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  1. 8 points
    Okay kids, I need your brains. If I dump a box of pasta and a jar of sauce together, maybe with lentils or beans, what is a non-starchy veggie I can throw in as well? (One veggie at a time.) Preferably frozen or canned so I can stock up. I’m thinking broccoli, a couple handfuls of fresh spinach, and then I hit a wall because I keep circling back to corn and peas. I’m not too fussed about texture, although if you suggest mushrooms or eggplant we can’t be friends anymore. My brain is such a dick. I’ve read a million vegan cookbooks and I’ve wandered through produce aisles way too much. I know there are more vegetables than the only 5 my family ate as I was growing up. But I’m drawing a blank, most likely because if I said “can we try ___?” I was immediately rejected because “[somebody] won’t eat it” so all those other veggies just stopped existing as far as I was concerned. unrelated but I’m putting it here because I need to remember: I have a dentist appointment in two weeks and I need to start flossing and using mouthwash like a grownup. D:
  2. 7 points
    huh.....thought I did that. I'll have to try again with the next picture. I heard that season 2 was the best and I can't wrap my head around people liking a dude who gets abducted by aliens, while a nun is possessed by the devil and a secret nazi is making zombies. That's not horror- that's laughable. I can only handle so much suspension of disbelief. If you want me to invest in the world-building, the world has to make at least SOME sense. I mean in season 1, I remember there was a random episode where a doctor put an animal heart into a child and that somehow turned it into a monster-man... ehhhhhhhhh I'm so sketchy about that. I mean, have you seen the bullshit with tiktok? /agreed. Leave things in the shadows so we can fill in the blanks with our own horror. That's how suspense works and AHS is not suspense when I heard 10 violin stings per episode. And yes, it is the execution entirely. A ghost house? I can get behind that premise. But look at how AHS did season 1 versus how Haunting of Hill House did their season 1. Similar premise but ENTIRELY different execution. Ya, Kathy Bates is good. I was iffy on her robot-satanist character in Apoc though. Thanks - I'm terrible at lighting. My charge plug is janky and I'm not sure why, which is why I use one of those charging pads. I might have to go that route though and fiddle for an hour to get it to connect. I'll have to agree on that. I didn't know anything about the show but all the second-hand information people told me just.... freaky. Thanks annnnnnd wednesday???????????????? I believe the term used before has been 'emotional vampires'. And thanks- same to you. 😁 Thanks! Same Man of Tate. Thanks - I still have the little cosplay voodoo knife I made for you when you had a themed challenge. With the virus, I have no idea about mailing things. You are awesome too! Still miss boston trips together. As for the story-writing, I was READY to do something this summer but the virus hit and the storyline had a sickness as a major plot point so I held off. I've been debating saying 'fuck it' and writing story this fall. I've honestly been waiting. --------------------- I'm feeling in a very good headspace right now. I don't feel anxious or depressed. I feel sort of....just.....fine. Like I'm chill right now. I was able to get the letter of recommendation finished up yesterday. I contacted the other person for my 2nd letter and they sort of, like, just offered me a job. I'm debating taking it. I have the paperwork filled out for taking the exam. I need to get a copy of my transcript and send everything out sometime next week. Eating has been going well. Working out has been going pretty well too. So I pushed myself more at the gym with my cardio but when I noticed my knee hurt, I backed off. So tomorrow I'll be doing my dumbbell workout and I'll alternate that way which lets me push myself but not *hurt* myself. That's always been an issue for me because I have an addictive personality, even in exercise. Does 20 minutes of elliptical feel good? Then let's do 20 more. And 20 more. And 20 more. And then hurt myself. Lifting weights feels good so let's do more reps and more and more. I need to keep my shit under control with this and I'm doing good in this regard. A ladyfriend bought me a STUFFED KIRBY and I love it Boss ❤️, Teros
  3. 7 points
    Last day of term, I can do itttttt Technically Friday is the last day but there are no English classes so they told me not to bother. Normally we would've already been on summer vacation for a week and a half by now, but because schools closed early due to the pandemic last term, we've had to shorten our break. So only two weeks off for summer this year. I would like to spend those two weeks shoring up my mental health, so I'll see what kind of challenge I can roll out to that effect. Responses later.
  4. 7 points
    I hate pumpkin spice season and it's not because I hate pumpkin spice, but I think Tank and I have discussed this in the past. It is the difference between living in Wisconsin and Texas. Texas welcomes fall, where Wisconsin wants to drag out summer as long as possible. Glad you're starting to feel better.
