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This challenge I am focusing on maintaining the progress I have made this summer. This is a challenge because I am traveling for a week right in the middle of weeks 1 + 2 and then head back to work for the second half of the challenge. For these reasons I am scaling things down and keeping goals simple. 

 

Before I get to goals I want to start with: Things I've Learned Over the Summer Challenges...I stole this idea from Evicious because it is awesome.

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-My Paleo-ish/IBD inspired diet keeps tummy troubles at bay

-Raw veggies are not my friend

-No sweets is hard but may be worth it 

-Hormones trigger tummy troubles

-Starting the week with a strong workout (Sunday Runday!) sets me up for success

-Real world running does not completely suck (and I don't suck at it)

-Garmin helps me like RWRing

-My anxiety has gotten worse and kept me from doing some of the things I wanted to do this summer

 

 

Goals for this challenge:

1. Enjoy my visit with my dad. I only get to see him once a year and haven't been out to Idaho in over 10 (usually he comes east to visit).

2. Stick to my diet. Avoid trigger foods. This has been working so I'm not making any changes (including no sweets). I will continue to use MFP and track somatic symptoms. The one change I will be making is allowing protein bars. They help keep me from making bad food choices when traveling and working. 

3. Exercise at least 3x/week. I might add more specific goals for weeks 3 + 4 but for now very open and flexible. 

4. Adulting…do it… I have a list (ever growing) of things I need to get done before going back to work. I will post the list before week 1 for accountability.

 

I am confident that I will be able to meet my goals while traveling. I will be visiting my dad in Idaho (north central region) and plan on doing lots of outdoor exploring. He is super active and healthy so I'm not worried about diet and exercise. He does love ice cream so that might be an "issue" : ) I would like to do some SUPing and get at least one run in. We will be hiking and maybe camping. I will bring my friend Garmin and track miles hiked because I'm a nerd. 

 

I am more concerned about what will happen as I transition back to work. There is always a period of adjustment and my workout schedule will completely change. No more Monday spin…soooo sad…I may need specific goals starting week 4 to start to establish a new routine. 

 

 

 

 

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Tummy troubles today :apologetic:  Such a bummer after 10 days symptom free. 

I have not eaten any of my known trigger foods so who knows what the cause is. As a result, I have spent too much time researching additional ways I can modify my diet. It is crazy making because one article will suggest something and the next article will contradict everything I just read. I have a few ideas about some additional changes to my diet but won't do anything until after my trip. 

 

 

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Sorry about the unexpected tummy troubles :[ In terms of articles contradicting each other, does it make sense to follow one thing, see if it works, then if not try the other? Everyones tummy stuffs are so individual and varied I'm not surprised there are so  many contradicting suggestions out there. 

 

SUPing YAY!

 

When do you leave on the trip?

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On August 17, 2016 at 11:15 PM, Sloth the Enduring said:

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On August 18, 2016 at 0:05 AM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

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On August 18, 2016 at 1:12 PM, Raxie said:

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Sorry about the unexpected tummy troubles :[ In terms of articles contradicting each other, does it make sense to follow one thing, see if it works, then if not try the other? Everyones tummy stuffs are so individual and varied I'm not surprised there are so  many contradicting suggestions out there. 

 

SUPing YAY!

 

When do you leave on the trip?

I usually read as much as I can and start with the suggestions each has in common. I think that I may need to do a true elimination diet (after vacation) to determine what the culprit is…or at the very least to find out what it isn't. I am not looking forward to that. 

 

On more exciting topics… I leave on Tuesday and will be there for a week. I have been looking online for SUP rentals and found two places that are fairly close. I would love to find a guided tour (or lesson) of the Snake River or Hells Canyon. 

 

 

7 hours ago, Evicious said:

Boooo, unexplained tummy trouble. :(

 

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This could not be more true! My tummy troubles have persisted. I hope today is the last day. I did make it to spin yesterday but don't think I'll get a second run in this week. I hope to run on Sunday and then go to Monday spin before spending all day Tuesday traveling. 

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Zero week was not great due to tummy troubles. And I did not run yesterday because I was still in pain. I am finally feeling better today!!! I would like to think it was because of the (curative?) fuck-it-i'm-already-sick pop tarts I ate on Saturday. What ever the reason, I'm good just in time for my trip. 

