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    Thank you BusyBumbleBee HellYeah Colin BlackButler Zastria .

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      Colin , the fudge is something like this or this. There's a pretty wide variance in ratios of the different ingredients between different recipes I found online (complicated by the fact that the first recipe I linked there is in American units and the second, I think, is in Imperial units). For mine, I think I used:

      540 ml black beans (that's the size of a can of black beans here)
      125 ml cocoa powder
      90 ml coconut oil
      30 ml maple syrup
      5 ml vanilla

      The texture is pretty similar to fudge, although a little bit gritty. It melts in my mouth like fudge would and tastes mostly of the cocoa but is much, much less sweat than traditional fudge. I can detect the black bean flavour a bit, but I don't mind that.

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        Zastria Hbomb3383 I am really trying to stick with not eating anything at all after dinner. I am in bed, lights out, by 10PM every night. So I truly have no need to eat after dinner if I can keep my workouts to earlier in the day. With the dietary changes I have made recently, I have been losing weight at the rate of ~ 1 lb/week over the last 8 weeks without feeling deprived. But part of the change has been retraining my brain to accept that I do not need to reach for food the second my brain gets the first inkling of a hunger signal. (I work from home, and I sleep, workout, write, read, use the Internet, and watch television in a room which is off the kitchen. I cannot leave the house or access any other part of the house without walking through the kitchen. And the person with whom I share grocery shopping duties ensures that our kitchen is well-stocked with potato chips, cookies, ice cream, candy, and pastries sweet & savoury at all times. The ease with which I can access something to eat at any hour of any day is great. So I need to be strict about sticking to the rules that work for me, or I will backslide.)

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          Thank you, Cabriel .

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            Thank you Hbomb3383 . Shelby is a rescue who was found on the streets. So I have no idea what happened to her in her youth to make walking on a lead such a challenge. I have tried six different styles of "no pull" halters and harnesses on her, and with each one she still pulled so hard she damaged her own flesh. Currently we are using a choke chain, which I know a lot of people are dead set against. (The rescue we adopted Shelby from would be appalled if they knew.) But for Shelby it is the safest option, at least for right now.

            Shelby is a wonderful dog. She very much wants to please me, and she is working so hard on our walks to do what I'm asking of her. It's just for whatever reason extremely challenging for her.

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              Sunday:

              2 km hiking - crazy high winds here = staying close to home with only short hikes for each puppy
              Back & Core - day 5 (3:20 work)
              46 minutes yoga flow - I did an old BodyFlow class, which is the program I used to teach. This is still my favourite style of yoga practice. Although the workouts are pretty easy for me now compared to my more recent yoga practice, I'd like to keep BF on my schedule once a week for my active recovery day.
              42 minutes restorative
              15 minutes joint care - Talk to the Hand , Ankle Recovery

              Screens off: 9PM. Lights out: 10PM.
              I had interrupted sleep again last night. (Even though I completed my workouts before dinner, ate dinner late, was not hungry when I went to bed, and did not need to use the toilet before morning.)
              I turned my bedside light on @ 2:35 AM and read in bed until 3:30 AM and still did not sleep solidly after that.
              I awoke this morning at 7:26. Not sure how much time I actually spent asleep last night, but I feel well-rested.

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                I use a training collar on my dogs for walks also. They have been professionally trained, and so have I. You just give a gentle but firm tug on the lead to correct them. They need a little warming up before they’re ready for a walk. But it sounds like you know what you’re doing. The thing about those collars is that people shouldn’t use them if they aren’t properly trained. You sound like a wonderful fur-mommy.

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                  Congratulations on a strong Feb17--23! I may consider adding the Wrist Pain and related exercises, myself. Have you found that they help? I am also working on Sleep goals, although I track those mostly in Habitica. I find falling asleep on an empty stomach extremely difficult. I am glad to hear that the trade offs/navigating those trade offs is working for you. I hear you on the reactive dog/leash pulling. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have found an excellent behaviorist and a great vet to work with. We haven't met with the behaviorist since moving into our current residence about 6 months ago (our rent went up plus moving is just expensive). I think that we might be able to start bringing her in occasionally though, soon. I really want to keep her services as a line item on our budget, even if we have to scale way back.

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                    Thank you, Caesg .

                    I practise handstands and/or other arm balances 6 days/week and I do a lot of typing and I have no wrist pain, so I would say that yes, the exercises work, at least for me. Wrist strengthening and stretching exercises are also a regular part of my yoga practice. But I like the DAREBEE routines as they are easy to fit in, even if I only have a few minutes, and can be done right at my desk.