  5. 6 points
    Whew, it has been awhile. I have been going back and forth about whether I want to jump back into challenges all week, and I have finally decided I am going to give it a go. Back in March I decided to take a break. I was furloughed from my job, all the gyms were closed down, my routine was non-existent, I was in a period of self-discovery and really didn't even know what goals I wanted to focus on, and I decided that I wanted to sit the challenge out and just spend some time with myself, resting and reflecting. Then the next challenge rolled around, and the next. And there was always a good reason not to start. I started taking college courses and my job started back up, leaving me with little time, I still had no idea what was really important to me and what goals and habits I even wanted to work towards. For this challenge, I thought about sitting it out because I am currently trying to get some insane energy/sleep variations under control. I am going from weeks of sleeping for 9-10 hours a day to weeks of 3-5 hours a day, neither are fun, and the sleep deprivation from the latter option usually leads to less than stellar decision-making capabilities and focus, lol. But, that is life. If I keep waiting for the "right" moment to start working on goals again, my whole life is just going to pass me by. It is time to jump back in the ring again and just get started. I might have to start small. I might have to be patient and understanding with myself and my current sleep issues, but I have to at least get started again. I have decided to do an "on ramp" challenge, where I start really small and just build up each week. I am not going to plan out the whole challenge, just take it week by week, and customize each week based on how well the prior week went (and where I am at in this sleep-cycle madness). I am working with a medical professional to HOPEFULLY get this whole sleep/energy issue figured out, so hopefully that will improve through this challenge, but only time will tell. So, this week I am going to start with: Walk 2 times a day at least 5/week Morning and evening skincare routine at least 5/week Spend at least 15 minutes towards yearly reading goals at least 5/week
  6. 6 points
    The degree of exhaustion I feel from working on emotional health seems disproportionately large compared to the progress I make. Whenever I start one of these endeavors, it's like opening the floodgates. In my regular day to day life, I tend to coast along with a very low degree of emotional output. I don't experience high degrees of happiness, excitability, pleasure, or engagement, but I also don't experience high degrees of sadness, loneliness, anger, disappointment, or fear. I just kind of exist. My last therapist (before I moved to Japan) diagnosed me with dysthymia, also known as "persistent depressive disorder," a form of uninterrupted long-term but (usually) mild depression. The way she described it was, if you plot your emotions on a graph with "positive" emotional experiences plotted higher on the y axis and "negative" ones lower, with the average person's baseline at 0, I feel the same emotions, my baseline is simply lower. So I don't reach the same highs with positive emotions, and my negative emotions can create much deeper troughs. At the time, that felt right, but recently it's felt like I just don't have much amplitude at all. I have no idea if my baseline is lower than other people's or basically normal, but all of my reactions have been muted. In physical terms, I react approximately normally, but emotional responses always feel largely performative. I've been going through the motions, but not really feeling the feels. But right now, after a week or so of trying to examine myself, suss out the problems, research, find potential solutions, reach out to get help and support, engage more often and more deeply with people, and even just practice acknowledging that I'm not ok, I don't feel "muted" anymore. I feel like I'm on an emotional roller coaster, but it's the one in the bank in Harry Potter, and it just twists and turns its way down, down, down. Around every jaw-clenching corner is a new dose of Loneliness! Sadness! Frustration! Anguish! Fear! and I just don't know how to manage all of this at once except by shutting down again to get away. Like I'm a faucet in an old house, and I was rusted shut but leaking just a slow, steady drip, and then some amateur renovator came in and snapped the handle off to get water flowing again, and now the only options are "flood the bathroom" or "shut off the water at the main."
  7. 6 points
    Vacation is being enjoyed, kids are having fun, we got a good mix of activities and sightseeing, I just wanted to get some running in, but the first few days were packed, and now, well weather is not cooperating, and I always have trouble with running in the heat. I will try some early runs next week when we're back. I try to visit it as often as possible, sometimes even multiple times a day. Though the last few days I have some trouble getting there... No no no, we need much more of this!!! Yeah are not wrong, but I confirmed that on your "mask-issue-post"! Yes yes yes, glorious isn't it! Though it could do without the stash... Diamond painting I believe. It might be called jewel painting or something similar. Basically you have a painting divided up in a lot of little squares and you get a lot of different colored "diamonds". You have to color by number, she now has a paint that's almost 2 by 5 feet. It's a lot bigger than the other ones she did. Simple dude, simple things. Leaves room to overcomplicate things, that will certainly be A stage Holiday is good, though it's getting a bit warm now and I checked temperatures for next week we get 5 days of 37/38... Oow boy. Maybe I will just add a little more lifting instead of going running. Hellooooooooow DOMS! Sorry sorry sorry, it made me regret not checking earlier. Certainly didn't want to disappoint you, or any women for that matter. Still... Here we are (don't mind me I'm used to it by now, unfortunately so is everybody else ) I actually tried searching for it but couldn't find it... Please enlighten me! I need ease of mind! Good to have you here cheets, always a pleasure!!! You truly are my family!!!!
  8. 6 points
    Wednesday Update Work has finally made that long awaited transition to being a bit less batshit and all the hard work over the last week has paid off. I actually got a lunch break which I used to read my book, and when I finished work I went shopping for a new bra and ended up buying three new sets because I couldn't choose and they were all so beautiful. I got home early because an earlier train was delayed and I didn't have to wait at all, and when I got home I modelled all my new lingerie for TH. One in particular is beautiful. It's a lacy forest green number, with high waisted pants that really works a treat with my skin tone and hair colour. As I was modelling all of this for him I was feeling kind of guilty for spending so much and almost like he read my mind he said "you always deserve matching pants" ❤️. I do wonder if he knows some of them were £25 just for a pair of knickers. But hey, the man said I deserve them and we ladies should listen to our menfolk when they say something we want to hear I also bought some new earrings so I might spend today prancing around the house in my new underwear and earrings, being fancy. I was tired after work so I spent the evening in a bubble bath reading, then I sat outside in the garden with all the lanterns on just enjoying listening to Tool in the night air. I did eat too many calories yesterday as I was closer to refeed day territory than I would have liked but given my burn it should be ok as an average over the week. I just really wanted a beer and some Malteasers so I had them I changed the bed sheets really late last night because I thought the duvet slipping into the too-big cover is what was making my neck hurt so much but it's just as bad this morning so I will treat it with a heat bag and hope for the best. I'm not at work though, so I am going to balance my time with chores, and hardcore rest/video game time. In my new fancy pants.
