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  2. scalyfreak

    Mike Wazowski: Just Barely Getting By

    Also very interesting. Do you think it's because those particular rituals weren't actually effective and needed to be replaced with other rituals that suit you better, or because they felt like an obligation at the time? The reason there are millions of different variants of each major religion (and the minor ones) is that people are different and have different spiritual needs. It stands to reason that rituals that work for Person A will not be as effective for Person B, and vice versa. I like that you refer to sleep hygiene as "sleep rituals"! Rituals as a concept are not limited to religion and spirituality, but the way people talk about them sometimes makes it seem that way, Rituals are an important part of group dynamics and communication when building and maintaining close relationships, but they're as important on an individual level, for our peace of mind and comfort. Most of us have a much larger number of personal rituals than I think we realize, and we perform them without recognizing their importance for our equilibrium. An obvious example is the things we do to "wind down" before going to bed. My ability to go to sleep, and sleep restfully, vanishes if I don't have my skin care ritual, followed by the tooth brushing ritual, followed by the read-for-a-while ritual. And sleeping makes it easier to stay positive.
  3. Harriet

    Sweating like a boss. How to fix?

    I wonder if a warm shower isn't a better idea, because the body reacts by cooling down. That's why warm showers can help you sleep, because a few minutes after the shower your core temperature is a little cooler than usual. Possible a good combination might be cold first, to quickly reduce your temp, then warm second, to make sure it stays low when you get out. For the same reason I would not drink very cold water. Also, if you don't mind something a little unnatural, maybe a powder or anti-perspirant applied in trouble areas. Just be sure to get a non-scented one if you're applying large amounts, because while you will quickly habituate to the smell and not notice it, your colleagues will hate you if you drench yourself in scent. So, I'm not sure how healthy it is to use anti-perspirants which stop you sweating rather than masking sweat with a scent ( as deodorants do), but I guess it depends how distressing you find it to be sweating at work.
  4. elizevdmerwe

    elizevdmerwe - It's about nr.23 & Countdown...8

    Thank you. Prayers and peace of mind, and just to calm right down, is so needed at the moment. I was able to walk during Lego today. First day that it didn't rain, which means the flood waters can start to recede. It has been hectic in places, peoples' homes washing away, cars falling into sink holes, landslides ... the hardest hit places are about an hour's drive from us on the coast. We had roads filled with water, bridges knee deep under water in places, some houses were damaged, but not as bad as in the coastal regions. So... I walked and managed to relax somewhat, but the moment we started driving home I tensed up again. I need to do something to get myself to relax more. Relax hardcore... so to speak. So after I made dinner, I made a mug of tea and read some Fb. That didn't help much. So I made a pot of coffee and sat on the stoep (thanks @annyshay heard your voice in my head saying "stoep time!"). At first I watched Adam playing outside a bit. Then he went in and I sang "Our Father prayer" softly to myself, and then I finally started to relax, listening to the crickets and the frogs. About 5min. later Brandt came home (18h30ish). I closed the gate for him, helped him with the car cover, and he surprised me with a box of Lindt! I think I'll have my dinner, then relax on the stoep with one of the Lindt's. I'm a blessed, much loved wife.
  5. GoodDoug

    [Sylvaa] Is An Athlete

    I love this. It is great to note that we are all different... me? I need a good square kick in the butt now and again to keep going. But I also need the encouragement and support that I can get from here. On the athlete exerciser thing, when I first started getting back into shape a few years ago, I remember I was just starting to feel self conscious while running. I made sure to run at night or on back roads where no one else would see me. I was afraid of the "athletes." Then I read an essay where the author was a competitive long distance runner. He wrote it as a letter to the overweight woman running on the same track as him, basically saying, "I know how hard it is for you to come out to the same track as me and run. I'm so proud of you and you should be too." It was much better than that, but two days later, with that still in my head. I was running, doing pretty well for my level, and a "real" runner came from in front of me, smiled and said, "Great job! Keep going." That completely changed how I felt about myself and my exercising. Fast-forward a year and I'm that guy, saying the same thing to a struggling runner. I wish he could know how much that affected me, how it motivated me to judge myself on the me of yesterday and not the guy who has been running for years. Exerciser or athlete, we are all pushing to be better. If the word athlete makes you feel like you are striving for something better, then use that word. If you feel like it is holding you back, then don't use it. But it is your choice. What works for me may not work for you, and what worked for you last year may not work for you now. Sorry to write a novel here... back to lurking!
  6. Grumble

