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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. Good for you for acknowledging un-okayness, and I hope you take all the time you need to figure out what's next.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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!
  8. , 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. Would love to read of you have any particular technique for working on your upper back by yourself. Any tools? Just hands?
  13. Work out day! Dry enough to unroll my mat on the forest floor and work on a new routine. Warm up: I've pared this down, keeping what I felt was essential to the workout. Wrist circles Finger stretch: backwards facing, palms down Wrist stretch: backwards facing, palm down Wrist stretch: backwards facing, palm up Elbow rotations Quadruped scapular shrugs Quadruped shoulder rotations Quadruped spinal circles Frog stretch Quads stretch: lunge to hamstring/calves stretch Toe/ankle lifts, side to sides, & rolls Heel rolls Skills practice: L-sit, hands on ground, knees bent, toes pointed Front and back scales Deep squat roll back and forward (pistol squat progression) Step back lunge (shrimp squat progression) 2x circuits: Bear to Monkey to kneeling pushups Thoughts L-sit: Have gained pushing strength since I first attempted this last fall. Holding four time, concentrating on wrist to shoulder alignment and chest up. Couldn't roll up into the squat while holding onto ankles. Will add an A-frame to squat to the Warmup. Also might find more level ground. I think I'll work on shrimp squats exclusively for a while, instead. Locomotion is so different on uneven ground! More challenging for my wrists. In general: so good to get a workout in, and prove I can work a shorter amount of time but still accomplish something. Also good to know that workouts can fit into my work schedule, and aren't too much activity on top of working. I plan to switch a few things that out each week. Planning to get a mobility session in most evenings. Maybe it will combat some of the stiffness and soreness from work. The lunar eclipse was worth staying outside for.
  14. Oh, good score on the bar find!! Jumping aboard late but I love the focus of this challenge.
  15. Thank you! Tl;dr: Plan's working well and middling-well, gains, warmer/drier weather will help, mountain weather: if you don't like it just wait 5 minutes, picture!, animals, just gonna keep settling in and adapting. First day off update: My loose goals are working out. I would say the lunch plan and the interpersonal thingy have been the most successful. Obviously, "success" with the interpersonal issue means I spoke up about an undesired behavior and set a boundary as clearly as I could. Reality is I have no control over whether the behavior actually stops. It feels like unfinished business, but I have done what I could, and now my job is to coach my brain: I am safe, I have the resources to deal with whatever happens next as it happens, and I can live free of fear and obsession over whether it happens again. Brains! Especially ones shaped by trauma. I do notice gains - I think all the calf raises and foot/ankle work paid off. The stairs are easier to climb this year, and I have way more range of motion in my feet and ankles on the descent. More confident balance and posture, too - I feel upright and stable on the way down, instead of feeling like I'm about to fall forward and have to lean back. That will all come in very handy as we get busier. I was 1/2 successful with the other routines. Got something cleaned that's been bugging me for a while, which was a win. Also, the weather is very much a factor here. I'm really looking forward to warmth and less mud. Apparently they had a really nice warm-up in the weeks before we got here. Then it snowed about two feet, mostly melted, and we've had snow or some other form of wintry mix just about every week since. People are Fed. Up., I can tell you. We've still had some brilliantly sunny days, which is lovely: And the moose, raptors, and pronghorn have all made appearances. Gophers are near-constant entertainment. Pelicans, gulls, sandhill cranes, and owls add to the mix. Never boring! This week was a refresher on store systems, and relearning/configuring my stocking routine. Also learning new-to-me coworkers' work styles and adjusting. So, plan: stay with it, settle in, adapt when needed, and wait for the hordes to descend. (Won't be long. Advance scouts are already moving in.)