  9. 6 points
    Someone hasn't heard of the joys of bath whisky
  10. 6 points
    It’s humid af thanks to this asshole tropical storm coming up the coast. Except despite that, we’re barely getting any rain from it, just insane wind for the next 12 hours. Have I mentioned how much wind storms freak me out? oooh yes, I have several bags of peppers in the freezer that I need to use. I’ve made spaghetti squash a few times and found it kinda meh. Haven’t tried zoodles or anything though. I should put that on the list. I’m definitely not a fan of olives though. Forgot about those. You can have all my olives forever.
  11. 6 points
    Day 1 check in Keto and tracking: I did well. 1673 calories. 12.5 net carbs. Tracked in Chronometer. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep: I struggled in week 0 with this still. Last night, I did get off my computer to read. Then saw my kindle was not charged enough to read on haha. I ended up finishing up a couple of things in pokemon go on my phone, then went to bed before the 11:45 marker. One issue was that my wife was awake and couldn't sleep. So she had the TV on. I hate having the TV on. It use to be the only way went to sleep.Awhile back I stopped that. The problem is that I can just hear something, and if my brain gets hooked, then I am not going to sleep. I also have issues with the lights bugging me. Still, I was able to fall asleep. Then my cat Sharkie decided to come in and wake us up. First it was time to check out the hose on my CPAP. Then he had to try headbutting me in the nose where I have the cpap connected to my face. That woke me up at 1am. My brain was firing full speed then. I was trying all the methods to to get back to sleep, but nothing was working. 2 something am was the last time I recalled. So I at least got back to sleep. Of course there was other little wake up times when the cat decided to play around with his toys, and jump back up to bug us haha. So I am a little tired this morning still. Walk with a chance of exercises: No walk done. I was going to get out later, then it got too late for me to want to get out there. Will have to do better today. I have dropped some water weight for sure. down 11 lbs this week 373 lbs today. I'll be off to a Doctor's appointment today. Will see how that goes
  12. 6 points
    Sunday Update Another day spent in a puddle of anxiety. Hopefully these days are coming to an end. I made us sausage crolls for breakfast, then we played Hello Neighbour but it kept making us sea sick so we came to bed to nap for a while but because we didn't realise it was the game making us feel terrible we played it again when we got up and then had to come back to bed again. Not complaining, being in bed is always fun. I made us chicken kievs, croquettes and peas for dinner as it was another re-feed day. I ended the day on 2182 calories so it wasn't as refeed-y as I would like (I prefer to get over 2,500 cals) but I am not going to throw food into myself that I do not want or need. Eating higher calorie foods is the only acceptable way to do this, I am not a rubbish dump. I slept for hours last night and I still feel exhausted which I am putting down to the depression which may or may not be fair but whatever.
  13. 5 points
    Thursday - walked a 3.5 mile loop with the lady, then ran a short two miles. Then did some 5x5 work. Should probably get some form checks from someone who knows what they are talking about. This morning... Hills with peeps from NP... and all the buffs.
  14. 5 points
    Challenge check in 8/7: Nutrition: Went to the grocery store and didn't buy my problem food, so all good here. I had grocery store sushi for lunch and a bastard version of colcannon for dinner. Activity: Got my steps and my activity hours but no stretching or workout. Also picked up a sunburn for my troubles. Grr. Clean: Took out the trash, cleaned the kitchen sink, and cleared out the dry rack. All set to do dishes tomorrow! And maybe a load of laundry. Big ticket item is clearing off the kitchen table but I'm gonna have to work up to that. There isn't a good place for a lot of things currently resting there. Identity/Self-Worth: No list today. I thought about one ("Favorite video and board games as a child") but even with two categories combined and going well into high school I could barely get to five. Thinking about it made me very anxious so I stopped. Personal Chronology: Largest chunks of time today were spent sleeping, walking, playing Animal Crossing, and watching Hannibal. I could probably stand to list out the times but I don't want to. Facebook chose today to remind me of that terrible drama with my suicidal neighbor from a few years ago (I think I posted about it here at the time). I'm mostly over it now, but that could be a good "negative life experience" to sort through anyway. Maybe tomorrow.
  15. 5 points
    I love the soul searching you do. I also love the idea that you are realizing that you don't need the people in your life bringing you down. I think you are pretty awesome. On a semi-related note: what kind of notebook would you need to restart RPG Fanatics?
