiralGalaxy

Ouch, that's a heck of a schedule! I remember one semester in grad school where I loaded everything onto two days a week, but those days were 14 hours each. One of the ways that I tried to eat healthy was using a stacked bento box system from Zojirushi (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SL-J.../dp/B000246GSE). It's amazing how long it really will keep a meal hot (at least 5 hours, enough to get you to a good lunch), and the eating options on my campus really were awful.

It is a pretty awful schedule. Work keeps me hopping and I work a lot of overtime, and I have to maintain 40 hours on top of school to keep my salary... so I work a weird very early-noon shift a couple days a week and work late the rest of the week to keep my hours kosher. Not fun, but necessary, and hopefully temporary. It does make getting into the gym interesting, at least. And my campus is a 1 hour drive away from my house, so transporting food is a pain in the butt. If it isn't something I can eat as I walk, it's not really an option.

Tee hee. Thanks. It is indeed Banana and Andrea combined.

And I agree. Your schedule sounds CRAZY!

And those swordfish steaks sound awesome. How did they turn out?

Yes, it is crazy. Or I'm crazy. I haven't decided yet. :)

As for the steaks, I don't know. Haven't eaten them yet. Waiting to the fiance to get home so I can cook. :)

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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So today is the moment I woke up frustrated. I have been eating clean and working out like a fiend for three weeks now, and the scale has not budged. At all. In fact, I've gained a little weight. Am I frustrated? You bet your butts I am.

/grits teeth

This is normally the stage where I get pissed off, say f*ck it, and eat a giant cake. However, I am going to succeed at not binging on junkfood and just brooding instead. Lol.

*Edit* My personal trainer suggested that I both need to see my PCP and also possibly up my caloric intake (I've got it down to around 1700-1800 right now). I've been wondering about my thyroid, personally, considering that my weight has ballooned rapidly without much change in my eating habits over the last two years, and that my body underwent a lot of stress several years before that through low-carb starvation dieting + appetite suppressants (both prescribed by a medical doctor... be careful who you visit for medical attention, and BEWARE weight loss clinics, guys, they're dangerous.)

So I am going to try upping my calories to about 2000-2100 to see if I can get my metabolism kicked up. That's below maintenance for my body weight, so at the very worst, at least I won't be gaining weight... hopefully. And hopefully a visit to the doctor will clear up any other questions.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Stay good! Is there anything relaxing you can do as a rewards for sticking with things this far? Taking some time out to watch a movie or something? You're doing great so far!

SpiralGalaxy, Level 9 Halfling Elf Assassin
STR 17|DEX 13|STA 20|CON 13|WIS 21|CHA 15
Electromagnetics Engineer, Freelance sci-fi critic in Maryland

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." 

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Thank you for the positive feedback to my whining, SpiralGalaxy! That does mean a lot.

I think for my "reward" I'm going to get a nook subscription to Muscle & Fitness magazine. It's maybe $3 a month, which is pretty affordable.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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More positives... I just had my last bowl of pasta. As much as I've been resistant, I'm going to start eating more primal. Slow changes. Those I think I can handle.

And planning on some elliptical tonight at the rec. So that's good. :)

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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OK, so the weekend so far has been really good.

Friday - got some really stressful financial news that actually endangered the whole wedding. This is prime binge eating territory, and trust me, I wanted to really bad. However, I pulled on my big girl panties and ate a big bowl of raspberries soaked in some skim milk instead. This isn't as good as not binging, but it's a better alternative and leaves me some room to work on things.

Saturday - Got the Mongol paper and 5 of 7 pages on my Anglo-Saxons paper done. I also did not eat too badly. I went to bed weighing 238ish lbs., which is down for this week. It could just be water weight, I don't know.

Sunday - Gonna go to the park and do circuit training since I'm a lousy runner off an elliptical. (Heel/knee pain at my current weight stops me before I really get any kind of fat burn going when I just jog.) There's an adult-sized jungle gym, and I'm thinking squats, box jumps, etc. Maybe some ball slams with my medicine ball, though I don't have one at home that's heavy enough for me anymore. (Mine at home is 6 lbs., I need a 15 lb. one at this point.)

Also going to try very hard to be careful this afternoon. The bridal shower is today and God only knows what terror my mother has in store for me, though I specifically requested "healthy" fruits and vegetables.... so wish me luck!

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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So I give myself a C- for the rest of the day. There were mini eclairs and Ferret Roche's and sandwiches at my bridal shower, and I indulged some. On the flipside, it was my bridal shower and willy only happen once.

And we did get out and do the circuit training.

Repeated 3x:

Box jumps - 20 reps

Medicine ball toss - 20 reps

Dorsal rows - 25 lbs./15 reps

Tricep dips - 25 lbs/7 reps

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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Very nice with the outdoor exercizes! Box jumps are damn hard--but fantastic for real world strength & reflexes.

SpiralGalaxy, Level 9 Halfling Elf Assassin
STR 17|DEX 13|STA 20|CON 13|WIS 21|CHA 15
Electromagnetics Engineer, Freelance sci-fi critic in Maryland

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." 

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Wedding day ended up being 11/11/11, but thank you. I completed my pushups on Pikes Peak (pics will have to wait til I get home). Have also climbed Rocky Point, done an absurd amount of hiking, and hauled 10 loads of groceries up a steep snowy hill in the dark in 0 degree weather due to lack of snow chains our first night here. Look forward to posting pictures when I get back.

All that is gold does not glitter.

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither.

Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

http://www.kriegschool.com

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