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  • Birthday 12/26/1965

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  1. It's been a tough last 6 months in Anathema-town. Lots of health issues, some wonky brain stuff, injuries, all the not-funs. And a few started and abandoned Challenges because the depression brain weasels were driving. Feeling much better now . . . foot injury on the mend, doctors figured out my meds, etc. Amazingly (I know, you never would have guessed!) combo of depression and injuries led to couch potatoing, drinking too much, eating too much. So the Blerch was winning. But the Blerch will be vanquished! Here's how: Food goal 1: Modified paleo. My version lets me have a small amount of dairy (tea with milk is one of the cornerstones of my existence!) and legumes (hummus is my friend). Otherwise, stick with the paleo guidelines--no grains, no sugars, no processed food, etc. Food goal 2: 750 calorie a day deficit. I have done this before--it's challenging but doable. Plan is to keep on top of my FitBit stats, log EVERYTHING I eat when I eat it, not try to remember at day's end, and be a little OCD about it. If I'm 100 calories over at day's end, take a slightly longer walk. That kind of thing. Exercise goal 1: Run or other cardio 4 times a week. Walking doesn't count unless it's a massively long or difficult walk/hike, since I walk a ton anyway so it's really not an additional boost. Going out dancing does as long as I dance a lot rather than standing on the sidelines gossiping! Exercise goal 2: Strength training at the gym 3 times a week. Life goal 1: Professional networking. I've slacked off on my industry networking stuff, and it's really good for me to do, especially in these uncertain financial times. Working on freelance gigs counts to this goal, as I have one that I've seriously let slide. Life goal 2: Set a morning schedule and stick to it. I fare so much better when I have a routine. Here's a go at it, I'm sure it'll morph as the Challenge goes on, but it's a start: GYM DAYS: 6 am: Get up 6-6:30: Drink tea, read the paper, etc. 6:30-7: Personal admin (balance bank account, pay bills, review personal email) 7-7:15: My 15 minutes a day of tidying 7:30-8: Get ready to leave 8-8:30: Help Joe w his admin stuff 8:30: To the gym RUN DAYS: 6 am: Get up 6-6:30: Drink tea, read the paper, etc. 6:30-7: Personal admin (balance bank account, pay bills, review personal email) 7-7:15: My 15 minutes a day of tidying 7:30-8:15: Go for run 8:15-8:45: Shower, get dressed, etc. 9: Leave for work INCENTIVE: $1 per goal each day deposited into a special "rewards" account. At the end of the Challenge, I could have over a hundred bucks to put towards my tattoo fund.
  2. I am in much the same boat as regards not finishing last Challenges. I'm not glad you had the issues, but I'm glad I'm, not alone. We can do this thang!
  3. Yay bullet journal! There are some Nerd Fitness Bullet Journal groups on Facebook, if that's your jam . . . I just started mine a few months ago and it makes me so happy, even the weeks where I barely record a darn thing. Accountability is kinda awesome.
  4. I love the Bag a Day thing. I did it last year and it rocked. And it really helped me keep that decluttering midset even after the Challenge was over (I am still cluttered--doesn't help that I'm married to The King of the Packrats . . . but better!). Like, I have a big bag in my bedroom, and every time I pull out an item of clothing and am like "Eh, do I really like this?", that means the answer is "no," and it goes in the bag for donation. Same with culling and donating books (I just finished a book that I'd never read again, and intentionally left it in the train station. Hopefully someone will pick it up and enjoy it. Or a homeless person might sell it for a buck. That kind of thing.) Hope you find it as freeing as I did!