  16. 5 points
    This is my second challenge and although last challenge wasn't a complete flop, it wasn't the best either. Since then and now I have had a vacation (and well we all know how that goes). But I am back at it and hopefully with no foreseeable vacations or holidays, I am hoping to get some good momemtum. Goals for this challenge: Goal #1 SLEEP I am going to get 8 hours or more of sleep each night. Goal # 2 Eat Veggies EVERYDAY Goal # 3 Strength Train 3x a week I am only going to give myself 3 to work on this challenge, but in addition I am hoping to read a book for work and complete some CEU's for my licensure.
  17. 5 points
    Tonight's menu selection: Marinara Turkey Meatballs with Garlic & Herb Greenbeans Link to recipe: https://asset.homechef.com/uploads/meal/pdf/9854/Marinara-Turkey-Meatballs-UPLOAD.pdf And my pictures of prep.... This is what arrives for the kit: Green beans prepped for the oven. Ground Turkey mixed with salt, pepper, and included seasoning salt & panko crumbs. The final plate. YUM!!!!
  18. 5 points
    This is a post dedicated to make the life of @Tanktimus the Encourager easier. I am on vacation, so you know why i haven't posted in a few day I just scanned the replies to my thread, i love you all my family I am gonna reply in a second I have had a few beers now, and continue drinking while replying So Tank, if nothing gogod comes after this post you will have a clear line where it all went wrong...
  19. 5 points
    When I talk about wild game, I usually don’t get more descriptive than “kinda like venison”, “kinda like bear”, or “kinda like chicken”. My food vocabulary is basic. But bison I’d agree with kinda like beef. Mrs. Sloth says these are Polish sausage and what I call Polish is ring bologna.
  20. 5 points
    Hey all. Im back in Manchester. Tough tough tough but no need to repeat myself. This morning i went on a 90 min walk, quite a few hills. But was nice to be out, it was hot/sunny too. The dogs loved the stream and i got some photos (maybe the bridge one you could draw @TGP) also would love to see a drawing with the dogs in it!! Im tired and achey - sitting on my sofa, Jackson is sleeping next to me. I had a nap when i arrived home, could have slept more. Im trying to self care this eve. Will have a bath. Ive lit some candles...maybe music on (calming stuff) I could watch something too or read. Its 7.30pm though so i wont stay up LOADS longer. Not sure how to carry on being normal? like do i worry for my dad constantly? Do i delve into work so im distracted? etc I have a headache from the worry/stress. Ok i will put the bath on now xx
  21. 5 points
    Goal 1 Run Run and Run some more We knocked out 6 miles yesterday from our flat to Golden Gate Park - a lovely route once you hit the Panhandle anyways Goal 2 Run to bed Went back bed to yesterday, though this morning I got up at 4a30 so just stayed up Goal 3 Run to smell the roses Fingers crossed that I can managed to pull myself away from my computer and work! Goal 4 - Run the D and Ds Had a session with the Nerd Fitness group on Friday, went alright. In retrospect it was mostly a one-on-one session between me and the party bard as we in a single tavern for most of the session with several player not being talkative, bit of an issue on my part as I should've pushed them to do/say something I guess. I wasn't thrilled that we started late.
  22. 5 points
    Two out of four is 50%. That's a pass! As for the dog, you can't tell us without a picture! At 40KG, he is a bit smaller than my Max:
  23. 5 points
    Burnout sucks, taking a step back to recalibrate and focus on what you need to to get your head back in the game is definitely a good idea. Looks like a solid challenge overall!
  24. 5 points
    Hi Rebels, Jupiter here, hanging with you guys again. Something nerdy about me...I started using the duolingo app to learn Latin, just because. I don't know if I'm going to stick with it yet, but it's a fun thing to do that has zero pressure involved and I get to learn something new. So yeah.
  25. 4 points
    2020: Year of the Quiet Warrior - Summer Fitness Quest Word of the Year: Discipline Sleep: 10 Hrs Weight: 223.8 lbs Water: 1 Gallon Calories: 3000+ Meals: 8:00am - Greek yogurt, raisins, almonds 11:30am - Fish and salad 1:00pm - nuts 3:00pm - Keto bar & snack 6:00pm - Weekly Cheat Meal Fitness: Rest Day Notes: Grandparents offered to take the kiddos for the night so got a chance to do an impromptu date night which absolutely ended up being a cheat meal. Did our own little dine around with all the restaurants in walking distance and had a really nice time. With all the craziness of kids, jobs and family, it feels like we’ve gotten out of touch, but when we get chances like this it’s nice to see we can still have a good time on our own. It’s taking work, but then again everything worth having does.
  26. 4 points
    Somehow calling it a Bond shower makes it seem way cooler than just simply saying you took a cold shower.
