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I moved back to Cincinnati a month ago, and am finally settled in enough to start developing healthy habits. Now that I've completed the life upheaval part of the year, I'm setting my goals for the year now. Keeping it simple for this challenge, but I'm excited to be back on the forum and can't wait to do some minis too.

 

Goal 1: Follow a training plan (for once)

I've committed to doing a marathon relay in May, and a canoe-run-bike triathlon in June. The triathlon organizers published a training plan that doesn't look too hardcore, so I'm going to follow it. I've sort of half-attempted over the last month, but I have to be consistent to avoid injury. First March workout completed today!

 

Goal 2: Eat those plants

Three veggies a day. Simple as that. (I've been eating like...0 to 1)

 

Goal 3: Use free time wisely

Things I want/need to do this month:

  • Try at least 4 new classes at the gym (every class is free the first time)
  • Do my taxes
  • Make significant progress (at least half) on a baby blanket for Project Linus
  • Complete design and buy yarn for afghan--for wedding gift
  • Cook at least 5 new (Paleoish/Primal) dishes

One great thing about the move is being back in my own kitchen. I've been cooking/baking up a storm. Most of the baking is goodies for coworkers (because if I bring them food they will like me right?). In the past week or so I've made breakfast sausage, grain-free biscuits, turnip rice cakes...PB snack bars for the bf, chicken noodle soup (since I caught a nasty cold and proceeded to share it), chicken curry...nom.

 

I've maintained my weight fairly easily over the past few months, but want to start making progress again.

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3/1

Goal 1 Train

Check. Was sooooo close to skipping the workout (first since getting sick last week) but then convinced myself to turn left towards the gym instead of continuing straight towards home.

 

Goal 2 - Green stuff

Check. Asparagus, salad, and turnip cakes. All in the evening. Also cut cukes so I'll have them at work tomorrow. 

Breakfast: grain free biscuit-sausage with a little cheddar, coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: chicken noodle soup

Snacks: bite of focaccia (made by a coworker), maple truffle

Dinner: chicken curry with rice, roasted asparagus, salad w/feta and white balsamic, fried turnip cakes. 

Ate too much for dinner, but at least refrained from wine. Been drinking a bit too much.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

Eh. I watched a lot of TV today (I've been working through NCIS on Netflix), but I started this thread so that counts for something!

 

 

 

Fitness Goals for 2016 (still developing...)

Flying Pig Marathon Relay

Morgan's triathlon x2 (June, October)

Sprint triathlon

Olympic triathlon

Glimpse the 130lb range

Do a freaking pullup

 

Money Goals for 2016

Max out my 401k

Max out my Roth IRA

Make extra mortgage payments

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Oh and since I have no theme and my goals are boring, I will have to spice it up with fun pictures of plants (Relevant to Goal #2, which will be hardest for me):

 

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MANDRAKE

 

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I think this would count as all my veggies for the day

 

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Cobra lily!

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Oooh that triathalon sounds cool! I love canoeing. But I still hate running. Exciting though!

 

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Pffft, who needs veggies!? (jokes. eat your damn greens!)

 

 

I considered including doing my taxes in my life goal, but it was making me anxious. So I decided to avoid the issue instead. (I mean... I'm going to do them. On time and stuff. I just don't want to think about it until I've actually decided to sit down and get it done.)

 

Anyways, it's great to see you here again, and here's to a most excellent challenge!

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Mango! Possibly my favorite fruit, but I don't look this cute eating it.

3/2

Goal 1 Train

Check. Planned to run, ending with weights at the gym. Actually ran, but towards the end was hacking my lungs out (lingering cough + cold weather = ick ick ick) so just walked home instead of gym. 

 

Goal 2 - Green stuff

Check. Much easier to achieve if I actually have green stuff with lunch, duh. The stir fried green beans (w/ghee, rice wine, tamari, garlic powder, salt) were a revelation...one billion times better than steamed in the microwave. Dinner was high fat but clean, and my stomach was happy after so all good.

Breakfast: sausage, turnip cakes, coffee with coconut milk

Snack: cucumbers (this gave me major bloating and burps  :nightmare: )

Lunch: pork belly, rice, asparagus

Snacks: maple truffle, carrot cake Hershey's kiss

Dinner: pork belly, green beans, fried turnip cakes. 

After: 1 glass wine

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

So I sat down with a glass of wine and attempted to do my taxes with Turbotax. I got the more expensive property owner version, but ended up giving up (after about 2 hours). Complications include renting out the house for most of the year, moving money from a trad IRA to a Roth IRA after realizing I made too much to deduct a trad IRA, and having the house in a different state from where I was living/earning. It was a valiant effort, but i'm going to take my dad's recommendation and have his tax guy do mine as well, because the way I input the info could make a difference between owing hundreds or being owed hundreds. (aka the difference could cover the tax guy fee) Sometimes being adult means knowing when you need an expert, right?

