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6 Week challenge

I alluded in one of my last posts that I had joined a fitness community called, nerdfitness. Said community has these awesome things called “6-week challenges.” Basically, you set goals for yourself and 6 weeks to complete them. Let the madness ensue.

The rules are that you have to have 3 fitness goals and one personal goal. Here’s my thread if you want to keep track.  My goals are largely personal, in an attempt to make use of the ABUNDANT spare time I have. Some of the physical things I want to do (go rock climbing, travel via bicycle) are put on hold, at least temporarily, because of financial things. For example, riding a bike in Atlanta when you don’t have health insurance is a REALLY bad idea, and money is required for rock climbing. So they will wait till I get a job. Hopefully that will be soon.

But yes. I’m focusing a good bit of my time on five projects: Thoughts on Liberty (blog), sewing, this blog, graphic design, and web design. I’m trying to build up my skills and make some really cool stuff.

Fitness and food wise, I’m largely tightening up bolts. There are a couple of things in TKD warm ups that I am noticeably failing at: sit ups/curl ups and push ups. So I have goals to amp those up in 6 weeks.

Probably most importantly, I have goals to finally incorporate job hunting into my schedule. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but now its time to get to business. I needs meh a job, and it doesn’t matter if I have to move to get there (even if I don’t really want to).

So, yes, in sum: expect more content on the blog, at least for the next six weeks or so. Unless I get a job. Then it’s kind of whatev.

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Food and recognition

I know that I have posted already today, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a food accountability check, so I wanted to do that, and also take some recognition for some non-cosmetic aspects of having lost weight.

First, the food:

Breakfast was in the dining hall again, due to lack of fruitage. I had five sausage links in a cup, and they were tasty. I didn’t take a picture, cause I just took them to work and nommed on them.

Lunch, I did get a picture of. It’s nothing special:

Buffalo chicken salad (a la Gina) and smoothie

This beauty is two chicken breasts a la Mollies with some lettuce, carrots, and hot sauce poured over it. It was pretty tasty, but the smoothie was the best. I am going to perfect the Mollie’s Salad if it kills me.Dinner was another half of a chicken breast with the mesquite marinade that Anthony and I cooked sometime this weekend.

I miss my fruit, though. I’m gonna have too much fun shopping this weekend.

There were a couple of things that I wanted to touch on, also. I’ve been focusing on a lot of the “cosmetic” aspects of losing weight. Essentially, focusing on the poundage. Tonight I did another one of those weight mirror image things, and I stared at it for a while. No joke. I want to shift this focus, at least for a moment, because I believe in the utility of the body being the primary concern, and aesthetic concerns come second. SO, I want to talk about the change I (finally) noticed in my fitness.

The first thing that I started to notice was that things like walking to the Decatur and back did not make me tired or sore like it used to, that walking back from “Shasta” (my zip car of choice) was not a chore. Additionally, trekking up the stairs to my apartment on the third floor does not make me breathy anymore (though my legs still hurt sometimes).

These were all little things that I had begun to notice and appreciate, but it didn’t really hit home till TKD yesterday.

It’s not like it happened overnight, but I was in a good enough place to see it and realize that doing all of the kicking that we did, the forms, etc. was not as debilitatingly taxing as it had been in the past. I was out of breath, but not panting. Hot and sweating, but not faint. Tired, but exhilarated. It is  significant and exciting for me because a LOT of my issues in Taekwondo have been issues of my fitness. Because I got tired so quickly, I couldn’t focus as much as I would like on other things that I wanted to, and I was perpetually upset about not being able to keep up.

I know that there are good days and bad days, but it was deeply, deeply satisfying to have that good day. Now I can start working on my splits and being able to do push ups, and kicking Nicki’s ass (though that will take a lot longer…).

Additionally, as some may have seen on my facebook page, I found out today that I no longer qualify as obese by BMI. Though I really don’t put a WHOLE lot of stock in BMI measurements (seems like a height-weight chart is pathetically simpleton), it’s a cool threshold to reach, and something that I am at least moderately pleased with. I am just closer and closer to being healthy.

Now I must adjourn to put away the laundry that has been sitting on my bed for two days… ><

Gina