  27. 4 points
    Imprisoned for crimes I did not commit... It's been four months since self isolating, and during this time I have been preparing so that for when the doors to civilization reopen, I would be ready. Yet nothing could have prepared me for what came next. In my quest to make a difference in my life, and for those around me, it was to be expected that the villains of Seattle would eventually not take too kindly to my presence. I just never expected they'd find me so quickly... It all happened so fast. I was walking back from the park when everything went dark. The next thing I knew I awoke in a cold cell, on charges for a whole host of crimes I never committed. I need to get out of here - and fast. The longer I sit in this cell the colder the trail becomes. I need to find out who did this, and why. It's only been a few days, and I've mostly kept to myself and observed the other inmates. Because of the new hostile environment, my body-weight workouts have become an even greater priority. I need to be able to defend myself, and maintain my resilience. Security is tight. But I have a plan. My cell has a pipe running along the ceiling, and we're checked on by a set of guards every evening before lights out. If I can fake a disappearance, they may open my cell doors to investigate further, giving me an opportune moment to escape. Unfortunately the pipe is so close to the ceiling I can't fit my feet around it, and if I hung from it they'd easily see my legs dangling. My only option is to perform a front lever for a minimum of three seconds... if I time this correctly, that will be enough time to rouse the guards and get them to check my cell. It's time to get out of here and clear my name once and for all... it's time to master the front lever. Hey so I'm obviously not actually in jail I just needed a cool theme to start this little front lever challenge I've got going I'll admit, this move's been intimidating me some. I have a feeling this is going to be a whole nother beast compared to the muscle up. In fact in my research a lot of people were saying it took them anywhere from 3-12 months, if not more, to get this move down. So will I be able to break out of prison and clear my name by Sep 5th? It's gonna be super tough but that's part of the fun. Like my last challenge I'm going to break my challenge down into three categories so here we go: Goal #1 Lean Down: Like before, I am still aiming to lean down some. I am sitting at 171.5lbs and my goal is to lose 5lbs by the end of this challenge. Instead of a dietary change, I will be implementing a lifestyle change. My challenge will be to hit 8,000+ steps per day. As a sedentary accountant-I mean prisoner, this is going to be very difficult, and I may have to actually take my two 15 minute breaks I get each day and go for brief walks just to aid in getting these steps in. This is a good thing because prolonged sitting has a very negative effect on health and so breaking that up some is a good idea Goal #2 Get to know the other Inmates: The goal is to call a family member at least once a week to check in on them and keep in touch. I'll also aim to call my friends more often, and set aside some extra time to try to follow along on more people's challenges on NF this time around too. I'm also going to throw in one other item in this goal, and that's to do at least one productive errand/task that is out of the ordinary each day. That could be me washing my car, cleaning up around the house, just something to keep the needle moving forward. Goal #3 The Front Lever: This is the big one, and my primary focus for this challenge. In fact the stakes are so high if I don't perform it I guess I'm stuck in jail lol. This is important to me on another level. Those who've been in my shoes may look back and chuckle but, this is actually my last challenge as a twenty-something. I'll be 30 on Sep 12th and I know that's not old but I'd just feel so much better entering into that decade knowing I'm in the best shape of my life. And being able to perform a front lever would surely be some evidence to that. Last challenge, I followed the advice of Chris Heria as my basis for progression, and he didn't steer me wrong. For the front lever, I see no reason to change coaches. I will be following the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev2caBjnwRo Here is what he lists as the requirements before starting his technique guide. Once I can do all four requirements I'm to do the Front Lever hold workout which is all 4 moves performed for 3 rounds for 2-3 weeks. I'd like to be solid at this workout in two weeks, to give me three weeks for the technique guide. Perfect hanging L-sit hold for 20 seconds Tuck Front Lever Hold 15 seconds Upside Down Deadlift 10 reps - This requires toes to bar just to get into position, I can't do that yet so lots of work here Upside Down Hold 15 seconds - Top portion of the upside down deadlift
  28. 4 points
    Yeah, it's probably among the best problems to have, but... 😬 I honestly don't know if it's worse for my self-confidence to be expected to be able to do something and not be able to do it or to never be expected to do anything and feel like I'm just wasting my time and effort. This morning I had to get dressed to take the trash out so I figured I might as well go for a walk until the grocery store opened. I played a little Pokemon Go while I was out, too -- for the first time in over a year! Jeeze. Also saw a loooot of tourists heading to the ocean wading areas and public pools. I can understand their perspective and desire to come vacation out here, and I know the local businesses need the revenue, but it's a little frustrating, too. We're getting daily announcements from the town government reminding us that there are outbreaks of COVID19 basically all across the base of the peninsula, so we should take extra precautions and not leave unless we have to. But it's fine for people from places like Tokyo to come here? I don't get it. I keep hoping for another quarantine, but I don't really expect one. Our cases are at least four times higher now than they were in March when we initially closed all the schools, but no one wants to be on lockdown again, so politicians seem to see suggesting it as a bad move for their careers. I am less than impressed.
  29. 4 points
    Kind of? It helps but somehow a little bust of dust still comes up I can catch myself with my hands if I don't flip enough, but yeah I did land straight on my head a few times. It was fine though. I would decide what to go for and then do it, so if I was doing side rolls then I meant to do side rolls. However, it could have been because I was too scared to go straight back. Or I might have been trying to figure something out. I don't remember. Huh. Thought you would have done plenty of that already for some reason. I'll do my best to not die -------------- I ran into a slight hiccup, it turns out not backflipping for 2 and a half weeks can make the fear come back. I forced one out but it was so low I pretty much landed on my head and rolled over. I've lost count of how many times I've had to re-conquer the same fear. Back to basics. Again. Ugh.
  30. 4 points
    Feeling this. I was so gutted when they cancelled the local pumpkin festival, it's the highlight of autumn and it was one of the first big events to go. Fingers are still crossed for the cherry festival in December but I'm prepared for more disappointment. Well done on your jumps! It's good that your coach seems able to nudge you just enough but not too far out of the ol' comfort zone.
