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C15-4 W1D3 complete.  Even though I haven't seen a scale since we left home almost three weeks ago I'm confident that I've gained back some body fat with my high-carb eating-for-enjoyment vacation non-plan.  I regret nothing. :D

 

Okay, well I regret not fitting in to my new Dad-shorts for the drive home tomorrow, but thankfully I had the foresight to pack a pair of my ol' bigguns.  They're still huge on me, but they'll make for a more comfortable road trip.

 

I can't think of a single thing I've wanted to eat that I haven't eaten in the last twelve days.  It's been awesome, and just the tiniest bit shameful.  "Indulgent" just doesn't quite seem adequate to describe it.  It's been an epic feasting.  Thank the good Lord that I'll be returning to reality soon.  My fitness wouldn't survive another month of this.  Neither would my sanity. :lol:

 

Exercise has been just enough to keep the habit and not completely disregard my strength.  I threw together another BBWW circuit x3 this afternoon before jumping in the pool with the kids.  As a mega-whitey of Irish descent, I think Scotty's "Come Watch Me Burn" tagline would have been appropriate for my summer hijinks as well, but only if I was taking pictures--which I'm decidedly not.  Driving all day tomorrow means rest-day gets turned up to 11, but I will get to my gym either Friday or Saturday to record initial conditions for the Challenge and do a thorough refamiliarization session with the barbells before hitting it full force next week.

 

The hardest thing about returning to the daily grind will be getting my sleep back under control.  I've caffeined it up while on holiday, and I've stayed up in to the wee hours visiting with family and friends.  It'll probably take a week at least to get back to normal after arriving home.  I could brag about my family all day, but their most admirable skill is tolerating my grumpitude while I readjust.  The household will be an interesting place for a while. ;)

 

Now for a nice evening of board games with the kids and in-laws before saying our goodbyes.  This really has been just one event shy of the perfect (knocking on wood) vacation, and I sorely needed it.

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you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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Ah!  I somehow forgot to click "follow" on your thread so I'm just catching up now.  I have no doubt that any weight you've gained back (and I bet it's less than you're expecting) will come off easily since you know exactly what you need to do.

 

  Also, I avoid the forums and other GoT discussion because the web is dark and full of spoilers.

 

"the web is dark and full of spoilers" Lol!  I don't have HBO, so I probably won't be seeing the new episodes for awhile yet.  I'm starting to feel that itch to reread the books though - did you know that they make time walking on the treadmill fly by?

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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  I could brag about my family all day, but their most admirable skill is tolerating my grumpitude while I readjust.  The household will be an interesting place for a while. ;)

 

 

awesome!

 

also Stannis wtf? he was one of my favorite characters, I felt so betrayed, I nearly threw one of our cats at the screen

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Now for a nice evening of board games with the kids and in-laws before saying our goodbyes.  This really has been just one event shy of the perfect (knocking on wood) vacation, and I sorely needed it.

 

 

So I didn't actually knock on any wood.  Perhaps I should have. :unsure:

 

We're stuck in Bethany, MO.  The Wagon Queen Family Truckster (a.k.a. our 2003 Caravan) decided to have transmission problems at approximately 2 am with the trip only 75% complete.  After getting an emergency tow back to an area with lodgings ($200 and almost three hours later) we crashed for the night, and now I'm up early to deal with getting the car fixed/replaced and figuring out how to get my family the rest of the way home.

 

All fitness goals are in the toilet for today.  I'm in survival mode, folks.  Still, much praise and thanks to God Himself for helping us work through a stressful situation.  Next update when I finally get to my desk at home.  I've had enough of adventures.

 

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C15-4 W1D4 complete. :tongue:

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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Ouch.  Better than an accident though right?  Wishing you luck getting home safely.  

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Ugh, any roadtrippers worst nightmare.  Sounds like you're handling it like a pro, though.  Hoping for the best for the rest of your trip home.

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Level: 4 - Backhand Specialist Halfling Adventurer


Stats:     STR: 3.5    DEX: 3    STA: 4    CON: 10    WIS: 8.5    CHA: 5.5


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Minor update (still not home):  I managed to limp the van over to the local dealership--they're going to do some diagnostics (I'm almost certain it needs a new transmission) and get back to me with a repair estimate, and I probably won't hear anything until Monday at the earliest.  They are completely out of loaners and rentals, so I had to hunt in the local area.  I was totally unsuccessful at finding a rental vehicle to get us the rest of the way home.  I was also unsuccessful at finding a rental vehicle to get me to the nearest city (Des Moines) to find a different rental vehicle to get us the rest of the way home.  I was unsuccessful at talking the dealership in to letting me take a prolonged test drive to get us the rest of the way home. :D  I was unsuccessful at finding a ride anywhere except back to the hotel from the dealership.  In short, I was on the verge of buying a whole new freaking minivan (and getting raped by the dealership in the process) to get us the rest of the way home.