    JessFit goes full warrior

    I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure this qualifies as a BIG VICTORY.
  7. Week 1 Day 2 Log the Day Yes! Got to a stopping point with a task and begrudgingly handed off. Spent most of the workday working on something that I had no idea what the finished product should be. Talked to the PM in the evening and they didn't know either. lol. I switched from using my pocket notebook to my planner to log the day. <-an exciting development! Eat between 1200-1800 cals, log everything in MyFitnessPal ~1722 Calories. Logged. Tend to eat overnight but log days 00:00-23:59. So that grain-free chocolate chip muffin and Protein bite (253 cals 15g protein) I ate before Tuesday morning really put a kink(the bad kind) in my day. Each day I look back and wonder, "what I can do better the next day?" One answer was clear, "Don't eat over 10% of your calories in the middle of the night". Ideally, I'd like to not eat in the middle of the night but with Weight Loss Surgery (WLS May 2002), I got reactive hypoglycemia. Fun fact, that's what happens when you don't have Type 2 diabetes and you have WLS. I did check my blood sugar before I ate, it was around 49mg/dL. Last night I had some jello and cheese (~108 cal/ 8g protein). The other thing I realized is those white potatoes with dinner may have caused the blood sugar crash. Yay, introspective thinking. Practice Plank each day Yes. 30s Forearm Plank. Hit step goal as many days as possible. Yes, ~8400 steps Went to the gym last night. Cycled. Elliptical. Strength, mostly free weights/ body weights. Legs and core Night Routine Yep it's actually warm in the Bay this week. 80 yesterday in Oakland, high 70s today. It was smart to plan an outfit that didn't revolve around my standard gray or navy cardigan and boots.
  8. Grumble

    Warriors harness the power of flight.

    Yea, it's going to be an AMRAP, I'll update the main post and each weeks post with instructions for how the week will work. (you are not a fool, but I couldn't resist)
  9. Tzippi Longstockings

    Tzippi Tastes the Vinegar

    WEEK ONE - Monday and Tuesday Monday was a travel day, but I got a lot of delicious veggies, including a giant bowl of borscht at Uncle Bernie's Delicatessen in LA. With whitefish on matzah, my perfect Passover lunch. I ended up walking up and down the San Jose airport with weeStockings, which I am counting as a long hike for the purpose of daily exercise, but not weekly challenge. I meditated briefly before bed. Tuesday was our first whole day home. My lettuce and spinach are going crazy in my garden, so the salads are getting easy. Practiced my form several times after Game of Thrones but before bed. I can't remember how to get from White Snake climbs down the vine to Fair maiden throws the shuttle to Pluck the needle from the sea. Good news in, Saturday is WORLD TAI CHI DAY so I'll have lots of time to play, meditate, and practice in lieu of normal class. Eeyore meditation at night, almost finished the Milne characters series. In other news,had an interview Tuesday, really hoping I get it. The walks in the area are great!
  10. elizevdmerwe

    Tova is feasting on life

    Sorry I'm late. Catching up now.
  11. fitbyforty

    StillStar starts

    Hi and welcome! I'm completely new here too Thanks for stopping by my challenge post. Sounds like you're off to a good start. I can't imagine trying to fast and workout yikes! I so understand this and wish you the best in having that change in mindset.
  12. elizevdmerwe

    Annyshay: Endgame

    I'd move to Wakanda tomorrow if I could.
  13. Terah

    Terah's quest for cute animal gifs

    Friday Good Friday, so the boys had the day off. I did some work in the morning and went to the petting zoo and the ice cream store with the boys in the afternoon. I just ate what my body asked as I still felt shitty from that shark attack. Still no dancing as my dance instructor was away on vacation. Watched Jesus Christ Superstar with the boys (partly). I thought they were too young, but they actually liked it. Saturday Lots of playing the sims, some chores. Sunday We had planned a late brunch (like 3 pm late) at my sisters house. When I checked which train to take the website told me there were no trains, only buses. As I (and now A too) get really, really motion sick in buses this wasn't an option. Same with cars. Biking would have been an option, but not with the boys. They can't bike that far and our cargo bike is really old and can't do long distances anymore. So I suggested we would have the brunch at our house. My sister refused... I'm still pissed about that. My parents agreed to have coffee at our place before they headed to my sisters house, so at least we got to see them. Monday Easter Brunch at my MIL's place (which is in biking distance, even for our old cargo bike). We had fun. My SIL, who has been suffering from burn out and depression for the last 1,5 years is doing a lot better, and even started working again I'm so glad she's doing well again <3 Tuesday Back to low carb. I honored my hunger, but at the end of the day my body was SHOUTING at me. I also noticed binge thoughts, bad body image thoughts, very strong cravings and other mental garbage that I didn't had to deal with in months. So I'm thinking I went too hard too fast. No more low carb, and no restriction for at least a week before I will dive back into what kind of nutrition will make me feel good. Dancing was really fun. My teacher was well rested from his vacation and had all sorts of fun ideas. Wednesday Worked a lot. Had an ice coffee at the ice cream store. Now I'm tired and happy
  14. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 56: Rebuilding A Solid Foundation

    Tuesday Nutrition Did I? 1. Find a nutritionist I can vibe with and at least get a consultation under my belt 2. Continue to not eat like an asshole No Mostly - breakfast was eggs Benedict, skipped lunch, dinner was a hella good shawarma pan bowl, snack was rice crackers Physical Fitness Did I? 1. Week 1: Attend 2 classes Nope Moar Fulfillment Did I? 1. Research one of the identified potential income streams. 2. Take 1 little mini-course per week. 3. Try to find local networks of people who do whatever it is I’m researching and ask them for guidance. 4. Spend some time each week trying to wrap my head around retirement monies. Nope Nope Nope Nope I did, however, spend time catching up with a girlfriend and snuggled pups. I mean ... look at them: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. GoodDoug