  31. 4 points
    yup, 100% the same. I can get things done late, but I am much more likely to get it done in the morning. I had my doctor's appointment Monday afternoon. Overall it went fine. The bloodwork I had done for it was back at the end of February though. So I am roughly 50 pound heavier since then. The doctor retook my blood pressure, and it was like 140/90. Worrying a bit, but I have never had high blood pressure. I also talked to her about me really hitting it hard again for weight loss. We agreed that she didn't think I needed to be put on meds currently (whew). We made a follow up appointment for November 3rd (day after my birthday), to check for my blood pressure, and a1c. I won't have to go to a lab, because that have a a1c machine there. So 3 months to get into better health (and keep on going). This is only the second time I have seen this doctor, but so far I like her. She didn't have anything negative to say about me following a keto diet plan or anything. I didn't exactly ask her opinion though, but my last doctor did because it was too hard for her to do. Either was, mostly pleased with how thing are looking. I hope that maybe I can get a bit of weight off by my next appointment, and be much healthier in general. I've done well the past few days with everything. Getting in my reading, and getting to bed. The last couple of nights I have actually had some decent sleep (cat isn't attempting to wake me haha) I haven't gone out for a walk per say. Monday after my appointment, I did get in some shopping. Walking around a bit there. Tuesday and some of today I have made a few trips to our dumpster here in the complex. My oldest son's bed frame had broken. It's particle board one. So last night I threw a few parts out, and the rest today. Exercise carrying heavy stuff down the stairs and walking to the dumpster. I'm counting it haha. Yesterday, I did up my calories a bit. Was having the snack bug hitting some. Overall, I'm not too worried about it. Just kind of interesting to have it happen.
  32. 4 points
    Every time you describe Beijing I get claustrophobic.
  33. 4 points
    DF 67 Dailies Week: 1, Monday Quarantine Status: Life is more-or-less returning back to some semblance of normal, with restrictions. Gyms are back on the table, malls are back to fully open, and restaurants for groups of 4 are a go. All masked and with social distancing. Nutrition Breakfast: The last of last week’s me-made bread with butter Lunch: Grocery store sushi + some fancy mixed nuts because I was starving to damn death Dinner: Burger night looked more like sliders because I bought small buns this week Snacks: DH wanted kettle corn because of his impending surgery. I humored him. Did I eat like an asshole? Not really Did anything try to kill me? A bit but not much Did I eat a vegetable? How much? Nooooooooooooooooope Did I drink enough water? Probably not Support and Connection Did I support my Herd? Yep Did I interact with “IRL” humans? Yes! At yoga Feed My Sense Of Well-being What did I learn today? Just how much I missed my Monday routine What was my project today? Animal Crossing and a little coloring Activity This week’s projected schedule: Monday Slow Flow, Tuesday Functional Yoga, break Wednesday, Thursday Yin Did I accomplish my fitness goal for the day? Yes! I got a lift to yoga, class was glorious, and then I got to walk home, grocery shopping as I went, and grabbing my normal post-yoga post-grocery deli counter sushi for lunch. I was greatful af for this little slice of before-times life.
  34. 4 points
    Gonna put a bit of research into grease the groove training; would like to try incorporating it with time blocking to switch things up. Have to make something this week too.... ___________________________ Things I am grateful for 7-9: - being able to read quickly with decent comprehension & retention - growing up with musical training - never breaking a bone
  35. 4 points
    ^^^^ THIS. Unless your job specifically entails you being reachable by phone off the clock for some reason, you are OFF. THE. CLOCK
  36. 4 points
    Week 1, Monday Cleaning Dishes x 2, litter. (Running out of litter--I'll need to remedy that VERY soon) Working Out Push day--DB Bench, DB OHP and DB Flyes. I am awaiting the pec DOMS. Food and Drink No alcohol. Also, I am glad(?) to report that ice cream and oreos are no longer a temptation as I finished off the supply of both of them over the weekend/yesterday. Just have to not replace them with similar snacks and we'll be good to go. heh.
  37. 4 points
    Rosie says hi to your new puppy friend.
  38. 4 points
    Tuesday weight: 118.9 kg Monday steps: 13,124 (13,448 over target for the week) - accidentally hit a pretty hefty target for the day! Can't complain about that. Monday calories: 2436 (1,180 over target for the week) - squeezed a cheeky evening drink into today's calories. Tuesday should be completely dry, which will take me under my target for the week. Not much else to report for the day - hopped on the exercise bike for half an hour earlier on, spent most of the rest of the morning repeatedly restarting my laptop as it was playing silly buggers. Quiet day ahead, then tomorrow is the weekly shop followed by deadlift/ohp day. Oh, and the weekly proper weigh-in...
  39. 4 points
    Needless to say I haven’t really bothered to attempt goal stuff the last few days. Hopefully feeling up to in in the next day or so but we shall see. The at home vet came around 1 ish today. I did my best to give kitty the best last day ever and I camped out next to her all day yesterday and slept next to her on the floor last night. I’ll be alright about this eventually but it will take some time and I am going to miss my little weirdo.