 

But my wife's friendliness came through for us again!  One of MrsFeelgood's close friends in the homeschool group is currently on her way to pick us all up and drive us home--a 600-mile round trip that will eat up her whole Friday.  I wish I knew how to make friends like that.  FriendFamily will be eating free barbecue at my place for the rest of the summer.

 

I'm still probably going to end up buying a new car, but now it will be at home on our terms and with a wider selection.

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C15-4 W1D5 complete.  I did nothing.

 

We made it home!  I owe a great deal to some fantastic people, especially Mary who did all the rescue driving.

 

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Took a while to get my desktop PC running again.  I don't know how Windows 8.1 works with updates at start, but it takes many minutes and several manual resets to get past the stupid black screen with cursor that does nothing.  Apart from a few issues on my hardware (like the hanging startup and the slow user switching) I like 8.1, but I still hope Win10 is better.

 

The hits, they say, come in threes.  This trip apparently is no exception.  Fortunately the third hit (burglary and transmission being first and second, respectively) is just a flat tire on my daily driver here at the house.  I think I can get that taken care of tomorrow pretty easily.

 

I have so much to do, but all I want to do is curl up with Netflix until I fall asleep.  I think I just might.  There will be plenty of morning for the other stuff.

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What a shame you ran into so many problems but what wonderful friends you have! Glad you're all back home and safe, I really hope you kept that date with Netflix!

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If it's not siesta or fiesta, I'm not interested. 

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What a shame you ran into so many problems but what wonderful friends you have! Glad you're all back home and safe, I really hope you kept that date with Netflix!

 

I ended up spending an hour catching up the bank accounts and registers, but afterward I most certainly did.  I didn't even make it through a single episode of Scrubs before nodding off, though.

 

 

If you friend wouldn't have come and got you I would have today. At least got you to DesMoines. Sorry I didn't see your post quick enough. You do have friends like that here. Glad your home safe.

 

Honestly, I very nearly panic-messaged you just to see if you'd even consider it as a last resort.  NF is a great community!

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This morning I woke to find my sump pump struggling to empty the basin.  I though the pump was failing, so I ran the backup as a control and it was struggling, too.  That suggests a blockage downstream in the discharge pipe, which the previous owner of my house installed as a 250' closed line that is completely underground once it leaves the basement.  So this morning I've been digging.  I need to get to the first downstream fitting and undo it to relieve the pressure.  Then I'm finally going to implement my redesign of the system, which has been awaiting time and funds.  Naturally I have neither right now, but it's got to be done anyway.

 

At least I got the flat tire aired up.  That should last long enough to get in to town and resupply with groceries.

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you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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OK, I'm sending you a good luck charm over the interwebs!  Hope you have time to take a deep breath today and relax a bit before hitting the week.  I'm sure you will find a way to channel the frustration into a kick-butt workout.  So glad I found your awesomeness.  Subbing and wishing you much better days.

 

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C15-4 W1D6 complete: I got the sump line above ground and everything is working correctly again, albeit in a temporary state--I have way too much water to keep it draining permanently on the surface of my lawn.  I got cleaned up and then watched the World Cup match between England and Mexico, then I loafed/napped until 'Hawks-Lightning Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.  I may have gone a bit off the deep end with snacks since it was my last mindless eating day, and my system punished me for it.

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Week 1 Check-in: awesome case of bed-head, feeling exhausted, bloated, and completely stressed out.  I weighed in at 202.7 this morning, so I gained back around 6 pounds while on vacation.  My tape measurements were also up across the board which makes sense.  In general I feel pretty terrible, but it was a conscious choice (or series of choices) to let fitness take a backseat to both vacation-enjoyment (planned) and stress-relief (very much unplanned).

 

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I wish I could say that all of the vacation hijinks are behind me, but there's still a lot to solve with respect to the burglary and the minivan.  I've also got projects looming here at the homestead, plus I'll be going back to work tomorrow morning.  I don't see a break in the stress levels any time on the near horizon, but that's actually pretty normal for us.  The first five months of this year were the calmest and clearest I've had in a long time.  I guess I get to see how well I can handle fitnessing with real life sitting on my face again.