 

Since I like having 5 adulting tasks, I'll replace 'do my taxes' with 'send care packages to sisters' (one in RI, one in CA). I spontaneously bought sheets of stickers at the store yesterday, so I'll probably add...chocolate easter eggs or bunnies, spiced nuts, and a few other things. Want to keep it inexpensive and healthy, not just cheap trinkets, candy, etc. Sending gifts to younger siblings seems like a grownup thing to do :)

 

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That hamster demolishes baby carrots almost as effectively as I do.  :P

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No more plant-only pictures. All animals eating vegetable pictures!

 

3/3

Goal 1 Train

Check. Biked 45min at the gym. Read a couple articles about seat position first, paid attention, my knees don't hurt the day after the ride! (During/after my Tuesday bike my knees were twinging quite painfully). I had a few during-ride pangs but feeling the fine the next day is promising. My quads, IT bands, and calves are sore :)

 

Goal 2 - Green stuff

Check. Had catered Olive Garden for lunch -- very carby, but free. Also grabbed leftovers which bf ate for dinner. I figure if I'm cooking all my other meals and keeping it fairly healthy then the occasional work-provided meal is my cheat/treat/celebration/20%.

Breakfast: sausage, GF biscuit, coffee with coconut milk

Snack: Paleo granola

Lunch: breadstick, spaghetti w/parmesan, baked ziti, 2 mini meatball subs, salad w/Italian dressing

Snacks: chocolate pudding/cookie cup, 3-4 mint chocolates

Dinner: breadstick, chicken curry, green beans, asparagus

 

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

Nothing here. I'll count the green beans from yesterday as a new recipe, cause it was from the Paleo Takeout book. Planning to make a few new things this weekend...been eating leftovers all week.

 

Feels good to be getting back into working out, and cooking healthier things rather than catering to the bf's unhealthy preferences. 

 

 

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Can I get this excited about vegetables?

 

 

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In vegetables as % of body size, this has to be 3+ servings...

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So this weekend didn't go so hot goals-wise. I ended up working Sat and Sun, so woke up at 5:30am both days. Saturday right after work I started prepping to host dinner and game night. That went past midnight. Very tired now, and my lingering cough is still pretty serious -- gives me that gag feeling. Not giving up though. Will sleep early in preparation for the next, healthy week.

 

3/4

Goal 1 - Train

Skipped, not feeling well.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Failed. Turned to sugar for comfort.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

No progress

 

 

3/5

Goal 1 - Train

Skipped, poor scheduling.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

2/3, salad and carrots with dinner.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

No progress

 

3/6

Goal 1 - Train

Skipped. Was supposed to run but determined that with my lingering cough, best to rest before Monday. No regrets.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Check. Turnip cakes, veg in soup, and green beans. Also, cookies and cheese and crackers.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

No progress

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3/6


Goal 1 - Train


Check. Off day.


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Erm nope. Ended up snacking instead of a real dinner. Also, girl scout cookies.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


Worked on the baby blanket.


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3/8


Goal 1 - Train


Check. 30min on the bike, with a walk to the gym and back.


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Check. Carrots and green beans with lunch, and spinach with dinner. I did snag a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast at work. Need to figure out a better breakfast strategy.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


Sent my tax docs to my dad.


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3/9

Goal 1 - Train

Skipped. I've been feeling exhausted the last few days despite 'enough' sleep. The cough is still lingering, so I went with work-->cook-->eat-->sleep. I WILL go to bed earlier tonight.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Check. Carrots and green beans with lunch, and broccoli with dinner. I find that writing my post before I eat dinner ensures I eat veggies instead of just carbs and cheese. But tonight I'm actually making a proper meal: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted broccoli.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

Meatloaf is a new recipe (from Joy the Baker). There's a bit of milk and bread in it, but I'd call it Paleoish. 

 

Need to work on actually reading other people's threads instead of just being lazy and updating my own. I know it'll inspire me :)

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Sorry to hear that cough just won't give up! No fun, and super hard to stay motivated when you just aren't feeling well for such a long time!

Geez and you were still neck and neck with me for our weekend step competition... Color me impressed!

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3/10


Goal 1 - Train


Skipped. Still coughing. 


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Check. Green beans with lunch. Broccoli and beets with dinner. Over-snacked after dinner but still an improvement on the last couple nights. Going to bed early again.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


No progress.


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3/11, 12, 13


Goal 1 - Train


Nope. Took a long walk on Saturday. FINALLY feeling nearly better. Stupid cough. 


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Nopenopenope.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


No progress.


 


Inspired by another forum, I'm starting my second W30. Eeeep. So the vegetables goal should get destroyed from here on out. I cooked up 4lb of homemade sausage patties last night to prepare.


I love that my training plan has Mondays as off-days, because I can use the day to get prepared for the rest of the week. Quiet, rainy Monday here in Cincinnati.


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Just found out that there will be free pizza at work tomorrow *sigh*. In urgent need of an overwhelmingly delicious lunch-from-home plan to overcome the sadness. Egg salad perhaps. With ghee-drenched veggies of some kind.