  40. 4 points
    I decided not to re-do week 5 and move onto week 6. I know, i know, but my logic is this: i completed runs 1 and 2 without too many problems, it was just the 3rd one which stumped me. So even though the 3rd run this week is even longer (25 mins), i the longer 1 and 2 runs of week 6 will be better stepping stones to a week 5 run 3. So today was: 5 minute run 3 minute walk 8 minute run 3 minute walk 5 minute run The run on Wednesday will be 2 10 minute runs split by a 3 minute walk. And i already know i can do a 10 minute run. Just about. I hope that all makes sense. God I miss lifting.
  41. 4 points
    Wife: Are you eating a can of tuna at nine in the morning? Me: yes, yes I am.
  42. 4 points
    Four pages, really? x) id comment, but I need to go make naan.
  43. 4 points
    This is one of the sweetest things I have seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEkwCkQ43X0 (hoping the link works for you, otherwise search youtube for "Guy biking across the world finds a kitten he can't leave behind")
  44. 4 points
    Yeah. About that. I also think it is madness... But at the same time? I started doing master 1 as a plan B if master 2 (the one I actually wanted) did not work out. The What-cha-ma-callit Commission gave me a "temporary subject list" with courses I have to take to fulfill the bachelor's requirements for master 2 (at another uni). They took 10 months to give me a permanent list & decision on what the courses of master 1 are worth (because their Old and Important university has master courses worth 1,5 european study credits more than my first alma mater's master courses). By that time I had pretty much gotten all courses done for master 1 and then started focussing on master 2. Now I am like... I might as well write the second thesis to have the paper to show for my work It does feel like Ares has been poking at me lately though... I just like the username and thought it tongue-in-cheek although obv the wise (wo)man knows herself to be a fool 😇 I had put the war aspect on the background. But that part resonates with me lately as well. More on that later... Ha! True. Especially when you know when you need to get up and go for a walk bc you reached the loopy part of your analysing process. Yessss! YES, that about sums it up Thank you I think so, at least. *** Back from the beach a day early. The breeze was increasing, the company we were with was getting less pleasant, and so we decided to leave. Smth smth about a sixth sense bc on return we discovered my grandparents' fridge had broken down. The freezer is kind of working now? Idk. Basically, after tweaking by my mom, it kinda works again, but the AC has to keep the kitchen cold and they will look for a new fridge just to know the options. We have the finances to provide my gran with an equally awesome fridge if needed so all will be fine. *** Tomorrow I will check out a diet recommended by my part time model aunt - i.e. my mom's cousin, not sister - who had it recommended by a friend with medical qualifications yadda yadda. I dunno, it looks good, wholesome, if I feel hungry I will drink water, wait 10 mins and eat a healthy snack. I need to check if we have all the needed groceries for it anyway. My grandfather fell on his bum after seeing a woman his age working out in the park and wanted to try out the free workout devices... His ego got triggered or something 😋 And did not think about how his legs have to move before climbing on Just happy he did not hit his head or something... Last year he fell in a hole at his work (without warning tape) and still has a scar on his leg haha. I gave him lots of time to rest but we really need to get back to our morning walks. I miss them! Okay, we went on a couple of short ones to get our hands on some beach chairs near the water so we can keep an eye on my sis and her friend more easily. As for other movement... Idk. Play time with sis is pretty intense. I need quite extensive time to nap to recover + the heat Will think about it. Meditation needs to start happening again. Stretches too.
  45. 3 points
    RisenPhoenix is Endless Destiny – Mind The Book: Tasks to Complete Balance the (financial) books Cancel Monthly Massage plan Get Registration stickers on car and get car inspected Submit Dojo Survey to members, collate data to present to the Board Collect Camping things for end of month vacation Destiny, the Eldest of the Endless. He carries and is bound to a book of all things that will happen. So it seems appropriate that he should be the basis for tasks I need to accomplish during this challenge. Notably, my spending habits have been all over the place because of the pandemic and also the promotion I got in April. I need to take time to sit and figure out how things are going, and manually as Mint does not seem to be working well any more. Also I have some Board things for the dojo I need to do. A happier task is getting ready for a short camping vacation at the end of the month. Death – Live the Best Life Engage in self care activity each day. Mediation, reading, ignoring phones/digital devices (1 hour minimum), hiking, kayaking, extra sleep Perform one chore each day. Laundry, cleaning, cooking, Board Work The second Endless, Death is filled to the brim with energy and life, considering what she personifies. She cares deeply, and believes people should live as best as they can for the time they are given. I need to self care better, I am realizing, as things get back to a semblance of “normal” and tasks start adding up again. I have a lot on my plate, personally and professionally, so I should pay attention to my needs, and remember that it’s okay to place boundaries as I need them. However, the boundaries should not be placed on the chores that I need to actually accomplish, so I do not live in a dung heap. Dream – Imagine Being Better Watch at least one aikido video a week focusing on weapons work (and post here if I can based on the resource) Drag grading partner out to practice Ah, Dream. Third oldest of the Endless, captures for 90 years by a mortal and forced to think on his actions and who he had wronged in his long tenure. The saga of The Sandman follows his existence as he tries to be better, and find a purpose after his imprisonment. In a way, the pandemic has confined my aikido in a similar manner, leaving me to do nothing but think and ruminate on what I want next. And while there are others around me that have a decided opinion on what they want me to do, I am not willing to let them dictate my course. But I do wish to get better, in my own time and path. Some studying will help, but nothing overly stressful – this is for enjoyment, not teaching of others, or to fulfil a role in some other person’s design. I already have convinced my Grading Partner to meet semi-regularly, and we are going to be moderately less socially distant while doing this practicing. In this case, that mostly means we’re actually going to allow weapon contact, because 4 feet of space while waving swords around with masks is still pretty damn safe. COVID-wise. My fingers will likely get smacked a couple times. Desire – Indulge Wisely Count Calories of all non-fibrous vegetables Allow one Indulgence a day The nigh-middle child of the Endless, Desire Wants. Their whole being is defined by wanting all, and getting others to want what they have. In this case, I want the most delicious food. But I also want to get below 210 pounds. And how do I do both of these things? By remembering that Calories are King. I currently have MFP set to 2000 calories (more as a reminder than a goal), and won’t be logging workouts with the exception of hikes (where I usually have a very large deficit so I should keep that in mind). I have been doing this for the last few weeks, and it seems to be working, so I’m going to keep on keeping on for that and hopefully break the under 210 barrier by the end of the challenge. Who knows, if I keep at it maybe I’ll read the fabled 203 I was comfortable at by the end of the year… So. Time to be Endless.