 

I've made modifications to my plan.  Spreadsheets have been updated here.  In summary, I've basically blanked Week 1.  I kept the calorie line because it works with my activity calculator that helps set my eating levels, but the "actual" column is just a rubber stamp estimate of the last seven days.  My first "real" goal for this challenge was bedtime for today, which I tanked; but I'm back to tracking and logging all of my food so tonight's update should see the first green cell for my Calories goal.  I need that chart to be more green than red (interestingly, the color I chose for missed goals is called "Red 5" in Open Office--that made my inner-nerd chuckle) to have any sense of progress for this challenge.

 

The Workout spreadsheet got revamped with a Week 0 to account for an easy transition back in to lifting heavy.  I'm going to use this coming week to get reacquainted with form and ease my body back in to my barbell regimen before hitting the Wendler program full-force.  I'd like to say that this choice was laden with wisdom, but it really only grew out of my compulsion to make the spreadsheet tidy. :D

 

So I've gone backward a little.  That's okay--I've enjoyed being lazy for a little while, and now I'm ready to get back to work.

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of

you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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After this much bad luck next week should be amazing.

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

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You are awesome. If I had this much happen in such a short period, I would be bald.

 

All credit to the Rock of my life, Jesus.  I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

 

 

After this much bad luck next week should be amazing.

 

I'd be perfectly content with totally boring.  That's just how I like to roll.

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C15-4 W1D7 complete.  Looking at my spreadsheets, though, I'm actually already on W2D1.  We'll make this update a two-fer and pick up tomorrow with Week 2 Day 2.

 

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So I didn't get to bed on time last night.  I was plenty tired, but Netflix was beckoning me to finish Season 5 of Scrubs (which I did), and then MrsFeelgood and I got all caught up with Supernatural.  I'm past exhausted today, and I foresee an early bedtime tonight.  Exhaustion was multiplied by trying to get caught up on yard-work today since there was a very slight break in the rain.  The backyard is actually flooded pretty good, so riding the mower was a bit of an adventure.  Still I got it all knocked down and made progress with suppressing the weeds that went nuts while we were away--it's amazing how quickly Nature begins to take over.  With the additional push-mowing and general clean-up I counted it as 337 calories of bonus cardio for the day, and I'm fair certain that's a low estimate.

 

My Plan Spreadsheet for this Challenge is finally showing its first bit of green!  Calories were right on target--maybe even a bit lower since my counts for dinner seem high.  It feels really good to get the fitness momentum swinging in the right direction again.  I had my standard eggs over (low-cal, high-fiber) toast for breakfast, then I knocked back a pair of rotisserie-chicken leg quarters with broccoli for lunch, and we finished the day with some spiral pasta in a very meaty sauce with a side salad and a bit of chocolate ice-cream for dessert.  All came in at a very respectable total for the day, and now my first pass is in the books.

 

Tomorrow is Back-to-Gym day, I just have to make it through eight hours at the office first. :D

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All credit to the Rock of my life, Jesus.  I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

 

I'd be perfectly content with totally boring.  That's just how I like to roll.

 

 

This! x 2. (These?)

 

Way to get back on track after an... interesting week.

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Great job. You knew vacation was "time off" and you still worked in some workouts and ate pretty good. 6 pounds is nothing. You will be fine and I love your attitude. The attitude that it's okay and you get back to your plan will take you far.

Hope work went well. I know sometimes it doesn't pay to take time off because it just piles up when you are gone.

How is your yard now? We got almost 5 inches over night. Nice river running through my yard.

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I vote for making this a 5 week challenge. You seriously had enough other things to contend with last week.

 

I'll keep tracking it with the first week on the chart, but I'll grade it at the end of the Challenge using only the five weeks.  I'm still contending with things--the dealership's repair estimate came in today at $3,155--roughly triple what I could get on a trade-in for the car if it was running fine and over $1,000 more than I was originally willing to pay.  I'm going to have to explore alternatives.  I'm also probably going to need to initiate another car loan with my credit union and get something better for the family--there's a nice used Odyssey locally that I have my eye on.

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C15-4 W2D2 complete.

 

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Still can't quite get that bedtime down yet.  I'm tired but unable to break myself away from shows.  The GoT finale was worth staying up for, though.