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Just found your thread! Your stuck with me now...we are both recovering from plague AND trying to hang on to marathon training. Yours is the week before mine. I do still need to do Ohio, so if you feel up for it again next year, I would definitely try to fit it in.

Hope you have a great week!

 

How are you enjoying being in Cincinnati (wow that's a hard city to spell!)?

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Loving being in Cincinnati so far. It's wonderful to be back in my house with my own kitchen. And the weather has been surprisingly balmy for the most part. 

 

Gah I just found out that there's going to be free BBQ from my favorite local place at work tomorrow. Four days into my W30. Perhaps that will be one of my first post-W30 indulgences, picking up a pound of pulled pork -- pretty clean actually, except for the sugar. Or I'll just make Kalua pork when my bacon arrives later this week!

 

I had super weird dream last night...I owned a dog and a horse (um, no) and hadn't been taking care of them (because dream-me is a terrible person), I brought them to this animal hotel / kennel type place which also had a spa for people...and went to eat at the cafe but there was nothing W30 compliant so I stood there in front of the food choices, paralyzed.

 

Today is Day 3, and I feel like the second time around my timeline is different. Day 1 I was HUNGRY and tired, Days 2 and 3 are just sort of...meh. I'm really enjoying the sausage patties, even twice a day. Next week I'll probably make more, with different ground meat for variety. I really miss being able to take cough drops during the day, and melatonin chews at night. Otherwise not really having cravings, just sort of sadness about missing out.

 

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This guy doesn't want pizza or BBQ

3/14

Goal 1 - Train

Rest day, planned.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Yep. Whole 30 Day 1. Beets with breakfast, green beans with lunch, green beans with dinner. I know that's double green beans but I count it for now.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

No progress.

 

3/15

Goal 1 - Train

Bike, completed.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Yep. Whole 30 Day 2. Beets with sausage for breakfast, broccoli with sausage for lunch, taco salad for dinner (with a big dollop of guac and mayo). Passed up the free pizza at work, sat and ate my from-home lunch while everyone else ate the pizza. Cooked up a storm last night: BBQ drumsticks and roasted broccoli for bf, chicken-carrot curry for later in the week, cut veg for snacks, and my taco salad. Then washed alll the dishes.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

No progress.

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BBQ at work today, I went ahead and filled my plate (pulled pork! mac and cheese!) and stuck it in the fridge to take home for bf's dinner. *sigh* Eating my brought-from-home lunch at my desk now.


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3/16


Goal 1 - Train


Off day, check.


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Yep. Whole 30 Day 3. Sausage and cucumber salad for breakfast, sausage and broccoli for lunch, curried chicken with carrots, mayo, guac for dinner. I think the cucumbers disagreed with my stomach, so will try harder to stick to cooked veg going forward.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


Sent more tax info to the company doing it for me.


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3/17


Goal 1 - Train


Bike 30min, Run 15 min, check.


 


Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff


Yep. Whole 30 Day 4. Sausage and green beans with ghee for breakfast, chicken with carrots, mayo, and guac for lunch, 2 HB eggs with mayo and broccoli with ghee for dinner. I think there was a palmful of almonds in there somewhere. Passed up the free BBQ at work, brought home 'my' plate for bf's dinner.


 


Goal 3 - Adulting


Nope nope nope.


 


Going to happy hour type thing today to meet up with a friend...it's discouraging to look at the menu because I literally can't eat anything on it without asking a million questions (unless I want a plain salad, meh). Will probably just have tea.


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Whole 30s terrifying me, but I have mad respect for the folks who can endure complete them.  Best of luck!

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BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

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Aw, shucks. Respect from Rurik is no small thing.

 

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3/18, 19, 20

Goal 1 - Train

Skipped Friday, brick Saturday, strength Sunday. 2/3.

 

Goal 2 - Eat Green Stuff

Fell down on this one despite the W30. I think...1/3.

 

Goal 3 - Adulting

Er. My rec center membership is suspended until I make sure my forms with the tax office are sorted, so I can't do the classes thing.

 

Whole 30 is chugging along. Getting more consistent with training (4/5 last week). The cough is finally fading. I baked layered brownies (choc chip cookie, oreo, brownie) for coworkers and it wasn't even a big deal not tasting any. Though I do feel a bit guilty for feeding them unhealthy food while I eat extra-healthy, it is part of my ongoing campaign to make my new coworkers like me. 

 

Also, my jeans are loose! Very loose in the mornings, tighter as I bloat during the day (whyyy is this still happening). Yesterday I skipped breakfast (not hungry), and during afternoon grocery shopping became ravenous. Grabbed a small pack of prosciutto, great compliant snack though not something I'd regularly buy (kinda pricey for volume). Over the weekend I overate the pork rinds that arrived Friday *sigh* so probably should avoid buying them again, at least in quantity. Friday I went to 'happy hour' with a friend, and just drank iced tea. Already planning for a dinner later this week with visiting friends (Mediterranean, or Chipotle).

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