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I am heading to an epic vacation in Glacier National Park starting August 11th.  I've dreamed of going there for quite some time, but only within the last year has my dream transformed into blossoming reality.  I was at first going to go by myself, somehow...  But lucky for me, two awesome friends heard my plans and decided that they wanted to come, too!  We have a camping cabin reserved for four nights, and one night we'll be sleeping in a tipi on the Blackfeet Reservation. There'll be horseback riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and much hiking in the mountains.  I'm from Wisconsin, no mountains here, so that makes preparing somewhat difficult.  In this last challenge before the trip, I want to make some improvements while I can.  The stronger I can get now, the better off I'll be for the trip.  Which I am so excited for, I can hardly stand it, btw... 

 

The big issue for me at the moment is I've had a flair-up of lower back pain that hasn't bothered me in nearly a year.  That sucks.  It means I have to take it easy for a bit, and not do the squat challenge I was hoping to do to get my legs ready for climbing.  But there's still plenty that I can do, and if my back improves, the squats can still happen.

 

In the meantime, I thought I'd test out a few weight loss 'tips' to see if they'll help me drop a little bit for V-Day.

 

1.  12 Hour Food Deficit - I'm testing this dieting tip that recommends a twelve hour gap between the last thing you eat at night, and the first thing you eat in the morning.  Since I'm prone to snacking at night, I think that cutting myself off by 8 or 9 pm, so I can have a timely breakfast in the morning, is a good plan.

 

2.  Drink Water - Some calculator said I should drink 140 ounces a day, based on my weight.  That seems nuts to me.  I'd never leave the bathroom.  But more water is supposed to be beneficial.  I do drink water, but I intend to drink two cups at home in the morning, two cups before each meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and another in the evening before bed.  That should get me at least 80 ounces of water every day, which is WAY more than I currently drink.  

 

3.  Pack Food - There are lots of temptations to be had in the world, lots of bad choices to be made at any restaurant or cafeteria, and some choices that seem good but probably aren't.  So I will pack my all my food for work, that's breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and will eat my own food, 95% of the time.  That should give me the allowance for occasionally eating out with friends, but not much else.  This is for the best, definitely.

 

Life Goal - Write!

I'm supposed to be doing Camp NaNoWriMo right now, working for 20 hours on editing a novel I wrote a few years ago in an effort to get it published.  I think I've done about an hour an a half so far, so I really need to get cooking on this one, and I need to continue that after the month is over as well.  Lot's to write.  So my goal is to spend at least 10 minutes per day on writing/editing.  This way once I get started, I'll hopefully continue and go longer than just the 10, but at least I'll get 10 a day if nothing else.

 

 

This challenge will take me 28 days closer to Glacier, and when it's done, I'll have a little less than a week to go.  EEK!  Better get to work!

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Blaze the Bounty Hunter

 

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Hi Blaze!  That sounds like an amazing trip you've got planned.  

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I'm off to a good start, and this time I'm in a PvP challenge to help keep me motivated.  

 

But this lower back/hip issue is annoying.  Does anybody have tips to stretch it away or otherwise recover before my hiking vacation? Walking helps, but I have an office job so lots of sitting.  I have various back support gizmos as well.

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Blaze the Bounty Hunter

 

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19 minutes ago, Blaze said:

I'm off to a good start, and this time I'm in a PvP challenge to help keep me motivated.  

 

But this lower back/hip issue is annoying.  Does anybody have tips to stretch it away or otherwise recover before my hiking vacation? Walking helps, but I have an office job so lots of sitting.  I have various back support gizmos as well.

It depends on the source of your back pain I suppose.  I get lower back pain but it seems to be related to tight hamstrings and glutes.  If I don't stretch when on a lifting program with barbell squats and deadlifts, I'll invariably get back pain...  I put together a yoga pose/stretching routine that really helps... 

 

supine hamstring 

supine twist

downward dog

cobra (sort of)

[[downward dog

warrior I

triangle]] - repeat sequence for other side

pigeon

seated twist

 

I always feel better after doing that sequence. 

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Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

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My back is feeling a bit better today, and I kinda want to do some strength stuff, but I think I need to stick with stretches and keep taking it slow.  

 

My Food Gap plan is working, and the water...  It's a lot of water, but I'm doing it.  Of course I'm broke this week so packing my breakfasts and lunches has gone just fine.  The real test will come after pay-day on Friday.

 

And I really really really need to write.   Right?  WRITE!

 

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Blaze the Bounty Hunter

 

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How did your week go?

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I am not saying I am Wonder Woman. I am just saying no one has ever seen me and Wonder Woman together in the same room.

 

Current Challenge: Shello Finally Fitnesses (sort of) and does some other things

Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 789, 10, 11, 12 , 131415, 1617181920, 21, 2223242526272829303132, 33, 3435, 36??

Starting weight = 290.4; Current weight = 269; Total pounds lost: 21.4

 

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Tick Tock.  Three weeks to trip.  My back is improving and my goals helping.  The writing thing isn't happening, but otherwise not doing too shabby.  

Blaze the Bounty Hunter

 

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”   Vincent Van Gogh

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On 7/12/2017 at 10:09 PM, Blaze said:

" I'm broke this week so packing my breakfasts and lunches has gone just fine.  The real test will come after pay-day on Friday." 

 

I'm new to this forum so I hope this quote works right.  I had a similar goal and did good untill payday when I started failing, so I hope you can resist temptation. 

 Your vacation sounds freaking fantastic and I hope you have a lot of fun.

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