  46. 3 points
    I am pleased to report the geeky masks are quite comfortable,and also easy to hand wash. Challenge update: Primary goal: Survive the Flood I think I mentioned that the water damage extended into the laundry room, right? Today a small crew arrived to remove the old floor and replace the damaged sub-floor materials. They did not impress. Not only was there a misunderstanding that took several phone calls and over half an hour to clear up, a couple of them kept removing their masks while working inside our house. Husband promptly turned off the AC and begun opening windows (it was over 90 F/32 C outside), and firmly but politely reminded them to keep their masks on inside the house. I heard him remind them more than once, and gradually becoming more and more angry. When the crew finally left, he sent a very sharp email to the coordinator/manager of the main contractor and informed him that masks are not optional on this job, and the next sub-contractor who shows up without wearing one, will be sent home. (He was livid about this to the point I started to worry about his blood pressure. We are very much looking forward to a mini-vacation.) In the plus side, the old laundry room floor has been removed, the new one is not here yet, and the washer and dryer are back in the garage. /sarcasm Secondary goal: Exercise regularly First of all, thank you to @KB Girl, @h3r0, and @Defining for workout suggestions. I have decided to start with a Darebee program as Plan A. If I find that I absolutely cannot stick with it, I will spend money on Dumbbell Domination and build Plan B around my inner miser's constant refusals to waste something we have spent money one. Darebee program Super Strength: Goblet Squat, 3x10 Side Bends, 3x10 Calf Raise, 3x10 Forward Lunges, 3x10 Bent-over Row, 3x10 Romanian Deadlift, 3x10 Bicep Curls, 3x10 Db Push-ups, 3x10 Renegade Rows, 3x10 I am debating changing the last two, and do "wall" push-ups against the staircase, and replace the renegade rows with supported one-arm rows, but I plan to start out as the program is written and see how it feels. I also think I will use very low weights to start, since it's been at least almost four months since I lifted something...
  47. 3 points
    😡 no. swat on the nose
  48. 3 points
    https://inkarnate.com/ This is a free online mapping site. Easy to use. And easy to fix mistakes! hehehe https://donjon.bin.sh/adnd/magic/shop.html https://donjon.bin.sh/5e/calc/enc_size.html This site generates... everything! D&D specific things too. https://rolladvantage.com/tokenstamp/ When you get things online, you can make free tokens for PCs and NPCs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjbgkCDCW88&list=PLqhGF2nCu23n-chowLKGkn9IBsjEmztCF&index=1 Roll20 Advice, Shortcuts, etc. (may have already given you this (can't recall) I love maps. For now I would focus on battlemaps and a general layout of the area they are playing within and how it connects to the world you choose to place it in. Narrate a lot of scenic tidbits (season, weather, usual animals seen, usual races encountered, etc.) and include each of the senses (not all and every time though!). Once they get into a battle, you can plop them down on the battlemap and go for it. Most taverns, shops, homes, and city cells can be done in the imagination. Also, if you have times where you are (correctly) railroading, use the narrative approach. Talk them through a montage and then set them up for their next decision-making moment. Okay, that's next to it. Scream if you want more!
  49. 3 points
    I have only had each of those once, and they were on a burger so I couldn't really taste the meat anyway. But like I said, people with more experience can probably differentiate, and you proved me right But also for the sausage talk Here we are just starting week one and already 4 pages in. Not going to judge about not getting all the backstory Yeah, but here's the thing: I don't believe in Zero Week. It's probably a hoax
  50. 3 points
    Thanks for the nice welcome! Haha, I just needed to check right now if "kneepit" is an actual word - english is not my first language. Phew, it is. Always happy to provide new fun words. As for the challenge: did my first stretching session today. Totally forgot to meditate in the morning (it is not yet a habit), but I will do it now. So far, so good.