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    Food- okay to good. Ate my deficit a few days but never went over my TDEE. Still no binges but since I changed my goals to include the deficit I'm counting this as 4/7.

    Activity- I did T25 on 4 of 7 days this past week and on those days I met my steps goals. But I think I might have decided that I hate T25, so I don't know if I'll keep doing it. I'm starting to dread it and I don't think that's really a good way to encourage myself to stick with something long-term. I was enjoying walking and it was working for me so I think I'll go back to just doing that. 4/7.

    Sleep- great this week. Back on track in this regard except for one night where I stayed up too late. 6/7.

    Not an awesome week, but not a terrible one, either. In a way I think it's weeks like this that long-term success are built on. Any time I don't have an OMG AMAZING!! week but still hang in there, I think I'm overcoming old tendencies to quit when I have a teensy failure. My new mantra is "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    How are you guys holding up? (Also, I know that I'm posting a bit early today, so some of you haven't had a chance to post yet.)
    Shithouse last week. I'm getting seriously frustrated about things that are outside of my control, and my instinctive reaction to that is to sit really, really still and hope the world doesn't notice me, which is a poor approach when one wants to be out there excising! I've just been hit with another frustration that has screwed up all my plans, but may actually serve to motivate me more as a deadline has been moved forward, so this week will be picking up again, starting tonight!

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    I kept up with my increased reps every morning... 7 slow ab crunches and 8 faster ones (uses different muscles, I think).

    I did my exercise program this morning! Yay!
    I've had to modify it because of fear of injuring my knee.
    I do some leg exercises laying down instead of standing up.

    btw: anybody know why my vitamins might be making me queasy every morning all of a sudden? Could it be a bad batch?

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    Week 19 update:

    This has not been a good week. A dear and longtime colleague died far too young; I was tasked on short notice to give some training sessions at work; and had some evenings consumed by volunteer activities. My outdoor time was eaten up, too.

    1. Improve eating habits, specifically eating between meals.
    Eating not bad - staying away from too much eating outside of meals mainly through busyness. Grilling season is upon us, which means it's quick and easy to make light, fresh fare - plenty of lean meats and veggies.

    2. Get more exercise: at least three times each week, in addition to martial arts practice.
    Got in two workouts to the usual videos. Have had some trouble with lower back lately, so focused the third session on some lower back exercises plus walking. Not ideal, but minimal threshold. I will probably incorporate some of these back exercises into the usual regimen, since I think my back needs the strengthening.

    3. Weight loss.
    No change.
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    Food- On target most of the week--we were on vacation this weekend and I loosened up a bit, but didn't go nuts. 5/7

    Activity- Back to step target- hit it 4 days this week, blew it out of the water on 2 of those days hoofing it around Atlanta. 4/7

    Sleep- Kind of got off track during the week, but brought it back with the weekend trip- it's easy to go to bed at a decent hour and not nap when you're visiting/sightseeing all day. 3/7 but I hope the weekend gave me a good launch into this week.

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    Okay guys. After some thinking, I've decided that I'm going to have to quit heading the Exercise Challenge once we hit the July 7th deadline. If anyone might be interested in taking over after the 7th so this can go on, please let me know.

    As for my weekly update...

    We'll consider this a 50% week for me. It was a rest week for P90X, and I did my workouts up until Friday, missing the last 3 days. My diet was good for half the week, as well, and not so good near the end. I still struggle with starting off strong at the beginning of the week, but letting stress and busyness sabotage me come Thursday. (Thursdays, in particular, are stressful for me.)

    I'm trying to come up with better ways to manage my stress throughout the beginning of the week, but haven't quite figured it out yet.

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    I worked out once while in Austin, and I did other things in Austin like walking a lot, climbing on rocks, and swimming in REALLY cold water for short periods of time.. but I'm not going to lie, it's been a wash diet and exercise wise overall.

    Next week I start going to volleyball meet-ups in the afternoons once a week, and the summer days are long enough now that I can get home in time to work out. I still need to balance my meal-packing for lunch for school so that I'm not bored eating or starving by the time I get home. I'm working on this...

    For now, I made an AWESOME ice-box cake I ate it for breakfast today, and it was SUPER easy and it feels like I'm eating dessert for breakfast.
    Just layer some light, all-natural whipped cream, fruit (I used bananas, strawberries, and blueberries), and graham crackers (I used cinnamon, whole-grain all natural ones) and stick it in the fridge overnight. The crackers soften up in the fridge overnight, and have the texture of cake! It's sweet, but not too sweet, fruity, and delicious! And no cooking required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    Okay guys. After some thinking, I've decided that I'm going to have to quit heading the Exercise Challenge once we hit the July 7th deadline. If anyone might be interested in taking over after the 7th so this can go on, please let me know. ...
    Sorry to hear it...
    I hope someone takes over.
    I can't do it myself.

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    Maybe it can just continue informally among anyone who wishes to continue past the official end date? We could all kind of just try to keep each other accountable by bumping the thread regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    Okay guys. After some thinking, I've decided that I'm going to have to quit heading the Exercise Challenge once we hit the July 7th deadline. If anyone might be interested in taking over after the 7th so this can go on, please let me know.

    As for my weekly update...

    We'll consider this a 50% week for me. It was a rest week for P90X, and I did my workouts up until Friday, missing the last 3 days. My diet was good for half the week, as well, and not so good near the end. I still struggle with starting off strong at the beginning of the week, but letting stress and busyness sabotage me come Thursday. (Thursdays, in particular, are stressful for me.)

    I'm trying to come up with better ways to manage my stress throughout the beginning of the week, but haven't quite figured it out yet.
    What does such a job entail? I may be interested in helping out and pushing myself at the same time back.

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