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                      Monday:

                      4.5 km hiking - in town with the puppies
                      Cardio Go - day 1 (28 min. no breaks) - still too windy for Rondeau, so I did this. Day 1 is more a replacement for hiking than for running. But that's okay as I also did:
                      Age of Pandora - chapter 31 (Level III - 5 sets - 6 min. work - 60 second breaks between sets) + chapter 32 (Level I - 5 sets - 6 min. work - 60 second breaks between sets)
                      Back & Core - day 6 (6 min. no breaks)
                      39 minutes yoga flow - some strong standing strength and balance work in this class, including balancing with eyes closed
                      10 minutes skill & strength - handstands + some very sweaty crow work (oscillations, flying) - I did this after AoP which made the work extra challenging as I was sweaty and had to repeatedly wipe down my knees and triceps after every attempt or my knees would slip off my arms
                      41 minutes restorative
                      30 minutes joint care - neck, shoulders, back mobility, wrists & hands, ankles & feet

                      Screens off: 9PM. Lights out: 9:36 PM.
                      I awoke several times during the night but for the most part fell asleep again quickly.
                      Up this morning @ 6:08

                      In spite of sleeping in on Monday, I did get my yoga flow practice done before breakfast--only because it was too windy to go to Rondeau, so I ate a late breakfast.
                      I still ended up doing my handstands, crow work, CG, AoP and B&C all after dinner. I finished the intensive work by 8:00 PM, then showered and did my restorative yoga practice in my PJs in dim lighting. That definitely helped with being ready to go to sleep soon afterward.

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                        Tuesday:

                        4.5 km hiking - with the puppies
                        Cardio Go - day 2 (31:30 - no breaks)
                        Age of Pandora - chapter 33 (Level II - 5 sets - 15 minutes work - no breaks)
                        Back & Core - day 7 (2:20 - no breaks)
                        33 minutes yoga flow - backbends, shoulder ROM, bird of paradise
                        22 minutes skill & strength - forearm balances, crow oscillations
                        34 minutes restorative
                        11 minutes joint care - wrists & hands, ankles & feet

                        Screens off: 9PM. Lights out: 9:26 PM.
                        Slept solidly until 1:13 AM, then awake until 5:08 AM, then slept solidly again until 8:15. (Did some writing during the awake time, but still: ugh.)
                        Up this morning @ 8:22

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                          Gosh, four hours of waking time, that's rough. Do you end up taking a siesta in the afternoon? I'd feel dead throughout the day if I didn't.

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                            Sounds like a hard night, I hope your next will be better.

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                              Thank you alleycat NancyTree . I still got almost 7 hours of sleep on Tuesday night, so Wednesday I was fine. It just took me a long time to get those 7 hours as I actually had fallen asleep early on Tuesday night and then slept in on Wednesday. Then, last night, I made up the shortfall. So all is good now. (Although it would be nice if I can figure out why I am alternating a great night's sleep with a lousy one every other night and find a way to sleep well every night.)

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                                Wednesday:

                                4 km hiking
                                Cardio Go - day 3 (28 minutes work - 60 second breaks)
                                Age of Pandora - chapter 34 (Level 2 - 5 sets - 5:20 work - no breaks)
                                Back & Core - day 8 (8:20 work - no breaks)
                                34 minutes yoga flow - pretty much all the side plank variations (kneeling, gate, full, tree legs, vasisthasana B, partridge) + some nice standing balance work (extended hand-to-toe, half moon, sugarcane)
                                5 minutes skill & strength - handstands - good holds (3-6 seconds) on all right leg kick ups, left leg kick ups are still not quite there, but were a bit stronger today
                                55 minutes restorative - lots of active stretching and PNF work in my morning practice = hard work (but it’s good for me, right?), some gentle movement and yummy yin in the evening before bed
                                10 minutes joint care - wrists & hands, ankles & feet

                                Screens off: 9:27 PM. Lights out: 9:59 PM.
                                Up this morning @ 7:32

                                I fell asleep quickly and awoke I think 3 times during the night but fell asleep again quickly each time. I seem to be locked in a cycle of alternating one great night of sleep with one night of interrupted sleep. Not sure why.

                                I think the restorative yoga in my PJs right before bed is definitely helping me to fall asleep quickly, at least for the first time. Other things I need to do in the evening (dishes, shower, teeth brushing) are done in rooms with very bright “daylight” lighting. So if I finish up my restorative practice early so I can get my screens off for 9:00 but then spend most of the next hour in the kitchen and bathroom, I’m not really helping myself. On the other hand, while I do often use a video to guide my restorative yoga practice, I have the option of doing it under dim and warm lighting. (And I don’t look at the video for restorative yoga, I just listen.) So last night I dealt with my evening chores before doing my restorative practice, even though I knew it would mean keeping my computer on past 9PM, and this worked out well for me.

                                I have now turned the night light setting back on on my computer to further help with eliminating blue light from my eyes during the hours before bed. I cannot use the night light settings when I need to actually be able to read my screen as the contrast is not high enough for my ageing eyes. But for following a video I’m not watching anyway, the orange screen is fine.

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