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  1. So February sucked. I failed to complete any routine I tried and did OK with logging food for the first 2 weeks. The only thing I believe was successful was figuring out an ideal routine, I think. Now I just need to figure out how to alter my habits to in small batches and steps. For March, I want to focus on not eating out and finding the best way to start building the routine below. Ideal Routine 5:30am-6am : Wake Up 6am-6:30am : Meditation/Stretching/Yoga 6:30am-7:30am : Breakfast and get ready for day 7:30am-3:30pm : Work/Errands/Home Duties/School 3:30pm-9:30pm : Free time/Hobbies/Dinner 9:30pm-10pm : Get ready for bed and in bed by 10pm
  2. I'm doing pretty well. I'm logging my food and doing a surprisingly good job staying within the limits. I think a huge part is not eating out and making the effort to cook. I've been trying to set a goal of using my Cubii at least 30 mins a day. I did great last week but couldn't talk myself into doing it yesterday. I'm finding that Mondays are NOT a good day for me because I don't have any self-control when it comes to enforcing a bedtime for myself. I started a new workout plan today and it's embarrassing how far I have fallen. I was not a strong person when I was working out fairly regular but the workout I did today, there were 2 exercises I couldn't even do. I give myself some credit for at least trying them when I KNEW I was not going to be able to. I did pick this workout as my first one back because I wanted a starting point and felt this was a good way to start. I didn't know how much of a bummer it would be though. Cubii - 30 mins Full Body Strength: Burn Out Perform 1 sets of as many reps as possible of the following 10 exercises, resting as long as you need in between. Squats - 16 Push Ups - 6 (Modified) Step Ups - 15 per side Plank Presses - 1 (Not even 1. I tried 2 but couldn't push up) Triceps Dips - 0 (tried) Glute Bridges - 21 Superman's - 8 Shoulder Taps - 0 (tried) Split Squats - L-11, R-14 Crunches - 18 Total Time: 40 mins I have not done a workout since early last year so honestly, I'm just glad I did it and didn't talk myself out of it.
  3. Because of the pandemic and me working from home, I've had a lot of circulation issues. I sit from 7:30am to 3:30pm with maybe 2 breaks. I just forget to move because I'm so focused on work. To help with this, I bought a Cubii, under the desk elliptical. I'm finding its a great way to get my legs moving and going throughout the day and a good way to get back into cardio. Also, I'm super proud of myself for keeping this insane goal going. I've read a few short stories, listened to audiobooks and found a lot new books (thanks kindle unlimited) and have tons of home time due to the pandemic to read. I'm currently at 51 books and listening to Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski. So lucky my library has all of the books in audiobook! Also, I love multitasking and can pedal on the Cubii and read and not feel like I'm going to hurt myself. I seriously don't know how people read at the gym. I can barely walk without tripping, add in a book and a treadmill or elliptical, no.
  4. Signed up again on MyFitnessPal so I could start tracking calories again. It's been a long time since I've actually tracked calories from food and exercise. I know I don't like doing it for too long but I need a reminder how much I'm actually eating. I really want to succeed and not burn out so I do need to be careful. For February, I want to make sure I log at least 4 days of food and exercise.
  5. Checking in since it's the last few days of January. I've done an ok job sticking to the cleaning goal. While I might not have cleaned 15 mins a day I did hit that total in cumulative time spent cleaning. I've done a great job avoiding Doordash and only ate a out a few times. I've spent a little more in groceries but only about $40. My big problem this month, I went on a shopping spree. I was kind of excited on the 20th and might have expressed that with money. While I didn't stick to that in my budget, I did great everywhere else though! I'm going to keep on the budget thing for next month and want to focus on building a routine.
  6. First week of January down and it's been a shit storm. Goal wise I have done pretty good. I've spent at least 15 mins cleaning each day and some days more. Budget wise I've spent $25 more on food than I've wanted but it could have been more. Wednesday's US events caused my family group chat to imploded and some real hurtful things were exposed. I was in a meeting all morning while this implosion happened and had no time to eat the lunch I brought. I ended up getting fast food before my afternoon appointments and did a real good job just ordering things to fix my hungry and not my emotions. I held fast to co-worker peer pressure to order in lunch on Thursday. Friday my family drama was still going and it made my heart hurt. I almost broke down and ordered comfort food. While I was running errands today I stopped and picked up some lunch/dinner. Tonight's plan is to dive into a library book and forget everything. I've read 9 books this year so far and I'm thinking it might be a fun goal to try to read a book a day. It's unrealistic, as the most I've ever read in a year is 177, but could be a fun one to try.