    Annyshay: Endgame

    I love all the Marvel movies, but this might be one of my favorite movies of all time.
  16. Lateral Planet

    Lateral Planet Lives to Eat

    Not a bad idea at all! I just got back from Endgame and I am really struggling to stay calm!! So good Was breaking all the rules today. I decided early on that I would have ice cream at the cinema, which I did and it was amazing. Also I surrendered to the boredom cravings and had the last slice of that carrot cake this morning. Dinner was just oven chips, but lunch was a super healthy salad. Well, one healthy meal out of four isn't great, but it's better than none at all!
  17. darkfoxx

    Darkfoxx 56: Rebuilding A Solid Foundation

    Thanks! They’re a fantastic handful! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. GoodDoug

    squeakyvalkyrie seeks adventure

    Really glad IF is working for you guys. And it's great that you can do it together. Keep up the great work!
  19. @CYO: *poke* *poke* *poke* Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. fitbyforty

    fitbyforty's first challenge

    Yes they are. I work from home but I'm at my computer 8-10 hours a day, more on weekends sometimes. I get in the zone and forget to get up and move around.
  21. GoodDoug

    CJL Starts his Journey

    Looks like you are on track. I know for me, updating everyday can really help keep me in the game, so great job doing that.
  22. Welcome back to the rebellion! I love that your major first install was a power cage.
  23. Moros

    Lightbearer: Present

    One thing that Ms. Moros have done (we both get paid bi-weekly), is to build up a balance in our checkbook, so that we have a cushion for bills. That's obviously hard to do, but have given us a lot of stress relief over the years. Also, seeing if you can move due dates for some bills can really help... Your mileage may vary.
  24. Elastigirl

    [Sylvaa] Is An Athlete

    I think we need a new word , somewhere between athlete and exerciser. Someone who exercises with intention to continually improve oneself. Someone who sets training goals and works hard to achieve them. Maybe amateur athlete ? That doesn't have much ring to it. Not sure where I fit. I don't work as hard (or have the desire to) as an athlete, as I matter of fact I never compete against anyone, but I do take it more seriously than the exerciser.
  25. Grumble

    StillStar starts

    Welcome to the rebellion! Is this one activity over the course of the challenge or a new activity each week?
  26. RuthixCube

    RuthixCube and the Dirty 30

    The last two days have gone all right, though not as well as I'd have liked. I was pretty mentally drained on Monday after doing allthethings over the weekend. I was looking forward to coming home for a nice quiet Monday night recharge when my roommate springs on me that he's having guests over. Awesome. Normally I don't have a problem with people over, last minute or not, but I was not about it at all that night. It put me in a bad mood and I ended up holing myself up in my room binge watching 'This is Us'. I absolutely could have done some yoga, body weight exercises, etc, but I definitely didn't. I should have journaled too, but that didn't happen either. Wash and repeat for Tuesday as far as not getting these two goals done again. Meh, I'm not happy with myself for letting it slip the first two days of the challenge. No zero days going forward. Period. Last night I met up with my bestie, L, for dinner - we hadn't seen each other in months and it was a much overdue catch up session. We've both been in a bit of a rut life-wise lately, which has made it hard for us to hang out. She told me she is planning to start up game night again on Saturdays, which is something we used to do weekly with a few other friends before she moved into Boston. I'm pretty excited for it to start, and it should be the perfect setting to introduce everyone to BF (henceforth known as Fish, based on a gaming name of his). Plus, I think he'd really enjoy it - he's just as nerdy as we are. L ended up surprising me and paid for dinner as a belated bday treat, which was super sweet of her. After I got home I hopped on the PS4 and played Blackout with Fish, CoD's version of a battle royal like PUBG or Fortnite. We've both become addicted to the game mode, and usually switch off playing solo games when I'm at his place. Once a week or so, we have a virtual 'date night' where we play Blackout as a team in duos. Time always ends up flying by when we do this, and before I knew it the clock read 10:30p. That was that for the night, and I went to bed shortly after. Today didn’t start off completely on the right foot, but it’s not terrible either. I ended up having 3 munchkins from the box in the break room (Wednesday’s are Donut day at the office). I was SUPER hungry for whatever reason and caved. That was around 9a, and it’s the only thing I’ve had all day other than my usual morning cold brew. It’s just about noon now, so I have to start figuring out what I’m going to be having for lunch. After work I’m going to take a few laps around the community to get my fitness goal in, and then I’m headed to Fish’s for the night. We’re going to make chicken fajitas (I thank/blame @Tanktimus the Encourager for that one, I’ve been craving them since catching up on his thread yesterday lol) and then we usually end our nights playing Blackout or watching some TV until bed.
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