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About Emissary2Ornj

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  • Birthday 06/25/1982

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  1. Well, thank you! The store has slowed down considerably which coincided with a lot of our younger summer help disappearing. Fewer customers but the workload hasn't changed much. Just different duties. Definitely feeling less fatigued at the end of most days, which is lovely. I still appreciate a good mobility session when I fit them in. Usually Friday AM, Sunday AM, rarely Tuesday and Wednesday AM. It still feels wonderful. I am still loving my strength level, and thinking about ways to maintain it (and grow it?! amazing!) as we make the trip back east and then do whatever it is we're doing for the winter. I hope to include front & back scales, L-sits, 2 locomotion movements for time, shrimp squats, and FINALLY add in some hanging/pulling work. I want to maintain the mobility routine and my A-frame to squats.
  2. Frog stretch is always an interesting stretch. I don't think my brain is convinced yet it's a perfectly safe position and stretch to be in.
  3. Your progress is great! So nice that you're getting to do things you enjoy.
  4. Your approach might be the most technical I follow. Pretty nifty!I think it's smart to use the data to corroborate what you're feeling. And wow, have inspiratory exercise thingies changed over the years. (I assume it serves the same function as the RTs had patients use when I was a nurse so many years ago.) Edit: just googled them, and the incentive spirometers haven't actually changed too much, according to the image search results. But your doo-hickey is new to me! Interesting.
  5. It is! We've moved camp a couple times since, but it's still pretty. Definitely appreciating the weather, especially given the extreme heat most of the rest of the country's gone through. Yes! Mostly. So grateful for days off. The store has been very busy; didn't slow down much after the 4th and this weekend is a big holiday for the Mormons. It seems like Utah invades Idaho for a couple months every summer. Feeling good physically. I get a mobility routine in once or twice a week. Maaaaybe we'll slow down in the next couple weeks?
  6. Good for you for acknowledging un-okayness, and I hope you take all the time you need to figure out what's next.
  7. I have been enjoying GMB's various free resources. Here's a link to one basic starting point. If you sign up for their emails (free), they often include links to tutorials and various informative blog articles. I've been doing their stuff for several months and have gained quite a bit of joint strength and mobility, as well as body control. My fitness goals are about being strong and functional for every day life, and not getting bored with a routine. I have found plenty to keep me occupied, and I didn't need extra equipment or a lot of space to do it. I worked out in a bathroom for weeks, with a floor space of about 2-3 feet by 7-8 feet. My personal gains: my squat is deeper (b/c of increased ankle/foot strength and mobility), my shoulders got more flexible and stronger in the joints (doing floor locomotion stuff). I've gained body control and my balance and posture feel more secure and stable. Of course they have online stuff to sell you, but I'm not able to invest there yet. I'm finding plenty to keep me occupied and challenged. There are a few of us nerds doing GMB stuff to various extents. I like it because it's not just lifting weights in one plane of motion, and it translates to real-world movement really well. Also it's very gentle but definitely is a workout. Their mindset is generally practical, not shaming or forceful. It may feel like you're going backwards to go forwards, but for me it was well worth it.
  8. Feeling SO much better. Such a relief! I'm at like 95% strength, and 85-90% stamina. I believe it'll come, especially since I'm eating normal food again. Hopefully I'll be able to get back into the regular work schedule this coming week. I worked a few hours on my off day yesterday to recoup some missed time. Crashed really hard yesterday evening - napped for ~2 hours then slept really hard through the night. Resting today, per usual, and hopefully the restorative trend continues. Being afraid of the food you eat - what it might do to you - is just horrible. So glad to be past that.
  9. YES! Wahoo!!!! for negative tests. Hope your daughter hangs in there! Australia is huge. And there are lots of things bigger than Texas. (State pride is a very interesting subject to unpack and think about from a philosophy/thinker's point of view. I was raised with a lot of it, and it's been nice to examine it, decide which is actually mine vs what was learned, and gradually detach from it. Especially given how state lines came about, and the incomplete version of US and state history we were taught versus what actually happened and how it actually affected people. I love some qualities of the "state" I was raised in, and I hope to settle in similar geography. Lines on a map may have significant political history, but usually the people they divide aren't that different.)
  10. That feeling of "I'm OK" after being sick is so sweet! Like the whole body is sighing in relief. Sounds like a LONG 9 days. I'm sorry you probably have Covid. I hope you both get past it soon. Interesting statistic! I was raised in WV so I appreciate the perspective. Even flattened out and stretched, WV would take up very little SA area!
  11. , they said. So I drank: persistently, defiantly, even when it changed color after the extremely wet spring we had, knowing it tested bad last summer , knowing the employers supply plentiful free bottled water for the employees , thinking I was somehow special and would dodge any water-borne ick by virtue of... sheer stubbornness? plain idiocy? I don't even know what - I drank. The last few days I am gratefully drinking bottled water & Pedialyte, am missing 2 1/2 days of work and we'll see about more after today's rest, finally starting to eat solid foods and add a little fiber again, and have brought more awareness to one particular set of muscles than anybody ever should have to. I can't say for certain that's what did it, or pinpoint exact organisms w/out testing (which wouldn't change my treatment, so I'm not bothering), but all signs point to that. Now the focus is hydrating, resting, managing pain, and metaphorically eating humble pie. I'm actually not beating myself up badly; but definitely rueful and accepting responsibility for my choices. Yes, I was told the store had several negative test results since last summer and that one of the managers drinks the water without problem - but that doesn't excuse my persistence in ignoring the evidence before my eyes. It's a good growing-up experience, mentally - an opportunity to explore that tendency toward defiance and stubbornness (protective? independent?). Physically, it's a Big Fat "Let's do everything within our power to make sure we never do this again, okay, sweetheart?" I also think this episode is slowing me down, letting me relax a little bit of the tension I was carrying, the unnecessary responsibility I was bearing in my job and as a wage-earner for our household. I'm not as important as I was stressed out about being, if that makes sense. I'm not the One keeping it all together, I'm not the One in ultimate charge. Kind of nice to surrender into that reality. I think work will more enjoyable with that mindset, too. Shout out to anybody dealing with chronic lower GI stuff. I'm sorry.