  7. So for January I decided that I should get my budget back on track and spend at least 15 mins a day cleaning. During this pandemic I've spent way too much money on food delivery like doordash. This is very annoying since I have plenty of food at home, waiting to be used. I also spent a bunch of time updating my 2021 budget but will have to update the yearly budget at the end of the month because my paychecks will most likely have a different amount than I expect. This week I'm working on no doordash or drive thru meals. I have 2 grocery deliveries coming and they are already planned into my budget. Today I spent 15 mins cleaning up my living room and cleaning up the gift wrap station I made for wrapping Christmas presents.
  8. I don't know if I'll fall back or not but 2020 has not been good to my health. I started off 2020 with a great Whole30 and then March hit and I stopped caring. It's amazing what 14 days of isolation will do to you. I never knew how much going to my job helped keep me in better mental and physical shape. I've gained weight, I have new aches, I stopped making my own food and ordered way too much delivery, and get winded easily. To be honest, as I've been writing this, I'm sure I'm using the pandemic as a crutch and an excuse. It's an easy excuse.
  9. Potential Goals for 2021 Pay off 1 credit - Bank (November) Pay off 1 credit - BN (June) Build a morning routine Build a night routine Whole30 Stay on budget Multiple fitness related goals - I'll think up specifics later
  10. I've rewritten this a bunch of times and even put off hitting submit. I cut a bunch of it out too because I didn't want the first post to be a downer to me. It's in another post but this is about starting new. Not sure how to start this but I know that I have put off my health for long enough. I've struggled with typical challenges and how to figure out using a battle log but figured, might as well try again. I'm not sure how this is going to go but my hope is to at least check in monthly. When I set myself up for too much I get overwhelmed and just stop. Monthly Focus & Check In JANUARY - 15 mins of cleaning a day and creating and sticking to my budget FEBRUARY - Build an AM, PM, cleaning and workout routine and log at least 4 days of food and exercise on MyFitnessPal MARCH - Limit eating out (only allow 4 meals out) and figure out the small goals I can work on to achieve my ideal routine. APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER -
  11. I second and agree with what has already been said! I also want to add in write everything down and try to be as organized as you can. I find these both tend to help calm my chaotic and overwhelmed thoughts. Unless these stress you out... When I started my new job, I had limited training. Most was on the job or being talked through stuff. I was told to look at our procedures, which were all out of date so that was no help. I started writing everything down in the most obnoxious detail I could. The more information I wrote down, reviewed notes and started writing my own procedures, the more familiar I became with the job. I had notebooks specifically for different aspects of my job and when I had time, I would add the notes to OneNote notebook. For me, I learn better with a mix of show (coworker shows me), write (I take way too many notes and step by step notes) and then do. If you don't already, take notes while you are on your calls. This is a good tool for associating products with real life situations and can help you see patterns of customer complaints or comments.
