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Pizza is good news and bad news. I ate too much, so that’s the bad news. But is was delicious, saved me an hour of time that made cookie decorating with my family possible, and saved me from eating too many cookies. 
 

I guess self control would have been better, but at least overeating has a silver lining this time. 

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Oops. Somehow it’s Wednesday, and I haven’t looked back on the week. Hard to say, but it might be because of all the slacking. 
 

We’ll start with the good news. I did make it back on the elliptical once this week. 
 

The rest, not so much. Aching muscles from the snow shoveling gave me excuses to skip strength workouts, and I didn’t even bother with the stretching routine even though that would have HELPED. 

 

Eating was a bit of a free for all because of all the homemade cookies. It seemed pointless to focus on fruits and veggies throughout the day while I was also eating cookies.

 

I did make a breakthrough with holiday stress. I decided NOT to worry about Christmas dinner. Since we’re not traveling this year, I somehow got it in my head that I needed to cook the traditional Christmas dinner my mom always made on top of all the other Christmas traditions. That’s a lie. No one else in my family cares about dinner.  Now I have one less unreasonable expectation, and less expectations means more happiness for the holiday. 
 

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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Ah, yes.  The holidays happened.  There was some joy.  There was some celebrating.  Rather than looking back, I'm looking forward into the fresh new year by expanding my goals a little at a time.

 

My new focus is a meme that was floating around recently about how life isn't easy but we choose our hard.  The line that strikes me most is "Obesity is hard.  Being fit is hard.  Choose your hard."  So yeah.  The emotional burden and sluggishness of obesity IS hard.  I may as well give fitness a try again...even though it is hard.

 

Even with lofty ideas, my GOALS are still small because that makes them smart.  I'm adding on from last month, adjusting things that didn't quite work out the way I had hoped.

 

Eat fruit/veggie with every meal. Also snacks.  PLUS write down what I eat every day.
Bedtime stretch and strength 6/7 nights a week.  Instead of increasing reps, I will log this month to see where I can improve.
Step goal: either 10k a day or at least one long walk or effort.  This one stays as it is.  10k is a lot in winter, but winter effort is worth as much as easy 10k in summer.
Cardio: get back on the elliptical or bike at least once a week.  I'm so happy I made it back on the elliptical.  Now I will expand my goal to 15 minute sessions at least twice a week.

New veggie goal:  Try a new veggie recipe once a week.  I like plain veggies on the side of meals, but I'm going to make the effort to dress them up a little this month.

 

Happy New Year!

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suzyQlou * Ranger    

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Rangerly deed of the day:  January hike with an icy rock scramble at the top!

 

Hawk Rock

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Eagle’s Edge Overlook

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suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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pretty! And yay for being strong enough for the icy rock scramble!

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Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Dropping in to say hi as a fellow ranger!

I approve of 'small goals are smart'. I've made huge improvements to my health from just doing small achievable things. 

Love the hiking photos. I can't wait to get out in the great outdoors (i.e. leave the city) again. Currently, we're not supposed to leave Montreal which is a 'red zone' for COVID. For now, my trips to the park down the block will have to do. Good luck with the goals!

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Current Challenge
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Previous challenges:

Respawn

Limbering up
Going Forth

 

 

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3 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

pretty! And yay for being strong enough for the icy rock scramble!

It sure was pretty!  The sun came out at the perfect part of the day.

 

 

1 hour ago, Keladris said:

Dropping in to say hi as a fellow ranger!

I approve of 'small goals are smart'. I've made huge improvements to my health from just doing small achievable things. 

Love the hiking photos. I can't wait to get out in the great outdoors (i.e. leave the city) again. Currently, we're not supposed to leave Montreal which is a 'red zone' for COVID. For now, my trips to the park down the block will have to do. Good luck with the goals!

Hello back at you!  The outdoors has been a real refuge for me during this whole covid mess.  I'm glad you have a park down the block to give you a taste of fresh air while you hunker down for a bit.  Welcome to the Ranger den for your first challenge!

 

 

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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Weekly check in.  Not feeling great about the week, but some good things happened.  I may have bitten off one too many things when I signed up for the mini challenge.  I miss my story time kids since covid, and I could not resist Sesame Street!

 

Eat fruits/veggies and log meals.  5/7 for the food journal.  Ate the fruits/veggies most days...but rebelled a couple days.  I blame the stress of being addicted to the news, but that's just an excuse, not a reason.  Much room for improvement!

Bedtime stretch/strength.  4/7 this week.  This is pretty terrible because I THOUGHT this was a good habbit.

10k steps or other big daily effort.  5/7 for the week.  And yes, these missed days correspond to the days I missed my eating goals, too.

Cardio twice a week.  One day elliptical, and I'm going to count one day of hiking.  My fitbit marked 138 minutes of active time, and I guess that counts?  Fitbit was a Christmas gift, so I'm still figuring it out.