 

I made it to my final Monday spin class for the summer. It was an interval ride, which I requested…so everyone in class probably hates me now. Seeing as how I won't be in class for a while, I don't care. 

 

Leaving tomorrow afternoon. I am all packed and ready to go. The only thing left to do now is get some sleep and obsess bout what I forgot to pack. 

 

13 hours ago, Raxie said:

An elimination diet sounds like it really might be the solution at this point.  But go enjoy your vacation and don't worry about deciding on that til you get back. HAVE SO MUCH FUN!

Thank you so much! I am super excited to get some good QT in with dad!!!

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I'm back!!! Well I have been back since late Tuesday night but kinda took the second half of week two off. I was lazy and ate like an asshole. But that is over and I am back on track as of today!

 

Where to start… Vacation! Idaho was a nice time away. Totally chill and stress free. Tons of quality time with my dad. I was fairly active the entire time I was there. Lots of walking and a few runs along the Snake river. Would have done more but my dad hurt his back midway through the visit.  I went to my first rodeo which was totally cool (no fried bread with Nuttella). I also went tubing down  part the Coeur d'Alene river. So much fun, but very very cold! I didn't get to paddle board mostly because of my dad's back. I did scope out a few locations for my next visit. 

 

My diet was not gerat, but not awful while away. I was far from gluten free and ate more than I usually would. There was huckleberry ice-cream. It was delicious. The interesting thing is that I had almost no tummy troubles the entire time. Could be that stress and anxiety are factors. Who knows...

 

In terms of Goals for this challenge:

1. Enjoy my visit with my dad. RANGERED!

 

2. Stick to my diet. Avoid trigger foods. This has been working so I'm not making any changes (including no sweets). I will continue to use MFP and track somatic symptoms. The one change I will be making is allowing protein bars. They help keep me from making bad food choices when traveling and working. Ahhh not even close. Right back at it for week 3 and 4. 

 

3. Exercise at least 3x/week. Week 1 Rangered and then some. I Ran and made it to spin class before leaving for vacation. I ran once in addition to walking and hiking and tubing. Week 2 I was lazy only running once before leaving Idaho. 

 

4. Adulting…do it… I have a list (ever growing) of things I need to get done before going back to work. I will post the list before week 1 for accountability. Not Rangered. Did I mention how lazy I have been since coming home. 

 

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Adulting List:

 

Change oil and rotate tires

Replace windshield 

Schedule appoint with doctor

Get dog groomed

Order checks  or convince my boyfriend to let me transfer my rent money directly to his account.

 

I excited to be back and will try to get caught up with everyone before I go back to work on Wednesday. 

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In other news…Sunday-Runday…I ran my fastest RW mile (9.38)! And it was mile 3 of a 3 mile run (30:35)! 

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Welcome back and congrats on that run!

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Today is the last day of my summer vacation. It makes me sad. I went to the market and stocked up on food for my "snack basket". Then I baked Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies to bribe my co-workers into liking me more and also because I can't drink bourbon at work. 

 

Soon I'll iron something and try to pick out footwear that won't give me blisters after a summer in flip-flops. The struggle is real. 

I might try to sneak in a short workout to compensate for consumed cookies which are NOT gluten or sugar free. Or maybe I won't. 

 

I will continue to catch up on threads. 

 

 

Oh yeah…I did 40 minutes on the stationary bike yesterday while watching Stranger Things. 2 workouts done for the week so far!

 

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On September 4, 2016 at 5:24 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Welcome back and congrats on that run!

Thanks Tank! I forgot to say that earlier.

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I ate cookies and did not workout yesterday. I did a bunch of prepping for work. 

 

Too many co-workers in my office are not eating sugar or carbs. My plans at bribing them with baked goods was, therefore, not as successful as I had hoped. I had to resort to delivering cookies to other offices in our department. I brainstormed how to make them better with a foodie from the Dean's office. 

 

I did make it to the gym after work. Went for a run (3 miles in 30:55) with intervals. I forgot how much different it feels to workout after a full day at work. It will take me some time to adjust. 

 

Even with my cookie consumption (3 in total) I have managed to stay within my calorie limits. I am ok with my diet being a little off as long as I am also being mindful of my calories. 

 

Adulting…no progress on my list. I should be able schedule my oil change/tire rotation tomorrow. 

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