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    Eh....that’s more than I wanna deal with. I’ll stick to my current stuff. But thank you for the explanation.

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      Thursday, February 6 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 76


      running: 3K in 20:57 - In pretty messy conditions in town--but even running into driving snow/freezing rain was preferable to doing indoor cardio.

      upper body skill & strength training: 18 minutes - Side Crow - got up on both sides without using my back arm as a hip shelf, but my legs felt very heavy on my arms

      lower body skill & strength training: 23:40 - Barre: Ballet Strength - all of that hip work in Power Up has paid off. This workout did not burn nearly so badly as I remembered.


      Total: 62 minutes


      Other stuff:

      3 km hiking

      Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 37/37
      A Salad a Day: Day 25 -

      Video Game-Free Days: 57


      Lights out: 11:00 PM
      Up Friday: 7:23 AM

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        Friday, February 7 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 77


        running: 4K in 31:56 - Spicebush Trail in Rondeau. Running on freshly fallen (and still falling) snow significantly added to the work, but it was a beautiful, peaceful environment.

        a snow-covered trail in a forest

        upper body skill & strength training: 20 minutes - Walking Float - not exactly floating yet, but I did achieve lift off with my hands on blocks only 3" high

        lower body skill & strength training: 8 minutes - Pistol Squat Prep - my lifted leg is getting higher on the balance holds, and my butt is getting lower on the half squat balance holds


        Total: 60 minutes


        Other stuff:

        11 km hiking - Sundance NancyTree Gandhalfit Sasstronaut : The "Walking to Mordor" team has completed the first leg of our journey: Hobbiton to Rivendell! Onward now to Lothlorien!

        Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 38/38
        A Salad a Day: Day 26 -

        Video Game-Free Days: 58


        Lights out: 11:00 PM
        Up Saturday: 7:26 AM

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          Isn’t it nice when you can see progress on those really hard body weight moves? I love it! I’ve taken to practicing shrimp squats when I’m stretching my quads after spin class, and I already notice advancement after just 3 days!

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            Hurray for making it to Rivendell!

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              Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post
              Friday, February 7 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 77


              running: 4K in 31:56 - Spicebush Trail in Rondeau. Running on freshly fallen (and still falling) snow significantly added to the work, but it was a beautiful, peaceful environment.

              a snow-covered trail in a forest

              upper body skill & strength training: 20 minutes - Walking Float - not exactly floating yet, but I did achieve lift off with my hands on blocks only 3" high

              lower body skill & strength training: 8 minutes - Pistol Squat Prep - my lifted leg is getting higher on the balance holds, and my butt is getting lower on the half squat balance holds


              Total: 60 minutes


              Other stuff:

              11 km hiking - Sundance NancyTree Gandhalfit Sasstronaut : The "Walking to Mordor" team has completed the first leg of our journey: Hobbiton to Rivendell! Onward now to Lothlorien!

              Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 38/38
              A Salad a Day: Day 26 -

              Video Game-Free Days: 58


              Lights out: 11:00 PM
              Up Saturday: 7:26 AM
              If you see bilbo baggins around at Rivendell Rainbow, be sure to say hello for me please!

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                It is, DorothyMH ! Great work on your shrimp squats! (That's another exercise I'm working towards too.)

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                  Thank you Io6 .

                  Will do, Milkman 4 abs .

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                    Saturday, February 8 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 78


                    running: 3K in 20:51 - Rondeau. Half on snow-covered trails, half on the road (which had enough snow to be slightly slippery, but not enough to sink into like on the trails).

                    yoga flow: 39 minutes


                    Total: 60 minutes


                    Other stuff:

                    6 km hiking - in town with the pups, plus birding in Rondeau
                    5 minutes restorative yoga

                    Only Homemade Food - - Total Days: 39/39
                    A Salad a Day: Day 27 -

                    Video Game-Free Days: 59


                    Lights out: 11:28 PM
                    Up Sunday: 5:50 AM

                    As I was heading back to my vehicle in Rondeau to exchange my hiking boots for running shoes, a murmuration of blackbirds flew in to roost in the treetops of a few trees near my car. Too many birds to count accurately, but I estimate about 1000, all congregated together in the tops of 3 or 4 trees. I identified both brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) and common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) amongst the flock. There may have been additional species as well, but I was losing my light and so could not get the greatest of photos.