  5. One maybe helpful thing (or not! But ya never know!) . . . for one of my Challenges last year I did the "30 Day Bag Challenge"--where everyday you have to get rid of a bag of stuff. Like, a bag of clothes to donate, canned food to a food pantry, books to your local library, unloved art supplies to a school, etc. The bag doesn't have to be big, but it can't be trash either. I found it really freeing (I'm also lucky I live in a college town where there are tons of "free box" type spots where you can leave stuff you don't want and people in need can take it. I got rid of so much stuff--it wasn't part of packing to move, but it seems like it could be a neat thing to do as one packs. Like . . . do I *really* need to schlep my entire hoodie collection cross country, or maybe some of these could go to Goodwill? Thaat kind of thing. Just a thought!
  6. Yay, and welcome! I just turned 51, and it's one of those milestones that even if you don't really care about age (which thanks to good genes and a immature attitude, I tend not to) it kinda hits you like wow, I think I might be a grown-up now! Your goals look good--I'm trying to add mindfulness and meditation in myself. Didn't make it an explicit goal as I figure yoga will help me get in that mindset, but not always easy. Enjoy! This is an awesome place and a great bunch of humans.
  7. Week One, Day One Sunday, Jan 8 • 166 lbs Whole 30: Yes 1/7 Yoga: Planned for Tuesday 0/1 Cardio: Walk-trot because weather too icky to get to the gym. Not a real run cuz foot injury, but it counts. 1/7 Efficiency: Not super relevant to weekend days 0/5 Sleep: Not so much. Took nighttime cold medicine last night cuz still coughing, slept in til like 8:30. 0/7
  8. Challenge Day -2 (getting started early cuz why not!) Friday, Jan 6 • 168 lbs Whole 30: Yes Yoga: Planned for Tuesday Cardio: No Efficiency: Just made up this goal, starts Monday! Sleep: In bed around 10:30, asleep by 11 or so
  9. San Francisco is a fantastic place to run. Along the Embarcadero up through Fort Mason and down to the Golden Gate Bridge (and across the bridge if you're doing serious distance) is lovely. And with a bit of a commute out of town, the Iron Horse trails go for miles and miles through really neat pockets of the region you might not see otherwise. Welcome to my little corner of the world, I think you're gonna like it!
  10. Last Challenge got derailed by a fun combo of depression, major illness, and General Ennui (worst military leader *ever*). Hey, new year, new me, new "screw you health issues, you can't mess with me"! So, here's my Challenge goals: Goal 1: Whole30 Complete the Whole30 that I started late for Jan (because I had bronchitis and didn't want to do something new and different until that was sorted). So, it goes through Feb 4. This is the first time I'm trying this, and I'm wary yet committed. Goal 2: Yoga Part of my health woes involved cracking under the pressure of stress. So, got the goal of at least one yoga class per week, two if it works with my schedule. Goal 3: Just Do the Stupid Cardio I love running. Running is my joy and my main form of stress relief. And, I have a foot injury that's kept me from running (probably plantar fasciitis, though that's a "Doctor Internet" diagnosis). So instead of doing alternate cardio, I've sulked like a baby. I need to get back to the gym and just do elliptical, bike, rowing machine, even (god I hate it so much) swimming. No cardio makes Anathema blobby and sad, and if my preferred form is off the table for now, gotta find alternates and not get all pouty. Level Up Your Life: Workplace Efficiency I spend way too much time dicking around at work. I have a job where being on Facebook and browsing news sites is actually work-related. But then i go down a clickhole of funny articles and cat videos and then suddenly it's 5pm and I'm still behind. I am going to allow myself 5 minutes per hour to skim through personal stuff, then back to work. My work is evaluated on results, not time spent, so it's easy for me to waste hours, and then work nights or weekends to get caught up. One more think piece on American politics or one more funny blog post isn't worth it, I can catch up on all that on the weekend if I really want to. Bonus Goal: Sleep Schedule Left to my own devices I would probably sleep 16 hours a day. Slight exaggeration, but only slight. I need to get back to a reasonable sleep schedule. It won't work every night due to various scheduled things (mainly swing dance night most Wednesdays), but the goal is in bed by 10pm and up at 6am. Small amount of reading in bed allowed, but not much.