New veggie dish of the week.  Loved this one:  Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower  .  I often roast veggies, but not usually one at a time.  Loved the crispy aspect of adding parm.

 

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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I have been out for the past few weekends for some good outdoor movement.  Yesterday was fun because it was just me, flat paths, and a letterboxing adventure.  Here's a photo of one of the creeks, but it doesn't give justice the beauty of the space.

 

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Weekly checkin:

Eat fruits/veggies and log meals.  6/7.  Felt pretty good about eating this week.

Bedtime stretch/strength.  6/7 this week.  Again, made me feel pretty good.

10k steps or other big daily effort.  5/7 for the week.  Funny how that seemed dismal last week, but ok this time.

Cardio twice a week.  Yes!.

New veggie dish of the week.  I wanted to love the mustard vinaigrette, but the dish was better without it:  https://www.walderwellness.com/garlic-sauteed-green-beans-dijon-vinaigrette/

 

 

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suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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Pretty bleak week for me. Happy surprise to realize we are on five week challenges these days. I have another week to make up for this last one!

 

Dug out the last of the beets from my garden to make Roasted Beet & Fennel With Orange Vinaigrette  Leftovers were amazing the next day eaten cold like a salad. 
 

Still need to make Roasted Turnips with Brown Miso Butter.  All the fixings are in the fridge. 

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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Snowy February hike in a new park with an unexpected mossy waterfall at the end.

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Challenge wrap up.  Yeah, these challenge dates are pretty fluid for me.  But, I had a great week-and-a-half to make up for the last crummy week.

 

Eat fruits/veggies and log meals.  12/12 for the food journal.  Veggies are a good habit.  Bonus: I started logging food again in MFP.  

Bedtime stretch/strength.  12/12.

10k steps or other big daily effort.  12/12. 

Cardio twice a week.  Elliptical 5 days.  I've been using this to hit my 10K steps because the weather has been yucky for outdoor walking.  It helps to do 15 minute session on the elliptical, then 10 minute of normal steps around the house, and then another 5-10 minutes on the elliptical.  Spring can't come fast enough.

New veggie dish of the week.  Loved the turnip dish I mentioned last time.  My newest veggie adventure was roasted asparagus.

 

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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Tweaking my goals for the next challenge period

 

Eating: Log food in MFP.  Fruits and veggies get logged on paper and are "free" in MFP.
Bedtime stretch and strength 6 nights a week.  Just do this.  Log on my updated paper form.  Shoot for the usual routine plus 3 "other" strength exercises throughout the week.
Step goal: 10k a day 5 times a week.  This is my normal goal but more accountability than the "do your best" vagueness of the past.
Cardio goal:  10 minutes a day 3 times a week:   Use fitbit to determine "cardio" minutes.  Get them with a fast walk or on the elliptical.

Veggie goal:  Try a two new veggie recipes.  I'll repeat some of the veggies I liked from last challenge and add two more recipes this time around.

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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March hike and community service at the local Boy Scout camp.

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Challenge Roundup (past 6 weeks):

Eating: Log food in MFP.  Fruits and veggies get logged on paper and are "free" in MFP.

YES.  Did this every day with one small modification.  The paper was redundant, so I stopped logging food on paper.


Bedtime stretch and strength 6 nights a week.  Just do this.  Log on my updated paper form.  Shoot for the usual routine plus 3 "other" strength exercises throughout the week.

SOMETIMES.  Averaged 4 nights a week with the usual routine.  "Other" strength exercises were rare except for squats which are now part of my routine.


Step goal: 10k a day 5 times a week.  This is my normal goal but more accountability than the "do your best" vagueness of the past.

YES.  Averaged 5.5 times a week.  The fitbit "streak" notification is addicting.  I like to be rewarded with the little star, and once I get 4 days in a row I feel more motivated to keep the streak going.  Mind games!


Cardio goal:  10 minutes a day 3 times a week:   Use fitbit to determine "cardio" minutes.  Get them with a fast walk or on the elliptical.

KINDA.  Average 74 minutes of cardio per week which would be over twice my goal.  BUT I only hit the 10 minute goal 10 times over 6 weeks.  A few days of outdoor work boosted the whole month of cardio.

 

Veggie goal:  Try a two new veggie recipes.  I'll repeat some of the veggies I liked from last challenge and add two more recipes this time around.

NOPE.  I still eat veggies, but not really the new ones.

suzyQlou * Ranger    

Old Challenges: #1(2015) * #2 * #3(push ups) * #4 * #5(food) * #6 * #7(2016)* #8(nerdiversary) * #9 * 10(animal) * Battle Log * 11(2017) * 12(garden) * 13 * 14(biking) * 15 * 16  * 17  * 18 * 19(2018) * 20(2019) * 21

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