                    Brown-headed cowbird & common grackle, perched side-by-side:

                    a brown-headed cowbird and a common grackle perched side-by-side on a tree branch high overhead

                    The flock in one tree top:

                    a murmuration of blackbirds of different species perched together in a tree top

                    They really pack themselves in close together:

                    cowbirds and grackles perched close together

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                      Rainbow Dragon Amazing photos,I love that plus great workouts you are doing, hard stuff,as I was looking randomly through your Thread! Looks like you are in a perfect form

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                        late to the convo but super facinated on how everyone learned to cook. I had homeec in highschool also - twice, half a year each time (shop was other half) it was fairly useful if you knew nothing about cooking going in - we learned basic techniques and how to follow a recipe, and we got extra credit if we made the recipes we learned at home for our families (which I fucking needed bc the sewing half of home ec I was super horribly bad at). Nothing you would learn to be a great cook from but, enough that you would not starve as an adult even if you did not pick up further skills. (Our shop class also included some very basic home/car maintence (change a tire, patch holes in drywall, change out pipes under kitchen or bathroom sink, no wiring tho lol.. and we were also all forced to take 1 year of typing and 1 year of a participation in government class where we got points for things like going to town hall meetings... so I guess we had more "life skills" then most highschools do actually looking back.)

                        I really learned to cook at home, but sort of sideways. My dad was the main "cook" (my mom can get dinner on the table but it is probably something v basic) of anything fun/interesting. His method is to read through a bunch of cook books till he finds the recipe he likes, then go into the kitchen and basically follow it. But, due to his nearly photographic memory (at least in the short term) and the fact that he has cooked enough to measure by eyeball, as a kid it looked to me that he was just looking at a bunch of things for a basic guideline then going into the kitchen and making his own riff/combination of said things. So, this is how I cook >.> Which caused a lot of consternation on my dad's part when he realized that that is how he "taught" me even tho that is not at all what he does LOL.

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                          Thank you Miss_Dada ! I don't know about "perfect" form--but I do work at it. (As I've seen from your own thread that you do too!)

                          Here's a link to some more bird photos, these ones from today's hike: https://www.inaturalist.org/calendar...ragon/2020/2/9
                          (Some are pretty blurry--including, sadly, a gorgeous great blue heron who proved to be quite camera shy--but I got a few nice shots today too.)

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                            'rin your shop and home ec classes sure sound a lot more practical than ours were.

                            I enjoyed shop class. But ours was more about doing artsy things with wood and sheet metal than learning any practical home maintenance things. Auto shop was available as a separate course in my high school--but kids who did well academically (like me) absolutely did not take it. (My school principal or VP would have called me down to their office to ask me what the frak I was doing if I had tried to sign up for auto-shop.)

                            That is funny that your Dad taught you not at all what he thought he was teaching you. But inadvertently he gave you the confidence to be creative in your own kitchen, which is pretty cool.

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                              Tomorrow is the final day of my "30 Different Salads in 30 Days" challenge. Anyone have an awesome salad recipe I can try?
                              Bonus points if it includes one or more vegetables I have not eaten yet this month. (See here: https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/641...-2020/page1000 for my most up-to-date list.)

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                                All right, I'll rise to the challenge! One of my favourites, and super easy, is sorrel, crumbled blue cheese and blueberries (ratio of about 1:1/4-1/2:1 - depending on how much you like blue cheese!), with a simple dressing of ev olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You could use spinach but I see you already have, but I don't see sorrel on your list!

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