  11. Hooo boy. So, major dental issues + post-election depression + best friend having major surgery and my needing to be there for him and his family led to . . . just losing the plot. I actually kept up with a number of my goals, but just haven't been tracking. The dental stuff (long story, basically major bridgework failed, waiting to see if I'm a bone graft candidate) means that I'm on mushy food only for the foreseeable future. I can almost recast that as a mindfulness practice (only small bites of things, chosen carefully), except for the first few days when I was already depressed and feeling self pity, and hey, Ben & Jerry's works for people who can't chew! Past that now, focussing on soup, applesauce, yogurt, etc. Hopefully I'll see the dental surgeon next week and get some sort of temporary situation while they figure out if they can do bone graft. If not, I'll have to (whaaaah!) have some kind of removeable plate, because they won't do the bridge again. My reconstructive dentist assures me it's nothing like the old days of grandma's dentures in a cup by the bed. Still, hopefully not. What I am proud of myself for is coming back here. My first thought was jeebus, I've lost half the Challenge's time to all this stuff, just vanish into the woodwork and come back for the next one. But nope, don't want to lose accountability. So here I am, accounted for. And tracking properly tomorrow and through the end of the Challenge, just for the discipline of the thing. Also . . . it'll be hard to overdo it on Thanksgiving if I can't eat! I mean, I can have mashed potatoes and yams, and pick the filling out of a slice of pie. Maybe stuffing if it's soft enough. I know that's skipping the healthiest part, aka ol' Tom turkey, but still. I reckon I just won't have the appetite to load up on carbs.
  12. Weds, Nov 2, Day 4: Sober: yes Calorie deficit: 300 cals Activity: Dancing Carbs: Less candy, but still some Screen time: Okay, need to get better. Total rewards: $2 • Cumulative: $13 Thurs, Nov 3, Day 5: Sober: yes Calorie deficit: 250 cals Activity: none Carbs: Naan with lunch Screen time: Okay, need to get better. Today, I institute more rigorous discipline. Total rewards: $1 • Cumulative: $14
  13. Ah, the Halloween candy at work got me! But not too badly . . . I resisted until those late-in-the-day doldrums. And I reckon it'll be gone today by that time, so I'm safe! Need to get some Stevia or such so that when I have that afternoon sweet craving I can have something sweet in my tea. That usually works but my work just has regular sugar. Note to self. Day 3: Sober: yes Calorie deficit: 500 cals Activity: Core workout at gym Carbs: Fell face first into the candy bin! Screen time: Another day that was largely good but got a little sketchy towards the end. Pay better attention. But giving it to myself as a win, because this is a process. Total rewards: $4 • Cumulative: $11
  14. So, I started late but I'm going to count from Day One even though I didn't know I was on the Challenge yet! Starting weight: 166.2 (slightly high because I forgot to weigh in til after tea and smoothie, but we'll just see how that goes. My OCD requires I document Day 1 even if it's not 100% correct.) Day 1: Sober: yes Calorie deficit: no Activity: yes (45 min run) Carbs: no Screen time: no Total rewards: $2. Cumulative: $2 Day 2: Sober: yes Calorie deficit: 850 cals Activity: yes (30 min run) Carbs: yes Screen time: I'm going to count it as a win because I was more mindful and largely stuck to plan, though slipped towards day's end. But much better due to mindfulness. Total rewards: $5 • Cumulative: $7
  15. Ah, I should actually do my reward system again, thanks for reminding me! Before I gave myself $1 per day per goal, "paid" weekly (aka, put in my savings account), towards my tattoo fund. I'll do that again. It's definitely inspirational! And as to program, I've done 12-step stuff before and I find it really tedious, though there are things I like about meetings (support, good strategies, etc.). I think I may do some meetings but not the full program, because it just doesn't do it for me. I do have really good sober support in my "real life" and I'm using that group of sober friends as my main sounding board right now.
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