 

Workout was solid.  Gym Buddy went home early so I did my lifts alone and blasted through everything.  I like my new program a lot, and I'm excited to see how well it works once I start running it fully (next week).  I'm unable to do 10 pullups for even a single set so I did as many strict pullups as I could (3 and a half ;) ) for one set, then I did the final 4 sets on the assisted machine using 70% of my bodyweight.  That generated a nice burn, and hopefully I won't have the nasty biceps DOMS that I've had before when pulling for high volume.  I'll know by tomorrow evening.  I got it all done in less than an hour.

 

Before I started working out I got on the fancy scale to chart my initial Challenge stats:

 

Weight - 203.7 lbs

Skeletal Muscle Mass - 98.1 lbs

Lean Body Mass - 169.3 lbs

Body Fat Mass - 34.4 lbs

BMI - 29.2

Body Fat % - 16.9%

 

That's right!  Even though I gained pounds over vacation almost all of it was lean mass, at least according to the fancy scale.  As a result my BF% actually went down--albeit a tenth of a percent probably isn't even within the margin of error.  I don't think it's accurate though.  I feel squishier than before.  Still, I like good numbers and these are smile-inducing. :D  I expect to be able to recomp very nicely from here, and I'll let the progress photos and end-of-Challenge stats judge my success.

 

Eating was excellent.  I did buckle and grab a Diet Coke this morning for the caffeine (you know I'm desperate when I'll drink a "Diet" anything), but that's better than getting fired for falling asleep at my desk.  I'm back to weighing and measuring all of my portions while focusing on whole foods and quality nutrition, still with a Paleo lean; and I'm tracking everything in MFP again (new streak is up to 3).  With the higher daily allowance I'm going to enjoy a serving of chocolate ice-cream while watching the Blackhawks try and close out the Stanley Cup Final tonight!  If they win then I get to shave.  C'mon, 'Hawks!

 

Tomorrow I promise I'll catch up with everyone else's threads.  Y'all keep working it!

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Great job. You knew vacation was "time off" and you still worked in some workouts and ate pretty good. 6 pounds is nothing. You will be fine and I love your attitude. The attitude that it's okay and you get back to your plan will take you far.

Hope work went well. I know sometimes it doesn't pay to take time off because it just piles up when you are gone.

How is your yard now? We got almost 5 inches over night. Nice river running through my yard.

 

Thanks, work was a breeze (boss was out today, so I spent the day getting caught up on voice- and e-mails).  There's a lot waiting for me, but nothing so urgent that it was pressing for immediate action.

 

The yard is a bog.  Between the inches of rainfall and having to reroute my sump discharge to the surface, I could have filled a standard swimming pool several times over with all the water my yard has accumulated in the last 48 hours (I've moved over 1,000 gallons out of my basement alone).  I've got a plan for surface drainage that I'll try to implement when I re-do the sump discharge--it involves french drains and a massive dry well, most of which I'll probably end up digging by hand.  At least the grass got knocked down in time, but I think the rain washed away most of the glyphosate I sprayed yesterday to start reducing weed density.  I also need it to dry out so I can get to the rest of my summer projects (staining the deck, replacing the bed mulch, pouring a new pad for the A/C, etc.).  I guess there's still plenty of time before November--with my summer vacation already done I have to keep reminding myself that the season is really just starting.

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C15-4 W2D3 complete.

 

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Bedtime.  Gah.  My internal clock is still all screwy from transiting three time zones four times over the last few weeks, plus I'm still getting over caffeine.  I'll get it, but it may take a few more days before I settle in.

 

Workout was excellent again.  Gym Buddy forgot that we were switching to M-T-Th-F, so he wasn't prepared.  I did my refamiliarization Deadlifts and Squats, then knocked out the leg raises and went 20 minutes on the treadmill--I'm able to get the incline up sooner in my walk, so it's making me work harder and burn more calories.  It feels like I'm doing good work so I'll keep with it, but I'm grateful that tomorrow is a rest day.  I left the gym feeling whipped.

 

Eating is on target.  Today I ended a bit short because I was full and feeling great.  No need to eat up to my target yet since I'm still cutting fat, plus I wouldn't mind dropping the vacation weight a bit faster than my plan is geared for.  As long as I'm routinely over 1800 I'm sure I'll be fine.  That's been my regular floor for the earlier challenges anyway.  I'm excited for tomorrow since the avocados we bought when we got back from the trip are finally going to be ripe enough to eat.  Yum!

 

I like seeing green on the Plan spreadsheet. :)

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