  16. This is my body fuel "strategy" in a nutshell! It varies, of course, especially depending on how much energy/stress I'm expending on other areas of life. Also, very cool to see you go back to what you know works, while incorporating new knowledge, and already see results in the direction you want. You knew all along! Love your "I'm done, thanks" letter to your coaches! It reads humbly assertive and grateful and powerful. Whew, it took a little struggle to get there, though, didn't it? Glad you stuck with it and figured it out for yourself. What your therapist shared about the tendency to "lose ourselves" when working with people, especially people we admire and whose respect we'd like to have ourselves, is very interesting. Thoughts- a) Good to know I'm not the only one who carries this pattern. (We usually aren't alone in experiencing something; but it is massively helpful to have outside confirmation of that.) b) Interesting that they used the word "addictive". I want to ponder that one a little deeper. c) The role impatience/impulsiveness plays in the trauma/trigger pattern increasingly intrigues me. Where did it come from? When do we slip into it? How does it help/hurt us? Really interesting stuff.
  17. Oh good, maybe the hand position tweak will unlock this for you. Did you get any feedback from your video? I seem to remember some discussion on shoulders in one of Alanna's recent challenges... and maybe even specific to pulling work?
  18. You mean, elbow going out instead of tucked close to your side? If so, that's the bit I have to concentrate on, too. I haven't made a serious attempt at Bent Arm Bear, but I do a lot of playing in A-frame to squat. Congrats on Hollow Body progression! I like to think that's a "sleeper" move. It looks simple but there's actually a lot of challenging stuff going on. I think working on it really ramped up my daily-living core engagement and awareness
  19. Dang! That's a lot of activity! It's really neat and educational reading about how the IM data reflects what you do.
  20. 1 mini-workout this week plus 1 session of the mobility routine I like (basically my warmup for workouts). Also a good amount of incidental work: carrying water jugs and firewood, loading the truck b/c we moved camp, digging, lots of walking. Really enjoyed all the activity. So the plan is to start work Monday. I'm supposed to start out w/ 40 hr workweeks, hopefully increasing as the tourist season gets busier. There are some things I've been thinking about which I'd like to see happen: Clean something in the camper every morning before work. Deal with an interpersonal situation Monday (requires 20SofC). Do mobility routine every evening. Maintain a quality fuel system most of the time while working: Mix up protein powder and water most mornings and drink it or take with me. Batch cook quinoa/rice as often as needed and put in work freezer. Either batch cook a protein and do the same, or take cooked protein every day. Take some bags of frozen veggies and stash in work freezer. Make a few sauces or batch mix some of my fave Thai satay-style sauce, and take some to work every day or stash in the cooler. Every day, nuke and eat a lunch assembled from stashed freezer goodies. Reboot and maintain a couple self-care habits I like. RELAX. Be aware of but not slave to the performer/achiever brain, and be way okay with good enough and my own approval and standards. These aren't hard and fast. These are experiments to see what works. I don't think I'm going to be offering any checklists here. I don't even know if I'll report back on how it went. I have to be really careful with stuff like this, and stay aware of when to establish the structure regardless of what it triggers, and when to back off. I'm looking forward to the physical labor, and the opportunity to prove in the real-world the strength, flexibility, and mobility I've gained and maintained this past winter.
  21. Lots of insight here, wow. It's so helpful to explore the "whys"- somehow it feels empowering even if I give myself permission to do the less-than-optimal thing. Making the choice with awareness feels more powerful than mindlessly living, not understanding why some patterns keep repeating. I think another way of saying it is this way I'm taking responsibility for my actions and owning my part in how my life goes.
  22. I'm really glad to finally know there's such a thing as Humane Burpees. I would actually consider doing those, I think.
  23. I spy.... Adaptation! And learning what works and what doesn't.
  24. Wow, it seemed like things happened really fast for you once the house change got decided. Congrats on your ability to adapt and deal with the most immediate things going this challenge.
  25. Thank you! Summer mountain climate was the initial appeal to the area (lovely low humidity, and relatively moderate high temperatures). Unfortunately, we've watched the village change over the past few summers. Tourist numbers are increasing, more big investors are moving in instead of private mom & pop type businesses, and increasing short-term rentals. Those all have positive/negative aspects to them, and I'm not invested enough in the area to argue one way or another. (Of course I have my opinions!) But the atmosphere/culture is definitely changing, from our perspective, and I would say something is certainly being lost, even if it's intangible. We love all the mountains, too! Our favorites are the Appalachians, though. We consider them to be our home, even though we haven't settled there yet.
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