  12. My workout music depends on my mood a lot of the time. I get obsessive with music easily and sometimes just get hooked on the same stuff on repeat. Right now, no matter what I do I'm all about Hamilton and/or Julie and the Phantoms Soundtracks. I've only been working out at home so I just use my TV and stream Spotify. When I went to the gym or out and about, I used my cell and wireless headphones. I can't do the ear pods though because they always pop out so I also use weird ear shell things. If I'm not in a middle of an obsession, for cardio I lean towards fast paced or beat heavy music because I need something to zone out to. This will be the day - Casey Lee Williams & Jeff Williams (RWBY) Injection - Rise Against Hell Yeah - Rev Theory My songs know what you did in the dark (light em up) - Fall Out Boy Fake it - Seether When I do bodyweight stuff I want something slightly more inspirational/motivational. Beast - Southpaw Remix - Rob Bailey Fire under my feat - Leona Lewis Remember the name - Fort Minor Indestructible - Disturbed Unbreakable - Fireflight I also have favorites for warm up. These songs give my blood a little jump start and are perfect for me to stretch to or shake out the limps to. Up in Flames - Ruelle Americans - Jenelle Monae Let 'em talk (feat. Eagles of death metal) - Kesha
  13. Here you go! https://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/forum/286-teach-me-about-the-guilds/
  14. It's not really a bug but the guild description link is giving me this error when the page opens. Sorry, there is a problem We could not locate the item you are trying to view. Error code: 2F176/1
  15. I feel like this is the first day where I've been able to breath. I keep forgetting to check in and I'm not doing great. My challenge is going ok, but I'm struggling with meditation. I don't think I should have said every day. I think I should have eased myself into it but I was overzealous. I also hurt my foot during my rage yoga session and today was the first time I've felt comfortable getting in a session. It went well but I had to modify a few moves to not put more stress on the arch of my foot. I did it though. I have been kicking ass on mindful tasks, just wish I could chill, slow down and take everything in a little more. I'll get there though! Doesn't help that my State, Washington, is in a pandemic frenzy.
  16. It's been a hectic and stressful few days. Thursday-Sunday I did my mindful tasks but either forgot or didn't do any meditation. I did read a ton of books this past weekend but that's about it. Thursday I was the only one at work and had a lot of stuff to do. 11am and my big boss asked me to pack up my things and go to a different department for a few hours. Turns out the CFO had put in his resignation the night before and was escorted out on Thursday. This news is big for the finance department and shakes everything up. I also got some news from my Logistics boss that kind of upset me. I'll get to that later but basically she wanted to give me a heads up about an announcement that was coming. I was sad and did nothing but watch the office that night and went to bed at 8:30pm. Friday was another emotional day. One of my co-workers was back and we talked a lot about everything that happened on Thursday. It was an awkward day and I had to work late. I still had to grocery shop for this weekend and I didn't get home on Friday until 7pm. I still had to make 2 different tea sandwiches and a version of a Monte Cristo pinwheel. It took forever. I didn't get a chance to do a workout or meditate. I had planned to do my workout Saturday morning but ended up going over to my parents house to celebrate my sisters birthday. Then I headed straight to my Galentine's Tea party potluck. I got home real late. Sunday I went to my favorite tea place with my Stepmom and 2 step sisters. It was fantastic but had me full for HOURS afterwards. I went to bed early and forgot to meditate. Monday is when the other shoe dropped and they finally made the announcement to the whole organization about the CFO. They also officially announced that they were moving our payroll to the HR dept. but not the payroll person, instead they were moving that person into logistics to become the tactical buyer, which has not existed until today. There's no job description and no interview, just moving the person into it. This tactical buyer position is one my Logistics boss has been grooming me for once we had the OK to create the position. She told me this news on Thursday but I must have been in denial. Like I was waiting to react, waiting to see if it really was true. Today I felt a lot of anger and basically hide at my desk, head down, headphones on and just worked without breaks. I got home and did my 3rd workout and my 4th workout back to back then did my meditation. The motivation meditation did nothing for me today. The unselfish part of me is struggling because I'm happy that this other employee doesn't lose her job. The selfish part of me is grieving potential work advancement and growth. My boss had already put me on a path and now, I have nothing. I've used a phrase, a phrase I detest a lot today, it is what it is. This is going to be me for a while.
  17. So, I'm currently working in our finance department to help out while they build the foundation for our new ERP system and it's kind of intense everyday. Tuesday was a processing day AND day back after a 3 day weekend, we were slammed! It was kind of a lot. I didn't do great. I missed lunch, went and bought dinner instead of eating the stuff I bought this past weekend. I waited until bedtime to do my meditation and just generally procrastinated once I got home. Wednesday was a way better day. My co-worker and I were elbows deep in problem invoices and vendors. So busy but what a productive day! Got home and did my 2nd day of yoga and day 3 of my motivation meditation. I'm sort of irked I didn't do day 1 on day 1 but .