  12. Adaptation: It looks like, realistically, I can do a mobility/stretching session at least once on days I work. If I get to do two (AM & PM) that is superb. More of our seasonal workers came back this week, and I noticed not being as physically tired as the 3 weeks prior. Possibilities: my body's adapting to the workload (yay!), or I didn't have to work nearly as hard by myself versus having 3 or 4 other people there helping (also yay!). Either way, I'll take it. Nerdiness: Having such a physically active job keeps me wondering about recovery. I wondered about this last year, too. I'm working really hard physically: lifting, carrying, up and down ladders, up and down stairs, pushing things over my head, getting down on my knees and back up, walking. I know I'm pushing my body most days. If I had a personal coach (from what I understand), they'd probably be scheduling active recovery/rest days in between scheduled workouts - which, in turn, would be scaled to a periodization model of some sort, and have built in scalability based on how I felt on a given day. But that's not how a job works. I'm guessing, here that my body will adapt. I know from previous years and jobs that I definitely gained strength just by working. I'm also guessing that it might not be the most efficient gains, given I'm working every day but 2 out of 7. My days off are consecutive, too - which I LOVE and don't plan on asking to be different. I think there are 3 Big Deal things I can do to maximize recovery: Eat quality food most of the time. This one's pretty much in the bag. I leave batches of rice or quinoa, a protein, and sauce/a flavoring at work. I also keep broccoli and kale in the work freezer. That's lunches done. Larabars serve as extra work snacks. Most mornings, I eat a couple steam-fried eggs, 2 sausage links, ~1/2 a sweet potato, with a scoop of vitamin veggie powder mixed in. Supper is leftovers from whatever the husband has cooked through the week. I was surprised at how hard the cravings hit every so often, though - I guess I haven't been around all the lab-engineered and cleverly-marketed/-packaged products for so long that I was extra susceptible? I mean, we shopped, but I wasn't around the stuff for hours. Weird. I indulge occasionally and that's cool. Ha - this weekend I totally actually bought junk food. I think that was some hormones kicking in. I'm enjoying the junk food, but looking forward to all the yummy veggies and meat and quinoa, too. Get at least one mobility/stretch session in a day. This is harder than it sounds. Up until this week, I'd usually come home so tired and over-stimulated it was all I could do to sit on the couch for 15 minutes just winding down, then get a bite of supper then get ready for bed. And mornings were the same - I'd be rested from the night but only really feel like getting ready for work. But! Warmer, drier weather has (tentatively) arrived and I'm much more apt to roll out my mat outside in these temps. I've done it inside a few times too, and I'm always glad I do. I'm not upset if I don't get it done, but I think it will help me out this summer if I do. And if I know the benefits, I'm more likely to do it. SLEEP. WELL. This is about 80% of where I'd like it to be. If I'm tired enough, I can get to sleep fairly easily. If I'm tired enough, I'll stay asleep until 5:30 or so. Occasionally I'll wake up around 2 or maybe 4:30 then go back to sleep. If I'm tired enough, I can fall asleep without reading something. If my mind is working too hard or my brain gets going down a rabbit hole that stirs up all the emotions, I will practice conscious avoidance by giving it something else to do. Usually that's reading featured or unusual Wikipedia articles until I fall asleep. I really like the knowledge that my body and brain know how to go to sleep without any help - I was born knowing that! And giving the brain "something to do" is the opposite of rest. But this is okay for now, until I figure out the rest of it. Workout: I like to add a little extra (if I feel up to it) to the mobility/stretching routine. This usually only happens on Sunday or Friday AMs (1st day of work and 1st day off, respectively).So maybe three times total since we've got up here? Extras include: some locomotion (Bear, Monkey, or Frogger) L-Sit practice (bent knees, toes on ground, able to push off ground a few inches now) Good ol' A-frame to squat just to keep up the motion Some Front-loaded Bent-arm work while in A-frame Front & Back scales if I remember It's pretty informal and I'm not really pushing myself. Just trying to maintain mobility and work on a couple newer things to keep it interesting.
  13. Lecture worth attending! I like all your points re the various blinds, and I think honeycomb/cellular might be a top choice for me, too, if they really are relatively easy to clean/maintain. I want to try Roman shades, though. I haven't dressed windows in so long! So I don't even know all the options out there. As far as fabric goes, something lacy might get you a little more weight and drape than a plain sheer. Though I'm not a fabric expert, after poking around the internet briefly, I would guess that a sheer made of a polyester/cotton blend might give you a bit more weight/drape than just polyester. They do make patterned sheers, too. If you're able to go to a fabric store or interior decorating store and actually touch their fabric/curtain samples, you'd get a better idea for how different fabrics will behave. I'm still intrigued (for my future experiments, not what I think you should do) by the idea of layering a lace curtain over a poly sheer, on the same rod. Having a couple different color sheers on hand to exchange every so often would be a relatively easy way to change the look of the room...
  14. Uh-oh, learning new stuff! That should count as bonus somehow for this challenge. Choosing interior decor can be so much fun!... until it's overwhelming. Massive opportunities for overthinking! Windows: I tend to be partial to plain sheer curtains (if I don't need light-blocking or insulating properties). They let so much light in, and you can probably double up on them if you're concerned about privacy.
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