  18. Good...this was my plan, also same. Thanks LET'S DO THIS!
  19. Sunday I started looking into which meditation program I want to start in the Reach app. I honestly have no idea which one will be best so I decided to pick one and go with it. This challenge I'm working through the motivation program. I did an energizer session called beat procrastination and then wrote up this challenge. So I guess it motivated me. Monday I had the day off and did Day 1 of the motivation program. I feel like it's a little hinky but I'm going to keep with it. I also did my first yoga session. My friend got me to join her in doing this this called Yoga Burn. I did the first training session and it was ok.
  20. CHALLENGE TRACKING Goal #1 : Meditate 1 Reach session a day. 4/34 Days Goal #2 : Yoga 3 yoga sessions a week. 4/15 Days Goal #3 : Mindful Tasks 1 of the following tasks each day. 24/34 Days Eating without distractions Walking with purpose Go somewhere new Do something I love Actively listen Pause between actions
  21. It's been a year since I last did a challenge and 2019 was a year of letting go and laziness. Not purposeful laziness but just not caring enough. Not only with my physical self but my mental self as well. I stopped doing the things I enjoyed and was more hermit like than ever before. I changed things up for 2020 and did my Whole30 in January instead of in the fall. Not sure I'd do that again but it was a nice way to bring myself back to better eating habits. But what do I do now, where do I go from there? This has lead me to mindfulness. I've been going on and on for a year without living purposefully, I need to try and change that. These are more Druid goals but I've missed the assassins and decided to create my challenge here. Plus, I want this to be the push I need to get back into body weight exercises. Goal #1 : Meditate 1 Reach session a day. 0/34 Days Goal #2 : Yoga 3 yoga sessions a week. 0/15 Days Goal #3 : Mindful Tasks 1 of the following tasks each day. 0/34 Days Eating without distractions Walking with purpose Go somewhere new Do something I love Actively listen Pause between actions Tracking will be here and I'll make my updates 3 to 4 times a week.
  22. I've been healing! I took 2 falls during the last snowpocalypse WA had in the last 2 weeks. I really hurt my knee and lower back. Just doing stretches at the moment.
  23. FEBRUARY GOALS HOME: MK Cloth: Bags Shoes Accessories HEALTH: Workouts: 4 HIIT Workouts: 0/4 Jan Soda Goal: 42/31 FINANCIAL: On-time Payments Budget Pay Bills - Online and In-person 2-3 days prior to the due date MARCH GOALS HOME: MK Paper: Papers currently in use Papers needed for a limited period of time Papers you need indefinitely HEALTH: Veggies for lunch! FINANCIAL: Start Emergency Fund Save at least $50 Create a yearly extra's spending list. This amount will be the yearly amount I need to always have on hand or at least available to pull from for my extra spending.
  24. Forgot to post this earlier! The following Home, Health, and Financial sections will be the foundation for all my goals and challenges for 2019. Below is just the same text from the first challenge that will pretty much follow me throughout the whole year. If you are new, you can start with the spoiler. Also forgot February is a short month...some Feb. goals may bleed into March. FEBRUARY GOALS HOME: MK Cloth: Make room/spot for all items in one room, go through each category below and separate into items that spark joy, items that need to be discarded, and items to be donated. Once separated, either put away, discard (get it out of the house) or donate. Once that is done, move onto the next category. Bags Shoes Accessories HEALTH: Workouts: So Washington State's winter came to visit and decided it wanted to stick around longer than it normally does. It's overstayed it's welcome. This also means I need to come up with a HIIT workout I can do at home. 4 HIIT Workouts: 0/4 Jan Soda Goal: 42/31 FINANCIAL: On-time Payments Budget Pay Bills - Online and In-person 2-3 days prior to the due date MARCH GOALS HOME: MK Paper: I have a lot of paper. Papers currently in use Papers needed for a limited period of time Papers you need indefinitely HEALTH: Veggies for lunch! Honestly, I've been reluctant to have veggies lately. Mostly because I'm lazy and veggies require effort. FINANCIAL: Start Emergency Fund 1. Save at least $50 2. Create a yearly extra's spending list. This amount will be the yearly amount I need to always have on hand or at least available to pull from for my extra spending.
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